"The Bucket List" is, for my money, the best movie Jack Nicholson has ever made, simply because he managed to make me LIKE him; usually I spend most of his movies wishing him dead. Of course, in this case his character was ALREADY dying from the outset, so that deprived me of some of my usual motivation. Still... Rob Reiner makes good movies, and this is no exception. It manages to deal with questions of life and death with good humor, honesty, and no more than the inevitable amounts of sentimentality.
"The Great Debaters" is a fairly standard inspirational sports movie; it is well made, and its distinguishing features are that the sport is debate, and there are STRONG racial overtones (not surprising, since it is based on an all-black Texas college in the 1930s). The thing that I came away with, once again, was a strong impression of the fundamental immorality of formal debate: The core truth of the exercise is that truth does not exist, only skill. And of course I cannot help but remember that this grossly immoral practice is at the core of our US justice system. It makes me sad.
Finally... Cooking doesn't happen in our house very often. I lack the sensory apparatus to appreciate it, and Dementia seldom bothers simply for herself. Occasionally, though, Dementia takes it upon herself to play Herb Witch... She made some "Money Soup" recently; cabbage and onions and chicken broth and a bit of magic. Except... Dementia ended up with red cabbage and red onions, and the soup came out BRIGHT purple, grape popsicle purple, steaming mounds of slightly soggy purple vegetable stuff. IT was SCARY. It tasted pretty good, if you closed your eyes and didn't think about it...