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April 28th, 2004 (12:57 pm)

Current Mood: artistic
Current Song: Secondhand Rose

One of my favorite new films is Happy Accidents, starring Marisa Tomei and Vincent D'onofrio. If I were to write up a plot summary, it would reveal too much of the film, so instead I will simply say this: I adore it. From start to finish, it is fabulous. The story, the details, the twists, the cinematography, the "quirky xylophone music" (as close captioning calls the original score), the actors, the characters, the photographs - all well-done and well-detailed. Not only do I give Happy Accidents four stars and two thumbs up, but it may very well be the newest addition to my list of favorite movies. It is very difficult for films to get on that list, especially modern ones.

I thank Stef for the initial recommendation, and I thank the Independent Film Channel for broadcasting the movie. I praise Brad Anderson, who wrote, directed and edited the movie. Thanks to Stef for providing the screencaps for my Happy Accidents icons, which are archived at Your Girl.


Posted by: stef (daisyxrain)
Posted at: April 28th, 2004 01:26 pm (UTC)

Ooh pretty! Nabbing #1. I tried to make one from that scene and it just wouldn't come out right. *pouts* I like all the others too, very nice. :) Now for you to see Secretary and fall in love with Maggie Gyllenhaal. I also really liked her character in The Photographer, it's just that the movie as a whole didn't quite do it for me.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 28th, 2004 01:35 pm (UTC)

No, thank YOU. I just adore Happy Accidents.

When Donnie Darko is re-released, I hope it comes to a theatre near me so I can see it on the big screen.

I might be uncomfortable with Secretary. I was very uncomfortable watching Cruel Intentions.

Posted by: stef (daisyxrain)
Posted at: April 28th, 2004 01:55 pm (UTC)

You are most welcome. :)

You'll definitely have to see DD in its entirety because it's really good.

There's really only 1 scene that bothered me in Secretary and it bothers me every time I watch it. If you ever gear up to watch it, I will let you know which scene it is so you can prepare yourself for it. :) There's no sex at all until the bitter end of the movie and it's not dirty. There is no nakedness until the very end of the movie and for once, the nakedness is a very important part of the scene. Not to spoil the nakedness for you, but she's a cutter and has scars all over her body and she kind of lets go and lets him see her, the only person she's ever allowed to see her, and it's quite beautifully done. Their S&M relationship isn't gross and filled with nakedness or whips and chains or anything like that either. It's a really beautiful story and very well written. The acting is phenomenal too. I know you would love the way it's shot, all the rich colors set against the rather dark content of the movie. The characters are tortured souls who find one another and fall in a different kind of love. With you being the bif film buff that you are and an actress as well, I think that you should see it for those purposes if nothing else. :) It's in my top 3 favorite movies of all time.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 28th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC)

See, personalized reviews like that are better for me, because you know what I'm talking about. ;-) Some of the other reviews I read were more R-rated explicit than that, so I thought it wouldn't be my type of movie.

Enjoy the reading Ruby!

Posted by: stef (daisyxrain)
Posted at: April 28th, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC)

I'm happy to give you personal reviews and tell you what might bother you and what might not about any movie. :) With this one, the content is a little different because it's not just your happy fluffy lovey movie. The content is dark, the characters are complex, the acting is intense. As I'm sure I've told you before, Maggie covers every range of emotion in this movie and she does it with her eyes and it's amazing. Corissa would probably tell you the same thing as it's her favorite movie. :)

Will do!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 28th, 2004 03:08 pm (UTC)

I always prefer drama to fluff.

Posted by: stef (daisyxrain)
Posted at: April 28th, 2004 03:09 pm (UTC)

Yet another reason I think you'll like it. ;)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 28th, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC)


Posted by: Emily (mooseonski)
Posted at: April 28th, 2004 07:11 pm (UTC)

1) I like the new order of the icons.

3) My favorites are 538, 525, 539, and 537.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 28th, 2004 07:47 pm (UTC)

The colours in 538 remind me of my previous Your Girl layout with Eliza. 539 reminds me to keep walking, to keep trying. Literati rock, so I made 525 shareable rather than keeping it for me. 537 was fun to play with, color-wise.

I was very tempted to make icons of the certain actor who makes a surprise cameo in this film, but I did not, because I don't want to spoil anyone. That person's appearance was one of my favorite surprises in the film. The entire movie was well-cast.

Posted by: Emily (mooseonski)
Posted at: April 28th, 2004 08:34 pm (UTC)

The colors rock. Sadly, I STILL don't know what Literati is (but I think it's a game).

If in my comment elsewhere I spoiled that cameo, I apologize. I don't remember if what I said/was quoted as saying was a surprise.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 28th, 2004 08:41 pm (UTC)

I think Literati may be an online game and/or board game, but I have yet to play any version thereof. I love the definition ("the literary intelligentsia") and the word itself.

Oh, heavens to Betsy, no - you didn't spoil anything!

Posted by: Emily (mooseonski)
Posted at: April 28th, 2004 09:12 pm (UTC)

Goodness. I thought she was reading a book in that icon, but when you used the word "literati" I thought perhaps she was actually playing some sort of game. *rolls eyes at self*

In that case, I don't remember what you're talking about. I should see the film again and/or you should remind me via e-mail. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 28th, 2004 09:29 pm (UTC)

Email sent!

Posted by: paranoid kitten (paranoidkitten)
Posted at: May 1st, 2004 07:26 am (UTC)

Randomly: I read Like The Red Panda yesterday and An Egg On Three Sticks today based on your recommendations. Enjoyed both muchly. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 1st, 2004 06:01 pm (UTC)

I am so flattered that you checked out my recommendations, and I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed them both. If you need any others, just ask. :)

Posted by: tlace (tlace)
Posted at: May 4th, 2004 12:11 pm (UTC)

I've only seen about five minutes of Happy Endings but, as you may already know, I'm a huge fan of Vincent and Marisa. Huge! Really love #4. Marisa does sad so beautifully! Wonderful cropping on 2, 4 &6. Well, your icons have inspired me to rent the film (finally).

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 4th, 2004 06:10 pm (UTC)

Woo hoo! I am glad that you are going to rent it. Let me know what you think (which will let Stef and Emily know, by proxy, if they are lurking in the comments bin here . . . ) and let me know if you adore it half as much as I do.

Posted by: tlace (tlace)
Posted at: May 5th, 2004 07:21 am (UTC)

Will do, Chickie! ;)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 8th, 2004 11:31 am (UTC)

This is a reminder for you to watch Happy Accidents. :)

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