Lost in Austen

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We have so much fun talking and laughing, it is possible this group may turn into talkingnotmoviesnotbooks. Either way, we might consider starting the movies- what ever they are – by 7:30, so that if there is a long movie, we can watch it and still have a tea break. I do understand that this one was extra long! So, for those of you who want to know the end: (not you, THANYA!)

SPOILER ALERT

Amanda returns to the present to find Elizabeth as she believes Mr. Bennett is dying. She finds her boyfriend again and as he takes her on his motorcycle to find where Elizabeth Bennett works. In the street crowd she spies Mr. Darcy, who has followed her into the present and who is totally overwhelmed and confused, not knowing where he is.

She jumps off the motorcycle and when he sees her, he once again declares his love, that he would harrow hell for her. She takes his hand and they walk to the house where Elizabeth is working as a nanny. The household is vegan and she fits right in, making sure the children brush their teeth with twigs and salt and chalk.

As they get ready to leave, the boyfriend drives up, tries to fight Mr. Darcy and fails. Amanda blows off his ultimatum and the three return to the past.

Lady Elizabeth DeBurgh threatens Amanda and says she will annul the marriage between Mr. and Mrs. Collins, allowing Jane to marry Mr. Bingley if Amanda promises never to return again.

Jane does not believe Mr. Bingley will have her, but he has since sobered up and promises he will marry her and take her to America.

Elizabeth tells her father that she wants to go back to Hammersmith and he gives her his blessing.

The last scene is Amanda running toward Mr. Darcy on the garden terrace (having broken her word to Lady Catherine), and we know they will FINALLY jump in the sack.

March 22nd Movie Night Sharon’s Choice

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I thought I would give you a heads up so that you can think about this for tomorrow. I have a choice of three movies and all are wonderful in their own way. In no particular order they are:

King of Hearts: 1966

King of Hearts
A 1966 comedy-drama film directed by Philippe de Broca and starring Alan Bates.

The film is set in a small town in France near the end of World War I. As the Imperial German Army retreats they booby trap the whole town to explode. The locals flee and, left to their own devices, a gaggle of cheerful lunatics escape the asylum and take over the town — thoroughly confusing the lone Scottish soldier who has been dispatched to defuse the bomb. The film ends with the question of who is more insane, those in the asylum or the soldiers on the battlefield.

Charming and funny and quirky.

Lost in Austen: 2008

Lost in Austen
Amanda Price is dissatisfied with her life in modern London. Her favorite escape is getting lost in the pages of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. One night, Amanda is startled to come face to face with the novel’s protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet. A small door in her apartment mysteriously links their worlds.

Eventually, Amanda becomes trapped on the other side, while Elizabeth remains in the modern world. Now as the events of her favorite book unfold in all the wrong ways, Amanda tries desperately to set things straight, but inevitably makes things worse. Will this fractured version of a classic tale lead Amanda to her own happily-ever-after?

For Jane Austen fans, a wonderful new twist on the story. Even if you aren’t familiar with Pride and Prejudice, it is still a lot of fun.

Tracker: 2010

Tracker/Utu
Called “Utu,” or Revenge in New Zealand.

An Afrikaner veteran of the Boer War has just immigrated to New Zealand and is hired to track a man accused of killing a soldier. While hunting through the countryside he captures his fugitive, only to learn that he’s innocent of the crime. When faced with the life changing decision to turn him in or set him free only one man will walk away alive.

A rivetting drama, that once it begins, it will be hard to tear yourself away. Beautiful scenery, Maori culture and two expert trackers against each other.

March Movie Night

How about March 22nd for our next movie night? Or the 29th?

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The Tree of Life

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This was a love/hate movie.We were wrong in thinking the eldest boy died. Sean Penn was the eldest son, reflecting back on his childhood: the brother that died was the one that he kept asking to put his finger on dangerous objects to test his love and trust.

The  Dad was the way of Nature: cold, cruel and subject to unpredictable bouts of terrorizing: the mother was the way of Grace, angelic, loving, and accepting.

The boy’s passage to adulthood was all about trying to reconcile those two forces in his own being. That part of the movie was brilliant. We could have done without the hokey cosmic-drug-trip space age whispering gallery at the beginning and the endless wandering on the beach at the end.

The sun flowers and we are the light, it all was too contrived….But still, let’s hand it to Terrance Mallick, it’s great when directors (and he did attend Magdalen College, Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, to study Martin Heidegger) push the boundaries of formulaic filmmaking.