Two of the finest films of 2004 are out in DVD this week. I saw both of these films in NYC last winter, and both were an experience (click the links to see why).
A Very Long Engagement is a foreign film that tells a touching love story set during the first World War. This film was beautifully shot, and was a pleasure to watch. It is in French and there are subtitles.
Million Dollar Baby was "the" film to see in 2004. Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hillary Swank and Paul Haggis give us a film that enthralls us, then breaks our hearts. I really like boxing, but it took me a bit to get used to watching women box, this film did a great job with the fight scenes. Swank deserved every award she was given for this performance. For all the triumphant moments in this film, there is a heart wrenching ending.