We like to watch movies.

Andrea is a member of the Reitz Union Board Entertainment (RUB) Film Committee, an on-campus organization responsible for selecting the films that will be shown to the public at the Reitz Union. As part of her membership, she sees a number of their offerings, and sometimes takes me along.

Here are some of the movies we've seen through RUB lately:


50/50

(2011) - Rated R. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anna Kendrick.

We both really liked this one. The story is about a young man (Gordon-Levitt) who suddenly learns he has cancer. The film explores how he deals with both the cancer and his ever-changing relationships with his best friend (Rogen) and therapist (Kendrick). We appeciated how the flick swiftly combined a heartfelt, dramatic story with just a touch of screwball comedy. The characters felt very genuine.


Contagion

(2011) - Rated R. Starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, and Laurence Fishburne.

Andrea and I were gripped from the very start of Contagion. The story revolved around a sudden, deadly, unstoppable virus transmitted between humans and the resulting effects on society. This sort of movie has historically confused me, but Contagion was told with such attention to detail and suspense that I could never look away. I recall both Andrea and myself gasping audibly several times. When we left, a newly germophobic Andrea forced me to use hand sanitizer several times thereafter.


Melancholia

(2011) - Rated R. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Here was a movie that Andrea and I mutually agreed on disliking. The film was about a bride (Dunst) who abandons her groom, literally, during the wedding party. No one knows why at first, though later in the story we learn it has something to do with the world ending. Though it was certainly visually artistic and thoughtful, Melancholia was too "spacey," if you will. The story wasn't developed very well and I personally didn't really connect with the characters. Too many things happened with no explanation; they'd soon be overshadowed by more things happening with even less explanation.


The Secret in Their Eyes

(2009) - Rated R. Starring Ricardo DarĂ­n, Soledad Villamil, and Guillermo Francella.

Whoa. I didn't know what to expect as I walked into the auditorium, but this certainly wasn't it. The Secret in Their Eyes was a crime thriller about an investigator on a mission to track down a suspected rapist/murderer. The film was full of twists and turns, suspense, action, mystery, and even humor. Andrea and I agreed that this was one of our favorite movies of the semester. I especially liked it because of its Argentinian roots; it didn't seem like a cookie-cutter Hollywood blockbuster. There was a real artistic integrity to this movie, no doubt enhanced by the novel it was based on.