Daily Archives: October 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday Part III- Kate and Leopold (2001)

Hugh Jackman is one of the best actors of his generation. Not one to settle in one genre or one type of characters, Jackman has played badass Wolverine in the X-Men movie series, Peter Allen on Broadway in The Boy From Oz and in 2001, Jackman played the male lead in Kate and Leopold.

Leopold is a 19th century English Duke who, at the moment, is living in New York in the 1870’s. He has been informed that he must marry and marry well. His choices, despite his desire to marry only for love, are among the daughters of the highest level of New York Society. Kate McKay (Meg Ryan) is a single ad exec whose career is on the rise, but whose love life has been stymied by her less than sane ex boyfriend Stuart (Liev Schrieber).

They are brought together by Stuart, who discovered a spot just under the Brooklyn Bridge, where one may jump and land in another time.

Jackman and Ryan, known as the 90’s rom-com queen, have good chemistry.  Is the  story predictable? Yes, but most rom-coms are. The romance is leveled off in a good way by the comic relief brought on by Schreiber and Breckin Myer, who plays Charlie, Kate’s brother whose professional goal is to be an actor, but the career is not taking off as planned.

Do I recommend it? Sure, why not? Kate and Leopold is a cute movie. Sometimes we need a rom-com in our lives, and Kate and Leopold fits the bill.

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Throwback Thursday- Thelma and Louise (1991)

Once upon a time, women were taught to settle down and maintain a quiet life. Support their husband, raise their children and take care of the home. Nothing more.

Betty Friedan explored this issue in her 1963 classic feminist text, The Feminine Mystique. She labelled it “the problem that has no name”.

The 1991 movie, Thelma and Louise completely destroyed the idea that a woman had to be meek, amiable and subservient. Louise (Susan Sarandon) works as a waitress and lives with her musician boyfriend who is always on the road.  Thelma (Geena Davis) stays in the kitchen so her husband can watch football.  Needing a break from their hum-drum lives, Thelma and Louise decide to go on a road trip. Their road trip takes a sudden turn when Louise kills the man who tries to rape Thelma and they are now hunted by the police.

This is nothing but a classic. The journey of the characters represents so many women who made the choice to cut the apron strings that kept them tied to hearth and home and take the road less traveled. And of course,  no mention of Thelma and Louise is complete without Brad Pitt’s boy toy character and that six pack of his.

Dam good movie.

 

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The Critics Were Wrong-A Stranger Among Us

Among the secular population, there seems to be a fascination with the orthodox and ultra orthodox groups of the world’s major religions who choose to isolate themselves and live only by the commandments of their faith.

In a A Stranger Among Us , Emily Eden (Melanie Griffith) is a police officer who is very good at her job.  When a Hassidic businessman is murdered, Emily goes undercover as a ba’al teshuva (someone who re-embraces their Jewish faith at an Orthodox level) to find the killer.

Were the critics wrong? I think the question should be, would this actually happen in real life? Probably not, but this is a work of fiction. I don’t think the critics were completely wrong, but there is something about this movie that isn’t quite right.

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Throwback Thursday- Superstar (1999)

Over it’s forty year history, Saturday Night Live has seen introduced it’s audience to many interesting and sometimes crazy characters.

Among the few (and only female) character who has made it to the big screen is Mary Katherine Gallagher (Molly Shannon). The 1999 movie, Superstar, expanded Mary Katherine’s world from a five minute weekly sketch to a full length movie.

Mary Katherine is an orphaned high school student who has been labelled an outcast by her classmates. She has one dream: to be kissed soulfully. With the announcement of the school talent contest, Mary Katherine has only one dance partner in mind, Sky Corrigan (Will Ferrell). But Sky’s girlfriend (Elaine Hendrix) is in the way. Guided by her grandmother (Glynis Johns), Mary Katherine and her follow special ed students will put on a performance that will hopefully turn Sky’s heart and mind.

What I love about this movie is that underneath the silliness is the truth of being an social misfit in high school and having dreams, despite the obstacles that stand in front of us. Mary Katherine fervently believes in her dreams, despite what some of her classmates are saying.

I recommend this movie.

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