January 27, 2003

Rear Window

rearIt's amazing how well Alfred Hitchcock knows the minds of his audience. He knows exactly how to press our buttons, turn our knobs, and yank our levers, to produce the exact emotional response he desires. It's a real treat to watch a Hitchcock film in a full house and see it all happen. (Free showing at the Wang Theater)

January 23, 2003

About Schmidt

Wonderful cast. It was amazing how changing Jack Nicholson's trademark widow's peak hairstyle into a horizontal comb-over totally dilutes the "Jack" Persona! The moment that has stuck with me over the years comes right at the beginning- Schmidt retires from his insurance job after many years, and is celebrated at his retirement party, but as he is leaving the office and headed towards his car, he spots his carefully packed legal file boxes all piled up at the curb to be recycled. Whenever a longtime employee leaves a job, yes, it's important to leave plenty of notes for those that are succeeding you, and your legacy is important, but there comes a moment when you're not needed anymore and the next generation moves on as if you never existed. In some cases that happens sooner that you might want. (Showcase Cinemas Randolph)

January 17, 2003

Chicago

chicagoWe paid $10 (the highest priced ticket in Boston) and the show was sold out, so we had to sit in the back row. My main memory of the experience is the cold air conditioning breeze blowing on the back of my neck! (Loews Boston Common)

January 1, 2003

Directed by Steven Spielberg

I have seen two thirds of Spielberg's movies in a movie theater, probably a larger portion than any other similarly prolific director. Spielberg films I saw in a theater include:
  • Jaws
  • E.T.
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom
  • Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade
  • Always
  • Hook
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • Amistad
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
  • Minority Report
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • War of the Worlds
  • Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Lincoln
  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Sugarland Express
  • 1941
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • The Color Purple
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Schindler's List
  • The Terminal
  • Munich
  • Adventures of Tintin
  • War Horse

Catch Me If You Can

catchFun, slick, Hitchcockian romp. Over a year later, I listened to Frank Abagnale Jr's book (on tape, abridged), and the difference between the book and the movie was predictable. Spielberg, as usual, made the movie all about the boy growing up in a broken home. See Close Encounters, E.T., Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, Hook, Jurassic Park, A.I., Minority Report, and War of the Worlds for other Spielberg movies about father/son dysfunction, broken homes, and struggles with parenting. (Showcase Cinemas Randolph)