Friday, February 08, 2008

Film recommendations for the weekend

If you're one of the fortunate ones who actually get to watch films in movie theaters, I've got two recommendations. Persepolis is playing in many art house theaters and is an amazing story about a young girl growing up in Iran during the 70's and 80's. It's so well done that you actually forget that you're watching an animated film and truly identify with the characters.

The second film, which still might be showing in some cities, is The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, based on a true story about a man with a debilitating disability. One of the most visceral films I've experienced, it is going up on my Top 10 list of favorite films. Made me love being alive.

If you're stuck at home, try The Namesake, a film about a family from India trying to assimilate to life in the US. From the same director who made Monsoon Wedding, another must-see.

6 comments:

Laurie said...

I wish. Instead I think we will be taking in reruns of "Wow Wow Wubbzy" and possibly "Mermaid Dora."

Terri said...

I saw the Diving Bell and the Butterfly a couple of weekends ago, and we all walked out the theatre speechless. Everyone in the room was crying. The book is just as astounding. Kind of a reframe when you're feeling down, isn't it?

waldenhouse said...

Loved Monsoon Wedding so will definitely check out The Namesake.

Going to the theater has become a thing of the past since our third son was born - desperately needing my sleep and all - but Diving Bell and the Butterfly sounds like a movie for which I would be willing to sacrifice a little sleep.

Thanks for the tip.

Anonymous said...

If you have a chance check out http://www.billythekiddocumentary.com/.

Elizabeth said...

I'll have to check these out. It's definitely movie weather.

Tom said...

laurie: You too? :)

terri: the films was fantastic... makes me want to go back and finish the book.

waldenhouse: I think you'd like The Namesake. And you could always wait till Diving Bell makes it to dvd, realizing that it just wont be the same.

anon: okey dokey

elsie: and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies weather too.