I’ve been known to have passionate, ongoing affairs with various attractive male celebrities, and I appear to have just made another conquest. Or, rather, one of them just made a conquest of me.
I saw the new movie version of Brideshead Revisited (which Kaks is dreading) at a pre-screening the other night, and while I, like many young women, have been a fan of Matthew Goode since his turn as a dashing “undercover” British Secret Service Agent (American Secret Service, mind you) to Mandy Moore’s President’s daughter in Chasing Liberty, [ed – I have not, as even I did not sink low enough to actually watch Chasing Liberty. ed 2 – I have, since I kind of sort of own that movie. god my life is sad.] I think this is the movie that will finally shoot him into almost-stardom. (If Brideshead does well – and it might, as its makers clearly aim to cast it as this year’s Atonement, similarly banking on the fact that most people haven’t actually read the book – he might even reach stardom, but no matter what, the critics should like him.)
So, imagine my pleasure when I found this on the NYTimes.com… (I told you it was good for so many things).
Do yourself a favor and watch it. It just may make your day.
I love Brideshead Revisited. The novel is an integral part of me I have read it so many times. Yes, the 1980s mini-series may have clouded my view of the novel when I first read it since the mini-series was always on at my house when my brother and I were growing up. Indeed, my brother as a two year old endeavoured to name a teddy bear he received as a gift Aloysius. Try getting a two year old to say Aloysius.
But the mini-series was incredibly true to the book. And the influence of the mini-series didn’t affect my reading for long as I kept re-reading the book and discovering new layers and complexities. Literary criticism of Waugh also helped form my opinions, as did reading Waugh’s other, sinfully delicious satires.
That’s why I have a bit of a problem with this.
The advert (below the jump) for Orange Mobile plays before films at Odeon cinemas in England. When you see a lot of movies, ads like these can sometimes get old. For instance, the MacCaulay Culkin and Val Kilmer ones annoyed the hell out of me after the second time seeing them. The Snoop Dogg one was funny, but not nearly as funny the 10th time through, housies. But the Rob Lowe one…oh, the Rob Lowe one. I love this ad. I laugh hysterically every time I see it. Most likely because I’ve been a little bit in love with Rob Lowe since I was a very small child and his role on The West Wing only cemented that love. This ad makes the world a better place.