December 1st is apparently the big day of when a ton of movies expire on Netflix. So I had to make choices. Not sure if I made the right ones BUT if Audrey Hepburn’s movie is ever going to expire, you can expect that is the first one I’ll watch just to make sure I get it in, because I just love her so much. So yeah, Paris When it Sizzles was going to expire and I watched that one. Then on Sunday night to relax and clear my mind after NaNoWriMo craze with Take the Lead, a dance movie with Antonio Banderas.
Lets check it out!
PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES (1964)
Director: Richard Quine
Cast: Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Gregoire Aslan, Noel Coward, Raymond Bussieres
Hollywood producer hires an often drunk writer, Richard Benson to do his next screenplay. Days are left before the deadline and an assistant, Gabrielle Simpson is sent in to help him finalize it. Much to her surprise, he hasn’t even started it due to writer’s block and having a little fun. With her push, she tries to inspire him to write the script while using themselves to figure out how the plot should go.
This is not anywhere near as awesome Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Roman Holiday, I mean those are masterpieces. Paris When It Sizzles is still extremely fun to watch. Audrey Hepburn and William Holden go between present day where they are formulating the plot together while learning about twists and dissolves and all that, while jumping to the fiction world of the story playing in front of our eyes. Whats kind of cute is how they make references to movies that Audrey Hepburn’s been in. Maybe even William Holden but I’m not familiar with his. Its a witty and fun little piece.
I have an immense love for Audrey Hepburn. She’s like my ultimate girl crush. Even my boyfriend who experienced half this movie with me and well, his first Audrey Hepburn viewing thought she was a pretty lady. Seriously, she brings in a movie in the most funny and absurd plot ideas they come with, and she just shows so much class and elegance that its really hard to not like whatever she’s in. Of course, thats just me.
Paris When It Sizzles is nothing as well done as Roman Holiday but its a whole lot of fun to watch packed with some really funny moments 🙂
TAKE THE LEAD (2006)
Director: Liz Friedlander
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Yaya DaCosta, Alfre Woodard, Jonathan Malen, Elijah Kelley, Jenna Dewan(-Tatum), Dante Basco, Lauren Collins
Dance instructor, Pierre Dulaine (Antonio Banderas) volunteers to take over the detention for some troublesome high school students to teach them how to ballroom dance. Although, not supported at first, he teaches them trust, teamwork, dignity and self-respect in the process.
I’m a sucker for these inspirational true stories. Freedom Writers is the first the pops in my head but this one is really good too. Its normal and possibly predictable but the message is what is important here. Sometimes thats really what I ask for. Most of the time, when I know what I’m heading into, my expectations change a little, as I believe it should be. Its like when I watch Sharknado, I don’t hold the same expectations as when I watch The Last Emperor (just putting an extreme out there). Inspirational movies can get formulaic but the characters themselves, when they do carry a great charisma to the screen, it connects well with the audience. I was impressed by Antonio Banderas and even the group here including Jenna Dewan, Rob Brown, etc.
I have a take a moment and talk about this charming man, Antonio Banderas. Its a bit embarrassing to say that the closest thing I’ve ever seen of Antonio Banderas (other than in magazines) is his voice work for Puss in Boots. I always found he seemed a little dated. Like he’s not a hot man or anything (at least not to me) but after seeing Take the Lead, he definitely has charm. He carries the old-fashioned gentlemanly charm very well. There’s something that makes him very appealing to watch. I think I’ll seek out more of his movies 🙂
I’d gladly add Take the Lead to my collection. It seems Jenna Dewan-Tatum is invading my life without my knowing though. Haha! I didn’t know she was in this one and I’ve been binge watching Witches of East End.
Overall… I liked both of them. They were fun and entertaining. For Paris When It Sizzles, it actually inspired me to break my writer’s block while I was putting together the final bit of my NaNoWriMo novel, while Take the Lead just made me want to learn ballroom dancing even more.
Have you seen Paris When It Sizzles? How about Take the Lead? Any fans of Antonio Banderas? Mind sharing which movies you like of his?