I love movies. There were times in my life when I routinely saw several movies per week - and on several occasions, several movies in a day. Now, however, it seems to be more difficult to actually get out to a theater. Because this time of year is best for the types of movies I enjoy, I'm making more of an effort to actually see some. I saw two very good ones this week.
Blue Valentine is about a mismatched couple who fall in love, marry, and then grow apart from each other. It is beautifully acted by Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling. Not a feel-good movie, but a very convincing movie.
My rating: ***** (out of 5)
True Grit is a much more stylized movie, a western. Again, the actors do superb jobs. Mattie, a 14-year-old living in 1870's Arkansas and whose father murderer has fled to Indian country, speaks in a Biblical-Shakespearean style. She's determined to avenge her father's death and partners with a U.S. marshall to do so. The music, mostly hymns, enhances the movie. Once again the Coen brothers have succeeded in giving a fresh look to a familiar genre.
My rating: **** (out of 5)