Monday, September 08, 2014

Movie Monday 9/8

My husband was still out of town this week, helping his Dad pack up and move here to Delaware, so I had another weekend of girl movies! Though, I really missed watching our usual weekly TV shows with my husband. They just got back today.

Friday night, I was feeling crummy, so I treated myself to a feel-good classic, Footloose. Can you believe I had never seen it before? I know, crazy. I thoroughly enjoyed this 1984 dancing classic - it reminded me of Flashdance with a male main character. In case you, like me, somehow missed this popular movie, it's about a teen boy from Chicago who moves to a small town where dancing is outlawed. It stars an unbelievably young Kevin Bacon - half the fun was seeing him as a youngster! Sarah Jessica Parker is also in it, also as a teen - she was only just-turned18 when she acted in this role - with supporting roles by John Lithgow and Dianne Wiest. I loved it, and it was just the pick-me-up I needed, with a great 80's soundtrack, lots of music and great dancing, and a somewhat predictable but still great resolution. After it ended, I wanted to re-watch Flashdance, Dirty Dancing, and other musical 80's classics!

On Saturday night, I watched One Day, a romantic comedy I borrowed from the library. It was based on a unique concept: checking in with two friends on the same day every year for 20 years. Anne Hathaway stars as Emma, a British college graduate who meets Dexter, played by Jim Sturgess, on their graduation day on July 15, 1988. The movie then checks in with the two of them every July 15th. They have a near-miss romantic encounter early on and then decide to be friends. Their lives take vastly different paths, but they always stay in touch and care for each other. I enjoyed the movie, although the format made it a feel a bit choppy at times, especially when major life events occurred that hadn't been shown. Overall, it is unique and different from most romantic comedies. I thought the ending would be predictable, but it wasn't at all - there were plenty of surprises in store.

Have you seen any good movies lately?

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