3/24/2008

A Few Movies

A few movies we have ordered from Netflix recently.

Ten Canoes - an effective dramatazation of an aboriginal folk tale.
The movie was shot in the bush and in an authentic looking village. Nudity as that was the dress of the day. A little tedious because its not fast paced drama and you have to follow sub-titles. Successful in demonstrating the lasting value of a folktale.

Once- Charming low-budget independent film from Ireland. The original music won an Oscar for best music this year. Sundance festival loved it. We doubly enjoyed it for the Dublin locale shots.

The Jane Austen Book Club -
Interesting movie. Good acting. Enjoyed all the references to the sis Jane Austen novels as they played the Austen plots against what was happening in their own lives.
I love that it protrays the healing power of a supportive group of women for its members.

In winding up the plot the author and the screen writer have two of the husbands, reading Austen and joining the club. Karen hooted, "no way." At first I too wanted that to happen. But you know its not likely and let's face it - there went the neighborhood for the women's book club.

Rumor Has It - so-so movie starring Jennifer Anniston, Shirley MacClaine and Kevin Costner. Story revolves around the question of what happened after the end of the 60s movie "The Graduate." Their answers are somewhat plausible. The characters are two dimensional in upscale California settings. Its not a movie I would watch a second time. I was disappointed in Shirley MacClaine's stylized performance of Mrs. Robinson which resembled "Weezer goes to Pasadena."

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