First Impressions of…Spellbound

I’ve been anticipating Spellbound (1945) for quite a while now pretty much for Gregory Peck but also because I’ve been wanting to see who Ingrid Bergman is (soooorrrrryyy if you are in shock that I’d never seen her. And yes, that means I’ve haven’t seen Casablanca either but that will change soon). You’ll most likely be shocked to know that I’ve never seen an Alfred Hitchcock movie either. Shaking your head in disbelief?

I’ve rectified all that as of yesterday evening.

For those of you who don’t know the story, here you go: Dr Constance Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) is a psychiatrist who falls in love with the new Doctor “Dr Edwards” (Gregory Peck). However, she soon learns that things are not what they seem and that the new doctor is actually an amnesiac imposter who has periodic “attacks” triggered by certain visual cues. Determined to get to the bottom of this and convinced that he is not a murderer or dangerous, she risks her career and safety until the truth comes out.

So, what are my first impressions? Well, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Not sure what I was expecting but, as is usually the case, not this. I think I may have expected this high-tension thriller with (subconsciously) some birds thrown in together with some screaming shower scene. Instead, I got a suspense movie that had just enough tension and a great story (including some romance). Despite anticipating the ending, or at least, the outcome, it wasn’t all that obvious and I was kept wondering the whole way through as to how it would unravel.

I’m biased when it comes to Gregory Peck whom I always enjoy watching, but I really like/d Ingrid Bergman. Can’t believe I’d never watched her before. I’m going to give more of her roles a go and definitely more Alfred Hitchcock too.

Nominated for 6 Oscars, the only win went to Miklós Rózsa for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. This is definitely deserving because the music was actually one thing that stood out for me while watching. Yes, it built up tension (as it usually does), but it was also a comfort mechanism for me because it noticeably preempted the upcoming scenes. This meant I could relax a bit, knowing this wasn’t the end of Constance.

A great movie. Definitely one I’ll watch again.

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Tissues and Tears with a Walk to Remember

What list of tearjerker movies would be complete without a Nicholas Sparks adaptation? OK, OK…give me a chance here…I know not everyone likes the multitude of books-turned-movies….however, I must admit there are some that aren’t bad. But, there is only one that I really find good, very good…and one that has me watching through tears every single time. A Walk to Remember (2002).

The story seems very cliché…bad boy falls in love with good girl…but so what? It’s the emotional experience that counts. The fact that you end up caring so much for these two characters that  you cry! And, for the readers amongst you, the book achieves the same…I remember reading from beginning to end one night and going to bed in the early hours of the morning with bloodshot eyes from crying. I barely managed to see the last few chapters so teary-eyed was I. Three guesses as to what I looked like the next morning…

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The story is very simple yet sweet. Due to some silly teenage initiation/prank gone wrong, Landon Carter (Shane West), the school’s bad boy and cool dude is forced to join the drama club, give extra lessons and other community services rather than get expelled from the school. Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore), the school’s good girl who doesn’t care that she gets teased, is voluntarily and happily part of these extra-curricular activities. Through these circumstances, Landon is forced to set aside his pride (or arrogance) and interact with Jamie. Gradually, his preconceived ideas and perceptions of her start changing and he becomes a more likeable guy by being around a positive influence. Of course our two characters are jinxed when she says “You have to promise you won’t fall in love with me” when Landon asks her for help. His arrogant reply is “That’s not a problem”…but need I go further with this? Of course they will! And how lovely their love is. It is so tender and sweet. Genuine. Heart-breaking. Beautiful. True. I get all emotional just thinking of some of the beautiful scenes and dialogue they share. My favourite being one where he is there to “catch” her as his former cool friends play a nasty joke on her.

These two people are perfect for each other. Each one having a profound and everlasting effect on the other, present and future.

So, if you want a good cry…put your judgement of Nicholas Sparks adaptions away and give this one a go.

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What we 2 Reel Quirky Cats are up to…

Introducing the 2 Reel Quirky Cats
(by me and ad-libbed in bold by Realweegiemidget)

Well, I guess it is about time we reveal what we’re up to. It all started one dark and stormy night one normal afternoon when Realweegiemidget and I happened to be sharing comments around our guilty pleasure confessions We’d previously shared a mutual appreciation of Leonardo DiCaprio (as girls do) But then guilty pleasures are a different matter..). Tentatively at first, testing the embarrassment waters and then more confidently – it dawned on us…we all have those films we watch because…we like them no matter how low the ratings or general opinion. Confessing to liking these films is embarrassing as turning up at a Star Trek convention as Princess Leia.  And after sharing a few of our more obscure guilty pleasures, we found some new films to check out.  Or those actors and actresses we’ll watch in anything, and we mean anything (I am so guilty of that and she’s not the only 1!). We know for a fact you do too. Come on…admit it. You know you want to.

