Ever since I was a little girl I loved reading books, children’s books, fantasy ones and then when I started growing up detective and mystery novels! My favorite detective stories were by Agatha Christie, my mum’s favorite writer. I think my mum is the one responsible for my loving of books, she is always with a book in her hands! She even has a ‘system’ of her own on finding out if she likes a book, she reads the first pages, then some in the middle and then the end and she can tell you if it is worth reading! One day my cousin Christina saw my mum reading a book, she had just started reading it, and after some hours of being away she saw her having reached the end and she thought “Oh, she reads so fast!”, but then she found out about her ‘system’ and was surprised! I was also surprised, I mean, you can’t read a book like that! I am making fun of her every time she does that!
I remember watching this movie when it was first released in 2006, omg 12 years ago, time flies! I remember that I totally enjoyed it and that I was mind-captured in this magical world. Since then, I think I’ve watched it again once or twice, so wasn’t sure if I wanted to re-watch it but it got the majority of votes in our movie doodle, so I said “Yeah ok, why not?“. I think it was also a good timing, since I hadn’t watched yet the new film by Guillermo del Toro ‘The shape of water‘ (which I watched the previous week and I absolutely loved it!), and this could work as a refresher into his unique style of blending reality with fantasy.
In our first movie night for 2018 we watched the movie ‘A Separation‘ by the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (my suggestion). This movie was in my watchlist for such a long time however, I couldn’t find the right time or wasn’t in the right mood to watch it. It is about a married couple that are faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease. IMDB’s description though, is a little bit misleading and doesn’t prepare you for what you are about to watch. If you haven’t watched the trailer I would suggest not to, for me this mystery of not knowing a lot about the movie plots works well, I always watch trailers until the middle. I hate even this kind of spoilers!
It has been a while since my last post, I know! But I have an excuse, it was the Christmas break and I had visitors from Greece. And also, nothing worth mentioning happened during this period. Apart from our last movie night for 2017! We watched ‘Double Indemnity‘ (Jackie’s suggestion), a classic film-noir. If you google ‘film-noir’, this movie will appear in the top results. In one of their articles, BFI mentions ‘What is film noir? Watch Double Indemnity and you’ll know straight away.‘ Woody Allen declared it ‘the greatest movie ever made’. So, is it really so good?
This week we watched ‘Frances Ha’, by Noah Baumbach (my suggestion). I was really happy that this movie was chosen ’cause I wanted to watch it for a long time. The movie options were many, eight to be exact, making it more difficult for this movie to be chosen. More specifically, the movie options were:
- Double Indemnity
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Come and see
- Office space
- Frances Ha
- The King’s Speech
- The Elephant Man