Added 2/20/14. I watched "The Dead" via Netflix streaming. It's a film adaptation of one of the short stories in Joyce's book, Dubliners (first publishe...moreAdded 2/20/14. I watched "The Dead" via Netflix streaming. It's a film adaptation of one of the short stories in Joyce's book, Dubliners (first published 1914).
The movie bored me. The last 10 minutes of the film is the most interesting part, even though it was very low-key without much to it except for some touching talk about the past.
Basically, most of the film is simply gatherings of people talking about mundane subjects (e.g., did you like the food; did you like the theater) You have to sit through boring "recitals", musical and vocal. Finally, the last 10 minutes gets to the more interesting part and is related to the title about "the dead". (view spoiler)[After a dinner party, a couple goes home. The wife (Angelica Huston) is very sad and tells her husband that the song sung just before they left the party had made her sad. It reminded her of a young boy she knew when she was young. The boy had died at the age of 17. She tells the story of how he died. The husband realizes that the boy had loved his wife very much and she had thought highly of the boy. The husband does a soliloquy about how we are all just passing through (my interpretation) and about how special it must be to have such a love as the boy did for her. (hide spoiler)] At any rate, the movie bored me even though the ending was something to think about.
INTERESTING COMMENT FROM AN ONLINE ARTICLE: "Gretta is prodded into remembering her long-dead lover. She tearfully reveals to her husband (Donal McCann) that the deceased boy may well have died on her behalf. Her tale of woe bespeaks the sentiment shared by James Joyce: no matter how long in their graves, the dead will always influence the living." FROM: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-d...
The movie seems to have been a "Huston" project. John Huston directs it. It was his last film. It was released posthumously. His daughter, Anjelica, stars in it. Tony Huston, his son, wrote the screenplay for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. I gave the movie one Netflix star out of 5 because it bored me and dragged on and on.
John Huston won the 1988 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director. Anjelica Huston won the 1988 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female. See all the awards and nominations for the film here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092843/a...
See the Wiki page about the film at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Added 2/7/14. (The book was first published in 2003.) Adapted to film. Great dialogue! Below are links about the film: "Charlie Wilson's War" (2007) http...moreAdded 2/7/14. (The book was first published in 2003.) Adapted to film. Great dialogue! Below are links about the film: "Charlie Wilson's War" (2007) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472062/?... http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Charlie-... "Texas congressman Charlie Wilson sets a series of earth-shaking events in motion when he conspires with a CIA operative (Philip Seymour Hoffman, in an Oscar-nominated role) to aid Afghan mujahideen rebels in their fight against the Soviet Red Army."
"A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects."
Director: Mike Nichols Writers: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), George Crile (book) Stars: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Added 1/14/14. I did not read this book. Instead I watched the movie via Netflix streaming in Jan. 2014. The book was first published in 1961. The movi...moreAdded 1/14/14. I did not read this book. Instead I watched the movie via Netflix streaming in Jan. 2014. The book was first published in 1961. The movie was made in 1988.
This movie/book tells the story of the "Lexington & Concord" incident which started the Revolutionary War when the American colonies rose up against England.
"The 'April Morning' here is the famous April 19, 1775 upon which the "Shot heard 'round the world" was fired, signaling the start of the American Revolution." [from IMDb summary below]
The title, "April Morning", certainly doesn't give one hint about the real impact of the story. The film brought home for me the reality of LEXINGTON & CONCORD. By focusing on a few special characters, the story evokes a very personal response.
What stays with me after seeing this film, is the suffering of the families who saw their young sons go into battle. The film underscores the enormous sacrifice made by all the people of that time so that we might enjoy the freedoms we have today.
