Friday, August 29, 2008

Are the Leaves Starting to Turn?

One good thing about the dwindling days of summer: serious movies return to the theaters.

I love summer adventure flicks as much as any moviegoer, but I really enjoy the thoughtful movies normally released in the fall in the run-up to the Oscars.

A case in point is the movie I saw last night, "Elegy." What a terrific cast: Ben Kingsley, Penelope Cruz, Dennis Hopper, Peter Sarsgaard and Deborah Harry!

Kingsley plays a college professor who falls in love with one of his students, Penelope Cruz. So it starts a little icky, but the movie grows to tell a touching story about aging, loving, father-son relationships, friendships between men and lots of other adult issues. All without a single car chase.

I had to turn to the dictionary to understand the title. Elegy: a pensive or reflective poem that is usually nostalgic or melancholy. Aha!
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