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Movie Meme Reveals and a Rec

JBC page proofs have gone in, so now I have some time to make my Movie Meme reveal post with bonus trailers/snippets and capsule reviews - let joy be unconfined!  ::g::   I also have time this afternoon to catch up on my beta work, so, if you are waiting to hear from me, despair not - you will have my reply by the end of the evening. Now - on to the reveals!

1) "Do you intend to use your beautiful voice to praise the Lord . . . or to change the world?"
                    - Amazing Grace

This is one of those movies that everyone should see, but few did, probably because of the subject matter.  This is the story of how William Wilberforce got the slave trade banned in Great Britain at a time of major political upheaval and entrenched interests determined to see it continue.  The cast is superb, the writing terrific and the production values are gorgeous.  Here's a peek:

2) Lottie: "Did you know Keats?"
     Mrs. Fisher: "No, I didn't; and I didn't know Shakespeare or Chaucer, either."
                    - Enchanted April

Two friends, played by Miranda Richardson and Josie Lawrence, join with two other women (Polly Walker and Joan Plowright), whom they do not know, to rent a villa in Italy for the summer.  Excellent performances, beautiful scenery and witty dialogue - what more could you want?

3) "A bit of musicality, please!"
                    - Strictly Ballroom 
   ellie_hell  +  squibstress  

It's hilarious, it's moving, it's hokey, it's silly and it's wonderful.  The trailer does NOT do it justice, and if you've never seen it, RUN to the nearest video store and rent it.  Then get ready to smile for the next 90 minutes.

4) Martine: "Now you will be poor for the rest of your life."
     Babette: "An artist is never poor."
                    - Babette's Feast

A fabulous film of the Isek Dinesen story about two sisters whose lives have been sacrificed to duty, and the haunted French refugee they take in who turns out to be a master chef.  She becomes their cook and housekeeper and up-ends their lives in subtle ways. Then comes an opportunity for her to cook as she had when she had her own restaurant in Paris.  The movie is darn near food porn at this point - wallowing in the beauty of the preparations and the sharing and enjoyment of a meal unlike any these Danish villagers have ever experienced.  It's a wonderful thing.  Here's a short clip, since the trailer isn't very good.  This is an English dubbed version, but you'll mostly find it in Danish with subtitles.

5) "Sushi? Sushi?! You think this is about sushi?!"
                    - Monsters, Inc.

The best thing Pixar has ever done, in my humble opinion.  Yeah, it's beyond funny, and the story is the most imaginative ever, but take time to marvel at the sheer technical genius of this film.  This is a computer animation tour de force, and well worth your time even if you don't usually watch 'kids' films.  This clip isn't  high quality, but it has the quote in it.  :-)

6) "You cannot change fate. However, you can rise to meet it, if you choose."
                     - Princess Mononoke

You've undoubtably twigged to the fact that I am an animation fangirl.  ::g::  One of my favorite animators is the legendary Hiyao Miyazaki of Japan.  All of his films are wonderful, painterly throwbacks to the early Disney era, where every frame was hand drawn and colored.  His stories are also complex and none more so than this strange, beautiful and intricate fable of man vs. nature set in a mythic feudal Japan.  This is NOT a children's film.  The violence is rather graphic and the storyline more than a little frightening.  Neil Gaiman was chosen by John Lassiter of Pixar to translate and adapt the screenplay from the Japanese.

7) "You know, you don't throw away a whole life just because he's banged up a little."
                    - Seabiscuit

I love this movie!  The story is all the more remarkable because it is true.  A set of unlikely heroes and an even more unlikely horse show that heart and determination are what it takes to win.  It's beautifully shot and the actors are fantastic; they really bring this story to life.  Interspersed with the main story is documentary style footage (with David McCullough narrating!) of the Great Depression time period (1930s) in which the story takes place.

8) "Normal? What do you know about normal? What does anyone in this family know about normal?"
                    - The Incredibles
   dickgloucester  +  squibstress  

This is another one of my favorite animated features, stuffed full of quotable lines, a retro-look animation style and an exploration of themes worthy of debate . . . not to mention howlingly funny!  Edna Mode is my hero and I think she ought to have a short all her own!  ::g::

9) "In the old days the land felt a great emptiness . . . it was waiting, waiting . . . waiting to be filled up . . . waiting for someone to love it . . . waiting for a leader."
                    - Whale Rider    cranky__crocus 

 This is one of those stories which just grabs you tooth and claw and won't let go.  Set in a present day Maori village, the movie is an exploration of entrenched gender roles in aboriginal cultures and the quiet stoicism of the girl born to challenge those roles.  It's a film every girl should see.  

10) "Remember, there is always something cleverer than yourself."
 - Excaliber

It's a bit cheesy now, but it's still probably the best cinematic telling of the Arthur legends.  The cast includes Nigel Terry as Arthur, Liam Neeson as Gawain, Nicol Williamson as Merlin, Gabriel Byrne as Uther Pendragon, Patrick Stewart as Leondegrance, Ciaran Hines as Lot and a young and very beautiful Helen Mirren as Morgana.  

And an extra credit bonus:

11) "And now, on with the opera! Let joy be unconfined! Let there be dancing in the streets, drinking in the saloons and necking in the parlor!"
                    - A Night at the Opera   ellie_hell  +  squibstress  squibstress 

It's the Marx Brothers - what else is there to know?!  The stateroom scene gets me every time.  XD

You all did very well!  Out of my 11, only 4 remained un-guessed.  Congrats to squibstress   with 3 correct guesses and to dickgloucester and ellie_hell , who both got two.   No internet winners, but I do have a wonderful consolation prize.  ::g::

lash_larue  has written a wonderful new story about Luna Lovegood, a marvelous little piece of missing canon that explains so much about Luna and about her relationships with both of her parents that you will be amazed.  Clicky here to go to her journal to read and marvel at A Shadow on the Moon.  Full disclosure:  I "beta-ed" this fic, and I put that in quotation marks because it was perfect as it was.  I had nothing to do other than to tell her not to touch anything because there was no need.   


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May. 26th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
The funniest thing about Excalibur is that it's the film Monty Python were parodying ... even though it was made several years AFTER The Holy Grail! Watch them side-by-side. You'll see.
May. 26th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
Ooh, haven't seen Amazing Grace or Princess Mononoke. If I can wrest the DVD remote from the grubby little paws of my children, I can't wait to have a look.
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