‘Paper Heart’ Full of Soul: A Review

Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I watched a movie with a smile on my face from start to finish.  Paper Heart is a unique little film with tremendous soul and spirit.  

Shot in pseudo documentary style, Paper Heart is a genuine exploration of what love means to  average Americans and a handful of actors/comedians. Co-writer and star Charlyne Yi, whom many are familiar with from her role as the stoner girl in Knocked Up, has a very refreshing perspective and onscreen presence. The film effortlessly captures and exposes Yi’s quirky personality, but it is endearing rather than cloying.

I appreciated that Yi’s interviews with her famous friends were brief and not the focus of the movie; they did not distract from the story or pace. In fact, none of Yi’s interviews came across as fake, forced or scripted. They shot so much footage for the film that many of her interviews did not make the final cut; visit the
official website to watch Yi chat with Jack Black, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bill Hader, Jason Ritter, Paul Scheer and more!

For the record, she and Michael Cera are not and have never been a couple in real life. Recent tabloid fodder has suggested otherwise, but their relationship was strictly for and in the film. Frankly, I loved watching their sweet connection unfold before our eyes because they are the king and queen of awkward.  

The vignettes in Paper Heart reminded me of the real couples in When Harry Met Sally; Yi presents a more charming, heartwarming, modern update of those interview interludes. Regardless of whether or not you share Yi’s hesitant attitude toward matters of the heart, I guarantee that you will be both nodding your head in agreement with and laughing at some of the words of wisdom gleaned from the individuals and couples she spoke with.

Paper Heart opens in limited release today, and expands to a wider audience next weekend. I truly recommend that you experience this film for yourselves. It is not a chick flick or typical independent film; the actors, humor and story will appeal to both men and women, without question.

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Follow Your ‘Paper Heart’: A Must-See Movie

Be still my Paper Heart. I have been looking forward to this film for months, and am very excited to attend a screening of it tomorrow night. 

There is a captivating and refreshing spirit about this movie that simply jumps out and off of the screen. Trust me…just watch the trailer.

Charlyne Yi is a love skeptic. She travels across the county, interviewing friends and strangers about matters of the heart.  Some of her friends include Michael Cera, Jack Black, Paul Scheer, Bill Hader and her Knocked Up co-stars Seth Rogen and Martin Starr. The film has a pseudo documentary feel and style, and looks to be both highly entertaining and poignant. 


Paper Heart opens in theaters this weekend. Stay tuned for my review of the film on Friday!

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Deadly Daddy Dearest! Dexter, Season 4 Preview

Last week at Comic-Con, I attended the Dexter panel and we were treated to a very intriguing and entertaining preview of Season 4! Here is the sneak peek and here is the entire panel, for your viewing pleasure.

The panel featured stars Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter and fabulous new addition John Lithgow, as well as executive producers Sara Colleton, John Goldwyn, Clyde Phillips and Melissa Rosenberg (who is also the screenwriter for the Twilight movies).

I was thrilled when they unveiled a very cool animated webisode prequel, Dexter: Early Cuts, which will be debuting in the fall. There will also be a Dexter video game for the iPhone and iPod Touch!

And of course I had to pick up two of the Dexter bobbleheads from the Entertainment Earth booth; Dexter and Debra are now hanging out with Ben Linus, Dwight Schrute and Hiro Nakamura in my office.

If you are not familiar or caught up with Dexter, I highly recommend that you rent or buy Seasons 1-3 before the fourth season kicks off on September 27. The series is easily in my top 10 favorite shows of all time list, and you will not find a more complex, likable villain than Dexter Morgan anywhere else on television.

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