After many days of on-and-off heat at the Mandalay, I think it’s back on for good. A much-needed sigh of relief. Naturally, fingers are still crossed, still knocking on wood, et cetera. But it’s nice not relying on a quartz heater every evening.
I watched “The Double Life of Veronique” last night, a 90s French film beloved by both Ebert and Katya. I wasn’t drawn into the story as deeply as I had hoped but I enjoyed it nonetheless, especially the camerawork and the color choices, and the lead (Irene Jacob) is an absolute natural beauty. I think I’ll try to see it again with Katya whenever she’s back in the US.
I watched “50/50” tonight. Very good movie. On par with some of my favorites from 2011, so I’m adding it to my list (see previous entry). The dialogue was pretty sharp and I loved the confrontation between Seth Rogen and Dallas Bryce Howard. Sorry to see “Bridesmaids”, a good but not great comedy, receive an Original Screenplay nomination yesterday but not Will Reiser for this film. But I’ll write about Oscar nominations in more detail tomorrow…