"Slumdog Millionaire," is a more complex story, yet like "Rocky," it is an Hindi yarn of a young Indian boy struggling to survive, while endeavoring to salvage what grace he can scavenge, like so many crumbs from the meager table of the proletariat.
The redemptive process, from seeing clearly the good and the bad of terrible times, defines and hones the best of humanity, and thus has preserved our species for millennia, and may sustain us for many more.
"Vicky Cristina Barcelona" was surprisingly funny. Laughing out loud at neurotic Europeans and American Tourists is rather more humorous than considering the humor wrapped in the neurosis of Manhattan natives, which has been the staple of previous Woody Allen Movies.
"Burn After Reading," the latest edition in Ethan and Joel Coen's offbeat and often distinctive films: some comedies, some dramas, some from another world of intellect, was exactly what I expected - overwhelmingly eclectic.
During "Yes Man," I recalled five occasions, or was it six, that registered fully on the "laughometer." A point of reference in what constitutes making the upper range of this device is: laughing to the point of tears gushing from my eyes and then my nose will register a two on that meter.
Director Darren Aronofsky's near remake of "The Champ" is an important film in the measure that it examines the life of the lost and the forgotten, after enjoying a small piece of the "American dream."
The Batman series in celluloid has had more than its share of ups and downs, with four of the films; "Batman," "Bateman Returns," "Batman Begins," and "The Dark Knight" reasonably fine entertainment, and worthy of some notoriety amongst aficionados of the "caped crusader."
Or possibly, you may question your sanity as to why you just spent 115 minutes of your precious time to wade through some fairly disturbing images, just to catch up on what passes for a preadolescent monster posing as an innocent, precociously wise and complex character study of a "girl gone wild."
Admittedly, I knew nothing of the much loved series of graphic novels, "Watchmen." Whenever a film is done from a fictional depiction of humanity, or a science fictional depiction of a supposed humanity, many humans complain that the book was much better.
Thank-you Ed Harris for bringing to the "silver screen," and my 40" Liquid Crystal Display, a subtle and beautifully filmed story of the old southwest that keeps the "Western" motif alive for future generations.