Now that school is back in session after a summer of ho-hum new films, movie season is just getting started. Fall is always a banner time for really good movies with the Oscars just a few months away. I've seen three films since we've been back to work, none have been Oscar contenders, but they all warrant a quick reviews.
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson books are a lot of fun to read. I thought the book was better than the film. The scenery was beautiful and there were a few funny one-liners, but I found it more contrived than anything else. Each time I watch a film with Robert Redford in it, I think, "Ya know, he's not really that good of an actor." I find myself wanting more, and this was one of those films.
Black Mass - Another new movie based on a book, which I also read as I'm fascinated with the mob. The movie was very good, interesting, and well done. Johnny Depp transformed into Whitey Bulger, an organized crime boss of the Winter Hill Gang in Southie (South Boston) who also informed for the FBI. It is a crazy story, which came to an end here in Santa Monica where he was hiding in plain sight.
The Intern - Speaking of mob movies, it's hard to think of Robert DeNiro in a non mob/tough guy role, but I absolutely adored him in this sweet, sappy movie. Paired with Anne Hathaway as the very busy owner of a successful internet company, DeNiro plays a retired widower who is having a hard time filling his days so decides to apply for a senior citizen intern position at said internet company. His character was so endearing and kind, bringing tears to my eyes several times. It certainly won't be nominated for anything substantial, but it was a very nice, feel good film.
And as I am pressing the "post" button, we just had an earthquake! It was a decent-sized one...ugh.
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