Monday, August 15, 2005

Weekend Getaway!

Christy and I were able to get away this weekend. We dropped Hannah off at my Mom and Dad's on Friday and spent the weekend in downtown Indianapolis. We took in a couple of shows, ate at a couple of nice restaurants, did some shopping, slept in, relaxed. It was really nice to get away for a couple of days with just the two of us!

Films Recently Watched:

Open Water (2003) dir. by Chris Kentis
A well-done suspense film, but also an amazing story of the potential to succeed in independant filmmaking.

From IMDB Trivia:
This movie was financed by director Chris Kentis and his wife, producer Laura Lau, both avid scuba divers. The movie cost $130,000 to make and was later bought by Lion's Gate for $2.5 million after its screening at Sundance.

Not too shabby!

Great Expectations (1946) dir. by David Lean
My Jr. High literature class got to watch this after reading the Charles Dickens novel, but didn't know (or care) who David Lean was at that time. Now, if someone had allowed the courtesy of mentioning to me that a young Obi Wan Kenobi was playing the role of Herbert Pocket, I might have paid more attention, though, strangely, he looks nothing like Ewan McGregor. Hmmm. Anyway, I'm trying to work through the David Lean catalog. Up next: Dr. Zhivago, Passage to India, maybe The Bridge on the River Kwai.

March of the Penguins (2005) dir. by Luc Jacquet
This is currently in theaters. Christy and I saw it while we were in Indianapolis.

A really sweet National Geographic documentary about Emperor Penguins in Antarctica. An amazing story of family, life over death, but above all things, it's a story Good for just about any age, young or old.

Before this film, we saw the trailer for Tim Burtons' Corpse Bride. I am really stoked to see this now. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a similar Tim Burton creation and is one of my absolute favorites, so I'm anxious to see another one in this tradition. Releases September 23rd!

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