Sunday, March 28, 2010
I saw one of the saddest movies ever last night. It's a forgotten classic from 1937 called "Make Way for Tomorrow." It's about a husband and wife who lose their house to the bank when they are in their 70's. Their children cannot take them both into their homes and they must separate. It sounds like melodrama but it isn't. It's a thoughtful, wonderful movie. And for a movie made 70 years ago, it feels so modern.
I especially enjoyed the last 30 minutes when the couple decide to spend a last day together. I don;t want to spoil it, but I can say that there are so many touching moments in that half hour. And the ending, the ending of this movie must rival "City Lights" and "The Third Man" as one of the most heartbreaking in movie history. The DVD from Criterion has some great extras , especially an interview with Peter Bogdanovich.
A true gem.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Paul McCartney is finally doing a concert in Puerto Rico. I am so thrilled. I've seen him a couple of times love, and they were the best concerts I've attended in my life. And you can ask anyone who has seen him live and they will probably say the same. SOme people are complaining about the price, but one has to understand that seeing Paul live is a privilege. A true living legend. One of the greatest composers (if not the greatest) of the 20th century. Seeing it is something you can tell your grandchildren.
This fine movie based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by Keats' untimely death at age 25. It has excellent photography, good acting and one does get involved in the love story. Unfortunately, this movie seemed to have been forgotten by the public. But it is a nice movie to watch on DVD. It's not a great movie, but an interesting little one.