It's the season for critically acclaimed and thus mostly depressing movie watching.
We saw this in the theaters a few weeks ago. I hadn't read the novel, M. had and I think liked the adaptation. It was well done and affecting.
In the past couple weeks we've seen a bunch of things on demand, due to limited mobility.
Notes on A Scandal (2006)
I thought this was well done, and interesting in the negativity towards British public schools that is usually reserved for American public schools.
Little Children (2006)
I didn't read the Tom Perotta novel of this movie, but when I read the Abstinence Teacher I thought, "I bet the rights for the indie movie of this novel have been sold by now." I don't know when/if The Abstinence Teacher: The Movie is happening, but Little Children did happen and is quite similar in themes and feel. It was nice to have a somewhat feel-good ending tacked onto this, especially compared to the other movies cited in this post. I don't remember hearing much about this when it came out, but I thought it was good. Although M. objects to its classification under HBO's "romance movies".
I like and appreciate Steve Buscemi as much or more than most people, I expect but this short ish movie (80 mins) felt long, since it basically goes nowhere in terms of scenery. Also, a lot of Sienna Miller face time.
In the Valley of Elah (2007)
Flying the flag upside down is the international symbol for disaster and that's this film's statement on U.S. military culture in Iraq and at home. It's a troubling feeling, effectively done.
Michael Clayton (2007)
I don't really feel like this is in class with other award contenders. It was fine, but I wouldn't put it in the same class as most of the above movies (Interview has a very limited audience, I suspect).