New Month's Theme

Tomorrow I will start a new theme: Thrillers, this is one of my favorite genres.  Keep reading to see what I will be watching next.

Movie 181- Foreign- Don't Look Back

Directed by Marina de Van
Starring Monica Bellucci
              Sophie Marceau

After Jeanne -- a married mother of two -- starts to notice strange changes in her body, she finds a photograph that leads her on a journey to Italy. There, the rapidly transforming woman begins to learn more about her true identity.

This was a really interesting movie, there are a lot of twist and turns.  The best description I found and like is that it's a bit like the Twilight Zone.  The acting was good, and the story very interesting.  It was kind of creepy too, especially when peoples faces changed a bit and they had the features of another actor.  I'm glad that I picked this movie, I really enjoyed it.

Movie 180- Foreign- Blue Beard

Directed by Catherine Breillat
Starring Dominique Thomas
              Lola Creton

Based Charles Perrault's 17th-century fairy tale about a murderous nobleman whose wives have been disappearing in droves in this fantastical foreign-language drama partially set in the 1950s.

I found the movie interesting, however, it was a little dull, and a bit confusing.  I thought the whole thing took place in the 50's because I didn't full read the description, I think the problem I had was that in the parts from the fairy tale the language didn't fit with the time period, but that could really be an issue with the subtitles translation.  The little girls were funny, but I didn't really care for their scenes.  I would have liked just the Bluebeard story alone.

Movie 179- Foreign- Tenebrae

Directed by Dario Argento
Starring Anthony Franciosa
              Veronica Lario
               John Saxon

Let me ask you something? If someone is killed with a Smith&Wesson revolver... Do you go and interview the president of Smith&Wesson?

Shortly after American mystery novelist Peter Neal lands in Rome on a book tour, a rash of grisly murders -- patterned after the slayings in his new novel -- sweep the city. With the police scratching their heads, Neal launches his own investigation.

This was, to my surprise better than I was expecting.  I've seen several Dario Argento movie, and I've only liked Suspria, but this actually had a great story, and keep me interested throughout the whole movie.  It didn't really seem like the murders were just thrown in, it all fit together.  This would be one I would watch again.

Movie 178- Foreign- The Heirloom

Directed by Leste Chen
Starring Terri Kwan
              Jason Chang
              Chang Yu-chen 
              Tender Huang co-star

Decades ago, a millionaire's household experienced an unfathomable tragedy in which the entire family hanged themselves at the exact same time -- but one of them managed to survive. Now, 20 years later, with a distant relative living in the house with his young fiancée, mysterious events are happening once again, threatening to stir up ancient secrets.

I was a bit confused about the movie, the girl in the was told about the history of the house, but at the end she acts confused and seems not to remember being told about any of.  I liked the movie for the most part though, and thought it was well acted.

Movie 177- Foreign- Room 205

Directed by Martin Barnewitz
Starring Neel Rønholt
             Mikkel Arendt
             Julie Ølgaard
             Mira Wanting       

The excitement college student Katrine feels about her move to a new dorm is short-lived when she discovers that the room once belonged to a student who was brutally murdered several years prior. When a series of mysterious and gruesome accidents befall several residents of the dorm, Katrine begins to suspect that the ghost of Room 205 has emerged, looking for vengeance -- but no one believes her. 

This was a really creepy movie, it kind of reminded me of Stir of Echos.  I watched this on Netflix which didn't give me to option of choosing if I wanted to watch it with subtitles so I had to watch the dubbed version, I really discourage this, unless you've seen the movie before and want to watch it again when you are doing other things and won't be looking at the TV the whole time.  The story was good, and the acting was decent, this wouldn't be a movie I would recommend it unless you don't have anything better to watch.  I didn't feel like I wasted my time watching it, it's just not movie I'd watch again.

Movie 176- Foreign- Ghost of Mae Nak

Directed by Mark Duffield
Starring Porntip Papanai
              Pataratida Pacharawirapong
              Siwat Chotchaicharin                 

Frightening folklore from Thailand tells the tale of a displaced spirit whose fury is unleashed when a newlywed couple moves into an abandoned home. The feared phantom known as Mae Nak initially safeguards the pair from evildoers, but the couple soon realizes that she expects a terrible price in return for her protection.

