The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
After watching this touching portrayal of the Holocaust through the eyes of two eight-year-old boys (one German, one Jew), I told Partner that I wouldn't be able to see another Holocaust film for a long time. It's not that the movie is bad, on the contrary, it does its job too well. If I say too much, I'll give the ending away, but if you've not seen the movie, I recommend that you do. The characters are rich, the story is lush, and they don't beat you over the head with the horror of the times. It is much more a story about innocence, friendship, and learning that we're all the same.
Had Brandon Lee not mysteriously died on the set of this film, it would have been lost in the shuffle of bad, overly-CGI'd, Batman rip-offs of the early to mid 1990s. One word: Vomit. If you've not seen it, don't. Watch any anti-hero film from the last 15 years, and you've got the basic storyline. In fact, the strange Catwoman movie is pretty much the same exact storyline, but has Halle Berry and great leather. This one doesn't even merit a trailer. Moving on.
The Good Witch & The Good Witch's Garden
These are two unbelievably adorable Hallmark films that center around a woman named Cassandra Nightingale, who may or may not be a witch. Or, that's how they present it. It's quite obvious that, yes, Miss Nightingale is a witchy, neo-pagan chick with a penchant for helping out the townsfolk. The plots are not necessarily Oscar-worthy, nor are the characters dense and rich enough to be considered fully developed. But, hey, it's a Hallmark channel movie; what do you expect? They're cute, and present modern witchcraft in a really realistic light. It's practical, magical, and can be done by anyone. It's not out on DVD yet, but it regularly plays on Hallmark - so set your DVR to record both of them. They are popcorn and comfy blanket on the couch quality films to watch with a good friend. (Lacy, I know you're in Texas, but I was definitely thinking how you'd love this film.) Thanks to Oseaana from the Get Witchified podcast for turning me on to the films!
Happy movie watching! Tell me what movies you've been watching lately. I'm always up for some fun in a cinematic form.
Love and Lyte,