Ok so it has been a while since I wrote about some movies. Haven't been watching enough it seems. First, a few that we saw in theaters.
Children of Men - The storyline for this movie is pretty depressing but it is a really interesting look at a potential near future. Many have compared this movie to Blade Runner and it is similar in its dark look of the future. The film is really well made in regards to cinematography and settings. It definitely isn't cheery but I really recommend the film.
Babel - This movie has an interlocking storyline like Pulp Fiction or Sin City. If there is one word to describe this movie it would be intense. The stressful situations start almost immediately and never let up. It is also to a certain degree a little depressing, definitely needed a change of pace after this and the last one. It is also a good movie that I would recommend, but not a forget the world and relax movie.
Breach - This is based on the true story of one of the worst spies to infiltrate the US government. I heard an interview with Eric O'Neill in which he said the movie was very accurate, just a few dramatizations. It was impressive to see how many resources were used to catch the spy and how many mis-steps were made along the way. For someone who lived in Fairfax County it was interesting to see how it was all happening right in town. A really good thriller that I would recommend.
Pan's Labyrinth - This movie is a cross between WWII period piece and a messed up Alice in wonderland. The WWII parts were about the fascist control of Spain and were pretty gruesome at times. Those darn fascist aren't very nice. The other part of the movie was a young girl completing tasks to find if she was a mystical princess. The part with the young girl gets just weird at times, there is a creepy faun and a monster that eats babies. It is a pretty good movie, if a little strange. Oh and it is subtitled.
I have a netflix membership now so I can get some DVD and HD-DVD without my usually buying of everything.
Wordplay - This is a documentary about the current NY Times crossword puzzle editor. It is also about the annual crossword puzzle championship. In several scenes they have several people from Jon Stewart to President Clinton talking about how they do the crossword puzzle. While I must admit I don't a lot of crosswords it was interesting to see how they are created. This is a short quirky movie, if you are at all interested you will enjoy it.