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It's Day 30, yay!!  Next up, 30 Days of Books meme...

Days 1-29 )
Day 30 - Your favorite movie of all time

"Just checking."
"Everything all right?"
"Yes, two corpses.  Everything's fine."

Yes. My favorite movie of all time, the one movie I'd take to a desert island... is Clue. 

I've never understood what's not to like.  Except for when I got old enough to understand all the sexual jokes and was a little embarrassed that I had been watching it with my dad for a good chunk of my childhood.  There's murder, snappy dialogue, a sense of fun, and way too many sex and/or Communist jokes.

 And I love Miss Scarlet.  She's awesome.  Aside from Wadsworth, and Mr. Green's clincher at the end, she has the best lines.

 People who have been introduced to the movie by me ([livejournal.com profile] rockahulababy , looking at you here) know I can recite probably half the movie.  

 I just love it.  It's a guilty pleasure, but I enjoy it so much.  It was the first DVD I ever purchased, and one of only two movies purchased from iTunes.  And the other is The Aristocats, because my daughter loves it, and if I'm ever trapped on a three hour unexpected layover, I want to have them both handy.  Just in case.

 And yes, before you ask, I love the board game too.  I think we've owned five or six computer versions.

 There you have it, the 30 days of movies!
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 Catching up AGAIN...
Days 1-25 )



Day 26 - A movie that you love but everyone else hates - I'm not sure about "hates", but I never seem to run into anyone who has seen and liked Bye Bye Love.  It's about three divorced couples and the people around them, mostly from the view of the dads.  Rob Reiner is in the movie as an obnoxious, vaguely-MRA radio host doing a radio marathon about divorce.  Paul Reiser plays the sensitive divorced dad with the teenage daughter, Randy Quaid plays the divorced dad who is all bitter that the ex-wife has a younger man and is "sponging" (only NOT) off his child support.  Matthew Modine plays the cat-around-town dad.  Janeane Garofalo is hilarious as a really bad blind date of Randy Quaid's, and Eliza Dushku is Paul Reiser's tween daughter.  It's got funny and sad and serious and real moments, just like real life.

Day 27 - A movie that you wish you had seen in theaters - I have to repeat here and use the Star Trek reboot.  It would have been nice to see all that on the big screen, rather than in Laptop Vision.

Day 28 - Favorite movie from your favorite director -I don't really have a "favorite director" either - apparently I don't follow movies that closely.  I'd have to give some love to George Cukor, who directed my favorite classic movie, The Women, and also directed the 1933 version of Little Women, featuring  Katharine Hepburn as Jo.  But as long as we're bringing up awesome directors, no list is complete without Alfred Hitchcock.  My favorites from him are Rebecca (creepy once I get over my desire to strangle Joan Fontaine) and Rear Window, with Grace Kelly, Jimmy Stewart, and Raymond Burr... as the murderer (which, for those of us firmly used to seeing him in one role perpetually, that of Perry Mason, was sort of a shocker).  

Day 29 - A movie from your childhood - Everyone who knows what a 80s cartoon nut I am should not be surprised at my double-feature pick for this one.  The Secret of the Sword, introducing He-Man's twin sister She-Ra, is one of the first movies I remember going to see in the theater.  I'm proud to say that now, twenty five years later, they're still alive and well in this household.  The other one is GI Joe, the 1987 animated version.  Nothing says 80s cartoon fun like that movie, for me at least.

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Days 1-23 )

Day 24 - That one awesome movie idea that still hasn't been done yet - This isn't precisely original, but... I'd like to see a Nancy Drew movie that does a good job adapting the books (the most recent one failed for me, big time, for many reasons), preferably the 80s/90s Super Mysteries with the Hardy Boys.  I'd like to see a Nancy Drew that isn't played for laughs or done for name recognition, that includes recognizable versions of the characters - not something remade and simplified/drastically altered to make more stuff blow up.  Even something from the yellow spine era would be good, as long as it wasn't making fun of the series.  I'd like to see an original period movie, but don't really have any faith that it could be made without screwing things up.  I'd pay money for the above, seriously.

Day 25 - The most hilarious movie you've ever seen - Well, #30 would also fit in this spot, but I'm saving it.  Instead, I'm going with a comedy classic that is stupid as all get out, but that I love.  Despite the fact that some of the gags no longer make sense because you need some of the culture that goes with them, it still makes me laugh.  It's also an example of what I like in comedy - puns and stupid gags, not bodily humor jokes and jokes that have been done to death in the movie. 

