I was hoping they would update us at the end
I watched Les Miserables last night and loved it.
I've seen it a couple of times in the theater and it's always been a favorite of mine. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway as Valjean and Fantine were outstanding, and Daniel Huttlestone, who played the little boy, Gavroche was superb. He really touched my heart.
There were a few bad casting choices in my opinion. One was Russell Crowe, who acted the part well and who can sing, which he's been doing for year. But the role of Javert calls for an operatic basso profundo. That's the way it's been cast in every production I've seen and it adds so much to the character to hear that booming bass voice. My other disappointment was Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as the innkeepers. I'm not saying they did a bad job, but those characters are meant to be very heavy and blustery people, not thin and in good shape.
Nevertheless, I love the story and this film. It's not often we get an opera in English.
I actually bought Les Miserables , we love it that much. We also see it again( live theater) in July
I watched The Impossible last night. It was very well done -- a little graphic and gruesome for my comfort zone, but understandably so. All of the young children were excellent in their roles, and it was a treat to see Geraldine Chaplin as the old woman. I know she still works regularly, but I think mostly in Europe now. Anyone remember her as Tonya in Dr. Zhivago?
One of my top 10 movies of all time is Sliding Doors. Two parallel stories of the same woman (Gwynth Paltrow). In one she catches the train and in the other misses it. I would advise you not to read any synopsis as it will give away too much.
Descadants is excellent. Another in my top 10.
We just got back from a 7 day Princess Cruise of the California Coast and there was one of those classic British comedic films that I love so much on the ship's TV . It was Undertaking Betty (also called Plots with a View). It was really great and I watched it a couple of tmes. Happily it is available for streaming on Netflix. It stars Alfred Molina, Chris Walkin and wonderful Brittish actress, Brenda Blethlin. After watching, you can see why Princess would run this film.
I'll also agree with the rave reviews upthread for The Impossible and Moonrse Kingdom.
Shoepie, I totally agree with you about Sliding Doors. It's a GREAT movie! I just recently watched it again on a rainy weekend. It's one of those movies I love every time I see it, then forget about it, and when it pops into my mind, I'm entertained all over again. I mentioned it on the "films you've watched" thread, but since we rented it, I'll also mention here that over the weekend my husband and I watched The Intouchables, and it was absolutely fantastic. It's a French film, with subtitles, which caused us both to put off watching it for a while. I'm so glad we got over that! It's the story of a man who lives in the slums of Paris, who ends up getting a job as a caregiver for a quadrapalegic millionaire. Each of them has an impact on the other's life as the story unfolds. The two main actors were very charismatic and I was so taken by them that i didn't mind having to read everything they said. I'm shocked that this movie didn't get a little more buzz. But it's available in the DVDs for Netflix, and also on iTunes for rent. I highly recommend it!
ACookerTV, thanks for heads up on Understanding Betty. I didn't know of this film. It has a great cast and I've added it to my streaming queue.
Please count me among those who enjoyed Sliding Doors.