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Movie: Becoming Jane
Year: 2007
Starring: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Maggie Smith, James Cromwell
Genre: Romance, Drama
Rated: PG
Runtime: 120 minutes
Stars: Three out of five

I wasn’t all that excited to watch this movie, and I can’t tell you why. I mean, I don’t know why, not that I can’t tell you why, like it’s a secret. It’s been a long time since I’ve watched a movie set in the 1800’s, and I guess it just didn’t light my fire. Anyway, it turned out to be a pretty good movie.

It’s based on the true story of what happened to Jane Austen when she was a 20-year-old aspiring writer. She falls in love with an insufferable womanizer at the same time that a wealthy young heir offers to marry her, even though she does not love him. For those of you that have read Austen’s novels, you will recognize a common theme here. I won’t spoil the ending for you…you’ll have to watch the movie for yourself.

It’s worth a rental, and is especially fun for women. My husband refused to watch it with me.



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I can’t believe another week has gone by without me watching a movie. Netflix is really getting their money’s worth with us lately. My problem is, now that the shows are back on cable, we just don’t have time for a movie during the week. For some reason, we didn’t feel like watching one on the weekend, either. I’ve got Becoming Jane and Mannon of the Spring/Jean de Florette sitting next to the DVD player, begging me to watch them. They’ll just have to wait.

Meanwhile, I’ll have to review a favorite again:

Movie: Chasing Amy
Year: 1997
Starring: Jason Lee, Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Kevin Smith (also wrote and directed the movie)
Genre: Comedy
Rated: R
Runtime: 113 minutes
Stars: Four and a half out of five
Times I’ve seen this movie: about 20

This is another movie you do not want to see with your parents. Unless your parents are swingers. That curse. And drink. And are gay. Chasing Amy is about Holden and Banky, BFF’s since high school, who now work together on Holden’s comic book series. Holden falls head over teakettle for Alyssa Jones, who turns out to be a lesbian. Holden decides that it’s okay to just be friends, but then just has to profess his undying love for Alyssa. Hilarity ensues.

This is one of my all time favorite movies. One of the best scenes is toward the beginning of the movie in the bar, where Banky and Alyssa are trading “scars from sex” stories while Holden rolls his eyes (Alyssa’s stories all involve girl-on-girl action, which Holden finds horrifying, since he just found out she’s gay and therefore has no chance with her).

If you are a fan of Kevin Smith movies, you will love this one. There are plenty of recurring characters, like Jay and Silent Bob, as well as recurring actors, like Brian O’Halloran from Clerks, Matt Damon from Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back and Dogma, and Scott Mosier from…well, every single Kevin Smith movie. One thing about Kevin Smith is, he sure likes to hire his friends.

If you haven’t seen Chasing Amy, please do. You won’t regret it.


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Hello all!

Welcome to CineMonday! Favorites Edition. I was so busy this weekend with the Obama rally and a family dinner that I didn’t have time to watch one of my Netflix movies. I’ve decided to review one of my favorite movies, Jeffrey.

Movie: Jeffrey
Year: 1995
Starring: Steven Weber, Patrick Stewart and Sigourney Weaver
Genre: Comedy
Rated: R
Runtime: 92 minutes
Stars: Four and a half out of five
Times I’ve seen this movie: about 10

Jeffrey is a gay man living in New York City in the mid-nineties. He has decided to give up on love (and sex) because of AIDS. Unfortunately (so to speak), Jeffrey meets and falls head over heels for Steve, a fine specimen of the male species. Jeffrey does his best to stay away from Steve, even though his heart is pulling him closer and closer to finding the love of his life.

My favorite character in Jeffrey is Sterling, played by Patrick Stewart. It’s a must-see if you love Stewart and have seen his work in other genres (its a far cry from Captain Picard on the Starship Enterprise).

This movie is certainly not for everyone. Trust me, you won’t want to watch it with your parents. Okay, you wouldn’t want to watch it with my parents. It’s fun but also has a serious side that is very real and touching.

I hope you like it as much as I do.


Image from Wikipedia

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It’s CineMonday! But…

I know, I’m a slacker. I just don’t feel like reviewing today. Or maybe it’s because the only movie I’ve partially watched this week is 25 minutes of 28 Days Later. That’s right, another zombie movie. My husband is on a zombie kick right now, and just finished 28 Weeks Later while I was at church.

