Post Oscar Movie Talk

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After the mad rush surrounding the Oscar Nominations from late last year and a bushel of great movies like “No Country for Old Men,” “There Will Be Blood,” “Into the Wild,” “Away from Her,” “Juno,” “La Vie En Rose” “The Kite Runner,” “Once,” “Lars and the Real Girl, “Atonement,” and others, there was a dry spell that lasted too long. Sometimes the selection of interesting movies is like a banquet table. There’s so many choices, it’s hard to decide. Other times, I can’t find even one movie of interest at my largest local multiplex, the AMC Oakview Plaza 24 (with stadium seating and popcorn that has become far too expensive). And that coming from a guy that has fairly eclectic taste in movies.

These capsules should be looked at, not as reviews, but as one guy’s brief summary from which you should feel free to comment:

Smart People – Just released, it’s fair and could have been better. It features characters that are depressed for nearly the entire movie. I don’t mind characters that are depressed, especially if they have some redeeming qualities and somehow learn something or grow, but this movie showed the characters rather one-dimensionally. Further, they were one dimensional stereotypes, which makes for predictable movie watching. Ellen Page, the young pistol from the the movie Juno, played a similar character in Smart People–smart, cranky, witty, but slightly toned down from the Juno character.

Things We Lost in the Fire – Excellent. Highly recommended. Performances by Halle Berry and especially Benicio Del Toro were exceptional. That guy can act. In a role that could have easily produced a performance that was over the top, Del Toro’s character was restrained and throttled. There were some slow moments, but overall it was a realistic, honest picture. In contrast to the characters in Smart People, this movie featured characters with nuance and shades of gray. Because they reveal themselves, I hoped good things for them. The movie follows the journey of two main characters and their responses to life altering events. It’s directed by Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier, who uses interesting close-ups to punctuate deeply felt emotion. I was so impressed by her direction that I ordered Brothers, another Bier directed film and the winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Dramatic Audience Prize.

Martian Child – Better than I expected. As learned later, the reviews weren’t flattering, but I really enjoyed it. John Cusack rarely disappoints. His characters are usually so darn likable. His real life sister Joan Cusack plays his on-screen sister. As a father that raised a son with a disability, the movie resonated deeply with me. It has a lot to say about loyalty and finding the value in people, even when it isn’t immediately apparent, or even when it takes a lot of digging, encouraging, or a lot of whatever. My experience has been that the deeper one digs, the more good one finds. Love removes obstacles that prevent people from thriving. Cusack’s character adopts a little boy who believes he’s from Mars, but ironically, it’s a movie that is remarkably human.

Namesake – I really enjoyed it. I’m giving it an 8, on a 1 to 10 scale. Even through it was an Indian produced, directed, and acted film, there were a lot of universal themes. Ethnic cultural protocol is often more global than might initially be thought. With grace and dignity, the movie tracks the life of one family. There’s beauty in the scenery, and beauty in the love and caring of family members, though it’s not always demonstrative. Like Things We Lost in the Fire, issues of regret are one of the major themes found in this movie.

Stranger Than Fiction – It’s one I totally blew off when it was in the theaters. Will Ferrell benefits from a first rate script and good supporting performances from the other cast members and turns in a great performance himself which is far afield from his comedic tendencies. It’s a new twist on the often tried “writer becomes part of the narrative” conceit. It’s an amalgam of genres, containing elements of comedy, romance, drama, and fantasy. It’s sweet, intelligent, and weighty; by weighty, I mean that there are important moral questions that the respective characters confront. And they aren’t wrapped up in resolution with pretty paper and bows.

Stardust – I didn’t enjoy Stardust as much as I expected. I thought it came off of the rails a few times. There were too many special effects and too many characters that were too poorly developed. In short, it was hard to follow. It was a decent idea that could have been done better. I thought the young Cox actor was very good, as was Michelle Pheiffer. On the ol’ 1 to 10 scale, Im giving it a 5 or 6.

Gone, Baby Gone – It’s the Ben Affleck directed movie. Casey Affleck starred and it was, by a wide margin, the best performance I’ve seen from him–ever. It is a very good movie, which could have exploited parents’ fears more than it did. It was a tad too long, but still good. Ben Affleck might be a better director than he is an actor, which is both a compliment and a little jab.

The Bucket List – Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. It was better than I expected but not as good as it could have been. Both actors pretty much played to type in this life and death flick.

