Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Whatever Wednesday: Movies

Today's "Whatever Wednesday" topic is movies! I love movies. I don't go out to them often, but I love my DVD player. The last 'in theater' movie I saw was "I Am Legend." I highly recommend it! Will Smith is so very talented, and seems to be a nice guy who loves his family very much. His little guy stars with him in "Pursuit of Happyness." I saw that on DVD and also highly recommend it.

When my husband and I were dating, a million years ago, we went to the movies almost every weekend. I sure do miss drive-in movies! They were so much fun. I couldn't even tell you 80% of the movies we saw. A few stuck in my head over the years. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was amazing.

Speaking of Jack Nicholson, he stars in my favorite horror movie of all time: "The Shining." While I really, really like the newer TV version, I never get tired of Jack, Shelley Duvall and little Danny Lloyd. I could recite that movie almost by heart and pick out just about every 'goof' in it. It doesn't really scare me any more, but if it's spooky and rainy outside, no movie is better to watch.
BTW, I admit something: I have recorded it on VHS and cut out scenes I don't like. I can't stand when she comes to ask about his work and he starts swearing at her. It isn't scary, but it's just so...mean. Mostly because Wendy just stands there like a hurt puppy. (Her strength comes out later when Jack goes completely nuts and she has to protect herself and Danny. Way to swing a baseball bat, girl!)
The other scene is when Jack goes to check Room 237 and the nekkid lady gets out of the tub...and turns into a rotting old corpse. Nasty! I'm terrible, I know, but I cut those scenes. I don't think the movie misses them, at least not for me. Nekkid, I could care less--nekkid and putrid, well...ewwwww.

Okay, so what else do I like? For Comedy, I'd have say "The Hudsucker Proxy." It totally cracks me up, it's so 'out there.' Briefly, it's a fictitious story about the guy who invented the hula hoop. Full of cute twists and surprises, and very fast-paced.

Romance..."Jane Eyre" with Charlotte Gainesborough and William Hurt. I cry every time Mr. Rochester professes his love to Jane, who finds it hard to believe she is lovable.

I could go on for pages, but I'll end with my utmost favorite movie of all time: "To Kill a Mockingbird." My sister and I always looked forward to showings of it on television. Scout, Jem, Boo Radly and of course, Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck...what a gorgeous creature he was!) are like real people to me. I get choked up when Scout is up in the balcony with the black members of the community, and the man says to her: "Stand up, Miss Jean Louise. Your father is passing." Even though he lost the trial, they know how hard he worked when many would have handed Tom over to a lynch mob without any trial.

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MamaMay said...

thanks for the comment!

Out of curiosity, did you snail mail write the companies or email them?

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

The Shining is one of my favorite movies too, but I'm also a little ambivalent about it. The first time I saw it I was irate. I love the book, in which Jack Torrence is a really sympathetic character, a good man with problems. This movie turns him into a real SOB. And sometimes it seemed that Jack N. was just having a good laugh and making fun of the whole thing. But there are other things about the movie that are excellent: the atmosphere, the photography, the setting, and if you can forget how Stephen King created Jack T., even Nicholson's performance is excellent. My husband won't watch it; he says it scares him.

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