So, this might seem like a late start for a Russell Crowe fan setting up a blog for news on movies and Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts, but it’s for my beagle. I realized it was time to start collecting his movies when I noticed that she only joins me for movies if he’s the star. I would have thought she was reading an unconscious preference of mine, but for at least one of them her feelings are her own. She just melts for Cinderella Man.
I think I can explain that one. Dogs understand a lot of what we say by interpreting our tone of voice. Because it’s a period piece set in the 1930s, it has a very special tone to both the writing and the delivery. The theme song “Cheer Up, Smile, Nerz” comments on the way good cheer was militated during the Great Depression, at least in movies, musicals and radio. But the actors make a blessing of the convention, bringing the bravery necessary to survive those times to life with all the sweetness of a family love story with a hard-to-believe but true-to-life fairytale ending. Bagehot has always been the one member of our household who knows how to bring a smile to anyone’s face, at a moment’s notice.