Mona Lisa Smile

Name: Mona Lisa Smile
Year: 2003
Rating: NR – Not Rated
Running Time (minutes): 117
Description: Katherine Ann Watson has accepted a position teaching art history at the prestigious Wellesley College. Watson is a very modern woman, particularly for the 1950s, and has a passion not only for art, but for her students. For the most part, the students all seem to be biding their time, waiting to find the right man to marry. The students are all very bright and Watson feels they are not reaching their potential. Altough a strong bond is formed between teacher and student, Watson’s views are incompatible with the dominant culture of the college.
Stars: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst and Julia Stiles
Genres: Drama, Romance

So all men are bastards and all women want to be housewives, do they?

Liked the source music and the rather good score.

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Under The Tuscan Sun

Name: Under The Tuscan Sun
Year: 2003
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 113
Description: After Frances’s seemingly happy San Francisco marriage ends abruptly, she goes into a funk. Urged by her friends to move on, she joins a bus tour of Tuscany where, on the spur of the moment, she buys a crumbling villa. She assembles a crew of oddballs and immigrants to repair the house; over the next year, as they work, she welcomes one of her San Francisco friends who’s pregnant and at loose ends, and she seeks love, first (tenuously) with her married real estate agent, then with a charming stranger. Although life gets in the way of love, Frances’s wishes come true in unexpected ways, and there’s always the Tuscan sun.
Stars: Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Sandra Oh
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Mostly good, I suppose, though there was just a tiny little bit too much romance in it (especially those two annoying teenagers). This was my second Diane Lane film in two weeks and I must say I really like her. She wasn’t always equally convincing when she was crying, but the good performances made up for the bad ones.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the score, had no idea Christophe Beck could write romantic music like that. The only score I knew him from – All About Steve – was rather dull.

Monster

Name: Monster
Year: 2003
Rating: R
Running Time (minutes): 109
Description: Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.
Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern
Genres: Biography, Crime, Drama
Jesus, this has been a bad film weekend! I turned it off because I neither liked the main character nor the actress playing her or the story.