They say a writer is a whole bunch of people living in the same body, and each one of those people inside of me has their own personal favorite!
First there’s Star Trek, the 2009 reboot of the series with Chris Pine and Zack Quinto. These characters were written and portrayed as close to the old TV series as I’ve ever seen. And I’ll admit it, I’m a Trekkie. Loved those old guys. Love these new ones.
But I also really love Charade with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant from 1963. Saw this one on TV. The storyline, a beautiful widow in Paris is being pursued by bad guys for some unknown reason and is drawn to Cary Grant. The suspense, the music, Cary Grant, the great acting, the beautiful locations, Cary Grant, the romance! Ah! Terrific.
Then there’s the made for TV movie from the BBC, Spies of Warsaw with David Tennant this year. It’s espionage, international intrigue, Nazis, romance, and the irresistible David Tennant in the shower. Taken from a novel by the incredible Alan Furst, it was beautifully done, from the music and meticulous costuming to the acting and scenery.
I laughed all the way through Connie and Carla, the 2004 Some Like It Hot-ish, critic-hated, seriously underrated movie with Nia Vardolos and Toni Colette playing two mildly talented singers who witness a mob murder and have to go into hiding as men dressed as women. It’s airport lounge entertainment like you’ve never seen before. If you missed this one because the critics told you it was bad, rent it. You’ll find yourself singing “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina” while you’re doing up the laundry.
But my very, very favorite was an old 1973 sci-fi thriller I found on TV one cold, Ohio afternoon called The Day of the Dolphins starring George C. Scott. It’s about a scientist working on dolphin intelligence with a pair of dolphins named Alpha and Beta, (‘”pha” and “be.” And they called George C. Scott “pa.”) These sweet dolphins are trained to carry packages underwater to ships and attach them magnetically to the underside. So one day the dolphins get stolen by the bad guys and now carry bombs to blow up a ship carrying the president of the United States. And all this is just the backstory to the love shared between these dolphins and their humans, and between each other. A hard decision must be made to prevent something like this from ever happening again. It was a daylong cryfest for a kid with abandonment issues.