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Just 2 this month, so no real need for a cut

Mary Poppins

Caught this on tv, and I had forgotten how good it was (in places). In particular the way the sets look like a misty drawing of London at times, which I found really effective. The familiarity of the plot and the songs never goes away (I could still recite it almost word for word), nor does the cringe-worthiness of Dick Van Dyke's accent ;)

The Mummy Returns

Finally got round to seeing this courtesy of Film Flex. Really enjoyed it. Just the right level of silliness - but with a plot that works. Filled in a few holes in the plots though, as I had seen the rest. The bus scene in particular was hilarious ;)

July Films

Aug. 2nd, 2008 01:45 pm
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Just one this month:

Batman: The Dark Knight

Very good, very dark. Heath Ledger's performance had not been overstated just because of his death, he was an outstanding Joker - he is going to be a very hard act to follow. Gary Oldman was an excellent Gordon, very understated. I like Bale's Wayne, better than his Batman, but the 'get-up' doesn't leave much room for acting ;)

June Films

Jun. 30th, 2008 09:00 pm
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May Films

Jun. 1st, 2008 10:07 am
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March films

May. 1st, 2008 09:08 pm
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Just two this month, so no real need to cut it.

Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

I watched this on TV one sunday afternoon, most likely in a fit of enthusiasm after reading Russka (and also my interest in the descendents of Queen Victoria). Oh dear. I wish I hadn't. I almost gave up on it. The costumes were pretty, and that was really the saving grace of it all

The Green Mile (1999)

Watched this on DVD one evening on holiday. I hadn't seen it before and wasn't really sure what it was about (the box, being in Spanish, was no help). I was totally absorbed in it (and not my usual fidgetty self), the acting, the characters, everything was just fantastic. Now I must get the book. It also prompted some interesting discussions about the death penalty, and a reminded me I should watch Murder in the First again soon.

March films

Apr. 1st, 2008 02:37 pm
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Cut! )
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I haven't been to the cinema this month so all my film viewing has been courtesy of the tellybox.

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit

I think I re-watched this because there was nothing else on. It isn't as good as Sister Act, but it isn't bad either. The music is at least good, and there are some very funny lines/scenes. It does for a wet/cold afternoon.

Finding Neverland

This I hadn't seen before, which was a shame, as it is a lovely film. Johnny Depp is excellent, Kate Winslet is good, the boys are not annoying! It is easy to forget that Peter Pan was a play, before it was a novel, and this was a good reminder of that. Nothing in the setting jarred as being too Hollywood. All in all a good movie.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone/Chamber of Secrets/Prisoner of Azkhban

Three saturday afternoons in a row Harry Potter was on ITV. So, I re-watched them, and I suspect I will re-watch them whenever they are on. No surprises, just good adaptations for the most part. Although in the most recent film I was reminded how badly they handled the Marauder's Map and the animagi aspect of the plot - or rather didn't handle it at all, which was a shame.

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