IMDB LINK: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094673/?... =================================== IMDb summary: "The "April Morning" here is the famous April 19, 1775 upon which the "Shot heard 'round the world" was fired, signaling the start of the American Revolution. Faithful to author Howard Fast's somewhat revisionist view that the skirmishes between the Colonial militia and the British troops in Lexington and Concord (Massachusetts) were precipitated as much by fervent American patriots led by Solomon Chandler [fictional character ?] as by any "Redcoat" belligerence." FROM: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094673/p... ===================================
NETFLIX LINK: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/701... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Netflix summary: "Based on the penetrating novel by Howard Fast, this coming-of-age tale recounts the adventures of Adam Cooper (Chad Lowe), a teen caught up in the fight between American revolutionary forces and British Redcoats in the crucial Battle of Lexington and Concord. In the midst of the chaos caused by disgruntled colonists, Adam comes to terms with his demanding father, Moses (Tommy Lee Jones), and begins a romance with Ruth (Meredith Salenger)." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
ABOUT THE AUTHOR, HOWARD FAST: "Nobody has written more passionately or more vividly about the American Revolution than Howard Fast. The legendary living author of _Freedom Road_ and _Citizen Tom Paine_, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of "Spartacus" and the triumphant survivor of Hollywood's notorious blacklist of the fifties, Howard Fast is a part of American history." FROM: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...(less)
Added 1/3/14. The other night I watched a movie called "The Reader" starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes. It was fairly compelling. It was also stea...moreAdded 1/3/14. The other night I watched a movie called "The Reader" starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes. It was fairly compelling. It was also steamy in parts. After I watched it, I realized I had seen it before. LOL Only toward the end did it seem vaguely familiar.
I would advise people not to read the summaries before seeing the movie or reading the book. The summaries are spoilers, IMO.
PS-This might be a good book for a group to read because there's a lot to discuss about the characters' motives. After you read it or see the movie, you might appreciate the discussion at the following link: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... CAUTION: Even this discussion is a spoiler. So don't even peek at it until your know the story.(less)
The soundtrack alone is worth the watch. In addition there's great acting and a story that draws you in.
Below is a user review from IMDb. It says it all: ----------------------------- "My entire reason for bringing this film home was the cast: Christina Ricci, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro and Johnny Depp. Each of the actors are phenomenal and have talent in spades, and to see them all together in a film with such great characters was a delight.
However, this is one of those movies where there is no fast-paced, witty dialog, no car chases and no gratuitous sex. It is about the characters. Therefore, many will find its plot slow and dull. This movie was not made for mass appeal. Many will find it to be beautiful and meaningful, while others will not sit through the first half hour.
With that said, I will now say how much I loved this movie. It was visually stunning, superbly acted and has a score to match. ... Overall, I would have to recommend this to anyone who enjoys good character development/superb acting." (Above review was written by Josh Munsterman.) --------------------------------(less)
Added 11/12/13 - Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks I did not read the book but the movie was great! A moving story which thoroughly drew me in. Netflix des...moreAdded 11/12/13 - Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks I did not read the book but the movie was great! A moving story which thoroughly drew me in. Netflix description: ====================================== "This adaptation of the novel by Nicholas Sparks centers on a mysterious woman who arrives in a small North Carolina town and begins a new life but remains haunted by the terrifying secret that prompted her to travel across the country." FROM: NETFLIX: http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Saf... ====================================== IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1702439/?...
Josh Duhamel played the male lead. Duhamel is incredibly attractive! Julianne Hough played the female lead. She was excellent in the part. Mimi Kirkland played the young daughter. She is absolutely adorable!(less)
Added 10/18/13. I did not read the poem. Instead I watched the film described below. I found the film to be very slow-paced. It was moderately interest...moreAdded 10/18/13. I did not read the poem. Instead I watched the film described below. I found the film to be very slow-paced. It was moderately interesting. So I watched it in bits and pieces. I agree with the following viewer comments at Netflix: "Native American life portrayed in a beautiful way in an idealistic setting." ... "Not a bad movie, although the dialog was not very impressive. Nice scenery and had a good message." ... "I only watched this movie because I wanted to see Native hip-hop artist Litefoot, who plays the leading role. Besides Litefoot, this movie has has a great cast of excellent Native American actors like Graham Greene, Adam Beach, Gordon Tootoosis, Sheila Tousey, and Irene Bedard."
"Song of Hiawatha" (1997) FILM - DVD FROM OUR PUBLIC LIBRARY (Oct. 2013)
NETFLIX DESCRIPTION: "In this film based on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem, a priest (David Strathairn), a French trapper (Michael Rooker) and an American Indian interpreter (Graham Greene) search for the legendary Ojibway leader Hiawatha (Litefoot). Although no one seems able to produce the brave chief, nearly everyone they encounter is happy to share tales of him, bringing to life the story of the bighearted boy who grew into a great and courageous warrior."
