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Witness For the Prosecution (1957)

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A man is accused of committing murder, and only his wife can save him. However, she has her own agenda and has decided to become a witness…for the prosecution. 

Witness for the Prosecution is an Alfred Hitchcock movie based off an Agatha Christie play. I love those two and had high expectations for this film. However, at least initially, instead of the twists and turns I expected, the movie primarily revolved around an old, fat lawyer yelling at his nurse. 

It eventually picked up as the movie went on but often veered off track with random side stories. There is a great story here, but it is too padded with “extras” to be truly entertaining. 

However, the ending was brilliant and unexpected and everything I hoped for in Alfred Hitchcock and Agatha Christie. I found the fat lawyer endearing, though most of the other characters were annoying. This is one I would go back to and re-watch, but I don’t necessarily recommend if you don’t already love black and white movies with veering plots. 

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A movie worth seeing once…

Since January 1st, I have been to the movies 9 times (a high number for me!) but have only seen 5 movies. I end up watching them twice! I saw Sing, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, and now Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 twice in theaters. The one exception is the Lego Batman Movie, which surprises me because I was most looking forward to that one. (I just Googled it and there is a showing of Lego Batman at a theater in Oak Creek…if I hustle, I could make it…just kidding, not that committed.)  

Prior to this year, I don’t think I have ever seen a movie twice in theaters. It just doesn’t logically make sense to pay that much to see the same movie. Yet I have done it 4 times this year! Why?! Have the movies been that much better? I don’t think so. It is more that I have a lot of friends I like seeing movies with…so I go, again and again. 

Though I know it doesn’t make sense financially, I like seeing movies in theaters more than once. The second time around I get to remember my previous thoughts and emotions as well as experience new ones as I pay attention to other details. Perhaps what I am really enjoying is just seeing the movie twice in a short span of time. I wonder if I would enjoy the experience as much with a regular DVD?

I conclude from this: a movie worth seeing once is worth seeing twice!


Rental Cars, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Indian food

Guess who just returned her rental car? This girl! No dents, dings, or damage…or fee for before under 25 which I am still very excited about.

I was a little too paranoid about getting to the airport on time. I do not even have a gate yet. I did have a lovely morning, however. I went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2! It definetely exceeded my admittedly limited expectations. I loved the first one and the second movie does a great job continuing to develop the characters without making it feel like they are backtracking. This isn’t a rehash of the first movie…it really feels like an original, reasonable adventure that the Guardians would have. Thank goodness for the break in origin stories! (And new heroes.) By the end, I might have even shed tears. Maybe. You can’t prove anything.

Last night after blogging I went out for Indian food which was fun DESPITE the judgemental looks I got from my waitress for needing more water to eat my mild masala. It was so good, though!

My adventures are now coming to an end. This was a fun, worthwhile trip. Now to find a corner to nap in before my flight takes off…


Beauty and the Beast (Take 2!)

This afternoon, my beautiful, amazing, and wonderful Mother kidnapped me from work and we went and watched Beauty and the Beast (again.) Still a lovely movie. We were both amazed at how quiet the theater was for a Friday afternoon. There were maybe 20 people in the movie theater with us. It was completely different from when I took my youth group girls on Tuesday. 

On Tuesday, the place was packed. We barely found seats together in the third-to-front row. To our left, there was a Mom with a baby. The baby was very well behaved but tended to gurgle and applaud. She got up and returned 4 or 5 times with the kid during the course of the movie. In front of us, there were two grade school girls. Their Mom was sitting behind us. Any even remotely scary scene had them freaking out and near the end one had to come sit by her Mom because she was sobbing so hard. 

However, the most memorable part of the theater experience came during the ballroom scene. This is the iconic, Beauty and the Beast moment. Beast looks up and sees Belle in her yellow ballgown, the music starts, and suddenly…someone started booing! The guy booed on and off throughout the entire scene. It was quite an experience. I thought they danced rather well! 

