movies recently seen:
I needed to get out of the house and an opportunity
presented itself to do just that.
Possession is a relatively plain, often overdone
film that centers on the stories of two couples living 100 years
apart. The film is somewhat interesting from a historical and
cultural perspective as for most action centers around London.
And I do have to admit that I'm sometimes a sucker for a love
story (or 2).
However, there is nothing profound here, its something
to see if you need a change of atmosphere.
Y Tu Mamá También
Y tu mamá también is a film about
life, youth, and learning about yourself. It is a refreshingly
smart comedy that captures a moment of time shared by three powerful
The film shows life in its pure form. Maybe I'm
stretching, but that's how I feel. I miss life like that, no computers,
no major stressors, just people and life.
Y tu mamá también explores the character's
interaction in a cross country journey across Mexico. The journey
is rich culturally, visually and inter-personally. Highly recommended.
13 Conversations About
An atypical movie with the single theme of happiness.
What defines it? Can our actions aquire it?
It is a topic I find myself thinking of often. The
film tells the stories of four, ultimately tied, characters. As
the outside observer you ask the questions. Why do we act that
way? It it our nature, or can we lead better lives?
I often try (with limited success) to make conscious
choices about living my life a certain way. Thirteen Conversations
leaves one in thought about these ultimate goals. An interesting
Discussing good (and bad movies) at the Varshavsky
household, Tanya recommended Waking Life. At the same time I've
been looking forward to checking out our local independent
theater, Bijou Cinema. With Paul's good company, free popcorn
and reclinable seats I was set for an enjoyable evening.
Waking Life is like no other film I've seen. First
off, it is unique visually. The whole thing is illustrated, not
filmed. The camera moves through scenes like a film camera would,
but of course everything is drawn. The effect is spectacular,
The film is deeply philosophical, and while a lot
of it went over my head, I did hold on to some interesting tidbits.
These ran through my mind, especially as I tried to fall asleep
for the next several nights. All in all it was quite an experience.
It's great to have that second binder of DivX movies,
namely a binder of films I want to see. Lena came to visit me
for a weekend, and we decided to break out Rain Man.
The movie stands out for it's excellent character
development. After a recent discussion with Mike we decided that
our interpretation of movie greatness differs fundamentally. I
consider characters to be the most important factor, while Mike
seems to focus on story line. Of course both are important, but
I am content with watching good characters doing whatever it is
they happen to be doing.
Rain Man follows the relationship between Tom Cruise
and Dustin Hoffman, with a particularly strong performance by
Hoffman. The movie is worth watching for the interactions between
these two professionals.