The new James Bond movie is called "Quantum of Solace." I'd be lying if I told you I knew what that means. Quantum means "a specified quantity" or a "fixed amount of energy." Solace means "an easing of grief" or "something that eases or relieves." So, I guess it means a specified quantity of ease. I'm never going to see it, but it's advertised so much that I'd like to know what I am choosing to ignore.
If you're looking for a nice film to enjoy with your over-17 year-old family, might I suggest one that might have flown under your radar called "Smart People." If you're like me (again, God forbid) and you like films about people instead of things or things flying or exploding, maybe you'd like this.
It stars Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church and a before-"Juno" Ellen Page. It's an interesting character study about people, some of whom are too smart for their own good and one (Church) who sees all of them for what they are and offers some perspective (which comes at the end) as it does for most of us if we're smart enough to appreciate it. There is a great screenplay and some nice character development, which is in short supply if all you see is TV and popular films. It leaves enough for interpretation yet somehow makes for an entertaining 90 minutes. And if you're like me (again) and enjoy the deleted scenes, you'll find a few more nuggets of gold in those.
I'm a big fan of Dennis Quaid and becoming an Ellen Page fan, if she finds a way to play something besides a precocious teenager - maybe as an adult - she'll be a fine actress. You'll enjoy Church as the uncle, and maybe think that he's worthy of one of those film awards. The DVD interviews say that they wanted to downplay the "perverted uncle" part of his role, but if you see the film you'll wonder how they downplayed it. Nevertheless, stop by your local video emporium and take it home.
You'll thank me later.
Vanessa Wetherhold: You should really make your bed. It sets the tone for the day.
Chuck Wetherhold: But, how do you know what tone I was trying to set?