Oscar season is upon us, and I cannot tell you if I have seen that many Oscar-worthy films. It should be more interesting this year, in that the Best Picture category will have ten nominees.
I have seen a few DVDs in the last week or so:
Lemon Tree is a really good movie about a Palestinian widow living on the West Bank. She has a lemon grove from which she eeks out a living. The Isreali defense minister moves in next door and decides that her lemon trees have to go, in the name of national security. Actually, his paranoid underlings think it would be easier to protect his behind without the lemon trees providing potential hiding places for his potential assassins. So, the widow takes the Defense Minister and the Isreali government to court. I really liked it.
Earth is a cute Disney documentary following three animal families - polar bears, elephants and humpback whales - in their struggle for survival on our planet. It was really we done and intersting to watch. James Earl Jones narrated the movie. Apparently, this dvd is a condensed version of the miniseries Planet Earth. Very good!!!
In Daisy Kenyon, Joan Crawford, Dana Andres and Henry Fonda are pitted in a love triangle between an enterprising commercial artist and her two men - one is married and one is not. It's a 1940s movie, but it is really good. They don't make 'em like they used to! I liked it.
Away We Go follows the journey of a couple about to have a baby. They travel to different locales, trying to find the best place to live as a family. It was a little quirky, but a whole lot of cute. I liked it.
I saw An Education in the theater. It is about a school girl, Jenny, who starts a relationship with an older man, David. He, with his friends Danny and Helen, wine and dine her and show her the "good" life. Emma Thompson, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Rosamund Pike and Carey Mulligan star in this cute movie based on the memoirs of Lynn Barber - a British journalist. The film is set in Englund in the early 1960s. It was very good.
Until next time...