I am a big fan of our Netflix =) which is about the greatest thing ever! Our attention span towards dvds really varies from month to month - sometimes its all we can do to watch our 2 movies; other times we can watch 2 every few days. So the monthly fee (which is not bad at all) averages out over the months. This weekend we decided to watch the 2 movies that have been laying around collecting dust for several weeks.
- The Best of Youth (Italian) - Disc One(!)
- Sketches of Frank Gehry
Not your typical "hollywood" movies I know, but what can I say - our tastes run the full spectrum of flicks. Here are my reviews...
The Best of Youth
I have to admit, when S. picked this out - I groaned aloud. Just another depressing Italian movie that I can't understand but "should" see. AND it takes up 2 dvds! ugh It is an Italian movie (miniseries really) that follows 2 brothers (one who totally looks like a combo of Sam Sheppard and David Carradine) from the 60s to the "present" portraying the social, political and personal conflicts of the times. As S. explained, it is a movie which really defines that generation. times of Red Brigades, civil unrest, abuse of power, etc. I was so pleasantly surprised - it was great! I was totally sucked in! I am completely committed to the stories and characters and cant wait for disc 2 to arrive. I have to commend my husband - he is so good at sharing bits of Italian culture (and "pop" culture) with me through movies, music, etc. I wish I was as good at sharing American "pop" culture with him. I highly recommend this movie - it really shows you the struggles of that era in Italy. Come on Disc 2!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Sketches of Frank Gehry
Documentary about the modern architect Frank Gehry directed by his friend Sydney Pollack. I don't know much about architecture but I did know Gehry's name and I must say some of his buildings I like, some I don't. What I do really like about his buildings is the materials (titanium in particular) he uses to cover some of his work. They really are a canvas where light and shadows play with reflections, changing the picture continuously. It is beautiful. I liked the movie though it drags a bit at times. I think S. got bored, but overall it was interesting to see the process and the person behind the big facades.
Rating: a strong 3.5 stars out of 5
Next up: Best of Youth - DISC 2 (YAY - but im gonna be mad if someone dies) &
Kinky Boots (British film - with a name like that how can you go wrong??)