On this day in 1903, the first Western film, The Great Train Robbery, premiered. Tot think 114 years ago films were primitive pieces of silence that emphasized body language to the max, and to track the progress of advancement is spectacular. It’s eye-opening. It’s fascinating.
Today’s Quote of the Day will be silent to honor such a milestone. I recommend watching TGTR and then going to Google to watch the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer. I like to think that’s a perfect beginning and “current end-point” to track just how far we’ve come and how much further we are going.
My drive to put myself on the line comes from boredom. From that feeling when you go to bed and think, ‘What did I do today?’ It doesn’t have to be something monumental, just a feeling that you really tried to look at something, or look into something.
Someone who understands that hatred for boredom and that drive to not die from it. Luckily, today is the first day of Autumn and usually the most exciting things happen in Autumn. Happy Friday! 🙂
This past weekend, my mum and I went to the movies on a “Mommy and me” date. We decided to see Home Again (we are too afraid of clowns to watch It). Home Again is produced by Nancy Meyers (The Holiday), directed by her daughter Hallie Meyers-Shyer, and stars Reese Witherspoon.
Home Again is a romantic-comedy (or divorce comedy depending on how you look at it) about Alice Kinney, a recently separated mother of two who moves back into her deceased Hollywood legend father’s home. On the night of her 40th birthday, she meets three young aspiring filmmakers and drunkenly takes them home with her, which leads them to stay with her for a period of time. The film was more like three young hunky versions of Mary Poppins. They take care of the children, give Alice advice and make life much more enjoyable. Of course you add the romantic aspect between Alice and Harry and the ex-husband Austin coming into the picture for a conflict to arise.
My absolute favorite part about the film is the house, the main set where all the going-ons take place. Conflicts arise and resolutions are made in this house. It’s a gorgeous 1920s home in the Brentwood, CA area. Fun little fact, I found out on the house used in Home Again was previously owned by supermodel Cindy Crawford and then Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck in the mid-2000s. Cote de Texas explores the history of the house’s interior design and even found pictures.
The courtyard during the Crawford years.
The courtyard during the Garner years.
Same courtyard years later.
Living room on the set of Home Again.
Outdoor dining area on the set of Home Again.
Home Again is a great “Mommy and me” date movie. It’s the tamest PG-13 movie I have seen in years. It’s a refreshing film amidst a deep sea of superhero blockbusters and their sequels, remakes and the too-often fight against Netflix binge-watching. Reese Witherspoon is bubbly as always and the film flows smoothly. If you need a simple feel-good film, then this is for you.
How many actors have a shot at being a part of something that became a part of pop culture? It’s been very rewarding. I’m not getting the 20 million bucks for the new movies, but at least I’m getting warmth and recognition from people wherever I go.
I admit it: I am a Disney movie nerd. So it’s no surprise that I saw Beauty and the Beast yesterday. You know, that live action film with Emma Watson that came out about a month ago.
I must say I am happy they didn’t follow the 1991 version exactly. For example, the library scene. In the live action it was presented to Belle by the beast as a half joke/half serious offer, which made it all the more adorable. In the cartoon version, it was presented after the snowball fight scene as a “I’ve been preparing this for you so here you go!”. Keeping the songs from the original movie like “Be My Guest” is a nice nostalgic touch.
Another plus: The live action closed loops that the cartoon left out. Was the Beast always a douchebag? I am not saying. Where did Belle’s mother go? Spoiler: she was not a French Revolutionary fighting for her country, unfortunately. What was the time period? Considering Gaston was “in the war” and the Eiffel Tower was not built yet and the mention of Champs Elysées being “too touristy” placed the time period post-1815. These little details provided more depth for each character, making much more sense on how they fall in love or dislike each other.
The one minor issue I hold with the live action is the passage of time. Is it me or did all this happen in three days? I’m pretty sure the 90s version expanded the timeframe. I know it’s supposed to be classic love story but come on. It’s rare to acquire a “fear then witty banter then pure romance” relationship in three days.
I love the chemistry the actors have with each other. Le Fou, played by Josh Gad of Frozen (Olaf!) was hilarious (and closet gay? Spoiler!). I would see it again and recommend the film. And if you a nostalgic cinema person, watch the movie at a classic theater without the dine and fancy seats. I saw it at Gateway Regal 16, which is an old school cinema with a classic concession stand that sells overpriced popcorn and candy, surprisingly good arcade games according to my friend John who ventured with me to see this film, and good ol non-reclining non-leather seats. It adds a whole ‘nother level of magic.
Found this article from Vogue on Julia Roberts. She has recently been named People’s 2017 Most Beautiful Woman for the fifth time. Vogue lists five things you may not have known about Roberts, including her soft spot for one of the best rom-coms of the 1990s, My Best Friend’s Wedding.