"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking. ..."

In case you're not familiar with the line, it's Airplane.

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Not sure why the last entry says it's the second, because I made it on the first.  So two days to stay caught up...

Days 1-21 )

Day 22 - Favorite documentary - I don't have a particular favorite, but I enjoy a lot of the History's Mysteries type shows. 

Day 23 - Favorite animation -  There's a lot of contenders for this one, because I still haven't outgrown cartoons (and probably never will) but I tend to lean towards Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  A brunette heroine who has her nose stuck in a book a lot - I have NO idea why this would be appealing to me.  (And he gives her a LIBRARY!  Score!)  The opening sequence is also very nice, with the stained glass panels telling the story, except for when you try to figure out exactly when the Prince got enchanted.  The ending is also good - tension, some playing with your emotions, and then Happy Ever After.  It works for me.  It makes me happy - especially the extended version with the dog-footstool chasing the cat cushion.  And it's coming out on Blu-Ray soon!

Day 24 - That one awesome movie idea that still hasn't been done yet - This isn't precisely original, but... I'd like to see a Nancy Drew movie that does a good job adapting the books (the most recent one failed for me, big time, for many reasons), preferably the 80s/90s Super Mysteries with the Hardy Boys.  I'd like to see a Nancy Drew that isn't played for laughs or done for name recognition, that includes recognizable versions of the characters - not something remade and simplified/drastically altered to make more stuff blow up.  Even something from the yellow spine era would be good, as long as it wasn't making fun of the series.  I'd like to see an original period movie, but don't really have any faith that it could be made without screwing things up.  I'd pay money for the above, seriously.

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 All caught up now!

Days 1-20 )

Day 21- Favorite action movie - The closest I really get to action movies that I like is The Mummy, which I've already used.  So, instead, we'll go with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  There's so much to like about this movie, IMO.  There's Harrison Ford and Sean Connery to watch, a history mystery, and some snappy dialogue.  But mostly Harrison Ford.

Day 22 - Favorite documentary - I don't have a particular favorite, but I enjoy a lot of the History's Mysteries type shows. 
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Still trying to get caught up, but I don't want to have some long post hogging people's Friends pages.

Days 1-16 )
Day 17 - A movie that disappointed you the most -  The 2005 Pride and Prejudice.  The people looked pretty, and I wanted to like the casting of Donald Sutherland as Mr. Bennett and Judi Dench as Lady Catherine.... and from the minute they showed PIGS in the Bennett house, I was done with that movie.  I also have noticed that several of the authors who've written some of the BAD Pride and Prejudice spinoffs/continuations seemed to have liked this movie the best.  One put that in her afterword.  If she'd put it up front, I never would have read the thing, and wouldn't have wasted my time.

Day 18 - A movie that you wish more people would've seen -  Given my admitted love for the over-blown period piece, I go with Young Catherine.  Technically, it's a four hour miniseries, but I'd consider it fair game for this meme.  Julia Ormond plays a young Catherine the Great (obviously) - the movie ends with her being crowned empress.  Vanessa Redgrave plays the Empress Elisabeth, Christopher Plummer plays the British envoy, Sir Charles, and Marc Frankel is enjoyable as Gregory Orlov.  There's a lot of historical facts omitted, but I think it does a good job of capturing the feeling.  It was also much better, IMO, then the A&E production with Catherine Zeta-Jones, I think because it confined itself to the younger period.  It's well worth the four hours.

Day 19 - Favorite movie based on a book/comic/etc. - For this one, I was a little torn.  Part of me wanted to pick the Anne of Green Gables miniseries starring Megan Follows because the first one was pretty wonderful, but after some thought, I have to go with the 1983 BBC miniseries of Mansfield Park.  (Honestly, I think it's hard to do a good book justice within the confines of a two-hour movie.)  I picked it because I think a lot of people already love Anne - it's hard not to - and this miniseries really made Mansfield Park come alive - the good characters and the bad.  It helped me really see how Fanny and Edmund fall for each other, and even though neither of them are a typical romance character, the scene towards the end of the movie where they acknowledge their feelings for each other is very good, very subtle, and very fitting.

