Friday, February 1, 2019

Friday Finds: It's Firth February!

All February, I'm celebrating Colin Firth, because, why not? 😊 I'm a shy, somewhat socially awkward introvert, and it can very challenging for me to interact with people, even (or even more so) online. So, I came up with the idea of having theme months that would be fun for me, and hopefully, some other people. I know I'm not the only one who enjoys watching Colin Firth, right?
All this month, I'll be posting photos on Facebook (Fridays) and Twitter (at least Monday--Friday, look for #FirthFebruary), and blogging about his movies. I may even live-tweet sometimes as I watch. Will any of you join in? I hope it's going to be fun--at least I know watching his movies will be! And it gives me an excuse to watch the 1995 Pride and Prejudice again. What's not to love about that?

I had high hopes for seeing a bunch of his movies I hadn't, but unfortunately, most aren't readily available (I'm looking for free views, as I'm on another minimal spending year). Here's a link to Internet Movie Database if you want to see which of his films you've watched, or missed.

What I'll be watching:
Camille (1984)
Pride and Prejudice (1995)
Nanny McPhee (2005)
The King's Speech (2010)
Arthur Newman (2012)
Emily Blunt and Colin Firth in Arthur Newman, via IMDb
Magic in the Moonlight (2014)
The Bridget Jones trilogy
And more, depending on what's available at the library and what I can get friends with Netflix and Amazon Prime to watch with me. :)

What I've already seen--and Firth is fantastic in them all:
The Secret Garden (1987): This may be my favorite adaptation of the beloved book, but I haven't seen it in so long, I can't be sure. I couldn't find it anywhere, so I'm not rewatching. Recommended.

Circle of Friends (1995): I also haven't seen this in awhile, but I most remember Alan Cumming playing someone smarmy in it. Recommended (PG-13).

Pride and Prejudice (1995): To me, Firth is Darcy. This adaptation is one of my all-time favorites. Glorious set and costume design, wonderful cast and script. Highly recommended.

The English Patient (1996): I saw this in the theater when it came out, but I found it tedious. I know a lot of people love it, and it's beautifully made, with a superb cast, but I can't personally recommend it.

Shakespeare in Love (1998): I haven't seen this in awhile, and it didn't make much of an impression, despite the marvelous cast. I may rewatch if I have time.

Bridget Jones's Diary (2001): It's been awhile--come back later this month to read a review of this and the other two in the series!

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002): I enjoyed this adaptation of the Oscar Wilde classic. Great cast, sparkling dialogue--lovely!

Firth in The Importance of Being Earnest, via IMDb

What a Girl Wants (2003): Cute teen movie, enjoyable cast. (PG)

Girl With a Pearl Earring (2003): Solid period drama set in 17th century Holland. (PG-13)

Love, Actually (2003): While I usually watch this every year, I have mixed feelings about it. Recommended (R).

Nanny McPhee (2005): Emma Thompson. Need I say more about this magical movie? (PG)

St. Trinian's (2007): Broad English comedy. Recommended if you like that sort of thing :)  (PG-13).

Mamma Mia! (2008): This musical was only okay for me, but I know it's a favorite of many people.

The King's Speech (2010): Excellent period drama about King George VI. Firth gives a wonderful performance. Recommended.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014): Violent, darkly comic movie. I hid under my pashmina for much of the movie. Not really my thing.

Mary Poppins Returns (2018): My son and I recently saw this. It's another one of those "great cast" films, but it fell flat for both of us. Recommended with some reservations, but worth the price of a matinee.

What are your favorite Firth films? Hope to see you for Firth February!

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