A Room with a View really can’t compare at all with the book. It rushes through the whole story just to get to the romantic ending with Lucy and George, which is of course the best part. I was thinking, though, about the casting of Daniel Day-Lewis as Lucy’s odious fiance Cecil Vyse. Daniel Day-Lewis is known for staying in character for the entire duration of a movie. I was just thinking how awful it must have been when he was Cecil Vyse for a month. I wonder if he traveled by carriage and insulted everyone he met.
I know that there are lots of things about Minority Report that aren’t necessarily realistic, and I can forgive most of them, but why do they not turn off the security permissions for Tom Cruise’s character’s eyeballs? It get him into the temple to kidnap Agatha and and later it gets his wife in to rescue him. No wonder there is such a market for eyeball transplants, eyeballs are so valuable. I wonder if all the burglars carry around a bunch of eyeballs on a keychain in their pockets? They can’t kill anyone, but they sure can rob folks. Future hackers take note, stop whatever you are doing and go to optometry school immediately.
I watched The Jane Austen Book Club with my mom, brother and sister-in-law over the holidays.Â I put up a good front against the cuteness of it all, but I did end up ordering Sense and Sensibility from my book swap anyway.Â At the end of the movie, the one male character in the movie mentions starting a Patrick O’Brian book club and the ladies ignore him.Â I have to say that a Patrick O’Brian book club is a great idea.Â I’m about to start reading the 7th book in the series and I can’t get enough.Â Every meeting would be like, “woah, that Jack Aubrey kicks ass…”Â We wouldn’t even have to be reading the same book, the conversation would still make sense.Â Who’s in?
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P.S. I Love You is just a depressing movie. Hilary Swank gives me the heeby jeebies.Â My friend recommended it to me, but she is very Irish.Â P.S. I Love You is very Irish also even though the lead actor Gerard Butler is actually Scottish.Â Not that I can actually tell the Irish and the Scottish apart.Â Anyway, again in a romantic movie the characters have to kiss to realize that they don’t love each other.Â Really?Â Someone has been harboring feelings for someone for so long and then they kiss them and say, “Oh never mind.”Â If that works, I am just going to start kissing everyone.Â You never know when sparks are going to fly.
27 Dresses isn’t particularly notable except for the James Marsden finally gets the girl in a movie. I would think that this is a good step for his career, but looking at imdb he has some gems like Conan: Red Nails coming out next year straight to video. One thing I thought was interesting, Katherine Heigl’s character kisses someone she has harbored a crush on for years to realize that she doesn’t love him. I think that kisses only work that way in movies.
I think Vincent D’Onofrio is the best actor with the worst roles.Â You can feel him in crappy movies like The Break-Up yearning for a better role.Â Like if he brings greatness to this crap someone will offer him another Full Metal Jacket.Â His IMDB bio calls him “an actor’s actor” aka a great actor with terrible roles.
For some reason, every time I turn on the tv a movie is playing with Ralph Fiennes in it. It also happens that until the last Harry Potter movie comes out, he is going to be Voldemort to me. So every movie is now experienced with Voldemort glasses. For example, Maid in Manhattan is the story of Lord Voldemort falling for a maid while he is running for Senate. He thinks she is wealthy because he saw her wearing someone else’s clothes. Once he finds out that she is really a maid, he hits her with the Avada Kedavra curse.Â You don’t mess with Senator Voldemort.Â By the way, can something still be a romantic comedy if nothing funny happens?
The Prince & Me really isn’t that bad of a movie. I would watch it, especially if it was on right now, instead of Prince & Me II: The Royal Wedding. The sequel is straight-to-video and has only one cast member from the first movie, the prince. Apparently Luke Mably (Prince Edvard) was contractually obligated to return for the sequel. The acting and editing and basically everything about the movie is bizarre. It reminded me of a professor describing Count Chocula as the simulacrum of a vampire. Prince & Me II: The Royal Wedding is the Count Chocula of filmmaking.
After a hard day of battling the Cockroach Invasion of 2007, I needed a little romantic comedy crack.Â Because I Said So was just what I needed.Â It had Mandy Moore, Diane Keaton and two hot guys.Â I’m not sure about this emergence of Diane Keaton as hot older lady, but I much prefer Stephen Collins to Jack Nicholson as the romantic interest.Â What can I say?Â I always liked that Reverend Eric Camden on Seventh Heaven.Â He’s dreamy.
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Rotten tomatoes rating: 5% (wow, that is low)
I remember I saw Clueless when I was still a snob about movies and I was so surprised that I enjoyed it. The little inside joke about Billie Holiday being a woman really appealed to my sophisticated 17 year old palate. Of course, now I’ll watch anything and since Clueless was on tv, I watched it again. It was nice to see Paul Rudd when he was still adorable (pre-Forty Year Old Virgin). Clueless is a four ding movie by the way.
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