Based on a true story but fictionalized, this is the story of MIT students who counted cards in Vegas and made some good money.  I won’t say more than that about the plot, but will say the movie was well done and I enjoyed it on my transatlantic flight from London to Cleveland.

It was cool to see Boston and Cambridge — MIT, the T, etc., on the big screen (err, laptop…).

Just one quote:

“Yesterday is history,  tomorrow is a mystery”

I would like to read the book “Bringing Down the House” that this movie was based on.

Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D minor (bwv 1043) showed up at one point, so that is now in my monthly play list.

Legends of the Fall.

This was one of many movies mentioned in the Wild at Heart book (John Eldridge), and I bought it and watched it on a business trip on my laptop five or six weeks ago. I wanted Kelly to see it, and I wanted to watch it on a big screen, so we watched it last night. I can say it is definitely worth watching a second time, as many movies like this are. You often pick up on things you missed the 1st time, or, having seen it all the way through once, know when something happens how that relates to how the plot will unfold..

I won’t say a whole lot about it other than it is very good and definitely worth a watch. It is a great story of family loyalty and betrayal. Also, the cinematography is outstanding. (I guess it should be since it won the 1995 Oscar for that category.)

The interesting thing is that in the Wild at Heart book, Eldridge mentions that every man wants to be Tristian, and none want to be Alfred or Samuel. I only saw two events in Tristian’s life that are truly worthy of such honor — one was when he was protecting Samuel in the war, and the other was when he would have taken a bullet for his dad. In many ways he often ran from his responsibilities, or if he did handle them, did not always handle them in a way that I think appropriate. But he was a “wild” man with what he could do and what he accomplished in the “wild,” and I think that part of him is what was admirable from Eldridge’s and most men’s perspectives. (And I should note that in the field manual to the book, Eldridge does mention that there is much in the movie he doesn’t agree with and like.)