Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Films oh lovely films

Well, I've borrowed from the library and watched a few new (to me) films this past week - Knocked Up, Die Another Day, E.T. and Enchanted (bit of a mix of genres, lol).

Knocked up was a little cruder than I had first believed - I wouldn't want to buy it myself - however I love Katherine Heigl in most things and her performance didn't disappoint in this even if the script did in some areas. Favourite Katherine Heigl film/programme would probably be 27 dresses (I am definitely going to buy this in the near future - when I have money to spend on DVDs, lol) but I was of course first introduced to her in Roswell (which I was addicted to between the ages of about 9 and 11). Looking back at it, it is rather inappropriate for a 9-11 year old in some parts and it's not amazingly brilliant; I like some parts but I still agree with a whole bunch of the old fans that it was ruined when they brought in the whole Tess and 'destiny' stuff (the 'Meet the Dupes' was rather cool). In Roswell my favourite actress would probably be Shiri Appleby (not just because she's the main character), also love Majandra Delfino of course (really, who wouldn't). And Colin Hanks was such a lovable Alex (though he didn't match the book descriptions but then neither did the whole idea of this series apart from the beginning) though all the stuff with him being murdered and the whole Tess mind powers thing ruined it totally. Yes, so, summary - loved the three girls best in this series, though the guys were rather cool too (I suppose I hold on to my young roots when I wasn't thinking the typical teen 'the guys are my faves because they're so hot' or whatever).

Anyway, getting a bit off topic, next film, Die Another Day. Very good. Liked it rather a lot. Again, loved the girls - Halle Berry, and Rosamund Pike, both so beautiful. Pierce Brosnan is definitely one of my favourite Bonds, he's got the whole 'suave' thing down. He's a bit of an opposite to one of my other favourites - the newest, Daniel Craig. He's a more rough around the edges sort of Bond but thought he was great in Casino Royale. I haven't actually seen a Sean Connery one so I can't judge on that front but it could definitely be competition as I've very much enjoyed other Sean Connery films. Overall a rather fun film to watch (though I again I probably wouldn't want to own it, happy enough with watching it once or twice).

E.T., well, I'd heard so much about this film being brilliant and I wasn't really sure (having seen much more updated sci fi films) but I thought I'd like to see it just so I could see for myself. I think the version I saw was the 'updated' version where they'd used some CGI sort of stuff to make some shots of E.T. more realistic. I did actually get into it and thought it was a very good film. My favourite character was of course Gertie, lol, I adore little kids and Drew Barrymore was such a cute little girl! (And still wonderful as an adult of course). But yeah, also thought Henry Thomas (this is the first actors name I've actually had to look up...) was excellent as Elliot. Thought the actual E.T. character was well done too. (I'd better also mention I did like Robert MacNaughton as Michael, I'm not just leaving him out). So I agree that it's one to see (unintentional rhyming there, sorry). I don't know about buying, again probably not, I suppose it's not quite my 'type of film'.

Heh, I just realised I always refer to them as 'films' now, rather than my used-to-be-usual NZ 'movies' ... ok, I'm over it, moving on.

Now Enchanted, there is one I would definitely buy. Utterly loved this film, the concept was fantastic and Amy Adams was an inspired choice for Giselle, she played the part magnificently. I think all of the cast was just amazing. I thought the character of Prince Edward was fantastic, I love how he thinks of things so simply. James Marsden is an actor whose work I adore (I'm running out of words for 'love'), he was in 27 dresses with Katherine Heigl and was Cyclops in X-men (with Halle Berry and numerous other amazing actors/actresses). Patrick Dempsey was terrific as Robert (he always reminds me of Charles Shaughnessy - Mr Sheffield from 'The Nanny'), and I know him vaguely from Grey's Anatomy (seen a few episodes) and 'Made of Honour' - which I still need to see the ending of! (I don't remember if I blogged about this but me and Dan went to see this at the cinema during out 3 hour break from college but we had to leave early lest we miss our train so we got right up to the part where he decides to go after her and then we had to go! Aaaah! As soon as I can borrow this or buy this or something I will... Lol, we made up our own endings as we went along, commenting on what we think would actually happen, bits we thought were relevant -e.g. the whole dog petting thing- and stuff... heh). Yes, um, next..., oh wait a minute, I just realised I also know him from 'Sweet Home Alabama' with Reese Witherspoon. Great film. Yes, anyway, Idina Menzel (my friend Becky's idol) was a lovely Nancy :) and Susan Sarandon was sensational (alliteration unintended) as Narissa, the lift scene always makes me laugh (yes ok, in the face of Giselle's death but Susan Sarandon's acting is so perfect!). Timothy Spall acted fabulously as Nathaniel but I think he'll always be Peter Pettigrew to me, lol. Rachel Covey was such a sweet Morgan, favourite scene with her has got to be the one when she and Giselle are out shopping -

Morgan: And when you go out, you don't want to wear too much makeup 'cause otherwise a boy's gonna get the wrong idea. And you know how they are. They're only after one thing.
Giselle: What's that?
Morgan: I don't know. Nobody will tell me.

It's really cute :P. Julie Andrew's voice is perfect for the narrator (and very recognisable straight away, she has such a lovely voice :)). And don't forget all the people doing the voices and sounds (and animation) for the animals (I also love the CGI stuff for Pip in the real world, it's so funny!).
So, a must-see movie. This is one I would be delighted to own, and will probably buy in the near future.

Something I have to say about Enchanted is that the music is amazing, from Giselle's odd little songs ('Happy little working song', 'How does she know' etc.) to my favourite, Jon McLaughlin singing 'So Close'. The latter was fit to the scene so perfectly - see it on Youtube here; or just listen to the song on this video. This is one I really want to learn to play on the piano, though I've still got to get around to finishing deciphering 'Once Upon A December' at some point before I move on to this one.

Anyway, I have lots to do, huge list of things to tidy, clean, draw, paint, bank, buy, eat etc. Eat... yes, better go get breakfast, well seeing as it's past midday I suppose it'll be lunch but you know what I mean. Planning to go sort my 7 day gym thingymadoodaa out today and hopefully go swimming tonight. Painted some 'mood' stuff yesterday (same back colour, same drawing, different colours highlighting - same but darker/bolder, harmonius, contrasting), so need to go buy a scrapbook to put it in. Also need to finish my huge painting of a sheep's skull but will probs do that at college. Anyway, goodbye to you all, I hope you've enjoyed my commenting on these films (if you even read it, but I suppose if you're reading thing you probably at least skimmed it). Have a lovely day :)

So Close - by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
(performed by Jon McLaughlin)

You're in my arms
And all the world is calm
The music playing on for only two
So close together
And when I'm with you
So close to feeling alive

A life goes by
Romantic dreams must die
So I bid mine goodbye and never knew
So close was waiting, waiting here with you
And now forever I know
All that I wanted to hold you
So close

So close to reaching that famous happy end
Almost believing this was not pretend
Now you're beside me and look how far we've come
So far we are so close


How could I face the faceless days
If I should lose you now?
We're so close
To reaching that famous happy end
Almost believing this was not pretend
Let's go on dreaming for we know we are
So close
So close
And still so far

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