Sunday, July 29, 2012

Watched in or near 2011

More catching up.

  • 17 Miracles (2011): Really good movie about the Mormon handcart companies.
  • Winnie the Pooh (2011): I liked it a lot! I'm a Winnie the Pooh fan.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011): Enjoyable and not as convoluted as the others (although I liked the others a lot, too).
  • Mansfield Park (1999): I like this movie a lot, although it doesn't have a lot to do with Jane Austen's novel.
  • Monday Monday (2009): A British TV series, good, fairly short.
  • Jerry Maguire (1996): I liked this.
  • Killers (2010): Funnier than I thought it would be.
  • Crazy, Stupid Love. (2011): I really liked this, although the end was overly cheesy and unlikely.
  • Raising Arizona (1987): One of my favorite movies ever!
  • How Do You Know (2010): I really like Reese Witherspoon, but this was just okay.
  • Dear Lemon Lima (2009): Really good music and I liked it, but I didn't like one major part of the plot.
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996): A pretty good adaptation of Anne Brontë's novel.
  • It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010): Very good.
  • Arranged (2007): Really good. We all loved it.
  • A Summer in Genoa (2008): Pretty good, kind of sad.
  • Heist (2001): Pretty good.
  • Morning Glory (2010): Better than I expected. I'm not a huge fan of Rachel McAdams.
  • Master and Commander (2003): Very, very good.
  • Falling for Grace (2006): Okay.
  • Scorched (2003): Kind of quirky. Okay.
  • The Informant! (2009): Very good.
  • Sense & Sensibility (2008): Really good! I loved it. Sense and Sensibility is maybe my favorite Jane Austen novel.
  • Case Histories (2011): Three long Masterpiece Mystery episodes. Very good.
  • The Time Traveler's Wife (2009): Interesting. Still not a big Rachel McAdams fan.
  • The Accidental Husband (2008): Okay.
  • Wild Target (2010): Very good. Quirky and funny.
  • Little Miss Sunshine (2006): Really good.
  • Cheaper by the Dozen (1950): So, so good! I had forgotten how delightful this movie is.
  • Spirit of the Marathon (2007): Interesting.
  • A Town Called Panic (2009): Odd and entertaining. The kids and I really liked it.
  • Sherlock (2010): The first three movie-length episodes are very good. Loved them.
  • TiMER (2009): Pretty good, although it seems like there was something I didn't like about it. I can't remember, though.
  • The Baker (2007): Quirky and funny.
  • The Forsyte Saga (2002): Kind of a dark mini-series about a family around the turn-of-the-century. Good, though.
  • Waiting for Forever (2010): Okay.
  • Mad Men (2007): Man, this is well-written and fascinating, but it's really hard to sympathize with any of the characters. I still love it.

Movies watched in 2010 (or thereabouts)

Yes, I'm behind. This is catch-up.

  • Date Night (2010): Loved it!
  • Koyaanisqatsi (1982): I liked this. So did the kids, surprisingly enough.
  • Powaqqatsi (1988): Not as good as the first one.
  • Naqoyqatsi (2002): Even less good than the second one, although the kids liked it because of a couple of scenes from video games.
  • Robin Hood (2010): So good.
  • Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987): Second time seeing it. It's good.
  • Bright Star (2009): Apparently kind of forgettable.
  • Back to the Future (1985): The kids hadn't seen it before. They loved it, and it was fun to see again.
  • Outsourced (2006): Okay
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004): Very good. Moving.
  • Leap Year (2010): Somewhat enjoyable fluff.
  • Whip It (2009): Very good.
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008): Meh.
  • Groundhog Day (1993): Kind of fun.
  • Pizza (2005): Pretty good.
  • Amreeka (2009): Very good. Zed saw this at his Arabic camp at BYU, so we watched it while he was there.
  • Amélie (2001): Cute. We'd had the soundtrack for a while, which is excellent, and I think the movie was a little disappointing after that.
  • Bridget Jones's Diary (2001): I love this movie (and the book), but I'm not necessarily proud of that.
  • Pasta (2010): A Korean TV series. I went through a phase, okay? This was my favorite one, I think.
  • My Lovely Sam-Soon (2005): Another Korean TV series. Funny.
  • Boys Over Flowers (2005): Another Korean TV series. She picks the wrong guy, and the guys dressed and looked like '80s New Wave pop stars, but I liked it.
  • Triumph of the Will (1935): Leni Riefenstahl's Nazi propaganda movie from 1935. Jon made us watch it. Definitely interesting.
  • Rocky (1976): This is a great movie.
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988): So funny.
  • The Ramen Girl (2008): Okay.
  • Bad Love (?): Another Korean TV series. This one went on for too long, but I liked the characters.
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983): A good, scary movie from my youth. I love Ray Bradbury.

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows

After a brief moment of annoyance at the beginning of this epistolary novel when I thought I might not finish it, I picked it up again and devoured it in a couple of days. It's lovely: funny and moving and informative about the German Occupation of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands between England and France, during World War II. I loved it.