I’ll tell you this, though, do NOT, I repeat, do not watch a zombie movie (a real zombie movie, not a funny one like Shaun of the Dead or Fido) while you eat dinner. I made that mistake last night. Not good.

Anyway, 28 Days Later is a real zombie movie, in that 1. it’s not funny, 2. it’s very very bloody, 3. it freaks me out, 4. I had to leave the room. So, not a real review, just a note to say if you’re into blood, screaming, people running for their lives, etc., 28 Days is where it’s at.


P.S. I promise I’ll have a real review next Monday. What? Don’t you trust me?

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Movie: Fido
Year: 2006
Starring: Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly
Genre: Comedy, Zombie
Rated: R for zombie-related violence
Runtime: 91 minutes
Stars: Four out of five

I, admittedly, do not love zombie movies. After seeing Fido, however, I might be starting to change my mind.

Fido is a zombie who lives in the town of Willard in the 1950’s. Many zombies live and work in Willard due to space dust that settled over the town and made the dead come alive. After the zombie wars, the town has learned to live with this unsettling problem. Zomcon, a corporation created to control and put zombies to work, has the people of Willard feeling safe again.

Fido lives with Timmy Robinson and his family, but Timmy treats Fido more like a pet (and eventually a father) than a zombie. This, obviously, creates friction in the family. ‘Nuff said.

You must see this movie. It is frickin’ hilarious. I loved it.

One of my favorite quotes from the movie: Carrie-Anne Moss talking to her on-screen husband says, “Just because your father tried to eat you…does that mean we all have to be unhappy? Forever?”

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CineMonday, Anime Edition

I know I’ve been busy with the AWRP rally, but I didn’t forget to watch and review a movie this week. Come on, you know me better than that.

Movie: Howl’s Moving Castle
Year: 2004
Voiced by: Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, Billy Crystal (English version)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Romance
Rated: PG
Runtime: 119 minutes
Stars: Three out of five

Howl’s Moving Castle is about a plain young girl who finds herself transformed into an old woman by the spell of a witch. The spell also ensures that she cannot tell anyone about what has happened to her. After she decides that maybe it’s not so bad to be old after all, she leaves her home on a journey to find the witch that cast the spell. On the way she discovers the castle and the interesting characters that live within.

Howl’s Moving Castle is a visually beautiful movie, to be sure. I found myself getting lost in the animation, especially the castle itself. Simply stunning.

The only thing about this movie that I didn’t like is the love story angle. There’s quite a bit of sappy music and there’s a romance between two main characters. If you don’t mind that, then you’ll probably really like Howl.


P.S. I found the first photo at Wikipedia.com.

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It’s CineMonday!

Movie: Broken Flowers
Year: 2005
Starring: Bill Murray
Genre: Comedy? Drama? Mystery?
Rated: R, nudity, language, drugs
Runtime: 106 minutes
Stars: Two out of five

I had heard that this movie was slow and boring, but I also had heard that it was worth watching. Well, it was a little slow (there are several scenes where Bill Murray just sits for a whole minute), and a little boring, but it was also kind of interesting.

Broken Flowers is about a bachelor, Don Johnston, who gets a letter from an ex who claims that the son he sired 20 years ago (that he didn’t know about until now) might be coming to find him. Oh, and there’s no signature or return address.

Don’s neighbor, Winston, decides that it’s imperative that he goes to find the possible mothers to try to find out which one it was. Don finally agrees to go on the journey and does manage to find each of the women, but strange events with each woman cause him to be unclear about which one actually sent the letter.

Spoiler alert! If you plan to see this movie, don’t read the rest of this article.

The biggest problem with this movie, for me, is that there is no resolution. We never do find out who sent the letter. It ends oddly, which I know is done on purpose, but it doesn’t make the movie any easier to watch.

So, all in all, Broken Flowers was just okay. I can’t really recommend it. Critics might say that it’s fabulous and that I just didn’t understand it, but, hey, maybe it’s just me, but when I watch movies, I tend to like to understand them. The first time.

Enjoy! or…not.

Oh, and one more thing: Can you believe this is Tilda Swinton??

Good disguise, Tilda!  Courtesy of www.imbd.com

Good disguise, Tilda! Courtesy of http://www.imbd.com

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