Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Fargo


Next on my list was Fargo, a film set in snow-covered Minnesota. It follows Marge, a heavily pregnant police chief, who is investigating the deaths of a state trooper and two members of the public, which she discovers is linked to a bungled kidnapping, arranged by the debt-ridden husband of the kidnap victim.

There is a lot of bleak humour throughout the film, but a lot of violence too - it's not for the squeamish. I've seen it before and I enjoyed it then, as I did this time around. However, I feel as though I've become a bit more sensitive to excessive violence - I know the film is a work of fiction, and it's all just special effects etc, but it kind of upsets me a bit. I don't sit there crying or anything like that, I think I just have a vague feeling of unease, like I shouldn't be enjoying it (I can't really explain what I mean without giving away any spoilers).

It's still a good film though, with a great cast, and I probably would watch it again, despite my slight discomfort at some of the violence.


Evita


Chris bought me this a few years ago for Xmas, at my request, but I've never watched it until now, in fact it was still in it's cellophane wrapping!

I was only very vaguely aware of the storyline, Argentinian politics not being a specialised subject of mine, but I did quite enjoy this. I was familiar with one or two of the songs, and I have to say I think Madonna was great in this. I think she got criticised and praised in fairly equal measure for her performance, but I thought she did well, and I was impressed to read that she took extra singing lessons and really threw herself into the role.

Antonio Banderas as Che was really good - I liked the way he popped up as a different character throughout the story (or the same character in lots of different jobs!), but I was never totally convinced that it was him singing, probably because I haven't heard him sing anywhere else (whereas Madonna's voice is unmistakeably hers). I was surprised to see Jimmy Nail had quite a significant part too, and his voice was also recognisable.

Evita is more of an operatic musical (or rock opera) meaning that the dialogue between the songs, which would normally be spoken, is also sung - there are no spoken lines at all. I'm not usually too keen on that, I prefer musicals that have 'talky bits' then a song, then more 'talky bits', if you see what I mean (like Chicago, for example)! But as I said, I did really enjoy this, though I don't think it's a film I'd want to watch again now that I've seen it.

Dirty Dancing


This is one DVD in a box set that I've got, hence the photo of the disc itself. What can you say about Dirty Dancing? It's just one of those feelgood films, with great music, great dancing (obvs) and Patrick Swayze at his most gorgeous (which also makes me a bit sad now).

I was crocheting whilst watching it, and couldn't resist putting this photo up on Instagram (excuse the dodgy reflection):

She really did carry a watermelon!
and then later:

"Now I've... had... the time of my life...."
Bet you're singing along, aren't you?

I'm watching all my dvd's with a view to donating most of them to charity, and only keeping the ones I watch regularly. If this had been just a Dirty Dancing dvd I might've kept it, but since it's a box set I'll probably give it away. As much as I love the film, I can't say I've actually chosen to watch it before now; it's one of those I've seen loads of times, because it's always on tv, so I don't think I'll miss not having my own copy.
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