Friday, February 07, 2014

The Monuments Men

I love it when films inspire me.  Not all do - some (most?) are pure entertainment that I enjoy for 2+ hours and then leave at the theater.  Some touch me and have me thinking about a certain issue or relationship for a day or two.  Still others are not worth the pixels it takes to create them.  Merriam-Webster's online dictionary's first definition of "inspire" is "to make (someone) want to do something : to give (someone) an idea about what to do or create."  Keeping to this definition, films that inspire are, I think, fairly rare.  The Monuments Men, which I had the privilege of screening Wednesday night, is one such film. 

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Come What May . . .

. . . tomorrow evening, come ice or snow or just plain coldness, I will be sitting in a nice, warm theater in the Alamo Drafthouse with some dear friends watching and singing along to Moulin Rouge.  I cannot wait.  Here is my account of my first Moulin Rouge singalong (and I still haven't really come down). 

Tonight, however, I will be with another friend at a screening of The Monuments Men.  I am also looking very forward to that.  It's got a wonderful cast - Matt Damon, George Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett and Bob Balaban to name a few.  The story is intriguing - seven artists, museum curators, art historians and the like team up to rescue art treasure from Nazi thieves.  Add to that the fact that the hunt is still going on - they haven't found all of the art that the Nazis stole.  Top it off with directing and writing credits going to Clooney and you've got the potential for a real winner.  I'll let you know!