Archive - Jul 2007
Tonight I finished watching the documentary Spielberg on Spielberg on Turner Classic Movies. As you might guess from the title, it was a sort of retrospective of his films with Spielberg commenting on his career and it's development. It was quite interesting...both to look back on the films (so many of which I had seen, of course) and to see his perspective on the films and his career.
I give it 4 out of 5.
Earlier this week I watched the HBO documentary Coma. From the HBO web site:
...COMA explores the mysteries of the injured brain and its ability to heal. Giving voice to people whose quality of life and very existence have been threatened, the special goes inside a top U.S. medical facility for the treatment of head trauma and follows four coma survivors over the course of a year.
I thought it was quite interesting. The struggle and heartache...for the injured...for their families...for the people who try to care for them.
I give it 4 out of 5.
An unmarried couple has a falling out after buying a Chicago condo together.
I enjoyed it. Other people have told me that they didn't like it because it wasn't funny enough or something. True, it had more dimensions than just that one. A lot of their modes of conflict were also very familiar.
Earlier this week I watched the documentary China Blue from PBS' Independent Lens series. From Wikipedia:
China Blue is a 2005 documentary film directed by Micha Peled. It follows the life of Jasmine, a young worker in a Chinese jeans factory, hence the title. The documentary discusses both alleged sweatshop conditions in factories in China and the growing importance of China as an exporting country on a global scale.
I thought it was really interesting. The poor living conditions, the ridiculously long working hours, the contrast betwen the workers and the boss, etc. It reminds me that the extremely cheap price we pay, for a pair of jeans for example, necessarily comes at the expense of someone making them for next to nothing.
I give it 5 out of 5.
Tonight we finished watching The Devil Wears Prada (2006,PG-13) (ScreenIt! Review). From Wikipedia:
The Devil Wears Prada is an Academy Award-nominated 2006 comedy-drama film, a loose screen adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of the same name. It stars Anne Hathaway as Andrea "Andy" Sachs, a recent college graduate who comes to New York City and gets a job as a co-assistant to powerful and demanding fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly, played by Meryl Streep.
My wife seemed to enjoy it, but I didn't like it at all. Of course, I'm not exactly in to fashion. And though I realize there probably are people who act like Streep's character and employees that fawn over them, but I don't want to watch it. The whole thing just didn't seem genuine to me.
I give it 2 out of 5.
I'm also not thrilled that it may turn into a TV series.