Apr. 19th, 2011

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I finally managed to sit down and watch some more DVR'ed movies this weekend. I managed to get Lauren to watch one of my favorites, Kind Hearts and Coronets, otherwise known as "That Movie where Alec Guinness Plays Eight Characters". Like many British movies, it's very dry, but there were many scenes where I actually laughed out loud--the scene with Lady Agatha(a frequently-jailed suffragette who is also Alec Guinness) was priceless.

I also watched The Star, featuring an aging Bette Davis and a very young Natalie Wood. I thought it was okay, but I probably wouldn't watch it again(or make Lauren watch it). There was nothing in it that wasn't done better in All About Eve, and it didn't have the world's greatest script. Also, it was more than a little sexist. So, basically, Bette Davis's character is a hysterical wretch who just needs to listen to the nice man and do whatever he says in order to become a self-actualized woman? I realize that the movie was made in 1952, but I expected better. On the other hand, I can't help thinking that the movie was intended as a dig against Joan Crawford(who pretty much did what Bette Davis's character did when she was in her mid to late 40's, doing the whole "mutton disguised as lamb" routine rather than "lowering" herself to play a woman who is anything but an elegant, desirable lady). After all, Bette Davis was not exactly a fan of Joan's...

I've never been a fan of Natalie Wood's, but it was nice to see her with some meat on her bones, even if she was only 14 years old.

I've also been playing Zero no Kiseki. After the trauma of being torn away from Sora no Kiseki, I'm finally starting to warm up to the "new" series...too bad the new artwork of Estelle and Joshua is really ugly! I'm not looking forward to seeing Renne again, though...I never liked her.

EDIT: Apparently, I was right on the money about The Star! It actually was supposed to be Joan Crawford! Gee, I wonder why she didn't take the role...

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