Thursday, 29 December 2016

Thursday Movie Picks: Coming Home


Coming home was always a great thing once away for a long period of time. I escaped for 3 years and came home for holidays and film shoots. It was always so wonderfully stress free (not the film shoots) for some reason and my room felt empty (which in some ways I liked). It was odd looking down the high street from the train station after returning, I felt like a tourist not knowing where to go. Then, 6 years ago, I came back and stayed. Didn't have a choice, no money, no job yet but I really had hoped I would be out of there/here by now. Maybe in the new year I'll have the money to leave so I can 'come home' again and have the feeling.

Don't forget to check out where it all started over at Wandering Through the Shelves.

Tiny Furniture
Anyone who has experienced the independence of University and the hideous feeling of returning home knows how Aura feels. This was Lena Dunham's breakout feature film which starred her real mother and sister, playing those characters too. Aura returns home from Uni with a filmmaking degree and not much of a plan. Having returned home from Uni 6 years ago with the exact same degree to my artist parents, I kinda know how this feels.

Winter Passing
A film where Will Ferrel is neither a comedian nor the centre of attention? Yes it does exist, but its not that great. A sort of good cast but the story about a woman who is offered a lot of money to publish her famous author parents' letters, returns home to confront her father about childhood neglect turns into a 'who is more depressing' contest. 

The Dressmaker
Kate Winslett is brilliant as the wrongly accused child murderer, Mrytle Dunnage who returns home after decades to look after her mother is ignored by most of the town in back water Australia. She is now an amazing seamstress, making beautiful dresses for the town even though they are awful to her and her mother. It is unbelievably and unexpectedly sad but the ending is worth the pain.

11 comments:

  1. Novel choices none of which I seen unfortunately. I'm dying to see The Dressmaker but it's on a super long wait at Netflix! I'll take your warning about Winter Passing but Tiny Furniture is something I might check out.

    My first is a huge favorite of mine so I was glad to be able to use it. My extra was last minute because of events but it's a nice comedy and it's nice to be able to finish the year on an up note.

    The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)-Three members of the armed forces strike up a friendship on a return flight to their home town at the end of WWII. The film follows their three stories, Al (Fredric March) an upper middle class banker, Fred (Dana Andrews) a poor but hardworking clerk and Homer (Harold Russell) who has lost his arms during the war, and their difficult readjustment to a life that now seems foreign to them. This is loaded with brilliant performances by the entire cast, especially Myrna Loy as March’s patient wife and was the winner of multiple Oscars including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Russell-he only made a few film appearances but he’ll tear your heart out) and Best Actor (March-though Andrews is the standout male performance). A great film.

    The Myth of Fingerprints (1997)-After a three year estrangement four adult children, including Julianne Moore & Noah Wyle, return to the Maine home of their parents for Thanksgiving. Their mother Lena (Blythe Danner) is a gentle soul hoping for a pleasant holiday but their remote, stern father Hal (Roy Scheider) remains closed off and the gathering is fraught with tensions.

    Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)-Quirky comedy/drama of a small town preparing for the return of hometown movie star Roxy Carmichael. The person who is most anxious for her return is young orphan Dinky Bossetti (Winona Ryder) who is sure that Roxy is her birth mother and is secretly planning to claim her as her own on her arrival.

    Tribute Bonus: With the incredibly sad passing of mother & daughter legends Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher within the last two days I wanted to include at least one of their films in memoriam, I wanted to do Bundle of Joy since Debbie was expecting Carrie when she made it (the ultimate costarring vehicle!) but the subject matter wasn’t right for the theme. This is the only one that really fit…happily it’s both a good film and a charming comedy.

    The Pleasure of His Company (1961)-“Pogo” Poole (Fred Astaire), a continental gadabout returns unannounced to San Francisco, his original home, for the wedding of his daughter Jessica (Debbie Reynolds) to cattle rancher Roger Henderson (Tab Hunter). Arriving at the palatial home of his ex-wife Kate (Lilli Palmer) and her present husband Jim Dougherty (Gary Merrill) when no one is home. He basically takes over the joint ensconcing himself in the best room and overtaking their servant Toy (Harold Fong). Kate, knowing what Pogo is like is leery or his return at first but eventually is lulled into letting him stay since Jessica wants him at the wedding so much. Kate’s sly father (Charlie Ruggles-in a highly enjoyable performance) who sees right through Pogo as well as Jim and Roger are less yielding especially when Pogo turns up the charm on Jessica and tries to convince her to take off with him to see the world rather than marry. Many humorous complications ensue capped by a mad dash to the airport. Breezy comedy played by experts.

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    1. I can't believe the news about Carrie and Debbie. It's so sad.

      I havent heard of these films! But I like the sound of the first pick. The last one sounds vaguely familiar though...

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  2. I love Winter Passing! I used that in a previous week. I wanted to see Tiny Funiture before Lena Dunham became so insufferable to me, now I'm not sure I'd appreciate it.

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    1. I kinda get what you mean. I think Lena Dunham and her awful characters get confused. She is irritating in the film and in Girls but I can appreciate what she has made for herself. But I'm not too keen on reading her book.

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  3. THE DRESSMAKER!!!!!! YES!!!!!!! I love that movie SO MUCH. Winslet is impossibly fabulous in it.

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    1. YES!!! She really does look amazing in this

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  4. I really want to see The Dressmaker.

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  5. I haven't seen any of these but The Dressmaker sounds quite good

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    1. It is - it more than you think is it :)

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  6. I want to see the Dressmaker too, especially since I've read the book.

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