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?