Another x-post w/ INTPc.
Into the Wild
I recommend the book to INTPs with a bit of trepidation. Perhaps someone will take it too seriously and run off and get themselves killed like Christopher McCandleless did, and I might feel bad for a whole half hour. As excellent as the book was, I wasn't sure if a movie could capture the entire why of what happened. Thankfully, Sean Penn obviously directed this out of respect and love (he waited 10 years to do it), capturing all the beauty of the West and the inspirational (yet stupidly tragic) journey McCandleless took to find himself. I like to think he did.
The Haunting in Connecticut
Not bad for a scary movie, but not classic either.
Recommended for horror fans.
Recommended to me by some person I cannot remember, this film was based on an autobiographical essay by a woman, directed by a woman, and the lead actress (Carey Mulligan) was nominated for an Oscar. Nearly all women in crucial roles, except the screenplay was written by Nick Hornby. Most well-known for his immature men (High Fidelity, About a Boy) he managed to get this teenaged girl and her yearning for a life filled with French music, art, beauty, and meaning. Her goal when we meet her in the early '60s is to read literature at Oxford, but why this is a goal she cannot really say. In the end she is expected to marry a respectable husband or become a schoolteacher. Her yearnings for more than this lead her to become involved in an affair with an older con man (Peter Sarsgaard) who can take her on trips to Paris and art auctions. Today, an affair like this would be bad enough, but back in 1961, it could effectively ruin a woman's life. You can see the disaster looming, but unlike Hornby's manchildren, this girl has not only smarts but a drive and will to not meekly accept whatever society has in mind for her. She will learn from her "education" if it doesn't destroy her.
The best zombie movie made since George Romero's first. Except for the obvious inspiration: Shaun of the Dead. Someone should write a paper on this - an American roadtrip w/ big cars and big guns vs. two guys who want to go to the pub. More comedy than horror, which is fine by me since zombies don't really scare me, they just gross me out. The surprise cameo was the only misstep.