Sunday, March 21, 2010

Film Feedback - Wks of 3/7 & 3/14

April 7 - I just realized I never posted this despite writing it on March 21. So, here you have it. lol

Last week, I only watched ONE movie. I know - can you even believe it? Not only that, it was a movie I've seen lots of times already - The Proposal. One of my new favorites. IMDB

This past week, I did manage a few more.

Went to the theater to see The Bounty Hunter. It was just ok. The funny moments were almost all in the trailer. I felt like Gerard Butler's character was too flawed to be a convincing romantic lead, though I do enjoy watching him on film. I like Jennifer Aniston too, and the supporting cast was also enjoyable. I felt like a lot of it was a rip off of Stephanie Plum - right down to the big blue classic car that Stephanie has to drive. But it was a nice outing with a friend, even if it was a rather forgettable film. IMDB

Our book club selection this month was Wuthering Heights, so last night we watched the newest film version (2009). The filmmakers made Heathcliff and Catherine FAR more sympathetic than they are in the book. In fact, the book has almost no likable characters at all. It does tell the story of the second generation, which apparently many film versions leave out. We were amused, as always, by identifying where we'd seen the actors previously, commenting on the costumes, the facial similarities of the actors to other famous people, and the differences between book and film. In short, we rollicked. IMDB

I also made time to finally watch New Moon (from the Twilight series). It was better than the Twilight movie in a number of ways, and I am looking forward to watching it with my posse so we can rollick it too. Heh heh IMDB

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

February Reads

I've had this post half-written for a couple weeks. Thought I'd better publish it before the MARCH reads are ready to be posted. LOL

I found time to read 4 books in March - rather a small amount for me.

By a Lady by Amanda Elyot - 2/11/2010
Good - Chick Lit
CJ, an actress preparing to portray Jane Austen on Broadway, is sucked through a time portal to 1801 Bath England where she meets her role model and is in for a surprise!
I enjoyed this one - Time travel, Jane Austen, romance - what's not to like?

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte - 2/17/2010
Excellent - Classic
The mysterious new young woman who resides at nearby Wildfell Hall intrigues young Gilbert.
This was our book club choice for February and it was a pleasant surprise. I knew there were three Bronte sisters, but I'd never heard of this book, written by the Bronte who didn't write Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights. It was great - I highly recommend it!

The man who loved books too much by Allison Hoover Barlett - 2/19/2010
Good - Nonfiction
John Gilkey is a book thief who steals rare books just for the pleasure of owning them.
I felt the need for some non-fiction and this was an interesting choice, describing the actions and thinking of a rare book thief.

Don't You Forget About Me by Jancee Dunn - 2/20/2010
Good - Chick Lit
When Lillian's husband divorces her just before her 20th class reunion, she takes a leave of absence from her job as an NYC television producer and moves back home, only to find out that things haven't changed much since high school.
A nice diverting read.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Film Feedback - Wk of 2/28

This week I started a new job working from home. It allowed me less time for watching movies - can you imagine? I still managed 5 films.

The 39 Steps - PBS Masterpiece Theater. Rupert Penry-Jones (better known as Captain Wentworth in Persuasion?). WWI. 'Nuff said? It was enough for me. :-D

Dance Flick - Every now and then, I wonder if I ought to tell the world that I've seen a certain movie. This is one of them. Since I tend to watch dance-themed movies, I figured I'd get a lot of the jokes. Yep. I did. lol And I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that.

New York, I Love You - Another one of those ensemble cast movies. Very strange one. It was more of a love story TO the city of New York, rather than a love story set in NYC or even about it. Short mostly unconnected vignettes - some amusing, some heart-rending, some romantic, some tragic, some hopeful, some thankful. Watched it because of some of the actors in it - Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, & Orlando Bloom (it's been a while, Orly!). If you like someone in the cast, don't expect to see much of them. If you have been to NYC (I haven't) or lived there, it will probably mean more to you than it did to me.

The Genius Club - A Christian apologetics course set in a madman-wants-to-destroy-the-world plot. The Christian Baldwin brother is in this film. Um, Stephen? I just noticed this at the library and thought David would like it. I was right. He did. I watched most of it with him.

Noise - The last couple weeks have been ones for watching unusual movies. Here's another one. Interesting story about a guy in NYC (again with the Big Apple!) who is being driven crazy by the noise and decides to become a vigilante. I skipped one rather sleazy scene, but the movie on the whole was rather thoughtful and intriguing. This was another I just grabbed at the library because the selection was rather slim pickings and I just wanted something I hadn't seen before.