Saturday, January 9, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
First, an explanation of the events of last night, then my thoughts on the movie. Yesterday, classes started back up for me. I'm only taking one class this term but as soon as I was in the middle of it, I knew I had over-committed myself to projects for this year. I'm very excited about the class and I'm looking forward to developing my skills and understanding of many things from the class. However, in order to do that, I know that I must re-evaluate my commitment to my movie-watching/blogging project. I've gotten the good advice before, "if something's not working, change it until it works for you." "Nothing is permanent so always expect that there will be changes." And this is just me saying even the Constitution of the United States has Amendments. So, here I am, making adjustments to my plan of action in the interest of getting all I can out of my class this term. I've decided to watch a movie and blog about it 4 days per week and have 3 days off. My schedule will now be to watch a movie every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I will have Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off from movie-watching going forward.
The other crazy thing that happened last night is that the movie I was planning on watching was suddenly not available to me! I always plan a few movies ahead so that I know in advance what I'll be watching and I use Netflix to get access to all of my movies. Some movies are available instantly via the web so I don't have to get the dvd in the mail. The movie I was planning on watching last night was available instantly as far as I knew all the way up until I came home from class. I went to look for it in my list and, to my surprise, it was gone! I was panicked! My whole list of future movies I had planned was thrown off! And I was already wiped from class! So, I reorganized and came up with a new plan and last night, I ended up watching Last Chance Harvey. By the time the movie was over, I didn't have the time or energy to write about it, so here I am.
My link from Love Actually to Last Chance Harvey was Emma Thompson. My heart aches for both of the characters she plays in both movies. As far as the movie, Last Chance Harvey, goes, it was really only okay. I don’t wish I had the two hours of my life back or anything, but it wasn't fantastic. It was a typical romantic comedy, and, I’m about to spoil it for you, everything works out just right in the end. I don’t highly recommend that anyone watch it, but if you’re looking for something romantic and entertaining, and you have a couple of lazy hours, it’s worth watching. Both Emma Thompson’s character and Dustin Hoffman’s character start out in just really agonizing, painful to watch, sad situations. It’s obvious that the movie wants you to be sad for them, and I was. But then everything falls into place and they’re both better people somehow by the end of the movie. Something that I noticed in this movie that bothers me about a lot of other movies in the last 10 years or so is the “movie montage”. It’s an event that allows for a series of scenes in which someone is trying on a bunch of different dresses or outfits until they finally come out of the dressing room looking fabulous. It’s usually accompanied by upbeat music. I’m over the movie montage and movies need to stop using them! When have you ever tried on 10 ridiculous, completely different styled dresses, and then finally decided, “oh, I know, I’ll try on the beautiful black evening gown, maybe that will look nice?” And there’s always someone watching to give the thumbs up or a goofy expression. So silly! I may just have my own movie montage this weekend to see why these keep showing up in my movies! My husband will be so excited! Thumbs up sweetie!
Given that I watched a movie last night and I blogged about it tonight, I’m going to go ahead and take tomorrow off. I’ll plan on watching the next movie and blogging about it on Friday night. After a fun-filled night in the city of course! I do have a life! Big news! Friday’s movie will be my second Kevin Bacon movie!! (As long as it’s still instantly viewable, Netflix!)
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
This blog is my New Year resolution. I have to admit that nothing about this blog is a unique idea of my own. It’s more of a perfect storm of other people’s good ideas. I was inspired to start this blog by the movie, “Julie & Julia”. I loved that both women in the movie were looking for some direction in their lives and chose something they enjoyed doing to occupy their time. I’m too lazy and uninterested in cooking mouthwatering meals like Julia and Julie did, but I do love watching movies! So, I’ve decided to watch 365 movies in 365 days and blog about each experience.
To add a little twist to the plan, I’ve decided to build off of the concept widely known as the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”. Whether you’re into romantic comedies, creepy dramas, or something in between (80’s teenage movies incorporating singing and dancing perhaps), there’s a good chance that you’ve seen Kevin Bacon in a movie you love. He’s certainly in a few of my favorites. So, I plan to both start and end my journey with a Kevin Bacon movie, and find my way throughout 365 days to view at least 66 separate performances of Kevin Bacon. And so, 365 Degrees of Kevin Bacon begins. I’ll choose one actor or actress from the first movie to link me to the next movie and use the same process for each movie for the entire year. Let the blockbusters begin!
Given that this whole silly plan was conceived from watching “Julie & Julia”, I thought it only appropriate that my first Kevin Bacon movie, and thus the movie to kick off the project, should also star Meryl Streep, who I thought was amazing as Julia Child in “Julie & Julia”. So, the first movie that I’ve chosen to start off the year is “The River Wild”. I would put this movie in the “creepy drama” category. But I’m not saying this in a negative way. I actually enjoyed it. I remember watching it back in the 90s when it first came out but watching it over 10 years later was a completely new experience. I think it’s amazing how you can see the same movie several times and the fact that you’re at a different point in your life each time causes you to have a different experience each time.
Okay, so, the basic set up of the movie is that a mother, father, and son are on an outdoorsy, adventurous kind of vacation, traveling in a raft down a river that is full of exciting bumps and rapids and twists and turns. The mom, Gail, played by Meryl Streep, is a super kick-ass river rafter, highly experienced in getting through the bumpy parts. Can you say, “upper-body strength that I don’t have”? The beginning of the movie made me want to take up rowing and go back to New Mexico where I grew up to take on rivers in the Rockies! It was inspiring! I know, I know, you can probably tell by now that I’m easily influenced to take on new projects that may or may not realistically be possible outside of movie land.
Enter Kevin Bacon, and my visions of fun-filled white-water adventures vanished. Bacon plays a super-creepy vacationer, Wade, who latches himself to the family to get down the river without dying. Kevin Bacon is entirely too good at super-creepy. Bonus, Wade’s equally creepy, slightly goofy sidekick is played by one of my personal favorites, John C. Reilly. The last time I watched this movie I had no idea who John C. Reilly was so it was fantastic to recognize him this time around. I was so happy to see that he was in this movie that he’s my chosen link for tomorrow’s movie!
All in all, The River Wild was really quite an enjoyable film. I don’t want to share too many details, I just recommend picking it out for an enjoyable couple of hours on a lazy weekend. The end is very exciting!
Now, what to choose for my next John C. Reilly movie…