Hello, it’s hubby here, moonlighting from Daddacool again. Wifey likes watching films, so I had to beg for permission to write up our recent endeavours as I don’t get the chance to myself.
We are a film watching household and always have been. True, more recently the films have to be a U certification and preferably contain either ponies, talking animals or superheroes but occasionally we do still get to watch grown up films so when Warner Bros sent us a box of their Oscar winning greats, we jumped at the opportunity for a few quiet evenings in with some top films.
Our box of delights contained:
- Midnight in Paris
- An American in Paris
- The Blindside
- Gone with the Wind
I think I’d missed Midnight in Paris because I’d decided I wasn’t a huge fan of Woody Allen. I don’t like the whole Jewish family comedy thing to be honest, so thought Allen wasn’t for me so it was somewhat of a revelation when we watched Midnight in Paris and I found Woody Allen very much is for me. It’s a great turn by Owen Wilson as Gil, a writer who draws inspiration from his midnight walks in Paris. The scenery is sumptuous and the flashbacks to the 1920’s steeped in atmosphere.
The Blindside is about as far from Speed as it’s possible to get and Sandra Bullock accurately answers the question of what roles there are for actresses who are past the age of 30*. It’s also the second film with Kathy Bates in it. She is obviously the mark of Oscar success! Based on a true story, Bullock plays the mum in a family who help out a homeless and destitute lad in a journey that sees him through to the NFL draft. It’s very worthy but also an engaging film. Not my favourite on the list by any stretch but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
Casablanca is an all time classic, starring some of cinemas greats. Ingrid Bergman shows what it means to be a beautiful actress, something a lot of today’s wooden eye candy could do with studying. Wearing your undies for a GQ photoshoot doesn’t make you a film star and Bergman shows up todays current generation of “stars” with a great performance next to Bogart. I always like to see Peter Lorrie in films too, he’s ace.