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    Movie Sunday with Marisa – Toni Collette
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  • Published: Sep 28th, 2008

Today is Toni Collette day on Romance Novel TV. I’m a huge fan of this talented actress and she has starred in some of my favorite movies. Ms. Collette is a chameleon, slipping on the skin of each character as if it were her own and changing with each role she takes on. She’s an actress who has played on the Broadway stage, independent films and studio pictures with the same ease and grace throughout. She does what all good actresses do – she makes you believe — and for one hour or two transports you to another world. I had a hard time picking my three favorite movies to watch this weekend. I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to laugh, cry or have the bejezzus scared out of me.

In Her Shoes

This movie stars Toni Collette and Cameron Diaz as sisters and Shirley MacLaine as the Grandmother. If you haven’t seen it, I urge you to run and rent it! It’s a tear jerker with a heart. Cameron Diaz gives a surprisingly poignant performance and Shirley MacLaine just gets better with age. It is a quiet film filled with tragedy, romance and smiles. It’s a hard combination to get right but each actress hits their notes with the precision of a really good jazz singer. Two sisters, one responsible and forthright, the other unreliable and quirky, can’t live with each other and can’t seem to breathe in the world with out each other. It’s about three women who discover themselves and each other and find a way to happiness.

Little Miss Sunshine

I’ve been telling Maria to go see this movie for a year. Well she finally cozied up to her DVR and saw it. My job is done. If you haven’t seen it – go rent it! Amazingly crisp, clean, clear performances from the entire cast which includes Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Paul Dano and Abigail Breslin. What happens when you’re father is a heroin addict, your brother-in-law tried to commit suicide, your dreams for a new career are shattered and your son has taken a vow of silence? Well you take the whole family to the Little Miss Sunshine Contest. It’s a road picture with a family discovering themselves and finding that together they can do anything. It’s a gem of a movie that made me laugh out loud and cry just a little.

The Sixth Sense

I remember the first time I saw this movie – I was shocked. It’s the kind of movie that you want to stand up at the end and say BRAVO, Well done. It’s all about the ending. So I can’t tell you too much, except that Toni Collette transforms herself from an Australian movie actress to a single mom living in Philadelphia (accent and all) trying to figure out why her only child is so strange. If you haven’t seen movie – go rent it. If you have seen it, rent it again. It never gets old; it’s clever and taught, frightening and tender. There’s also a stellar performance by Bruce Willis.

So those are my picks this week. I always love a good actress movie marathon. Do you have a favorite actress you would spend the weekend having a movie marathon with?

22 Responses to “Movie Sunday with Marisa – Toni Collette”

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  1. Gannon
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 12:45 pm

    I love (and own) all of the above mentioned movies! Excellent choices, Marisa. In Her Shoes makes me cry (and laugh) every time I see it. The scene where Toni’s boyfriend is reading the love scene from the romance novel out loud….priceless!

    Little Miss Sunshine made me LMAO the first time I saw it! So great in every way.

    When I saw The Sixth Sense in the theater, I actually said “NO WAY!” out loud when the twist was revealed. Absolutely brilliant writing and directing.

    Toni Collette is a fantastic actress, isn’t she?! I could do a Meryl Streep marathon easily. She blows my mind with her diversity and talent. Is there anything she can’t do?

  2. Anna Campbell
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 2:53 pm

    Hi Marisa! LOVE Toni Collette – and not just because she’s an Aussie 😉 Isn’t In Her Shoes great? And it’s a film I’ve watched a couple of times now and I always get something more from it – I think it’s just so true, isn’t it? Gannon, isn’t the Meryl great too? She’s another chameleon actress. Hmm, I could easily have an Audrey Hepburn marathon. She always makes me smile – even when she makes me cry like she does in Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

  3. Marisa
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 3:12 pm

    Count me in on the Meryl Streep Marathon!

  4. Maria Lokken
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 3:59 pm

    Marisa kept insisting I watch Little Miss Sunshine. I resisted. I don’t know why. I finally broke down. LOVED this movie. A quiet movie, but it said SOOO much. It was terrific.

    Meryl Streep – where do you start. She’s given so many terrific performances.

    I think one of my favorite Audrey Hepburn movies is the one where she is blind and has something hidden in a doll. Does anyone remember the name of that film?

  5. cyclops8
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 4:01 pm

    My favorite Toni Collette movie is “Muriel’s Wedding.” The movie is hilarious and you get to hear a lot of Abba songs. I love Ginger Rogers and have seen a marathon of her movies on TCM.

  6. Marisa
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 4:24 pm

    cyclops, did you ever see the Toni Collette movie Connie and Carla? It’s a movie that misses in so many ways, but Toni is brilliant as per usual. David Duchovny is horribly mis cast and even Debbie Reynolds makes an appearance. It’s got everything but the kitchen sink in it, running from the mob, bad dinner theater, a Victor Victoria homage and boy meets boy who is a girl but pretends to be a boy to save her life… Oh yes.

    Maria I think the movie you’re referring to is Wait Until Dark – also starring Alan Arkin and Richard Crenner. Terrific, scary film!

  7. heidenkind
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 4:25 pm

    Hmm, the only actress I’d want to watch several movies in a row with (does that sentence make sense? No, it doesn’t–well, you know what I mean) is probably Helena Bonham Carter. She’s done such a wide range of films, and films I really like, too. You could start off with A Room with a View and Hamlet for depressing historicals, move to Fight Club for something more contemporary, then for fun fantasy you could watch Merlin and Harry Potter; and for the horror/musical section, you could go for Sweeney Todd.

