oh, thanks, Toni! I knew you'd come up with more. In my estimation, Footloose counts as a musical, though the cast doesn't sing very much. The music is more geared to dancing, isn't it? I didn't see it, though I'd like to, just to compare it to the original, which was wonderfully fresh and well acted. John Lithgow, for example, as the original father, was splendid. It seems odd to have a remake of something so iconic, but it would be interesting to see if the filmmakers did something with it.
Oh, wasn't there also a remake of Fame? After the original film, and the fine series, I didn't want to venture into the new film, but sometime I'll see it.
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Movies thread back! I have seen on DVD J. Edgar. Glad I watched for the history of it but wasn't impressed with Leo As j. Edgar. I liked Army Hammer as the boyfriend, though Clyde. I also saw on DVD, My Week With Marilyn. It was pretty good. Michelle Williams certainly does a creditable job as Marilyn, but not as over the top stunning and glamorous as Marilyn Monroe could be. A more demure, innocent Monroe interpretation. With so much written and onscreen about Monroe, I think it is a fairly easy characterization if you have the looks and the body. Interesting that Smash is a musical about Monroe. She just never goes away does she? Fascination with her is still there, and always will be.
Anyone catch anything good on DVD?
I have Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris on my list, though I'm not normally a Woody Allen fan. I love the idea of going back to the twenties in Paris.
Interesting to hear your take on DiCaprio as Hoover. I thought he might actually be very good, considering what else he's done and how many great directors seem to love him, including Scorsese himself. But maybe J. Edgar Hoover is just not the kind of character one would want to spend one's time with.
Michelle Williams is supposed to a great actress, far more talented than her former Dawson's Creek costar, Katie Holmes. In terms of beauty, Williams isn't the standout that Monroe became. Williams has a pretty face but nothing distinctive; her power seems to come from acting ability rather than glamorous looks, which immediately makes me like her.
Speaking of DiCaprio, isn't it interesting to contemplate the clever and/or lucky choices that James Cameron made when casting Titanic? A lot of directors try to cast unknown performers as their leading young love team. The central actors of many memorable films fade out quickly, though, never having the careers that such early success would predict. (Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, for example.) But the leads in Titanic have each been rousingly successful at playing substantial and varied roles. Winslet has won an Oscar, and DiCaprio has been nominated at least once.
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