Friday, June 15, 2012

Some Favorite Movies and Why I Love Them

  • The Sound of Music: 
What could beat a classic love story with a man in uniform- Captain Von Trapp (played by Christopher Plummer) and of course, Maria (Julie Andrews)? Pretty much anything Julie Andrews is in is amazing. But The Sound of Music especially so because it has a bunch of brownie point factors, such as:

1) it's set in Austria!
2) The two main characters; the captain and Maria, are perfect for each other.
3) It has amazing music, especially with the acoustic guitar which I love,
4) No stupid drama: it doesn't need 99% drama, (like a lot of more recent movies),  to have a good plot line,
5) The kids are adorable,
6) The Captain and Maria get married and still have adventures with their kids afterwords (running from Nazi supporters, anyone? fleeing the country through the awesome mountains? yup.)
7) Last of all, but perhaps best, THE NUNS. The scene where they take the car parts? I laugh every time :)

(yes, I am listening to one of the songs from it, Sixteen Going On Seventeen, right now)
  • Daniel Deronda:
I think this was actually a British tv series? But only 5 parts to it. This movie/series made me happy though. The end was perfect; I'm not going to spoil too much but I'm glad who the main character, Daniel Deronda (played by the amazing-curly-haired Hugh Dancy), ended up with. And it almost seems like the characters got what they deserved at the end. I would definitely recommend it. The main issue is identity, specifically as a Jew.

  • Pride and Prejudice (1995)
I have watched this movie multiple times. If you have not watched it, oh what a tragedy....

Darcy's pride vs. Elizabeth Bennet's prejudice make for very witty conversations. On her side throw in a couple of silly sisters and a very very silly mother (even her father sometimes making things worse), and then an older sister with her own love problems to boot. On his side throw in an extremely prideful aunt who doesn't know what common courtesy is sometimes, but ends up being a key player in the story. It's a wonder that they didn't implode from all the obstacles in their ways.
And then there's the notorious Wickham (Adrian Lukis), who goes above and beyond to be a pain in Mr. Darcy's gluteous maximus (spelling?)
And you can't ever forget the ridiculous cousin of the Bennets, Mr. Collins! (Played by David Bamber). Mortifying, to the Bennets (especially Elizabeth at the Netherfield Ball), may be a key word when considering how socially awkward he is.
In this adaption, Darcy is played by Colin Firth and Elizabeth is played by Jennifer Ehle. I love that they both have really pretty eyes and just seem to fit into the characters. And I love how this adaption closely follows the book, which is still better. 

Now, Go watch it if you haven't. Seriously, Do it now. :)

Sorry for such a long post. For the sake of my Sanity, I'm not going write much more. But Honorable Mentions go to other movies/ series, such as: Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Fireproof, Facing the Giants, Inception, North and South (!!!! I can't believe I forgot to write that. North and South is one of my absolute favorites. Seriously. !!!), and others I can't think of. I love British Period Dramas, They're pretty spiffy in my opinion :)

Oh. I also love epic movies such as The Lord of The Rings trilogy and The Chronicles of Narnia movies. 

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