Recap: 18 August 2009

I finished Round Two of Edits last night on TDPU. And it felt great. Until this morning when a friend read it (after having read the first draft as well) and proceeded to Crush My Soul.  You know who you are. Matt. But that is another post for another time.  Now is the time for movie mini-reviews!

What I Watched

  • When Harry Met Sally (4 stars): As I noted on twitter, it turns out this movie is much more enjoyable without the preface of your boyfriend telling you it reminds him of himself and another girl. Watched with a fresh and baggage-less eyes, this movie is exactly as charming as everyone says it is. It veers a little saccharine in places, of course, but it’s biting enough in others that it’s easily forgivable. A gem of the rom-com genre.
  • Julie & Julia (3½ stars): I’ve seen some reviews that say the depiction of Julie’s story is boring, and I’ve seen others that say the depiction of Julia’s story is boring. Well, I didn’t think either one was boring. I loved Ms. Powell’s memoir when I read it a year or two ago, and I knew going into the movie that, barring a complete disaster, I’d enjoy the movie, too.  Is it as good as the book?  No.  Does seeing Meryl Streep as Julia Child make up for that? Yes.
  • Sullivan’s Travels (3½ stars): This classic Preston Sturges film about a screenwriter having an existential crisis didn’t thrill me quite as much as I’d hoped it would.  I thought it veered a little too dramatic toward the end, I guess, and, to be honest, the movie struggled to keep my attention through most of it. I don’t blame the film for this; I think it was just one of those nights. As I was watching it, I knew that I should be enjoying it.  There was nothing to stop me from enjoying it.  I just couldn’t get on board for some reason. That being said, I think perhaps this is a film that’ll grow on me in hindsight. It was funny, and I liked what it had to say, and the prison movie scene is the sort of scene I adore.
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife (3½ stars): While the stories are very different, this movie plays like a less gooey, less silly, less teenagery version of The Notebook. Here’s what you really need to know: 1) It’s well-acted, 2) You get to see plenty of Eric Bana’s bum, and 3) You’ll cry for the last 45 minutes straight*.  (*OK, maybe that was just me, but if you don’t shed at least a few tears, your heart is made of stone! Kate!)  If that sounds like your cup of tea, get yourself to a showing.
  • Hannah And Her Sisters (3½ stars): Woody Allen has a fantastic way of turning a mediocre film into something I really enjoy in the third act.  The turning point here, for me, was the Duck Soup scene. Sort of an homage to the prison movie scene in Sullivan’s Travels in a way, it made the film for me.  I seem to enjoy Allen’s films of the mid- to late-Oughts more than his late-’70s and early-’80s classics, but this is a fairly solid entry for me, nonetheless.

It’s also worth noting that I flew through Dollhouse on DVD last week, and I am now a big fan of that show.  If you’re a Whedon fan or a sci-fi fan or a fan of shows with really interesting characters, I’d highly recommend checking it out.  Season 2 premieres on Fox some time in September, so there’s still time to catch up!

One thought on “Recap: 18 August 2009

  1. When Harry Met Sally is coming next in my Netflix!

    And if you are not a giant baby you might not cry during Time Traveler’s Wife. You, however, are a big baby. You will cry for 45 minutes straight if you are a big baby.

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