Kinamand = "Chinaman" in Danish. Think the Chinese version of Green Card, in Danish. A bit slow. With an abrupt ending. But beautiful to listen to the Danish and the Chinese!! And nostalgic to listen to all of the Chinese love songs throughout.

Band of Brothers

This HBO mini-series is excellent, excellent, excellent. Like I said on my other blog, I will definitely be acquiring this for my own collection and watching it again. To remember. I highly recommend it.

Of course, some of you might care to know that if it were rated it would definitely be R.

Saint Ralph

So, this one surprised me a bit. I thought it was going to be about a boy wanting to win a race so his mom could wake up from her coma. It was more about the boy's struggles with, um, sexual energy I guess? And how he turned to running to cope with that, and with the world being against him, as well as with his mom dying.

If the story had been true, like I thought it was the whole time, it would have been more moving. It did keep my interest (again, in part because I thought it was based on reality! and in part because I love movies about endurance athletes), and it did fuel my desire to run. But...the plot/scripting was definitely B-movie quality, and a little bit hokey at times, and so...I guess I don't recommend it. Chariots of Fire is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better. Also, On a Clear Day, of course!

Kramer vs Kramer

I call this "Story with No Happy Ending." Sigh.

Worth watching, of course. Some good food for thought. Good drama, without being Hollywood-dramatic.

Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring

I like foreign films. I do. So it was fitting that the first DVD I would rent with my Netflix membership would be French.

I didn't watch it all in one sitting (viewing time = nearly four hours in total). I didn't cry when a main character died. I didn't connect with the love story.

BUT. The story of selfishness and betrayal, anger and remorse. THAT, I connected with. In the end, 5 stars out of 5!