Friday, September 05, 2008

Friday Movie Recommendations

Earlier in the week we rented Miss Potter (Rated PG). When it came from netflix in the mail, I kind of regretted renting it because it had "animation" throughout the movie and I pictured something very childish.

From Netflix...

Blending lush animation sequences with live-action drama, director Chris Noonan constructs this biopic about the personal life of beloved children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. Featuring the Academy Award-winning Renee Zellweger as the title character and co-starring Emily Watson and Ewan McGregor, the film traces Potter's private life as well as her contributions to literature such as the timeless "Tale of Peter Rabbit."

I Say: I loved it. I shouldn't have worried about the animated sequences, they fit into the movie very nicely. It was sweet and funny, and made me cry a little.

My Mister's Says: "I liked it, it was okay!"

The second movie I'm reviewing today is one of my new favorites. It is a BBC period drama based on a book by Elizabeth Gaskell. North and South(Not Rated) (the link is an amazon link, so scroll down to read the reviews).

From Netflix (although we loved this move so much that we bought it):

When her father uproots his family from their serene rural burg for an industrial mill town, parson's daughter Margaret Hale (Daniela Denby-Ashe) struggles to adapt to her harsh new surroundings in this BBC series based on Elizabeth Gaskell's novel. As her mother's health fails, Margaret throws herself into the fight for workers' rights and clashes with mill owner John Thornton (Richard Armitage). Sinead Cusack and Tim Pigott-Smith co-star.

I Say: Everything about this movie is well done, I've searched for the soundtrack, but it hasn't been released. The cinematography is beautiful. The only downside to this movie is that it is four hours long, and you can't watch it all in one sitting (unless you have a lot more free time than I do).

My Mister Says: "I like North and South a lot".


adam said...

We actually have had Miss Potter sitting on our shelf (borrowed) for a few months now. We were kind of filled to the brim after Finding Neverland, or whatever it was called.

Looking forward to more recommendations! :)

Allie said...

I can see how there might be minor similarities between Finding Neverland and Miss Potter.

Anonymous said...

Wow, North and South is not one that many people seem to know about. It's a great movie - I thought your review was spot-on (for both).

Allie said...

I discovered North and South earlier this year when my friend N had rented it and let me borrow it. I can't say enough good things about it- and I lend our DVD to all my friends. We just finished watching the first half so I lent that disc out, and will lend the other one to the same friend as soon as we finish the second half.

(I love to lend it out, but I always worry a little bit that I'll want to watch it and it won't be here....) :)

Criscell said...

Cool! I have also seen "Miss Potter" and loved it as well. I have a friend here in AZ that wants to have girl's nights to watch "North and South" and I had never heard of it. Now I know that it's good too.