A Choice Between “Vampires Suck” or “Get Low”

Saturdays, as dear blog readers know, are movie days. This morning, after running through all the movie choices (self secretly wanted to see “The Switch,” as she has soft spot for Justin Bateman), hubby decided on “Get Low.”

Self normally leaves the Saturday movie choices to hubby (as she can watch whatever she wants on the weekdays!)

Self has to say, the Guild Theater in Menlo Park, where “Get Low” is currently showing, is a beautiful theater. Here are the things self particularly likes about the theater: the art deco lights, the curlicue decorations all along the walls, the way the red curtains slowly part to reveal the screen (such a thrill!), and especially the fragrance of freshly popped popcorn suffusing the (teensy) lobby!

Initially, self was not at all enthused about this movie. In fact, the preview quite put her to sleep. But self is happy to report that the movie was so beautifully acted, by all the actors (Self thought Bill Murray was especially fine), and so beautifully photographed and edited, that she found herself quite moved, at the end.

It’s not at all what the preview leads one to think! For the movie turns out to be a bittersweet love story. Bill Murray and a young actor named Lucas Black, as operators of the local funeral home, were wonderful. And let’s not forget Sissy Spacek, whose luminous eyes brim with so much hope and regret.

Self would also like to say that Robert Duvall’s face is a craggy force of nature; she loved each and every one of his close-ups.

The Depression-era setting didn’t hurt, either. As self felt she understood the undercurrent of desperation that was the movie’s mournful sub-text. How can she not? Hubby’s company, which once had over a hundred employees, is now down to its last nine people! Every day, self thanks her lucky stars that hubby is one of those nine, though it’s depressing for him to go to work and see all those empty cubicles.

“Get Low” is now one of self’s favorite movies of Summer 2010, along with “Inception,” “Restrepo,” and “Winter’s Bone.” She’s suddenly sick of noisy, explosion-filled summer movies (“Inception” being a notable exception). If she craves action, she wants it really straightforward, like in “Predators.” Not gussied up star vehicles like “Knight and Day” and “Salt.”

Yesterday, in Palo Alto Square, where she went to watch “The Kids Are All Right,” she saw a preview for the film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. The movie, which stars Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Garfield, looks like a knock-out. (Surprisingly, star billing goes to Mulligan rather than Knightley. But self likes that, actually. It seems true to the material) Self can hardly wait to see it.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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