Originally published at Never Say Never to Your Traveling Self. You can comment here or there.


Watching the Academy Awards last night helped me to remember how much time I used to spend watching films. Now I see about two movies a month; back when I had a very limited social life, I would watch, on average, seven a week.


A random 10 of some favorite films:


1) Before Night Falls - art and persecution in Castro’s Cuba

2) Fearless - dying to ourselves - more than once

3) The Decalogue - inspired by the 10 commandments

4) 25th Hour - coming to grips with one’s choices

5) Ed Wood - all the freaky people make the beauty of the world (franti)

6) The Secret Garden (1993) - if you were born sour, you should learn to love flowers

7) All About Eve - great one liners + female characters

8) The Widow of St. Pierre - powerful woman + anti death penalty

9) I Am Cuba - some of the best cinematography ever + an ode to a revolution

10) Karakter - complex relationship between a bewildered son and stonehearted father


My favorite actors are Sarah Polley (My Life Without Me), Daniel Auteuil (Girl on the Bridge), Juliette Binoche (see #8), Jeff Bridges (The Door in the Floor), Jeffrey Wright (Ride with the Devil), Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Ashes of Time), Rachel Weisz (Sunshine), Andre Braugher (Homicide), and a couple of other people. Honorable mention to Linus Roache, who broke my heart twice - first in Priest, then in Wings of the Dove - but never quite found a role as good as those again.


I am always looking for recommends. I am a sucker for redemption stories.


(picture: still from Mike Van Diem’s practically perfect Dutch film, Karakter)

The trailer for Albert Brooks' new comedy confuses me. The second protagonist in the movie appears to be a Hindu. Maybe "Looking for Comed in India and Pakistan" just didn't have quite the same ring.

Maybe the trailer is merely misleading and it really is about Muslims, but something tells me I'll never get around to actually watching the movie to answer that mildly curried question.

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