I've had the chance to catch up on my movie-watching lately. I'm also trying to brush up on some British flicks, in preparation for my tea tour. Here are a few movies that I've recently enjoyed:
* The Queen - I was fortunate to see this on its opening weekend in Seattle. I really enjoyed it! It's astonishing how much Helen Mirren looks like Her Majesty! There's very little "action" in the movie. It's based around a series of phone calls between Tony Blair and the Queen. But for anyone interested in England's political structure, it is quite interesting. And the movie has beautiful panoramics. And funny words. (E.g., "Stalking" means hunting.)
* Calendar Girls - Another Helen Mirren film. I watched this one twice, once with my Mom and once with Tom. I laughed heartily through it both times. This movie touches me because it shows the beauty, creativity and spunk of middle-aged women.
* The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio - Julianne Moore plays a Mom (of 10 kids!) who writes jingles to keep her large family afloat financially. Woody Harrelson does a good job of playing the conflicted father - an interesting character.