Monday, December 15, 2008

Another Week in Netflix

Last week's Netflix:

Northanger Abbey (2007) Description from Netflix: A chance invite to the country home of a family friend results in the blossoming romance between hyperimaginative, romance fanatic Catherine Morland (Felicity Jones) and Henry Tilney (JJ Feild), the young master of the estate. Directed by Jon Jones, this charming, made-for-TV adaptation of Jane Austen's posthumously published gothic parody also stars Carey Mulligan, William Beck and Desmond Barrit.

As some of you may know, I have a weakness for Jane Austen stories. This is one I was not familiar with and I thoroughly enjoyed. I look forward to reading the book. It also helps the main character shares my name.

The Fortune Cookie (1966) Description from Netflix: Shyster William Gingrich (Walter Matthau) foresees a financial bonanza after Cleveland Browns star "Boom Boom" Jackson accidentally levels cameraman Harry Hinkle (Jack Lemmon) -- Gingrich's brother-in-law. Barely hurt, Hinkle is loath to help Gingrich scam the insurance company till realizing the moola might lure back his ex. A budding rapport with the guilt-ridden Jackson, however, begins gnawing at Hinkle's conscience.

This is yet another movie that proves Billie Wilder is a genius and Matthau and Lemmon have the best screen chemistry ever. A great little movie which I would recommend along with everything else Billie Wilder does.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) Description from Netflix: After losing yet another nanny position because of her gruff demeanor, Guinevere Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) mistakenly lands an assignment as the assistant of an American starlet (Amy Adams) and finds herself swept up in a dizzying world of glamour and high society. Based on the novel by Winifred Watson, this charming 1940s-era tale also stars CiarĂ¡n Hinds, Lee Pace, Shirley Henderson and Mark Strong.

A very cute movie that makes you love Amy Adams and Frances McDormand all the more. It has a very Doris Day feel to it and is a nice pick me up no brainer period comedy. I recommend adding to your list.

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