Bridget Jones's Diary

Description: A year in the life of Bridget Jones, a single woman in London. Bearing deliberate resonances to Pride and Prejudice(P&P) by Jane Austen.

You know, sometimes things happen with synchronicity. No sooner do Karen and I finish our review of Pride and Prejudice the book, the movie, and our own parodic version, but we go to see Bridget Jones. 

Not that you have to have read P&P to understand the movie, or for that matter read the book Bridget Jones's Diary, but it certainly didn't hurt us to have P&P practically memorized. I mean, Bridget works at Pemberly Publishing. How cool is that!

Anyway, Bridget makes me think of Ally when I still liked Ally McBeal. Her neuroses are amusing and understandable. Unlike Elizabeth, (the heroine of P&P), I don't particularly want to be Bridget when I grow up. In fact, I kinda sorta hope that I'm not quite that neurotic. However, as played by Renee Zellweger, Bridget's really funny in a brave little toaster kind of way. From the moment she sits in her apartment by herself with a bottle of wine and sings along with a little R&B, I knew I liked her.

And then there's Mr. Darcy. In an utterly brilliant casting coup, the modern day version of Darcy is played by Colin Firth, who played (and pretty much defined for me) Mr. Darcy in the A&E Pride and Prejudice. They make great use of the  character. He's pompous, stiff, arrogant, but a good man with a kind heart. 

Bridget's other love interest, Daniel Cleaver (this version of P&P's sly Wickam) as played by Hugh Grant is appropriately two-faced, smarmy, and cute (in a dissipated sort of way).

This is a good fun romantic comedy. Definite chick flick, without being too girly. And since I am a chick, um, well, of course I liked it.

Hornblower: Mutiny and Revenge

Description: Young lieutenant Hornblower is 3rd officer under a dangerously erratic captain. However, with cool aplomb and just general coolness, he saves the day, while his friends save him from court marshal.

Ok, lets get this out of the way straight out, Ioan Gruffud as  Horatio Hornblower is an absolute cutie. Paul McGann and Jamie Bamber as Lieutenants Bush and Kennedy are no slouches either. But, what can I say, Ioan’s Hornblower exudes this wonderful earnest charisma. 

The plot is top notch. There is suspense. Action. Adventure. Tall ships. Stars to sail them by. The dialogue is crisp and the Hornblower, Kennedy and Bush are at turns hilarious and poignant. 

Not really a lot of women. We are talking the high seas. The Spanish ladies do pull some swift moves. But you know sometimes, a good adventure is all you need.

Can't wait for the next instalment.

Josie and the Pussycats

Description: Josey and the Pussycats are a struggling band in Poedunk, Nowhere. They get discovered, mystery ensues.

This movie is flat out hilarious. You really couldn't tell that from the reviews or the previews, but there is joke on joke. They make fun of everything in the music industry and well, a lot of randomness as well. I mean really, a boy band whose big hit is Back Door Lover. Hmmmm…And the Metallica reference (I really like Metallica) was hilarious.

The music is so peppy, we went right out and bought it. The characters are funny and fun. The mystery isn't really mysterious.  But it is kooky and cool. 

If you want a light hearted romp like Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, check it out.

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