Weekend Movie Roundup

Friday: Jarrod and I went to see Hollywoodland. Hurrah! Adrien Brody & Diane Lane were superb, and it was finally the right role for Ben Affleck. There were several great unspoken details — the elderly bodybuilder comes to mind, as does the gum chewing done by Brody — and only one thing that bothered me (it felt like lost its train of thought in the end). I'd give the acting four stars and the movie three.

Saturday: Got hooked on AFI's inspiring movie countdown. I was happy to guess four out of the top five, only forgetting To Kill a Mockingbird. There were a few "What?" moments, but nothing too major, although I do wish that The Shawshank Redemption had ranked higher (it was only #23). I mean, that scene where Andy Dufresne plays the song from "Le nozze di Figaro" over the prison's intercom system — how beautiful is that? It's a shame this movie was released the same year as Pulp Fiction & Forrest Gump, because it never stood a chance during awards season.

Sunday: In the morning, Memoirs of a Geisha — a repeat for me, but I wanted to see its gorgeous cinematography again. And at night, Money for Nothing, which I had no idea was based on a true story. Love me some John Cusack, but YIKES is that movie dated.

Best Movie of the Weekend: The Shawshank Redemption even though, you know, I didn't actually watch it.