Lasse Hallstrom

I’ve been spending more time watching television of late, due to an injured knee that requires rest.   I usually limit my television time to cooking programs (shocking, I know) or home improvement shows.  I keep thinking of the old Springsteen song 57 Channels and Nothin’ On!   So many things on that I’m on the least bit interested in watching.   I’ve pulled a few books off the shelves and found myself reading again.  I’ve also revisited some of my favorite movies.

I watched the Hundred-Foot Journey again tonight.  If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it!  Helen Mirren stars as Madame Mallory, the owner of a French restaurant with two Michelin stars.  An Indian family opens a restaurant directly across the street.  The Indian son has an amazing talent as a chef.  You get the idea.  The story is well written.

With one of my favorite directors, Lasse Hallstrom,  at the helm, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed.  As with all of his movies, I find myself being drawn into the story as if I were there.  He is such a talented director.  He is also responsible for  What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (early Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio), Something to Talk About (Julia Roberts), Chocolat (also Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche), Hachi, a Dog’s Tale (Richard Gere), Casanova (Heath Ledger), Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt), and on and on.  I love movies that entertain with subtle humor,  make me think, and evoke emotions.