Movies: New and Revisited

November 14, 2012

Last week was my husband’s birthday, so we went to see Argo as part of our celebration. He has a more vivid memory of the events of the film than I do, but I do remember bits and pieces of what happened. The film was splendid, and it has to be right up there when the Oscar nods come out. Everything was spot on–not too over the top, not too contrived–just perfect. As I said when we were leaving, there are movies, and there are films. This was a film. But don’t hold that against it. Speaking as someone who prefers movies (things with superheroes, action, and lots of explosions), I am happy I saw this on the big screen. And in a miracle moment from my husband, he said he needed to rethink his opinion of Ben Affleck, which was, until this moment, quite negative. The power of the cinema!

This past weekend, we watched E.T. for family movie night. We were hesitant to show it to our daughter, who is nine and quite empathic, even with fictional characters, but we decided to give it a shot. While there were some rough spots where she wasn’t going to keep watching until we assured her all would be OK, she was mostly captivated. At one point, her pizza hovered in mid-air on its way to her mouth as she couldn’t break away to eat it. She was baffled about why Elliott had “a stick” in his mouth when he was playing sick to stay home with E.T.–she had never seen a mercury thermometer before.

As much as we enjoy discovering new movies with her, it is also fun sharing the classics we grew up with.

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