Comedy classics like Zoolander, Easy A, School of Rock and of course the brilliantly hilarious "gonna need a montage" montage from Team America made the cut. As did Donnie Darko, The Watchmen, American Beauty, Marie Antoinette, Dirty Dancing, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Moonrise Kingdom, Rocky and the extremely sad montage from Pixar's Up, which was actually chosen by four people as their favourite movie montage. I even managed to toss in a little horror with the boredom montage from Dawn of the Dead. Overall it was a great celebration of all great montages and spectacular cinema, which was a very fitting way to salute spicywatch's third year of existence.
Again, I cannot thank my readers enough for their continued readership and willingness to repeatedly click on and happily read the rantings of a mad woman from time to time. I hope that over the last three years I have managed to assist you with finding enjoyable new movies to experience though my own cinematic endeavours and I do hope that you will continue to visit spicywatch.com for your viewing needs for many days to come.
A million thanks to my wonderful friends and family for supporting me with my blog through their continued reading efforts, their regular comments on my blog posts and for helping me to celebrate my small and yet deeply meaningful spicywatch events with good humour and loads of light hearted fun. May the years ahead be paved in many more shared cinematic experiences and many more laughs as I forge ahead with my web page in an aim to get to 1001 reviews (and possibly beyond?) in the (hopefully) not too distant future.
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Release Date: 2006
Running Time: 123 mins
Written and directed by Sofia Coppola, this period drama is based on the life and times of Marie Antoinette, leading up to the French Revolution. It won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, and gained a lot of attention for it's funky new wave soundtrack and lavish imagery.
An Austrian teenager (Kirsten Dunst) must leave her home to embark on an arranged marriage to the Dauphin (Jason Schwartzman) of France. She goes on to become the Queen of France, and a symbol of extreme extravagance during the 18th century. She meets her demise during the French Revolution of 1789, when she is stripped of her title, imprisoned and finally beheaded by her own subjects.
This is a decadent romp, illustriously realised and slathered with lush finery beyond all compare. Visually this is a real delight, Dunst plays her role of the young Queen with great energy and a confectionery-like beauty; perfectly portraying a woman that had the world at her feet, but was desperately lonely. The backdrop of Versailles just adds another layer of icing to an already insanely over-decorated cake, and the overall polish is a pastel goth dream. I especially enjoyed the mixture of historical story and modern music, which I thought was a clever and somewhat whimsical addition.
FINAL SAY: Let them eat cake.
3.5 Chilli Peppers