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Saturday, October 30, 2010

"The Town"

I really enjoyed this movie which was directed by Ben Affleck. See the synopsis below:

"As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down."

This movie was packed with action and fearlessness from the thieves. The FBI was relentless in tracking them down but if a thief is good at his job then the showdown will be a great cat and mouse game and this movie really delivered. Two thumbs UP!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The AFI - "Scarlet Street"

This afternoon I joined members of the Resurrectionists Club to see a 1945 film noir "Scarlet Street," part of a series of film of the Noir City City Film Festival at the AFI in Silver Spring. The cast included Edward G. Robinson (Christopher Cross), Joan Bennett (Katharine "Kitty" March)and Dan Duryea (Johnny Prince). See the storyline below:

Chris Cross, 25 years a cashier, has a gold watch and little else. That rainy night, he rescues delectable Kitty from her abusive boyfriend Johnny. Smitten, amateur painter Chris lets Kitty think he's a wealthy artist. At Johnny's urging, she lets Chris establish her in an apartment (with his shrewish wife's money). There, Chris paints masterpieces; but Johnny sells them under Kitty's name, with disastrous and ironic results. (Written by Rod Crawford )

This movie was a classic: love triangle with a tragic ending which leaves the true killer half-crazy out of his mind. Excellent film by director Fritz Lang.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

"L’amour l’après-midi" (Love in the Afternoon)

Excellent Movie!

The Plot (wiki):
Frédéric (Bernard Verley), a young, successful lawyer, is happily married to Hélène (Françoise Verley), an English teacher, and father to one child, with another on the way. Still, something eats away at him. While going through his day, Frédéric begins to ponder the times before he was married, when he was free to be with any woman he wanted and could feel the deep satisfaction of anticipation while he chased them. At one point in the film, he has an elaborate fantasy where he possesses a magical amulet that causes all women to bow to his will (the sequence features actresses from previous "Moral Tales"). These thoughts do not distress Frédéric though, as he sees these ideas as a reflection of how true his love to his wife is.

One day, an old friend shows up suddenly at Frédéric's office. Chloé (Zouzou) was the girlfriend of an old friend, a woman who caused his friend a great deal of grief. At first he believes she only wants something from him, but over time, as she tries a series of jobs to attempt some type of solidity in her life, the two begin spending afternoons together, talking of many things Frédéric finds himself unable to talk to his wife about. Eventually, Chloé confesses that while she does not desire marriage she would like to have a child, and wants the child to be from him. In a minor state of mental anguish, Frédéric ponders the paths of staying with a wife that he loves greatly or going with a woman for whom he feels a strange deep passion. In the moments before it seems Frédéric will consummate his feelings for Chloé he flees back to his wife, leaving Chloé sprawled on her bed waiting for him. It is not shown what happens to Chloé, but upon Frédéric's return to Hélène the tears that spill from her show that something definite yet not altogether dire has changed between the two of them.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

"Dexter" - Season 5

I'm been a huge fan of Dexter since it debuted on October 1, 2006. Dexter played by Michael C. Hall (if you remember him from "Six Feet Under") is an excellent actor who does the role justice. In other words some viewers just love to hate him while others LOVE him because he's dishing out his own brand of justice.

This season, I can't wait to see how Dexter is dealing with the loss of his wife and now being a single parent caring for his young son, Harrison. Of course, Dexter is concerned because his son was left sitting in a pool of blood crying while his mother was lying dead in the bath tub. Awesome writing! This show keeps you guessing at every turn.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

"The Wiz"

This Saturday evening I ventured out with my family to see "The Wiz" at Center Stage in Baltimore. I was excited to see this version of the story based on L. Frank Baum's beloved classical, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." I was not disappointed as I snapped my fingers and bopped my head to the '70s rock and Motown melodies.

The cast was energetic and interjected modern day issues like the recession, unemployment and even a mention of "East Baltimore" (I got a laugh out of that). I loved Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man,and the Lion as they ventured along the Yellow Brick Road and matched wits with the Wiz, the witches and the menacing monkeys.

It was a delightful play and I highly recommend that everyone take their family and friends and ease on down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy and the rest of the cast!

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