From the Terrace (1960) is a streaming drama that Netflix recommended to me. I decided to watch it because of its stars, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The movie is a cross between The Great Gatsby and The Graduate, with the storyline centering on the coming-of-age of an ambitious, upper-class young man following WWII. Newman is in his prime and Woodward is stunningly beautiful. The critics didn’t show much love, at 38%, but the audience was more agreeable, at 64%. I agree with the audience and give it three stars out of four.
The Last Kiss (2006) is a romantic comedy-drama starring Zach Braff as a young architect who gets cold feet when his girlfriend (Jacinda Barrett) gets pregnant and then he is seduced by a beautiful co-ed (Rachel Bilson). Why would Rachel Bilson be interested in Zach Braff? The Rotten Tomato critics score the movie at 46%, and the audience is mildly better at 59%. I’m with the critics and give it two stars out of four.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the 2005 movie version of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. Because I enjoyed the movie so much, especially the “four unique romances that aren’t immediately obvious, but ultimately are wonderfully satisfying,” I decided to watch an earlier (1995) version that was a BBC TV miniseries. The only thing disappointing about the 1995 miniseries was that it extended over two discs, which meant that I couldn’t devour it in one sitting and was forced into a two-day hiatus hallway through. Also the miniseries didn’t pay much attention to the four unique romances, but rather focused on the love/hate relationship between Elizabeth Bennet (Jennifer Ehle) and Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth), who are wonderful. And finally, although the miniseries was made only ten years prior to the 2005 movie, it seemed like a much earlier production. Its production was evocative of 1939’s Gone With The Wind. Despite these differences, I give the miniseries four stars out of four.