A penny saved is ridiculous.

A penny saved is ridiculous.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Salt and Selleck

We caught a couple of interesting things this past weekend. On the going-to-the-movies front, we saw the Angelina Jolie thriller, Salt. It went down just fine: impressive action, some tense espionage, a little romance, and a clever mystery wending its way through everything, all delivered in an efficient hour and forty minutes or so. I did guess what Evelyn Salt used the exotic spider for before it was revealed to the audience, but other surprises- including the big ones near the end- well, surprised me just fine. Alison liked the movie, too, though she has less patience for long action sequences, well done or not.

We saw Salt on Saturday afternoon, and after going to a nice dinner at our local Carrabba's, we went home watched the TV film No Remorse on DVD. This is the latest story in the Jesse Stone series of television films, starring Tom Selleck as the small-town police chief featured in nine or ten Robert B. Parker detective thrillers (you can get 'em on Kindle). This is the second film in the series not to be based on a specific Robert B. Parker novel, only Mr. Parker's characters. Like the half dozen or so other films in the series, this one features a big case (involving a serial killer who shoots people in parking garages) and a smaller one (about a series of convenience store robberies), laced together by lots of character-based issues involving Jesse and his staff.

And yes, once again there are lots of introspective, moody piano notes on the soundtrack as Jesse sips many, many scotches. And I wouldn't have it any other way: the small, moody pleasures of No Remorse were an effective contrast to the bombastic thrills of Salt. It takes all kinds of entertainment to keep one sated.

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