Nothing like a disaster to make you appreciate the little things in life - like electricity. It was almost unbearbable being without heat for 7 days, especially in this weather. It was exhausting. We used the fireplace a lot, but it only generated heat when you were near it, and stayed out of the house as much as possible. We saw 4 movies in 4 days: Argo, about the Iran hostage crisis and how 6 Americans still in Teheran were smuggled out, impersonating a film crew on a "scouting" assignement; The Other Son, a fantastic story about an Israeli and Palestinian who were mistakenly switched at birth and grew up in families not of their biological origins; The Sessions, about a polio victim who uses a sexual surrogate to experience love - very graphic, but tastefully done; And Smashed, with Aaron Paul (from Breaking Bad) about an alcoholic couple and the changes that occur in their relationship when one of them decides to become sober. The last was our least favorite, but still worth seeing. Thank God the power went back on Monday night, 11/5, exactly a week from when it went off. How did people ever live without heat and electricity? I guess that is why life expectancy was so much shorter. It was stressful, though I'm not sure how much worse it was due to the fact that we are used to having power. It certainly supports the theory of Global Warming, which has predicted more frequent and severe weather events. Maybe we'll finally address tha, if it's not already too late.. Anyway, the next day, 11/6 was a momentus occasion when Barak Obama was re-elected. Now the hard work begins and one can only hope that bipartisanship prevails over self interest, stubborness and animosity.
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Just ok. Very well done technically - an actual silent film, but I was expecting something a little more dramatic.
A very strange film which some people hated. But I thought it was fascinating. A great performance by Kirsten Dunst, unlike anything she's ever done. An element of science fiction, a planet called Melancholia on a collision course with earth, underlies the story. It's an obvious allusion to the mental state of the main character, but as far as I'm concerned, the director pulled it off. Much better, I thought, than Tree of Life, which also had metaphysical intimations, but was simply boring and pedantic.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Based on John Le Carre's novel. Excellent, great acting, but demanding plot.
Great country music and performance by Jeff Bridges. The story was as tired as some of the worn out dives where his character, a washed out country singer, performs, but still worth seeing. Maggie Gillynhall as a love interest was grossly miscast.
UP IN THE AIR
A surprisingly wonderful performance by George Clooney. The film is timely and has an edge in this tough economic and emotional climate.
Spectacular!! See in IMAX, 3D
Indie film rented from Netfix. VERY quirky, don't expect a Hollywood blockbuster! German woman stranded in the dessert meets up with an odd assortment of characters, including a Hollywood set painter played by Jack Palance!