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Maid in Manhattan (2002)
Ralph Feinnes as Prince Charming?
Okay, so I'm not a Jennifer Lopez fan. But my husband was trying to rent a few videos that I'd appreciate -- chick flicks, you know. I berated him, but ten minutes into the movie, I was smiling.
The movie has a warm feel to it. There's nothing overly exciting. It's an average film, but I found Ralph Feinnes surprisingly endearing.
Everyone knows the man can act -- he's amazing, but I was sure he was miscast in a romantic comedy. Instead, his performance was delicately understated. He was charming and certainly appealing.
The other true bright spot in the film was Bob Hoskins as a hotel's butler. His performance was so tight and dignified. I just wanted to hug him.
Not a great film, but a pleasant few hours. 7 out 0f 10.
Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958)
What Children's Television Should be
Almost 50 years later, I remember seeing these stories as clear as day. Probably my favorite was Rapunzel, told with all the loving detail and care that was usually reserved for dramas.
These compare favorably to Shelley Duvall's fairy tales and had the wonderful advantage of showing a grown-up Shirley Temple.
I simply loved them.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
The movie is visually and emotionally stunning.
Christian Bale is so perfect that it hurts to watch his growing isolation, his desperation to be connected.
Personally, I think it's Spielberg's masterpiece.