COMMENT AT A REVIEW AT IMDb: "I guess it held to Longfellow's imaginative poem okay, but the real story of the REAL Hiawatha, it is not." FROM: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120163/r... ====================================== BELOW ARE SOME RELATED COMMENTS FROM MY ONLINE GOODREADS BOOK GROUP:
Hiawatha - A fictional character in the epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha (1855). It is loosely based on the legends. According to the legend, Hiawatha was a legendary Native American leader [a male] and co-founder of the Iroquois confederacy. Depending on the version of the narrative, Hiawatha lived sometime between the 15th and 16th centuries and was a leader of the Onondaga or the Mohawk, or both. [THIS INFO WAS GATHERED FROM WIKIPEDIA.]
I found some interesting info about Hiawatha at: http://pambies.tripod.com/hiawatha.html The article isn't too long and explains things well. EXCERPTS: "...nothing in Longfellow's poem relates in any way to the great Iroquois reformer and statesman."
"The hero of Longfellow's poem Hiawatha is drawn from the writings of Henry R. Schoolcraft, who had confused the real Hiawatha with a Chippewa deity."
Added 9/25/13. I did not read this book. I watched the film adaptation via Netflix: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180793/?... "The Last September" (1999)...moreAdded 9/25/13. I did not read this book. I watched the film adaptation via Netflix: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180793/?... "The Last September" (1999) "In 1920s Ireland, an elderly couple reside over a tired country estate. Living with them are their high-spirited niece, their Oxford student nephew, and married house guests, who are trying to cover up that they are presently homeless. The niece enjoys romantic frolics with a soldier and a hidden guerrilla fighter. All of the principals are thrown into turmoil when one more guest arrives with considerable wit and unwanted advice."
Very stylized and hard to follow.
Berardinelli: http://www.reelviews.net/movies/l/las... "The Last September is a brooding, moody motion picture with a powerful atmosphere that emphasizes the sense of encroaching doom. ... The Last September does not represent a celebration of times gone by; instead, it is a sober reflection of the dangers of acting like an ostrich and sticking one's head in the sand."
Ebert: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the... "Deborah Warner's "The Last September" is set during the next act of the decline of the Anglo-Irish. It takes place in 1920 in County Cork, where Sir Richard Naylor and his wife, Lady Myra, preside over houseguests who uneasily try to enjoy themselves while the tide of Irish republicanism rises all around them. British army troops patrol the roads and hedgerows, and Irish republicans raid police stations and pick off an occasional soldier. It is the time of the Troubles." ... "The movie is elegantly mounted."
Added 8/5/13. I recently enjoyed the Netflix DVD of the film adaptation of this book. (I did not read the book.) "Hitchcock" (2012) http://www.imdb.com/t...moreAdded 8/5/13. I recently enjoyed the Netflix DVD of the film adaptation of this book. (I did not read the book.) "Hitchcock" (2012) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0975645/?... "A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville during the filming of Psycho in 1959."
http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Hitchcoc... "Iconic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock struggles with his marriage, the censors, and the financiers of his 1960 film Psycho in this biopic. Driven to prove he still has an edge, Hitchcock crafts what would become one of the greatest thrillers of all time."
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson
For those who are interested, here's a pic of Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville, at Wiki. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alma_Rev... She was a strong woman and knew how to handle him. She also contributed a lot to his work, behind the scenes.(less)
Added 7/30/13. Kids would LOVE this DVD! Adults would too. ---> "The Elephant's Child", Told by Jack Nicholson with Music by Bobby McFerrin (1981)(Ru...moreAdded 7/30/13. Kids would LOVE this DVD! Adults would too. ---> "The Elephant's Child", Told by Jack Nicholson with Music by Bobby McFerrin (1981)(Rudyard Kipling's "Just So" story) I just streamed it from Amazon and I loved it!
The Bobby McFerrin's music alone is wonderful! Almost mesmerizing! The simple animation is superb. And you can't beat Jack Nicholson's voice.
