One way or another, we all want to escape.
In The New York Times last Friday, there was a big ad in the Weekend Arts section for the movie Begin Again. The top of the ad read "As The Summer Ends, The Oscar Race Begins Again."
For me, the Oscar Race began before the summer when The Grand Budapest Hotel opened. I loved that movie so much, I spent money to see it twice. One of the several fine performances delivered in that Wes Anderson period comedy came from Adrien Brody. He plays one of the heavies in the film, a film that would be on my end of the year "10 Best of 2014" list. If I was asked to compile one.
Tony Curtis, seen on the far left, played him on the big screen in the 1950s. Paul Michael Glaser, next to Curtis, played him on TV in the 1970s. Other actors have appeared on screen as Houdini. Adrien Brody really puts his colorful stamp on the character in the first half of this very entertaining TV biopic.
We see him become a master illusionist after becoming fascinated with a rather macabre sideshow act in his youth. We see him fall in love. We see him find a helpful and devoted assistant who enables Houdini to kick his act up a notch.
If you get a chance to see History Channel's Houdini, I think you'll dig it. I can't wait to see the last half. I hope it's as entertaining as the first.
This week I saw the new movies November Man starring Pierce Brosnan, The Last of Robin Hood starring Kevin Kline and Susan Sarandon and a non-scary horror/thriller called As Above, So Below. None of those was so much fun that I wanted to see it a second time the way I did the first half of Houdini. It was like a fun Saturday matinee at the movies.
To repeat, I really hope that part two is just as entertaining as part one.
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