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Garden Talk

Family Movie Night

By Karyn Bowman

What do you do when perfect weather hits?

I prefer to be outside.

I know my house needs to be cleaned after a world-wind of work and activities that have kept me busy. But really, I want to be outside when the weather is warm and the wind is calm.

It doesn’t matter if I am walking the dog or working in the garden, being outside when it is beautiful restores my soul, especially after a winter like we had this year. I know most people feel that way although a few might prefer their beautiful bug-free, air conditioned inside world.

Sadly, movies about gardens and plants are not that plentiful. Not everybody gets jazzed by dealing with plants or being in the orderly world of gardening. That is what we do after all, force order into the wild rift raft of nature.

Secret GardenOne of my long time favorites is The Secret Garden (1993), a rich tapestry of a movie following the life of a little girl left orphaned by an earthquake in colonized India during the early part of the 1900s. She lives at her uncle’s manse, a colossal pile, but it also has gardens she is free to explore. One day the girl finds a key and then another day find the door where it fits.

Not only that, she meets a local boy who can tame wild animals. And then she finds her cousin, who might be a wild animal but is certainly ill. He is a reported invalid who must be catered to at every turn. But soon the girl and her cousin, once they discover each other, are close friends who run off to the secret garden with the other boy.

We watch the garden turn from cold March winds and expectations through the spring and to summer’s explosion of roses and other greenery. The three children also grow through magic they create and the connections they share. It is a wonderful movie that can be seen by all ages, although people who prefer physical explosions may not like this movie.

If explosions and action is what you need then perhaps Batman and Robin (1997) is the movie for you. I realize the plant connection is not very clear at first. This movie, directed by Joel Silver, is not a favorite in the Batman canon. Starring George Clooney as the Bat, it also feature Arnold Schwartzeneger as Mr. Freeze and Uma Thurman as Poisen Ivy. Is there over acting in this movie? Well, yes, by the tons.

Batman, Robin , Poisen IvyGeorge is great but low-key. It’s the villains we want to see and they do a bang-up job. Uma Thurman is fantastically over the top as the scientist who has gone to the bad side after being rejected one time too many, she even comes up with a secret formula for a deadly kiss. But she has developed feeling for Robin that may be more obsessive for the ways she can hurt Batman. She’s also developed plants that do more than grow around a window frame.

What a silly, crazy movie. But with it’s PG-13 rating it might be one to reconsider if you do not like the cartoonish ‘stylized’ action and the verbal sparring that gets suggestive.

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.


Austenland -My Dream Cast.

Today I want to talk about some casting ideas I have for Austenland, should it make its way to Hollywood. Again, I have heard nothing, I know nothing. But as I read this book I start seeing various people in various roles and I just have to write it down.

Lets start with Jane HayesElizabeth Banks from Definetely, Maybe off of IMDb.com. It should be someone approachable who can be a little obsessive. I have seen Elizabeth Banks in so many movies doing different roles and is always a standout. Movies such as W, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Seabiscuit.

Plus she can carry a movie. This is a strong woman who needs to fall on a good rom-com.

Jude Law in All The King's Men on IMDb.comI keep wondering about Mr. Nobley. I know Shannon Hale based the character on Colin Firth (sigh) but in my mind I saw the intense and incredibly handsome Jude Law. He could make a woman feel as if he believed she was the most beautiful thing in the world everyday.Lisa Ann Walters from IMDb.com

There must be a Miss Charming and I cannot think of anyone better than the loud but incredibly sweet Lisa Ann Walters. Loved her in The Parent Trap and Shall We Dance. Somehow, I know she will make it worthwhile to give up the car and the trip to Florence.

Uma Thurman from My Super Ex-Girlfriend from IMDb.comBut what about Amelia? Who can play that perfect Regency woman and still allow us to like her? What about Uma Thurman. She is beautiful and likable. We want to hate her but you can’t because you feel sorry for her or realize she is just as nice as you expected. See what I mean? Perfect for the role!

Joe Anderson, picture from IMDb.comMartin was harder for me to figure out. I wanted someone solid, someone English, young but not too young. Joe Anderson was in Becoming Jane but I really liked him in All Across the Universe. He would make  a wonderful earthy double-crossing gardener.

Sophie Thompson in Nicholas Nickelby from IMDb.comOne of the harder characters is the Aunt. She is on duty constantly. She has to satisfy her guests and her employer, making sure the dinner procession is always correct. Sophie Thompson (second from the left in this photo) who is a wonderful character actress in England might be better remembered as Miss Bates in Emma or Lydia in Four Weddings and a Funeral. But I love her whenever I see her.

Dame  Judie Dench in Casino Royale from IMDb.comWhen it comes to tough women, is there anyone better than Judi Dench? Let’s face it, Mrs Wattlesbrook is a tough broad. She puts fear into her staff and guests, willing to embarrass the least financially able guest in front of the others. Well, if Judi is not available there is always Helen Mirren.

I know I have missed a few characters. Maybe you have some better suggestions. Let’s hear them because I want to know where others stand on this. Can you think of something better to do (besides sex) on a rainy day?