Sunday, July 21, 2013

Movies,Movies...Epic List of Summertime Movies!!

It's no Secret,I'm Addicted to Movies!! I watch about 8 + per week from Netflix. However, I must say that my friend ~Joy~   has a greater addiction! Who knew? She keeps a "Diary of Movies" seen from Jan-Dec.!!! When I met her(1992), she'd seen at least 300 was only January 2nd!!!! After teaching school all day...she escapes to the movie theater EVERYDAY without has many,many other sources in which to get her "Movie-Fix"....amazing!

Thought I'd share some of the movies I've been watching this Summer. Mind you, I sometimes pick movies "off the beaten path" _YOU know I'm curious about so many things!

So, Wednesday (7-17-13)_"Movie Day" with my friend while she's on school break.....I made the Foodie stuff_
 Baked Bean, Corn, Ground Turkey & Cheese Chili Rellenos, Spanish Rice cooked w/ Diced Spicy Tomatoes, Salad (Shredded Lettuce, Cucumber, Tomatoes) & Guacamole, Salsa, Tortilla Chips & Black Bean Tortillas. Dessert was Fresh Cherries! YUM...Ready, Set, Go!

These are the movies she brought to watch:

"42 "is a 2013 American biographical sports film written and directed by Brian Helgeland about the life of baseball player Jackie Robinson who wore jersey number 42.The film stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson,Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey and Nicole Beharie as Mrs. Robinson. Pretty much an AWESOME film!#5


My, My, My...all I can say about this is HOT & SEXY & some good Twist & Turns!! *Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor* is a romance drama film produced, written, and directed by Tyler Perry.The film is adapted from the play of the same name written by Perry,with several changes. This is the thirteenth film by Perry.# 4.5

Bottom line_ A Wonderful "Movie Day" with my friend!

Here's a couple others I've seen in the last month or so from Netflix! Rated on a Scale of 1-5(highest).

1.Gaslight_#3.5.I watched the "1940 version"...there's a 1944 version that Ingrid Bergman won an Academy Award for Best Actress. Good one. Gaslighting is a form of mental abuse in which false information is presented with the intent of making a victim doubt his or her own memory, perception.  Instances may range simply from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred, up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim. This psychological clinical term came about as a result of this movie!

2. Promised Land_ #5.With Matt Damon(love him). I'm giving this one a thumbs up! Roughly based on how Oil & Gas companies lie to folks to get their mineral rights and pay land owners a dime on a dollar_ while they make gazillions of dollars!

I loved the scene where Matt & his partner drive up to a store to get clothes,etc_and the name of the store in the small town is...probably filmed in!

                          "Guns, Groceries, Guitars and Gas"

3.Gasland_Documentary #5 .Gasland is a 2010 American documentary written and directed by Josh Fox.Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011, the film focuses on communities in the United States impacted by natural gas drilling and, specifically, a method of horizontal drilling into shale formations known as slickwater fracking which causes water faucets to catch on fire! Learned a ton of information on this one....have placed an order for my personal DVD!!!

So,that's all my "GAS"_ titled movies!You saw that theme,right?

4. Hillary and Jackie_#4.5.Based on the memoir  "A Genius in the Family" by Piers and Hilary du Pre',which chronicles the life and career of their late sister,Cellist Jacqueline du Pre' who died of Multiple Sclerosis in 1987. A real heartwarming story and great classical music.

5.The Last of the Blond Bombshells_#4.This is a British-American television film.The script focuses on the efforts of a recently widowed woman to reunite the members of the World War II-era Swing Band in which she played saxophone. One of my favorites plays lead_Judi Dench. Great WWII Swing Band Music...loved the music, clothes, tea-time, hairdos, style... loved it!

6.Nora_#4.5.A 2000 film about Nora Barnacle and her Irish husband James Joyce(played by Ewan McGregor, yes, please!).
The film examines the relationship between Joyce and Barnacle. We witness the good times and the bad times, the birth and growth of their two children (Giorgio and Lucia) and how Joyce battles with his publishers and, indeed, the censors over his first published work, "Dubliners".  Delicious, Hot Love, Jealous Lover,Drama, and EWAN McGREGOR.   

7.James Joyce's Dublin: The Ulysses Tour_#4.5. Talk about off the beaten path. I got interested in the life of James Joyce after watching "Nora". James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist and poet,considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century.Joyce is best known for Ulysses (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of "Homer's Odyssey" are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles, perhaps most prominent among these the "stream of consciousness" technique he perfected. In this documentary, James Joyce Museum curator Robert Nicholson offers an irreverent tour of both the author's fascinating world and the environment that helped to shape him into a literary legend. 

