Thursday, April 28

Thursday Movie Picks: Affairs

Thursday Movie Picks is a weekly event hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. Head over to her blog to check out the entries of other participants. This week's theme is about affairs. Here are my picks for the week.

Hester Collyer and Freddie Page, The Deep Blue Sea
I don't remember much about this film, but what stayed on my mind was the way how this film ended. I thought Rachel Weisz was great here, as her character was plagued with dilemma about what she should do. I think I should go and watch this again

Jenna Hunterson and Jim Pomatter, Waitress
I really liked the movie, it was a delightful watch. I was really frustrated with the husband here, and it really seemed like the only good thing going for Jenna (besides her baby) is the affair with her doctor. It's unethical, but everything works out for the best towards the end of the movie. 

Chris Wilton and Nola Rice, Match Point
If I am not mistaken, Match Point is my first Woody Allen film, and what a film it was. The way things ended with Chris and Nola stayed with me, but in his case, that's what his ambition did to him. 


11 comments:

  1. Haven't seen any of these, yet, but I should see The Deep Blue Sea fairly soon. It kind of gets lost for me because every time I hear that title I think of a great white shark eating Samuel L. Jackson.

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    1. The Deep Blue Sea is a bit slow at first, but it plays out well.

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  2. I've seen all of these. Waitress is my favorite, it's such a lovely little film, but it makes me sad when I think about the director of that film dying the way she did. :(

    I liked The Deep Blue Sea as well, didn't care for Match Point.

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  3. Match Point is such an excellent movie, great twist and one of the best movies from Allen

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  4. Unfortunately I haven't seen any of these, but I'll definitely change that with Match Point! It looks like a film that I would love!

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  5. Of course Waitress! Such a great film - so sad about the director. Funny, I never think this as an affair, mainly because jenna's husband earl is an idiot. Mkaes me hungry for mermaid meringue pie

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  6. I'm surprised how often The Deep Blue Sea has popped up today, it certainly fits well but it was a rather under the radar film when it was out. Rachel Weisz is just amazing in it and it's great that her work is being seen. I've also seen the original 50's version of this that starred Vivien Leigh as Hester. It's interesting but even with Leigh in the lead it's somewhat overwrought and I liked the modern version more.

    Waitress is such a sweet film with those three lovely performances by Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion and Andy Griffith. Haven't seen it in a while I should give it another glance.

    I'm variable with Woody Allen but I really enjoyed Match Point which was seen as a return to form for him when it came out after somewhat of a fallow period. It's a beautiful looking film as well as a tight drama.

    There's almost a limitless group of films that fit the theme this week, these are three of my favorites:

    Second Skin (2000)-Madrid housewife Elena (Ariadna Gil) suspects her husband Alberto (Jordi Molla) of having an affair, threatening their seemingly happy life with their son. Devastated when she discovers not only that her suspicions were correct but that the person he is involved with is a man, surgeon Diego (Javier Bardem) she confronts Alberto. At first he insists that it was a momentary lapse but eventually confesses that he is genuinely in love with Diego and torn between his two lives.

    They Won’t Believe Me (1947)-Larry Ballentine (Robert Young) is on trial for murder and as he takes the stand in his defense the film explores the story of how he’s found himself there. Indifferent to his wealthy wife Gretta (Rita Johnson) who loves him deeply Larry is a cad involved in a quadrangle with her, his mistress Janice (Jane Greer) and a secretary at his insurance office, Verna (Susan Hayward). A reprobate who is never satisfied with what he has he makes a series of selfish decisions that lead to tragedy. Even if he’s innocent of the crime accused is he indeed blameless. Nifty noir with a super, out of character performance from the usually good guy Young and a great ending.

    The Macomber Affair (1947)-Francis Macomber (Robert Preston) and his wife Margaret (Joan Bennett) arrive in Kenya for a safari and hire experienced hunter Robert Wilson (Gregory Peck) as their guide. Their marriage is a troubled one and Margaret becomes openly interested in Wilson with disastrous consequences. A three person chamber piece with both Peck and Preston doing good work but the standout is the under-appreciated Joan Bennett as a woman turned into a hard article by a bad marriage. Though subtle gestures and sly looks she gives the film a tough grounded center and has rarely looked so beautiful. A solid adventure film with noir elements and a Hemingway feel. The film is an adaptation of one of his short stories.

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  7. The Deep Blue Sea is everywhere and I have never seen it. I have placed this on my watch list

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  8. I love The Deep Blue Sea so much I've seen it like a million times. Match Point is such a great film, one of my favourites from Allen.

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  9. Awesome picks! Pretty much love all three of these. Nice to see Match Point included. I always felt it was a pretty underrated movie.

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  10. I love The Waitress. I wished I remembered it when I made my picks.

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