Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Golden Era - Movies.

Is there an era you're particularly fond of? Do you have movies or TV from the era that are a must see? I not only like books from this era, but movies and telly too. I thought for my final DIK day I'd share a few of my favorites... :)

Joan Hickson was the best, in my humble opinion, Miss Marple ever! I have all her Agatha Christie work on DVD and she is a favorite holiday watch!

A Very Long Engagement (Un long dimanche de fian├žailles) is simply beautiful. It is VERY long, but the color and beautiful Audrey Tautou are so worth it! Set in the trenches during the Battle of the Somme, this film has everything and a love story that made me a bit sniffly.

My friend and I bawled so much during the The English Patient we both had soggy cleavage. I detest sad movies as a rule, but this one is a must see.

Indiana Jones remains as one of my favorite movie series of all time. Swashbuckling, suave and romantic he is truly one of my favorite heroes.

Chinatown is an oldie, but a goodie! Jack at his best in this story of adultery, murder and more twists than you can shake a stick at!

Heat of the Sun was a random British series I watched in the late 90's. Set in Africa Trevor Eve is a detective far from home who gets mixed up with the fair Emma Fitzgerald played by Susannah Harker. Great drama and an incredible location.

Gosford Park is also amazing and not just because Clive Owen is in it. The cast is stellar and I have such a jones for Helen Mirren!!

Easy Virtue is great, light and fluffy viewing. And, although I did shudder at times at Jessica Biel's lack of talent, Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas make it all better though. As for Ben Barnes... omnomnom.

Band of Brothers is one of the only war movies, well series, that I've watched more than once. It is absolutely brilliant and poignantly good watching. It has stayed with me and I remember when I saw actual footage of Major Winters I got just a little misty. Compulsive viewing.

Thanks for having me on the DIK Blog, it's been a blast!


Carrie Lofty said...

You're hitting me where I live today! The English Patient (oh, the book!), A Very Long Engagement (oh, the book!!!), and the soul of me right now, "Band of Brothers". (I did an analysis of male forms of address using BoB as my example.)

Quality, quality stuff. Thanks for posting this!

Tracy said...

I sobbed during The English Patient as well. I loved it but don't think I could ever watch it again.

Of course I love Indiana Jones as well.

I remember loving Chocolat - even though it was set in the 60's it had that 40's feel to me.

lbgregg said...

Band of Brothers--one of the few things G and I watch together and agree on.

Kris said...

I am so with you about Joan Hickson. All other Miss M's pale in comparison.

Well, you already know that I love Indiana Jones and I ADORE AC's Hercule Poirot with David Suchet as the Belgium detective.

Have you seen an English comedy done in the 1990s called Cold Comfort Farm?? That was very funny.

Sarah said...

Hey Carrie, glad you enjoyed it!! Your post was cool and it is always nice to see photos of the boys. Makes me a bit misty!

Tracy, Chocolate is just gorgeous. I always wanted to try chocolate and chili after I saw that one! It was such a warm movie and Johnny Depp is a delight as always!

Hey LB, BoB is one the spawn and I watch together. He can quote it! His fav bit is the Battle of the Bulge.

Kris, I have watched a few Hercule Poirot. But not a whole series. Will keep that name in mind. I do have one with Peter Ustinov in it Death on the Nile . FAB!!!! I vaguely remember watching Cold Comfort Farm and the bloke remembers it too. Might be time for a re watch!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!

Carolyn Crane said...

OMG, how did I see Gossford Park and not realize the amazingness of Clive Owen in it? It was before I sort of "knew him" but clearly I have to see it again!!

Sean Kennedy said...

Cold Comfort Farm is a gem. "I saw something nasty in the woodshed!"

Sarah said...

Hey CJ. I also saw Clive in another drama called The Echo, which is based on a Minette Walters book. He was so young! Good watching if you can get the box set.

Hey Sean, might see if I can hunt out Cold Comfort Farm for the long weekend I think!!

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