Will you be watching any DVD's over Thanksgiving weekend? D. and I have watched a couple together the past two nights, and I was inspired to review and recommend them--not my usual practice. The first was The Darjeeling Limited and the other, Rolling Stones: Shine a Light.
The Darjeeling Limited is not your usual Hollywood production. ThereÂ’s no continuous emotion-ripping music, and the pace is often slow (like real life). Three adult American brothers travel together across India on a train, destination unknown except by oldest brother. The dynamics and dilemmas between the brothers slowly unfold before your eyes as they stumble along on their trip, planned by this brother as a reunion and spiritual voyage (with his hidden agenda). We were often laughing aloud at how this guy couldnÂ’t help being a control freak and the other two fell in line, despite his overly-obsessive planning and behavior, but only up to a point. His strange appearance in protective head coverings and bandages, donned after a motorcycle accident, shows you he is a broken human being, though each brother had his problems. Oldest is a successful businessman, yet self-absorbed and controlling; he even brings along his personal assistant to make arrangements (and their relationship is another one going on behind the scenes). Middle brother has a pregnant wife he wasnÂ’t getting along with, and youngest has a broken relationship, as well, that he writes about on this journey and reads to his brothers as Â“pure fiction," lol!
The footage of the countryside and the brothers' encounters with the East Indian people on and off the train give the trip its magic and humor (though be forewarned, youngest brother is something of an avid, bumbling Romeo). The destination of the movie, we discover, is to find their mother, who has become a nun, and convince her to return "home." Other events happen along the way as the brothers get on and off the train, and finally thrown off, when the real adventure begins, though be forewarned, it involves a tragedy. I won't reveal what happens. The acting was believable and understated. I was drawn into the relationships and stop-start, stumbling action. I look forward to seeing this movie again in the future. The movie is rated R for language.
Rolling Stones: Shine a Light was interesting to me, despite the fact that I NEVER was interested in rock music in the 60Â’s. Okay, shoot me for treason. I got into Joni MitchellÂ’s and Cat Stevens' music heavily in the early 70Â’s but almost everything else going on was just in the background as far as I was concerned. Nevertheless I was drawn into the music and the dynamics of the orchestration of this rock concert that was a fundraiser for the Clinton Foundation. D. and I are musicians and familiar with the planning and groundwork involved in a performing venue, just not on this scale. So watching the Stones in action--before and throughout the concert--was quite entertaining and we noticed all those subtle little communications (or lack thereof) between the musicians, and between them, the producer and the sound/light crew. It was fun to see the occasional flashbacks to footage of the Rolling Stones earlier in their career. I was impressed with how dignified they were as young men, and how they handled the media. I wouldn't see this movie again (once was enough) but I was intrigued and entertained. Apparently you can get either an original (R) edition or an edited one.
Do you have any movies to recommend for the weekend?