Tuesday, October 9, 2007

As you can see, I didn't have time to read. I was busy watching these important films.

The Karate Kid (1984)

It's still a great movie, though the music is definitely dated. (I had to roll my eyes when my 11-year-old said, “This music is cool!”) Mr. Miyagi was even deeper than I remembered.

Benny and Joon (1993)

I have no idea if Joon is really an accurate and believable crazy person, but it's a good show. And there's Johnny Depp doing great mime stuff.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

I enjoyed this much more after my recent Harry Potter immersion exercise.

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

Had its moments, but what I'd really like is a custom-made DVD with my favorite Simpsons episodes, like the Vegetarian episode and the Halloween one where Bob Dole and Bill Clinton are kidnapped by aliens right before the election, and nobody will vote for a third party, even when the replacement candidates are revealed to be aliens!

Stardust (2007)

Some have compared this to The Princess Bride, but they are wrong to do so. It was pretty good.

Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)

One scene made me laugh out loud, but this was fairly mediocre.

The Last Mimzy (2007)

I thought this was an okay kids' film, but there was a lot that went unexplained that might have been interesting. However, it's also very possible that if more had been explained, it would have turned into a truly awful movie like A.I.. So I will take it as it is.

Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (1991)

In spite of the retarded title and the fact that it's about diving horses, it turns out that this is a really great movie! Really! It's based on a true story, it's clean, and it's entirely enjoyable. Has some good morals, too.

Mansfield Park (1999)

There are some major departures from, or maybe I should say some very loose interpretations of certain aspects of, Jane Austen's novel, but this is a very good movie just on its own. It's a great chick flick and contains one of the best almost-kiss scenes ever.

Pride and Prejudice (1996 and 2005)

I had a brief fling with the newest Pride and Prejudice, but after watching A&E's again, there's just no comparison. I still love the new one—it looks beautiful and I love the music—but A&E's five-hour film is so true to the book. Someday I plan to write a really long post on all things Pride and Prejudice, but this will have to do for now. Unless someone would like to start a discussion?

4 comments:

  1. Have you seen Bride and Prejudice? It's a fun adaptation done half Ballywood-musical style, by the director of Bend It Like Beckham, which comes full circle to Keira Knightley. Mmmm....

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  2. Yes, I have seen Bride and Prejudice, and I really liked it. The women and their clothing are ridiculously beautiful.

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  3. well it is early early in the morn and even though i should be sleeping i cant resist to comment on your choices of important films most recently watched. karate kid - ralph machio is such a whiner miyagi shoulda kicked em to the curb... for better acting but still a bit of whineyness see My Cousin Vinny, benny and joon - depp does good homage to some silent greats, harry potter - i just love these lil mischievious witches and i havent read more than the cover of any of the books, simpsons movie - genious, albeit a long episode it was a dang ol good one... and the choice you picked for erins best of simpsons dvd is awesome (who wants gespacho! and that flying pig during the credits... also the aliens for president was classic...), havent seen any of the others.... curious about stardust....

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  4. I have to agree about Ralph Macchio's whininess. But I guess that makes him a proper underdog? I think I saw My Cousin Vinny on TV a really long time ago, but I can't remember it. I thought Johnny Depp's silent antics in Benny and Joon were brilliant. It can't be easy to learn that stuff, but apparently he did, and just for that movie.

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