Tuesday, July 1, 2008

movie list

Another list today...recent movies I have seen, either with the Albany Movie Monday crew that RJR and I have gathered to view films at the local indy theater or ones we have seen through Netflix. These are in no particular order of preference.

The Great Gatsby with Mia Farrow and Robert Redford. Stunning depiction of the Roaring Twenties and a perfect selection for warm summer afternoons.

The Visitor another beautifully constructed film, this one set primarily in New York City, celebrating culture, friendship, and passion for art forms while exploring the political issues of immigration.

Priceless also known in French as Hors de Prix features a starving Audrey Tautou in a number of gorgeous dresses prancing around Nice with a glut of wealthy men who she preys upon to feed her lifestyle choices--although obviously not her stomach because she is really, really thin here.

King Corn is a nuanced documentary on the prevalence of corn in our diet--and now our bodies. Two Boston boys plant an acre of corn in Iowa and see it through to the massive grain elevators that sell the yield off for everything from high fructose corn syrup to cow feed. I'm never eating grain fed beef again. Wow.

Mongol we saw last night. It is a bloody, fight filled epic that explores the origins of Ghengis Khan. The costumes and terrain were rich with detail, but I could have seen far less battle scenes and still appreciated the guy's tenacity.

What are you watching?

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