Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Netflixin: A Cactus and Some Shamrocks

I've been on Netflix for a month now, and I really like it. Their service has been incredibly quick - for example, I mailed a movie back yesterday (Monday) - and I had an email this morning that they'd received it and that I could expect a new DVD tomorrow! They've got a good variety - all the hits, of course, but some things I'd never find for rent around here! So that brings me to my two most recent rentals, which I highly recommend!

3:10 to Yuma is a remake of a classic 1957 western starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin. Rancher Dan Evans (Christian Bale) is about to lose everything, and signs on to escort outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe, above) to the prison train. The film follows their journey as they try to outrun Wade's gang (including the very creepy and effective Ben Foster as Charlie Prince). It was a gripping chase film, although it sometimes dips too far into psychoanalysis of the two main characters. It translates well onto the small screen. And Crowe makes a very charming villain.

In a totally different vain is the documentary The Emerald Diamond Self-financed by director John Fitzgerald on his own credit cards, it tells the story of the Irish National Baseball Team. Yes, they have played baseball in Ireland since the mid-1990s, and their team has gotten good enough to win the bronze medal in the European championships. It's a lovely little story about a group of baseball fanatics, determined to bring the sport to the old Sod, and determined to instill their love in the next generations of players. The team has toured the US a few times - the picture above shows them at Fenway Park, where they played a game. A really lovely little film - look for it!



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