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completely plotless entry because I wanted to rate one of my favorite films

I popped in the DVD (full restored director's cut) while I worked, and must leave a rating.

I wish we could use decimels, for I rate it an 8.5

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Good flick. See Review. Heavenly Suspects is the title.
The best thing about this film (especially from a "Lord of the Rings" fanboy POV) is you get to see the early cinematic genius of Peter Jackson. The coolest thing in this film was seeing how consistent and brilliant of a film maker he was and still is. For example, there's a shot near the opening where the camera zooms in and does one of those sweeping close-up character shots--you feel like Legolas is going to jump out of the woods with a bow and arrow! Maybe it's just me, but I think it's great that he has such a defined style that you can pick it out from a film from 10 years ago. O.K., I'll stop kissing Peter's ass now...

Anyway, this was one of Kate Winslett's first performances--and she's great. She stars as Juliet, the somewhat neglected daughter of rich parents, who befriends a girl named, Pauline. Together they create the fantasy world of Borovnia, a sortive imaginary safe haven from their real world. They eventually become very close friends--apparetly to close for the parents. After they try to separate the two, evil ideas are set in motion. Murder is not far behind...

All of this seems a little far fetched, but actually it's done in such a great way that you'd really have to see the movie to appreciate the beauty of it. The imagination of Peter Jackson and how he creates Borovnia and the characters within, are the fun part of this film. The acting from the two girls is very convincing, but the film does drag a little before the end. The opening sequence is bone-chilling. A definite attention grabber.

If you're interested in seeing an above average drama or just want to see one of PJ's earlier films b/c you're a nerd like me, then check this movie out. You won't be disappointed.
Films watched between January 25, 2004 - January 28, 2004.
I've seen a whole lot of movies lately - it's a shame these entries only allow five at a time.

CENTURY HOTEL

I'm the first person to admit that Canadian content isn't always a high point when it comes to TV and movies. Even so, I was curious about this one - it stars Mia Kirschner, who is one of my favourite Canadian actresses, and it also features Chantal Kreviazuk and her husband Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace), both fairly heavy-hitters in the Cdn. music scene. So I thought, "What the hell? It can't be too bad." I was right about that. It was far better than "not too bad".

The story circulates around room 720 in a century-old Toronto hotel. Unified by one thread about a girl who has come to stay overnight in the present day, and has the lore related to her by an aging bellman, the movie jumps through several different decades. There's the reluctantly-newlywed couple in the 1920s who stay in Room 720 when it's the bridal suite. There's a woman who has been brought to Canada from China as a mail-order bride in the '30s. There's a tale of a woman who's welcoming back her war-hero fiance and his best friend in the '40s. There's the film-noir segment about the man who is in Toronto to search for his wife, who left him, in the '50s. There's the reclusive rock star (Maida) who uses his chamber maid (Kreviazuk) as inspiration for a new song in the late '60s. And there's my favourite story of them all - the businessman at the edge of the recession in the '80s, and the hooker (Kirschner) with whom he has an unexpected bond.

The movie cuts from one era to the next without mixing anything up, and each story is interesting enough that you can't wait to get back to it to see what happens next. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the whole film. If you can find it in your video store, rent it. Odds are you'll fall in love with at least one of the seven interwoven stories.

IRR
Before there was Titanic, Kate Winslet made a lesser known film, which was actually better. Before There was the Oscar winning Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson had made a little gem of a film. That film was 1994's Heavenly Creatures. Think of it as THIRTEEN set in the 1950s, with far more angst and a touch of imaginative musings not unlike ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, only with a far, far darker ending. And add to the fact that is was based on a true story, and you'll end up with HEAVENLY CREATURES, one of Jackson's earlier works that would hint of the brilliance that was to come.

Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey put up a superb performance, supported by an excellent sountrack and beautiful forays into their make-believe world. It is far edgier and compelling than a similarly themed film THIRTEEN, yet handled so much better.

Yeah, I think it's really a top-notch journal, filled with bright colors and lots of pictures and fun stories. I deserve some kind of award.

I watched a couple movies tonight. Calendar Girls was one I hadn't seen before, and it was all right, I guess I would have liked it more if it had been more along the lines of The Full Monty, with more build-up to the photo session, and more character development of all the "models". I sort of lost interest after the calendar came out and the media reared its ugly head. Still, as a woman who has never, in my opinion, possessed a beautiful body, it was refreshing to see some sag going on, and there were many lovely scenery shots of Yorkshire.

I have seen Heavenly Creatures before, and I love it! Mr. Rat told me tonight that he thinks I look like Kate Winslet (awww, isn't he sweet), and that was before we watched the movie, not afterwards, so he was not implying that I look deranged.


I have "Heavenly Creatures" for a while, but I finally get the chance to watch it. I wasn't much of a fan of Peter Jackson (LOTR annoys me in so many levels), except maybe his gory films, but that's irrelevant here.

Needless to say, I enjoy this movie a lot. I like everything about the movie up to the very last part. The tension builds up and it becomes disturbing, but then it just drops everything with the running-to-the-mother-and-father and the what-happens-after-text. Showing the running part in the forest again and intercutting with the running-on-ship-to-mother scene would have been better, or at least show the two panicking after the murder.

"Heavenly Creatures" WAS the reason why Peter Jackson got to do the "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy. It's disturbing and highly imaginative... I like that.


This is the story of two very close friends who's parents want to keep them apart. Not because they are getting in trouble, but because one father feels the other might be gay. This story is taken from one of the girl's diaries. Kate Winslet is really the only star in this. It was her debut. There were people I recognized but I don't know their names. This movie is very twisted at times and has a strange ending. This is based on a true story.
The best thing to me about this movie was the directing and cinematography. Peter Jackson did this and he's come along way from Bad Taste. I really liked the claymation characters and a lot of the quick edits from scene to scene. The scenery is also very nice. The actual screenplay was ok and I thought the movie could have been longer the ending seemed too rushed to me. Overall a film to take a look at visually, and this is a very weird story as well.
I posted this at the other site, but I figured I'd stick it in my journal anyway


I had no idea what this movie was about when I brought it home from work, just that it was Peter Jackson's, and the person who brought it back, who I know to be at least somewhat retarded (taste-wise anyway) hated it.
But wow, what a movie man. Kate Winslett and Melanie Lynsky totally own this film. The intensity that both of them (particularly Lynsky) bring to their roles is unreal.
This is the true story of two New Zealand girls who meet at 14 when Winslett's character comes to school after fighting some lung disease, by herself, in the Bahamas after her parents sent her there for 5 years to recover. They immediately form a bond and soon are inseperable. As their relationship grows into obsession, so grows their parent's worry. Eventually, they try to separate them, which sends both girls off the deep and and leads to a horrifying and heartbreaking conclusion.
The fact that the voice-over narration from Lynsky is taken directly from her characters old diarys helps this film immensely, and gives it a gravity that makes it stay with you for days after. I, for one, have been unable to get it out of my head since I saw it.
This review is probably a little vague and rambling, but it's hard for me to put my thoughts on it in order. Just that I loved it.

9/10