Day 20 - Favorite movie from your favorite actor/actress - I don't really have a favorite actor or actress (all depends on the role they're playing) but for the sake of answering the question, I'll pick Katharine Hepburn, and that means The Lion in Winter.  Katharine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole play Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II and it's pretty awesome (and not horribly historically bad).  It brings them to life.  I was looking for a quote to share, but they all seem flat on paper.  Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close did a remake of it in 2003, and it wasn't bad, but Glenn Close isn't Katharine Hepburn.  Just go watch it.  I always recommend it when people say history isn't sexy.

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Trying to get caught up here!

Days 1-12 )


Day 13 - A movie that is a guilty pleasure - I have LOTS of these.  I like stupid comedies, and murder mysteries, and over-blown period pieces.  For this one, I'm going with a 1976 film, Murder by Death (written by Neil Simon).  It's a fabulously hilarious spoof of some of fiction's more famous detectives and things that annoy people who read murder mysteries.  Dick and Dora Charleston (based on Nick and Nora, naturally - played by David Niven and Maggie Smith in fine style), Sam Diamond (based on Sam Spade, played by Peter Falk, with Eileen Brennan as his Gal Friday), Milo Perrier (based on Poirot, played by James Coco), Miss Jessica Marbles (based on "Aunt Jane" Marple, played by Elsa Lancaster), and Sidney Wang (based on Charlie Chan, played by Peter Sellers).  It takes some familiarity with the genre, and you have to keep in mind when it was made.  But I love it.  It's so ridiculous, it's hilarious. 

Day 14 - A movie that no one would expect you to love - One of the film types I listed is NOT Westerns.  I'm not a big fan of shoot-em-up movies, but I like this one.  It's Big Jake (made in 1971) and naturally, it stars John Wayne (with Maureen O'Hara for all of five minutes).  The movie pretty much opens with the McCandles ranch being attacked by a band of out-of-work criminals, with plenty of on-screen and suggested violence.  I think it's the motorcars in the movie, or the fact that it shows the Old West giving way to a Newer West.  I'm not sure why, I just like it.

Day 15 - A character who you can relate to the most -  Wendy, from Peter Pan.  I can completely sympathize with being the only female, being the voice of reason, having to be the responsible one - and yet, having the imagination to still tell stories and imagine things like the mermaid lagoon.  Work especially makes me feel like I'm stuck with the Lost Boys.

Day 16 - A movie that you used to love but now hate -  This is hard because I don't change my opinion on a lot of movies.  The best thing that I can come up with is Disney's The Fox and The Hound.  I really liked it as a kid, and now every time I watch it, I bawl my eyes out when the widow has to take Todd to the sanctuary.  I also really dislike the hunter/trapper, and sort of wish the bear HAD eaten him.

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Days 1-10 )

Day 11 - A movie that changed your opinion about something - If you want to change my mind, a movie is not the way to go.  Most of what I enjoy are 1) historical dramas 2) stupid comedies and 3) animated movies.  They're a means to escape from the big bad world.

Day 12 - A movie that you hate - This could  be a really long list.  I'll keep it simple and go with a movie that I really wanted to like, and hated.  Murder in Three Acts, one of the Peter Ustinov-as-Poirot presentations.  Basically, they tried to update Poirot to the 80s, and moved the story to Acapulco, for no apparent reason.  It bites, big time.  It's just painful.

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Days 1-6 )

Day 07 - The most surprising plot twist or ending
- Most of the movies I watch that qualify for having surprising plot twists are based on books.  (I'm thinking this meme would be more fun with books... heyyy, there's an idea to keep me occupied.)  So they aren't really surprises in the movie.  I am going with the movie versions of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None (also known as Ten Little N*ggers / Ten Little Indians).  The book is pretty awesome, with ten people brought together who are judged to be guilty of a murder that is not prosecutable, or for which they were not punished.  In the end, everyone dies, and it isn't until the epilogue that you find out HOW.  However, both of the English-language versions of the movie I have seen have a slightly different ending - the final two suspects are NOT guilty and do not die (which detracts from the psychological thriller aspect, but apparently Dame Christie thought it worked better on stage to have survivors and a romance).  The 1945 one (which includes Judith Anderson as the starched spinster Emily Brent) seems pretty comic to me, but it's worth watching.  The 1989 one (inlcudes Donald Pleasence and Frank Stallone) is pretty awful, with the story transported to a safari.

There is however, one movie version that is based on the book - a 1987 Russian version (Des'yat Negritat, using the original title) that preserves the psychological thriller aspect and everyone dies.  (It's Russian.  You expected something else?)  The dubbing on the one I have is pretty good, and it's worth watching.  It's creepy.

