Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Slightly Obsessed?

Because I'm a crazy stalker huge fan, I've been making my way through the movies of my newest love, Andrew Garfield.  Sigh...  Fortunately for me, he's a fairly new actor, so there aren't dozens of movies that I hadn't seen before I discovered his beautiful face.  All that I have left now are Boy A (of course I have to read the book first) and Lions for Lambs.  So yeah, slightly obsessed...

Andrew Garfield - Never Let Me Go - Premiere: 54th BFI London Film Festival - Inside Arrivals

Most recently, I watched The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.  (You may remember this as the movie that Heath Ledger died filming.)  I really wanted to like it, and I kind of did.  It was a truly unique story, and the visual effects were incredible.  But I never felt like I completely knew what was going on.  So, I didn't love it.  Although Andrew was wonderful.  :) 


I also watched Never Let Me Go, a British film, after I read the book.  It also stars Carey Mulligan (who I love) and Keira Knightly (who I really don't love).  This was a great book but an even better movie, which I find rare.  99% of the time, books are better than their movie counter-parts.  My only complaint throughout the book was that I never felt emotionally invested until the very end.  The film did a better job of drawing the audience into the story.  Of course, the "twist" to the story is revealed much earlier in the movie than the book, which makes it more about the effects of the "twist" than the book, which had a more mysterious air about it.  Overall, I'd highly recommend the book AND the movie-- in that order.  


Oh, and I've also knocked four movies off my 100 movies list-- The African Queen, Do the Right Thing, Bringing Up Baby, and Yankee Doodle Dandy.  

Bringing Up Baby was great.  Cary Grant & Jimmy Stewart-- what's not to love??  Except Katharine Hepburn, but even she manages not to ruin this movie for me.  


The African Queen was super boring, and Do the Right Thing was just a long movie about nothing until the very end.  Neither did anything for me.


Yankee Doodle Dandy wasn't very exciting, but I didn't hate it.  If you enjoy movies like White Christmas, you'll like this.  James Cagney is a guy who has a hit stage show, so a HUGE amount of the movie is watching his various shows throughout the years.


You guys seen any good movies recently that I need to watch?

6 comments:

  1. I LOVE Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant!! :)

    Yankee Doodle Dandy is okay, not one of my favorites (and I love White Christmas WAY MORE!) :)

    I'll have to read the book Never Let Me Go then before I see the movie. I usually try to read the books first.

    So, no Bachelor recap??

    :)

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  2. I agree with Rachel up there- I have missed your Bachelor recaps:-( And I can honestly say I have NEVER seen that man before but I understand your obsession:-)We watched a really good movie called "My name is Khan" awhile back and it was really touching, if you like movies like that:-)

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  3. Last week I watched Like Dandelion Dust, which is based on a novel by Karen Kingsbury. I didn't even know it was a book until after I watched the movie which was a bummer because I always like to read the book first! But I thought the movie was really well done and was quite touching. I'd definitely recommend it!

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