Classic Special:

Shane – It’s a classic western starring Alan Ladd. For a western, it was surprisingly nuanced and ambiguous. Like many Westerns, there’s the obvious question of right and wrong, yet with Shane, there are many questions bubbling underneath. It’s far more sophisticated than most Westerns. Ladd’s character is subdued and a man of few words, so we are forced to judge him by his actions, which are often noble. Yet we also learn that he has a notorious past. He’s a man of mystery, but also great good. Where does he come from? Where is he going? What motivates his actions? It’s questions like these that separate it from standard western fare and place it on Top 100 lists.

Left Field Documentaries, Otherwise Known as Netflix Specials That I’ve Seen Recently:

49 Up – The latest installment of an English sociological documentary in which a group of British people are interviewed every seven years, beginning at age seven, for a fascinating take on life, love, and human nature. The idea is incredibly fascinating. The work tracks the ups and downs of these people’s lives and puts them on display every seven years. In 1964, Michael Apted interviewed a group of 7-year-old kids in England, all from different backgrounds and with big dreams, and has tracked their lives every seven years since. I don’t think riveting is too strong a word to use. Whether you are a trained sociologist or just intrigued by the way in which human dreams play out, you will find this film engrossing.

Mr. Death: Fred A. Leuchter Jr. – Bizarre. Bizarre. Bizarre. It’s about an engineer that designed electric chairs and other capital punishment methods–ultimately losing his career when he researches the Holocaust gas chambers claiming the Holocaust did not happen. This is one of the most off-beat films I’ve ever seen. I watched it with my son because my wife–well, there’s no way she would have been able to watch it all. We alternately laughed until we quite literally couldn’t breath and watched our jaws drop to the floor in sync with the sheer absurdity of it all.

Unknown White Male – Filmmaker Rupert Murray tells the true story of Doug Bruce, a man who woke up on a New York subway with no clues as to who he was, other than a random phone number and a British accent. It’s the worst kind of amnesia called retrograde amnesia. For the person that has it, it’s as if their entire past has been erased. They literally don’t remember who they are. Friends and family are strangers. If one is a believer, are they still a believer if they do not recollect why or how they believe? This provocative documentary explores the nature of identity with a real life subject that you won’t soon forget.

Have I missed anything? Which of these have you seen? Whether your take is different or similar to mine, post away. What have you seen and do you recommend that isn’t on my list? Your interaction is valued and appreciated. Without it, these posts don’t mean much, so please jump right in.

In The Rabbit Room, we toss around words like beauty and truth like chicken feed on the farm but ultimately, that’s the structure by which most of us hope to frame the art that we view. It’s what moves us. It’s at the very heart of why we invest $18.00 each month in a Netflix membership, or join a book club, visit an art gallery, or stare at the moon like a lover. It’s the very heart of who we are and how we were created.


28 Comments

  1. Profile photo of Jason Gray

    Jason Gray

    @jasongray

    Great list, though I was sad to see you didn’t like Stardust. Our family loved it, bought the DVD and we’ve watched it 5 times since Valentine’s Day.

    We went into it with low expectations, though, which I think makes a big difference. Also, it just works as a family film for us and has elements that everybody in the Gray household could enjoy. swashbuckling for our 4 year old, romance and fantasy for Taya, physical comedy for my older boys, and subversive humor for dad (the wheezy laugh that Peter O’Toole delivers when one of his son’s leans too far out the window as well as the the spirits of the dead brothers showing up like the old heckling guys from the Muppet Show especially delighted me 😉

    Not a necessarily a great movie, but a great movie for our family.

    The only movie we loved (and watched) more than Stardust was Stranger Than Fiction. Great film – I love Marc Forster. I love that everyone in the movie gets to be funny except the hottest comedic actor on the current market. Ferrell is the only one who plays it straight through the entire movie! Brilliant.

  2. Jake

    Good list! I was thoroughly impressed with Martin Child as well. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, but the story was wonderful. I’m a college student at Doane that runs a video store, and that is one I reccomend to about everyone that comes in.

    Some other good movies that are “under the radar”

    In The Shadow of the Moon – Great documentary about the Apollo missions that is produced by Ron Howard. This is the kind of story that deserves to have a documentary made about. It’s about 2 hours long, but engaging the whole way through. Very reccomended.

