What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #18


This week wasn’t as slow as it looks when it comes to movie watching as much as I saw a lot in theaters including Everybody’s Fine, Me and Orson Welles, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Ninja Assassin. I also watched John Woo’s Red Cliff a second time before reviewing it as well as watched the new Fight Club Blu-ray and Criterion’s Blu-ray for Gomorrah, both of which will be reviewed and online Monday and Tuesday. So, when you see just one title below I’m not point-shaving, just have a lot left to talk about later on. Oh, and I am seeing A Single Man on Sunday afternoon.

A Christmas Carol (1951)
QUICK THOUGHTS: I had never seen this 1951 classic interpretation of Charles Dickens’s story and with the recent disappointment that was Robert Zemeckis’s film I was curious as to what the big deal was with this film considering so many people stood up to say it was their favorite version of the story.

Certainly, it is a much better film, but what I am wondering is why Zemeckis felt his film was a vastly improved interpretation beyond those that came before it. As far as I can tell the only difference in terms of story is his addition of a mini-Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past being represented by a candle rather than just another ghost. Other than that his version is damn near exactly the same and Jim Carrey’s interpretation of Scrooge, all the way down to the reading of the lines, is a mirror image of Alastair Sim’s performance here, which (of course) seems so much more real considering… it is. Oh well.

There you have it. Now share your weekly recaps and weigh in with any thoughts you may have on the films I saw. And remember to connect with my Netflix queue by clicking here, I have already added several titles from those that have already linked up.