Sunday, January 06, 2013

"Hope Springs!"



Last night I saw a GOOD MOVIE.  I watch all my movies by Netflix rental.  Most of the movies I rent are not to my taste.  Too much violence and sex.  Not that I'm a prude.  My God, if I could tell you a smidgen about my past sexual history and my fantasies.  Let's just say that the initials S & M are involved. But real life violence, especially the bloody, gory slop that is in so many movies today (think Quentin Tarantino and "Django" or "Kill Bill" or "Pulp Fiction"); just is not entertainment to me.

And I am especially repealed by a movie with opening scenes of a woman's floppy breasts maneuvering over a man's hairy chest.  That's entertainment?  Maybe to a straight person.  Hey, I don't even get turned on by seeing two guys do it, crawling all over each other sucking face with all those slurping sounds.  DOESN'T DO IT!

Here's what does do it for me.  A movie with two (or three) fine actors.  The movie I saw last night was "Hope Springs" with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones.  Steve Carrell (one of my favorite hotties plus a good comedian) was also in it.  So I'm thinking "What movie can be bad with Meryl and Tommy Lee in it?"  Not this one.  

Reading the storyline, it sounds boring.  A couple who have been married thirty one years and the wife seeks to renew their marriage.  Sounds like a snooze fest doesn't it?  Well, with just about any other actors it would be but not with Meryl and Tommy Lee.  Meryl Streep can achieve more acting with an arched eyebrow than just about any other actress, save Annette Bening.  And Tommy Lee?  He can do no wrong.  Oh I know, he always seems to be playing the same grumpy character just like Jack Nicholson.  Of course Jack is in a league all his own.

Well let me tell you folks, I was mesmerized by this movie last night.  There was laughter, sadness, and just happiness.  What I especially like is the on location filming and the filming in a real house which is somewhat stifling and small. 

If I have any complaint at all it was that Steve Carrell played it perfectly straight.  Oh he's good but I love his wry humor which wasn't on display in this movie.  But that was his role and he played it perfectly.

So get your honey, a bag of popcorn and rent this movie.  You can't go wrong.  


20 comments:

  1. There are a lot of good movies out there, but I seem to only hit a handful a year. I've been to maybe one or two first run movies in the past 3 or 4 years (Lincoln was the last one, because I have 3 friends in it, one with a speaking line and therefore credit, but I can't tell you any others). I tend to wait until I can download them somewhere or buy the DVD. I don't like the gory, horror genre, westerns are too predictable, love stories - ugh, I like comedies (sometimes juvenile ones like American Pie), mystery thrillers, and of course, Harry Potter! I do hate spending $8-10-12 to see a movie. Thus the lack of first runs.

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    1. Jay,

      I love watching movies in my bedroom. With my 60" flat screen TV and surround sound, I'm in my own movie theater without the talking of others to annoy me and especially not paying $10 or $12 to see a movie. And down here in Delaware the parking is atrocious. Sure to get your car door dinged if you go to the Midway theater. No, I like watching movies at home on a DVD.

      Ron

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    2. Yeah, I really want a big TV. Got the Bluray. Right now I watch everything on a 21" TV nestled against my 24" computer monitor. My 25" RCA Colortrak 2000 TV (CRT) has been on once in the last year...I think I blogged that story. I can't watch TV in bed, but I'd love to have a 60-incher in the living room with a decent sound system (mine is state-of-the-art 1990 at the moment). And as for parking, I park "out there", I'm a "pull through" kinda guy, and refuse to drive around trying to get one spot closer! HAHAHAHA
      Jay

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    3. Jay,

      Get as big a flat screen TV as you can afford. You'll be surprised at how fast you get used to it. You already have the BlueRay (which I don't) so you're ahead of me there. About the parking.....I don't even want to drive to the movie theater let alone park. Just too much trouble for this old codger. Much more convenient for me to go around the corner from my kitchen into my bedroom. I don't watch the movie from my bed though, I have an easy chair in my bedroom. If I watched a movie in my bed I would surely fall asleep.

      Ron

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  2. i am with you ron in that i now prefer to watch movies on netflix on my home entertainment system. SO much more comfortable, especially since it seems that there is always SOMEONE in the movie theater who cannot keep off their damn phone! i plan to see this one at some point. glad you are feeling better!