    Rescue Dawn – A very powerful story about Dieter Dengler, a POW in Asia and his escape from captivity. I don’t think Christian Bale has really had a poor performance in recent memory, and this was about the best of the lot. It was shot on location (generally) and adheres pretty strictly to the actual story. Very good, but difficult to watch sometimes as well. Steve Zahn’s last scene and the fallout of it was heartbreaking.

    Good Night and Good Luck – I just broke watched this for the first time a few months ago and was very impressed. The acting is good, and I was fascinated by the way they made McCarthy a character by just using videos of him during news conferences. My dad can’t stand Clooney or his politics, and I’m not sure if there is some kind of agenda with this, but I thought it was great. The soundtrack needs to be bought as well.

    The Darjeeling Limited – Wes Anderson hits again, and I think it’s his most enjoyable film so far. Performances are good, and the story came to a conclusion I could agree with. Viewers might want to skip the Hotel Chevalier part at the beginning as a little warning.

    Death at a Funeral – I love a good british comedy, and this was priceless. I haven’t laughed this hard since I first saw Thank You for Smoking. Check it out if you have the time, but be prepared for some content problems. British comedies aren’t everybodies cup of tea, but for those that like them, this will be a hit.

    Sorry about the long post! Curt, care to add anything?

  3. Chris Slaten

    Thanks for the reviews Curt! I’ll have to print this off and keep it around for the next time we get a chance to rent a movie. I’ve been meaning to check out Lars and the Real Girl and the one about the kid that thinks he’s an alien for a while.
    Shane! I loved that book when I was in seventh grade. I’d love to see the movie. The book was a turning point for me: the first time I kind of understood symbolic imagery could be more than a flag or a state flower. I too enjoyed Stardust a bit more, probably because my expectations were low, but also because we watched it in a room full of sleepy, giggly people the morning after New Year’s.
    In terms of recommendations: You probably have already seen them, but I’ll indulge anyway. Stranger than Fiction was great. Another great movie where Emma Thompson plays a character struggling against her own brilliant intellect is Wit. It is an HBO version of what I believe was a Pulitzer Prize winning play about an English professor who is diagnosed with metastatic cancer. I first saw it in highschool and at the time it made me want to simultaneously work in healthcare and become a scholar on John Donne (neither of which came to fruition). However, I now recommend it to anyone I know who has any type of academic bent whether literary, medical or theological, because one of the primary themes in the movie is how love for our neighbor can easily take the backburner to pursuits we deem to be a higher cause. I saw it for the second time a couple of weeks ago and this time once the credits rolled I felt humbled, rebuked, loved and filled with love and sorrow. I guess that was really more Holy Spirit’s doing than Emma Thompson’s.
    Oohh. Another recently discovered gem is The Iron Giant, Brad Bird’s first full-length movie. It is a Warner Brothers cartoon very loosely based on a poem by Ted Hughes (comparing the two is apples and oranges) and I think I read that the Who did some kind of rock opera or something like that based on the same poem (Pete Townsend had a hand in the movie too). Anyway, aside from loving Brad Bird’s other Pixar stuff, as well as The Family Dog, this movie was brought to our attention because Tim Keller used it in one of his sermons. Enough about why we saw it. We were unimpressed for majority of the movie the first time Lyndsay and I watched it. The second time we watched it with some friends a month later, we were teary eyed and laughing from start to finish. Like Bird’s work with Pixar it is amazing how each scene is vital to developing key themes and motifs, moving the story forward and connecting the audience with the characters in a manner that gives you something valuable to walk away with (Particularly, in this instance for anyone who struggles daily with a destructive, sinful nature). http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/iron_giant/

  4. Julie

    Jake,
    You’re kidding about the Good Night and Good Luck soundtrack right?
    Because if my memory is correct there was absolutely no music in that movie. I didn’t watch it all the way through, though. I found it to be the most boring movie I have ever seen, but I’m not a politics person.

  5. Stephen @ Rebelling Against Indifference

    Jake, I loved “Good Night and Good Luck” too! I bought it as soon as it came out on DVD. And my favorite part about it was how they did the soundtrack. Julie, do you remember the scenes where they cut to a jazz quartet (I think) in one of the studios, with Dianne Reeves singing? They used it as a transition, broadcasting the performance live. In the film, after 30 or 60 seconds, they would move on to the next scene, but the music would continue to play under those scenes until the song finished.

    Jake, did you know that when they first screened the movie for audiences, the main criticism they got is that the “actor” they had playing McCarthy was over the top?