"Rudyard Kipling's story of how the elephant got its trunk has always delighted children with its playful use of language and sense of high adventure. Never has there been a more satisfying rendering of Kipling's most beloved "Just So" story."
http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/A-Man-fo... "When Henry VIII (Robert Shaw) seeks approval from the English aristocracy to divorce his wife and marry commoner Anne Boleyn, Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) finds himself caught between a murderous king and the powerful Roman Catholic Church. Richly crafted with a fine supporting cast, director Fred Zinnemann's period drama swept the 1966 Oscars, winning six golden statuettes, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director."
Cast: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles, Susannah York, Nigel Davenport, John Hurt, Corin Redgrave Director: Fred Zinnemann
ABOUT THE TITLE: (FROM WIKI): ======================================= "The title reflects 20th century agnostic playwright Robert Bolt’s portrayal of More as the ultimate man of conscience. As one who remains true to himself and his beliefs while adapting to all circumstances and times, despite external pressure or influence, More represents 'a man for all seasons.'
Bolt borrowed the title from Robert Whittington, a contemporary of More, who in 1520 wrote of him: 'More is a man of an angel's wit and singular learning. I know not his fellow. For where is the man of that gentleness, lowliness and affability? And, as time requireth, a man of marvelous mirth and pastimes, and sometime of as sad gravity. A man for all seasons.'"
Added 6/23/13. I didn't read the play but I watched a 2004 film adaptation entitled A Good Woman.
WIKI SAYS: "A 2004 film adaptation, entitled A Good Wo...moreAdded 6/23/13. I didn't read the play but I watched a 2004 film adaptation entitled A Good Woman.
WIKI SAYS: "A 2004 film adaptation, entitled A Good Woman, switched the setting to the Amalfi coast of Italy, made the Windermeres Mr. & Mrs., and updated the time frame to 1930. The film stars Helen Hunt, Mark Umbers, Scarlett Johansson, Stephen Campbell Moore, and Tom Wilkinson." FROM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Win...
More from the link above: ==================================== "The story concerns Lady Windermere, who discovers that her husband may be having an affair with another woman. She confronts her husband but he instead invites the other woman, Mrs Erlynne, to his wife's birthday ball. (view spoiler)[ Angered by her husband's unfaithfulness, Lady Windermere leaves her husband for another lover. After discovering what has transpired, Mrs Erlynne follows Lady Windermere and attempts to persuade her to return to her husband and in the course of this, Mrs Erlynne is discovered in a compromising position. It is then revealed Mrs Erlynne is Lady Windermere’s mother, who abandoned her family twenty years before the time the play is set. Mrs Erlynne sacrifices herself and her reputation in order to save her daughter's marriage. (hide spoiler)] The best-known line of the play sums up the central theme: "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Lord Darlington =====================================
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0379306/?... "While retaining her secret identity, the illustrious Mrs. Erlynne (Hunt) saves Lady Windemere (Johansson) from making a grand social faux-pas with the scoundrelly Lord Darlington (Moore)."
http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/700... "While seductress Mrs. Erlynne (Helen Hunt) takes up with rich aristocrat Robert Windermere, his young, fragile bride, Meg (Scarlett Johansson), is pursued by the caddish Lord Darlington, setting all tongues wagging."
I gave the film 3 Netflix stars out of 5. I enjoyed the story but at times the film didn't seem to make clear what was happening and it was slow-paced.
One of the Netflix member-reviews said: ======================================= "It would have earned 5 stars, but the lead actresses are overrated and have a limited emotional range. As you might tell, I am not an admirer of Helen Hunt who always does a pleasant job but always plays her roles the same predictable way with the same monotonous vocal intonations. I don't like being mean but of the two of them, Hunt is far superior to Johannson who gets by with a vapid look on her face in all of her roles." ======================================= I have to agree. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I didn't read this book but I watched the film adaptation on 6/16/13 via Netflix streaming. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120532/?... http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/The... "Woodsman Giles Winterborne (Rufus Sewell) is destined to marry his sweetheart, Grace Melbury (Emily Woof), a timber merchant's daughter. But when Grace graduates from an elite boarding school, her social climbing instincts get the best of her, and she forsakes Giles. Instead, she opts for an unhappy marriage with a handsome doctor (Cal Macaninch). Through it all, Giles pines for his lost love in this lavish romance based on the Thomas Hardy classic."
I gave the movie 4 Netflix stars out of 5. Beautifully filmed, exquisite scenery, poignant acting by Rufus Sewell as Giles.