I was a bit disappointed in this and honestly it didn't really hold my attention till a man was cut in half by a piece of glass.  I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

Movie 175- Foreign- House of Shadows

Directed by Ricardo Wullicher
Starring Yvonne De Carlo
              John Gavin
              Leonor Manso
              Mecha Ortiz                    

I killed you! You're dead!

This intriguing mystery boasts gothic mansions and supernatural scares galore as lovely orphan Audrey, the companion to mysterious Mrs. Howard, finds a dead woman in a nearby home and is told by the police that the murder occurred 23 years before. Audrey decides to investigate the slaying herself, and after she finds the dead woman's diary, sinister visions begin to plague her, which not even a séance can cure.

I found this movie on Netflix, and thought I would give it a chance since the description sounded interesting, but it was not good.  The idea was good, but the terrible dubbing (my only option) and the cast wasn't very good.  This is the kind of movie that needs to be remade and I'm sure it would be an improvement.

Movie 174- Foreign- The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

Directed by Daniel Alfredson
Starring Michael Nyqvist
              Noomi Rapace
              Lena Endre
              Annika Hallin

Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court.

This is the last of the trilogy, and I think it wraps up the series well, though you can see that the writer intended for there to be more to the series, it's a shame that he had to die so early in his career.  The cast is great and the ending is satisfying.

Movie 173- Foreign- Suspiria

Directed by Dario Argento
Starring Jessica Harper
              Stefania Casini
              Joan Bennett

Suzy Banyon decided to perfect her ballet studies in the most famous school of dance in Europe. She chose the celebrated academy of Freiburg. One day, at nine in the morning, she left Kennedy airport, New York, and arrived in Germany at 10:40 p.m. local time.

This horror gem follows Susy, a naïve young American girl whose talents have brought her to an illustrious European ballet school. But once she gets there, she realizes there's something strange going on as she's faced with a cluster of freaky happenings, from a shower of maggots to poison in her food. What she soon learns is that the school has been a meeting place for witches for many years.

I like this movie because of the use of color and the music, the script and plot at time is confusing, but this is the only Dario Argento movies that I actually like.  I am a fan of Dark Shadows and it's nice to see Joan Bennett in this and not at all like her character on the show or anything else she had ever done.

Movie 172- OSS 117: Lost In Rio

Directed by Michel Hazanavicius
Starring Jean Dujardin         
              Louise Monot
              Rüdiger Vogler
              Alex Lutz

When outrageously chauvinistic French secret agent OSS 117 journeys to Cold War-era Rio de Janeiro to recover a top-secret microfilm, gorgeous Israeli Nazi-hunter Dolorès Koulechov joins in the quest. But as the pair zero in on their quarry, the hapless Frenchman's disdain for Koulechov's gender and nationality threaten their mission.

I liked this one so much more than the first movie, it was very funny and I liked the use of old movie clips to tell the back story and the Vertigo reference.  I really enjoyed these movies.

Movie 171- Foreign- OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

Directed by Michel Hazanavicius
Starring Jean Dujardin
              Bérénice Bejo
              Aure Atika
              Philippe Lefebvre          

OSS agent 117 is sent to investigate the disappearance of fellow agent Jack Jefferson, along with a Russian cargo ship, from Cairo. While on his mission, OSS 117 becomes entangled in a web of international espionage involving French, Russian, Egyptian, Belgian and neo-Nazi representatives, while also juggling multiple romances.

This was a great movie, it was a campy spoof of spy films of the 1960's, but a lot of fun.  It's so much better than Austin Powers, since that is the only recent spoof of those types of movies that I can think of done recently.  The cast was good and the script very funny. 