  8. Anna Campbell
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 4:32 pm

    Hey, Heidenkind, how can you say A Room with a View is depressing? I thought it was wonderfully romantic and there are all those fantastic dotty English characters in it! What about Mr. Beeb? And Daniel Day Lewis doing a gorgeous campy aesthete as Cecil? And all that gorgeous Italian and English scenery! I admire the way HBC has reinvented herself from being queen of the corsets (did you see the Barbara Cartlands she was in – so much fun!) to the really interesting, offbeat stuff she does now.

  9. Marisa
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 4:40 pm

    Anna I’d have to agree with heidenkind – I found A Room With a View a bit depressing; romantic in scope but sad. But I do agree the HBC is always reinventing herself as an actress and I love watching anything she does from the frail ingenue to the mad woman who loves the demon barber of fleet street.

  10. Anna Campbell
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 4:42 pm

    Goodness! I think it’s SOOOO romantic! Clearly, I’m strange. 😉 Now Howard’s End, THAT’S DEPRESSING!

  11. Missy Potts
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 4:57 pm

    I agree, these are all fantastic movies! Toni is so talented and can play such diverse roles!
    The first movie I saw her in was Muriel’s Wedding. I didn’t like it the first time I saw it when it was released in theaters, but I caught it on cable a few times, and now I really enjoy it.

    One of the many actress’ I would enjoy watching a marathon of is Sally Field. Some of my favorite Sally movies are….
    “Places In The Heart”, “Murphy’s Romance” and of course “Steel Magnolias”. If you have not seen some of these, I recommend you rent them! Fantastic movies!

  12. cyclops8
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 5:01 pm

    Marisa, I didn’t recognize the name “Connie and Carla.” I looked it up on IMDB and now I remember seeing the ads for the movie. Toni was great in “About A Boy,” too. She played the depressed mother of the boy that Hugh Grant befriends.

  13. Marisa
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 5:03 pm

    Missy I would love to have a Sally Field Movie Marathon and I’d start with Norma Rae; one of my all time favorite movies. Next would definitely be Places in the Heart. I’m also a fan of the movie Not With Out My Daughter. I’m also enjoying her on television in Brothers and Sisters. Good choice.

  14. Marisa
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 5:09 pm

    cyclops if you get a chance and you have a couple of hours to spare and it happens to be on cable check out Connie and Carla.

    I too love About a Boy – I’ve watched it many times and always puts a smile on my face!

  15. Maria Lokken
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 5:19 pm

    Cyclops – DO NOT check out Connie and Carla. Really bad movie. Marisa I’m surprised at you recommending that drek! It had everything and the kitchen sink, the bathtub tiles and a few wrenches thrown in, in the hopes they could fix what was a disastrous movie.

  16. Marisa
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 5:50 pm

    Maria, I said check it out if it came on cable, NOT rent it. And come on, it’s so bad it’s good. CAMP,CAMP CAMP. and who doesn’t love a little camp every once in a while?

  17. heidenkind
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 7:06 pm

    Hey Anna. 🙂 I can see why you would think A Room with a View was romantic; I did think it was romantic, but I thought the end was an unnecessary downer. There you are, feeling all warm and fuzzy because the two people who belonged together actually wound up together and you were bracing yourself for a really depressing ending, and then wham! There it is–the depressing end. Otherwise, the movie was great. I heart DDL as Cecil. 🙂 Howard’s End was more depressing than a Room w/a View, but at least with that one I harbored no illusions that I would be in for a happy ending.

    I didn’t even know Helena Bonham Carter was in Barbara Cartland productions. Were those aired on the BBC?

  18. Anna Campbell
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 7:30 pm

    Heidenkind, wasn’t Howard’s End just the pits? The Barbara Cartlands are huge fun – as corny as could be but done with real vim and vigor. And with great supporting casts of wonderful British actors. HBC was in Hazard of Hearts (which featured Diana Rigg as a drunken baddy, what fun!) and a Ghost in Monte Carlo and I think another one. The heroes were always VERY pretty which made a nice plus! Hugh Grant was even in one as a Royalist highwayman in Cromwell’s time. Ages since I’ve seen them – my friend Christine Wells has them all on DVD and keeps promising to let me come down and have a girls’ giggly weekend where we can watch them. You can find some of them on Amazon if you put in barbara cartland and movies.

  19. Missy Potts
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 8:38 pm

    Marisa, it has been years since I saw “Norma Rae”. I just added it to my Netflix queue. I also loved her in Smokey and the Bandit. She was so cute and quirky in that movie. 🙂

    Anna, I remember watching Helena in “Hazard Of Hearts” on TV when I was a teen. I really liked it! Did any of you see “Lady Jane” with Helena and Cary Elwes in it? It was made around the same time as “Hazard Of Hearts”. They were so young.

    I loved Helena in “Fight Club”, that is one of my favorite movies.

  20. Marisa
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 9:52 pm

    Missy, Lady Jane is a great movie! I have to say I’ve never seen Fight Club – I’m going to have to put that on my list of movies to see.

  21. Anna Campbell
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 10:01 pm

    Missy, Lady Jane is fantastic! But man, did I cry at the end!

  22. heidenkind
    on Sep 28th, 2008
    @ 10:18 pm

    Yes, I saw her in Lady Jane, too! That is a great movie, although also depressing at the end.

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