Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Midnight in Paris, Beginners, and Potiche

Have you seen any good movies lately? I love movies but honestly I do not see them at the theatre very often, unless they are foreign films. I like to stream them at home and be in my nice comfy pj's, eating my snacks, and of course having a stack of magazine readily at hand in case the movie does not live up to my expectations.

Or at the holidays, caramel corn.

On my recent trip to Paris I watched several movies on the flights there and back until my entertainment  system conked out. Here are a couple that I watched and loved.

Potiche ( The Trophy Wife)

This movie is French and does have English subtitles, it stars Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. The movies is about  Suzanne (Deneuve) a 1970's housewife, who's husband is kidnapped by the workers at the umbrella factory that his wife inherited and he runs. With the help of Babin (Depardieu) a local member of Parliament, Suzanne steps into the spotlight to bargain with the workers for better jobs, better wages, and better hours, as well as the return of her husband. The movie is light hearted, funny and frankly anything that stars Katherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu is a movie that I want to watch.

The Beginners

This movie is kooky, melancholy and upbeat and it stars the cutest little dog named Arthur who almost steals the show. Ewan McGregor stars as Oliver who meets a beautiful French actress named Anna only a few months after his father Hal played by Christopher Plumber has passed away. The movie jumps back and forth between Anna and Oliver's romance and Oliver's memories of his father who after 44 years of marriage comes out of the closet at age 75, and then a few months later is diagnosed with terminal cancer. I loved the movie and the relationship between father and son and watching it evolve and grow.

Midnight in Paris

I am sure that most people have already seen this movie but I had not. I enjoyed it a lot but not just for the characters and the storyline but for the scenery and settings. The movie stars Owen Wilson along with a huge ensemble cast but the main character to me is the city of Paris itself! I loved the party at Deyroll, the Rodin Sculpture Garden and the beautiful views.

I did watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Smurfs and a few other movies that were not worth noting but simply mindless entertainment to pass the 71/2 hour flight there and 101/2 hours on the return.

Have you seen any great movies that you suggest? I would love to hear about them.

I am always up for a great movie. Do you have an all time favorite?

I will tell you mine, I love Raise the Red Lantern and Dangerous Beauty, about the famous Venetian courtesan Veronica Franco. Both of these movies are fabulous and you can get them on Netflix.

I hope that you have a fabulous day!


  1. Good Morning Dear Friend!!!
    I just went through your Monday's post as well, and I'm so glad you're feeling more like yourself!
    The movies you mention here are all on my list! In fact, I ran to the store to get my reserved Redbox "Midnight In Paris", and realized I left my card at home...was I ever bummed.
    I'm hoping to try again this weekend ;)
    The other two films have been on my radar as well. Nothing like a comfy cozy night at home watching movies!
    Be well, dear Elizabeth..
    - Irina

  2. You know that Swedish fish got my attention and fast, my number one movie snack! Red only please:) Loved Midnight in Paris and Dangerous Beauty...will have to check the others out. I also love foreign movies, they are so much better and have so much more substance than most (but not all) of their American counterparts. Did you ever see Mid August Lunch? If not, its great and so entertaining, a real quality "feel good" film and we saw Circumstance a few days ago, which is an Iranian film and has received many awards, it was provocative and interesting. Glad you are feeling better...going back to my packing!!

  3. We just saw Sherlock Holmes and it was fabulous, Robert Downey Jr is such a good actor. Other then that I can honestly say I hadn't been to a movie in five years.....I don't sit still so we always have to sit in the back so I can stand. I'm with you our pajamas are the best way to watch a movie!


  4. Our family loves movies,
    too. It's hard for me to
    pick A favorite, but a few
    that come quickly to mind
    are The Holiday, Pride and
    Prejudice and Something's
    Gotta Give. I'm a romantic
    at heart, but I do love a
    great comedy or drama, too.
    Now I want to hunker down
    with some popcorn!!!

    xx Suzanne

  5. I love movies but havne't been to a theater in what seems like years. I normally netflix everything! Last movie I saw was Bounty Hunter with my kids, it was fun light and best of all was watching it as a family. My kids LOVE Swedish fish but since my husband is a dentist, those have to be snuck in:-)


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