Midnight in Paris

This film about Paris as a center for artistic expression is a lovely tribute to the city: I wonder what made Woody Allen fall in such love with Paris?  All of his earlier movies are all about the beauty of Manhattan, but Paris now seems like his true love.  Owen Wilson does surprisingly well as the lead actor, although he isn't required to do much except act befuddled and stunned by meeting such historical figures as Hemingway and Gertrude Stein.  Overall, the film is worth watching, but there isn't a lot of substance in it.

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Wow, what a great film: the last one by Sydney Lumet.  Great cast, fantastic writing, compellingly disturbing plot.  What's not to like?

Sherlock Holmes

The original Irene Adler story, told well in this adaptation.  Not much to say otherwise: Netflix is wonderful for making all of these old TV shows available!


I took a day off work, and watched this movie as part of enjoying the beautiful weather; or, at least, to avoid my allergies.

The storyline felt forced (redemption through sacrifice, brotherly conflict, identity issues), but you really can't expect too much from a superhero movie in that respect.  It was fun to see Hawkeye make an appearance, in preparation for the Avengers movie.  Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard, Kenneth Branagh (director), Patrick Doyle (music): quite the talent assembled for this movie!

Book of Mormon

Wow.  Hard to know exactly what to say about this sometimes profane, always irreverent, profoundly hilarious, and wonderfully written and performed musical.  It had its South Park moments (especially in the Cartman-esque voiceovers that explain the life of Joseph Smith), of course.  And the profanity was extreme enough that it startled me: maybe because when I grew up it would have been unimaginable for such profanity to have been on Broadway.  Overall, though, a fantastic production with a great cast.

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