Friday, August 04, 2006

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Went to see the above film by and starring Tommy Lee Jones last night. To be honest, the film was merely an excuse to meet up with a former PhD student from Nottingham, but it turned out to be a masterstroke of scheduling as we would probably not have seen the film otherwise. You see, we originally planned to meet up some time ago but everything kinda got in the way and it got shunted to August. And since we wanted to see a film at 6 and eat afterwards, that pretty much dictated which film we saw.

But what a fab little film: you can well see the hand of Guillermo Arriaga. It was darkly funny, moving and intelligent. It had a good level of political awareness and the characters were well-drawn and acted. And it had the divine Melissa Leo as well. What more could you ask for?

That we had an unexpectedly good film on our hands, AND had a really nice meal afterwards - outside! in Nottingham! - just made it a wonderful evening. And that saying about small world is so true: both my PhD friend and her husband were at Wolves Poly as art students and hence both knew my former tutor, colleague and now friend with whom I met up in Birmingham just the other week. Small world indeed...

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