charliesmum: (Sherlock Ponders by kirathaune)
I was looking up Educating Rita on IMDB because I’m currently watching it through Netflix, and was curious about some of the other actors - like the guy who played her husband. He was cute 25+ years ago. A couple of the actors are now dead, including the one who played Brian. Sad.

Anyway, I clicked on Michael Caine, just to see what he’s up to, and apparently he’s involved in what I assume is an animated project called "Gnomeo and Juliet. IMDB says it is ‘A version of Shakespeare's play, set in the world of warring indoor and outdoor gnomes’.

Maggie Smith and Patrick Stewart are apparently involved. So is Julie Walters, who actually starred in Educating Rita WITH Michael Caine, so that’s kind of nifty.

So…good cast but…gnomes? Really?

Oh, and Ozzy Osborne is listed in the cast. Not even sure where to go with that.
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I was looking up Educating Rita on IMDB because I’m currently watching it through Netflix, and was curious about some of the other actors - like the guy who played her husband. He was cute 25+ years ago. A couple of the actors are now dead, including the one who played Brian. Sad.

Anyway, I clicked on Michael Caine, just to see what he’s up to, and apparently he’s involved in what I assume is an animated project called "Gnomeo and Juliet. IMDB says it is ‘A version of Shakespeare's play, set in the world of warring indoor and outdoor gnomes’.

Maggie Smith and Patrick Stewart are apparently involved. So is Julie Walters, who actually starred in Educating Rita WITH Michael Caine, so that’s kind of nifty.

So…good cast but…gnomes? Really?

Oh, and Ozzy Osborne is listed in the cast. Not even sure where to go with that.
charliesmum: (Book Kermit (Slammerkinbabe))
Got this from [livejournal.com profile] sphinxvictorian:

Here's a meme for you. Go to Wikipedia and look up the films from the year you turned 12. Why 12? I have no idea, though I'd venture to guess that it's a point at which you've passed beyond kiddie movies and are starting to be able to appreciate flicks aimed at a broader market. Italicize the ones you've seen, bold the ones you own. Easy-peasy.


I'm just going comment next to the films, though.

I was 12 in 1979 )

Crikey that was long. Makes me want to look up all the movies througout my childhood years to see which ones I remember seeing in the theatre. I am willing to bet Charlie's seen more in his lifetime then I did in the same amount of years.
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Got this from [livejournal.com profile] sphinxvictorian:

Here's a meme for you. Go to Wikipedia and look up the films from the year you turned 12. Why 12? I have no idea, though I'd venture to guess that it's a point at which you've passed beyond kiddie movies and are starting to be able to appreciate flicks aimed at a broader market. Italicize the ones you've seen, bold the ones you own. Easy-peasy.


I'm just going comment next to the films, though.

I was 12 in 1979 )

Crikey that was long. Makes me want to look up all the movies througout my childhood years to see which ones I remember seeing in the theatre. I am willing to bet Charlie's seen more in his lifetime then I did in the same amount of years.
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I finally saw the Kiera Knightly version. It was okay, but it felt like a Cliff's Note version of the, what I feel is the definitive movie starring everyone's favorite Darcy, Colin Firth.

To be fair, I've watched the '95 version about 4 million times, so I may have a slight, er, prejudice against any pretender to that particular throne. Still I couldn't help but feel like it was a bunch of people running through the story in 2 hours for those people who don't have the patience to sit through 6.

I thought they did well in condensing the story, since they had too, but there was very little substance to it. Wickham had like one line in the entire movie, the sisters, with the exception of Jane, were imposible to distinguish and why did they pay Dame Judi Dench to play Lady Catherine when she had barely 10 minutes screen time?

I did not feel that Keira's Lizzie was playful or quickwitted or anything. Not Keira's fault; I felt like the screenwriter just figured we all already know her personality, and so didn't feel the need to show it to us. And the actor playing Darcy did a nice job of showing how he was really shy, I never believe he was falling in love with Lizzie. Again, there was no substance to it.

And I thought all the outdoor scenes were too contrived. Like they were saying, 'let's distinguish ourselves by NOT having them in drawing rooms and ball rooms. We'll stick her in the rain, instead!'

Have any of you seen it? What do you think? I sometimes wonder what Jane Austen would think of these movies. Personally I think she'd be quite pleased with Colin Firth's Darcy.
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I finally saw the Kiera Knightly version. It was okay, but it felt like a Cliff's Note version of the, what I feel is the definitive movie starring everyone's favorite Darcy, Colin Firth.

To be fair, I've watched the '95 version about 4 million times, so I may have a slight, er, prejudice against any pretender to that particular throne. Still I couldn't help but feel like it was a bunch of people running through the story in 2 hours for those people who don't have the patience to sit through 6.

I thought they did well in condensing the story, since they had too, but there was very little substance to it. Wickham had like one line in the entire movie, the sisters, with the exception of Jane, were imposible to distinguish and why did they pay Dame Judi Dench to play Lady Catherine when she had barely 10 minutes screen time?

