Stuart Little

Name: Stuart Little
Year: 1999
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 84
Description: The adventures of a heroic and debonair stalwart mouse named Stuart Little with human qualities, who faces some comic misadventures while searching for his lost bird friend and living with a human family as their child.
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Yeah, okay, so… I just wanted to watch this one because I’d read so many positive things about Alan Silvestri’s music for this movie, but more about that later. The voice acting is TERRIBLE. Geena Davis is a total disaster, Hugh Laurie is passable and Michael J Fox isn’t really having too much fun either. He was definitely more inspired when he got to drive the DeLorean. The story is also, like, ten times too absurd for me to accept and now I kind of ‘feel an empty space’. Oh, God, I really need to learn to listen to film scores without seeing the film first urgently.

But the music is definitely the best aspect of this film. Pity such orchestral, fun scores usually come with childern’s films and that I had to listen to this film in mono.

Note on the audio description: It was quite endearing to hear an American narrator getting so wrapped up in her story.

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace

Name: Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace
Year: 1999
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 136
Description: The evil Trade Federation, led by Nute Gunray is planning to take over the peaceful world of Naboo. Jedi’s Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are sent to confront the leaders. But not everything goes to plan. The two Jedis escape, and along with their new Gungan friend, Jar Jar Binks head to Naboo to warn Queen Amidala, but droids have already started to capture Naboo and the Queen is not safe there. Eventually they land on Tatooine, where they become friends with a young boy known as Anakin Skywalker. Qui-Gon is curious about the boy, and sees a bright future for him. The group must now find a way of getting to Coruscant and to finally solve this trade dispute, but there is someone else hiding in the shadows. Are the sith really extinct? Is the Queen who she really says she is? and what’s so special about this young boy?
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson and Natalie Portman
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Some random thoughts:

1. What the hell is up with the accent of Padme when she is impersonating the Queen? And I thought Queen Elizabeth had a plummy accent.
2. Jar-Jar needs to die in a very, very painful way indeed. I suddenly love the E-Woks, the Wookies and the sand people.
3. Broken grammar I no like, movie makes to watch annoying. To that place teachers send over?
4. The score: OH MY GOODNESS! I finally heard Duel of the Fates in its appropriate context. Fantastic!
5. Some of the parallels between this film and the previous trilogy seem totally forced, like the end celebration, the Qui-Gon burial scene etc.

An Ideal Husband

Name: An Ideal Husband
Year: 1999
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 88
Description: Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns for help to his friend Lord Goring, an apparently idle philanderer and the despair of his father. Goring knows the lady of old, and, for him, takes the whole thing pretty seriously.
Stars: Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, Peter Vaughan
Genres: Comedy, Romance

Quite enjoyable and as usual, Julianne Moore was fantastic. Delightful (though cheesy) score too.

Runaway Bride

Name: Runaway Bride
Year: 1999
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 116
Description: Ike Graham, New York columnist, writes his text always at the last minute. This time, a drunken man in his favourite bar tells Ike about Maggie Carpenter, a woman who always flees from her grooms in the last possible moment. Ike, who does not have the best opinion about females anyway, writes an offensive column without researching the subject thoroughly. The next day, Ike gets fired by his publisher (and former wife), because he went too far and faked the facts, which real journalists don’t do. Ike’s only way back into the business now is to do a fact-based report on Maggie and her upcoming fourth wedding attempt, which Ike predicts to fail again. So, as he circles her like a vulture his prey-to-be, Maggie’s opinion of Ike sinks below zero. Not only is Ike waiting for her to fail again but the whole town is poking fun at Maggie about her mistakes. But that is a point which Ike doesn’t like.
Stars: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere and Joan Cusack
Genres: Comedy, Romance

Oh dear, that was a mistake. I watched this one because it got bad reviews, because all the critically acclaimed films I’ve been watching recently didn’t make much of an impression. And this one didn’t either.

The premise was sort of interesting, but what bothered me is how both Maggie’s parents and ‘friends’ all help her prepare wedding after wedding while unashamedly mocking her. Odd people… Oh, and I also knew how it was gonna end (didn’t expect her to run again, though), but was nevertheless not prepared for the cheesy and ridiculous final scenes. Basically, the only thing that kept me watching was Julia Roberts. Oh, and watching a film isn’t really that great if your audio source is a mono MP3 file iwth a bitrate of 32 KBPS. That was an all-time low.

James Newton Howard’s score, though, is really nice. I’ll definitely be checking it out.

Why didn’t I watch Gravity instead…?