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SPOILER ALERT

I was excited to watch Intermezzo (1939) because of Leslie Howard. He is a favorite of mine. Well, I ended up being skeptical of the plot. The basic premise is a violinist falls in love with his daughter’s piano teacher, played by Ingrid Bergman. Did I mention he was married? Eww, we’re off on the wrong foot already, especially when you discover his wife is not a treacherous villian deserving of being kicked to the curb.

Well, I was fully prepared to chalk this one up to the “dislike” pile. Then, reality returns to her throne. (Wodehouse) Real life demonstrates what they undoubtedly should have pondered from the start. I love this revelation…”I wonder if anyone has ever built happiness on the UNhappiness of others.” Indeed not. I like this movie after all.

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Posted by on June 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

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My family had been looking forward to Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Honestly, it was a bit of a let down. No, it wasn’t as funny as the first one. It was just okay. But, it seems to be one of those movies that you find yourself laughing at more after the fact. My son and I have been quoting the movie and giggling, especially over the scenes with Napoleon Bonaparte. Alain Chabat was exceptionally funny as the puffy, height-sensitive emperor. “I am a big cat and you’re a little mouse.” We also enjoyed when Jedediah and Octavius charged into battle…slow motion attack on feet and ankles. We will probably buy this DVD and laugh even more.

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Posted by on June 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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High Treason…a Grand Confession

I will go ahead & plead guilty. I know charges of treachery will be filed by the movie buff hierarchy if they read what I am about to reveal. There are movies that I know I should love. I have been told all my life of these larger than life flicks. Movies that establish a genre, define a generation, withstand the test of time, are perhaps even life changing (smirk). They inspire, were cutting edge, & have the esteem & respect of movier goers far & wide. Some are simple stories that people love. I anticipate watching these movies with eager & unabashed awe. But…when the credits roll, I’m left babbling “Do what?” I’m ashamed because I know these films should be highly appreciated. Admittedly, I have watched lesser films and enjoyed them. So, what gives? I don’t know. I can only tell you, (deep inhale) I do not like these movies. (Both hands over my head) I surrender peacefully.

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Sleepless in Seattle  Let’s start with the no-brainer. This is a simple movie that romantics love. I watched it for the first time last month. Yawn. I did like Tom Hank’s Cary Grant impersonation.

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Oklahoma!  Considering I am from Oklahoma, I may hear a knock at my door shortly. Come on, this movie makes me very ill at ease. Jud Fry…eebie jeebies. This is a creepy story lurking behind the surrey with the fringe on top, but not exciting creepy…just creepy creepy.

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Casablanca  I can hear the gasps. I can’t help it. This is one I really wanted to love. I need to watch it again. Maybe I was having a bad day.

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North by Northwest I can normally recommend a movie simply because of Cary Grant’s presence. Not so in this case.

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West Side Story   I usually enjoy musicals. This is another one that I may need to watch again.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s   Holly Golightly…Holly Getagrip.

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Doctor Zhivago   Gak, I’m gonna cough up a hairball.

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Citizen Kane   No, I didn’t get it. I do like Joseph Cotten though.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls   (Shrug) I liked the title.

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My Fair Lady   Awesome costumes! I even liked Pygmalion. I’m not sure exactly why this version didn’t appeal to me…maybe it was all that screechy talking coming from Audrey Hepburn. And she’s a favorite of mine, go figure.

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Gone with the Wind I still get a bad taste in my mouth when I think about this movie. Yuck. Scarlett O’Hara is one of the most despicable characters of all time. She is the most self-centered, uncaring person ever written into existence. Someone told me that her independence is what made her so endearing. Gak, she is a stubborn, morally immature person unwilling to yield to anything but her own wants & needs. She maliciously & willfully betrays anyone that gets in her way & is left sticking her chin in the air even at the death of her own child. She would do anything to get what she wants & not a second thought is given to the consequences or harm to others. I think I’m gonna spit. I know, I know…Frankly, my dear…

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Romance Is In The Air?

It’s Valentine’s Day. I went to my brother’s to watch a movie. We watched one of his favorites with my son & niece. It’s older (1998), but I hadn’t seen it. When I think of Valentine’s Day & romance, of course, I think of Blade. Right? Nothing says love like blood suckers & martial arts. Well, it’s our own personal, distorted version of love…kung fu & vampires. Watching an action, vamp movie on Cupid’s big day…it’s gotta be against the law.

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WARNING:  This movie had a new feature. The makers tried to see how many times they could detonate the f-bomb in a 2-hour span. You could make a game of counting how many times. We tried, but lost count. It can’t be under 50 though. Yikes.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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And the Oscar goes to…Anjelica Huston’s eyebrows!!

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My two sons are my usual movie-viewing companions. They endure many a chick flick for the sake of dear, old Mom (heavy on the dear). Last night I subjected them to Ever After. I had never watched it before. I also wasn’t expecting much. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed it. Or perhaps it was those eyebrows of Anjelica’s! The seductive eyes she made at her informant had me rolling. Never have I seen such intense eyebrow action outside of Dwayne Johnson or my personal favorite, Becki Newton from Ugly Betty.

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This movie also has me questioning a few things. Why do they have English accents if they are French? I am slow. Someone may have to explain this one to me. Also, I’m going to have to research Gustave…a real Da Vinci crony? Now the use of Da Vinci’s painting with Drew Barrymore’s face was clever. I also like the inclusion of the Brothers Grimm.

