April 13, 2004

I spent Hours Feathering the Tennenbaums

I had my movie fest yesterday.

3. The Four Feathers-Heath Ledger was ugly most of the time, ladies--I was disappointed that way, but the story was surprisingly well done. The cinematography made me dizzy in some places, but overall a beautiful film.

2.The Royal Tennenbaums-Amazing cast. How can one go wrong with Gene Hackman, Luke & Owen Wilson, Gwenyth Paltrow, Angelica Huston, and Stiller (despite his Along Came Polly mishaps). This is perhaps one of the oddest films I have ever seen. The characters start out untouchable, so into their own little worlds, but they become more and more human as the story progresses. Still very odd. The movie is told like a book, too, an aspect that really caught my attention.

1. The Hours-I was not disappointed by the movie, though I usually am by book adaptations. I kept looking for Nicole Kidmanisms behind the prosthetic nose as Virginia Wolff, but I couldn't. She deserved the Oscar for this one. Something about Meryl Streep's on-screen crying scenes seem so real. The flow of the film, hopping from one timeline to the next is fantastic.

I adjure you to read the book first. Many times the characters ask one another, "What are you thinking?" In the book those questions are answered.

The one disappointment is in the too-much-telling aspect. The ending is ruined by the director's acknowledgement of the American audience's stupidity. Telling us too much, the ending is spoiled. I do prefer the book, but the movie was well done as well.

--On the subject of movies--I couldn't believe how many I haven't seen. The stacks at Video Warehouse were filled with titles I still considered new releases. I have some catching up to do this summer. Now that is something to look forward to. If I get despondent in the next few weeks, just yell at me, "You get to watch movies all summer, suck it up now. It will be over soon."

The lollipop after the pain in the bum.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at April 13, 2004 12:58 PM

The Royal Tenenbaums was an incredible movie. I believe you left out what was written on his tomb stone, that was probably the biggest part for me. It read something like, "he died rescuing them from a sinking ship." Which was a great redemption theme in te movie. Just like Romeo and Juliet by Directed by Baz Luhrmann, all signs or anything with ledgable writing, said something about the metaphors or themes in the movie.

But if you liked that movie, I recommend, no wait, I force you to watch "Bottle Rocket" with Luke and Owen Wilson, it's an incredible movie.

Have fun on your moive, "I'm going to need thick glasses because I have been staring at the TV for a billion hours" marathon.

Posted by: Stephan at April 13, 2004 1:41 PM

I agree wholeheartedly about The Royal Tenenbaums. The way it was structured as a book was great. And I know what you mean about getting backed up on movies-- there are still a TON of "old releases" I need to get around to. Right after I read all the books on my shelf, which is also an ever-growing stack.

Posted by: Donna R. Hibbs at April 13, 2004 2:37 PM

Glad you finally watched "The Hours." I thoroughly enjoyed it when I saw it, and wouldn't mind seeing it again. That's my problem. I haven't seen SO many movies because I insistently watch the same ones over and over, and I never can learn who the actors are or famous lines from them... I should just stick to reading books--I remember those.

Posted by: Karissa at April 13, 2004 3:20 PM

My eyes are terrible, Stephan. I don't know what I am going to do when I can't get contacts for the strength I need. I have to borrow your Romeo & Juliet and Bottle Rocket. Maybe I could squeeze them in somewhere. I did have fun this break. I wasn't overworked, and I did get things accomplished, though I have a long way to go.

And yes, Donna, I love movies that are book-like, especially when they have a narrator. I feel like a child being read to before bed. I really miss that. Is that really weird? If I ever have kids, I am going to read to them every night. I don't know how I would have ever learned to love books if it hadn't been for my bedtime stories. Even when my parents didn't have time to read to me, I would have piles at my bedside--I still do--my nightstand is ready to topple over. There is something wonderful about reading at night--illusions, fantasy--they all come together in the dark. I think that is why I do my best writing at night. Well, at least my best creative work. :-D Dr. Jerz doesn't seem to like my midnight ramblings in my research papers.

Karissa, I am the same way. When I was walking through the video store, I kept returning to my favorites, afraid to try something new and foreign. I am not a quote buff, but I do love a good stretch of dialogue. Have you read Amelie--I think it is French...don't really know. Maybe we could watch it sometime.

Posted by: Amanda at April 13, 2004 10:52 PM

I accept the invitation, although, can if wait until I'm done with my French cinema class this semester? I'm a little "Frenched-out" on movies right now... subtitles are beginning to accompany my speech, and that's a scary thing to have happen. ;^)

Posted by: Karissa at April 14, 2004 9:39 AM

That's just fine. We need to watch my fave: Shakespeare in Love. Movie night with the girls!!! My birthday is the same day as an OA session--maybe you could stay the night @ my house and I could take you home to meet your folks.

Posted by: Amanda at April 14, 2004 9:02 PM

That's in July--you're coming over before July, no questions asked. :^p

Posted by: Karissa at April 15, 2004 5:36 PM
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