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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Movie Review: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

A night out for Tim and I. I wanted to see the new Woody Allen movie.

I didn't actually really know it was a Woody Allen movie. I just knew that Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men), Scarlett Johansson (Lost In Translation) and Penelope Cruz (All About My Mother) were in it...and were pretty darn good in it.

Before the flick, we stopped at The Red Room to enjoy our Citipass Buy Two Tapas, Get Two Free. Can we get any cheesier than using coupons at a hip tapas place? Whatever. I saved twenty bucks and ate great food with a bottle of wine (shared with Tim, of course).

The movie was showing at one of our favorite "support local" theaters, The Rialto. Of course, The Rialto stands out among the best of local fare... And so it was wonderful for a flick I wanted to see to be showing there.

Although I was wined out from the bottle at The Red Room, I was dumbfounded to see that there was a Spanish Tempranillo that could be purchased by the bottle for, get this, *$15 dollars*!!!! Fifteen dollars for a bottle of wine outside of The Wine Store???!!! I could drink the whole bottle for myself!!!

But I settled for a classic Newcastle, which took me threw the whole movie...while Tim chugged on his Foster's jug.

We had a decent seat and once the film started, Grandma and Grandpa. who were sitting two rows away from us, decided to move up one row to sit directly in front of us. Not sure what this accomplished _for them_, but for us, they got in the way.

I moved to the seat on the other side of Tim, so Grandpa's big round head wouldn't block the entire screen. But as Tim was stretching to get comfortable, I looked over at him and his head was directly in line with Grandpa and Grandma. I was like, WTF is he doing talking to them??? He wasn't. They were CLUELESS that his head was adjacent to them. It was the funniest thing I have ever seen.

So Tim curses under his breath "WTF? They're laying in my lap???!!" So before Tim started clocking Grandma, I did the mature thing and suggest that we relocate to other seats.

Now to the movie...

Very, very good. Perfect to see at The Rialto. If you live near Raleigh, go check it out.

Basically, it's a narrated story about Vicky (played by a subtle beauty, Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Johansson), two friends who spend the summer in Barcelona, Spain (my dream country) to study (Vicky) and to enjoy the country (Christina). They meet Juan Antonio (Bardem), the over-confident, very blunt and, um, extremely sensual Spaniard who tries to sweep them off his feet. And he sort of does and that's where the story takes you... Beautiful landscapes with beautiful people. It's quite comical and Cruz does an outstanding job as the whacko ex-wife of Juan Antonio.

A great evening. I loved having great food -- Spanish themed -- and then hitting a beautiful theater to see beautiful people romp in Spain, one of the most beautiful countries I have never seen.

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