I don't rent movies very often. For one thing, they're expensive. For another, I'm a little embarrassed to rent bulky videos as all the hip and groovy people are flipping through sleek DVDs. But last weekend's rainstorm was perfect movie-watching weather.
I'm the last person who should be writing a movie review but I certainly can recommend the few movies I saw last week. Just because I liked them.
THE GURU Cheryl insisted we see this movie because - even though I give the overall quality of the film a less-than B-rating - Marisa Tomei's performance is priceless. If you like Tomei you'll adore her in this movie. We were rolling our eyes, slapping our foreheads and laughing silly.
SPELLBOUND I loved this documentary about eight students' climb to the National Spelling Bee. The preparation. The sweat. The tears. I had no idea it's one of the most-watched events on ESPN. As these kids and their families were being interviewed, I was surprised by the amount of ignorance that exists in our country, still today. Shows my own ignorance, I guess. One scene showed a local Hooters marquee, "Congradulations for winning the regional spelling bee" [Note the misspelling of 'congradulations' - Oh the irony!] And don't get me started on Hooters! Overall, it's a fascinating and well-made movie. I watched it twice. Visit their website and play hangman. Get five in a row to add your initials to the national board.