I've developed the diverting habit of researching films I'll probably never see in a theater on Fridays. The habit stems from readings the movie reviews in New York Times and LA Times.
After reading a critic's review, I visit Apple Movie Trailers, where I find the quality of trailers to be best. Once I've seen the trailers of the movies about which I've recently read, then I'm off in a few other directions checking out all kinds of trailers, things for the kids, things I'll get on DVD and others I'll never see.
Sometimes, if I'm really interested, I'll even visit the movie Web site to read more. I'm a huge fan of back story so I'm always curious about how and why a film was made.
On this Friday, I'm keenly interested in seeing two films:
Babel, an Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu film starring Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt and a wonderful assortment of international actors both famous and obscure.
The Good Year, starring Russell Crowe, for whom I harbor a secret crush. But Albert Finney, another one of my most favorite actors also appears as an enchanting uncle living in an French chateau.
I really ought to make an effort to see these on the big screen. Today is a marvelously gloomy day and ideal for blowing off work in favor of a film.