Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in Big News, On Further Review | 0 comments

Everyone has that one movie that changed their life first. Even if many films thereafter astound, mesmerize and enchant you, you’ll always remember the first that made you capable of even seeing other films in those kinds of ways. For me, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, released in March of 2004, is that very film. When I first saw it, I didn’t necessarily get it—I understood it to some degree, but I didn’t get it, and yes, there is a difference. But, it hooked me somehow; it hypnotized me in a way that no other film had up until that point. It begged me to watch it again, and again, and again. Ten years later, and I still watch it, with fresh eyes and a sense of wonder, of whimsy, and of intense admiration. But, I have never...

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On Further Review: Gigi

Posted by on Oct 11, 2008 in Movie Review, On Further Review | 0 comments

I had seen Gigi (1958) three times before sitting down to watch it again last night. Producer Arthur Freed and director Vincente Minnelli’s grand MGM musical, written by Lerner & Loewe (My Fair Lady), certainly isn’t the greatest movie musical of all-time. But it is highly entertaining with grade A production values. Watching it again, I experienced many of the same emotions that I had in my previous viewings. The elation that comes every time I see Gigi (Leslie Caron), Gaston (Louis Jourdan), and Mamita (Hermione Gingold) break into “The Night They Invented Champagne.” The shared feeling of nostalgia from listening to Honoré (Maurice Chevalier) and Mamita sing “I Remember it Well.” The delight as you realize Gaston is falling for Gigi not as a courtesan in training, but as a spirited, unaffected Parisian girl. The charm of Paris...

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