Movie 170- Foreign- The Girl by the Lake

Directed by Andrea Molaioli
Starring Toni Servillo
              Denis Fasolo
              Nello Mascia

Giovanni Sanzio leaves the big city behind to investigate the murder of a young woman in an alpine country village where startling secrets are buried. Nearing retirement and burdened with family problems, Sanzio is distracted at first but soon finds himself drawn deeper into the web of lies spread by villagers intent on concealing the truth.

This was a interesting movie, that is until the ending, it lead up to something that was nothing more than a shrug.  I have the book it's based which I bought before I watched this and didn't know it was based on the book at the time I watched it, and I wonder what they changed.  Up until the end I was really enjoying the movie, except that the subtitles were so small it was hard to read at times.

Movie 169- Foreign- A Tale of Two Sisters

Directed by Ji-woon Kim
Starring Kap-su Kim
              Jung-ah Yum
              Su-jeong Lim
              Geun-yeong Mun
              Seung-bi Lee

There's something strange in this house.

Terrified sisters try to exorcise their home of two dark forces -- their evil stepmother and a vengeful entity -- in this ghostly tale. Hospitalized after their mother's death, young Su-mi and Su-yeon return home to find a nasty new stepmother. The girls suffer terrifying events, but their father doesn't care, even though evil lurks around every corner. Can the girls free their home from its demons?

This is a great movie, but one that you really need to watch twice, just so you can see how everything fits together.  It's a beautifully shot fairy tale.  There was a remake done called The Uninvited, which doesn't hold up to the original at all.  It's one of my favorite movies.  It's creepy at time, and in the end very sad, but if you give it a chance it's worth the time you spent watching this.

Movie 168- Foreign- Fear

Directed by Vikram Bhatt
Starring Ameet M. Gaurr
              Vishwaas Paandya
              Aditya Ralkar

A mysterious supernatural spirit terrorizes a woman and forces her to confront the demons of her past. Slowly, she descends into madness in this surprising tale of fears realized.

This movie was pretty predictable, and the visual effects were at time very amateurish.  It was obvious where the story was going and I figured out who was responsible before the ending.  It's clear that they were trying do something like The Grudge, but I would give them a D for effort, but not for anything unique.  It reminded me of Dead Again at times and of course The Grudge.  Skip this one and watch anything else again.

Movie 167- Foreign- The Whip and the Body

Direceted by Mario Bava
Starring Christopher Lee
              Daliah Lavi

You haven't changed, I see. You've always loved violence.

In the 19th century, a sadistic nobleman terrorizes the members of his family. He is found dead, but his ghost soon returns to haunt the residents of his castle.

This is a gothic story, there are shades of Gaslight and Rebecca and Wuthering Heights.  I like the use of color and though the story at times is a bit confusing, I think some of the plot was dropped or deleted, it's still a good movie.

Movie 166- Foreign- The Girl Who Played With Fire

Directed by Daniel Alfredson
Starring Noomi Rapace                  
              Michael Nyqvist
              Lena Endre
              Hans Christian Thulin

Tech expert Lisbeth Salander becomes the prime suspect when two journalists, including Dag Svensson, die after Millennium magazine publisher Mikael Blomkvist  launches an exposé of the Swedish sex trade.

The story of Lisbeth and Mikael continues in the sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  I like the movie, but not as much as the first movie, but that is due to the "mystery" that needs to be solved in this story, it's interesting and you get more of who Lisbeth is and why she is the way she is.  I am glad that the movies were made since I found that the second book was hard to get into, so these are perfect for the people who don't want to read the series.  The action is great and again the cast is perfect.

Movie 165- Action/Adventure- X-Men: First Class

Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Starring James McAvoy
              Michael Fassbender
              Jennifer Lawrence
              Rose Byrne
              January Jones
              Jason Flemyng

Tomorrow, mankind will know that mutants exist. They will fear us, and that fear will turn to hatred.

In this exciting prequel to the X-Men series, Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr -- the future Professor X and Magneto -- are best friends dedicated to harnessing their powers and promoting the education of fellow mutants during the turbulent 1960s. The duo works together to stop a powerful adversary that threatens mankind, but their ideological differences drive them apart and turn them into ferocious enemies.

