10 Things I Hate About You Movie Review



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It doesn’t attain the heights of Mean Girls, but this is an unusually smart and highly entertaining teen movie, loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

My rating: (3.5 / 5)

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Mean Girls Movie Review

Mean Girls (2004) (DVD)
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Studio: Warner Bros.
Running Time: 97 minutes

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My rating: (5 / 5)

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Les Grandes Chaleurs (Heat Wave) Movie Review



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This is a French-Canadian film about a middle-aged social worker whose husband confesses on his deathbed that he’s been involved in a long-term love affair. A few days after this crushing revelation, one of her former clients, a troubled young man younger than her own children, confesses his love for her, and she begins a passionate affair with him.

My husband and I are big fans of Francois Arnaud, who plays the May in this May-December romance, thanks to his great work on The Borgias. We weren’t sure what to expect with this film, but it turned out to be funny and charming, with a very good script (or at least, very good subtitles). The ending was a little contrived and I had trouble suspending disbelief, but all in all, it was a very entertaining and enjoyable film.

My rating: (4 / 5)

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You’ve Got Mail Movie Review



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A smart and charming update of The Shop Around the Corner that benefits from the great chemistry between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. As a confirmed hick, this film is also to be commended for accomplishing the rare task of making me want to visit New York.

My rating: (4 / 5)

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Much Ado About Nothing



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Not Shakespeare’s best play, but one of my favorites due to the awesomeness of Beatrice and Benedict, one of the world’s best written bickering couples ever. Here, the pair is played brilliantly by Kenneth Branaugh and Emma Thompson, who were married to each other at the time it was made and have always had great chemistry.

The rest of the cast is also great (with one or two puzzling exceptions) and the resulting film is frothy and fun and full of beautiful, sunny Tuscan scenery to boot.

My rating:  (4 / 5)

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The English Patient



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This movie is gorgeously shot, with a great script and many outstanding performances. Though the central romance is epic and all consuming, I felt it was marred by the unlikeability of Almasy and Katherine. Still, it’s very easy to get swept up in it all.

For the heart is an organ of fire.

My rating (4 / 5)

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Shakespeare in Love Movie Review



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Stoppard and Shakespeare is a magic combination. Witty dialogue, romance, great acting, zillions of literary allusions, beautiful costumes… what’s not to love?

My rating:  (5 / 5)

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Emma (1996) Movie Review



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I know it’s fashionable to hate on Gwyneth Paltrow, but though she does seem… annoyingly oblivious to reality in many ways, I can’t join in, because she’s been in too many of my favorite movies. So clearly, if nothing else, she has great taste in roles.

Emma isn’t my favorite Austen adaptation, but it’s pretty high on the list – charming, witty, romantic, and with a host of excellent performances, of which my favorites are the delicious Jeremy Northam as Mr. Knightley and Sophie Thompson (Emma‘s sister) as the spinster Miss Bates.

My rating:  (4 / 5)

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Review:

Okay, okay, this is not so much a movie as an experience, but word is that there’s going to be a DVD release at some point (for the video elements of it, at least), so I’ll just call it a movie.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is, as you might have guessed, a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, set in modern times and told via the medium (mainly) of Lizzie’s YouTube video blog. Various other forms of social media, including Twitter and Tumbr, also got involved at various points, as did video blogs by other cast members (most notably Lydia).

They did a surprisingly good job of updating the story to the present day, and it’s all tremendous fun, with many laugh-out-loud moments and, yes, ultimately some appropriately swoon-worthy romantic moments. Highly enjoyable.

My rating:  (4 / 5)

You should also check out the official website, which is the easiest way to keep track of all the various videos, tweets, Tumblr posts, Pinterest accounts, etc. associated with the story.

 

Pride and Prejudice (1995) Movie Review



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Review:

The definitive adaptation of Pride and Prejudice!

My rating:  (5 / 5)

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