Sunday, January 27, 2008
Every once in a while one needs to do the movie night. Not at an actual
theater, but in your own cosy living room on the plasma screen with
surround sound, a glass of wine, homemade pizza and as many films as
We hired four at the video fan (still best place to get movies if net flix
hasn't arrived on time) and managed to watch a staggering two before Mr. Sandman
However, those two where a pretty damn good choice!
thought we ease ourselves into the evening by watching The Wendell Baker Story, a
film I had not heard about.
Talk about a feel good movie.
The film released in 2005 with Luke Wilson directing and in the lead role and
his brother Owen playing the evil head nurse was the perfect choice to start of our movie night; very funny in a Life Aquatic kind of way.
I think it must be the Texan heat that gives those people their laid back
attitude and slow approach . The film had no hectic elements in it and
you always got the feeling everyone involved had all the time in the
world. I guess there is also a lot less pressure in a low budget film.
It's like, "which ever way it ends - it will be all right"!!!
Anyway, Luke Wilson playing the very sexy (in a droopy kind of way)con artist
Wendell, turning from bad to good (even though when he was bad, he
still managed to be more likable than...I don't know, any of those
modern saints!!) made my night and despite the Los Angeles Times
calling the film, "alternately sunny and charming, dark and weird,
confounding and dull" and that "you probably had to be there", I'd watch
it again tonight:-))))
Stardust on the other hand (film number two)was an entirely different story.
Tristan Thorne's quest to find the falling star in order to get jiggy with the boring village bicycle (adequately played by Sienna Miller)is packed with adventure from beginning to end.
Whatever a fairy tale needs...you name it, this film will have at least
one of them. From the ruthless aging king (Peter O'Toole) and blood thirsty
witches, to a very metro sexual Captain Shakespeare who makes a living
by harvesting lightning bolts??!! played by genius Robertde Niro, this film has it all and more.
Ricky Gervais cackling like a chicken, Claire Danes' star qualities, seeing Michelle Pfeiffer actually ageing and the most romantic picnic
setup ever in the history of fairy tales awards this film a magic feel
that combines romance, action and comedy all in one package!!