NOTE: One of the member-reviews at Netflix states: "...the ending [of the movie] has been changed [from the book] to be more satisfying to the viewer." Also: "The most thrilling episode in the novel, that of the "man-trap", is omitted entirely."
Another member-review at Netflix said the following: =================================== (view spoiler)["...thanks to a couple of the reviewers that let it be known that Giles dies in the end of the movie! I guess I shouldn't read the reviews anymore before I watch the movie. ... I'm not understanding how Giles got sick, then why did he spend the night in the rain and the cold when he is near his home where Grace was? [I think he was trying to stay away from temptation] ... I did like the ending where Grace tells the doc to get lost. ha ha ha" (hide spoiler)] ===================================
The following member-review from Netflix has some interesting comments about Hardy's writing: ==================================== "Many years ago, I read The Mayor of Casterbridge and was immediately hooked on the novels of Thomas Hardy. I read them all. The Woodlanders has always been my favorite. I think it's one of the most "poetic" of his stories. Towards the end of the movie, I waited with bated breath for Marty's speech at the grave. This short speech forms the last paragraph of the book and it's sheer poetry, though not of the rhyming variety. Hardy spent a great deal of his life thinking about why so many good people end up unhappy, how random or chance happenings can change everything in an instant, conversations accidentally overheard (or not overheard), unfulfilled longings, the regrets we may carry with us for a lifetime, etc. I don't know that he had any answers, but he certainly understood the problem and was able to express so beautifully what a lot of people feel. I've never seen a movie made from a Hardy novel that captures this essence, The Woodlanders included. I don't read Hardy for plot and dialogue. I read him for the pleasure of his use of language and his insight into character. This is what the movies just can't convey. The plot and dialogue alone are somewhat empty. Additionally, the movie omits the last part of the book and so it's like hearing a favorite song with the last note or word missing. Poor Marty! With the stroke of a pen, the script writers wrote her out of the story ending, and instead gave Grace the last word. This is a very Thomas Hardian turn of events, by the way. Hardy's characters are never safe from a fickle fate. But it changed Hardy's story in a significant way and robbed us of that final, beautiful speech." ========================================["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Bonham's character hides a soldier in her "chambers" and the story goes on from there. It's a bit wordy and melodramatic but I suppose that was the style back in the 1890's.
To me it seemed very silly. But I stuck with it because it's considered a classic and I had always heard the name but never knew what it was about.
I usually love romantic comedies but this one seemed corny to me. Perhaps it was the acting. The casting could have been better, IMO.
6/17/13: I've been thinking about why we might nowadays consider the theme of Arms and the Man silly. We no longer have the strong class distinctions which were prevalent in the late 1800's when the play was written. The play was actually making fun of those silly class distinctions. Shaw was way ahead of his time in seeing how silly they were. So he wrote a play which pointed out the culture's senseless restrictions, especially when love wasn't considered a necessary requirement for marriage.
The book description at shelfari.com says: "Like his other works, Arms and the Man questions conventional values and uses war and love as his satirical targets." http://www.shelfari.com/books/223381/...
Added 5/17/13. I did not read this book. In May 2013, I watched the movie instead. The suspense was unbearable! An incredible story and a great movie!...moreAdded 5/17/13. I did not read this book. In May 2013, I watched the movie instead. The suspense was unbearable! An incredible story and a great movie! The movie won 3 Oscars and many other awards. ================================== "ARGO" (2012)
NETFLIX: http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Argo/702... "In 1979, when Iranian militants seize the American embassy, six Americans slip into the Canadian embassy for protection, prompting the CIA to concoct an elaborate plot to rescue them by pretending that they are filmmakers rather than diplomats."
ANOTHER DETAIL: =================================== "The real life screenplay that the CIA used to create their cover story came from an adaptation of Roger Zelazny's 1967 novel: Lord of Light. Producer Barry Gellar had spearheaded an earlier, sincere attempt to produce the movie with the book's original title. After that production attempt had failed, it was utilized by the CIA, and the title was changed to Argo." FROM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argo_%28... ===================================(less)
NETFLIX DESCRIPTION: "Part of the American Film Theatre series, Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play gets the star treatment with Katharine Hepburn and Paul Scofield playing a long-married couple who'd rather be alone than entertain visitors. The first interloper is Hepburn's drunken sister (Kate Reid), followed by the couple's much-divorced daughter (Lee Remick). But the duo's limit is reached when friends (Joseph Cotten and Betsy Blair) show up unexpectedly." FROM: http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/A-Delica...
