Last night I met up with Steph and Alek and cajoled them into going out for a bite to eat at Outback Steak House so that they could FINALLY partake of the wonder that are Aussie Cheese Fries. The guys have heard about them but were never able to partake … and last night was the night:
Clearly, they got hooked. Our fries were delivered quickly and were totally finished off with in minutes … 5 minutes, I think. Yes, we’re kinda disgusting but we’re OK with it. You will note that Steph managed to stay out of every photo that we snapped yesterday … smart man.
After dinner, we decided to see a movie and settled down to watch the touching Holocaust movie The Boy in the Striped Pajamas:
Man, what can I say about this film … touching and sad, innocent and heartbreaking — it’s really a pretty amazing film. Other Holocaust-themed films are getting some attention this Awards Season (The Reader for being so good, Vaklyrie for being so bad) and I feel it’s an absolute crime that this movie is not getting the attention it deserves. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas takes a look at the horrors of the Holocaust thru the innocent eyes of young children and has a shocking ending that I don’t think anyone could’ve predicted. Young actors Asa Butterfield (who plays the protagonist Bruno) and Jack Scanlon (who plays Shmuel) give really quite stunning performances. In fact, Asa‘s performance is just as solid as any adult lead actor I’ve seen all year. I was just astounded at how well he was able to effectively convey the innocence necessary for his role. I was really taken by the unique way this story was told. Thru the eyes of children, many things don’t make sense and, in some cases, innocence really is bliss. This film is quite moving and absolutely heartbreaking. I wouldn’t recommend this film for a fun night out at the movies but I do feel it is a story that everyone should watch.
This afternoon, S&A and I are planning to head up to Griffith Park Observatory to snap some pics (I am still very much on my Polaroid kick) and catch a show at the planetarium (the Frenchies have never seen a show at Griffith Park) so I’m really looking forward to that. It’s warm and sunny and still the weekend. Ain’t life grand?