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I watched The Bridges of Madison County for the first time recently. Prior to watching the movie, I knew the story from the musical adaptation. I have more to say if anyone wants to chat but basically, I thought it had its moments and Francesca was an interesting character, but overall it was pretty mediocre and it was way too long of a movie.  

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55 minutes ago, aradia22 said:

it was way too long of a movie.  

Which is kind of funny because it was a relatively short book.  I don't recall if I ever saw the movie but I did read the book.

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On 5/16/2020 at 1:33 AM, aradia22 said:

I watched The Bridges of Madison County for the first time recently. Prior to watching the movie, I knew the story from the musical adaptation. I have more to say if anyone wants to chat but basically, I thought it had its moments and Francesca was an interesting character, but overall it was pretty mediocre and it was way too long of a movie.  

On 5/16/2020 at 2:29 AM, Irlandesa said:

Which is kind of funny because it was a relatively short book.  I don't recall if I ever saw the movie but I did read the book.

I read the book and watched the movie and it's one of the few instances where I think the movie is much better than the book because the book is not that great. It's short and while there is some character development, it's pretty basic. It was probably good for reader self-insert. The movie is too long but it works a little better because of the acting and the direction. 

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@Irlandesa Some movies are long because they seem to feel obligated to include all the moments people want from the book. I just felt like this movie was taking its sweet time about every little thing. It thought it was more profound and prestige than it actually was. Also, Clint's acting was not great. Not terrible but not great.

Also, I get the framing device of the children but they could have cut most of that and it would have been perfectly fine and a better movie.

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I remember watching back in the day with the hubby and I was so bored. He loved it though. Back before we had phones and tablets to scroll through when the SO wants to watch something boring. I was probably redesigning the living room in my head or something.

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3 hours ago, aradia22 said:

Also, I get the framing device of the children but they could have cut most of that and it would have been perfectly fine and a better movie.

I didn't like the movie but I do think it would have been better if they cut out that part. That part was unnecessary and makes her come off really cold and terrible for leaving a letter for her kids to find after she dies detailing her affair. Who would do that? To give her kids issues the rest of their lives? Does she want them to end up hating her? There's no need to do that. They could have just showed the affair. I probably still wouldn't like it since I didn't like Francisca but she would have at least better for not telling her kids about her affair. 

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Speaking of Meryl Streep, I tried watching her 1984 romantic drama "Falling in Love" where she plays a married woman who begins an emotional affair with a married Robert Deniro. I couldn't get into it, although I loved her chic 80's outfits and how handsome Robert still was at that time. I normally like those kind of low-key dramas but if you want something in a similar kind of vein, "Lost In Translation" is much, much better.

 

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@andromeda331 I thought it was necessary because clearly the son was a jerk and had no intention of honoring his dead mother's wishes for her death until he heard the whole story. It's also clear that it pushes the daughter to divorce her terrible husband but again, I could have done without either story. They both felt trite. 

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I'm not sure if this really belongs here, but I watched 365 Days on Netflix last night and it was...something. I wasn't surprised when I found out that it was inspired by Fifty Shades of Gray. Whatever the movie's faults (and there are a whole bunch), at least the leads and locations are beautiful.

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5 hours ago, krankydoodle said:

I'm not sure if this really belongs here, but I watched 365 Days on Netflix last night and it was...something. I wasn't surprised when I found out that it was inspired by Fifty Shades of Gray. Whatever the movie's faults (and there are a whole bunch), at least the leads and locations are beautiful.

Ooh boy there is so much to say about that movie. 

The leads are good looking and bring more heat that 50 Shades. Or maybe that was just the explicit sex scenes.  And the locations are gorgeous too.  But it's more Harlequin romance novel than 50 Shades since there's no S&M--just Stockholm Syndrome.

 

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14 hours ago, Irlandesa said:

Ooh boy there is so much to say about that movie. 

I thought about creating a separate thread for it, but then realized most of what I want to say comes down to "WTF was that?"

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21 hours ago, krankydoodle said:

I'm not sure if this really belongs here, but I watched 365 Days on Netflix last night and it was...something. I wasn't surprised when I found out that it was inspired by Fifty Shades of Gray. Whatever the movie's faults (and there are a whole bunch), at least the leads and locations are beautiful.

I saw it on top of the Netflix charts and wondered what in the world it was. Glossy, Stockholm Syndrome porn, it seems... 365 Days is adapted from the first book in a trilogy of Polish novels. They  haven't officially been translated but English versions can be found on Wattpad, which sounds about right. 

 

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I'm not sure if this really belongs here, but I watched 365 Days on Netflix last night and it was...something. I wasn't surprised when I found out that it was inspired by Fifty Shades of Gray. Whatever the movie's faults (and there are a whole bunch), at least the leads and locations are beautiful.

I watched the little preview thing on Netflix. It's so odd. I just can't watch the English dubs on Netflix of French, Spanish, etc. shows/movies. They're so bad and awkward. This was slightly better but still off. I don't think it sounds like a Harlequin romance... mafia stuff is it's own weird category. But one thing it does have in common with Harlequin romance is people who primarily speak another language insisting on speaking English when they would clearly be more comfortable speaking their own language. They don't seem like great actors. But I'm sure they would be better actors if they weren't trying to get out all this English dialogue. 

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One of my favorites in this genre is The Painted Veil. 

Funny story, I saw it in the theater when it came out. The audience was mostly senior citizens, a few random women of varying ages (including me) and a group of early 20s frat boy types. When it finished, and the credits started rolling, some of the frat boys started clapping. Since I was sitting close by and could overhear their conversation, I was amused to hear that evidently they had stumbled into the wrong room in the theater, but by the time they figured that out, they were caught up in the movie and decided to stay. They were saying stuff like, "Wow, that was really good!"

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Did anyone watch "Wild Mountain Thyme"?  It seems like people absolutely hated it, but I didn't.

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I still need to watch Doubt but I'm finding it hard to believe that John Patrick Shanley has written anything good since Moonstruck.

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He also did Joe versus the Volcano which is definitely a "cult" favourite, but I could never get through it.

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On 4/18/2021 at 3:49 PM, Ms Blue Jay said:

He also did Joe versus the Volcano which is definitely a "cult" favourite, but I could never get through it.

I have not seen that in a long time.  I remember his luggage was really dependable lol

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I don’t know why The Vow is being aired on tv so much now but it reminds me of how much I hate it. The parents of that movie were complete sociopaths, taking advantage of her memory loss to rewrite history and shoehorn her husband out of her life. I really don’t get why she’d still want them in her life after that.

I almost wish that Channing Tatum turned down her offer of a second date at the end, telling her that it took him a while to finally move on and, memory loss or not, he couldn’t just wait around for her to fall in love with him again.

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I remember hating that movie too, but I don't have memory of why.

This reminds me of how upset I was by The Time Traveler's Wife.  That is one of my all time favourite books and it is just so fucking good.  The movie was just allllllll wrong!  I know it has its fans, and that's fine, but man, after reading the book it really felt like a horrible retelling of it.

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I have a love-hate relationship with the movie Somewhere in Time. I love it because of Christopher Reeve (duh) and that it was filmed in my state’s Mackinac Island. But I hate that the goddamn brilliant musical score makes me so emotional EVERY DAMN TIME. It only got worse after Christopher Reeve died.

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