I did not feel that Keira's Lizzie was playful or quickwitted or anything. Not Keira's fault; I felt like the screenwriter just figured we all already know her personality, and so didn't feel the need to show it to us. And the actor playing Darcy did a nice job of showing how he was really shy, I never believe he was falling in love with Lizzie. Again, there was no substance to it.

And I thought all the outdoor scenes were too contrived. Like they were saying, 'let's distinguish ourselves by NOT having them in drawing rooms and ball rooms. We'll stick her in the rain, instead!'

Have any of you seen it? What do you think? I sometimes wonder what Jane Austen would think of these movies. Personally I think she'd be quite pleased with Colin Firth's Darcy.
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The soundtrack for "Music and Lyrics" is incredibly addicting. The '80s' songs are dead on, and the Pop Diva songs are just perfect. And all the actors are doing their own singing including, I hasten to point out, Hugh Grant.

If you haven't seen it yet, here's the 'offical' PoP! video on You Tube. Possible spoilers, if you count the sight of Hugh Grant in a bad 80s hairdo a spoiler.

This is how the movie opens, which is why I knew immediately it was going to be good.

Charlie* is very fond of this soundtrack. He wants to see the movie because he likes the songs. Hearing him sing 'Way Back into Love" is very sweet.


I finally got some photos of our "Macbeth", by the way. Here's one of them.




*because how can I post without mentioning him at least once?
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The soundtrack for "Music and Lyrics" is incredibly addicting. The '80s' songs are dead on, and the Pop Diva songs are just perfect. And all the actors are doing their own singing including, I hasten to point out, Hugh Grant.

If you haven't seen it yet, here's the 'offical' PoP! video on You Tube. Possible spoilers, if you count the sight of Hugh Grant in a bad 80s hairdo a spoiler.

This is how the movie opens, which is why I knew immediately it was going to be good.

Charlie* is very fond of this soundtrack. He wants to see the movie because he likes the songs. Hearing him sing 'Way Back into Love" is very sweet.


I finally got some photos of our "Macbeth", by the way. Here's one of them.




*because how can I post without mentioning him at least once?
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Just had the coolest thing happen. Was at the post office, and this woman walks by me who looked vaguely familar but I couldn't place why. It's a small town, people cross paths frequently.

So I'm in line, and someone calls my name and I turn to see the same woman. "Are you Carol?" she asks.

"Yes, I am."

"I'm [livejournal.com profile] erynnef from Livejournal. I recognized Charlie from his pictures."

We've never actually met before, despite living in the same area. It was so cool to randomly bump into her like that.

One other thing I wanted to mention was that last Saturday I saw the movie Music and Lyrics. BRILLIANT. Loved every second of it. You know a movie is good when it makes you laugh the second the movie starts.

It just has everything I expect from a good Rom-Com. Good writing, excellent supporting actors, fun plot, laugh out loud moments. Go see it. Now. Go on. I'll wait...
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Just had the coolest thing happen. Was at the post office, and this woman walks by me who looked vaguely familar but I couldn't place why. It's a small town, people cross paths frequently.

So I'm in line, and someone calls my name and I turn to see the same woman. "Are you Carol?" she asks.

"Yes, I am."

"I'm [livejournal.com profile] erynnef from Livejournal. I recognized Charlie from his pictures."

We've never actually met before, despite living in the same area. It was so cool to randomly bump into her like that.

One other thing I wanted to mention was that last Saturday I saw the movie Music and Lyrics. BRILLIANT. Loved every second of it. You know a movie is good when it makes you laugh the second the movie starts.

It just has everything I expect from a good Rom-Com. Good writing, excellent supporting actors, fun plot, laugh out loud moments. Go see it. Now. Go on. I'll wait...
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In this TV Guide article Samuel L. Jackson is discusses the 'R' rating due to language: We can't be going, 'Golly, gee....' I mean, there are snakes on a plane!

And when asked about sequels, he points out that snakes on a plane is a very specific situation - you're on a plane, you can't get off, but there is no logical* follow up. Where, he says, can you go from there? There aren't a lot of vehicles you can do that with. "Snakes on a Cruise Ship"? Maybe if you're way out in the ocean, but you could still get on a life raft. "Snakes in Space"? I'm not [playing] an astronaut.

I have no desire to see this movie, despite the fact I've enjoyed the whole internet hoop-la surrounding it. It will be too gross and violent for the likes of me. I do, however, hope if fufills all expectations. I invision it as the next 'Rocky Horror' with people throwing rubber snakes and shouting lines along with Samuel Jackson.





*for a given value of 'logic', naturally. I mean, the original movie isn't the most logical of things, really
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In this TV Guide article Samuel L. Jackson is discusses the 'R' rating due to language: We can't be going, 'Golly, gee....' I mean, there are snakes on a plane!