Day 08 - A movie that you've seen countless times - There's a couple that fit in this category, although I'm saving the obvious one for Day 30.  Instead, I'm going with Disney's Sleeping Beauty.  It's my favorite of the Disney princess movies, even though Sleeping Beauty doesn't do much.  Instead, we have Maleficent, possibly one of the most badass of the Disney villains.  She's evil, and she knows how to make an entrance and an exit.  I'm also fond of Prince Philip, because he's one of the few princes who shows up and uses his brain.  It's something I can put on and just enjoy, and the MV likes it as well.  I also like "Once Upon A Dream". 

Day 09 - A movie with the best soundtrack - I'm cheating a little here, but I like the three Shrek movies for soundtrack.  First of all, they're fun - I like soundtracks where the cast is involved.  I do wish they had Mike Myers' version of "Hallelujah" on the soundtrack CD, but oh well.  The Smash Mouth versions of "All-Star" and "I'm a Believer" are fun, although the former can be annoying if you hear it too many times.  Dana Glover's "It Is You (I Have Loved)" and Rufus Wainwright's "Hallelujah" are haunting, and touching, and almost make you forget it's about cartoon characters.  "Accidentally in Love" by the Counting Crows is good, as is Pete Yorn's "Ever Fallen In Love".  I think my all time favorites however, are the covers of "Holding Out For A Hero" (by the Fairy Godmother) and Fergie's version of "Barracuda".  The songs are fun, and some of the background music is good too.

Day 10 - Favorite classic movie - There's several contenders for this one, but I'm picking The Women (1939).  The entire cast is female (although the argument could be made the movie is all about the men) - and it's a pretty star-studded cast.  Norma Shearer plays the good wife, Rosalind Russell plays the catty female, Joan Fontaine plays the fragile young wife, Joan Crawford plays the man-stealing shop clerk, and Lucile Watson plays Norma Shearer's mother.  It's over-the-top (especially the Technicolor fashion show), gosspiy, and very dated, but fun to watch.  The dialogue snaps, and although it's pretty hard to like Joan Crawford's character, she has some of the best lines.  It's almost a guilty pleasure, but it's a little too smart for that.

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Got a little behind here because #7 had me a little stumped - and then I got lazy.

Days 1-6 )
Day 07 - The most surprising plot twist or ending - Most of the movies I watch that qualify for having surprising plot twists are based on books.  (I'm thinking this meme would be more fun with books... heyyy, there's an idea to keep me occupied.)  So they aren't really surprises in the movie.  I am going with the movie versions of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None (also known as Ten Little N*ggers / Ten Little Indians).  The book is pretty awesome, with ten people brought together who are judged to be guilty of a murder that is not prosecutable, or for which they were not punished.  In the end, everyone dies, and it isn't until the epilogue that you find out HOW.  However, both of the English-language versions of the movie I have seen have a slightly different ending - the final two suspects are NOT guilty and do not die (which detracts from the psychological thriller aspect, but apparently Dame Christie thought it worked better on stage to have survivors and a romance).  The 1945 one (which includes Judith Anderson as the starched spinster Emily Brent) seems pretty comic to me, but it's worth watching.  The 1989 one (inlcudes Donald Pleasence and Frank Stallone) is pretty awful, with the story transported to a safari.

There is however, one movie version that is based on the book - a 1987 Russian version (Des'yat Negritat, using the original title) that preserves the psychological thriller aspect and everyone dies.  (It's Russian.  You expected something else?)  The dubbing on the one I have is pretty good, and it's worth watching.  It's creepy.

Day 08 - A movie that you've seen countless times - There's a couple that fit in this category, although I'm saving the obvious one for Day 30.  Instead, I'm going with Disney's Sleeping Beauty.  It's my favorite of the Disney princess movies, even though Sleeping Beauty doesn't do much.  Instead, we have Maleficent, possibly one of the most badass of the Disney villains.  She's evil, and she knows how to make an entrance and an exit.  I'm also fond of Prince Philip, because he's one of the few princes who shows up and uses his brain.  It's something I can put on and just enjoy, and the MV likes it as well.  I also like "Once Upon A Dream". 

