I watched Desk Set, a late 1950's comedy starring Tracy and Hepburn, the other morning on cable. Wow, what chemistry those two had! It really was a delightful movie. The writing was quite witty and clever and the credits said that Henry and Phoebe Ephron (mother of Nora) wrote the screenplay. I had no idea Nora Ephron had writers for parents... guess it does run in the genes.
I watched "Encounters at the End of the World," Werner Herzog's documentary about the people working in Antarctica. The premise sounds boring, but Herzog is such a great documentarian that you can't stop watching, especially with questions like "Is there insanity among penguins?" Worth recording.
50/50 - Really well done. I don't generally like Seth Rogan, but he was tolerable in this role. It did an excellent job balancing poignant and funny. I think this could be very difficult to watch if you are currently or have recently dealt with cancer.
Sarah's Key - It was about what I expected. Well made, well acted, and very sad. I still felt like I was missing part of Sarah's story at the end, but maybe that was the point.
I watched 50/50 over the weekend too, and also enjoyed it. It wasn't quite what I expected - I thought it would be funnier. But I thought it was very honest and well done. I think you're right ClosetRTWatcher. For anyone who is currently or recently dealing with cancer, it could definitely be an "I'm not alone" but is NOT an escape!
What's Your Number? - Anna Farris and Chris Evans. It was cute. Couple laugh out loud parts but pretty predictable. Best thing about movie was Chris Evans multiple semi-nude scenes. Usually I don't care. But yummy is all I can say.
Saw the latest Tom Cruise movie in the theater...Mission Impossible # XXX, the one where he is scaling a huge glass building in Dubai (I think). Lots of action, and some famous buildings get blown up, with a plot that's even more convoluted than usual...the bad guy thinks nuclear war is good for the evolution of our species...e.g., see how well the Japanese did after WWII? ..and plans to set off a nuclear holocaust which only TC can prevent. Yeah, well, anyway, lots of interesting set pieces by him and his team, near death experiences and drama. Not a thoughtful examination of nuclear war, but then who would expect that of this film---so good if you are in the mood for car crashes and chases and booms.
One scene I found a little unnerving...a huge sand storm is sweepin in on Dubai, and TC is chasing a villian through the streets with the storm closing in behind them, billowing between the buildings and down the streets... it looked a lot like the footage on 9/11 when the first tower fell. I guess not surprising...that was also a huge dust/ash storm, but definitely a deja vu scene.
I don't think I'm giving anything away above--pretty much what you see in the previews... just more of it.