Bring ’em on. All those film previews, be they the oldies or the newbies. Doesn’t matter. We’ll give you the trailer, a wee summary of the plot and a brief review from each of us (which you can find both here and over on Realweegiemidget‘s blog via links we’ll conveniently provide). We’ll also let you add your two tweet’s worth on Twitter, here.

First under the spotlight on 20th May is RealWeegieMidget‘s choice (with Thoughts all Sorts confessing her guilty pleasure with one of it’s stars in an other guilty pleasures themed review soon. And, if you’ve any film previews you want us to review, send us a comment on our WordPress pages or a direct message.). Here you go:

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Oh? Sorry. We forgot to have someone backstage to open the curtain. Drat. You’ll have to wait a teeny tiny bit longer. Until then, we’ve listed some of our other Guilty Pleasures below…let us know which one we should pick for June or better yet, add your own.

Don’t be self conscious. Don’t feel judged. We’ll share ours so feel free to share yours. Nobody will think any lesser of you. In fact, who doesn’t like some swooning over the films we secretly love?

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My Dream Home

Favourite Film home? Really? I have none. Well, so I thought and passed over The Favourite Film and TV Homes Blogathon. Then, out of the blue it came to me…my absolute favourite home. How could I forgotten about it? I’ve often thought about it and the happy family that calls it home.

This is it:

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You’ll have lots of space and room to move:

A perfect kitchen:

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Even running water:

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Evening music floating through the air:

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The bedroom is well stocked with books which you can read under the stars when you open the skylight:

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Family bonding. Be it in the living area or the lounge:

When you want to keep those neighbours out? Just pull up the stairs:

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And there’s enough to do for entertainment:

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Everything you could possibly wish for. The home of The Swiss Family Robinson.

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Update: I promise I didn’t copy any other participants’ format. I only read all the others after I’d finished this one. Great minds I guess…

Hear ye, hear ye!

Behind the curtain there be…

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Guilty pleasures to be found.

The curtain will reveal all soon

but for now all we can say is…

…join RealWeegieMidget and me, Thoughts all Sorts, as we explore the films, actors and actresses we enjoy just…because we can.

The plan is to pick a film, give you the trailer and then a review from each of us (that’s here on WordPress). Then tune in to @2ReelQuirkyCats on Twitter and join in the fun.

First film announcement to follow soon.

Can’t wait to see you all!

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Walking north while looking south…

NutsInMay4Yep…roughly* the threat made by Captain (Walter Long) to anyone who ever mentions the word “ghost” again. Couple this with Laurel and Hardy and I’m sure you can only imagine how this will fare for them.

Captain, wanting to sail with the tide, is looking for some men to work on board his notorious ship. As to be expected, no takers at the port’s bar.

Over to our esteemed duo busy fishing during their day off from…wait for it…their fish cleaning job (don’t ask, ok?). Captain offers them a “real” job but sailing’s not for them as the ocean is “infuriated”, no, “infatuated” with sharks. They’re willing to help shanghai some men for a Dollar a piece though. Oh the tactic they use! Brilliant…until they swap places and well, hmmm, wheeeew…they wake up on the same pile of klonked-on-the-head-with-a-frying-pan men as their victims. On the ship…naturally.

Promised that nothing will happen to them while on board, they make sure they don’t leave, port after port. One of the sailors, having sneaked off to get “a little teensy weensy” drink (read “get even more drunk”), returns to the shared bunk room after having fallen into a tub of whitewash.

See where this is going?

Without spoiling the fun, let’s just say that Laurel and Hardy get into a real fine mess (yet again) with their ghost. But then, were you expecting anything else? Now I’ll let you know the Captain‘s line at * so you can let your mind wander: “If anybody ever mentions ghost to me again, I’ll take his head and I’ll twist it around, so that when he’s walking north he’ll be looking south.”.

The Live Ghost (1934) is one of my favourite Laurel and Hardy shorts. Probably because it holds special sentimental value – I fondly remember watching it, together with They Go Boom! and Men ‘O War on Super 8 film when I was young. What a fabulous experience. Although, I do really enjoy watching the pair deal with both the shanghai process and later the on-board situation. I’m grinning right now.

If you haven’t seen it, here you go:

For some more of Laurel and Hardy head on over to MovieMovieBlogBlog’s Nuts in May Blogathon.

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