Day 09 - A movie with the best soundtrack - I'm cheating a little here, but I like the three Shrek movies for soundtrack.  First of all, they're fun - I like soundtracks where the cast is involved.  I do wish they had Mike Myers' version of "Hallelujah" on the soundtrack CD, but oh well.  The Smash Mouth versions of "All-Star" and "I'm a Believer" are fun, although the former can be annoying if you hear it too many times.  Dana Glover's "It Is You (I Have Loved)" and Rufus Wainwright's "Hallelujah" are haunting, and touching, and almost make you forget it's about cartoon characters.  "Accidentally in Love" by the Counting Crows is good, as is Pete Yorn's "Ever Fallen In Love".  I think my all time favorites however, are the covers of "Holding Out For A Hero" (by the Fairy Godmother) and Fergie's version of "Barracuda".  The songs are fun, and some of the background music is good too.

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Days 1-4 )

Day 05 - Favorite love story in a movie --  I actually gave this one some serious thought while studying my DVD collection.  There's a couple of contenders, but I have to go with one of the ones that isn't actually in a romantic movie - Rick and Evie in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.  They have chemistry and tension, and "smart girl gets the guy" makes me happy (bonus points for "I... am a Librarian").  Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz play off each other well, especially since he's at the height of what I think of as his Ivan Vorpatril period.  The end also has a great romantic punch, especially for an adventure with a romance.  Not to mention their library in the second movie...

Day 06 - Favorite made for TV movie -- This one is easy - the 1995 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice.  I mean, what's not to like?  Excellent adaptation of the book, great casting, great costumes, great acting, and Colin Firth dripping wet.  I love the way he and Jennifer Ehle play off each other, in that scene and in others.  Jennifer Ehle made a wonderful Elizabeth - I'm particularly fond of the scene where she faces off with Lady Catherine de Bourgh.  In my mind, this is THE only adaptation - I refuse to acknowledge the 2005 production (pigs INSIDE Longbourn, wtf?), the 1940 one with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier has some interesting points (and some not-too-shabby casting) but Pride and Prejudice is NOT A VICTORIAN PERIOD PIECE, thanks much.  The only other contender is the 1980 BBC production with David Rintoul and Elizabeth Garvie, but it can't quite compare to the 1995 one.

Disappointing news of the day - they're looking to make a movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  Don't we have enough bad movies as it is?

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Day 1-3 )
Day 04 - A movie that makes you sad -- Now it's time to revisit something from my days at DLI, because there aren't many movies that make me sad and leave me that way.  Plenty of Disney movies have those moments, but generally they have happy endings.  This one doesn't have a happy ending, but that's because it's about Russian history under Stalin.

The movie is Nikita Mikhailov's Burnt by the Sun, a story about 1936 Russia.  It has pretty much everything - moments of drama, comedy, passion, tragedy, Stalinist repression, and the general sense of dread that seems to be in a lot of Russian history.  It also takes a couple go-rounds to really get it, but when we finished it,the class was quiet enough that you could have heard a pin drop in our class.  There's a love triangle, between Mikhailov's Colonel Kotov, his younger wife Marusia, and Mitya (now an NKVD man).  There's a lot of symbolism in the movie, and a lot of confusion, and one brief moment of uplift at the very end, but not enough to lift the depression that comes from knowing these characters were fictional, but that they were based on so many that were not.

Of course, the second runner up for Day 4 is Old Yeller.  I think that one's pretty self-explanatory... 

Day 05 - Favorite love story in a movie --  I actually gave this one some serious thought while studying my DVD collection.  There's a couple of contenders, but I have to go with one of the ones that isn't actually in a romantic movie - Rick and Evie in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.  They have chemistry and tension, and "smart girl gets the guy" makes me happy (bonus points for "I... am a Librarian").  Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz play off each other well, especially since he's at the height of what I think of as his Ivan Vorpatril period.  The end also has a great romantic punch, especially for an adventure with a romance.  Not to mention their library in the second movie...

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Day 1-2 )

Day 03 - A movie that makes you really happy --  For this one, I nominate The Thin Man.  It's pretty hard to stay in a bad mood after a good dose of Nick and Nora Charles, if only because they're so fun.  William Powell and Myrna Loy have oodles of chemistry with each other, and the mystery isn't horrible.  I'm also a sucker for "get all the suspects together and explain everything", because yes, I am an Agatha Christie fan.  The character interactions make me laugh, and the dialogue is always snappy.

Day 04 - A movie that makes you sad -- Now it's time to revisit something from my days at DLI, because there aren't many movies that make me sad and leave me that way.  Plenty of Disney movies have those moments, but generally they have happy endings.  This one doesn't have a happy ending, but that's because it's about Russian history under Stalin.

