Where to begin… I saw two movies the other day. One mainstream and one indy. Also, a couple of weekends ago, I managed to squeeze four films on television into one day. The two thearter viewings were Kinsey, and Bad Education. Both fine and interesting films… neither for the kids (thank God for movies geared toward adults).
I’ll start with the four TV movies. With the exception of one, all were revisits for me. They were (seen in this order):
What I found most interesting, that is, what all these movies had in common was that they did not find it necessary to tie all the “ending” elements together in a nice comfortable bow. Interestingly, the most recent one made is Halloween, from 1978. I was surprised to discover that the music, which is so well known in Halloween, actually comes from a scene in The Exorcist. Ellen Burstyn is walking on the street and there are children in halloween costumes in the background. The music playing is the familiar tinkle we associate with the movie Halloween.
The Innocents was especially suspenseful. I had never seen it… what a nice discovery. So if you get a chance to see any of these movies,… do. They all hold up … in my opinion.
I’m not sure what I expected from Kinsey, but I’m still trying to form an opinion. The acting was wonderful but at times the story seemed to drag. I’d recommend it just for the political similarities to today since I’m afraid we’re headed toward the 50s again.
Now I hadn’t heard anything about Bad Education (La Mala Educación) but my wife had wanted to see it. I was very pleasantly surprised because I found the beginning a little tedious. As the story unfolded, however, my interest was sustained. I like subtitles (as opposed to dubbing) so consider yourself forewarned.