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Year of Revisiting #12 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

“Next time there’s a ball, pluck up the courage and ask me before somebody else does, and not as a last resort!”

After reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I wanted to revisit Goblet of Fire, the events of which figure prominently in Cursed Child.  The wrapping was still on the DVD so I had probably not seen it since the theater showing over 10 years ago.

Goblet starts at the Quidditch World Cup, which I suppose is the magical version of the soccer World Cup, which I never much cared about but reminded me a little of the Olympics, which were currently happening but which I wasn’t really watching either.   Read more


6 of the Weirdest Romances on Netflix Instant

This post is also by G.G. Andrew and can be found on her site too!

Romance probably isn’t the first thing to come to mind when you think of the apocalypse, or telepathy, or the embodiment of death.  Yet these have been major elements in some of the most watchable romantic films available on Netflix Instant.  Love stories don’t have to be conventional to be romantic, as these six very strange movies show.  Each is off-beat and odd in its own way, while still full of the sweetness, longing, and stolen glances that make a story a romance.  So next time you’re feeling a little weird, throw on your Lisa Frank leggings and your blinking hearts headband and turn on one of these fun and bizarre romances.

In Your Eyes

In Your Eyes is a strange yet totally earnest film, and that combination works compellingly in this story.  Becky (Zoe Kazan) and Dylan (Michael Stahl-David) are from different sides of the tracks – they’ve never met in person and literally live in separate parts of the country – yet they have a strange telepathic connection.  When Becky gets into a sledding accident as a young girl, Dylan seizes and faints.  As an adult, Dylan gets into a bar fight and Becky can feel the punch.  When suddenly this connection manifests itself in more overt ways, they find they can communicate with each other in their heads and even see from the other’s perspective.  This film teeters close to the ridiculous.  The actors spend a lot of time staring into space pretending they are seeing what the other person is seeing: they’re basically skyping without technology.   Though it takes itself a little too seriously for being so wacky, In Your Eyes never quite topples into ludicrousness.  As Becky and Dylan’s relationship blooms and develops, we root for them, and the ending is wonderful and satisfying. Read more

Year of Revisiting #10 – Obvious Child

“Did you just warm this butter up for me?”

“That’s just what you do.”

After a break of not watching much of anything, I queued up Obvious Child the other night. I hadn’t seen it since the theater showing two years ago, when a friend and I went on a Wednesday, I think. (Going to the movies on a school night makes me feel transgressive and cool.) I remember her knitting throughout, which was pretty impressive considering the darkness, and the two of us laughing at the jokes, often ribald and crude. Read more

Year of Revisiting #9 – The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

“You can be much more alone with other people than you are by yourself. Even if it’s people you love.”

It had been years since I had seen The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, though as a love story and a ghost story it had stood out in my memory among the many movies I watched as a child.

Rex Harrison plays Daniel, a deceased sailor, who haunts Gene Tierney’s widow Lucy Muir when she moves into his home. What surprised me most about the movie, after maybe two decades since my last viewing, was not Daniel, whose blatant sexism I tried not to judge too harshly by today’s standards, but Lucy, who is a spinster in the most modern, positive sense. After her husband dies, she breaks free of her overbearing in-laws to live with her daughter in a haunted cottage by the water. “I never had a life of my own,” she says early on and throughout the film makes similar statements. When I was young, the chaste love story was the draw and I doubt Lucy’s independence and satisfyingly solitary life even registered. As an adult, I see the movie as a story about a woman making a life on her own. Read more

Year of Revisiting #8 – Take Care

“When someone asks me to do them a favor, it feels like they’re literally sucking the air out of my lungs.  Like they’re trying to steal my life.”

Though I only saw Take Care for the first time in the last couple of years, this second chance love story has become one of my favorites.  While the premise might be a bit unusual—Frannie (Leslie Bibb), who gets hit by a car, guilts her ex-boyfriend Devon (Thomas Sadoski) into taking care of her during her recovery—everything else about the characters and their relationships and motivations is pretty believable.

Frannie’s recovery brings me back to the time when I broke my foot and was immobile, miserable, and dependent.  Worried about gaining weight while being laid up for weeks, I ate mostly diet shakes.  “I’m not going to eat for the next three months.  I don’t want to get fat,” Frannie says, and for days just eats fruit—until Devon points out how crazy this is and makes her a proper meal. Read more