I really enjoyed this movie, I thought they did a great job telling the back story of the characters.  I liked Hugh Jackman's cameo and the references to future characters from the scene where they are searching for mutants.  I thought the cast was great, especially Michael Fassbender, who I've been a fan of since the TV show Hex.  If you like super hero movies then I'm sure you'll enjoy this movie.

Movie 164- Foreign- The Red Violin

Directed by Francois Girard
Starring Samuel L. Jackson
              Don McKellar
              Greta Scacchi
              Jason Flemyng
              Sylvia Chang
              Colm Feore

What do you do when the thing you most wanted, so perfect, just comes?

When the long-lost "red violin," a rare instrument crafted during the Italian Renaissance, shows up at a modern auction, it reveals its mysterious history -- and the lives of its previous owners -- in a series of flashbacks spanning three centuries.

If there was ever a foreign language movie that I was to recommend to someone then this would be it.   Everything about the movie is excellent, cinematography, production, costumes and the cast.  The story is beautiful and the music haunting.  If you are wary of foreign films give this one a chance, it's worth it.

Movie 163- Foreign- Day Watch

Directed by Timur Bekmambetov
Starring Konstantin Khabensky
              Vladimir Menshov
               Mariya Poroshina

Just snap 3 times. It'll change. After snapping their voice also changed. And they kept on walking. Don't smoke and try to walk straight. You're a lady now.
To protect his son, who has come under the dark side's control, Anton seeks an ancient artifact that threatens to upset an uneasy peace with the light side -- putting Moscow at risk for a devastating cataclysm. Anton finds himself in the middle of a mythic conflict between the forces of light and dark.

I like this better than the original.  I got to see an advanced screening of this when it was first released in theaters.  The story seems to make a bit more sense than the first one too, but the cinematography is still the star of the show.  The acting is good and the story is interesting.  There was supposed to be a third movie, but I haven't heard a thing about it, so I guess it won't be finished.  But you need to see both otherwise you won't really get what's going on.

Movie 162- Foreign- With a Friend Like Harry

Directed by Dominik Moll
Starring Laurent Lucas  
              Sergi López
              Mathilde Seigner

You have to overreact.

While fixing up their summer cottage, Michel and his family run into a man who claims to have gone to high school with Michel. Although Michel doesn't recognize him, the man knows too much not to be a former mate. Soon the man and his girlfriend are living in the cottage, and Michel is realizing that his classmate's interest may instead be obsession.

This is a great thriller, the combination of suspense and black humour and the cast make this a great movie, the story really draws you in, there are some great twists and turns in the story.  Don't watch the dubbed version, watch it in French with the English subtitles.

Movie 161- Foreign- Diabolique

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
Starring Simone Signoret
              Vera Clouzot
              Paul Meurisse

I may be reactionary, but this is absolutely astounding - the legal wife consoling the mistress! No, no, and no!

The ailing spouse and manhandled mistress of a sadistic boarding school headmaster plan and execute the man's murder -- but their plan goes haywire when the corpse vanishes.

This was a great movie, the story line and the twist and turns were great, and it was creepy.  I read that Alfred Hitchcock wanted to buy the story but missed out, it would have been really interesting to see what Hitchcock would have done with this.  It definitely has his feel to it.  I've seen a different version of this, that was done by the Hammer studio in the 70's it's called Fear in the Night, starring Peter Cushing and Joan Collins.

Movie 160- Foreign- Night Watch

Directed by Timur Bekmambetov
Starring Konstantin Khabensky       
             Vladimir Menshov
             Valeri Zolotukhin

You, the 'Light' ones, the 'kind' ones, who've decided they have a right to protect the world from Darkness. Where were you when they drank my blood? Why can't I do that now?
Among normal humans live the "Others" possessing various supernatural powers. They are divided up into the forces of light and the forces of the dark, who signed a truce several centuries ago to end a devastating battle. Ever since, the forces of light govern the day while the night belongs to their dark opponents. In modern day Moscow the dark Others actually roam the night as vampires while a "Night Watch" of light forces, among them Anton, the movie's protagonist, try to control them and limit their outrage.

