With all the bad weather here, and holidays/vacation, we've watched a ton of movies lately. Standouts include:
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - Simply one of the most poignant and gripping films I've ever seen. One of those rare films that has so much to say about what it means to be a human being, to suffer and to strive. Wow, wow, wow.
Million Dollar Baby - We watched this the night after "Diving Bell" (above) without any idea that we were in for something so similar... I can't give away the ending in case others haven't seen it, and it IS definitely worth seeing. Clint Eastwood is amazing, Morgan Freeman is great in an understated way, Hilary Swank is wonderful. I just... didn't need to see this exact story the night after watching such a difficult film as the above.
The Other Boleyn Girl - Really wonderful, complex, well-staged and with great performances. I think I'd recommend this to anyone, even those who don't like period pieces (and I know lots of people, men especially, feel that way), but I don't know. If you hate stories that aren't founded upon modern day social conventions, you might not like a lot of the relationship dynamics, which really depend upon the time period. In other words, there are women who do things to men, and men who do things to women, both in ways that would not happen in the present day... but I do feel it's believable and relatively historically appropriate.