Movies and musings
Last night I watched two movies, each of which was a backstage movie. I love those—it’s the levels thing in addition to everything else. That is, you get to watch an actor playing an actor, and the role actor is an actor acting a part in some play-within-the play. Great fun.
The first was a wonderful rom-com with great performances from all but particularly from Sally Field, who is absolutely amazing, along with Kevin Kline—always rearkably good—Robert Downey Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Teri Hatcher, et al. The only drawback is a shift in cultural norms regarding transgendered people, so one scene sort of misfires, but everything else is wonderful. Soapdish, and you can stream it on Amazon Prime right now.
The second was a drama, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), with Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, and Edward Norton, among others. This one’s a rental, but inexpensive. Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography.
Musing: I’ve been actively answering questions in Quora, and I realized that I really like the Socratic method with the other person being Socrates: answering questions is enjoyable, particularly when you can pass.