Thursday, May 15, 2008

One Movie …

Like Simone, I'm not that much of a movie person, but this looked like fun, so I'll give it a go.

1. One movie that made you laugh

2. One movie that made you cry
It's a Wonderful Life

3. One movie you loved when you were a child
Star Wars (that would be what is now known as “Episode IV”)

4. One movie you’ve seen more than once
Run Lola Run

5. One movie you loved, but were embarrassed to admit it
Perhaps Shrek?

6. One movie you hated
The sequel to Clerks. (I hated it so much I didn't finish it.)

7. One movie that scared you
I don't watch scary movies. I was so scared by the opening sixty seconds (all I watched) of Aliens that I couldn't sleep! (Come on, I was a teenager at the time.)

8. One movie that bored you
Don't remember any (so boring I've forgotten them, I guess).

9. One movie that made you happy

10. One movie that made you miserable
In a manner of speaking: Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage

11. One movie you weren’t brave enough to see
I dunno about not brave enough. Not stupid enough perhaps…

12. One movie character you’ve fallen in love with
What? She isn't a movie character? Oh right. Well then, how about Cinderella in Ever After?

13. The last movie you saw
The Black Balloon

14. The next movie you hope to see
Something funny or moving.

15. Now tag five people: I tag Laetitia, Ruth, Allison, Scott, and you!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Black Balloon

It's $8 for any movie, any session this weekend, so we had to go see something. After more than one recommendation, we chose “The Black Balloon”, an Australian movie about a family with an autistic son. The other son struggles to come to terms with what that means for him and his relationships with other people.

I found it very touching, and it really made me reflect on just what the parents of some of my students must go through at home. I did have trouble at times believing that the two boys were as young as they were supposed to be. The humour and romance were typically Australian, which is to say delightfully understated. I especially enjoyed the long poignant silences and meaningful looks. (And don't blink too much during the opening credits, or you'll miss the only black balloon in the whole movie!)

Highly recommended.