If you're looking for a good movie to watch this weekend, here are a few of my top picks:
The Company of Wolves
"A wolf may be more than he seems...."
So Granny (Angela Lansbury) tells young Rosaleen in this erotic retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. This movie is part allegory, part seek-and-find, part fairy tale, part horror movie. It's got some of the best werewolf transformation scenes ever. It's dark, fantastic and beautiful. One of my favorites.
"I will think of you as dead until my husband makes you so. Then I will think on you no more."
If there was an Academy Award for Best Portrayal of an Angry Woman, Jessica Lange would get it for her portrayal of Mary MacGregor. But you'd be pissed off too if some guy in a wig raped you in your own kitchen.
Liam Neeson stares as her husband, the Scottish outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor, whose dealings with Marquis of Montrose (John Hurt) go from bad to worse after the money he borrows is stolen. Montrose sends The Worst Villian ever, Archie Cunningham (Tim Roth) out to arrest MacGregor, setting off a chain of events that lead to the Best Revenge Scene Ever .
It's also worth noting that, in one scene, Liam Neeson walks out of a loch where he's bathing stark naked. I ruined my old videotape rewinding it to and replaying that scene. Thank God for DVD's.
"If a boy has been chosen, a boy will be king!"
I've watched this movie so often that I can recite the charm of making by heart. This is the best King Arthur movie ever made. Well casted - Nicol Williamson was born to play Merlin just as Nicholas Clay was born to play Lancelot.
And this movie isn't just good. It's beautiful. I still get chills when I see the Lady of the Lake pull the sword back into the water.
"Does this look sexual to you?"
If you're a bit of a freak, then yes. Excellent, odd little movie about two people (James Spader, Maggie Gyllenhall) who learn that sometimes love means not working the kinks out of your relationship.
"Sometimes I'm afraid that you'll tell me that this is not a work of fiction."
I don't even know how to describe this movie. You might just want to buy this DVD instead of renting it, because you'll find yourself watching it at least three times to pick up clues you missed the first time around.
Basically, it's about a sleep-walking teen named Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhall) who leaves his house during his somnabulistic outings and encounters "Frank," a scary-looking 6-foot rabbit who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, 12 seconds. From there it just gets weird.
It's got a great, eclectic cast that also includes Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Mary McDonnall and Noah Wyle.
God, destiny, time travel..if you've ever pondered these things you'll love this movie.
Sense and Sensibility, Robin Hood, Die Hard or any of the Harry Potter movies
No, these aren't great movies. But they do all star Alan Rickman, who's a wonderful actor, a really funny guy and has a voice that just captivates me. I often fantasize about him reading to me. He doesn't do anything else in these fantasies. He just reads to me.
Return of Bird of the Week: Cape Petrel - There are whole families of smaller birds, ranging from crow-sized to sparrow-sized, that spend their whole lives on the ocean, coming ashore only to breed...
2 days ago