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Classic Movies, Serious Illnesses and Almost Funny Pictures

It’s a strange feeling when you realise you don’t have to apologise.  I’ve struggled and pushed myself to write on this blog everyday for over eight months.  There have been bumps, college work has gotten in the way, but it has been a really great experience and I’m hoping to continue on with it.  However, the last two days have no posts.  I know that I will most likely fix this with a trick I’ve picked up, but for now there is a two day gap.  I was sick and actually completely forgot about the outside world, but I’m not apologising.

Recently the blog has been a bit of a mess and I am putting that write, but with two deadlines left to meet and the decision about which college to go to next year, it is hard to get back on track.  Anyway enough of that, let’s get to today’s post.  Last night I saw a movie that I’d never seen before so I thought I’d talk about it today, also it fits into my neglected ‘classics’ tab.  Yeah I remember promising to watch Jaws, but really who has the time these days?

The movie I watched was Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  I’d wanted to see it for a while actually.  I had to read the book last year and I really wanted to see the differences between the mediums.  Though I wasn’t a huge fan of the novel, I’m still going to have to say it was much better.  For anyone who hasn’t read the book, or seen the movie, I’m going to explain the plot.  Writer falls in love with a crazy woman.  The plot has also been used in films like Misery.  Okay maybe it’s not the exact same thing, but Misery was also a book before it became a movie.

Naturally the book goes into more detail, but it was actually details added by the film that I found annoying.  Why make the narrator, who they’ve also named, a prostitute?  Maybe it’s just me, but it seems a little unnecessary, plus they named him Paul.  The writer in Misery is also called Paul, just saying.  I also noticed how racist the portrayal of Mr Yunioshi was, but it’s safe to say that this mistake has been pointed out many times before.  I really did think he was played by an Asian actor though, it was a very racist portrayal, but I thought it was done by an Asian man.  It was not, it was an American actor and it’s one of the biggest falls of the film.

The ending and other plot points were changed to make the film more Hollywood appropriate.  I was really disappointed by the new ending actually.  I liked the whole ‘in a bar years later wondering’ aspect of the book and I would have liked to see that in the movie.  This is the first film I’ve ever seen with actress Audrey Hepburn and I’m just going to point out that Truman Capote, the author of the book, wanted them to cast Marilyn Monroe, but she turned it down.  Monroe was probably a lot closer to Golightly in personality, but I think there is something to be said about playing a part that is so different from who you are and playing it well.  So for that reason I’m glad Hepburn got the role.

I think the book is much better and found the movie a bit boring.  Then again I am a horror movie guy at heart.  What did you think?  Did you prefer the book or the film?  Are you glad Hepburn played the lead?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.

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Iconic Movies

Have you ever started a conversation with someone and just been lost when they talk?  You know a lot about the topic, it’s just that you’re knowledge is on different aspects of that topic.  This has happened to me in the past.  Probably on everything I know a lot about, at one stage or another.

The one that really annoys me is when it happens with movies.  I love movies.  I’d watch movies all day long if I could; I’ve proven this many times.  Yet sometimes, when I bring up movies to someone they just say ‘have you seen’ and list some movie that I’ve heard of but haven’t gotten around to seeing.  It’s really embarrassing, especially when you’ve just said ‘I love movies’.

I’m a huge horror fan, but I like movies of all genres.  Though I am a horror fanatic, there are some holes in my collection.  For example I’ve never seen Psycho or Jaws.  I just don’t get how a shark can be scary when you live on an island that’s oceans contain no sharks.  Let’s face it he’s not going to swim up the drain and attack me while I’m sleeping is he.  Still the film is iconic and I hate judging movies before I’ve watched them.

So now I intend to fill in the holes in my movie trivia by watching the movies I’ve been meaning to see.  They won’t all be horrors, but they will all be reviewed on this blog.  I’ll also be comparing these classics to modern movies.  I’m going to watch one a week and post the review/comparison on Saturdays.  I’m going to start with Jaws.  If you’ve never seen it then give it a chance and we can see if it deserves to be called a classic together.

Between now and Saturday posts will still be going up on a daily basis so check back for reviews and previews on all the latest movies, games, TV shows and books.

What do you think?  What classic should I do next?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and click the picture it moves, but wordpress is being annoying (which is happening a lot lately) and for some reason it won’t move unless you click it.