- Fizzy Thoughts: Nite at the Movies (take 2)

Nite at the Movies (take 2)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

So last Friday's movie night didn't work out, but we're going to try again this Friday. Same bat time, same bat station. In other words...

When: this Friday, 5/29/09 at 7 pm Pacific time (after the #BEAtwittyparty festivities)
Where: watch the movie in your own home, comment at twitter - our hashtag for the occasion is #niteatthemovies
Who: everyone is welcome!
What: we'll be watching the 1949 version of Little Women. Why that version? Well, because it's available on iTunes ($2.99 to rent) and I couldn't resist the amazon description:


Erstwhile tomboy June Allyson stars as Alcott's famed heroine Jo, the budding writer in Civil War New England who pines for adventure, independence, and her own career. With Father off to war, it's up to Jo, practical older sister Meg (Janet Leigh), frail sister Beth (Margaret O'Brien), and vain sister Amy (Elizabeth Taylor) to help Marmee (a saintly Mary Astor) keep the home fires warm while dealing with the rigors of adolescence. It's all poured on with a generous amount of syrup, including lavish sets, hoop skirts, and petticoats, but anyone who's ever read Alcott's book will take comfort in its familiar story line. The dialogue is clunky but earnest, but you'd have to have a heart of stone not to get caught up in Jo's plight. And rarely do you get to see such stars go at it with such gusto: Allyson and Peter Lawford (as neighbor and rich boy Laurie) are a match made in B-movie heaven, Taylor is spunky and hilarious in an early comic performance, and Leigh does the matronly thing with aplomb. And nobody, but nobody, cries and suffers like Margaret O'Brien!

A word of warning...it can take over an hour for the movie to download from iTunes, so start your download early!

See you on twitter!

2 comment(s):

chartroose said...

This one is kind of fun. I enjoyed June Allyson in spite of her horse-face and annoying lisp, and Liz Taylor was so beautiful. (Some people peak as children, ya' know). I still think she was the best Amy of all.

Have a great time!

LisaMM said...

Who can resist an erstwhile tomboy?

In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. ~S.I. Hayakawa

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
~Mark Twain

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