ANZAC weekend - did I spend it in patriotic remembrance of the fallen? Uh *sheepish* no. I selfishly watched movies with friends ...
[u][b]Shrek 2 (2004)[/b][/u]
Written and directed by *KIWI* Andrew Adamson (yay we rock!). Can't wait to see his efforts on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe due for release at the end of the year.
OMG - Puss in Boots as Zorro what an inspired choice! I lurrrved Antonio Banderas' voice, purrrrr! I love the zillions of references to other movies - it would be such a cool party game to try and pick out the most. The soundtrack rocks (esp. Frou Frou and Dashboard Confessional who also do "Vindicated" on Spiderman2) and the bit at the end about Far Far Away Idol (with *animated* Simon Cowell-har har) is a hoot.
[b][u]Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (1967)[/u][/b]
Each scene is set kinda like a stage play (maybe it was adapted from one?). Stellar performances from all cast, but Sidney Poitier's performance is particularly brilliant. I loved (and related to) his speech to his dad (retired postal worker) about not owing him anything and not being his dad's possession - it was his dad's choice to raise him and contribute to his education (now a doctor of international status):
[size=1][color=orange]"You listen to me. You say you don't want to tell me how to live my life. So what do you think you've been doing? You tell me what rights I've got or haven't got, and what I owe to you for what you've done for me. Let me tell you something. I owe you nothing! If you carried that bag a million miles, you did what you're supposed to do! Because you brought me into this world. And from that day you owed me everything you could ever do for me like I will owe my son if I ever have another. But you don't own me! You can't tell me when or where I'm out of line, or try to get me to live my life according to your rules. You don't even know what I am, Dad, you don't know who I am. You don't know how I feel, what I think. And if I tried to explain it the rest of your life you will never understand. You are 30 years older than I am. You and your whole lousy generation believes the way it was for you is the way it's got to be. And not until your whole generation has lain down and died will the dead weight be off our backs! You understand, you've got to get off my back! Dad... Dad, you're my father. I'm your son. I love you. I always have and I always will. But you think of yourself as a colored man. I think of myself as a man. "[/color][/size]
It was also moving to see the interaction between Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn - some of the scenes show their real emotions (they knew Spencer was dying and this was his last film).
There have been a lot of cross-cultural romantic movies of this type done (before and) since, e.g. the recent: "Ae Fond Kiss" which is about a Scottish-Indian couple - this is pretty good too.
[b][u]Bright Eyes (1934)[/u][/b]
I got this mainly to see Shirley Temple sing "On the Good Ship Lollipop". My friend's child is turning 3 and I wanted to gauge whether she would enjoy this before I buy it on DVD for her birthday. Verdict? The mean little girl that Shirley has to live with is a bit disturbing and the bit at the end when her mum slaps her is a bit shocking for our PC generation. My friends 10yo niece also commented that Shirley's dresses were "a bit short". Although her character is supposed to be 5yo, I suspect the makers were capitalising on her cute babyish looks - hence the chubby bare legs, "see the baby dance and sing!". I think on the whole it's OK for modern audiences (although overall the film is decidedly average) and kids love watching kids on screen. Perhaps I am better off buying her the more popular and readily available "Heidi" or "Little Princess" instead ...
If you like the UKTV show "Black Books", then you'll appreciate the offbeat humour in this strange comedy. The many disguises and personas donned by the main characters are amusing. Michael Caine in drag is funny, but it's been done!