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Edgy but a classic!
Having now seen both depictions of the classic novel, I decided to write a review based on the '62 version of Lolita. It took me a long time to find somewhere I could watch it, couldn't find it anywhere! But I'm glad it took me as long as it did so that I could watch it with a fresher mind and being slightly older compared to the age I was when i first saw the '97 version, it helps. Which one do I prefer? Mainly the 1997 version as it was a more dramatic take on it along with actors better suited for the roles. The chemistry between Mason and Lyon wasn't scorching like Irons and Swain's, there was something there but only a tepid attraction. Not to discourage the style of James Mason and Sue Lyon, but Jeremy Irons and Dominique Swain were BORN to play Humbert and Lo.
I prefer this movie in the respect that everything was told with hilarity, to lessen the shock value of the film they added in the comic relief anywhere they could and I was continuously laughing throughout the picture! Kubric did a stellar job of executing the movie this way Adrian Lyne took his version heavily yet had some breaks of humour just like the novel did. Also viewers got the impression of what happened behind closed doors as the implied scenes faded whereas the '97 version wasn't afraid to step boundaries and "go there".
The cinematography and music in the adaption was absolutely stunning and Sue Lyon was a lovely Lolita with classic older Hollywood features but again, she doesn't patch up to Swain's interpretation and I missed the jumpy, hyperactive and singing Lolita that is also presented in the book. In fact, I think Lyon was a little too mature for the role. Her expressions and behaviour when answering back to her Mother was funny and teasing Humbert to standing up to him towards the decay of their relationship was a clear character development, but lost on me as I loved Dominique Swain's performance a whole lot more.
It was refreshing for its time period and I can see why America was dismissed from watching the later version when it was released in theatres as the 1962 film was more subtle and timeless. Overall, I would recommend this film and yes, both Lolita's are enjoyable. 8/10.
Seeds of Yesterday (2015)
In the fourth instalment of the Gothic 80s book series by VCAndrews, Seeds Of Yesterday, we see Foxworth Hall rise from the dead and back for more haunting and tragedies. Bart Jr inherits his great-grandparents wealth and is the sole heir to the fortune. He invites his parents, siblings and sister-in-law for the occasion of his twenty-fifth birthday which leads to catastrophes, and more bad luck for the Dollanganger clan as we always hope.
I have to say that this film was my favourite out of all four so far. It was as closest to the book you could get with minor unnoticeable changes. James Maslow played adult Bart Jr to perfection, he made me laugh, wince and HATE him. When an actor can perform multiple ways and get so many emotions from you, you know they're going places. He was the best thing about it. I didn't even mind that Christopher and Cathy were the background in these last two films, the book makes it clear that it takes on a new generation and tells the story of how history repeated itself somewhat but still manages to entertain you. There's not a boring part in this film unlike the previous three.
The book wasn't as nearly as exciting as the movie was and I really can't put my finger on why. The movie also explores the hidden foundations that the book doesn't cover but safely implies; Bart and Cindy's feelings for each other. The book made me believe something was going on and I think everyone knew it. Melodie was miscast and forgettable but she did made me laugh while sleeping with her brother-in-law and crying out to not hurt the babies. Jason Lewis and Rachael Carpani are just fine as Chris and Cathy but didn't have any exceptional or stand out acting in this one. I do have one problem with the ending, we know Cathy dies in the attic from a broken heart but in the movie, we got a monologue while she's staring out at the window, the camera pans away and blacks out. A lot of people were confused and it was a major flaw for production. I would've been more moved if the cast hadn't been changed all the time and these movies had been slowly made into higher budget features with cinematic quality. I'm left anti-climatic and feel like we didn't get enough closure from these movies at all. I hope they produce Garden Of Shadows and end the saga with a bang. No, not the ones the Dolls are prone to.. ;)
One Tree Hill (2003)
There's only one Tree Hill, and it's your home.
