what i’m watching

6 08 2009

My on-going quest to watch my entire 300+ movie collection without repeat goes on:

  • Driving Miss Daisy – first time in a long time – Stellar cast and a few Academy Awards (rightly) won, DMD is one of the few movies that, watching 20 years after it was made, is absolutely, truly, unmistakably still worth a revisit every year or so. (10 of 10)
  • Lady Sings the Blues – first watch – A 1970s biopic of the life of Billie H0lliday. It’s amazing to see the difference in drug use portrayal then and now; never once did we see an actual needle, nor did we see her actually inject. Unfortunately, LStB leaves me wondering just how Diana Ross became as huge as a star as she became, or how movie makers could think they could pass off the 20-something as a 13-year old girl. Nonetheless, the music and the life of Holliday make up for some of its failings. (5 of 10)
  • Thank You for Smoking – The tale of tobacco lobbyist and his job — just to talk, he says. It’s intelligently made, smartly written, and funny. Not classic work on the part of any of the actors, but great satire and commentary. (7 of 10)
  • Titan [A.E.] – first time in a long time – I don’t know what inspired my brother and I to watch it in the theatres, nor what made me buy it, but the cartoon is fun if a blatant rip off of about 100 other science fiction and fantasy story lines. At times, the move feels like an extended music video.  (6 of 10)
  • Vanity Fair first watch – Reese Witherspoon’s weak attempt at doing a Hollywood-ized version of a Victorian English novel. Beautifully costumed and set, I was kind of disappointed with the storyline because I couldn’t understand how it was a classic. I read some on line reviews and found that most of the story was cut, including the depth of Becky Sharp’s desire climb the social ladder. Decent and beautiful to watch, but not memorable. (4 of 10)
  • The Boondock Saints – I warn first timers to TBS of the graphic and violent nature of the movie. That said, it is an unbelievable and powerful ride through faith, vengeance, redemption, and vigilante-ism against the mob in Boston. Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus, the two brothers, are gorgeous, which helps, and Willem Dafor should have been nominated for his role as the self-assured, gay detective. Watch it, buy it – you’ll understand. (9 of 10)
  • Mamma Mia!first watch – I cannot believe it took me this long to watch, but are you surprised I love it? Christine Baranski is by far the surprise singer in the group, though she plays the role we’re all used to her in: the drunken socialite best friend. Meryl is fantastic, Dominic Cooper is gorgeous, and we are introduced to the amazing talent of Julie Waters. Best song and performance is “Lay All Your Love On Me,” by far. Too bad Pierce Brosnan singing almost ruins the entire film. (8.5 of 10)
  • 1776first time in a long time – I hope they never, ever remake this movie because of how good it is; for my generation, it’s hard to watch William Daniels without thinking “Mr. Feeney,” but the cast is perfect even though you probably wouldn’t recognize a single name other than the bit part by Blythe Danner. I stole the DVD from my father after the trip home this past weekend; he doesn’t know yet. (9 of 10)
  • Hairspray (2007) – What can I say? My favorite movie of all time. I’m kind of sad I watched it so early in the countdown, rather than saving it for much later when I’m struggling for movies to enjoy. (10 of 10)
  • The Libertinefirst watch – Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, and John Malkovich? Yes please. The story of John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester, and (according to the promo materials for the movie) one of the most decadent men of his generation. Depp saved the film from being what could have been a weak period piece into an enjoyable and beautifully depicted piece. (7 of 10)
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum – Buster Keaton’s last movie before he died, this Broadway comedic musical was recently brought back to the stage with stars like Whoopi Goldberg. It’s funny and a little scandalous, but nothing ground breaking. Oh, and with very few exceptions, the music is not memorable. Worth a few bucks if you want a couple of laughs one afternoon, but it’s a classic and survived. (7 of 10)
  • Tea With Mussolinifirst time in a long time – How’s this for a cast: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Cher, Lily Tomlin, and Joan Plowright, directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Yea, I’m surprised more people haven’t seen it too, especially considering how smart and well done the flick is. Set in Italy during World War II around a conclave of wealthy English women settled in Florence, I would recommend it to anyone. My mother and I found the movie in a bargain bin and have been raving about it ever since. (9 out of 10)

My new goal is to watch a new movie, a first time in a long time, and an old favorite in that order. I have a lot more “never seen” flicks than I had originally thought.




One response

7 08 2009

OMG camp american history, I LOOOOVE 1776!!!!! hahaha

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