The movie addict in me

I love watching movies. This goes to show that I’m really an “audio-visual” person. 😉

In the previous weeks, I have been re-watching movies and a bit of series online. It has been one coping strategy for me.

To add to the list:

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Little Women (1994).  Based on Louisa May Alcott’s book with the same title, this movie was really entertaining. I loved the book when I read it in high school and I liked the movie as well. It has a star-studded cast, with Susan Sarandon as Mrs. March, Winona Ryder as Jo March, Trini Alvardo as Meg March, Claire Danes as Beth March and Kirstin Dunst as the younger Amy March. The actors who showed their acting prowess were Christian Bale as Laurie and Gabriel Byrne as Prof. Friedrich Bhaer. The book chronicles the lives of the women of the March family – their struggles, affairs of the heart, sorrows and triumphs. I particularly liked the stories of Meg and Jo. The film for all its outstanding qualities has its limitations too. I felt that it was too short to be able to include all of their life stories. However, I was happy that it focused on Jo’s blossoming love affair with Mr. Bhaer.  Many viewers were put off with Ms. Ryder and Mr. Byrne’s partnership but I was too happy to see Mr. Byrne as the warm and kind Mr. Bhaer. I just love him!

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French Kiss (1995). This movie is one of my all-time favorites. I have seen this film many times but I just can’t get enough of it. Maybe because Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline are both my favorites. I admit that I’m biased when it comes to this film. Regardless of the plot, I fell in love with it just knowing that Ms. Ryan and Mr. Kline are in it. Ryan’s acting, most especially in comedy, is so funny and refreshing. Kline is one superb actor. I discovered him in Dave and I was smitten ever since. He is so talented and funny. I just love an actor who can really make me laugh without even trying. I adore the chemistry between Meg and Kevin. I can’t help but laugh out loud when they throw barbs at each other. They are so natural together. I felt that they were not even acting. This is one movie that I’d often watch whenever I feel blue. I miss watching Meg and Kevin. Their projects now are few and far between.

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The Lake House (2006). This film is remake of a Korean film entitled “Il Mare.”i have watched the Korean version and loved Jeon Ji Hyun and Lee Jung Jae (what a hunk!).  When I first learned that Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves were the main actors in the US version, I was ecstatic because I like Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves a lot. I had a rewatch a week after Valentine’s Day, if I remember it correctly. Another feel good movie.

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The Accidental Husband (2008). I came upon this movie…accidentally when I was looking for something to watch during a stressful time. It made me laugh. Uma Thurman was absolutely gorgeous as the love doctor while Colin Firth was really funny in his stress-eating Englishman character. It was my first time to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan (I think I have seen him before but he did not leave an impression) and I found him charming. The plot was too impossible to happen but I found it funny and refreshing. I particularly liked the ending. I just hope that Colin Firth will be be given a role which would not relegate him to second best. I miss seeing him in the title role.  Next time, perhaps?

So here are the movies which made me smile and fall in love. It’s been good. Really good. 😀

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A Weekend with Jane Austen

I was sick over the weekend. To pass the time and to amuse myself, I watched several film adaptations of some of Jane Austen’s novels.

I’m going to be in a fangirl mode and talk about the “heroes” of the films.

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I already watched “Sense and Sensibility” years ago but it was a great treat to watch it all over again. I love Alan Rickman, who in the said film, played Colonel Brandon. He is such a wonderful actor. Mr. Rickman is also known as Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies. I just found out that there is a 2008 adaptation of the said title, I will watch it when I have time.

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And then I saw “Persuasion”. I adore Captain Frederick Wentworth who is dashing, handsome and very charming. Rupert Penry-Jones was the perfect actor to play the said character. The epitome of an English gentleman! I cannot help but swoon whenever he appeared on screen. Hot! Hot! Hot! *sigh*

I also got to see two versions of “Pride and Prejudice.” The earlier version was the 1995 BBC mini-series where I fell in love not only with the heroine, Elizabeth Bennet but also her counterpart, Mr. Darcy, which were portrayed by Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth respectively. Ms. Ehle gave life to her character magnificently! She is so charming, beautiful and witty! I really love her face! And Darcy, my Mr. Darcy! Colin Firth breathed life into such “complex character.”  He was perfection! I just love it when he appears on screen. I cannot help but think of a similar character, one I also love, who appeared in one Korean series (but of course!) – the infamous Maestro Kang/Kang Mae.

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On the other hand, I find the 2005 movie version quite lacking but I would admit it has its moments. Mr. Darcy’s rendition of his two proposals to Elizabeth were quite romantic and passionate.  And Matthew Macfadyen who played Mr. Darcy was good looking and smashing compared to Colin Firth. But…I’d still prefer Colin’s Mr. Darcy anyway. I found Keira Knightley who played Elizabeth Bennet a bit bland.

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I guess I love the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice because the chemistry between Ehle and Firth was undeniable. Furthermore, both actors gave outstanding characterizations. I also didn’t like how the film was compressed into 2 hours and 9 minutes, which sacrificed a lot of significant developments in the lives of the characters in the novel. The series, however, encapsulated the important events and dialogues, consistent with the novel.

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I would love to watch other film adaptations of Ms. Austen’s novel. I believe, there are a few still that I have to look for. Meanwhile…where can I find my Mr. Darcy? 😉