Below are some Netflix reviewers' negative comments (although there were positive comments too): ================================ "Hated it. Great cast but did not want to spend two hours watching characters claw at one another."
"Reparte alone does not a good play or a good film make. It was almost unbearable." ================================
FROM THE GR DESCRIPTION OF THE PLAY: "A dark comedy about unfulfilled lives, broken promises, and family jealousies"
Personally, I found it unrealistic that friends would have the nerve to move in to their friends' home without being invited (despite the fact that they were supposed to be very good friends). Real friends wouldn't do that; they would have more consideration and wouldn't automatically assume that they'd be welcome. Seems like a false premise to me. I think the daughter had every right to be angry that the friends took over her room without any consideration for her. (less)
Added 4/18/13. "DODSWORTH" (first published 1929) by Sinclair Lewis. I did not read this book but in April 2013 I saw the movie of the same name on TCM-...moreAdded 4/18/13. "DODSWORTH" (first published 1929) by Sinclair Lewis. I did not read this book but in April 2013 I saw the movie of the same name on TCM-TV. The movie came out in 1936. A touching story. Recommended.
PLOT: (view spoiler)["To escape an empty nest, an automobile tycoon (Walter Huston) and his forty-something wife (Ruth Chatterton) plan a luxurious vacation in Europe. But Mrs. Dodsworth embarks on a series of indiscretions, including a romance with a gigolo. It soon becomes apparent that the couple's plans for their golden years don't mesh. From director William Wyler, the film is based on the best-selling novel by Sinclair Lewis and an acclaimed stage play." (hide spoiler)]
Added 4/18/13. "SISTER CARRIE" (first published 1900) by Theodore Dreiser I did not read this book but in April 2013 I saw the movie, "Carrie", which ca...moreAdded 4/18/13. "SISTER CARRIE" (first published 1900) by Theodore Dreiser I did not read this book but in April 2013 I saw the movie, "Carrie", which came out in 1952. A touching story. Recommended.
"Laurence Olivier gives one of his finest portrayals as love-doomed Hurstwood."
PLOT: (view spoiler)["Carrie (Jennifer Jones) is a small-town girl anxious to leave her dreary surroundings for big-city life in Chicago. When she finally makes it there, she becomes the mistress of salesman Charles (Eddie Albert), whom she eventually dumps for cultured restaurant manager George (Laurence Olivier). George ends up stealing money from his boss to support Carrie, who then leaves George in financial ruin to pursue an acting career." (hide spoiler)]
On 12/2/12, I posted the following at my group: ======================================= I recently watched the 1st disc of "Game of Thrones...moreAdded 4/13/13
On 12/2/12, I posted the following at my group: ======================================= I recently watched the 1st disc of "Game of Thrones" via Netflix. There were too many characters for me to keep track of. In the bonus feature they tried to explain all that, but it was still confusing.
Below are some questions: 1. ---> (view spoiler)[Did the boy ever come out of the coma to tell what he saw and to tell his family about who tried to push him to his death? (hide spoiler)] 2. ---> (view spoiler)[He saw the queen having an affair with a fellow. Who was that fellow? Was it her brother? (hide spoiler)]
The answers I received from Jackie at my group were: (view spoiler)[Bran comes out of the coma but he doesn't remember. Yes, Cersei has been having a long term affair with her brother Jaime. It's a key plotline. (hide spoiler)] =======================["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
IMDb DESCRIPTION: "The black sheep of a family (Dick Dudgeon) and the local minister (Anthony Anderson) discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War."
NETFLIX DESCRIPTION: (British TV) "The Revolutionary War serves as the backdrop for this brilliant satire penned by George Bernard Shaw. Self-professed "devil's disciple" Dick Dudgeon (Mike Gwilym) -- who long ago scorned the piety and traditional values of his mother (Elizabeth Spriggs) -- returns home when his father dies. But after the British army arrives on the scene to lynch the village minister (Patrick Stewart), Dick finds that he can't escape his moral underpinnings.
