It's New London's 2009 Winter Film Festival at the Garde Arts Center, and I'm in with Sweet Jennie.
Nine days, nine movies, and a great line up.
I like to call it the Duchess-Rachel-Joker-Javier-Changeling-Visitor-River-French-Happy-Go-Lucky Film Festival.
Last night, we saw The Duchess. Here's the Garde's blurb:
Directed by: Saul Dibb, Starring: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes
A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.
Huh, I wouldn't say she was reviled. Except by her husband, that bastard Ralph Fiennes (I read once his name rhymes with "safe signs"). It was an odd little movie, strangely devoid of affectation. But Keira Knightley was adorable, as per. Great face. And her co-star Hayley Atwell, who the entire time I thought was Kate Beckinsale from Laurel Canyon, which I loved, was good, too. But I miss the Ralph Fiennes (rhymes with "safe signs") of The English Patient.
Tonight? Rachel Getting Married
Directed by: Jonathan Demme, Starring: Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger
A contemporary drama with an aggressive sense of humor about the return of an estranged daughter to the family home for her sister’s wedding.
I'm excited for this one. I've heard good things about it. Plus, Jennie and I have our routine down now. She brought chips and guac last night; I brought wine. Tonight, I'm bringing hummus and carrots. Or maybe flatbread - carrots may be too noisy. And wine.Friday: The Dark Night
Directed by: Christopher Nolan, Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Morgan Freeman
With the help of Lieutenant Gordon and District Attorney Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the criminal organizations that plague the city streets.
I don't think I'm going to see this one. As much as I love my gay cowpoke boyfriend Heath Ledger, I don't love Batman. And, I think I'll be at a high school swim meet. But if My Girl Nancy goes skiing and we don't go to the meet, Jennie and I may go to the movie. We think the idea of the two of us seeing The Batman movie together is really really funny.
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem
A beguiling tragicomedy, Vicky Cristina Barcelona charms with beautiful views of the Spanish city and a marvelously well-matched cast.
This movie I am dying to see: it does, after all, star Javier Bardem. But I think I'm going to miss it. Our friend Matt is coming down to visit so I'll be hanging with my 2 valentiney boys.
Directed by: Clint Eastwood, Starring: Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich
Inspired by actual events that occurred in 1920s-era Los Angeles, tells the story of a woman driven to confront a corrupted LAPD after her son is abducted.
The only matinee. I like those Clint Eastwood-directed movies. 3 p.m. start. Should we bring bloodys instead of wine?
Monday: The Visitor
Directed and Written by: Thomas McCarthy, Starring: Richard Jenkins
Walter Vale, a disillusioned Connecticut economics professor whose life is transformed by a chance encounter in New York City.
Oh, I'm excited for this one. Richard Jenkins is the dead dad from Six Feet Under, and I love his wry, laconic delivery.
Tuesday: Frozen River
Directed and Written by: Courtney Hunt, Starring: Melissa Leo
A powerfully unflinching tale of two women, who, driven by economic hardship, form an unlikely partnership smuggling illegal immigrants.
I'm excited for this one too. I was intrigued when I first heard about it, and of all things, Melissa Leo got nominated for an Academy Award. As Richard Jenkins did, above.
It's good just to get the nod.
Wednesday: I've Loved You So Long
Directed and Written by: Philippe Claudel
Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Laurent Grévill, Elsa Zylberstein
After 15 years with no ties with her family who had rejected her, a young woman comes to live with her sister and her family.
Kristin Scott Thomas speaking French. Did any two actors have better chemistry than Kristin Scott Thomas and Ralph Fiennes (rhymes with. . . you know) in The English Patient??
And finally, on Thursday: Happy-Go-Lucky
Directed by: Mike Leigh Starring: Sally Hawkins, Elliot Cowan
A look at the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her.