Wednesday, May 27, 2009

May Movies

I thought I'd mention a couple of movies that we've watched lately, and might do so more often if there's interest, especially the bookish, or based on a book, ones. Just a note though that we rarely go to the cinema so mostly we watch older DVDs that we've either rented or bought. Therefore I won't be talking about any new releases, but anyway, here's what we've seen in the last couple of weeks.

The weekend before last we watched the movie Paris, Je t'aime, a collection of 18 5-minute shorts by 18 different directors, each set in a different arrondissement (district) of Paris. The stories were all independent of each other and just moments in the lives of the characters. It was much like an anthology of open-ended short stories, and as such there were a couple that I really didn't care for, and some that I liked more than others, but some of them were quite clever, and most of them were interesting, and impressive really, in how much story they could tell in such a short time. Overall I liked the movie more than H who kept saying "Is that it?" almost every time one story would end and another would begin. Of course it was all filmed on location so I loved visiting Paris again, as it were. I'd certainly rather be in Paris right now than packing! Paris, je t'aime!

You might remember that I read Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote earlier this year, and quite enjoyed it. (Click on the title for my review). I'd never seen the movie but H and I finally got a chance to watch it last weekend. Well ... I think this will not be a popular opinion so please don't hate me ... but we really didn't like it. I haven't watched many older films so that may have something to do with it, but it seemed very over-acted, and I just could not get over how much they changed the story. H hasn't read the book but he didn't like it much either, and of course I told him the book was way better. We joked that our favourite character in the film was Cat! If you know the story, you know who I mean. I realize we might be a bit more sensitive than others but the character, or rather caricature, of the ridiculous, meddlesome, Japanese neighbour upstairs was also extremely condescending.
I'm glad I saw it if just to be able to say I've seen it and now know what it's like. So many people claim it as a favourite movie though, so if you're one of them please tell me why you love it and what we missed.

Have you seen any good, or bad, movies lately?


  1. Heh, Cat really was the most fun. I haven't read the book but I did kind of enjoy the movie. To be honest, I know what you mean, though. I only watched it and bought it because it was an Audrey Hepburn movie. I much prefer Roman Holiday and I think I like Sabrina more too(I realise I just turned the subject to Audrey Hepburn...oops...heh).

    Last movie I saw in theatres was the new Star Trek movie. Very enjoyable despite some issues I have with it.

  2. I also liked some of the stories in Paris Je T'aime better than others, but all in all I enjoyed it a lot. And I still haven't watched Breakfast at Tiffany's...I've been avoiding it exactly because of how different from the book everyone tells me it is. I know movies are independent from the books they're based on, but I just can't help it.

  3. I've seen both movies, and liked them. Older movies do have this atmothphere of overacting, it was the style way back then. Before me ;D

    There is annother movie out on DVD a French produced movie called "PARIS" about different parisien's lives. I haven't seen it yet but will soon.

  4. I haven't seen Breakfast at Tiffany's, but I always have a tough time seeing the film after reading the book (haven't read that either). Sorry the movie didn't work for you!

  5. I'm not keen on the film of Breakfast at Tiffany's either. Audrey is much better in Roman Holiday!

    I've watched two good movies lately;

    1. Samson and Delilah (at the cinemas), a love story between two Aboriginal teenagers which just won the Camera D'or (for best first feature) at Canne. Honest, heartbreaking and hopeful all the same time.
    2. An oldie, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (with Cary Grant, myrna Loy and Shirely Temple)- lots of fun and not overacted at all.

  6. I love Breakfast at Tiffany's (but haven't read the book). My favorite scene is the party in her apartment -- so funny. I totally understand about the portrayal Japanese landlord -- worst part of the film.

  7. I have never seen Breakfast at Tiffany's. I must remedy that one of these days!

  8. Recently i have seen "Angels and Demons" at was really nice but i havent read its book yet...and just on Friday i saw "The Uninvited" which was a horrow movie with a routine flow of standadized horror movies so i dnt really recommend it...

  9. I really liked Place de fetes from Paris, je t'aime. I want to see New York, I Love You, too, whenever that comes out.

  10. I'm with you in your assessment of Breakfast at Tiffany's! Very overrated and yes, the stereotype portrayal of the Japanese neighbor is awful! Cat is a great character, however. :) And I do love "Moon River."

  11. I like Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys, I think it's a pivotal film that shaped our ideas of her style. However it's not my favourite old film (and ugh to the change of ending - Disneyfied). Maybe you'd like Roman holiday better.

  12. Pissenlit - I saw Roman Holiday years ago so I can't really remember much of it, but I think I enjoyed it at the time. I might have to watch it again sometime and see how it compares to Breakfast at Tiffany's for me.

    Nymeth - I was really frustrated with the things they changed, so you're quite justified in wanting to avoid it. Like you said, I know movies are independent from the books they're based on but it's hard to separate them sometimes.

    Sylvie - Before me too! ;)
    The movie you mentioned sounds interesting. Let me know what you think of it when you get a chance to watch it.

    Trish - Like I said to Nymeth, it's often hard to separate a film from the book, although I can be pretty forgiving, for me it really just depends on the acting, the script, etc. But for Breakfast at Tiffany's the changes they made really changed the feel of the whole story.

    Sarah - I kind of missed Cannes this year. I need to look up the films that won, and will check out Samson and Delilah for sure. It sounds really good.
    And that's good to know that not all oldies are overacted! :)

    Jess - OK, the party scene was pretty funny, I agree, but I was just too disappointed in the rest of the film. The book is definitely more serious.

    Kailana - I'm glad I've seen it now, and never have to see it again! LOL.

    iselldreams - Angels and Demons has had some bad reviews but I'm pretty sure we'll watch it at some point. Both my husband and I have read the book and enjoyed it for what it is.

    Charley - I didn't know there was going to be a film New York, I love you. I'd definitely be curious to see it.

    Les - It's nice I'm not alone in my dislike of Breakfast at Tiffany's, the film. Cat was very cute! :)

    Jodie - Yes, the Disneyfied ending really annoyed me, even though I was expecting it. I can understand that it's viewed as a pivotal film, but ugh! I saw Roman Holiday years ago but will have to watch it again sometime.

  13. Did you ever Audrey Hepburn's Neck by Alan Brown? Great book :-)

  14. Janet - No, I hadn't even heard of it, but that's a pretty fun title!

  15. Aww Breakfast at Tiffany's. I don't know if I can explain the huge part of my life that this movie was. I was only 12 and I had discovered just Audrey Hepburn thanks to this movie. So beautiful,charming, irresistible. Of course I didn't get most of it,for me it was just a love story. Never really liked the ending much, when she says she doesn't like cages, and he says well,sometimes you need them to be happy. But apart from that, I never got over my Audrey crush, and for me it will always be linked to this movie. And the song. The song!!! How many times have I played it. How many times I've stopped the videotape just to look at Holly's face when she's singing it. If I sound like a's because I am (or was)! I knew all the words by heart and wanted to go to New York just to see all the places shown in the movie.
    So I don't know if I can share with you why this movie is so awesome. What you feel at 12 is hardly explainable. But I know it will always be one of my first cinematographic loves and I will never forget it!
    Of course I read the book, but only then, maybe at 14. I should probably read it again, so I wont be comparing it too much.

  16. valentina - 'What you feel at 12 is hardly explainable.'

    This is so true! Things often 'look' different depending on when you first encountered them. For me, coming at the movie of Breakfast at Tiffany's with adult eyes, and after reading the book, it just couldn't measure up. I think it's great that you have such a strong fondness for this film. I wished I could have enjoyed it more than I did. :)


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