Friday, November 16, 2007

Tis the Season

Each year around Thanksgiving it seems that the good movies start rolling out to the theaters. Perhaps it's the looming deadline for Academy Award nominations, the cooling weather, the earlier sunset, the fact that most people have some time off work around the holidays or some synergistic combination of the aforementioned factors. Whatever the reason, movie season is here.

Chad and I both nursed cold/flu symptoms last weekend, but by Wednesday night of this week we were ready for a movie date. We saw Lars and the Real Girl. This was a quiet, quirky movie about a sweet, delusional man and his relationship with a life-size doll. I laughed, cried, sympathised and empathized. It was brilliant. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but if you see this movie, email me so we can discuss.

Here are the other movies I want to see soon in no particular order:
Love in the Time of Cholera
Fred Claus
This Christmas
Dan in Real Life

Here are the current movies I'm not interested in seeing along with a shallow reason:
Beowulf - This looks like video game graphics with dead-eyed actors. Face it, this is The Polar Express for adults.
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead - I dislike Ethan Hawke and the subject matter sounds gut-wrenchingly heavy.
Lions for Lambs - I dislike Tom Cruise. Save Katie Holmes! Plus I don't need to sit though heavy-handed, spoon-fed moralizing.
Southland Tales - I've read three reviews that say it's awful, which is a shame, because I like the actors in this movie.
Into the Wild - I hate camping and loathe road trips. I'm not keen on watching a whiny, affluent kid get in touch with nature while he hitchhikes.
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium - Have now read a few bad reviews and have a first-hand friend account that this movie is bad. Oh yeah, and I'm not eight-years-old.