The Turn of the Screw
Wish it were better, but not really willing to go rent every version to find one that works. The governess displayed her hysterical moralizing quite well, i.e., "We MUST save the children or their souls will be forever damned!" Makes her less than sympathetic to me. And the ghosts were well done. I wish the little boy Miles felt creepier--he's supposed to be a corrupting influence on the lovely Flora, but I didn't feel the threat.
Time travel with Vincent D'Onofrio (Yay!) and Marisa Tomei (Meh.) in a story line with a few plot caverns. Note to screenwriter: once you've set up this lovely relationship involving a woman who can't trust anyone, let alone a very sweet guy who insists he isn't sleeping around but instead is from 2470, you have to FOLLOW THROUGH with the idea that the guy is there to try to save her life. No plot spoilers, I swear, but if I were going to travel 500 years into the past to save someone's life, I think I'd do more than just beat up a cab driver. (Kill the dude, I swear. Save Her Life.)I might even stay with her for the WHOLE DAY of her announced death. ("Oh, don't mind me. I'll be fine all by myself." "You sure?" "Uh huh." Dummies. If it had been a book, it would have taken flight right there.) But in the end I decided I liked the movie, so go figure--I guess I have a larger capacity for forgiveness than I thought. And I love Vincent with his little hops and tics and head tilts.
City of Angels
Very nice. Andre Braugher is a believable angel--I found myself wishing that he were in the lead rather than hound-faced Nicholas Cage. Meg Ryan plays a grown-up for once, which is refressing. I genuinely liked Meg in this one--and the scenes of her talking to the Angel when she's sure he's invisibly in the room with her, watching her undress, are both spooky and sexy. I liked the concept a lot. (Angels in libraries. How European! I have a hard time seeing that come out of an American literary sensibility. Angels sitting on sculptures and lamposts. How German!) The plot was a leeetle too predictable.
Kate & Leopold
Hugh: nice. Meg: Good God, woman, is that your hair? I'm sorry, I don't usually care, but the visuals in this movie kept whacking me upside the head. Is Kate SUPPOSED to look older than Leopold? What's he wearing now? (Once he finds T-shirts, why does he go back to the silk vesty thing.)
Why would travelling through time cause Kate's dress to sprout a bustle and a train? I'm sorry, were you guys talking about something? Trying to build a relationship? Must have missed it.
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Rex Harrison is hawt. Can't believe I typed that. But it's true. Course I did have a thing for Edward Mulhare as a child.
Edited to add: After some discussion in comments as to who that man is smirking from his wide mouth, I felt I had to add this. Color picture above--Edward Mulhare mimicking Rex Harrison as Captain Gregg in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir TV series. I did have a thing for him--kind of still do. But then he went onto, shudder, Knight Rider and spoiled the illusion. Black and white picture below--Rex Harrison as the original Captain Gregg in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir movie. Interesting trivia: Edward Mulhare replaced Rex in My Fair Lady stage version too. Apparently this is how they thought to cast him in the TV series of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.