Life in Progress: A weblog by Heidi Price

The Lives of Others

"Have you seen The Lives of Others?" our entertainment writer, Brad Hundt asks me.

It's Monday and I'm embarrassed. Brad recommended this movie two weeks ago and we were supposed to see it last weekend. Now I have to admit to him that last Friday night we went to the Regent Square Theaterwhere the film is playing, but I got the start time wrong. I do things like that a lot.

But as my luck would have it, the Pittsburgh Filmmakers extended the run bless their souls. We went this past weekend and all I can tell you is go. Please go and watch this movie. I haven't seen film making like this in such a long time. The characters are real, with wrinkles and rolls of fat and bald spots and faults and strengths. The script is honest and not Hollywood at all and that is what makes it so fine.

It's not something I would take a young child to see, but I would definitely take a teenager, just to inspire them. It's honest and real and one of the best stories I've seen in some time.

I know I sound like a broken blogger here, but if you want to make a night of it, go to D's Six Pax & Dogz. You can eat in or, better even, get yourself two Chicagos and two beers to go and take them to the move theater with you. That is how cool the Regent is. They let you do stuff like that as long as you clean up after yourself.

In truth, we didn't hit D's before the movie. We went to my second favorite restaurant, Aladdin's on Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill ( I couldn't find a link, sorry). My only mistake was I got an Aladdin's Salad and while delicious, it was a little difficult to eat bits of lettuce in a darkened movie theater.

But I digress. See this movie. You've only got four days left.

It's playing at 8 p.m. every night Monday through Thursday, March 29. If you can't make it, don't worry. In a few weeks it will be out on dvd. I'm going to buy it and I'll lend it to you.


Anonymous said...

You sold me - I hope to see it tonight!

2:18 PM  
Scott Beveridge said...

Yes, I remember seeing the preview of this in the movie theater and thinking it looked like my kind of flick. Thanks for the reminder.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous said...

Just saw it...what a sweet film. It has a lot of impact on several levels. Loved the ending.

11:21 PM  

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