Mermaids is a 1990 American comedy-drama film directed by Richard Benjamin. Starring Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci in her first film role. Based on the 1986 novel Mermaids written by Patty Dann.
An unconventional single mother relocates with her two daughters to a small Massachusetts town in 1963, where a number of events and relationships both challenge and strengthen their familial bonds.
The last time Ann and I watched Mermaids was back in 1990. So we decided to go to our local video store, rented it and sat down to watch it. Well, I had forgotten a lot about Mermaids, but both Ann and I enjoyed it and gained great appreciation for the movie. There is a great collection of music, good story and a great cast.
Intolerable Cruelty (2003):
Intolerable Cruelty is a 2003 romantic comedy film directed by Joel Coen and produced by Ethan Coen and Brian Grazer. The Coen brothers also wrote the last draft of the screenplay about divorce and lawyers in Los Angeles.
A revenge-seeking gold digger marries a womanizing Beverly Hills divorce lawyer with the intention of making a killing in the divorce. Starring George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Geoffrey Rush, Cedric the Entertainer, Edward Herrmann, Paul Adelstein, Richard Jenkins and Billy Bob Thornton.
The music I absolutely loved in this movie, especially ‘Suspicious Mind’ by Elvis Presley. Unfortunately I have not had many movies with Elvis music as of yet. When Elvis music appears in one of our soundtracks, I’ll make sure to include it. The other enjoyable tune is ‘If I only knew’ by Tom Jones. Fancy that, two artists who both blitzed the Las Vegas scene as entertainers for many years.
Both Ann and I found Intolerable Cruelty to be very funny. It’s a great take on the whole Los Angeles scene with divorce lawyers, movie producers, actors, etc. It is most certainly worth taking the time to watch. Would I add it to my own personal movie collection? Probably not, but we both do recommend watching it.
We hope you enjoyed listening to this episode of the Sound of Movies – Mermaids and Intolerable Cruelty. It was broadcast from the Gippsland FM studios on Saturday November 14th at 12pm. If you have any questions about the Sound of Movies, please feel free to contact either Ashley Wincer or Ann Pulbrook by e-mail. You can follow the Sound of Movies on Facebook, Twitter or on iTunes. Thank-you.