Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
I haven't seen any movies that are new to DVD, but I watched two somewhat older movies that might interest you.
The first is called Heavenly Creatures (1994), but I'm afraid the creatures are not heavenly at all. Directed by Peter Jackson of later Hobbit fame, Heavenly Creatures is said to follow very closely the facts of a 1954 murder case in New Zealand.
Jackson brilliantly juxtaposes scenes of the laughing girls imagining their fantasy world, complete with unicorns, and accompanied by the happy songs of the girls' hero Mario Lanza, with Parker's actual diary entries as she happily plans a murder.
As a well-made film, I give Heavenly Creatures The Janie Junebug Seal of Approval, but the seal comes with another seal -- The Janie Junebug Watch Out Because This Movie Scared Me Half to Death Seal. I had a hideous nightmare after watching this movie. It's definitely not for the faint of heart. If you can watch it and simply appreciate it as a well-made movie, then good for you. I couldn't do that. I don't ever want to see this movie again because I don't like nightmares.
Second on our plate today is Tortilla Soup, a delightful romantic comedy that shouldn't frighten anyone. From 2001, Tortilla Soup stars Hector Elizondo as a Mexican-American chef named Martin who has raised three daughters on his own following the death of his wife.
Although Martin has difficulty dealing with the changes in his daughters during the course of the movie, he does not lose his zest for life. Thus, we have a happy ending, which is exactly what I like. No nightmares with this movie. It has The (wholehearted) Janie Junebug Seal of Approval.
Tortilla Soup is the kind of movie that helps you forget your troubles, and that's exactly what I wish for you -- a trouble-free weekend with plenty of time to relax.
Infinities of love,