Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra,

After a hard day of studying and surviving the heat outside, all I want to do is sit on the couch and veg to watch a good show. Problem is, all that’s on TV lately is reruns. Any suggestions for some good summer movie rentals?

B. from Alberta

Dear B.,

I think I’ve got a few suggestions for good summer movie rentals:

The Life of David Gale is an excellent movie to watch if you are a drama lover who enjoys a good twist at the end of a movie. Kate Winslet stars as a journalist who is asked by death row inmate David Gale (played by Kevin Spacey) to tell, for the first time, his story. His story details the events leading to his incarceration for the rape and murder of his colleague (played by Laura Linney). What makes the story so interesting is that David Gale and his colleague were advocates for an organization called Death Watch which fought valiantly for the end to Capital Punishment. I must admit that the only other movie I have seen with Kate Winslet was Titanic and her acting ability in that movie was awful, but in the Life of David Gale her performance is awesome.

Phone Booth starring Colin Farrell is another good drama/thriller. I admit I had reservations about watching a movie that took place almost entirely in a phone booth, but this movie moved quickly and kept me interested. I don’t know how to explain this movie without giving it away so just trust me and watch it!

How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days is a romantic comedy that is not really intended to be stimulating. If you don’t want to think or have to interpret a movie, I’d choose this one. Kate Hudson stars as an advice journalist for a woman’s magazine who takes on writing an article about how to lose a guy in ten days. She sets out to find a guy and do everything possible to lose him in a little more than a week to show the readers what not to do to keep a guy (though I’m sure no self-respecting woman would do half the things she does in this movie). Her prey turns out to be Matthew McConaughey’s character that in a bid to show his co-workers that he can get any girl to fall in love with him in ten days chooses Kate Hudson’s character. The two are forced to stay together for ten days with one desperately trying to drive the other away and the other desperately trying to stay.

Just Married is a movie that revolves around the question: What do you get when a high-society girl marries a low-income down-to-earth kind of guy? You get a hilarious movie! This movie follows a young couple (Brittany Murphy and Ashton Kutcher) through the perils and hijinks of their wedding and the honeymoon that follows in Europe. If you just want to laugh and laugh, rent this one!

Well those are the four movies I’d recommend! I’m a student too, so I don’t have all that much time to watch to movies (only because I’m busy procrastinating, watching Canadian Idol, and dealing with two kids home for the summer!) Enjoy what’s left of summer!



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