Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel



Cory and I saw Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Saturday for my birthday. Can I just tell you that I positively love going to the movies? Watching movies at home? Not so much. But if I could go every week, I would. There's something so deeply restful and comforting about falling into another world for a couple of hours. I am a total sucker for the previews, too.

I'm not a movie snob by any means, but I tend to reserve most of my love for dramas. Give me a bucket of quirk - extra butter (Lars and the Real Girl). I like sad movies (Million Dollar Baby) and sometimes even weird, darkish movies (Things We Lost in the Fire). I appreciate a good romantic comedy (The Switch) or some suspense (The Town). Give me a dreamy coming-of-age movie with plenty of food mixed in and I'll give you my heart forever. (Secret Life of Bees).

I like off-the-beaten path movies. I'm begging to be transported to a place I've never been. I'm also thrilled to go back; to a time, a place, a feeling, a moment. 

Some might find Marigold Hotel a tad slow-moving. Hogwash, I say! It was perfect. I eased into a slice of life cut so exquisitely, it could have been real. That's the magic of the movies - when they make you believe that it's all mostly possible. That's what makes me cry. Maybe there is an exquisite hotel in another world devoted to the happiness of "the elderly and the beautiful". And, you know, maybe some grumpy, wounded dude like Kevin Costner really did die a tragic death at sea after realizing that he has finally found his one true love. (I cried until I nearly puked at this one, all alone in a matinee with lots of old people - old and beautiful, that is.)

So, you get it. I heart the movies. Well, most of them. I almost categorically refuse to watch action movies (i.e. anything with "awesome special effects" or "crazy car chases"), science fiction of any kind (with the notable exception of The Time Traveler's Wife), animated movies (worst mom ever), or horror flicks.

If you're anything like me, you will dig Marigold Hotel. It's so worth it just for the India parts, which is basically all of it.

What are some of your favorite movies? Title and genre, por favor.


ps - Thanks so much for all the birthday gifts that are still pouring in! :) We survived Day 2 mostly intact, save 3 needle pokes which were generously rewarded with three new Beanie Babies: a blue jay (for the bravest boy I know), a tree frog (carefully chosen for Silas) and a black poodle (for our favorite curly girl). My people can't get enough of Beanie Babies. Calvin was scandalized to see that Rocket the blue jay was born in 1997 and is, therefore, much too old to be his "child". We have since amended Calvin's age to 36 (like Mommy) and all is well.

45 comments:

  1. I heartily concur with your review! I also remembered The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants! Didn't we all sob uncontrollably at the Goshen Theater during that one? Xoxo

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  2. The Man From Snowy River... It's an oldie from Down Under about a young guy who has to make his way as a ranch hand and wins the heart of his boss' daughter... I never get sick of it. :)

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  3. I also went to see this movie last weekend. LOVED it. I loved the colors and architecture of the hotel. Also loved the beautiful linen tunics that the lady with the spunky, short grey hair wore. Good stuff :)

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    1. Hi cupcake studio (and FGFG)! I haven't commented before, and I haven't actually seen this movie (yet, I think I'd like to read the book first), but I'm pretty sure that "the lady with the spunky, short grey hair" is Dame Judy Dench. I L.O.V.E. her. She's fabulous. If you're looking for a quirky series to watch, she was in As Time Goes By (a British comedy) from the 90s. She might have even worn something tunic-ish in a few of the later episodes :)

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  4. okay, movies! one of my favorite topics! do you have your netflix que ready? do ya?

    i'll leave the typical favs off here in favor of random/off the beaten path ones mkay? white squall.{ 90s movie about a group of boys and teacher that sail and end up in a storm.} rob roy.{ scottish clan fighting the imposing british powers. very dramatic and wonderful.} newsies {old school. think christian bale at 16. about...newsies} . life is beautiful {world war 2 era, takes place in italy, story of a man who shields his young son from the severity of the situation while in a concentration camp. funny and heart wrenching.} the BBC north and south.{typical bbc fair in the realm of pride and prejudice} oh, oh! you will LOVE mrs. palfrey and the clairemont{a british film about an old lady befriending a young man and what they teach one another}.
    and i know you dont particualrly like the classics, but pinkie promise youll give mr. hobbs takes a vacation a shot. very funny and sweet. and has jimmy stewart {my favorite actor}
    my list of all favs is here:http://thelittlethingsinourlife.blogspot.com/2010/09/redeeming-myself-movie-list.html

    okay, i'd better stop!

