On a Roll

Self is kind of on a roll, in terms of movie-watching, that is.

While Dearest Mum was still in the area, and feeling sorely in need of some R & R, self went to see Patricia Clarkson in “Cairo Time,” which was showing at the Menlo Park Guild.  Boy, did she love it!  Of course it helped immeasurably that Clarkson’s leading man, the tall and soulful Alexander Siddig, is ridiculously good-looking.

Then self decided to see Naomi Watts in Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger.”  Self would not consider this movie one of Allen’s better efforts, but it is the first time (at least, to self’s knowledge) that he’s used Naomi Watts, so good for you, Woody, for finally finding a way to use the talents of the lovely Naomi.

Then, yesterday, self hot-footed it to the downtown Redwood City Century 20 and caught “The Social Network.”  That was a very, very entertaining movie.  First of all, it almost persuaded self that she belongs in the ranks of the cool because:  a)  She and hubby both graduated from Stanford, and Stanford is presented in the movie as “cool;” and b)  She spends quite a bit of time tooling around Palo Alto, which in “The Social Network” is presented as the site for budding entrepreneurs and much bong-smoking activity.  Not to mention serving as the home base for that revolutionary company, Facebook.

This afternoon, while hubby is engrossed with the Notre Dame/Pittsburgh football game (And self still can’t believe the Giants lost Game 2 last night —  GAAAAH!!), self decides to examine her movie choices.  Oops, she just missed the first screening of “Mao’s Last Dancer,” at the Aquarius!  And she only has 10 minutes in which to get to Palo Alto to catch the first screening of “Never Let Me Go”!  And “Waiting for Superman” has already started, at Palo Alto Square!

Oh, well.  She might as well spend the rest of the afternoon gardening.  Or reading reviews of Tess Uriza Holthe’s 2008 story collection, The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes (sounds interesting; she might order it)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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