CAST: Ian Richardson, Elizabeth Spriggs, Patrick Stewart GENRES:: Drama British TV Dramas Based on the Book Period Pieces Made-for-TV Movies Dramas Based on Classic Literature Pre-20th Century Period Pieces(less)
I haven't read the book but I did watch the movie. I doubt if I'll read the book.
The movie was very dark, but very compelling. It features a very strong, teen-age female protagonist who exhibits incredible courage in the face of a depressing and frightening situation. The setting is a poverty-stricken section of the Ozarks in Missouri. (They're so hungry that they shoot squirrels for food.)
I did not read the book but I watched the movie adaptation of Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Hardy in January of 2010 via Netflix. I gave it 3 stars.
"Tess of the D'Urbervilles" (1998) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0126100/?... "Free-spirited yet naive, country girl Tess, is caught between her wealthy, manipulative, "cousin" Alec and the handsome, educated, farmer Angel Clare, in this Victorian tragedy from novelist Thomas Hardy."
http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Tess-of-... "Author Thomas Hardy's tale of love abandoned and virtue lost in Victorian England has captivated readers for decades and comes to life in this lavish adaptation. Violated by one man and forsaken by another, beautiful Tess (Justine Waddell) refuses to remain a victim. But her struggle to endure despite the abandonment of her true love -- and her desperate attempt to attain happiness -- propel her toward a tragic end."(less)
Added 11/22/12. Below is the comment I posted at my Goodreads Group: ======================================== 11/22/12 - I recently finished watching a N...moreAdded 11/22/12. Below is the comment I posted at my Goodreads Group: ======================================== 11/22/12 - I recently finished watching a Netflix DVD of "White Oleander" (2002), a drama adapted from the book, White Oleander (2001), by Janet Fitch. Haven't read the book but the movie kept me interested because I kept wondering what was to become of the two main characters. The acting was good and so was the dialogue although the movie was peopled with several weird individuals. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0283139/ "A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion." http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/White-Ol... CAST: Alison Lohman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Wright, Renée Zellweger, Patrick Fugit...
I enjoyed the performances of most of the main characters. Patrick Fugit ( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0297578/ ) was new to me. I was impressed with the way he played his role (a likable character). (He played the part of a friend of the daughter.) He seems likable as a person too. I see that he's in "We Bought a Zoo" which Jackie recommended. It's in my Netflix queue.
A reviewer at IMDb said: "...while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love." I guess there's some truth to that, now that I think about it. That's a good way to put it. There's lots of room for discussion there.
Another reviewer at IMDb said: "Strong performances by Lohman, Penn, Zellweger and especially Michelle Pfeiffer in a faithful adaptation of Janet Fitch's novel. Not hard to see why this one didn't attract more attention in theaters, since it lacks the ingredients that seem to characterize hit films nowadays -- such as action, violence, sex and stunning special effects. It's just a very moving story, well-crafted and well-acted. I'd recommend it to anyone."
I gave it 4 stars because the story had some depth and it kept my attention. Also, the acting was good. Alison Lohman (the daughter) was remarkable the way she handled the maturing of her character. I had never seen her before.
Michelle Pfeiffer, Renée Zellweger, and Robin Wright are always good, IMO.
Good to know that the movie stayed true to the book.
PS-Reviewer, James Berardinelli, made an interesting comment about "White Oleander". He wrote: "White Oleander is a flower - a hearty-but-poisonous flower whose beauty makes it appear deceptively fragile. This blossom, which appears several times throughout the film that takes its name, is a perfect metaphor for Ingrid Magnussen, the character played by Michelle Pfeiffer. Ingrid is strong, beautiful, and self-possessed, but she acts as a poison to everyone around her, especially her impressionable daughter, Astrid (Alison Lohman), who idolizes her mother. Yet Ingrid acts based on her own whims and desires, without considering how they might ultimately damage the daughter she claims to love." ... "...the central theme, that of a child trying to escape from the pernicious influence of a misguided parent, has universal appeal, and White Oleander's narrative is comfortably linear and uncomplicated."
Berardinelli always nails it. ================================== BTW, there's a negative (one-star) review of the book (by Goodreads member, Matt Lohrke) at the following link: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... He makes some good points about the book. Of course, not everyone agreed with his take on the book. So his negative review sparked an interesting discussion in the comments under his review. Wonder what he'd think of the movie.(less)