January 9-15, 2011
It was unintentionally old movie week at casa Jameil and quite a good one! Way to be there! Looking forward to more good ones this week!
11) Move Over Darling. Doris Day stars in the remake of the fabulous Cary Grant film "My Favorite Wife." Amusing and I've definitely decided I love the many incarnations of this film. I wondered who would play in a modern adaptation. Just please not Sandra Bullock. 4 stars
12) Sophie's Choice. Meryl Streep stars as a Polish immigrant who survived concentration camps and slowly unveils the grim details to her Southern neighbor who is also an unwilling witness to her tumultuous relationship. Interesting, yes. But also tiring and long. I could feel what was coming pretty early on. 3.9 stars
13) Cabaret. Liza Minelli stars as an American cabaret singer in Germany trying to make it big as Nazis are coming to power. Pretty good. It's a musical for all you musical haters. The end felt a little stretched out. 4 stars
14) The Thrill of It All. Same stars as Move Over Darling, ironically. Doris Day and James Garner are a couple who struggle when a company's president wants Doris Day as his ad girl. Not in line with modern desires a bit amusingly. Cute if a little too long. 3.7 stars
15) Yankee Doodle Dandy. James Cagney won an Oscar for his starring role in this biopic about an entertainment legend. Thrown off by an unexpected blackface sighting again. :/ It dragged toward the end. 3.4 stars
16) Splendor in the Grass. Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty star as a young couple with too much feeling in their uptight Kansas town. I really enjoyed it. 3.9 stars