And when asked about sequels, he points out that snakes on a plane is a very specific situation - you're on a plane, you can't get off, but there is no logical* follow up. Where, he says, can you go from there? There aren't a lot of vehicles you can do that with. "Snakes on a Cruise Ship"? Maybe if you're way out in the ocean, but you could still get on a life raft. "Snakes in Space"? I'm not [playing] an astronaut.

I have no desire to see this movie, despite the fact I've enjoyed the whole internet hoop-la surrounding it. It will be too gross and violent for the likes of me. I do, however, hope if fufills all expectations. I invision it as the next 'Rocky Horror' with people throwing rubber snakes and shouting lines along with Samuel Jackson.





*for a given value of 'logic', naturally. I mean, the original movie isn't the most logical of things, really
charliesmum: (Death - Gaiman (by nosprinkles))
Just got back from seeing The Devil Wears Prada. Very enjoyable movie. Funny, pretty clothes, happy ending etc.

Back in the olden days, Meryl Streep tended to be in movies where people cried alot and had bad things happen to them. Even when she was in a movie that didn't require her to put on an accent or have to choose what child will live, her characters always seemed so miserable. Like this one movie I can't think of the name of where she plays a character who falls in love with this guy on a train, or something. Sounds nice, but they are both married, and so they mope around the whole time and in the end she misses the train or something and they don't end up together.

Anyway...my point is, as much as I can understand why she got so many Oscars and Oscar nominations, she always bugged me because she took it all so darned seriously. Like she didn't think she'd be a 'real' actress if she didn't play someone who was dying of a rare disease or something.

And even when she started to try more comedy, she made some odd choices. I mean, that Rosanne Barr thing, She Devil? What the heck was that?

This was nice. She was, as always, fantastic in the role, and it was a very fun, funny movie where points were made, but nothing too serious, and people were entertained without leaving the theatre fighting the urge to slit one's wrist.

See, Meryl? That wasn't so hard, was it?

PS. I've made a couple more changes to my layout, and I'm very proud of it. Have a look. :)
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Just got back from seeing The Devil Wears Prada. Very enjoyable movie. Funny, pretty clothes, happy ending etc.

Back in the olden days, Meryl Streep tended to be in movies where people cried alot and had bad things happen to them. Even when she was in a movie that didn't require her to put on an accent or have to choose what child will live, her characters always seemed so miserable. Like this one movie I can't think of the name of where she plays a character who falls in love with this guy on a train, or something. Sounds nice, but they are both married, and so they mope around the whole time and in the end she misses the train or something and they don't end up together.

Anyway...my point is, as much as I can understand why she got so many Oscars and Oscar nominations, she always bugged me because she took it all so darned seriously. Like she didn't think she'd be a 'real' actress if she didn't play someone who was dying of a rare disease or something.

And even when she started to try more comedy, she made some odd choices. I mean, that Rosanne Barr thing, She Devil? What the heck was that?

This was nice. She was, as always, fantastic in the role, and it was a very fun, funny movie where points were made, but nothing too serious, and people were entertained without leaving the theatre fighting the urge to slit one's wrist.

See, Meryl? That wasn't so hard, was it?

PS. I've made a couple more changes to my layout, and I'm very proud of it. Have a look. :)
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OMG! There was an actual Snake on a Plane! )

Of course, the fact that that movie is coming out, and the pilot's name is Monty makes me wonder if this is a real story or just one of those internet urban legend things that Snopes.com has to de-bunk because some internet sites post things from dubious sources.
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OMG! There was an actual Snake on a Plane! )

Of course, the fact that that movie is coming out, and the pilot's name is Monty makes me wonder if this is a real story or just one of those internet urban legend things that Snopes.com has to de-bunk because some internet sites post things from dubious sources.
charliesmum: (blackadder blimey (by crossbow1))
I still get those obnxious spam emails, and every once in awhile the subject line just makes me laugh. Today's was Left haberdashery some garage

I mean, haberdashery? Who uses that word any more?

Was just watching Roman Holiday on the television. What an awesome movie. I am very grateful they haven't remade it. Yet. Although I could see Natalie Portman in the role of the princess, if someone does get the ill-concieved idea to mutilate yet another classic Audrey Hepburn film.

I made it through the day pretty un-hungover, just in case anyone is wondering. I drank lots of water took a couple asprin and had some Pepto-Bismal before I went to sleep. It helped. I did have really weird dreams though.
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I still get those obnxious spam emails, and every once in awhile the subject line just makes me laugh. Today's was Left haberdashery some garage

I mean, haberdashery? Who uses that word any more?

Was just watching Roman Holiday on the television. What an awesome movie. I am very grateful they haven't remade it. Yet. Although I could see Natalie Portman in the role of the princess, if someone does get the ill-concieved idea to mutilate yet another classic Audrey Hepburn film.

I made it through the day pretty un-hungover, just in case anyone is wondering. I drank lots of water took a couple asprin and had some Pepto-Bismal before I went to sleep. It helped. I did have really weird dreams though.

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