My week of movie-watching while house-sitting continues:
Soldier's Girl (Troy Garity, Lee Pace and Andre Braugher) - A wonderful TV movie about a soldier who gets taken to a gay bar/drag show by a fellow soldier (who may be closeted??) and meets and falls in love with one of the performers who is in the middle of undergoing gender re-assignment. Great script and excellent performances, especially Lee Pace [Pushing Daisies] as Calpurnia.
Swimming With Sharks (Kevin Spacey and Frank Whaley - and Benicio Del Toro in a tiny role) - This one is tough to talk about without spoiling, so I'll just say that it has a script unlike anything I've viewed before, is well directed and paced and a cast that kept me glued to the screen. Tough subject matter at times, but worth a viewing for sure.
Kitty Foyle (Ginger Rogers) - This one was recommended in an earlier thread after I commented on really enjoying Ginger Rogers in another movie. Rogers has SUCH star quality in this one, watchable for every second she is on screen. Which is saying a lot because her two male co-stars (Dennis Morgan and James Craig) are stunningly beautiful themselves. I found the subject matter (a woman's place in society in the 40's...classism...relationships....) to be kind of heavy at time, but it's wonderful to see all these things dealt with in movies...were filmmakers much more brave way back then than they are now??
Killing Us Softly 3 - A documentary about women and women's images used in advertising. Eye-opening even though I think I'm more aware of this kind of manipulation more than the average Joe. The very next day I was looking at advertising differently as I was out and about and noticed an ad of a woman silencing herself by putting her hand over her mouth.... The first few minutes of this documentary at youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrtPklzbgWo
A Day Without A Mexican - This is one which was highly recommended to me many years ago but is not widely available so it took a while before I found it. The theme is that all people of Hispanic heritage disappear one morning throughout the state of California. The movie explores how everyone else's lives are affected without this large group of people who are so often disparaged. What the person who recommended this movie did not tell me was that it was made on a shoestring budget...and I think by first-time filmmakers. And it shows on both counts. An interesting topic, but not really a very good movie.
And one that I gave up on watching, not because it wasn't good was "Sometimes In April". It's about how people in Rwanda have been affected by the upheaval in their country. I decided not to watch more than half an hour partly because the topic is quite heavy, partly because I've already seen three or so movies about this topic and because I've got other movies to watch on heavier topics and I just can't handle another one right now. I need to get some more comedies or sci-fi! I might watch this movie at some point in the future, though.