There’s a lot I want to blog on today. So I guess I better get started. We’ll begin with movies.
I had been looking at Sin Dejar Huella (Without a Trace) at Blockbuster for quite some time. It finally made its way into my VCR (the DVD was checked out). It wasn’t a grade A movie, but I did enjoy this subtitled (it’s a Mexican film) joy ride. Two very different women end up together on a cross-country trip, each fleeing her own demons. In fact, they aren’t always sure which “demon” is chasing them. Thieves of different classes, the two women slowly learn to trust each other and reveal their secrets. But how tenuous is that trust?
Of course, I own Good Will Hunting, but I hadn’t watched it in years. I am thinking it has been more than two because one scene affected me in a way it might not have before. Anyway, I shouldn’t need to say much here. It’s a great movie and I still think it deserved the Best Screenplay oscar that it received. Can you believe it was released in 1997? How could 8 years have passed since then? Shit like that really makes me feel old. Or just that time goes more quickly then we can imagine.
Now about this Acky Baby business. I had yesterday off and my friend Co-Bin and I went to see Million Dollar Baby. I didn’t like it. Unfortunately, there isn’t much I can say here without giving away major plot points. The movie was moving along fine. Enjoyable. Then something unexpected happened. And that was shocking, but not what ruined the movie for me. That was the ending. And all I can say is that my reaction is based on a personal firm moral belief. Very firm. No matter how good the movie may have been, I wouldn’t like it on principal.
But I am skeptical on the goods of the movie outside of my disappointment at the ending. I’m not a huge fan of Clint Eastwood. He’s hard to look at. And that same scratchy, gruff voice seems to permeate his characters so much that I am not sure if he is a good actor or not. He’s still the quintessential cowboy. Which means not much emotion is shown. But maybe his acting strength is showing an internal struggle. Now, I really do like Morgan Freeman. But I didn’t like his character in this. Yeah, in general, he’s a lovable character and I’m not saying he didn’t act well, but when you stop to consider some of his actions, he rubbed me the wrong way. Hilary Swank did a great job though. And there was a great priest in the movie. For once I appreciated the depiction of the Catholic Church, even though it was a bit quirky.
But back to this ending- not only was it morally upsetting to me, but also, I think it was lame.