The first image of Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. Beauty And The Beast is scheduled for release on March 17, 2017 and is the latest of Disney's live-action offerings. | photo by Laurie Sparham, Walt Disney Studios | Daily Mail:

 


Beauty and the Beast (2017)

I took my youth group girls to see Beauty and the Beast on Tuesday and it was magical. The costuming, the music, and the characters all came to life. Like Disney’s live action Cinderella adaption, Beauty and the Beast stays true the original cartoon while also fleshing out the story. I particularly liked what they did with the Beast’s character. I think it makes his relationship with Belle more believable. The movie also avoids or answers several inconsistencies from the cartoon. 

However, I would rank Cinderella’s adaption higher than Beauty and the Beast’s. A great deal of Cinderella’s charm comes from the fact that the live action adds very little to the overall story. It is simple but beautiful. Beauty and the Beast tries to be more. There are new backstories, new relationships, and new songs. It is a bit overwhelming and left me feeling dissatisfied at times. Simple is definitely not a word for this movie. It is elaborate and stunning but occasionally disjointed. 

As for the “homosexuality” in the movie, the reality is so far from the hoopla that I feel ridiculous even mentioning it. I’ve heard some people say LeFou is confused rather than gay, but to be honest, I’m not even sure he is that. There is no homosexual kiss or any other thing that parents need to be worried about. At most, there are two men dancing together at the end for a brief moment and one looks confused.

There is a fantastic post that I highly recommend you read addressing the above issue and other reasons Christians should see this movie – The Bigger Reason You Should Be Worked Up About Beauty and the Beast.

I am glad I got to see this one in theater and I am definitely going to re-watch it many times. Despite my criticisms, I must say it was beautifully done and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Do not let the hype keep you from enjoying this latest Disney classic. 

Disney Beauty and The Beast live action remake:


Watching P&P…

My Jane Austen kick continues. I watched the 2005 Pride and Prejudice and have moved on to the 1995 version with Colin Firth. I don’t recall ever watching this one straight through, but according to my sister we already watched the whole thing together. At any rate, it is better remember, or more accurately, don’t remember. If this lasts, I might try Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (because we own it and I actually really enjoy that one!) or look up the 1940s version. Maybe I will rewatch the Lizzie Bennet Diaries! I draw the line at Bride and Prejudice, however. Once was enough! 

Austen is my weakness. I am an eternally recovering Janeite. I feel like I could very easily become one of those people who dress up and attend Regency balls, and that might be my fate in the end, but for now, I resist! I love the story but I will not become a cliche! Now excuse me while I go sip my Jane Austen tea, wear my Jane Austen socks, and read Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman. 


Seeing “kids’ movies” without kids

“I want to see that movie!” I whispered to my sister as another preview lit up the darkened movie theater. 

Anna nodded and then muttered, “Lameeee!” at a stupid car commercial. 

It was pre-previews and I didn’t think we were being too loud. Apparently the woman behind us did, however. 

“PLEASE. Be. Quiet.” she hissed angrily. 

Embarrassed, we lapsed into silence and the movie began. I was feeling annoyed and wanted to hiss a few angry retorts myself, but I recognized we were probably in the wrong. Annoyance turned to sheepishness and I tried to be on my best behavior and not laugh too loudly in case it annoyed our neighbor even more. As the movie ended, the woman leaned forward and said something to Anna that I didn’t catch before grabbing her child (who was kicking the back of my chair) and walking out. 

I expected some grumpy comment but Anna just looked slightly baffled. “She said she was impressed that we came and saw a children’s movie without any children.” 

I don’t know if the lady was being sarcastic or not, but if only that poor woman knew! I’ve been to the movies four times in the past month: twice to see Moana and twice to see Sing and not once was I accompanied by a child. Some movies are just worth watching, regardless of their intended audience. So….take that crabby, ageist movie going lady! 

(Also, may I add, I CANNOT WAIT for the Lego Batman movie. I’m definitely seeing it in theaters too.)