This is a very interesting movie, weird at times, but great.  The story is interesting and I like the concept of the story.  The acting was good, but it's the cinematography that is the real star of the movie.  Check it out.

Movie 159- Foreign- Samay

Directed by Robby Grewal
Starring Sushmita Sen
              Sushant Singh
              Dinesh Lamba
              Tushar Dalvi
              Rajesh Khera

The death of a successful industrialist tests the skill and patience of ACP Malavika Chauhan, a celebrated officer and female role model for many of the women in her country. Chauhan does what she's best at -- solving difficult crimes. But this investigation presents the biggest challenge she's ever faced. As she plumbs deeper into the case, she realizes the murder is the handiwork of a twisted genius.

Awhile ago I got this book with a lot of movie facts and on it they had a list of movies and the Bollywood remakes.  This movie was supposed to be a version of Seven, but after watching it I think that it's a bit more like The Bone Collector.  This is a great movie, not your typical Indian movie, it's long, but if you have some time check it out.

Movie 158- Foreign- A Very Long Engagment

Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring Audrey Tautou
              Gaspard Ulliel

If I don't break the peel, Manech is alive.
Mathilde, a young Frenchwoman vows to find out what happened to her missing fiancé during World War I. He appears to have died after a court-martial, but she needs to know for sure. As she looks for the truth, she discovers unexpected things about herself and the people she meets along the way.

This was a great movie well acted and beautiful, the cast is perfect and it was a surprise to see Jodie Foster.   

Movie 157- Foreign- Haute Tension (High Tension)

Directed by Alexandre Aja
Starring Cécile de France
              Maïwenn Le Besco
              Philippe Nahon

Someone who's taken must be worth it. I'm skeptical of single guys.
Students Marie and Alex have no idea of the horrors that await them when they head off to a remote country home to study for their upcoming exams and a psychopathic stranger attacks, tying up Alex and taking her away. It's up to Marie to save her friend -- but first, she must figure out what's really going on.

When I first saw this movie it was the first movie that I had to ever cover my eyes for, it wasn't for anything gory, but for the suspense would the killer find her or would he go by?  I love this movie and all the twist at the end. 

Movie 156- Foreign- Ju-on: The Grudge

Directed by Takashi Shimizu
Starring Megumi Okina
              Misaki Ito
              Misa Uehara

A young nurse who learns that the house she's visiting is cursed by two brutal murders that happened there. Soon, she realizes that everyone who sets foot in the house, which is inhabited by vengeful spirits, meets a bloody and disturbing end, and she's the next in line.

I like this movie a lot, and I think that the US remake is great as well, I think I really was due to having the same director for both versions, it's creepy and has a great story, at times the plot is hard to follow, but once you get past that I think it's great.  If you really can't watch Foreign films then watch the remake .

Movie 155- Foreign- Ringu

Directed by Hideo Nakata
Starring Nanako Matsushima
              Miki Nakatani
              Hiroyuki Sanada

It's not of this world. It's Sadako's fury. And she's put a curse on us.

 After watching a mysterious videotape, a group of teenagers die gruesomely. The video becomes an urban myth. But an insidious force points a deadly finger at unwary souls unable to resist their curiosity -- people such as Reiko, a journalist who's unwillingly drawn into a nightmare by the unseen threat.

I saw this version originally after the remake came out and while I think the US remake was good, I like this version better.  It's a bit creepier and less predictable than the remake, check this one out first if you haven't seen The Ring before.

Movie 154- Foreign- Jian Gui (The Eye)

Directed by Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang
Starring Angelica Lee        
             Lawrence Chou
             Chutcha Rujinanon

When a young girl, Mun undergoes a corneal transplant to correct her blindness, she not only receives the gift of eyesight, but second sight as well: She can now see ghosts. To exorcise the demons tormenting her, Mun looks into the life of the person who donated the corneas and unearths a deep mystery that she becomes desperate to solve.