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    1. Tony,

      I am totally spoiled watching movies from the comfort of my easy chair in my bedroom. I pull the curtains, turn the lights off and slip in the DVD. The surround sound ramps up and the images appear on my 60" flat screen. If I want to go to the bathroom I put the movie on pause, something of course I could not do in a movie theater. Perhaps the biggest plus about watching movies at home is that I don't have to by annoyed by some other people in the theater who talk or are eating.

      Yes, I am feeling much better. Today I feel almost human.

      Ron

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  3. I'm glad you enjoyed the movie. My first reaction would be to shout
    "Chick Flick!", but that would be my poorly concealed juvenile self coming out. Wife and I both loved "Sense and Sensibility" and other period dramas. I'll bet you'd enjoy the Masterpiece Theater production of Jane Austin's "Persuasion", done in 1995.

    It's funny you mention Quentin Tarantino's movies. I've seen both "Pulp Fiction" and the "Kill Bill" movies. They were both very well put together, but the violence was way over-the-top. My wife has always been pretty sensitive about what she'll watch. She says that she can't get some of that imagery out of her head once she's seen it. I've always wondered what's more disturbing, the content of certain movies, or the fact that they don't disturb me as much as I think they should.

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    1. Sean,

      Oh no, "Hope Springs" is more than a chick flick. Yes, I did like Jane Austin's "Persuasion" and all the other Jane Austin productions on BBC. I've rented just about all of them.

      I held off seeing Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" for a long time because of what I heard about the excessive violence. But eventually I did see it and I liked it in spite of the blood and gore. Tarantino does have talent and makes good movies but I really don't need to see the "butcher shop" variety of violence. I'm like you wife in that some of the bloodier images I can't get out of my mind after I see them. The only time I've ever fainted in my life is when I saw real blood. I could never be a doctor.

      Ron

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  4. jay, color ME impressed! I just saw "lincoln" last weekend; GREAT movie!

    spouse and I go to the first show - cost is $5 each. we avoid the multiplex and head for the smaller venues, where the clientele is all older adults and the movies shown are not kid-oriented (e.g., "wreck-it ralph" or "texas chainsaw 3d"). the adults are quiet, respectful, and unobtrusive.

    I too do NOT like gore or action type pix. violence is not something I want to see, as it happens IRL all too often.

    steve carrell - WOOF! wanna run my fingers thru THAT forest! heh heh heh

    ron - you ARE a sly fox! ;-)

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    1. Anne Marie,

      So you like Steve Carrell too? Oh my, we DO have the same taste in men. :)

      Ron

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  5. Yes, 'Hope Springs' is a good film. I was impressed by the poignant, eloquent silences between the married couple (something I also particularly admired in the film 'Brokeback Mountain') where no words need be said because no vocabulary is necessary or adequate - and that was something both Streep and T.L.J. managed to perfection.

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    1. Ray,

      You said it so well "I was impressed by the poignant, eloquent silences between the married couple". I also noticed those same kinds of scenes in "Brokeback Mountain." Acting doesn't have to be all about chewing up the scenery with shouting, car racing, violence and sex. I'll take a movie like "Hope Springs" anytime over those other movies which I think really are for 13 year old adolescents.

      Ron

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    2. Ron, we've got to accept that you and I are well outside the age range of the target audience so it's doubly refreshing seeing a film like this which assumes a reasonable level of maturity for its appreciators. I just feel thankful for small mercies in that, even if they don't come round that often, the occasional gold nugget still gets through.

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    3. Well said Ray.

      Ron

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  6. I've had a run of watching poor movies... Hope Springs sounds like one that would break the spell. Meryl Streep is, after all, a great actress. Happy New Year to you, Ron.

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    1. Valerie,

      I guarantee you will like "Hope Springs." Just a well done movie with superb acting.

      Ron

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  7. Even in awful movies [think She Devil] Meryl is always worth watching.

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    1. Bob,

      I didn't see "She Devil" but I've never seen Meryl perform badly. She is a delight, always.

      Ron

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  8. I heard it is a good movie. I might watch it one day, just because I love Meryl's acting.
    I agree, it is so much better to watch a good movie in your home instead of a germ filled movie theater.

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    1. Nadege,

      I know you will like this movie. I just know it. :)

      Ron

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