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  5. Get Low - one of the best slow-moving movies we've seen

    Boy in the Striped Pajamas (WWII, holocaust) - kick you in the guts, and amazing soundtrack

    I have to tell you, that I generally agree with your not-a-fan genre list, but if you are inclined one evening to be entertained with something quirky AND animated, please watch Rango. It kills us every time, and - again- oh! the music.

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  6. Have to jump in here as well. Will never forget seeing "Get Low" in the oldest cutest theater in upper MI on my birthday with our best couple friends. Get away for my fall birthday. Loved it but not hard since Robert Duvall is my favorite actor. Love when I see great movies for special events. Saw "Fantastic Mr. Fox" on New Year"s Day with the whole family on my oldest son's 19th birthday, again with family friends in Ohio. Such a great family movie, do not be put off by the fact that it is animation. It is a Wes Anderson movie and it is lovely!!
    Another favorite is "Diner". Could go on and on but will stop here,

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  7. Dearest Friend, I normally stay away from commenting on favorite movies. If I was to tell y'all, it would appear I've done nothing in my life but sit in theaters, and or, alot of couch sleeping... But since it's your Birthday week here at the Rental, I'll give up one of my favorites. Have you ever loved a movie so much you didn't want anyone to know? Well because, you know, they might steal it for their favorite, or something like that. This movie is now an oldie so I tell anybody who will listen, An Angel At My Table. It is based on the life of Janet Frame, born and raised into a poor family in New Zealand. She went on to become a prized author. She spent eight years locked in a mental institution. I dare not say any more, because this comment will start to look like a post. But I must say it sits on my all time favorite list. The movie is not only quirky, sad, lonely, endearing, but Janet Frame, would have been described this way too. Ok, I stop.
    ~G~xo
    P.S. Dots and blowing snot, my two favorite things when it comes to sad movies...

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  8. Lars and the Real Girl is one of our favorites. We love quirky--Sean would like to add, "The Power of One".

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  9. I am a movie illiterate, at least movies made since the 90's. I may have watched 10 movies in the last 10 years. It's seriously that bad. But I do have some favorites from the 80's and 90's, if you'll pardon my age showing. They remain classics:

    Kramer vs. Kramer, drama
    Tootsie, comedy
    Moonstruck, drama, romance, comedy
    Rain Man, drama, comedy
    The Remains of the Day, drama, romance

    Of these, my favorites are Moonstruck and The Remains of the Day. Both have such rich characters and incredible acting.

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  10. I am a movie illiterate, at least movies made since the 90's. I may have watched 10 movies in the last 10 years. It's seriously that bad. But I do have some favorites from the 80's and 90's, if you'll pardon my age showing. They remain classics:

    Kramer vs. Kramer, drama
    Tootsie, comedy
    Moonstruck, drama, romance, comedy
    Rain Man, drama, comedy
    The Remains of the Day, drama, romance

    Of these, my favorites are Moonstruck and The Remains of the Day. Both have such rich characters and incredible acting.

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    1. No earthly idea why I'm showing up in doubles but I thought of another must-see movie and that is Green Card. Romance, comedy. Laugh out loud funny in places. Makes me want to see it again, just writing about it.

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  11. Oh. My. Gravy. I am a movie girl. Love any and all kinds. My favorites would have to include:

    The Man in the Moon
    Steel Magnolias
    Nothing to Lose
    Braveheart - Chris and I quote this one waaaay too much...

    I could go on and on and on...

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    1. Man in the Moon was my first-ever favorite movie. I still adore it and I still cry in all the same parts. :)

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  12. 7:42 is apparently too early in the morning for my brain to compute complicated algorithms such as 'what movies have i thoroughly enjoyed and could pass along to shannan,' but i do remember a title that i'd *like* to see: http://www.safetynotguaranteedmovie.com/ . could be horrible, who knows. but the trailer is so very My Cup of Tea.

