Maxwell, I know you said you didn't need a separate salutation anymore, but I don't think I'm ready to stop. I like singling you out for a little extra lovin'. But it's mom or grandma type love.
Now, dear ones, I have two new-to-DVD movies for you to consider watching this weekend.
I give the first a very high recommendation. It's Albert Nobbs, starring Glenn Close as the titular character -- a woman pretending to be a man so she can work as a butler in the best hotel in 19-century Dublin.
Close's performance is first rate. While I still believe Meryl Streep deserved the Best Actress Academy Award for The Iron Lady, Close's performance is mighty close to being as good as Streep's, who played Margaret Thatcher.
I warn you, however: Get out the Puffs or Kleenex for the end of Albert Nobbs. This film is very well made and quite moving.
I'm not sure what I think about Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, on the other hand. Nine-year-old Oskar, a precocious and eccentric boy, finds a key among his father's things. His dad (Tom Hanks) was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Oskar searches for the lock to which the key belongs. It's a bit of a picaresque tale with odd Oskar traveling around New York City and meeting all sorts of people on the road to truth and acceptance.
I won't tell you if Oskar finds the lock and the owner of the key, but I will tell you that his mother (Sandra Bullock) is keeping an eye on him throughout his wanderings. Oskar may be a bit strange, but his mother loves him unconditionally, as a mother should.
I'm not really recommending this movie. I think you might want to read more about it, perhaps on IMDB, and make your own decision. Oskar's hypersensitivity made my hypersensitivity rear its head. If you think you can watch without feeling bugged by this little bugger, then you may like the movie.
But Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is also quite sad.
Of course, these somber movies might put you in an appropriate mood for Memorial Day on Monday. I'll be back then with a brief message but not a What? Monday. Regular posts will resume on Tuesday. As far as I know.
Infinities of love,