Saturday, August 1, 2015

                                           
Films Not to Miss

     Recently, Mr. Wonderful and I watched three films that I would highly recommend.
Two of the three are probably considered “B” rated, but their value cannot be understated.
The third is a classic “feel good” movie that will touch your heart.

    I will start with the latter. “The Station Agent” is a story about a downcast dwarf (Peter Dinklage) who works for a train repairman in his shop. The owner dies and leaves his only friend, the dwarf, an old one-room station in a remote rural town. The story revolves around the life of this very quiet, introverted man and the two lost souls he meets when he moves into the station. One of the people is a 50-something woman who is separated from her husband and grieving, and the other is a 30-something Spanish-speaking bachelor whose father is gravely ill, and who runs a mobile food truck in the small town to support him. The interaction of these three characters will make you laugh, move you to near tears and will give you faith in the laws of human nature. A must see.

     The second film, “Danny Collins,” (Al Pacino) is a story about a washed-up rock star whose narcissistic life-style has alienated him from his family. He checks into a hotel where he meets a lovely woman close to his age, and they immediately engage in charming “banter” . He has decided to attempt to reconnect with his estranged son and his family. What follows is a path of twists and turns that although predictable are woven tenderly through the sensitive dialogue. The story gets a jump-start when Danny Collins receives a letter from John Lennon that has been kept from him for years. Based on a true story, the film almost reaches brilliant, but not quite. It is worth seeing if for no other reason than to learn how a hand-written letter can change a person’s life.

    The third film is a sleeper, “See You in My Dreams.” Blithe Danner delivers a stellar performance as a grieving widow who meets a charming man and looks at a second chance. It’s a delicate rendering of the fragility of life and the joy and sorrow that can show up and disappear at any moment. At first glance, it may appear to be a “chick flick,” but men with a heart would find it meaningful. The acting is superb.