Up, High!

UP IN THE AIR, simply the Best Picture of the Year!

How much does your life weigh?

“The miles are the goal.” -George Clooney as Ryan Bingham

The road to the Oscars, 2010.




“I’m like my mother, I stereotype. It’s faster.”

He’s played Batman. He’s played a theft in the string of Ocean’s. Starred in one of the sexiest films (and sexiest sex scene in a film) of all time with Jennifer Lopez. He’s played Michael Clayton, the go-to-guy, the fixer. He’s played a CIA Operative in modern Persia, Iran, and won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2006.

In Up In The Air, George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, an employee-termination specialist, or in a nicer way, a career transition counselor. He doesn’t have a family of his own, not-so-much-recognized by his sisters, and is not really THAT interested in serious relationships. Until Alex.

George Clooney is this year’s Best Actor because he let his youthful side take over his silver hair. It’s him, being a little too professional and emotional.


“You are an escape. You’re a break from our normal lives.

You’re a parenthesis.”

She played a vixen in Oscar Best Picture The Deaparted. She played the mother to Esther in Orphan. She also played a motherly character in the politically-charged drama The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. One of her most promising roles is playing the prostitute Oana in the Law-Binoche thriller drama, Breaking And Entering. This year, she got a gig with leading man George Clooney as Alex Goran, the “call-me-when-you’re-lonely” girl.

VERA FARMIGA is this year’s BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS. The regalness in the character she was playing was perfectly executed by this golden-blonde aristocrat. From all her facial expressions to how she handled familiar situations with Ryan Bingham, and the laughs. Her subtety and authenticity on the scren convinced me that I was watching a 30-something professional who flies across the States, drinks alone in a bar, and sleeps with any random man the same evening.

How this actress delivered her lines was perfection. Her scene with Anna Kendrick’s character, Natalie Keener has got to be my favorite. “He broke up with you over a text message?” And who would forget the crashing-the-party scene as she went on Natalie, “Jessica Chiu?!”

“By the time you’re 34, all the physical requirements just go out the window. Like you secretly pray he’d be taller than you, not an asshole, would be nice. Just someone who enjoys my company, comes from a good family. You don’t think about that when you’re younger.”


“You guys don’t grow up.

It’s like you need to pee on everything.”

Having a supporting role in a high-grossing book-adaptation The Twilight Saga isn’t at all inspiring for this future Oscar heavy, Anna Kendrick. At a young age, Kendrick gets to play a young professional alongside George Clooney in a film directed by the brilliant Jason Reitman, the same director who gave Ellen Page her Oscar sot as Juno.

Anna Kendrick plays Natalie Keener, the soul of the film. From her youthful dealings with old-aged co-worker, Ryan, and new-found friend, Alex, she made them realize that life can probably mean more than flying across the seas to open a laptop and worry. A supporter of love, Natalie experiences meltdowns as the film progresses. Her beliefs about fairy tales and conventional set-ups all were fired up as she realized that love may not be “that needed yet” at the moment. As she tries to be heartless, as a requirement to her occupation, Miss Keener tries her hardest not to breakdown in front of the people she’s saying this line to, “Your position is no longer available.”


UP IN THE AIR is the story of a man who’s ready to make a connection, or not. UP IN THE AIR is the story of a woman who’d born to make a man realize that if this is what you tell yourself you want, then there’s no escaping that curse you put upon yourself. UP IN THE AIR is the story of a girl who’s trying to get ahead of herself, way too much, and later on realizes that life is more than the sum of travelling the miles.

From the real-life experiences of a professional  man and a woman to the youthful ideals of a young, naiver girl. UP IN THE AIR is the story of how one convinces himself/ herself that loneliness can be all you need.



~ by ardenkhan on 17/01/2010.

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