Robin Hood

May. 15th, 2010 10:31 pm
brightly_woven: (can't_be_good bad_but_not_serious)
Things in my life have been too complex and serious and sad to post about.  I might someday.  I might not.  BUT, tonight I went to see Robin Hood, and i had to share with y'all.

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When you start out a movie called "Robin Hood" by killing both King Richard and then ROBIN OF LOCKSLEY himself, you know it's going to be a long 2.5 hours.  I'm not one that thinks you can't take a varied and rather flexible, hidden in the mists of time story like Robin and make it your own.  But it seems to me that you'd want to retain SOME of the charm and character of the original.

Apparently not.

I am too tired to go into detail but let me say this:  when I saw Sherlock Holmes (esp the previews), I said, "Looks like a good movie, just not very much like Sherlock Holmes."  With this one I would say, "Not really a very good movie, and, oh, not very much like Robin Hood.  At all."

Nuff said.

2/5 stars.  Only gets 2 because Cate Blanchett is amazing as usual.

Robin Hood

May. 15th, 2010 10:31 pm
brightly_woven: (can't_be_good bad_but_not_serious)
Things in my life have been too complex and serious and sad to post about.  I might someday.  I might not.  BUT, tonight I went to see Robin Hood, and i had to share with y'all.

S

P

O

I

L

E

R

S


When you start out a movie called "Robin Hood" by killing both King Richard and then ROBIN OF LOCKSLEY himself, you know it's going to be a long 2.5 hours.  I'm not one that thinks you can't take a varied and rather flexible, hidden in the mists of time story like Robin and make it your own.  But it seems to me that you'd want to retain SOME of the charm and character of the original.

Apparently not.

I am too tired to go into detail but let me say this:  when I saw Sherlock Holmes (esp the previews), I said, "Looks like a good movie, just not very much like Sherlock Holmes."  With this one I would say, "Not really a very good movie, and, oh, not very much like Robin Hood.  At all."

Nuff said.

2/5 stars.  Only gets 2 because Cate Blanchett is amazing as usual.
brightly_woven: (LJ User mrbnatural's giggle)
Coraline is about as nifty a movie as you'll see.  Simple story, well told, fabulously drawn, with a moral that is obvious but doesn't hit you over the head, a cast of truly memorable minor characters and a truly lovable main character.

However, it was also scary as all get out to my kids.

They feel about it as I felt about Willy Wonka in my day--fascinated and freaked out all at the same time.

Gotta run to pick up kids, but I highly recommend this movie...even for adults (or maybe especially for adults).

4/5 stars



brightly_woven: (LJ User mrbnatural's giggle)
Coraline is about as nifty a movie as you'll see.  Simple story, well told, fabulously drawn, with a moral that is obvious but doesn't hit you over the head, a cast of truly memorable minor characters and a truly lovable main character.

However, it was also scary as all get out to my kids.

They feel about it as I felt about Willy Wonka in my day--fascinated and freaked out all at the same time.

Gotta run to pick up kids, but I highly recommend this movie...even for adults (or maybe especially for adults).

4/5 stars



brightly_woven: (dementor!anne)
If I had known this movie was based on a book by Nicholas Sparks, king of modern melodrama, I would have thought twice about renting it.

He and Jodi Picoult, man.  They really know how to pour it on thick and then twist the knife.
brightly_woven: (dementor!anne)
If I had known this movie was based on a book by Nicholas Sparks, king of modern melodrama, I would have thought twice about renting it.

He and Jodi Picoult, man.  They really know how to pour it on thick and then twist the knife.

Movie Meme

Jul. 10th, 2008 09:24 pm
brightly_woven: (Kitty/The Clergy by Katharhino)
Taken from [profile] julielu (so far).  From Entertainment Weekly's top 100 movies of the last 25 years. Go through their list, BOLD the ones you have seen, and underline the ones you own; put an asterisk next to the one you love. Italicize the ones you want to see.

What this tells me is a.) I have seen A LOT of movies; b.) the people who made this list have some questionable taste; and c.) there are not many movies that I want to see if I haven't seen them already.  Most of my Netflix queue is TV series, much of it from overseas.

I think Last of the Mohicans should be on here; Sense and Sensibility (ET version), too.  I'd rather see English Patient or Cold Mountain or Truly, Madly, Deeply on there instead of Mr. Ripley, but I'm glad to see Minghella made it. 

Many of my other favorites: Casablanca, most of Hitchcock, Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Breakfast at Tiffany's are over 25 years old.  Even Empire Strikes Back is, I think. 

So happy to see Witness and Glory and some less flashy films on here.

Sigh.

I love movies.

