Swimpy, I saw Mad Hot Ballroom. It had an amazing concept & was exciting to watch. We sure didn't have anything like that when *I* was going to high school!
Sorry to be so late in responding, Olga. I've been running a series of art workshops that finally ended this week. That took a lot of work & time for someone like me who isn't used to working anymore. (And yesterday, I spent the day hanging art pieces. It took HOURS because of our cheap frames.) I liked West Wing when it was shown on TV. I suppose having all of it at once would make for great continuity and no commercials. How was it? Great???
I'm most looking forward to The Painted Veil coming out on DVD - May 8th. In case you're wondering where I find out the release date, I usually check this website: http://videoeta.com/
As for films I liked -- two come to mind: THE CAVE OF THE YELLOW DOG a lot -- another Mongolian fable by the woman-director who brought us The Weeping Camel and EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED which I'd modestly recommend it: amusing but a little slow. The sunflower fields at the end are beautiful.
If I haven't recommended VERY ANNIE MARY to you yet, then I should have. It's one of my faves from netflix this year.
Other DVD films I've seen in the last month:
Madeinusa - weird... worthy as a piece to see & discuss.
Volver - good but predictable. I'd have liked just a bit more magical realism in a film like that... to give it an edge.
American Dreamz -- dreary & forgetable
My Best Friend's Wife -- stupid & annoying
Rabbi Jacob goes to Paris -- I didn't get it, or if I did, I didn't like it.
Last King of Scotland -- too much violence, but Oscar-worthy, I guess.
I'm looking forward to seeing The Pursuit of Happyness and Night at the Museum, but will probably be disappointed so I'm holding off on them. We've got those scheduled along with Volver and The Queen at my little library theater.