Monday, July 25, 2016

Three films and a weekend

After that weekend post on my peaceful coexistence with clutter, on a bit of a rebound, I decided to clear up our CD collection. Did I tell you we got rid of cable/Tata Sky a few months back? Yeah well, so over the weekend, the kids watch their DVDs, and I thought it would be a good idea to get them in order.

However, I stumbled upon some long forgotten films - a treasure, really. As a result the cleaning was quite forgotten and I sat down for a film-festival of my own.


First it was You've Got Mail

I could do an entire post on that one. Kathleen (Meg Ryan) owns a tiny bookshop while Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) heads a giant bookstore (that drives her out of business). The two bump into each other in a chatroom and a love story unfolds. Films on books and book lovers are a complete treat. Wasn't Kathleen’s Shop Around the Corner just the cutest? I loved how cosy her storytelling sessions were and how she knew just the right book for every child. 



I felt her heartbreak when she could not meet the competition from Joe Fox. And yet I couldn't hate him for he’s sweet too. Their interactions are absolutely heartwarming. 





Some of the dialogues really spoke to me. Consider this one:

Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life - well valuable, but small - and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave?

and this:
When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life ever does.

My favourite however, is this one:
Kathleen: ….What happens to me when I'm provoked is that I get tongue-tied and my mind goes blank. Then I spend all night tossing and turning trying to figure out what I should have said.

Kathleen Kelly was definitely the hero of this film for me.


Then I watched Mary Reilly

This one was hidden away with a bunch of more famous Julia Roberts starrers and I had completely missed watching it. Roberts plays Mary Reilly, a maid to Dr Jekyll, with a dark past and an abusive father. She gets embroiled in Dr Jekyll’s experiments as he changes each night to Mr Hyde. He’s a little in love with her but can’t tell her and she’s a bit in love with him too. Mr Hyde however has no such compunctions. He scares her and yet she feels an unexplained attraction. It’s a bit of a dark film but very engrossing. Do catch it if you can.







And finally Sense and Sensibility....


for the hundredth time. 

**Gush Alert**


Jane Austen’s story is of course a favourite (and I won’t even go into that. If you haven’t read it you just should, rightaway) but I also love everything else about this 1995 film. The setting is lovely, the English countryside is breathtaking and the two characters of Elinor and Marianne contrast beautifully. Each of the supporting characters are just right for their parts.
But the bestest part of all was that I completely forgotten it starred Alan Rickman (Snape) as Colonel Brandon. As the strong silent Colonel, he was …. perfect. I could have whacked  Marianne on the head for ignoring him so but then he does get her in the end so it was all forgiven. 




Then there was Hugh Grant being Hugh Grant - the perfectly awkward gentleman - quite his forte. The two ladies Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet were a treat too. Lovely lovely film.



All in all a weekend well spent. As for the cleaning  - that’ll have to wait yet another day. 

How was your weekend? Do you like to re-watch old films?

Linking up with Mackenzie at Reflections from Me



32 comments:

  1. Haha, that sounds familiar. Start cleaning the mess, find a surprise- some old forgotten stuff, and spend hours becoming nostalgic over it. Would love to see those movies, especially Sense and sensibility. It was a treat to read and I bet the movie must be great too.

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    1. I thought I was playing it safe by not cleaning the book cupboard but the movies caught me out. Yes the film is great. Do watch it when you can.

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  2. I love You've Got Mail when I watched it. I'd love to watch Sense and Sensibility:)

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  3. We definitely have similar tastes in movies. Love Pride and Prejudice and all in that style.
    #mg

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    1. Right Suzy I love films set during that time not to say anything about Austen's amazing story-telling.

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  4. I need to go check that declutter post. And old movies - I find them on tv and watch it. Pursuit of Happpyness is one such for me. This weekend, I slept so much that there is a new record at home. 12 hours a day. I have a reason. Travelling to chennai for work conference got me this bug. But all I got to do was sleep ;)

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    1. Oh I know how one can sleep away the weekend. I'd love to do that too except the kids are up and about and that's just not an option.

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  5. Haven't watched Mary Reilly, but the other two are amongst my favourites too.
    That's the kind of weekend I want...looks like decluttering comes with its advantages:)

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    1. Ha ha.. yes it does Aditi. I had forgotten I had those films.

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  6. goodness me, what a weekend! Sense and sensibility is a classic. Pen x #mg

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    1. Yes it is. And I love it each time I watch it. Thanks for visiting.

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  7. that's the ideal way to spend the weekend! who says you must waste it with mundane things like cleaning! I have my fav movie "The Great Race" tucked safely somewhere, I must dig it out and mark it for this weekend!

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    1. That one I haven't watched. Will check it out.

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  8. What an amazing way to spend your weekend!! Watching back to back movies!! I too prefer watching movies on Sundays, sometimes back to back and it's always fun!!

    Cheers
    Geets

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    1. I don't normally do this but once in a while it is a real treat.

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  9. Love Pride and Prejudice and all in that style. Sakura Beauty

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    1. I love that era too and most films set in that time.

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  10. Need to see them all.. You've got mail sounds interesting and then Tom Hanks..

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    1. It's absolutely delightful. They're all watchable.

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  11. A wonderful way to spend the weekend. You've Got Mail is such a delightful watch. I have watched it years ago, wouldnt mind watching it again!
    No cable / Tata Sky... wow! That's fantastic. From TV to going off TV, was that a smooth transition for kids?

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    1. It wasn't very smooth but wasn't as bad as we'd imagined either. They do have their DVDs. And also play on the computer so it's not like they don't get any screen time. I was just tired of the mindlessness of television - the way they watched it endlessly without thought.

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  12. I have watched only the first one, so many times tough. Meg is such an awesome actress and so beautiful to watch ... but now I got to watch the other two. For Julia and for Alan Rickman. :D

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    1. Med Ryan is the cutest and this my favourite of all her films.

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  13. It sure was an exciting weekend, Tulika! Time well spent!
    I so love You've got mail, I could watch it a hundred times and never get bored. And, I can totally relate to Meg Ryan's character. That last dialogue you mentioned here, well, that's ME! The next film, I am going to watch it someday. Wonder how I missed this Julia film! And, Pride and prejudice, have seen it and enjoyed it, too, but not more than the book! :)

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    1. Isn't it? I love that dialogue - it's also so me.

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  14. oh I am dying to see You've Got Mail now!!! Sounds awesome, I love little bookstores #mg

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    1. You really must. It's a great film - sweet and romantic and funny too.

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  15. I've never seen any of these films! Know of them all, but never actually seen them. But I do love to re-watch certain films. #mg

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  16. Oooh..a bit late to the party, but 'You've got mail'...love love love it!

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    1. I know. I love it too. But Snape was the happiest surprise. Have you watched Sense and Sensibility?

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