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You’ve Got Mail & Misa It’s You!

E says that You’ve Got Mail is her favorite Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan film. For me, it’s a toss up between that and Joe Versus the Volcano (sorry Sleepless!). YGM is a modern retelling of the 1940 film The Shop Around the Corner, but I have to say, it feels like this story was made for the internet era. Two strangers meet in a chatroom and fall in love. Unfortunately, these strangers are Joe Fox (Tom Hanks), the head of a giant bookstore chain (kind of an obsolete business these days, ironically because of the internet) and Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) who owns a small children’s bookshop. There is an immediate attraction between the two, but that quickly devolves into snarky squabbling when they realize they are business rivals.

I like that Meg and Tom actually get to interact with each other in this one (as opposed to sharing almost no screen time in SiS) because these two have excellent chemistry. (It’s kind of criminal what passes for onscreen chemistry these days…I’m looking at you Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson!) Sometimes Nora Ephron’s dialogue gets on my nerves (“It’s like those people who…” or “I wouldn’t kick him/her out of bed for…”) but sometimes she hits the nail right on the head. And that woman sure could assemble some dynamite soundtracks (you just can’t go wrong with The Cranberries, right?). The CGI is very dated and the dial-up connections are adorably antiquated (not to mention the grammatically incorrect “you’ve got mail”), but if you are in the mood for a happy little romance (which I so often am) you can’t go wrong with this one.

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At first glance, Misa’s It’s You! looks like a shimmery gray, but it’s actually a very neat green/purple duochrome (as you can see in the second picture). This is 2 coats and it has a pretty good formula. So, not very impressive in the bottle and in certain lights, but if you catch it at the right angle, It’s You! is awesome. ~K

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I’m a sucker for maudlin love stories, just ask E. And What Dreams May Come is about as maudlin as a movie can get (and still have a happy ending). Robin Williams stars as Chris Nielsen, a doctor whose two children die in a car crash and Annabella Sciorra plays his emotionally fragile wife, Annie. When Chris also perishes in a car accident, he goes to a breathtaking, paint-filled heaven where he is shown the ropes by Albert (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), some sort of heavenly guide. Unfortunately, while Chris is getting the hang of the afterlife, Annie commits suicide and goes straight to Hell (do not pass GO, do not collect $200). The second half of the movie is Chris’ quest to find his lost soulmate and bring her back to Paradise.

The acting is pretty good here, especially from RW and AS. What makes this movie truly worth the watch is the amazing special effects that bring Heaven and Hell to life in a way never seen before (or since). The music is equally affecting and one of my all-time favorite scores (I find that Michael Kamen rarely lets me down). This probably isn’t the movie for you if you need cheering up (both E and I got a little misty-eyed by the end), but if you want a good sniffle…you know where to go.

Nubar’s Dreamer’s Island is a mauve polish with a shimmery, iridescent green flash. This picture is three coats and it’s still a little sheer. Aside from that, the formula is good and the color is gorgeous. This is a really neat polish, but maybe next time I’ll give it a petticoat color to really make the duochrome pop. ~K

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