Given how much I loved this director’s movie All the Real Girls earlier this year and given the favorable reviews when it came out, I expected to really like this movie. I didn’t. The cinematography is great–never has a decaying Southern town looked so good–but I was bored.
In case you hadn’t heard, albums are back, as evidenced by their appearance in my local not-hip-at-all Fred Meyer store. Now you youth who grew up with the tiny pictures on the CD covers, or the mp3 files with no picture at all can put the needle to the record and gaze at the cover art and record sleeves as you listen, just as your parents and grandparents did before you.
But, what’s this? $16.99 for a record that is older than me? Don’t do it. Find it used in the record stores, but don’t let the record companies rip you off. Albums used to be $9.99, tops. The promise of “new technology” let CDs be sold for double the price (when they cost less to make than an album or cassette). Don’t pay CD prices for a record album, even if it is brand new.
“Content of your character” movies sometimes come in surprising packages. Legally Blonde’s statement about sticking to what you know is right and being who you are rings strong and true. I can’t help wondering if the writer grew up to listening to Free to Be You and Me.
poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2001/legally_blonde.html
This was one of those “take your vitamins” movie in that I brought it home from the library and so I felt the need to actually watch it. It was one of the best movies I have seen all year with very good messages about hard work and fear of your dreams and the power of community. I especially enjoyed the twist at the end which I saw coming, but which played out in unexpected ways.
poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2006/akeelah_and_the_bee.html
Welcome to the first Best Movies Patricia Watched in 2008 awards. We have no celebrity presenters here, or sparkly statues or celebrity gift bags, or even dinner and drinks, so without further ado:
Best message about achievement, success, education and community:
Best movie for the whole family:
City of Ember
Little movie I loved:
Best double feature:
Thank goodness for the Criterion Collection Award:
Best at presenting multiple perspectives:
Best movie where you are the wedding guest:
Rachael Getting Married
Most quiet, delightful, must see movie:
The funniest movie I watched in 2008:
The award for “No cow is sacred”
Best nerd fantasy movie:
Movie that I eagerly anticipated and HATED:
The Dark Knight
The “should have not picked up the hat and whip again” award:
Indiana Jones and the Return of the Crystal Skull
My favorite movie watched in 2008
All the Real Girls
Best movie to sit back and experience:
Best movie for launching a reading obsession:
Gone, Baby Gone
The movie that hit the spot:
The movie I really felt like I should like, but found kind of boring:
Miss Pettygrew Lives for a Day
The movie people should see even if they don’t think they like animated features
Best use of “Eye of the Tiger” since the 80s
Best “I forgot to breathe for an hour of gripping drama:
No Country for Old Men
Movie that provoked the most interesting reaction:
Charlie Wilson’s War
Movie that affected my psyche for days:
Movie I was sure I would like based on the director and the buzz, but didn’t.
You can find three sentences about almost all of these movies, by clicking on “three sentence movies” in the tag cloud.
Pictures from my entirely unnecessary walk. It was the first day in awhile that I could go out without being 1)totally bundled up 2)able to walk without navigating through the snow and/or ice.
This house wants to say hello to you. Do you think it was meant to be this anthropomorphic?
Ducks! Someday I want ducks!
Someone helpfully (hah!) provided a couch so you can watch the traffic go by.
If you sat there, you would get this noisy view.
This is my favorite house on Montana street. I love the house itself, the color, things in the yard and all the little details that make it cool.
Nice decorations are everywhere around the house.
And you can see through the chicken wire gate to the chicken-house like extension. Fabulous!
This is a time of relaxing, for sure. I don’t think I have met any of my goals for work 4 hours of work for awhile now. Today was no different.
- Up and dressed to the shoes. It was touch and go for awhile there, but I did get up and by skipping the shower, was able to get dressed.
- 1 hour study. Did this
- 1 hour blogs. Did this. I can’t believe I’m not caught up yet!
- 1 hour exercise. I took an entirely unnecessary walk to the library to return a movie and then walked to the store for some supplies.
- 4 hours work. Not really. If you double count the walk as also work, then I think I have two hours. Sports Night wins again.
- Keep up with dishes and picking up. I did do this!
- Nap maximum 30 minutes. I actually set the nap timer for an hour as I haven’t been sleeping well and was very tired. But 25 minutes in, the phone rang and it woke me up. I felt refreshed so I did meet my napping limitations goal.
- Eat only when hungry, stop when full. I wasn’t hungry at dinner so I didn’t eat.
- Plan food the day before. Did this.
- Fruit and veggies while watching movie. I actually had a peanut butter coconut honey concoction.
Not bad day. Just no work.
When was the last time I saw Sean Penn playing an impish character instead of a repressed and tortured one? I had forgotten he had it in him. Well acted, very good period piece, good story line, a bit long near the end, and I can’t quite square this in my Gus Van Sant world.
“The book is always better than the movie.”
That statement is what I firmly believed for most of my growing up years. As I got older and saw more movies and let go of the fact that each movie had to be a page-by-page adaptation of my beloved books, I began to enjoy both the book and the movie version. Indeed, at times I prefer the movie to the book. Granted, those times are few and far between but sometimes the movie fleshes out things that don’t really come to life on the page, or makes a more coherent narrative. And I loved watching Gone With The Wind, simply to see the dresses, never mind that the filmmakers left out several of Scarlett O’Hara’s children.
You can find a list on Goodreads titled “The Movie Was Better Than the Book”. I disagree with many of them, but here are some I agree with:
- Fight Club
- Forrest Gump
- Big Fish
- Eddie and the Cruisers
- The Hours
- Starship Troopers
- The Natural
Sometimes I like both the movie and the book best because they both bring out good qualities in the story:
- Fried Green Tomatoes
- The Orchid Thief/Adaptation
That said, about 90% of the time the book is at least as good as the movie, but mostly better.