Posts Tagged ‘movies based on books’

7th February
2010
written by Steph
Sorry for the one-week hiatus!  Totally unintentional, but things have been busy and movie-watching wound up taking a back seat to other stuff, and it's taken us this long to accrue enough material to bother podcasting. BUT.  We did manage to watch some doozies over the last two weeks... On this week's podcast:
  • We coin a new term - "mehcommendation" - while discussing the mediocre Inkheart
  • Find out why Three Coins in the Fountain is filled with dirty, dirty lies, starting with (but not limited to!) its title
  • Steph finally catches up to 1999 and watches Fight Club... Was it worth the 11 year wait?!?
  • We revisit childhood favorite, Labyrinth, and discuss whether David Bowie automatically makes a movie inappropriate for children...

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5th January
2010
written by Steph
Bon appetit!

Bon appetit!

I’m pretty sure Tony thought there had been some kind of terrible mistake with our Netflix when Julie & Julia showed up in our mailbox.  What Tony always fails to recognize is twofold: 1) I like watching crappy movies; 2) Just because I don’t make him see something in the theater doesn’t mean I’m not going to rent it when it comes out… in fact, I’m probably waiting for it to come out on dvd so I can do just that!  Given that I love food and cooking as much as I do, it really should have been a no brainer that this movie was going to make an appearance in our home sooner or later. And what can I say?  I actually liked this movie for the most part!  It’s not a groundbreaking piece of cinema, but based on most of the reviews that came out when it was first released, I expected it to be fairly horrific, especially the parts featuring Julie Powell.  Instead, I found this a pretty pleasant movie that was soothing and charming, if not challenging and provocative.  I enjoyed Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Julia Child (then again, I do have a bit of a girl crush on Ms. Streep) and loved when Jane Lynch popped up as Julia’s sister (again, another girl crush there), I liked seeing all of the kitchen antics that took place for both women, and I adored the little journey into the past and overseas to Paris that we got to take, even if now I’m trying to figure out when we can pack our bags and move to the city of lights. (more…)
17th November
2009
written by Steph
Tony's Take A couple of weekends ago we went to our local drive-in movie theater (the Stardust) and enjoyed a nice double feature: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Where the Wild Things Are. Personally, I had very few expectations for Cloudy as I knew very little about it. Steph asserted that she had heard it was funny, and that was enough for me, as Steph is usually right on when it comes to what I’ll like. As far as Where the Wild Things Are, my preconceptions were a little different. I had seen (as had we all) the preview where they blast the Arcade Fire song and all the imagery just breathes in time to the music and it is magic. Fortunately for Spike Jonze this was enough to convince me to shell out my seven dollars (that’s right, seven dollars for two movies) and sit in our car for several hours.  Unfortunately, I also knew that Dave Eggers had a hand in this movie so I really didn’t know what to expect (I like McSweeney’s well enough, I suppose, though not usually the parts Eggers himself writes). (more…)
28th August
2009
written by Steph
Mind you, it's a day unlike any other... including the one described in the book!

Mind you, it's a day unlike any other... including the one described in the book!

Today Persephone Reading Week (hosted by Claire at Paperback Reader and Verity of The B Files) draws to a close.  I’m more than a bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to prepare appropriately for this joint reading experience and stock of up on some Persephone titles in advance, but I was happy to be able to at least read one book in the spirit of the week.  I’m sure it won’t be my last!  I dearly hope these two lovely ladies will host another PRW at some point in the future, as I’ll certainly be there with bells on if they do! As I had no more Persephones to actually read, I figured I could still participate in kind by watching the film version of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.  I’ve been wanting to see the movie for a while (it’s the reason I even knew the book existed), but was determined to wait until I had actually read the original source material (I’m very compulsive about this).  Now that I have, I moved Miss Pettigrew up my queue. (more…)
23rd August
2009
written by Tony

I don’t get this movie. I mean, I get it, I just don’t get the allure. Steph and I watched this for the first time the other day and we were both kind of left flat. I am aware that this is probably a pretty unpopular opinion since I know very well that there are a lot of Hepburn fans out there and that this movie is well loved by many. Before I get in to why this movie was so uninspiring, I’ll detail the plot for those of you who have not seen this movie (or saw but didn’t pay attention). Hepburn plays an escort (essentially, Capote was much more explicit in his novel about what she did for a living, but her assumed name is Holly Golightly — you be the judge) who is living out some sort of selfish delusion that involves her taking little to no responsibility for her life or her actions, so much so that she even abandons her patrons mid-date (despite this being her bread and butter) and has yet to unpack her apartment after one year of occupancy. George Peppard plays Paul, who is essentially a kept man. His wealthy benefactress comes and goes throughout the movie and everyone does a good job dancing around the fact that he is a gigolo. Mickey Rooney is the blaring Asian stereotype, Mr. Yunioshi, who lives upstairs. I guess I thought the 60s were more enlightened or something, but putting Rooney into yellow face just astounded me. Patently offensive may not be the right turn of phrase, but it’s where I’m left at the end of the day. (more…)