  6. Chris Slaten

    I’d say that is about the only movie that I’d applaud Vin Diesel for (after I wrote that I checked IMDB to see if he was in anything I wasn’t thinking of and it says that he was an uncredited orderly in Awakenings, haha). I thought GNaGL was fascinating, but it may have been because we watched it in the context of a news communication class where we had been discussing a lot of those issues for weeks beforehand. That movie kind of floats around in the back of my mind whenever I watch any news station or listen to public radio news.

  7. Julie

    Oh, okay! So it does have music. I just remember a lot of the parts where there’s just a few people talking and there is absolutely no background music. Like I said, though, I only watched the first part and I don’t remember that much of it.

  8. Sid

    Curt, did you see “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”? Casey Affleck did an amazing job in that movie. I haven’t seen “Gone,Baby,Gone” but will soon.

  9. Chris Slaten

    Oh. And I just watched Bobby about the assassination of Robert K. I saw it with few expectations while I was sick at home and thought it was excellent. However, though I wasn’t alive during that time period to truly gauge the social/political climate, I was still a little bit suspicious of the way they kind of painted Kennedy as the savior of America that never was. Regardless, 90% of the movie wasn’t so much about him as the people in the Ambassador Hotel.

  10. Tony Heringer

    Thanks for list and especially for recommending Stranger Than Fiction. It was an interesting premise, but the Will Ferrell factor was preventing me from checking it out.

    I didn’t have many movies in 2007 that stood out. In fact, apart from the list of 2007 entries above, I had to look up the movies from last year to remember them. About the only movie that I recalled seeing and enjoying was Breach. Chris Cooper’s performance was amazing.

    My son saw I Am Legend and enjoyed it. As I recall, they dealt with some interesting themes in that film, so I’ll probably check it out when it shows up on T.V. 🙂

  11. Nate

    I totally agree with you on del Toro. The guys an incredible actor. And 49 Up – very interesting, I thought. And apparently me and Tony Heringer are in the same boat concerning Will Ferrel. I stay away from everything he does except when something is highly recommended and not, well, Will Ferrellish. Kicking and Screaming with Robert Duvall was pretty good. Anything with Duvall is good, though. What a shame about Godfather III.

    The one I disagree with is Gone Baby Gone. This is probably the most disagreeable movie I’ve ever seen. Or seen part of, I guess. I couldn’t sit through it. APs movie had some 35 F words, but Gone Baby Gone had to have 500. I would recommend anyone to stay away from that one.

    What about the new Ben Stein documentary – Expelled – very insightful.

    Thanks for reviews Curt, I will definitely check out some of these.

  12. becky

    I also liked Martian Child and Stranger Than Fiction more than I thought I would. Both movies were deeper than I expected them to be, as were their main characters. Martian Child had enough of the Cusack quirkiness to keep me entertained, but there was much more to the character. I liked it a lot. I run hot and cold on Will Ferrell. I generally do not like the brand of comedy he is known for. (Against my better judgement, I like Ricky Bobby–I don’t know why.) But I see him in roles sometimes that make me think there is more in there somewhere, and this is one of those movies. I hope he will make more films that are not just Dumb and Dumber on skates, or playing basketball.

    On the subject of music in films, I really loved what they did with the music and sound in Atonement. The sounds of the typewriter, or of nurses walking, becoming the percussion for the music was really different than anything I had heard or seen before.

    Jake, I am also a fan of GNandGL. I like some movies and books (like Gilead for instance) that have a slower pace. Kinda like life. This wasn’t an action movie: it wasn’t about romance. It was about people struggling with whether or not to do the right thing, regardless of the possible repercussions. The subdued atmosphere in the film was appropriate to the story. And I loved the look of that movie. I am not a fan of Clooney’s politics either, but I’m a fan of his movies. He’s come a long way from that mullet-haired guy I used to watch sometimes on E.R. (the sit-com, not the drama).

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    Jason Gray

    @jasongray

    Okay – this is random and has little to do with 2007 movies, but I thought of it, so I thought I’d ask. Has anyone else hear 28 grams, and if so, did you not think that Del Toro’s performance was one of the most amazing ever? Parts of that movie were filmed at a friend’s house in Memphis.

    Re: Will Ferrell – did anybody else here love Elf? Ferrell’s a little too much most of the time for me, but Elf and Stranger Than Ficition are two movies in regular rotation in the Gray household.

