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We Bought a Zoo

Rarely do I watch a movie that just feels custom made for me, but this is one of those movies. My wife and I watched this last night and we loved every minute of it. The cast is amazing (especially young Maggie Jones, who plays Damon’s daughter).

I never go too far into details of great movies because I think the less you know, the more you’ll really get out of watching it, but I will say that I have never seen a movie successfully use every single way to make the viewer cry. Damon was great as the widower father trying to understand his dark-minded son. I think the most interesting part about this whole film is the fact that it has so many layers that seamlessly blend instead of some movies that wind up tripping all over itself because it does too much.

This one is 2 hours, so get to it when you have some time. Do watch it, though, because I think you’ll walk away feeling really good.

Plays you should see (but as movies).

“Glengarry Glen Ross” is a fantastic drama about the back-stabbing, stomach churning ABC’s of the real estate game. The cast is too many to mention here, but what I will say is that this has to be Alec Baldwin’s best monologue in any film he has ever done. As with almost any play-turned-movie, the drive of the story comes from dialogue and not “action” per se. Each actor in this film has their shining moment alone as well as at least one two person exchange that you will remember. This film deserves to be seen, but remember, “Coffee is for closers.”

“Carnage” is a film made from a French play and stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz. The story surrounds the parents of two boys. One boy knocked the teeth out of the other and now the parents have to settle things. Civil and in control at first, thing begin to unravel in a very honest, yet funny way. This film highlights some very painful feelings among this group, but pokes fun at them instead of turning the film into a sob fest. Viva la France!

“Six Degrees of Separation” was a defining moment for Will Smith. He plays a young man who makes his way into the life of a wealthy older white (and yes, that does matter here) couple by telling them he is the son of famed actor Sidney Poitier and that he was mugged. Seeing the boy’s condition, and discovering that he is a friend of their daughter who is away at school, they take him in. A true study of our part in social norms and class status, this film asks many questions and gives almost no answers. I am not going to say this film will change your life or make you rethink the choices you make later on, but you will pay a bit more attention to things.

The Reader

My wife and I just watched “The Reader” starring Kate Winslet and to a lesser extent, Ralph Fiennes. This has to be one of the most beautiful, tragic, heart-wrenching films I have ever seen. It is a story about a 15 year old boy who has a summer affair with an older woman. This takes place in 1950’s Germany. It goes through the boy’s life as he goes to law school and up to his adult life in 1995. If you have not seen this movie, you need to.

I know I really haven’t said much about the detail of the film, but I think if you go into it knowing little, you will love it all the more. I will say that if you can’t handle a two hour movie that doesn’t have explosions or any real comedy moments, this is not for you. If you enjoy genuine emotional content with a realistic storyline, you will love this.

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