Monday, October 26, 2009


Well, ye socks, this fine Monday evening found yours truly in the traditional spot on the couch prepared to watch the unparalleled CBS line-up of mindless sitcoms.

Imagine the disappointment that descended on this little corner of heaven when it became clear that all our favorite shows were already in re-runs.

So, it was to the most recent Netflix arrival we turned.

And, we were not disappointed.

"Changeling," is the critically acclaimed film directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich.

It is set in Los Angeles in 1928. Even if the plot and characters hadn't been amazing, this film would have been worth watching for scenery alone. Yours truly felt transported back in time, at least for an hour and a half or so . . .

Warning: This is a brutally true story, and not one for the faint of heart.

It centers on a single mother named Christine Collins, whose nine-year-old son Walter goes missing while she is away at work. After an extensive search, the LAPD finally announce they found him in some run-down diner in Illinois. But, when the boy gets off the train back in sunny California, his supposed mother doesn't recognize him. It's not her son at all.

And, then you're off to the races.

Certainly beats watching re-runs on a Monday night . . .

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