Last week I walked to Juan's Cafe, where besides serving good food in a lovely courtyard setting, he also sells DVD's. If you want the latest, before they even get to the movie theaters, Juan has them. I don't ask questions as to how.........
I selected five - two of which were August: Osage County and American Hustle. Juan has a list of the nominees for the Golden Globes and since these two were in the comedy category for awards, I expected to have funny movies.
Au contrare, nothing could be farther from the truth.
August: Osage County was about one of the most dysfunctional families that I've ever seen portrayed on the screen. Sheesh. From the boozing father to the drug addicted mother (Meryl Streep) to the daughter getting divorced to one who was having an affair with her brother...........it was something else.
Now in defense of the daughter having an affair with her brother, she thought he was her cousin! The third sister had a boyfriend who hit on the 14 year old daughter of the one getting a divorce.
The acting was extraordinary - especially Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. But funny or even humorous, it was not.
American Hustle had an excellent cast. Two women that I wasn't familiar with that much and two key male actors. It was a true story of how the government entrapped a bunch of politicians in New Jersey and felt they had benefitted the country by prosecuting them and jailing them.
The acting was quirky, with many twists and turns. Take two beautiful women and a few erotic scenes plus
good acting and you have an award winner. They proved it last night.
The third movie I watched that was nominated was The Butler. Acting, again was excellent. Story was true and the real live footage incorporated into the movie, was interesting to see.
My neighbor, in the guest house, is from Zacatecas and 24 years old. He was not aware of the civil rights struggle to that degree in the USA. We had an fascinating conversation about it and his impressions.
Actually, I think he was shocked that in the USA, the land of the free, there were and are people still oppressed. I assume he knows about his own countrymen being oppressed in America, but I don't think he new about the civil rights movement.
I've got more movies to watch. Gravity, Saving Mr. Banks, Capt. Phillips and All Is Lost with Robert Redford. If you're interested, I'll share my two cents worth when finished. I still want to get Nebraska and Inside Llewelyn Davis. I hope one of these has some uplifting, if not humorous feeling to it.
I was surprised at the Golden Globes last night in that the awards were spread out throughout several movies and not just one or two. It was a delightful evening of seeing actors and actresses that I haven't seen in a while.