The movie is Nikita Mikhailov's Burnt by the Sun, a story about 1936 Russia.  It has pretty much everything - moments of drama, comedy, passion, tragedy, Stalinist repression, and the general sense of dread that seems to be in a lot of Russian history.  It also takes a couple go-rounds to really get it, but when we finished it,the class was quiet enough that you could have heard a pin drop in our class.  There's a love triangle, between Mikhailov's Colonel Kotov, his younger wife Marusia, and Mitya (now an NKVD man).  There's a lot of symbolism in the movie, and a lot of confusion, and one brief moment of uplift at the very end, but not enough to lift the depression that comes from knowing these characters were fictional, but that they were based on so many that were not.

Of course, the second runner up for Day 4 is Old Yeller.  I think that one's pretty self-explanatory... 

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Day 1 )
Day 02 - The most underrated movie -- Keep in mind the lack-of-theatergoing thing, but I'm going to have to go with the BBC "Poirot" adaptation of Cards on the Table.  There seemed to be a lot of people who were annoyed at the changes made to the book story, but I thought it was pretty good.  It stayed closer to the stated intent (four sleuths v. four criminals) by keeping all four suspects in play to the end, where in the book it pretty much came down to the last suspect standing. 

A lot of people seem to object to the sexual undertone that BBC puts in - in this case the implied homosexual and risky behaviors of the Superintendant (which Poirot didn't seem to actually condemn, just suggest that he shouldn't allow blackmail potential), the clerk who makes a sort-of pass at Poirot, and the two women, which I thought there was at least some subtext for in the book.  (They also change which member of the pair drowns.)

It also has some excellent casting - Zoe Wanamaker as Ariadne Oliver (who is PERFECT) and the really yummy guy who plays Major Despard, Tristan Gemmill.

Day 03 - A movie that makes you really happy --  For this one, I nominate The Thin Man.  It's pretty hard to stay in a bad mood after a good dose of Nick and Nora Charles, if only because they're so fun.  William Powell and Myrna Loy have oodles of chemistry with each other, and the mystery isn't horrible.  I'm also a sucker for "get all the suspects together and explain everything", because yes, I am an Agatha Christie fan.  The character interactions make me laugh, and the dialogue is always snappy.

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Day 01- The best movie you saw during the last year -- Keep in mind I don't get to the theater much, even when I'm not deployed.  I'm going to have to go with the Star Trek reload (although to be fair, I saw it on a bootleg in Iraq).  It had some lame moments, but it also had some moments that just made you sit up and go, "This is freaking awesome" (like the whole beginning bit where they're evacuating the ship, and Kirk's Dad goes to leave and has to turn back - that moment  really pulled me in).  Plus, old!Spock made me feel better about it not just being a stupid retcon.  Karl Urban was not-too-bad (but I still prefer Original McCoy) and the guy who played Sulu was great. 

Day 02 - The most underrated movie -- Keep in mind the lack-of-theatergoing thing, but I'm going to have to go with the BBC "Poirot" adaptation of Cards on the Table.  There seemed to be a lot of people who were annoyed at the changes made to the book story, but I thought it was pretty good.  It stayed closer to the stated intent (four sleuths v. four criminals) by keeping all four suspects in play to the end, where in the book it pretty much came down to the last suspect standing. 

A lot of people seem to object to the sexual undertone that BBC puts in - in this case the implied homosexual and risky behaviors of the Superintendant (which Poirot didn't seem to actually condemn, just suggest that he shouldn't allow blackmail potential), the clerk who makes a sort-of pass at Poirot, and the two women, which I thought there was at least some subtext for in the book.  (They also change which member of the pair drowns.)

It also has some excellent casting - Zoe Wanamaker as Ariadne Oliver (who is PERFECT) and the really yummy guy who plays Major Despard, Tristan Gemmill.

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 All the cool kids are doing it.

Day 01- The best movie you saw during the last year -- Keep in mind I don't get to the theater much, even when I'm not deployed.  I'm going to have to go with the Star Trek reload (although to be fair, I saw it on a bootleg in Iraq).  It had some lame moments, but it also had some moments that just made you sit up and go, "This is freaking awesome" (like the whole beginning bit where they're evacuating the ship, and Kirk's Dad goes to leave and has to turn back - that moment  really pulled me in).  Plus, old!Spock made me feel better about it not just being a stupid retcon.  Karl Urban was not-too-bad (but I still prefer Original McCoy) and the guy who played Sulu was great. 

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