Tuesday, January 27, 2009

This Week In Netflix

"Emma" (1996) Description from Netflix: In this adaptation of Jane Austen's timeless novel, Kate Beckinsale stars as Emma Woodhouse, the charming and oh-so-clever young lady who fancies herself a matchmaker. As she attempts to find a husband for a shy friend (Samantha Morton), however, it becomes clear that Emma's matchmaking abilities are not quite up to par. Little does Emma realize that her interest in the affairs of others could cause her to miss out on the love of her life.

I was catching up on all the Jane Austen adaptations before watching the movie below. I thought this was an okay adaption. I thought Kate Beckinsale did a good job. Emma is toward the bottom of my favorites of Jane Austen's works. I still think that "Clueless" was the best adaption done to date.

"Jane Austen Book Club" (2007) Description from Netflix: Six book club members find their lives resemble a modern-day version of Jane Austen's novels in this drama. Sylvia's (Amy Brenneman) husband of 20-plus years has walked out; Jocelyn (Maria Bello) breeds dogs to escape loneliness; Prudie (Emily Blunt) dreams of other men; Bernadette (Kathy Baker) hopes to find Mr. Right; Allegra (Maggie Grace) has issues with her girlfriend; and Grigg (Hugh Dancy), the only man, wonders why he's even in the club.

I was a bit disappointed in this. I think I need to read the book it is based on because it fell pretty shallow and glossed over. The only character I really identified with was the guy, Grigg, and he happened to be in charge of my favorite Austen book, North Hanger Abby. I can't say I recommend it. I may watch it again after I read the book, but probably not.

"You Kill Me" (2007) Description from Netflix: Alcoholic hit man Frank Falenczyk (Ben Kingsley) botches an assignment, leaving the mob family he works for to clean up the mess. Relocating to San Francisco, Frank dries out, gets a job at a mortuary and falls in love with Laurel (Téa Leoni). But when the family is threatened, he returns to take care of business, with Laurel in tow. Philip Baker Hall and Dennis Farina co-star in director John Dahl's quirky crime comedy.

A very indy-like off beat movie. May be one of the few Tea Leoni performances that I've ever liked. I thought it was just okay, but overall I felt it could make up it's mind if it was a comedy or not. Took me a while to get into, but it wasn't a bad movie. Can't say I recommend it, though.

With the holiday on Monday, I didn't get to see too many movies this week.

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