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Movie Mondays – Snorefest

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This week’s theme is…
Boring Movies

My lovely hubby has already mentioned two snoozefests that would have featured on my list – The Thin Red Line (or “Too Many Excellent Actors Spoil the Plot”) and Melancholia (or “Pretentious Wank In Two Acts”), so I’ll add a third to the mix…

My nomination for the Movie  I Most Wish I Hadn’t Bothered Seeing And Am Incredibly Glad I Saw It For Free Or I Would Have Gone Postal On The Unsuspecting Cinema Staff Award goes to…

*drum roll please*

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Movie Mondays – Festive Films

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This week’s theme is… Christmas Films

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Movie Monday – Payback’s a B*tch!

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Movie Mondays – What’s the Story?

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This week’s topic is… What’s the Story? (Movies that feature books – NOT movies that are adapted from books!)

I’ll start with one of my favourites, which is also a film that Xander loves – Inkheart. I know Dale wanted to use this one, but I called dibs on it first! Cornelia Funke wrote the character of Mo with Brendan Fraser in mind, so when he accepted the role in the film, she (and all his fans!) were delighted. There are some changes to the plot from the book, but that’s to be expected and it does keep to the spirit of the source material. Anyway, this one is about people who have the ability to read characters out of books and it’s wonderful!

Next up is from the other end of the movie spectrum. In one fell swoop I go from children’s fantasy to comedy horror with Army of Darkness, the third Evil Dead film starring the iconic Bruce Campbell. Ash is accidentally transported to 1300AD, where he must battle the Medieval dead (did you see what I did there?) and find the Necronomicon (the skin-bound Book of the Dead) in order to return home.  It has spade loads of dark comedy and Ash has a chainsaw instead of a right hand. What’s not to love?

My final choice is a little more highbrow compared to the others and was an Oscar winner in 2008. I speak of none other than The Reader, starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes. It’s the story of a young German boy who reads to (and has a relationship with) an older woman who turns out to be a Nazi war criminal. He has difficulty reconciling the woman he knew as a boy with the woman in court accused of being party to atrocities.

All three of these films are great in their own right and all are very different. Each of them features books in a different way, but all are integral to the plot.

Movie Mondays – Crazy Food

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This week’s topic is… movies that feature crazy cooks. The characters in these films may be able to whip up a good feast but they are either wackos in one way or another…or they do wacky things.

When it comes to crazy cooks, the first film that springs to mind is The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989), starring Helen Mirren and Michael Gambon.  With a tagline that reads, “Lust…Murder…Dessert. Bon Appetit! ” you know you’re in for something at least a little unusual. In this case, an entire roasted MAN! It’s an unusual film, but rather good, and of course, when you have the likes of Mirren and Gambon in a cast ,you know you’re in for a treat…

Next up is The War of the Roses (1989). Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner meet, fall in love, marry, have children and buy the house of their dreams together, but then boredom sets in. The desperate housewife turns her love of cooking into a catering business, but when her husband pushes all the wrong buttons and just goes too far, she serves up a meal to discuss their options. After eating her delicious and well-reknowned paté, he realises he doesn’t know where his faithful and much beloved dog is. Woof!

Finally, we have not a cook, but a crook. In A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Otto, played by Kevin Kline torments Ken, played by Michael Palin, by threatening to eat his prized collection of tropical fish, culminating in him swallowing each of them whole – alive and wriggling – much to the horror of the stammering Ken who can barely get his words out at the best of times. It’s certainly a way to extract information when you need it, but an incorrect answer results in “another chip up the nose,” in the distressing yet hilarious scene.

Movie Mondays – Vacation, Vacation, Vacation…

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This week’s topic is… Vacation, Vacation, Vacation!

If anything screams “holiday”, it’s the beach. If any beach is going to make you scream, it will be that of Amity Island in Jaws (1975). Holiday-makers are put off ever going back in the water by a man-eating Great White who chows down on anyone who ventures into the sea in the original summer blockbuster!

Be honest – the first time you saw this film, didn’t it take an age for you to work up the guts to go for a swim anywhere other than the safety of an indoor heated pool?

For my second choice, I’ll go further back to the classic Roman Holiday (1953) starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn as an American newsman away from home, and a princess who escapes her guardians in order to explore on her own and experience a bit of life. It’s a fun romantic comedy with two big stars who really deliver with the chemistry. If you’re not in the habit of watching oldies, this is a good place to start – just to see all the Italian sights and the atmosphere of Rome as they ride around on scooters it’s worth it!