Pawn Sacrifice: The story of Bobby Fischer from his rise as a chess prodigy in Brooklyn to his Cold War era challenge of the Soviet champion, to his descent to mental illness. It's a gripping story, very well-acted.
Jailed Kentucky clerk seeks emergency injunction in gay marriage case This is something she should have done long ago (although the Kentucky courts, not the federal, are probably the proper place). As long as all people can get marriage licenses in the county on an equal basis, she should be able to get an accommodation. But I wonder if the governor has the power under Kentucky law to do this.
Phoenix: After surviving a concentration camp, a German-Jewish nightclub singer returns to Berlin, with a severely wounded face. She has plastic surgery, but it only gives her a semblance of her former appearance. She is told her non-Jewish husband had been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. She doesn't want to believe it, but needs to know for sure. She finds him, but doesn't reveal herself. He notices the resemblance, and concocts a plan for her to impersonate herself, so she can claim her money, which they would split. She agrees, in order to find out if he had informed on her.
The film starts out slow, with a lot of things irrelevant to the main plot. But once she finds him, it becomes a gripping tale of danger and deceit on two parallel levels. The acting is excellent, but there are some holes in the plot.
Mr. Holmes: Sherlock Holmes, in his 90s and long retired to bee-keeping in the country, tries to remember his last case (told in flashbacks), which he hadn't solved. Ian McKellen does a masterful job as the title character. A fine film.
Irrational Man: Woody Allen's latest. A burnt out philosophy professor, involved with one of his colleagues, as well as one of his students, finds a reason to live. There are a few holes in the plot, which is set in a small college town, where all the students have perfect complexions. The film is fair, far from Allen's best.
Hi! I'm Caprice Bellefleur, a 66-year-old retiree enjoying life in the Big Apple. I'm a mixed-gender male-bodied person. This makes me a transgender person, trans for short. If you call me a crossdresser, I won't object, but crossdressing is just an activity I do to express part of my identity. This blog contains slices of the life of someone who crossdresses, but it's not about crossdressing per se. I hope you enjoy it--and leave a comment!