Sunday, July 6, 2008

Bad Movie/Good Movie

File this under There Really Is No Justice.

Friday night we Netflixed FOOL'S GOLD. Let's just say the title should also serve as a warning. It starred Matthew McConnaughey and Kate Hudson and Donald Sutherland and a number of other people who really should be deeply ashamed of themselves for participating in this piece of merde. I mean, I was sitting at one end of the sofa knitting. Roy was sitting at the other end using his laptop. Somewhere at the mid-point of the story (oh, maybe five or six hours in) we looked up at the screen and simultaneously said, "That's still on!?" Yeah, it only seemed like an eternity.

What a disappointment. I wasn't expecting Shakespeare in the Park but I was expecting some laughter and sexual chemistry between Hudson and McConnaughey. Zip. Zero. Nada. Maybe next time they should consider hiring a screenwriter.

Ah, but last night! Last night we watched CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR and loved it. Totally loved it. Neither one of us had expected anything more than passing interest (we're not crazy about either Hanks or Roberts but we both think Phillip Seymour Hoffman is fan-freaking-tastic) so imagine our surprise when in less than five minutes we were hooked. Completely hooked. Fascinated, amused, entertained, titillated, intrigued, challenged, you name it. (BTW, Amy Adams is going to have a big future.)

When they ran the credits, I found out why: Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin.

Talent will out every time.
Even if FOOL'S GOLD had better box office.

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