I have no idea if I watch my "share" of movies or not. Some accuse me of sleeping through many. That's just not true--only about 10%. However, I will admit Ive watched SIX in the last 48 hours. Excessive, I know, bordering on idle. In my own defense, this is subnormal activity for me. With that, I shall redeem my actions by reviewing these movies to the best of my slanted ability:
THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE--This was in our Netflix que. So many book and movie recommendations come my way that I'm incapable mostly of tracing sources. This one falls into that category. It deals with King George of Revolutionary War fame. Folklore (as evidenced by Paco running up the stairs with Google's King George info after I yelped down "Why's this guy nuts?") attributes his bouts of madness (incoherent talking, random hustling everyone out of the castle because of an impending flood, wild flailing, general foolishness etc.) with arsenic which was found in his hair follicles--apparently he was dug up. The note at the end of the movie attributed it to a genetic malady which resulted in sporadic "misconduct". His medical treatments/tortures were OFF THE WALL!!!! For a romping good time asking yourself "They did THAT to a KING?" go get this one. I had NO idea. A facet of our country's beginnings of which I knew nothing.
FUN WITH DICK AND JANE--From our library. Oh, but it makes me belly laugh! I LOVE IT! This time around it hit a little too close to home what with the unemployment and all. Jim Carey is like concentrated orange juice--you don't sit down and eat him with a spoon in large doses. But he is just perfect in this. Jane the wife is marvelous. A movie for our time...actually a remake. Funny funny.
MONA LISA SMILE--The best parts of this movie are Julia Roberts' roommate who teaches poise and ettiquette at Wellesley--she's imprisoned herself in unfulfilled dreams-- and the 50's ads at the end of the movie right before the credits. I'm a sucker for books and movies about privileged kids. Add in some 50's and archaic ideas and you have a ringer. Go get it and watch it again.
BEYOND THE GATES--Wow. Rwanda. Priest. Young teacher. Gifted students. Mayhem. U.N. politics. Blood. Betrayal. Wow.
CRY IN THE DARK--"The Dingo ate your baby." This was stomach churning intense. I actually found it among my collection and removed the cellophane! No idea it was there. I was rivetted. An Australian family is camping when they discover a dingo leaving the scene and their 12 week old baby daughter is gone from the tent. That would be nightmare enough, but THEN the mother is accused of murder! The ultimate TRUE nightmare. Meryl Streep. The dingo as himself. Spoiler alert: When the mother's sentence was announced I gasped so loud I woke Mugsy up with a start!
NEW MOON: From the public library. I always strive to give writers a chance--especially those with whom I share alma maters (mati?). But come on, folks. Really. Bella is portrayed as the most depressing flat, morose, mundane of characters--AND THAT'S WHEN SHE'S AROUND EDWARD!!!!! Jacob has potential until he shaves his hair off and MORPHS into A Wally Cleaver look-alike!! All the rest of them need LIVER!! I just don't GET the Twilight books. And Badly badly acted movies. Dakota Fanning?? Did she show up there in that Italian part? I confess I haven't finished this one. Lobotomy? Unanaesthetized C-section? Or New Moon? Don't make me choose.
What have you watched lately?