Allow me a moment to backtrack to last weekend. We saw Superbad which was sweeter than I thought it would be. Part of the charm is due to a newcomer, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. We also saw a sneak preview of 3:10 to Yuma. If you like Westerns or have been wanting to see a movie about honor then run, do not walk to your local theater. The chemistry between Russell Crowe and Christain Bale was wonderful. If you aren't a fan of Ben Foster then you will be from the moment his mug hits the movie screen. I took notice of him in Freaks and Geeks and while I haven't seen a lot of his work (it's mostly TV) I know him when I see him. He's the newest Badass on the block in this role and I would hate to be affiliated with his character. It would make me nervous.
Within a few hours of my husband's departure I managed to watch nearly every Greencine movie and throw in an extra. First was National Treasure. Last summer there was the reality series Treasure Hunters which I kind of enjoyed. I figured the premise was based a bit on the movie but I didn't realize the show went to some of the same cities or used some of the same techniques to get the clues. For a mindless adventure it was enjoyable if a bit long. Second on the agenda was Happy Endings. Nothing really noteworthy about the film but a few things. An odd plot twist at the beginning, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and the director's choice to add commentary every once in a while to one side of the screen. The third movie was A Very Long Engagement. It had been so long between the time I read the book and when the movie came out I had forgotten I'd read it or even what it was about. The length of this movie was probably just about right. Watching it again reminded me of what I liked about the book and why it was forgettable. The best film by far was Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing. A few times it went back and forth from 2003 to 2006 but I think it was effective at giving a good timeline of events. The movie gives a good portait of how they went from the high of a successful concert to the lows that come with worrying about whether or not your career is going to survive one moment of time.