Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Cinema at Home #4

1. Lord of the Flies (1990)

This was a really random movie to watch. My friend Christina and I were talking about disappearances like Amelia Earhardt and the Bermuda Triangle, and somehow we got on the topic of being lost on a deserted island and it reminded me of the book "Lord of the Flies" that I read in 10th grade. If you have never read it, it's about these schoolboys whose plane crashes and they arrive on a deserted island. The captain is injured, feverish and hallucinating so he is no help. The boys begin by trying to create their own civilized society, but eventually some of the boys break off into a more savage group and a few deaths occur. I remember the book being really disturbing as one of the sweeter characters dies in the end, but it was a story that explained human nature and our choices in a state of crisis. The movie pretty much followed the book from what I remember, and we watched the whole thing on YouTube.

2. Send Me No Flowers

This cute movie stars Doris Day and Rock Hudson. Hudson is a super hypochondriac who is constantly worried about his cholesterol and catching diseases and going to the doctor.  He goes to the doctor, who tells him he is just fine (as he had only been there just two weeks earlier!), but he overhears the doctor on the phone with  another doctor talking about a man who only had two weeks to live and that they weren't going to tell him. Hudson immediately panicked and told his best friend he was going to die, and he and his friend begin a search for his wife (Day) to have a second husband after he passes. Hudson even buys a cemetery plot for all three of them! It was a really funny movie.

3. Tickle Me

Here's another Elvis movie! Elvis is a rodeo star who needs work in between rodeo season, and he is scouted by the owner of a polishing school kind of ranch. This ranch put girls on a strict diet and taught them how to be more feminine (this is not something that would be acceptable today, by the way). Elvis becomes a farm hand, as well as the entertainment and sings for the girls and staff. There is another staff person named Pam who has a letter from her grandfather telling her that he has hidden gold somewhere in the ghost town near the ranch. A gang of men are after her and the letter, so she, Elvis, and another staff hand end up going on an adventure to find the gold. I honestly haven't figured out why the movie was called "Tickle Me", but other than that it was really good.

4. Harum Sacrum

Elvis graced my screen again, but I have to say this is probably my least favorite Elvis movie. I have tried to watch it a couple of times, and I was determined to finish it this time. The plot is that Elvis is an American actor in a movie set in a Middle Eastern country and he and the movie producers go over to the unidentified country to view it with the ambassador and the court. Elvis is supposed to journey to visit the King and is kidnapped by this group that wants to force him into killing the King. Along the way Elvis meets the King's daughter and falls in love with her. I'm glad I finished it finally, but I just don't think it'll be one I watch a lot from now on.

5. Silver Linings Playbook

I finally saw this movie, I wanted to see it around Oscar time but better late than never! I'll be honest and say I wasn't really a Bradley Cooper fan before this movie, because the only thing I had seen him in was The Hangover, and I didn't like that one at all! I was pleasantly surprised to him in such an interesting role. Jennifer Lawrence has the best facial expressions, she wins at that, her acting was great as well. They both played the roles of people with mental illness really well, and I liked that everyone around them was a little off in their own way. Robert De Niro's football rituals were hilarious. If you haven't seen this yet, please do!

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