Sadly, I wasn't a teenager in the early 00s and missed out the OTH hype now that I'm almost eighteen years old, I can't believe what I've missed out on all these years. This show has spoken to me on so many levels, and I've never watched anything quite like it. It's a realistic show that's jam packed with REAL problems and issues and stories. It had a great foundation; love/hate half brothers, the arrogant father, the best friend cheerleaders, the nerd and I could go on and on. Topped off with great music just when the 00s were taking flight again with punk rock. Initially disliking the cast, thinking they were shallow minded and obnoxious, they grew on me a few episodes in and I found myself purely hating Nathan to crushing on him to relating to him. The sign of a great TV show. Only the best can do it.
I'm going to be immediate and straight forward here, I'd advise anyone younger than me to wait until they're my age to watch this. I swear by seventeen, you'll be feeling what these kids in the show are feeling with life and relationships in general. Most of them are sixteen in the pilot, so you're already older and will know whatever they're going through in that episode. This was an eye opener of a show for me, it's really made me feel less alone in the world and I feel comforted that I'm clearly not the only one who thinks so. This show is really about coming-of-age, listen to my advice and wait until you're seventeen to sit down and watch this amazing show; you'll find that one character who speaks to you more the the others, listen to the beautiful prologue quotes at the end of an episode and enjoy it overall. I've technically not finished the series yet but I was dying to get all this off my chest.
I see most of myself in Nathan and Brooke, between the two, you'll get me in a nutshell. Ugh this show is my favourite, I'll never watch anything like it again. And yes, the rumours are true, the best seasons are 1-6.
Pretty Woman (1990)
Prostitute to a Princess!
For as long as I can remember, Pretty Woman has just been one of those movies I'll never tire of. Whether it's the intriguing premise of a rags to riches situation or the fact Richard Gere and Julia Roberts had impeccable chemistry, or the amazing soundtrack, it all comes in threes.
My own mother would've been around 18 or 19 when this film was released and she herself had wrecked her VHS copy by the amount of times she watched it. And I ended up doing the same to my own when she bought a fresh one I get that gene from her clearly.
I think when people take this movie out of context. They go too far. That it's glamorizing prostitution and a sickening lie that you can get your Prince in reality. Women love this movie because secretly we all want a billionaire to come roaring down in a Lotus and rescue us from our problems. It doesn't apply to being a streetwalker and having nothing. Rather the fantasy of a Fairytale in modern day life, well back in the nineties anyway.
Besides that, this movie is clever, witty and emotional I have so many quotes that come from this movie and they're basically engraved into my psyche. Don't judge it until you've seen it. It tackled the Fairytale aspect better than the usual Cinderella movies that are told nowadays.
Only You (1994)
In my top 5 favourite rom-coms!
This is the story of a school teacher named Faith (Marisa Tomei) who believes in destiny and true love. When she was a young girl a Ouija board and a fortune teller separately came up with the name of Damon Bradley as her future soul-mate. 14 years later, days before her wedding, she's trying out her wedding gown when she picks up the phone and speaks with an unknown friend of her fiancé's - by the name of Damon Bradley. Faith, still in her wedding gown, trails the name all the way to the airport and ends up flying to Italy. And into Robert Downey, Jr's arms.
This movie is a Fairytale in itself. Ever since I was young, I've been fascinated with the beauty and message the movie gives! It's so underrated, and yes, it can be a bit sappy at times but the tone of the movie makes it clear to viewers once you start watching that it's just one of those stories.
I'm Italian myself so it truly was the icing on the cake that they set it mostly in Rome and Venice. The scenery was out of this world. I wish I could give it more than 10 stars.
Flowers in the Attic (2014)
Torn between this and the original
I never thought I'd say this but Flowers In The Attic has me struggling between preferring the original '87 movie and this remake. Both were good in their own ways. This movie kept the incest which I was thrilled about but it really could've taken more time to develop WHY Chris and Cathy fell in love, it was all fast track and sudden -- it tried to gather every tiny detail that the fans hungered from the original but it didn't have any direction. I was sorely disappointed in that. The book took 300 pages until Chris and Cathy finally gave into each other, in that time, there was whippings, abuse, desire, abandonment, frustration etc. The movie took all that and skimmed it, it didn't have the same Gothic feel as the original. The original kept the Gothic, creepy confinement and if the incest had remained in the final cut, it really would've impressed me. The movie lacked in the icky thrilling and gripping suspense between the two older siblings and sugarcoated it.
