Monday, June 22, 2009

What I've been watching

Last Chance Harvey
This was a nice albeit lightweight story of two rather sad & lonely people who meet in London, become friends & finally fall in love. I’m a sucker for middle-aged romances & am also an Emma Thompson fan so I found this film to be enjoyable. Plus, I have to admit that Dustin Hoffman has a very cute smile!

Gran Torino
The story is of a miserable old man who comes to terms with his immigrant infiltrated neighborhood. This is a great film! Clint Eastwood’s performance is spectacular! If he never acts in another film this is a tremendous swan song. This one got my vote for best film of last year.

Cape of Good Hope
This South African story of intersecting lives takes place around an animal shelter. I’ve never seen a film with so many likeable characters! I truly enjoyed spending time with them.

The Hitch-Hiker
This is one tough film. Two men on a trip pick up a hitchhiker who happens to be a notorious killer. We, the viewer, suffer the fear, the victimization, along with the men. It is an intense experience. William Talman’s performance is very creepy!

The Lost City
16 years in the making, this film is Andy Garcia’s homage to the Cuba he loved and lost. It depicts the Cuban revolution by looking at the effect on one family, on the music and on the culture of the country. Very romantic with great music!

The 1970’s were a great decade for films & this is one of the comedies that made it great. Warren Beatty plays a hairdresser
hoping to get his own salon who hustles to satisfy: 1) his customers in the salon & at home, 2) the man he hopes to borrow money from, 3) his girlfriend & 4) his ex-girlfriend. Fast-moving & very 70’s.

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