Movie Meme

Jul. 10th, 2008 09:24 pm
brightly_woven: (Kitty/The Clergy by Katharhino)
Taken from [profile] julielu (so far).  From Entertainment Weekly's top 100 movies of the last 25 years. Go through their list, BOLD the ones you have seen, and underline the ones you own; put an asterisk next to the one you love. Italicize the ones you want to see.

What this tells me is a.) I have seen A LOT of movies; b.) the people who made this list have some questionable taste; and c.) there are not many movies that I want to see if I haven't seen them already.  Most of my Netflix queue is TV series, much of it from overseas.

I think Last of the Mohicans should be on here; Sense and Sensibility (ET version), too.  I'd rather see English Patient or Cold Mountain or Truly, Madly, Deeply on there instead of Mr. Ripley, but I'm glad to see Minghella made it. 

Many of my other favorites: Casablanca, most of Hitchcock, Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Breakfast at Tiffany's are over 25 years old.  Even Empire Strikes Back is, I think. 

So happy to see Witness and Glory and some less flashy films on here.

Sigh.

I love movies.
brightly_woven: (LJUser mrbnatural's blah blah blah)
SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen 80 or more of the 169 movies on this list, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. Put your score in header and repost.



In my defense, may I say that I am a good five-ten years older than some who have taken this.  So, if I have no life, at least it's been spread over a longer time??  And may I also add the "no American Pie movies" factoid to my defense?

Might I also that I am nonplussed by the choice of movies.  Someone referred to them as dubious or some such, which I can understand for many, many of them.  But Cinderella Man?  The LOTR movies?  I don't get the weird mix they have chosen.  Perhaps it is the creator's own movie collection?  If there had been fewer horror and more, say, Cary Grant movies or Alfred Hitchcock movies or even bad (but wonderful) musicals, I would have seemed much more pitiful, that's for sure.

Or costume dramas!  How could I forget their almost total exclusion!  Obviously the person who made this did not get the list from my DVD collection.

Meg
brightly_woven: (LJUser mrbnatural's blah blah blah)
SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen 80 or more of the 169 movies on this list, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. Put your score in header and repost.



In my defense, may I say that I am a good five-ten years older than some who have taken this.  So, if I have no life, at least it's been spread over a longer time??  And may I also add the "no American Pie movies" factoid to my defense?

Might I also that I am nonplussed by the choice of movies.  Someone referred to them as dubious or some such, which I can understand for many, many of them.  But Cinderella Man?  The LOTR movies?  I don't get the weird mix they have chosen.  Perhaps it is the creator's own movie collection?  If there had been fewer horror and more, say, Cary Grant movies or Alfred Hitchcock movies or even bad (but wonderful) musicals, I would have seemed much more pitiful, that's for sure.

Or costume dramas!  How could I forget their almost total exclusion!  Obviously the person who made this did not get the list from my DVD collection.

Meg
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Tom and I went out with K and T last night. Tom and I had dinner and then T & K went to the new Superman movie and T and I went to The Devil Wears Prada. We enjoyed our movie a lot more than the guys enjoyed theirs.

MILD SPOILERS for TDWP in next paragraph, rest is okay:

TDWP was very similar to the book until about 2/3 the way through. Then, it veered off into a completely (or nearly completely) different story line (still a trip to Paris but the circumstances around her going and leaving are v. diff.) I enjoyed it, but prob. not as much as the book.

The best part of the eve. was going for dessert at Fuzio, while T & K had dinner at the same place. It was yummy and fun and a great end to this weird half or mixed double date. (I used the word swapping about the movie part and everyone got the willies and told me NOT to use that word about all going out together. I get it.)

Thanks, Mom and Bill, for the bbsitting.

Only SIX days left till the walk, 5 till the kick-off. Yesterday I walked to the downtown area (never done that from my side of the freeway before), about 5 miles, before breakfast.

It felt great.

Meg
brightly_woven: (Default)
Tom and I went out with K and T last night. Tom and I had dinner and then T & K went to the new Superman movie and T and I went to The Devil Wears Prada. We enjoyed our movie a lot more than the guys enjoyed theirs.

MILD SPOILERS for TDWP in next paragraph, rest is okay:

TDWP was very similar to the book until about 2/3 the way through. Then, it veered off into a completely (or nearly completely) different story line (still a trip to Paris but the circumstances around her going and leaving are v. diff.) I enjoyed it, but prob. not as much as the book.

The best part of the eve. was going for dessert at Fuzio, while T & K had dinner at the same place. It was yummy and fun and a great end to this weird half or mixed double date. (I used the word swapping about the movie part and everyone got the willies and told me NOT to use that word about all going out together. I get it.)

Thanks, Mom and Bill, for the bbsitting.

Only SIX days left till the walk, 5 till the kick-off. Yesterday I walked to the downtown area (never done that from my side of the freeway before), about 5 miles, before breakfast.

It felt great.

Meg

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