Italian Job

Did you happen to notice how many films about Los Angeles use the same locations? Hollywood Homicide and S.W.A.T. both used several of the same as The Italian Job. I thought other heist movies were better – The Thomas Crown Affair (original and remake) for example, and Ocean’s Eleven (remake) was a hoot. Honor and dishonor among thieves. In The Italian Job it’s easy to note a new filmmaking technique – the gorgeous stars stop, pose and sparkle for the camera as if for a magazine. All in all, it was very entertaining. But don’t look to stay awake at 3:00 in the morning thinking about deep, important, meaningful things. Not while you could be driving your Mini Cooper down the train tracks… (In Ocean’s Eleven there’s no bad language, sex, or violence and it’s completely immoral. Now, that’s worth talking about!)

Seabiscuit

Great movie about the little horse that could … the book made me laugh more, but for a 2 hour version of a book, the film was just fine. Loved the acting… Gosh this past summer had a lot of guy movies. At least this one was based on fact… Will receive the Catholics in Media Award this coming Sunday at the Beverly Hilton. Well deserved (though Bruce Almighty gets my #1 vote!)

Le Divorce

Le Divorce is a comedy of manners and cultural contrast from Merchant Ivory. From the first scene at the Paris Airport, when a Franch and US airliner are shown side by side, we know this is a set-up. This is an artsy film – watch the red handbag. I enjoyed it, it made me chuckle and it offered my sister and I something to talk about. My niece, who is a junior in college, didn’t get it and didn’t like it. Hard to say if Le Divorce had any deep meaning – don’t think so. But it was a fun watch.

Magdalene Sisters

The Magadalene Sisters is a sad, terrible tale based on facts. Irish girls and young women assumed to be “sinners” because they were raped, sexually active or even suspected of being so, were sent to work in laundries run by nuns and the Irish government. These laundries were in existence until the 1990’s when the last one was closed.

The film does not show even one sympathetic nun – and this is too bad because there had to have been at least one. But this is two-hour story-telling, so we do not see anything redeeming about the situation except the courage of a few girls to escape and make lives of their own. You can “google.com” this topic or even Magdalenes and find out more information.

To be noted is that some religious communities have admitted and apologized for their role in this injustice. I don’t know about the Irish government or the hospitals who benefited from this form of slave labor. It’s hard to imagine that very many people would even want to see such a film. On the other hand, once injustices are exposed and owned up to, there is a stronger chance they will not be repeated.

(Please note that this writer does not assume these victims to be “sinners” – this was the what the Irish government, Irish Catholic Church and even the girls’ families believed them to be….)