I know I have mentioned a few films in my past few posts, but thought I’d do a full-fledged Film Footnote. It is Friday the First of February, after all.
“The Impossible” – Saw this with Marissa at the late-late show on a Wednesday. Before going, I read a bit about the family the movie is centered on. It would be interesting to read the book that they wrote, as it is very amazing how they came though the horrific situation as whole as they appear. Having lived through a national disaster, as well as spending time thinking about a crisis response to a disaster, it is hard to imagine the response needed to a disaster of this magnitude. The underwater scenes were painful to watch; the search for family was painful to watch; the difficult hospital situation was painful to watch. I guess, it was painful to watch! The middle son broke my heart when he said, “But I’ve never taken care of anyone before” after he is asked to take care of his younger brother. Wow. I cried throughout the movie and thought that the flashback underwater scene was a bit much. I can recommend this movie, even as it isn’t the kind of movie that I would usually be drawn to.
“Silver Linings Playbook” – I just can’t say enough about this movie. I saw it a second time last week and can’t wait for its next viewing! I will refrain from purchasing another ticket and will wait until it comes out on DVD, but it is truly my favorite movie from 2012. I’m glad it is nominated for so many Oscars and I hope that it takes a few! Although it tackles the serious subject of mental illness, it is happy and light and funny. It is sooo feel-good. The first time I saw it, I was surprised by some of the plot. No spoilers here. It is just a clever story. I ordered the book and will see if it lives up to the movie!
“What to Expect When You’re Expecting“ – a second viewing for me. I saw this in the theatre and was pleasantly surprised. It isn’t great literature or film, but it is a cute movie, well-done.
“The Ides of March“ – political intrigue, not my usual cup of tea, but this was well-done as well. Ryan Gosling and George Clooney, oh my! But aside from being easy to look at, it had a good story.
In Honor of Pride & Prejudice being 200 years old:
“Pride & Prejudice- BBC version” – I own this and thought it deserved a viewing upon finishing reading “Persuasion” by Austen and in honor of the 200th year since publication of the book. It is just so delightful. Colin Firth is a perfect Darcy; watching him play disagreeable and prideful and then seeing the love in his eyes when Elizabeth plays piano… amazing. Ah…. such good stuff. All 5 hours of it. I’ll watch the most recent version sometime soon, too.
Coming next from Netflix: “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Ruby Sparks.” Can’t wait to see what the Oscar buzz is about for Beasts and think that Ruby will be a fun one to watch.
What about you? What have you seen lately?
- First Friday Film Footnotes 2013 (walkietalkiebookclub.com)
- ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ director David O. Russell on the stigma of mood disorders (startingpoint.blogs.cnn.com)
- Bradley Cooper loves solo cinema trips (contactmusic.com)
- Oscar Nominations: Argo (2012), Silver Linings Playbook (2012) (unpopcult.wordpress.com)