Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
I am happy to present two movies to you for possible viewing this weekend. Both are available on DVD, and they share my beloved theme of the interconnectedness of humankind.
The first is Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World. I can't remember if Favorite Young Man recommended this movie to me, or if I saw it mentioned on someone's blog. Anyway, if you suggested that I see this movie, I thank you.
Then Dodge meets his long-time neighbor, Penny (Keira Knightley). They've never spoken before, but they set out on a journey together as the city in which they live erupts in violence.
Although this plot certainly isn't happy go lucky carefree comedy, I like it. Dodge and Penny connect, and in turn, they connect with some other people who want to spend their last days of life in peace and harmony.
I also love Steve Carell's performance in this movie. He's not crazed and ridiculous. This Steve Carrel is calm and thoughtful -- more like his role in Little Miss Sunshine, the film that first brought Carrel to my attention. After I saw Sunshine, I started watching The Office. I loved the way the character of Michael Scott developed and changed and improved as a human being.
Keira Knightley is fine, and beautiful, of course, but it was Carell who really caught my eye.
Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World has The Janie Junebug Seal of Approval. However, if you're depressed, this movie might not be right for you. How you feel about it may depend on the mood you're in. I felt good at the beginning of the movie. The plot made me a little sad, but the lovely moments transcended the sadness.
The second film I present for your consideration is a documentary called craigslist joe.
Filmmaker Joe Garner sets off on a 31-day journey with a cameraman, a cell phone, a laptop, no food nor money, and little clothing. His goal is to see if he can use craigslist to find a community that will allow him to survive his journey.
I don't want to reveal too much about what happens to Joe, but I will tell you that this is a quiet movie with tender moments. Joe Garner seems truly touched when he encounters kindness.
craigslist joe also earns The Janie Junebug Seal of Approval.
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Infinities of love,