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Divine Secrets Of Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Posted: November 29, 2009 in Movies, Reviews
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Today being a holiday , I decided to rent a movie to watch. As I was flipping through the movie library I found this one and decided it would be worth watching. Though I am yet to read the book by Rebecca Wells I rented it. I usually do it the other way round , where in I read the book and then watch the movie . This time I decided to do it differently. Well, what do I say , I loved the movie. Actually I cried a little laughed a lot and had fun not worrying if the movie had stayed true to the book 🙂 I didn’t know , so I didn’t care.

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Sandra Bullock stars as Siddalee Walker , who is a playwright and whose interview to Time magazine goes awfully bad in print much so, her description of her mother  Vivianne (played by Ellen Burstyn )and Siddalee’s unhappy childhood. Though Sidaa tries to explain  to her mother ,an over emotional , melodramatic woman Vivi, refuses hear her out leading to  similar emotional response from Sidaa who refuses to invite her mother to her wedding.

The task of bringing peace is taken up by Vivianne’s lifelong friends . These four women Vivi , Teensy , Caro and Necie are the Ya-Ya s . A sisterhood they had formed as children , they have been friends all their lives and know each other well enough to make Sidalee understand why her mother is the way she is and why Sidalee’s childhood had the streaks of unhappiness which she blames her mother for. Great acting and some really good humor component makes it a  thoroughly enjoyable fare.

The story unfolds smoothly while going back and forth between Vivi and Siddalee’s childhood but the narrative never falters.Ashley Judd as  young Vivi does a great job.  You can call it a chick flick but it is definitely more than that.

My Rating : 4.5 out of 5

Have you watched this movie?

How did you like it?

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I watched Hitchcock’s Rebecca at a friend’s place where they had some sort of marathon viewing Hitchcock movies. It revived my interest in reading Rebecca which though I had read , wasn’t very clear in my mind.
As to which one I liked better , I am still not able to come to a conclusion because the storyline has been faithfully maintained and executed with utmost perfection.

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Book :

I have been a great fan of Daphne Du Maurier not only for Rebecca but also for Frenchman’s Creek.
With one of the most unforgettable opening lines , the book holds on to you. The timid new Mrs de Winter is in awe of most of the things at Manderley. She is always being compared to Rebecca , the late Mrs de Winter and made to feel she is not sophisticated enough for a mansion like Manderley. The root cause of troubles is the staunch silence her husband maintains in relation to Rebecca and the house keeping in charge Mrs Denver ( read evil personified, I just hated that lady)
She keeps falling in to the traps that Mrs Denvers sets for her. For our narrator it is as if people are trying to keep Rebecca alive even though she is no more. Does the narrator  have her happily ever after ? I am not going to give you that. Grab the book read it.

I do have some problems with the characters though. Firstly , why is our new Mrs de Winters such a mouse ? I literally wanted her to open her mouth , speak up and take a stand. It’s her husband’s house for God’s sake.Mrs Denvers doesn’t own it. But all you get from her are whining.

Secondly , what kind of husband would leave his wife with no explanation about his previous wife when he knows what she is going through at the house. Constant mention of Rebecca does not seem to strike as odd to him.

Other than these two things , I had no problem with the book. It was an absorbing read .

Book Rating : 4.5 out of 5

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Movie :

I have to say I was  surprised that they stuck to the book for most part.  Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine suited well for the roles of Maxim and Mrs de Winter . The pace of the story is fast as is any Hitchcock movie. Only difference is mode of Rebecca’s death which differs in the movie version. With a movie as good as this I would gladly over look that. Another problem was that Mrs Denvers wasn’t as malicious looking as she had to be ,though she tried hard and I felt she was little too young for that role.I had imagined someone older for that role.

Movie rating :5 out of 5 ( I can’t give anything lesser than this for a Alfred Hitchcock movie )

Catching Up With Movies

Posted: November 4, 2009 in Movies
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I have been very busy lately and that has left me very little time for anything else other than reading 🙂 . I was not able to indulge in my other favorite activity i.e. watching movies. I love watching movies. Old ones  , new ones , re runs , book adaptations,TV movies. It’s a great way of relaxing and I haven’t  done that lately.

I have finally decided I need to take some time out for this fav activity of mine and watch a good movie at least every alternate day   Bit too much , I hear you saying .. I can watch movies in a marathon fashion if I want to 🙂 But that would mean my job is gonna go caput 🙂

So , here’s what  I’m going to do. I am going to watch some good movies and write about them.

My choices for this week as you see in the side bar are Northanger Abbey and Becoming Jane.

Have you watched these movies ? Did you enjoy them ?


This is hosted by Royal Reviews for the year 2009.

The rules are simple:
In 2009 read a minimum of 6 books that have been made into movies and then watch the movie.
  • Write a review on the Book vs the Movie
  • Be honest about whether or not you think the film-maker was successful in translating the book to film. Please keep in mind that it is impossible to convey everything.
  • You must both read the book and watch the movie within 2009. All genres are acceptable and it doesn’t matter when the movie was made.
Here’s my list:Vanity Fair

Doctor Zhivago

Marley And Me

Rebecca

Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Sophie’s Choice