Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Recently rented:

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.

Happy Accidents

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.


Jay said...

Why is his mouth so freakishly large? For that matter his whole damn head is pretty big but his mouth specifically is freaking me out a bit.

Maili said...

That's not Rex Harrison! Is it? *squints* Nah. It's not him. Can't be.

Megan Frampton said...

I had the same reaction to Meg Ryan in K&L; boy, what a big ball of cheese, and not always fun cheese, although Hugh is good eye candy. Although he can't act very well, can he, except for Wolverine and Peter whatshisname who was married to Liza Minnelli, only he was gay?

Tara Marie said...

Edward Mulhare was a client of my grandmother's at a hair salon in NYC way back in the 50's. He would bring her roses because she reminded him of Ireland. Shirley MacLain [sp] and Warren Beatty were regulars at the salon, but not customers of my grandma.

Peter Allen, maybe Liza's got a thing for gay men.

Suisan said...

Sorry for the confusion. The "Ghost" I posted originally was Edward Mulhare from the TV series, who was made up to look like Rex Harrison in the movie. I've added Rex's picture to the post. Check out Greer Garson's profile. Is she china-doll beautiful, or what?

Jay--hee hee. Sorry.

Maili--see above

And, eh, Megan, I think I have to admit to my dear Hugh not being the very best actor I've ever seen in a movie. But I like him in X-Men movies!

Tara--so cool. I love it your story. Awwww.

Maili said...

Ah, thanks. I had no idea there was a TV series. Who knew?

But that's not Greer Garson, though. It's Gene Tierney, one of most beautiful women I'd ever seen gracing the silver screen. Hell, I still have a crush on her. :P

Suisan said...

Damn--now why did I type Greer Garson? I KNEW that it was Gene Tierney!! I hate when I do muck ups like that.

OK, I think the best plan here is simply to stop talking about The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. It's not going well. :P

Doug Hoffman said...

I happen to like Turn of the Screw (the book). Tedious writing IMO, but I loved the WTF? ambiguity about the plot. I suspect most audiences wouldn't be comfortable with that degree of ambiguity.

Do you really think Mulhare can hold a candle to Harrison? I can't remember Mulhare well enough. On the other hand, Harrison was so grumpy in that movie.

Suisan said...

No, I don't think Mulhare can hold a candle to Harrison. But I had my crush first on Mulhare. It was a crush of long duration.

I only just saw Harrison--so fine.

Lyvvie said...

I absolutely love love love the Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Just *sigh* love it.