Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I love these people!
One of my favorite movies is "Moonstruck". Although I've never been a big fan of either Cher or Nicolas Cage, I enjoyed this movie tremendously. The writing was fantastic. I cheered when John Patrick Shanley won the Oscar for Best Screenplay. Most of all, I loved the supporting characters and the actors who played them. John Mahoney, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia, and Louis Guss (the grandfather). There were so many wonderful moments in that movie, my favorites involving the supporting characters. I loved the uncle rhapsodizing about the moon. I loved the sad sweetness of John Mahoney's character. I loved Olympia Dukakis' tart outspokenness and Vincent Gardenia's harmless gruffness. I loved the clumsy cluelessness of Danny Aiello. I loved the look on the grandfather's face when all hell is breaking loose and he says "I'm confused". I quote him often: "I'm confused!" I always think of him when I say it. I can identify with that feeling so well.
What made me think of this? Actually, the economy did. I was listening to testimony before the House Financial Services Committee on CNN this morning. I was going to write a whole, long post about the issues they were discussing, but it makes my head hurt. I had one of those "I'm confused" moments. I decided it was more fun to look back at "Moonstruck".