lakehouse.jpgWhen I was recently in LA, the conversation naturally came around to movies old and new. Ironically, I’d tried to rent LA Story before I took my trip but someone had stolen the DVD from the video store. Ditto Crash but it was out. And I wanted to see Friends with Money.

People’s opinions unanimously seemed to be “good movie but depressing.” So imagine my surprise when I went to see it this evening and instead, found it quite uplifting. Perhaps it’s a glass half full perspective, but instead of focusing on how supposedly depressing many of the characters’ various situations were, I was struck but how fortuate they all were.

Or perhaps its a developing world perspective. Because when your problems are how your mega-house extension ruins the neighbourhood, a bad marriage, or where to donate your millions, you’re life is pretty good.

One of the trailers I saw really piqued my interest, though, The Lake House (set photo above). I’d better be up front. Leading man: Keanu Reeves. Plotline: totally sappy. But oh so great! According to IMDB, “A lonely doctor (Sandra Bullock) who once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its newest resident, a frustrated architect (Keanu Reeves). When they discover that they’re actually living two years apart, they must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it’s too late.”

initial impressions — like “Sliding Doors” set lakeside. The time warp and seemingly ill-fated lover angle is like a “Sleepless in Seattle” meets “Eternal Sunshin of the Spotless Mind” meets “The Bridges of Madison County”. And you’ve got to see the georgeous house! A suspended slip of Kauffmaneque modernism. Ahhh… the anticipation is already getting to me :0)

The summer movie season is looking great — this unexpected Keanu dessert to follow “Scanner Darkly.” Awesome!

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