After months of mostly watching crime documentaries and Dr. Phil's interviews, I am back to watching movies found on Youtube. Earlier this week, I was thinking that I would like to find a good movie on Youtube, then one recommendation appeared when I opened up the Youtube home page one day. I have fallen upon three movies with some of my favourite leading role actors since yesterday.
The first Youtube recommendation that I clicked on was "The Last Time" with the extremely talented Michael Keaton. It was a movie released in 2006 and he looked very good. He has the most amazing eyes. He plays an edgy salesman corrupted after a disappointment in love. His co-star is the endearing and impressive actor, Brendan Fraser, who plays a naive newcomer to New York that the Stacey character protects. The movie is tarnished by some over-twisting of the plot at the end, unfortunately.
The second Youtube recommendation that caught my eye was "Father of Invention" with the most marvelous Kevin Spacy doing what he does best, "dramedic" critiques of society. He plays an inventor who crossed the line and risked human life, for which he has been incarcerated. The movie starts as he exits prison and needs to rebuild his life. To do that, he must reconnect with his family. The story follows his relationship with his daughter. It's excellent. It gets my top rating of the three I've seen between Wednesday and today, this Friday morning.
The last one of the three that I saw, and I watched it yesterday following the one above, was "The Double" with Richard Gere. It is a 2011 release, with Gere looking handsome but old. It is good casting, however. The movie is an espionage thriller with rogue and corrupt spies running amok in the post-Cold War era. Martin Sheen as a principle role, too, and he is consistent as a morally straight dutiful official with goodwill. The story is flawed with gaping holes and implausible scenes and twists, but exciting and captivating nonetheless. I watched it at bedtime, and it was too arousing.
The dinner with B was pleasant. We enjoyed a special meal with shark and a zucchini-tomato salad on the side. We chatted and went up to the communal balcony for a cigarette. Yes, we are both very casual smokers who hardly ever have cigarettes but enjoy a social one occasionally. It was a nice evening with a clear starlit sky. B will bring potato salad to the dinner on Sunday.Potato salad originated in Russia, though I suppose not many North Americans realize that. It was a nice time with B. She is my next neighbour yet we don't get together very often because of the linguistic and cultural barriers. Regardless, we have known each other and worked at the same place for about five years.