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Now, if I am giving an award for eyebrows, I may as well include another category…Best Use of Shrieking, Moaning, & Panting Sobs. Virginia Garcia as the Spanish princess is the obvious winner. Another possible category could be…Best Use of Animal Sounds in a Flirtatious Situation. The hands-down winner…the neighs & nickers of the couple at the costume party! It’s a shame I’m at least 10 years late.

If anyone can give me other examples of great use of eyebrows in a movie…I may raise mine to you.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Twilight Series

 

Who isn’t caught up in the phenomenon that is Twilight? Certainly not me. I’m there! I’m not even a “pre-teen or young adult”. I have always liked vampire stories. Anne Rice was a favorite of mine. So, I had to give Stephenie Meyer a try…Wow. I was most pleasantly surprised. I devoured the first three books in five days. That has to be the biggest compliment I can give…books I simply can’t put down.

I have to be honest. Being a Mom in my late 30s, this series has a different draw for me. I’m not mesmerized by the love story. I was actually pulling for Jacob. The second book, New Moon, is my favorite. I adored the character, Jacob Black…his understated sense of humor & his easy-going, humble personality won me over. The relationship that develops between Bella & Jacob is the result of friendship, his caring & understanding. He’s there when she needs him. The relationship with Edward is a result of intense, physical attraction. Sensuality wins out. It has a stronger pull than simple, honest affection. Is it more exciting that way? Of course, but the Mother in me begs Bella to choose Jacob.

This doesn’t mean that I don’t like Edward. Quite the opposite, this is a captivating story. I enjoy Meyer’s writing immensely. I will definitely be reading The Host. 

Now, did the movie measure up to the book? Of course not, nor could it. I did like the movie though. It was a decent interpretation. I was just a wee bit disappointed because I was expecting a little more action. That’s the bigger draw for me…vampires & werewolves! Is there anyway to add a little kung-fu into this? That would be perfect.

I went to watch the movie with my 18-year old niece, one of her buddies, & my 16-year old son. The girls were gushing over Edward to the point, my son finally begged, “Do you mind?” This absolutely was a deadly gorgeous group of vampires…but, Jasper was the best looking. I know…I can’t believe it either. The girls were aghast at my preference. Even more so when I said, “The Dad’s cute too.” They assumed I was talking about Dr. Cullen, he was stunning. But, I was talking about Charlie. “Gak, he’s so old.” Like I said…not the same draw…

My niece picked out a Twilight poster & made her Dad buy it for me. I haven’t had a poster on my bedroom wall since I was a teenager living in my parent’s home. How is this going to work? Can I incorporate it into my decor? I’m laughing just picturing it. What do you suppose my guests will think?

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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My Top Ten “Go-To” Movie List

Every movie buff has a collection of indispensable movies, the ones that will be replaced when they wear out from overuse.  These are movies that I could watch at any time. I will never get tired of them. These flicks actually have a widespread appeal in my household. If someone pops one in, we will usually all gather around to watch it. These are naturally the biggest source for my family’s conversational movie quoting(the lines we throw in during general conversation).

This list is actually quite a bit bigger, but I’ve narrowed it to my top ten.

10.  Gladiator  I love historical epics. I also noticed that I have a propensity toward violence…only in my cinematic choices, of course. Not that I would hurt someone if they didn’t want to watch the same movie, but I seem to have a constitution strong enough for graphic violence on the big screen. At my signal, unleash hell.

 

 

elf9. Elf  We don’t just watch this one during the holidays. Watch anytime you want a good, clean laugh. I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite.

 

 

 

little-women8. Little Women  Surely, this pick balances out the violence of #10. I love the dynamic of this superb cast. This chick flick even has enough to entertain my boys. Are you shocked? Very.

 

 

 

 

school7.  School of Rock  Jack Black…need I say more? Okay, how ’bout…It’s gonna be a really tough project, you’re gonna have to use your head, your brain and your mind too.

 

 

 

mupeet6. Muppet Treasure Island Let’s face it. You probably love the muppets or you hate ’em. I’m with the former. Tim Curry‘s presence in the cast only enhances. One leg, Jim, count ’em, one.

 

 

 

20081221_245. Singin’ in the Rain  What’s not to love? Music, comedy, dancing…Gene Kelly. What do they think I am? Dumb or somethin’.

 

 

 

20081221_164. Nacho Libre  This is definitely the most quoted movie in my home. We came across another family that holds this picture with the same esteem. Every time we see them…I was wondering if you would like to join me in my quarters this night…for some toast.

 

 

 

 

pimpernel3. The Scarlet Pimpernel  Old movie 1934, bad picture quality, horrible audio, still absolutely worth viewing…again & again! They seek him here, They seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven? Or is he in hell? That damned elusive Pimpernel!

 

 

 

20081221_102. Rio Bravo  Everybody should have a favorite western. Of course, it should have John Wayne in it. Throw Dean Martin in & I’m hooked! Watch this, if only just to hear Dean & Ricky Nelson sing together. There are plenty of other reasons. You want that gun, pick it up. I wish you would.

 

 

 

20081221_131. Pride & Prejudice I’m gonna go watch this one right now! Netherfield Park is let at last. Have you heard who has taken it?

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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