This was a great movie relying on the suspense and tension over gore, which are the types of movies I find the scariest.  Skip the remake and watch this instead. 

Movie 153- Foreign- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Directed by Niels Arden Oplev
Starring Michael Nyqvist
              Noomi Rapace

I would have never done it, Lisbeth. But I understand why you did. I don't know what you have experienced. But I was about to die in that cellar, and you saved my life. Whatever you have seen, you don't need to tell me. I'm just happy that you're here.

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist and rebellious computer hacker Lisbeth Salander team up to investigate the unsolved disappearance of wealthy Henrik Vanger's teen niece, only to uncover dark secrets about Vanger's powerful family.

I really like this movie, it's got a great mystery and some great action scenes, and a great cast, the story is great too.  I think that they did a pretty good job adapting the book.  Noomi Rapace was perfect for the part of Lisbeth.  I don't want to go into too much detail about it and spoil the story, I am looking forward to seeing the US version, the trailer makes it look amazing.  I can't wait to see it. Here is the trailer if you haven't seen it yet.

Movie 152- Foreign- Mujhse Dosti Karoge

Directed by Kunal Kohli
Starring Hrithik Roshan
              Rani Mukherjee
              Kareena Kapoor

When his family moves to London, Raj Khanna is separated from his childhood friends Pooja Sahani and Tina Kapoor, but for 15 years he stays in touch with the spirited Tina via e-mail ... or so he thinks. It seems that Raj's real cyberspace pen pal is Pooja -- who's always been smitten with him. Confusion and plot twists soon ensue.

This was the first Indian movie that I ever saw, it is Michelle's favorite, and has become my favorite Indian comedy.  It's the Indian version of the movie The Truth About Cats and Dogs.  This has a great story and plot and some entertaining songs and dance numbers, and the cast is like able.  If you have some time check this out, it's a lot of fun.

Movie 151- Musical- Fun and Fancy Free

Directed by Jack Kinney
Starring Edgar Bergen
              Dinah Shore

"Tonight! The house across the street. Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd, Edgar Bergen." Hmm. Never heard of him. "Please come." Why, I'd be delighted!
Mickey (voiced by Walt Disney), Donald and Goofy face off against Willy the Giant in the beloved "Mickey and the Beanstalk," the more famous half of this two-part animated feature hosted by Jiminy Cricket. Also included is "Bongo," the charming tale of a circus bear who runs away to the woods. Dinah Shore narrates. Live-action stars Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy also make guest appearances.

I remembered watching this years ago so when I decided to watch this movie it was full of great memories.  There are two stories, the first narrated by Dinah Shore was cute, but my favorite is the Mickey and the Beanstalk story, my favorite part is when they are exploring the giants table and are trying to eat the giant food, it's so funny.  I like the bits with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, they were great.

Movie 150- Musical- Phantom of the Opera

Directed by Joel Schumacher
Starring Gerard Butler
              Emmy Rossum
              Patrick Wilson

I shall watch the performance from my normal seat in Box Five, which will be kept empty for me. Should these commands be ignored, a disaster beyond your imaginations will occur. I remain, gentlemen, you obedient servant. O. G.

A disfigured, reclusive genius who roams beneath the Paris Opera and takes budding star Christine under his wing. But as he falls for her, she finds love with handsome Raoul. Enraged, the Phantom nearly kills Christine, but soon refocuses his efforts on expressing his love -- and humanity -- through music.

I really like this movie, I remember waiting for it to come out, going to the theater just to see the trailer on the big screen.  There are some things that would have made it better, but I think it was a great adaptation of the musical.  I think that the costumes and the sets were beautiful and I like everyone that was in the movie, Minnie Driver is very funny.  I know a lot of people complained about Gerard Butler, but I was never a fan of Michael Crawford, and honestly I don't think he was right for this version of the musical.  I am glad that they made this into a movie, though since it brings the musical to people who never got a chance to see the show live before.

