Friday, December 6, 2013

Cinema at Home #12

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1. Romeo and Juliet (1936)

  This version of Romeo and Juliet is much more traditional than my favorite Baz Luhrmann version with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. Most everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet so I won't bother rehashing that. The costumes were gorgeous 30s pieces and sets were beautiful as well. The acting was a bit dramatic but it worked for the storyline. Overall I thought it was really great, I had never seen a different movie version of the play, but I have seen it live before which is always fun too.

2. Boardwalk Empire: Season 3

  This show is pretty out of character for what I normally enjoy, but I am addicted. I initially started watching because I knew it was set in the 1920s during prohibition, and that time period has always interested me. The characters are based off of real well known mobsters, like Al Capone, and it deals with mob life and who got to control Atlantic City's monopoly on illegal liquor importing. There is a lot of government corruption, violence, and sex (it's an HBO series) so it's somewhat explicit, but the storyline is great. A lot of my favorite characters die early, but that's mob life. It also goes into dealing with WWI veterans and their suffering, how children were treated, and has plenty of scenes on the boardwalk. I don't want to give actual storyline away in case you want to watch, but I recommend it if you aren't opposed to the warnings I gave about it already.

3. Doctor Who: Day of the Doctor

  Does this count as a movie? I'm counting it as one. OH MY GOSH!!!! Spoilers! I loved it! I loved it! I loved it! I loved seeing 10, 11, and the Warrior all together, I loved Bad Wolf, I loved seeing Tom Baker (I had a sneaking suspicion since his scarf was shown from the beginning). The only thing I wish was different was that it was longer. I know it was long, but there were scenes that seemed a bit rushed, like when 10 and 11's Tardis' both just show up when the Warrior was about to push the detonation button. Where did they come from? As far as everyone's complaints that Eccleston didn't show, I don't know why anyone really expected him to. He has never been quiet about how much he hated being on set and dealing with DW anything, so why would he come back. That being said, I really love Eccleston's Doctor, he might be my favorite of the New Who, even though I'll probably get booed and hissed at for it. As for the actual story, I don't know how I feel about Gallifrey not being destroyed anymore. I know this was done so that there would be new storylines, now the Doctor and Clara are going to be on the hunt for wherever they sent the planet, this will bring new characters and so on. But I feel conflicted, as I started watching Doctor Who at the reboot, after Gallifrey was destroyed, so I see it mainly from that perspective. I have watched some of the classics, but not all. So I'm tentatively excited to see where this heads. Sorry that was probably the most incoherent nerd rant ever, but I love Doctor Who. I'm also excited for Peter Capaldi (bring on the boos and hisses there too), but I'm sad to see Matt Smith go. What were your thoughts on this one?

4. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

  I have been on a bit of a Hugh Grant kick so I was happy to re-watch this movie, it's one of my favorites! This movie is based on the Jane Austen novel about a family of girls and their dealings with courtship, marriages, and all the customs of Victorian England. The eldest sister Elinor Dashwood falls in love with Edward Ferrars and her younger sister Marianne does not approve because she feels he isn't "passionate" enough. Marianne falls madly and quickly in love with John Willoughby who sweeps her off her feet, all the while Col. Christopher Brandon is in love with her and comes to her rescue more than once. I won't give the whole story away but if you love Jane Austen and haven't seen this one you should!

5. Pride and Prejudice (2005)

I just love love love this movie! After watching Sense and Sensibility I had to follow up with the other Jane Austen movie I own! This has to be my favorite Jane Austen book and movie. The story is about a family of girls (the Bennets) whose mother is determined to marry her daughters off well and is so excited when a very charming suitor Charles Bingley comes into town. He brings his friend Mr. Darcy who is gruff and very unsociable. But...Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy begin to butt heads and eventually come to enjoy each others company and fall in love. So good.

6. Atonement

This movie is great but so very depressing, hence the title. It is adapted from the Ian McEwan novel. The gist of the story is older sister (Cecilia) and boy (Robbie) are in love. Younger sister (Briony) likes Robbie and is upset that he likes her sister. Briony intercepts a very scandalous note, and then blames a rape of another girl about her age on Robbie when it was really someone else, and he is sent to prison for a number of years, devastating Cecilia. Years later Robbie is in the army (WWII) and Cecilia is a war nurse. Neither has spoken to the family in years, and they haven't really seen each other often. They are never to be fully reunited for reasons I won't give away if you've never seen it/read the book but it's very good if you are okay with the somewhat disturbing parts of the story.

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