Castaway on the Moon (2009) ***** An eccentric, reclusive moon watcher accidentally finds a man castaway on an island under a bridge through her telescope. They begin communicating through messages on the beach and notes in bottles thrown over the bridge. Can they rescue each other? A delightfully emotional and funny Korean film.
The Perfect Host (2010) ***** When a fugitive decides to fake his way into someone's home to hide out, he doesn't count on his host (David Hyde Pierce) being completely insane. Suspenseful dark humor with a couple of unexpected twists at the end.
The Chameleon (2010). **** A kid who was kidnapped 4 years ago from Baton Rouge suddenly resurfaces in France. His family is sure he's who he says he is, but an FBI agent has her doubts. Marc-André Grondin's roles in this and C.R.A.Z.Y. remind me of an insane, eyeliner-wearing, pretty boy doppelganger of his I once dated (although it took me 2 movies to realize).
C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005) ***** Netflix has been telling me for years that I'd give this 5 stars. I guess they were right. Mainly, it's a well-directed coming-of-age story set in the 1970s with Marc-André Grondin for eye candy and great music.
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) **** Peggy Sue wakes up to find herself back in high school. Surely she won't make the same mistakes again (such as marrying her high school sweetheart that turned out to be a real loser). This is a fun time travel story of what-ifs. Bonus: a whiney1980s Nicholas Cage as the love interest.
Another Earth (2011) **** A high school girl's life is forever haunted by the family she killed in a drunk driving accident one night when paying more attention to the newly-appeared Earth 2 in the sky instead of the road. Now, out of prison, she wonders if perhaps there's another version of her on Earth 2 with a life different than the penitent one she now lives.
Just Like Heaven (2005) ***** A man sublets an apartment only to find that the original tenant is still there. However, she appears to be a ghost. Or is she? I rarely watch romantic comedies, but this was a fun one. I am, however, partial to Mark Ruffalo.
Super 8 (2011) ***** 8 kids, 1 camera, and a night that turns into something out of a sci-fi movie. This feels like one of the grand adventure tales from the '80s that is rarely found in today's movies. J.J. Abrams + Steven Spielberg = a definite winning combination.