September 13, 2011

Good Book Good Shmook

Hello Yammering Muse readers!

My name is Charissa Hogeland, and Ashley has asked me to do a guest post because I am the single person she loves more than anyone in the whole world. Well, that may be stretching it, but we have known and loved each other for 19+ years of fabulous best-friend-sistership. Thus, my post.

I am an actress first and foremost, and it influences everything I do. I love a good book (for the diverse characters) but I also love love love a good movie on a blustery autumn afternoon. Curling up with a blanket on the couch all day is bliss. So I have a few movie suggestions for you that you may not have seen! They may not be typical 'Yammering Muse' fare (Singing in the Rain will always be a favorite) but I assure you, they're worth every moment.

Annie Hall

"Annie Hall: So you wanna go into the movie or what?
Alvy Singer: No, I can't go into a movie that's already started, because I'm anal.
Annie Hall: That's a polite word for what you are. "

Let's face it. No movie will ever compare to Annie Hall. To all you Woody Allen fans out there: he will never do better. Say what you will. This movie is such a classic. From it's perfectly timed understated comedy, to it's stark honesty, to the unconventional down right GORGEOUS Diane Keaton. It is darn near perfect.

Jack Goes Boating

"Jack: Don't worry, I'm a good swimmer.
Connie: I knew you'd be a good simmer.
Jack: I am for you."

Jack Goes Boating was originally a play in 2007 starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Beth Cole. became a movie in 2010 using the same original cast, replacing Beth Cole with Amy Ryan. This cast could not be more stellar. This is not a particularly thrilling movie, and the "plot" is not terribly complex in the normal blockbuster terms. However, I have not seen such a fine display of non-acting in a long time. Meaning, you literally feel that you are simply looking in on these peoples lives. Everything about their performances are perfectly human-not contrived, not forced, not "acting-ish". It is terribly intriguing with no effort whatsoever.

It's Complicated

"Adam: Here comes your ex-husband. Uh-oh, not the best time to be feeling groovy!"
Let's keep this one simple. Reasons you should see this movie:
Meryl Streep
Steve Martin
Heart Warming
John Krasinski
Great Plot
Alec Baldwin
A Romance that doesn't require size two 24 year olds!
Meryl Streep
Steve Martin
Just See It.

1 comment:

  1. I've seen two of the movies you mention in the post but I have not seen "Jack goes boating." Now that you've given us a little teaser description, I'm intrigued as to what the glimpse of these characters' lives is like! I will definitely check it out! Thanks for sharing!