Real quick: I realized that I’ve seen a few movies over the past week that I need to mention.
– Fever Pitch: I think my son ordered this one because it is about baseball. It’s basically a “chick flik” love story about this otherwise nice guy who ends up dating a girl and everything is fine until the Sox’ season begins. His fanatism creates problems with their relationship yadda yadda… It’s cute light-hearted faire that guys can tolerate because of the baseball angle, but otherwise it’s still a chick flik.
– Inside Man: I liked it. Definitely a guys movie about a bank heist with some interesting angles, but also with a somewhat cerebral slant. Only at the end does it get a little bit preachy, but I can cut it some slack based on the overall good quality.
– The Pianist: Another dark and depressing story, and a true one at that. Set in Warsaw during WW2, it portrays this Jewish man’s struggle to survive. More-so, however, I found myself numbed by the horror displayed in some of the scenes – definitely not for the squeamish. Interestingly, this episode in history was dealt with in great detail by Churchill in the memoirs I had just finished reading in December. The movie does not deal at all with the Russian strategy, but it was interesting to know what was going on.