Movie 149- Comedy- The Hangover Part Two

Directed by Todd Phillips
Starring Bradley Cooper
              Zach Galifianakis
              Ed Helms
             Ken Jeong

I wish monkeys could Skype. Maybe someday.
In this booze- and laugh-soaked sequel to The Hangover, the buddies from the earlier film's bachelor party reunite for a wedding trip to Thailand where one of them, Stu Price, is planning to tie the knot. Stu is determined that his own pre-wedding party should be a restrained and dignified affair, but between the habits of his friends and the multiple distractions of Bangkok, fate has other plans in store for him.

I thought the movie was funny, nothing new really from the first movie, expect that it was a lot cruder and not as good as the original.  There were some really funny parts, and others that were just wrong.  There is one thing that really bothered me about the whole thing was the lady who brought her kids to the movie, they had to be 7-13, she had to be crazy and there is a part of me that hopes that they really embarrass her in public.  The movie theater should be able to keep parents from taking their kids to movies like this, they can let them watch it if they want to but do it at home, enough with my little rant.  Don't expect anything new with this movie, but if you liked the first one check it out.

Movie 148- Musical- Finian's Rainbow

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Starring Fred Astaire
              Petula Clark
              Tommy Steele

Well, you see, in Glocca Morra, where we come from, there's an old legend, and it says: 'You'll never grow old and you'll never grow poor, if you look to the rainbow, beyond the next moor.'

The tale centers on Irishman Finian, who moves to overseas with a pot of gold -- only to be pursued by a leprechaun. Meanwhile, Finian's lovelorn daughter, Sharon, makes a wish that transforms the town's racist senator into a black man.

I didn't really love this movie, but there were some great parts in it, but over all I just didn't really care for it.  Fred Astaire was great and I really liked Tommy Steele, who I thought had the best scenes of the movie.  Going into the movie I really had no idea what it was about, but there was a good message and that the characters were likeable.  I didn't think there was enough dancing, but perhaps due to his age Fred Astaire couldn't do that much at the time, but what he did do was great.

Movie 147- Musical- The Wizard of Oz

Directed by Victor Fleming
Starring Judy Garland
              Ray Bolger
              Burt Lahr
              Jack Haley
              Frank Morgan

Please, sir. We've done what you told us. We brought you the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West. We melted her!

There's no place like home for young Dorothy, who's been swept away from her farm in Kansas to a wonderland of munchkins, flying monkeys and different-colored horses. She must follow the Yellow Brick Road to the all-knowing Wizard of Oz to find her way home. Along the way, she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, who help her fend off the Wicked Witch of the West.

The Wizard of Oz has always been one of my favorite series of books, and one of my favorite movies.  I like how the movie begins, with a sepia tone then once Dorothy is in the land of Oz it changes to brilliant color, which looks so vibrant after the lack of color.  There are some parts that seem a bit long, but I still enjoy watching this movie over and over again.  But just like most movies based on a book, the books are so much better.

Movie Revealed

I saw that the trailer was released so I am officially telling you that this is the movie that Michelle and I went to see.  They never told us what the title of the movie would be, I did some searching when we got home and I found out it was called "The Feather Men", but I could be wrong, and it was really going to be called "Killer Elite".  I honestly don't really remember much about it now, but I think I thought the story was ok, but that there were some things that they needed to work on so I think that I probably will watch it again (though I highly doubt it will be in the theaters) and see if I can tell what they changed.  By the way I think that they shouldn't have used a song in the trailer, I don't think it fit with the movie, from what I remember.

Sorry about the lack of posting

Things have been a bit hectic and I haven't had a real chance to sit in front of the computer, but I have my reviews for the movies I've watched I will be posting them soon.  I have changed the contest rules a bit and now am also excepting Facebook responses.  The contest ends in July and you now have to tell me your favorite movie, the worst movie in your opinion, and the most over rated movie you think has been made.

I hope you've been enjoying these posts, it's been fun and honestly a bit hard to actually sit down and watch a movie when there have been some great shows on tv, but it's worth it, I am actually going to be starting a journal for this project so I will be posting pictures once that is started.  Thanks to everyone who is reading this and I think I will be able to be more on track soon.