    And the Iron Giant – I watched this to be a good dad with my boys, and by the end of it was reduced to a puddle. Another one of our favorite family movies.

    Was Pan’s Labyrinth 2007? How About Children of Men. I enjoyed both of those films.

  14. Ann

    Ooohh. No one mentioned 300 or 3:10 to Yuma? I must be into numbers! I literally walked out of 300 telling my husband it was the best movie I had seen in ages. Integrity, nobility, bravery. Wow!

    3:10 was just so well acted. I think Russell Crowe just rocks in nearly every roll he takes on. I loved not knowing for sure if he would have compassion/heart or not in the end. Two thumbs up!

  15. Jake

    Jason,

    Del Toro was very good in that. I didn’t get into it at first, but the second time made it all click. That director is Alejandro Inarritu, and his new movie Babel is just as good. Brad Pitt had a great performance that is much different than his recent films.

    I haven’t seen Iron Giant, but a lot of families have liked it. I’ll have to watch that when I have free time.

    ALSO, Pan’s Labyrinth and Children of Men were fantastic. Wasn’t that scene in CoM where Clive Owen was walking around in one take for 15 minutes fascinating? I would kill to learn how they made those shots. Not one for everybody, but it was definitely one of the more interesting films I’ve seen.

    Funny note: I’ve had a bunch of families start to rent Pan’s Labyrinth because on the cover it said it was a “fairy tale.” I quickly correct them, because I don’t want them traumatizing their kids! Parts of that movie are terrifying!

  16. sevenmiles

    Curt – I love your movie reviews, brother. Keep ’em comin’.
    Jason – Elf is one of my new favorite holiday pictures. “He’s an angry elf…”
    Sid – Amen on your preschooler comment. A movie for my wife and is a rare privilege. Of course, it’s all I can do to keep her awake when we get to watch one…

    tim

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    Curt McLey

    @curtmcley

    Jason – It wasn’t that I didn’t like Stardust. I thought it was fine. I just went in with high expectations, which is something I try to avoid. It’s unfair to everybody involved to prejudge the work. So, you’re right on expectations coloring one’s viewing experience. I totally get how this would be a good family movie. Certainly far better than many “G” clunkers I’ve sit through over the years. Virtually everybody on the AP Message Board gave it a thumbs up. After Pan’s Labyrinth and Bridge to Terabithia, I hoped and probably expected another good fantasy movie. I think I lost it for good when Robert Di Niro as Captain Shakespeare went drag. 🙂

    I’m glad you enjoyed Stranger Than Fiction, Jason. I want to see it again.

    I haven’t seen 21 Grams. I just viewed the preview to make sure. It sounds like a great movie. Sean Penn and Naomi Watts are in it too, all great actors. I’ll definitely queue that one up.

    Jake
    – Another Nebraskan! Have you been to some of the AP shows in Lincoln and/or Omaha? Keep your eyes open. He seems to come around these parts a lot.

    Your recommendation on In the Shadow of the Moon is the second solid recommendation I’ve had for that documentary. I moved it up from #107 to #5 in my Netflix queue. I am a definite Ron Howard fan. I think he does much better work than most of those blockbuster folks.

    We must have similar movie preferences in movies. I also have Rescue Dawn in my queue (#85). Werner Herzog is a good director. I want to see Grizzly Man too. That’s the one about the man who devoted his life to studying grizzly bears living in the Alaskan wilderness, only to have one of them maul him to death.

    Like your dad, I am no fan of George Clooney. In fact, I edited myself in my initial post, deleting a reference to my personal embargo of his movies. I had to break it after Michael Clayton received such rave reviews. I don’t like his politics, but he has the movie making goods. Good Night and Good Luck was another good effort.

    The Darjeeling Limited is #7 in my queue.

    Death at a Funeral? Yes, I must timidly admit that I saw it recently. I like British comedy and this one was a riot.

    Loren – I believe you. The DVD featured an interview with Neil Gaiman. He seems very capable of a good literary effort.

    Christopher – I didn’t realize Shane was a book too. Thanks for the heads up.

    I think you will enjoy Lars and the Real Girl. Martian Child received mixed reviews. I loved it, but many did not. I added Wit to my queue. Is it a true story? The Iron Giant is #80 on my queue. I added it after I was thrilled with Jason Gray’s recommendaton of Ratatouille.

    I’m impressed with your Who reference. The rock opera to which you refer is probably Tommy. I was probably in Junior High when I saw it.

