I have a sudden craving for a cheesy 80s movie. Recommend me? I don't mind if I've seen it before. Just no fantasy please, because 80s fantasy gives me hives.
This week I saw two rather different movies based on the same idea: imagining a literary figure's life as if it was one of his/her works. The movies? Becoming Jane
(Jane Austen) and Moliere
(self-evident). BJ was a fun trifle which I didn't mind paying $10 for, even if it wasn't the most awesome movie ever. It had about as much in common with life of Austen as it did with JRR Tolkien but it was enjoyable. Anne Hathaway was gorgeous and James McAvoy incredibly charming as Tom Lefroy. It was a very luid movie and, even if not overly clever, did sweep me into the romance. You could feel the chemistry and the desperation.( Some Becoming Jane pics )
As to Moliere
? Oh. OH. I loved it incredibly much. It was the movie BJ was trying to be: funny and clever and oh-so-brilliantly incorporating bits not just from the plays but the spirit
of them itself. In comparison, BJ was a glorified Austen fanfic, and a florid one at that. Moliere
was about so many things: exuberance, and facades (when to keep them and to lose them) and clever people doing stupid things, and stupid people doing clever things, and just...all the performances. And love and pragmatism and loss and laughter. So, so GOOD.
I adored it to bits because I love Moliere (I first came across him as a third-grader, when I watched a filmed theatrical performance of Tartuffe on TV. Shortly after I got my hands on our family's two volume Moliere edition and devoured them. I've rearead them fairly regularly since) but Mr. Mousie hasn't read him and still loved it. ( Trailer and some pics )
And to end ona random note, here is a MV for Poor Nastya
(Bednaya Nastya), a Russian telenovela. I stumbled on it by accident and am SO curious now. Period clothes and kissing and angst. YES. Plus, hey, I won't need subs for once :)( A couple more Poor Nastya vids )
Mmmm, the lead is a hottie. I wonder where I can find this.
ETA: OMG, I just looked up the plot. The heroine is a talented young actress who could climb the pinnacle of success (professionally or be a mistress of someone important). Except? She is a serf. (Gotta love 19th century Russia). To make it all better? Her OTP is a nobleman. Heeee. There are 17 other otps. Maybe not 17, but seems so. Oh MAN. I just bought it :)