8.A Dangerous Method_#4.5. This is a 2011 historical film.Set on the eve of World War I, the film describes the turbulent relationships between Carl Jung, founder of "Analytical Psychology", Sigmund Freud, founder of the discipline of "Psychoanalysis", and Sabina Spielrein, initially a patient of Jung and later a physician and one of the first female Psychoanalysts.(BEWARE! FILM INCLUDES BONDAGE & SPANKING). My major in College was Psychology_ so this I loved...anything to do with the mind!

9.Vera Drake_#5. This is a 2004 British drama film telling the story of a working-class woman in London in 1950 who performs illegal abortions.After one of her patients nearly dies, Vera is arrested by the police and taken into custody for questioning.It won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and it was nominated for three Academy Awards and won three BAFTAs. 

10.Oranges and Sunshine_#4.5.EYE-OPENER!!
The film is based on the true story of Margaret Humphreys, a  social worker from Nottingham who uncovered the scandal of "home children", a scheme of forcibly relocating poor children from the United Kingdom to Australia and Canada. Margaret
reunites estranged families and brings worldwide attention to the cause. Deported children were promised "oranges and sunshine" but they got hard labour and life in institutions such as Keaney College in Bindoon, Western Australia.

11.Klimt (The Film)_#4. I was drawn to this film because John Malkovich plays Klimt. And I find the art work of Gustav Klimt interesting & amazing. It is a 2006 biographical film about the life of the Austrian Symbolist Painter Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). His most famous painting is "The Kiss". In 2006 at the Neue Galerie in New York, his portrait painting of  Adele Bloch-Bauer l sold for $135 million....WTH!

 The 1907 portrait, Adele Bloch-Bauer I,surpassing Picasso's 1905 "Boy With a Pipe" (sold May 5, 2004 for $104 million), as the highest reported price ever paid for a painting.

                                          "The Kiss"
12.The Naked Servant_#4.5. Based on Quentin Crisp's autobiography, the once-controversial picture stars John Hurt as Crisp, a flamboyant character who publicly declared his homosexuality during the brutally homophobic and misogynistic England of the 1930s and '40s -- a time when this alternative lifestyle was still an offense punishable by imprisonment in Great Britain. Crisp dyed his hair and wore makeup in an era when women were looked on with disapproval for such behavior! Loved this brave story!
                                Quentin Crisp 1908-1999
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13.The Debt_#5++.Dame Helen Mirren in the lead role...need I say more! A Drama-Thriller film released in the US August 2011. A former Mossad intelligence agent is forced to re-live her unsuccessful pursuit of a Nazi war criminal when the fugitive re-emerges 30 years later. GOODNESS....I sat on the edge of my couch on this one, didn't know what would happen next...Awesome!...think I'll watch it again!

      This "My Friends"is what 68 years young looks like, YES!

14.The Harlot's Progress_#4.5. This British film(2006) is based upon the story of a series of paintings entitled  "A Harlot's Progress" by William Hogarth.Hogarth's work is inspired by his interactions with an eighteenth-century prostitute Mary Collins. I was introduced to his work in 1995 when I started my Tea business. He has done lovely"Afternoon Tea-Time"painting.Ummm,I didn't know about this Series....

I loved the historical aspect of William Hogarth capturing 18th century life in England.Tastefully pun intended!

15.Fanny Hill: Unrated. #1.99.RAUNCHY 18th Century Classic! I read the book last after page of visual(w/pictures)...Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (popularly known as Fanny Hill) an  erotic novel by John Cleland first published in England in  1748. I wanted to read the book because of it's notoriety_so I figured the movie would be....?? It was written while the author was in debtors' prison in London. It is considered "the first original English prose porn, and the first porn to use the form of the novel."  One of the most prosecuted and banned books in history, it has become a synonym for OBSCENITY! The Movie is the same! Fifty Shades of Grey is elementary compared to this one in the written word... & the film version...Grrr!

All I've got to say on these last two choice is_WHY.....
So....these are a few of my favorites & Uh, not so favorites this Summer so far....hope you find one or two to watch. Meantime, it's just no telling what I might watch next because....

                              ~Much Love & Peace~



maricia said...

Under the Tuscan Sun is one of my favorites. I have all of the Sherlock Holmes and the Thin Man.

The Sage Book Whisperer said...

Yep! "Under The Tuscan Sun" is
unequivocally one of my favorites!Watched it again last month...remembering what fun my birthday party was of the same name! I like your other choices as well!