Friday Funnies and Fanciful Flicks

22 Aug

Just a  few reasons why I heart Pearls Before Swine.

 

I could use me one of them chairs.  And a brick.

 

This one gave me a whole new perspective on Goose’s “mean compliments“.

 

I think this was Chuck’s greatest fear when I first started this blog, but obviously he had nothing to worry about.  Apparently, I missed the memo on not writing every embarrassing detail about your own life.  Man!


While we were at the coast, we picked up a few previously viewed DVDs from the local Hollywood Video.  They had a special deal going on, which made it cheaper to buy the movies than to rent them.  One of the movies we picked up was Stardust.  It’s a fairy tale/adventure type flick with Claire Danes and fun supporting roles from Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer and a bunch of other people I can’t think of off the top of my head.  It’s quirky and a bit dark at times with some offbeat humor and sexual innuendo that warrants the PG-13 rating, but all in all it was a fun time.  I really enjoyed it. 

Oh, and Cheryl, Mark Strong is in it, so that might be enough to recommend it for you.

Last night I went to see Mamma Mia with my oldest sister and another friend.  My sister’s been raving about this movie for a couple of weeks.  The first time she saw it with a big group of friends, and a bunch of them enjoyed it so much they decided to stay for a second showing.  I knew it was a musical and I’m familiar with a lot of the ABBA songs, but I still wasn’t quite sure what to expect except that my sister had been singing its praises so long and loud that I guess I really expected greatness.

Well, it was great.  I loved it.  Laugh out loud funny on more than a few occasions, cover your mouth (or your eyes—oh my goodness) funny on others, and also sweet and sincere.  Having actors who aren’t necessarily singers sing their parts full gusto only added to the charm.  I think it’s safe to say Pierce Brosnan won’t be releasing a solo album any time soon.

The premise of the movie (in case you’ve been in a closet somewhere) is a young woman raised by her single mother (played by Meryl Streep) is getting married and wants her father there to give her away.  She discovers her mother’s old diary, and after deducing that there are three possible candidates for her father (played by Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Stellan Skarsgard), she invites them all to the wedding in hopes of figuring it all out in time for the big day. I love Meryl Streep, and she was great in this.  Christine Boranski and Julie Walters are her sidekicks and they almost steal the show at times.

It’s not perfect—the plot and premise are kind of hokey and the ending is convenient—but it’s a lot of fun.  I can recommend it.  And I will.

Oh, and it’s got Colin Firth and Dominic Cooper!  Between these two movies, it’s like the trifecta of Jane Austen leading men—bonus!

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8 Responses to “Friday Funnies and Fanciful Flicks”

  1. Mother of the Wild Boys August 22, 2008 at 10:14 am #

    I have a soft spot for Claire Danes. I liked Stardust too.

    I have not yet seen Mamma Mia, it sounds like a fun girly movie. The actress that plays the bride is one of my faves from the now-canceled show Veronica Mars. (Which I HIGHLY recommend!!) She just has a small part, but she is awesome.

    Oh, and I heart Pearls Before Swine too, so hilarious!

  2. kamillivanilli August 22, 2008 at 10:52 am #

    I really liked Mamma Mia too. If you can get past the fact that it’s a musical and that musical movies are inherently somewhat cheesy…what with the spontaneous bursting into song and all….

    Having grown up dancing in my kitchen to ABBA songs, it is always fun to listen to them and sing along–no matter the setting. I had to keep myself from jumping up and busting a move a few times in the theater. So hard to control myself when ABBA is playing!

    And Pierce Brosnan….Oh, he’s so handsome! (I hope you can get the proper inflection in this statement). Even for an old guy.

    If you ever get a chance, see the onstage production–it’s even better, but that’s just because live musicals are always better than the movies, in my humble opinion…

  3. Julie August 22, 2008 at 2:15 pm #

    I love Pierce Brosnan. I will probably rent this movie just for him…and Meryl Streep.

    And I have always liked Michelle Pfeiffer, so maybe I’ll check out Stardust, too.

    And that second Pearls Before Swine (I tried to abbreviate, but PBS is already taken…drat) made me laugh out loud when I read it in our local paper. I loved it. Very, “You don’t sweat much for a fat girl.” Love it.

  4. bythelbs August 22, 2008 at 4:52 pm #

    Mother—I love Claire Danes. She won me over as Angela on MSCL. It was a total travesty when that show was cancelled after only one season. And Madhousewife LOVES Veronica Mars. I’m going to have to rent the series sometime.

    Kamilli—It was hard to refrain from dancing in the theater. Everyone in the movie just looked like they were having so much fun. I would have loved to be an extra on that movie set. Or even someone who stocked the catering table.

    Julie—PB is usually worth it. Just a warning, Stardust is not a family flick—you’ll want to watch that without the kiddos for sure. My OBGYN once told me I was made for having babies. I think he meant that as a compliment, but it sure didn’t sound like one.

  5. Alison Wonderland August 22, 2008 at 8:58 pm #

    Thanks for giving the background, I have apparently been living in a box somewhere.

    Love Claire Danes, love Robert DeNiro in Stardust.

    I’ve heard the Veronica is good, I’ll have to check it out.

  6. Alison Wonderland August 22, 2008 at 8:59 pm #

    Oh and I think you have to have a third to achieve a TRIfecta.

  7. bythelbs August 22, 2008 at 9:57 pm #

    You’re right, Alison. I didn’t make it clear to the non-Jane Austen movie fanatics that Mark Strong from Stardust is also a Jane Austen leading man. He plays Mr. Knightley in the A&E version of Emma. Colin Firth, of course, needs no explanation. Dominic Cooper plays Willoughby in the Masterpiece version of Sense & Sensibility. There are your three.

  8. cheryl August 25, 2008 at 9:34 am #

    Ooh! Jane Austen men!

    Now I HAVE to see these movies! Thanks for mentioning Mark Strong. For some reason, that guy has sex appeal written all over him. I’d gladly let him lecture me like a child (as he does Emma) if I got to kiss him at the end. Heehee!

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