I had never seen The Princess Bride, starring a young Robin Wright Penn in the title role. It is a story within a story. A grandfather reads this story to his sick grandson. It is about a girl who agrees to marry a prince five years after hearing that her true love was dead. However, he is not, and he comes back to claim her. It also stars Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant, Peter Falk, Fred Savage, Carole Kane, Billy Crystal and several others. It was very good.
The Brothers Bloom is about two brothers, Stephen and Bloom, who seem to have been con artists since their early years in the foster system. Adrien Brody plays the younger one, Bloom, who gets tired of chasing the next con, and wants to get out of the business. However, big bro (my man, Mark Ruffalo) needs him for just one more. Rachel Weisz also stars in this movie full of cons and double-crosses and by the end of the movie…you don’t care to figure it all out. Interestingly, we never find out why they are called The Brothers Bloom, when only one of them is named Bloom, and it is his first name. It was alright.
Intimate Strangers, in French with English subtitles, is an interesting movie revolving around an abused woman and a tax attorney. While looking for the office of a psychiatrist, this woman instead goes to the tax attorney's office and launches into the intimate details of what brought her there in the first place. She leaves there that day still thinking she visited the psychiatrist. Even when the tax attorney finally corrects her, she continues to meet with him to discuss her situation. The movie was very character driven, a little quirky and not for everyone.
The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce and Timothy Spall, is about the relationship between Bertie (Firth), the soon-to-be King George VI, his speech therapist, Lionel (Rush). It is a good story, well acted and factually based. I really liked it.