Thursday, December 18, 2008

I'm Buying What Merchant's Selling

Wow, no love for Solaris, huh? Awful quiet around that entry. Maybe this one'll fare better.

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Blogger Sam Brooks said...

Yay! I'm a massive fan of the Merchant-Ivory films, and will watch even their most terminable trash, including Cotton Mary, but I think this is one of the few of their productions were everything comes together perfectly.

And which also helps for me, the movie features a trifecta of great actressing; Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham-Carter. What more could you ask for?

2:43 PM, December 18, 2008  
Blogger Dame James said...

I feel bad because I love reading your list but I have nothing of note to add because either (1) it's been so long and I don't remember anything besides a general opinion (as is the case for Howards End) or (2) I haven't seen many of your picks. As a plus, it means more wonderful movies to sink my teeth into, but it also means that I can't offer anything more than a "Fantastic job!"

5:50 PM, December 18, 2008  
Blogger tim r said...

I only love two out of three of your beloved Solarises, and find the third borderline unwatchable, so that's possibly why I was staying mum. But I have no problem with Howards End. Any thoughts on why this particular Forster novel excited the team's imagination so much more memorably than any of their other adaptations? The heritage nostalgia built into the story? I can see that argument.

7:26 PM, December 18, 2008  
Blogger Guy Lodge said...

Oh, I do love "Solaris" in any incarnation -- I'm just a bit terrified of it.

"Howards End" is very dear to me... when I was nine, it was my favourite film of all time. I haven't seen it for an awful long while, but Leonard's walk through the bluebells remains one of my most vivid cinematic memories.

6:11 AM, December 19, 2008  
Blogger NATHANIEL R said...

I'm a huge fan of HOWARD'S END. total masterpiece i think and I so wanted it to win the Oscar in its year. But i haven't seen it in a really long time either.

and i agree wholeheartedly with the depressing and frankly lazy school of thought that allows people to dismiss movies by referring to them as "Merchant/Ivory". There are many weak imitations true, but Merchant/Ivory were the masters --do Tarantino movies get slammed for all the hipper-than-thou shit that they spawned? Does Scorsese get slammed when anyone makes a bad mob movie?

11:31 AM, December 19, 2008  

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