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  13. Ha! The beanie babies dilemma has me laughing out loud.

    I heart movies, too. My sons take after their mama. My daughter, not so much.

    I kid you not, we were discussing Million Dollar Baby last night - about how it was too sad and I can never watch it again. Never. Ever.

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    1. You know what movie I can never watch again? Titanic. They showed the trailer again (re-release in 3D) and I could hardly bear it. WHY did we put ourselves through it? The old couple holding hands on the bed? uh-uh. Will. Not. Do it.

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  14. my husband has accused me more than once of being a MOVIE SNOB.... but i am working to amend that!

    here's my short list

    Amelie (french/subtitles)
    Narnia
    Inglorious Basterds (a bit gross, but the story line will wrench your heart)
    Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much (Both from the Master-- Alfred Hitchcock)
    Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tanenbaums (can't wait to see Moonrise Kingdom)
    500 days of summer
    Mostly Martha (french/subtitles)
    Something's Gotta Give (mostly for the house! the house! the house!)
    slumdog millionaire
    the girl with the dragon tattoo (original, not U.S. release)
    the village, 6th sense, signs
    oh, oops that was supposed to be a short list ;)

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  15. I love movies, too! And don't see either of these on your list. But two of my favorites that nobody has ever heard of are Finding Forrester (stars Sean Conery) and Music from my Heart (stars Meryl Streep). Really good stories.

    BTW, I saw the Exotic Hotel recently and totally loved it.

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  16. I love the movies! A nearby theater here has free summer movies for kids and it has proven I'll enjoy just about anything on the big screen. It's really all about the cold theater and hot popcorn anyways.

    I know as soon as I hit publish, I'll think of a million more movies, but a couple of my go-to-fav's are What's Eating Gilbert Grape, High Fidelity, Muriel's Wedding, Sliding Doors, Chocolat, Juno, and the 3 Toy Storys. (What? Who said that?)

    I like movies that make me feel like I can cut my hair and change my life. Even though I like my life. Does that even make sense?

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    1. ps...beanies. I collected them. Like called a store called Twin Cats and flew there after work to pick up Millennium Bear collected them. (In a car, not a plane, not totally crazy here) Can we still be friends?

      I sold the entire collection, but saved all my Signature Bears in a basket on a shelf way high up in my closet and won't let my kids have them yet. Weirdo? Yes.

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    2. Oh man, I sorta wish you airplane flew. I mean - WHAT a story! I hope Millennium Bear lived up to the hype. I'm SURE he (he?) did.

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    3. Oh you know he did. He sits in my unsealed Millennium time capsule with 2 Y2K commemorative state quarters. That's as far as I made it on my time capsule. Underachieve much, Abby? :)

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  17. Shannon ~
    So glad you took time to relish a movie {even whilst dealing in the Mr.Lee issues}. Choose an amazing film, you did! I too, LOVED this movie! The story line touching and tender - yet laugh out loud funny at times! Such scenery! Could have gasped for air in the scene where the two lost-loves are reunited! An Indie, artsy film nearly always makes my list! Don't get me started on Lars!
    May all be well... Shari

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  18. Well you just made my day, girl. I totally hate animated movies too! Soul sisters we are.
    xo

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  19. Girl. We like the same movies. I've been dying to see Marigold. Some of my faves are Fried Green Tomatoes, The Help, Love Actually, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Slum Dog Millionaire. Elf {but only at Christmas}, Pretty in Pink {God bless Molly Ringwald. I even have the soundtrack for this one.} Inception {a rare action flick I actually loved}, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Chocolat, Juno, Pride and Prejudice {the Keira Knightly one.} There's a documentary I absolutely loved called Wasteland. Highly recommend.

    Man, I love a good movie list. Or book list. I think I'm just in love with lists.

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    1. So when are we going to the movies together??

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  20. I wanted to move to India...I LOVED it. But on a much serious note, I thought the way they handled real life, was with grace and love. I could enjoy humanity without feeling assaulted. YAY!

    Plus Dame Judi...YEAH!

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  21. I like how you changed Mr. Lee's birthday to 36, lol.