It was okay. First, when I watched it, it was absolutely flawless, I was so excited about the movie finally getting the book right but when I watched it for a second time, I noticed the flaws I didn't see the first time around.
It's a good movie but more of a watered down, romantic feel to the book. I wasn't scared at all by the Grandmother and Heather Graham was too wooden for Corrine. Performances by Kiernan and Mason were excellent.
The Thorn Birds (1983)
One of the best stories of all time
This is indeed as the title says, one of the best stories of all time. I'm a teenager so naturally I thought this would be something washed out and totally not for me considering my age, but what a surprise I got..
I was so attached to the characters. The story. The setting and the life lessons it taught me. For the eighties, it's pretty damn good - the acting above all else was realistic and convincing. Ward, Chamberline, Stanwyck and Simmons won the show over. They were my favourites. I couldn't recommend this epic story enough. It's not just a love story but a family saga that spans over 60 years.
Currently reading the book and connecting the differences between it and the mini series. I love them both, though.
Flowers in the Attic (1987)
Not as good as the book, but worth a watch!
This is based on the fact that I had watched the movie before reading the book so, I'm rating it 5/10 to be in the middle of things. The movie isn't great and not eye popping but the music is just beautiful and the casting wasn't bad at all. They capture an image of a good portrayal of the Dollangangers. It was a good thriller nevertheless.
But other than that, I was really disappointed that the directors totally missed the point of the film and edited things out. Cathy and Chris fall in love in the attic yet in the movie, their relationship is as clean as any brother and sister! Then, the mother dies. Which doesn't fit into the book series at all either. Cathy seeks revenge for her mother all of her life after that so thank God they didn't make a sequel. We would've been super confused. The Grandmother also put tar in Cathy's hair, she didn't cut it off. They're wasn't enough screen time to explain to viewers about Corrine, Malcolm and the Grandmother. It just felt like on a fast track, like snippets. They missed an awful amount of detail out of the book but other than that, I liked it.
I heard they're making a new movie to make up for the 'disaster' of this one. Hopefully they include the main plot and the details that they left out here.
How disappointing and a sad excuse to make more money!
This was really, really bad. Things really stuck out for me like a sore thumb in this one. It was painful to watch. Chamberline was the only one who could act and evoke the same personality he had in the Original, but, bad idea recasting Meggie. Even worse re-filming the famous stairs sequence where Ralph sees Meggie for the first time as a young woman and completely falls head over heels. One: Meggie's hair wasn't up in the original Secondly: It looked like some sort of spoof trying to attempt that scene, it was completely disgusting. Also it doesn't make sense. Ralph didn't see Justine or Dane until they were adults! I'm pretty sure if he hadn't, he would've remembered them. The original makes it clear that he has just met them. It is so, stupid. What's worse is the fact that they tried to make it seem like Ralph returned to Drogheda during the war, which is false as the author of the damn book said there was no missing years. Meggie and Ralph last saw each other on Matlock Island and saw each other again years after, in the early fifties. Do you get how mad I am right now? Ugh. I get that this DVD is included with the original, but seriously, I'm binning my copy. A really bad and lame excuse to make more money. It looks cheap and casting others to play roles of such familiar and outstanding people was just awful!
One Day (2011)
Unfortunately, I've never read the book so I cannot compare them but I can say on the film's behalf that it definitely won me over. It was such a great movie and I like how the pace went, July 15th of every year that the two met was absolutely stunning and chaotic and heartbreaking. Although, it was really predictable because I could see that Emma was going to get knocked down and die. The same with Dex's girlfriend falling pregnant with his child but a year later, she sleeps with his best friend. TOTALLY Predictable and another opportunity to bring Emma and Dex together once again. What's a cheesy romance film without a tragic death? I hadn't seen one of them in a while so maybe my opinion on this movie would have been slightly different but over all, it was a really good movie and definitely one to watch over and over again.