    Pete
    – The mention of Van Diesel almost made me delete the Iron Giant from my queue. 🙂

    Stephen – Thanks for the assist on the music from Good Night and Good Luck. I thought the music was great.

    Julie – If you are looking for another George Clooney flick that you might like, check out Michael Clayton. It’s excellent. Thanks for checking in.

    Sid – I’m glad you brought up The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. I read that Casey Affleck had a great performance in it. I just haven’t seen it yet, but it’s #105 in the queue. I saw Affleck in some movie a year or two ago and the sound of his somewhat high pitched voice was distracting, almost annoying. Apparently he’s worked to make it sound different because it didn’t seem out of place in Gone Baby, Gone.

    Drew – 🙂 I hear you, man, but just bring them along. I started taking my son when he was two, believe it or not.

    Tony – I’ve enjoyed Will Ferrell’s work on SNL, but have been somewhat disappointed with his big screen work. I thought Elf was okay but thought he came up short on almost everything else. It’s not that they were horrible; they just didn’t do his comedic talents justice. He really is a funny guy.

    Nice call on Breach. I loved it. Chris Cooper is one of the most underated actors today. He’s a truly great actor. Other great films he’s had memorable parts in include October Sky, American Beauty, Capote, Sea Biscuit, and Syriana, among others.

    Nate – You get the Award for having seen one of the most obscure movies mentioned in my post, 49 Up.

    Thanks for the heads up on the F-words in Gone Baby, Gone. It probably doesn’t reflect me in a good light to say that I’m probably desensitized to the F-Word in movies, particularly when it doesn’t feel gratuitous. So I’m surprised to read that you thought it had so many of those words in the script. Thanks for covering my back with the warning for those who are sensitive to such references.

    Becky – Good to hear from you again. It’s gratifying to read that you enjoyed a couple of the movies I included in the post. The thing I like about Will Ferrell is his guts. He has courage to launch things that may or may not float. Often they don’t, but when he nails something, with comedy or otherwise, it can be very good. And let’s face it; he’s obviously hit a note with the American public.

    Ann – Was 300 good? I didn’t see it, thinking it would be like one hundred movies like it. Maybe I should give it a chance. And nice call on 3:10 to Yuma. I’m a guy that only watches a movie again if is riveting and compelling to the max or if I want to share it with somebody else, and I saw 3:10 to Yuma three times!

    Tim – Thanks for the props, brother. This place needs your perspective. Stick around, my friend.

  18. Chris Slaten

    Definitely not Tommy, though I would be interested to see a Brad Bird/Pixar interpretation of that! No pinball wizards were harmed in the making of the Iron Giant. It was actually called the Iron Man: The Musical, and I know nothing about it other than that. Speaking of Pan’s Labyrinth, Guillermo Del Toro has a new movie out called the Orphanage which I haven’t seen, but it is supposed to be good and may be worth Netflixing. I don’t think that Wit is based on a true story.

  19. becky

    Curt,

    I also really liked Michael Clayton and Breach. I think Chris Cooper is amazing, and Sea Biscuit is one of my favorite movies of all time. All of the actors were superb, and visually it was incredible (I’m a sucker for a beautiful film). Most importantly the characters were flawed and wounded, but courageous enough to still care about other people. The relationships between them were so wonderful. I also loved the sense of history in the film, and how these large changes in the world (cars, trains, barbed wire, etc.) were brought down to a personal level. We saw their affects on individuals, for good or ill. I highly recommend it to anyone who has not seen it.

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    Curt McLey

    @curtmcley

    Chris Tommy. What was I thinking? 🙂 I guess it’s the only rock opera with which I’ve known The Who to be involved.

    I found El Orfanato (The Orphanage) on Netflix. It’s a 2007 film and is available for instant viewing (for those Netflix customers that may be interested). Guillermo Del Toro is one of those producers/directors whose work is quite identifiable in terms of style, like Tim Burton. I’ll try to remember to mention it, after I see it. On Pete’s recommendation, I saw Hellboy (another G. Del Toro project) some time ago and had a rollicking good time. HB is one tough dude, but has a tender side too. Fun, fun, stuff.

    Becky – Finding moments of beauty is one of the reasons I’m drawn to film too. In terms of physical scenary, the big screen literally magnifies that aspect. There’s nothing like watching a movie like A River Runs Through It on a big screen.

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