I realized that I never gave an update on the Masterpiece Classics version of Emma. I would say that I enjoyed their version of the book very much. I feel that they gave a more accurate portrayal of Emma than the one seen in the Gwyneth Paltrow version. The portrayal in the Masterpiece version shows Emma in a more sympathetic light and one can better understand why she feels the need to meddle in the relationships of others like she does. I also enjoy watching movies where I am not as familiar with the actors because then I am thinking of who the actor is and instead can more easily pretend that he or she is the actually character in the story.
I has mentioned the Laura Linney gave the introduction for the movie. If you have not watched the John Adams miniseries that HBO did a couple of years ago, I would recommend that you add it to your Netflix queue soon. It is in seven parts, but they did a great job of portaying Adams' life as well as the growth of the US at the time. Laura Linney plays Abigal Adams and I feel she gave one of the best performances in the series.
A final movie recommendation I have is Gran Torino. Matt and I watched this movie a couple of weeks ago and it was well worth the time spent. It certainly is not an action film, but the story line moves quickly and they do a good job of really establishing the relationship between Clint Eastwood's character and his neighbors. Make sure you have a box of kleenex handy because the end of the movie is a real tear-jerker.