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My Friday List: Movies I love unreservedly. [Apr. 11th, 2008|09:05 am]
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That last post got me thinking about movies I love. These aren't necessarily great movies, or even important movie. In fact I probably tilt the other direction -- I love things that are perfectly frivolous...

1. The Princess Bride
2. Super Mario Brothers
3. The Fifth Element
4. Pride and Prejudice (the BBC miniseries)
5. Repo Man
6. Brazil
7. You Can't Take It With You
8. A Night At The Opera
9. Monty Python And The Holy Grail
10. The Ruling Class

The only (moderately) obscure titles:

'You Can't Take It With You' is a Frank Capra movie, very much in the mold of 'It's a Wonderful Life' but much sillier and less sentimental. Though I do love "It's a Wonderful Life."

'The Ruling Class' is Peter O'Toole playing the son of a British Lord, who thinks he's Jesus Christ. It started out life as a musical, but all but a couple of the songs were removed for the movie, so when they occur, they seem ridiculous intrusions, and just add to the general silliness.

The BBC 'Pride And Prejudice' -- a miniseries I've watched all the way through at least 4 times, most recently last week. The recent movie with Kiera Knightly was OK, but pretty lame in comparison to this one. A more perfectly cast P&P I can't imagine.

Honorable mention:

16 Candles -- remember back when John Hughes didn't suck?
Speaking of John Hughes: Only The Lonely. Maureen O'Hara! John Candy! Ally Sheedy! The Chicago El!

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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2008-04-12 01:34 am (UTC)
3 reasons why the BBC P&P rules over the 2005 version:

1. Jennifer Ehle -- she has the 18th Century look, and a subtly expressive face. She also has a deliciously brittle delivery, a way of telegraphing the double meaning of her lines past their unwitting targets. Keira Knightly is attractive, but nowhere near as subtle or versatile.

2. Colin Firth -- his face is next to the Encyclopedia entry for Mr. Darcy.

3. 6 hours versus 2. Less Austen went over the side, and each episode is perfectly paced, and ends on a cliffhanger of sorts.
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