Lately I’ve been diverted from reading by several movies. A new experience for me as I’ll take a book any day before a movie.
Okay, that’s a bit of a lie. For years, my friend and I read the foreign movie reviews in Friday’s Edmonton Journal and and then went to the Princess or Avenue theaters on Saturday to see the movie of choice. We saw a number of unique, bizarre, and amazing movies over the years. I miss those.
So what has partially drawn me back to movies? The Starz Channel. In the past couple of weeks I’ve watched:
Woman in Gold – Helen Mirren amazes — as usual — in the real-life story of a Jewish-Austrian woman’s efforts to reclaim her family’s famous “Lady in Gold” painting stolen by the Nazis during World War II.
Akeelah and the Bee – Laurence Fishburne shines as the coach of a young girl from South Los Angeles who tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.
Vicky Christina Barcelona – Penelope Cruz awes in this wild, witty portrayal of sex, love, lust, and marriage with an unusual format of narration throughout.
Queen of Katwe – Lupita Nyong’o and the entire cast break your heart in this depiction of Phiona Mutesi’s struggle help her family survive and rise above their dire poverty. Through Phiona’s success in chess tournaments the family is able to find a better life.
If you’re not way behind the times (like me), you’ve likely already seen these. If not, take the time to find them. You won’t be disappointed.
PS If you have other “old” movies to suggest, please let me know in the comments.