It has been a gray and rainy Saturday, perfect, in my opinion, for movie viewing. I took this picture from the comfort of the sofa with my phone an hour or so ago.
The movie was The Ghost Writer, directed by Roman Polanski. One of Ray's Netflix choices, I knew nothing about it beforehand. Turned out to be very good. I forget what an artist Polanski is—never mind his tawdry soap opera life. The story was good, the acting was good and the look of the movie was intriguing and beautiful. Much of it took place in a starkly modern house on Martha's Vineyard with gray and rainy weather outside, not so different from our own weather today. I couldn't help but notice the color, obviously carefully orchestrated. The palette was neutral, including the clothing and accentuated with a deep orange-y red that showed up repeatedly throughout the movie, including a scene of cars on a road—all shades of brown, black, gray, white and one single deep red pickup truck. Here are a couple of photos from the movie site that will give you an idea of the look:
The story was about a writer, who is hired to ghost write the autobiography of a former British Prime Minister, after the original ghost writer drowns mysteriously. The plot is complex, but moves right along to an unexpected conclusion. The style and pacing are reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock movies and the final scene is quite brilliant, in my opinion.
Earlier today we went out to a movie. We met our daughter and her family at the Kennedy School to see Toy Story III. It was 3-year-old Sofia's first movie theater movie and her excitement and reactions were as fun for me as the movie itself. She sat right at the edge of her seat, fully engaged through the entire movie and seemed to love every second. We all loved it. That Pixar animation is so fun to watch and the writing was very clever and funny at both child and adult levels.
The Kennedy School is one of the McMenamin's establishments here in Portland. I wrote about it about a year ago. An old elementary school, reborn as a hotel, restaurant, bars, art gallery and movie theater. The theater has comfy chairs and you can order beer and pizza to eat while you watch the movie. They have special family movie times, as the movie today was. The movies are the ones no longer at the first-run theaters, but not yet out on DVD. I think our tickets cost $3 per person today.
So, rain or no, it has been a good day. Two good movies. Thumbs up all around.