This is December 1st, World AIDS Day. If you have lost a loved one to AIDS, someone who changed your life and brought a great light into it, I know how you feel. My heart is a red ribbon.
Last night, I watched a Spanish drama that I reviewed when it was released a few years ago. I was the film reviewer on Whoopi Goldberg's syndicated weekday morning radio show out of New York City. She'd seen The Orphanage. She enthusiastically loved it and so did I. I saw it in an intimate screening room in Manhattan's theatre district. Everyone else in the room loved it too. The movie did not get much attention when it opened. I don't know why American audiences didn't embrace this well-done, wonderfully acted foreign film. They should have. For my top ten favorite films of 2007, this one made the list. It's a fine, edge-of-your-seat supernatural mystery produced by Guillermo del Toro, the man who produced and directed 2006's Pan's Labyrinth. Such beautiful, frightening creatures in that fantasy! Simón, one of the sweetest children you could ever hope to meet, lives happily with his parents in a big house that used to be an orphanage.