    When my step-son was 12 we had the same sense of humor so I often said, "Yeah, I'm like...12." So, someplace along the way he mad me 12. Then he turned 13 and decided that I should turn 13, too, since it would just be wrong for him to be older.

    We are currently 14.
    *grin*
    The joke lives on...

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  22. I'm with you on the movie thing, with some exceptions. With me, there is always an exception. But mostly I love quirky indies or period dramas based on literature. I want to see Best Exotic Marigold Hotel so bad. I love me some India. Did you see Darjeeling Limited? Recently we saw Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and really liked it. Hands down our favorite quirky movie is Elizabethtown. I. Love. That. Movie. The Angelika theater near us has revolutionized the last 10 years or so of my movie watching. Another one I can't forget is Adam.

    Also, a book recommendation. Since you can't have a garden, maybe you can lust after others. I'm reading The Seasons on Henry's Farm and it's so good. I'm on a sustainable farming kick lately with this one and several Wendell Berry novels.

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  23. i have about 897 beanie babies somewhere in my grandma's attic, from my middle school days (yes, i was THAT old) in which i thought they'd somehow all retire and make me a millionaire one day. in other words, i should ship them to you! i know that would be a thrill for you. ;)

    um, let me go crawl back under my rock. never heard and/or seen any of these movies.

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    1. Oh Honey. This is why you need me in your life. You've got a lot of catching up to do! :)

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  24. Haven't heard of your movie..but sounds like a good one. I like dramas the best, too, and just like novels I like, I want to be able to be transported and connect to the characters and setting, at least for the 2 hours of the movie or the length of the book. I love when characters feel so real and you take on their emotions...only certain movies can do that. The Notebook does that for me. As well as other things. :)

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    1. God bless The Notebook and Ryan Gosling in general.

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  25. All the Johnny Depp's and not because of him either...really!
    They are just good.

    A Walk in the Clouds ...I could watch over and over.
    French Kiss with Meg Ryan...very funny and romantic.

    All the Goodwills here have new Beanie Babies for a dollar or less. :) Piles of them.

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  26. Movie I will never, ever, not EVER watch again: My Sister's Keeper! Girlfriend and I were deep in the throes of the ugly cry, sliding off our seats, gasping to breath, looked at each other and asked, "Why did we pay money for this?" And? We had read the book and KNEW what to expect!!

    Once, The Family Stone, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Garden State, 500 Days of Summer, Love Actually, Crash, Shawshank Redemption, and my mind went blank...

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    1. Little Mr. Man and I make quarterly visits to Children's, and once, upon being offered a duplicate Beanie Baby, he kind-of politely said he already had that one but he'll keep it anyway plus could he have another new one!?!

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    2. You are my movie soul Sistah! How about Spanglish? Or Dan in Real Life? Or...or...or... :)

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  27. I live in the same area as you but have not been able to track down a theatre that is showing that movie. Can I ask where did you see it?

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    1. It's playing (or was as of last week) in Mishawaka and South Bend. It will also be at our favorite independent theater, The Vickers, sometime in July, but we couldn't wait that long. :) Vickers is in Three Oaks MI.

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  28. So I'm going out on a limb here and confess that my tastes have moved from art house indies to action flicks. It could be my husband's influence, as his snoring becomes absolutely unbearable when we see the former... So it's been a slow migration from Room With a View and Babette's Feast (might be my all-time favorite) to X-Men, Bourne everything, and IronMan. just saw Brave today with the kids and was cringing at the similarities between me and Elinor (the queen mom) and was wishing I could, for a day, have a full head of wild, untamed, red hair.

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  29. I. Love. Movies. So love the escape. I'm hardly even discerning anymore thanks to my husband and children. My faves are Willow, The Princess Bride, Pride and Prejudice (any version), Shakespeare in Love, The Matrix Trilogy, Meet the Robinsons (its animated but I promise you would LOVE it), Lord of the Rings, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Lady in the Water. There's more, but I can't think of them now.

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  30. Jean de Fluerette and Manon de le source (excellent french films from late 80's, I believe) and also Lady Jane w/Helena Bohem Carter. Makes me want to leave work and go watch them all on this rainy day...

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