It was a busy week, but I managed to watch a couple of DVDs, and some good ones, too:
December 4: Mysterious Lady (1928) - a silent spy thriller/love story starring Greta Garbo as a Russian honey pot. The number of crosses and double crosses starts to feel a bit repetitive towards the end, but it's a decent thriller and Garbo is great.
December 5: Ninotchka (1939) - Garbo plays Russian once again, this time in one of the best comedies ever made. Playing a by the books commerade wooed to capitalism by love, she delivers what may very well be her best performance.
December 6: On the Waterfront (1954) - not many films are better than this one. Marlon Brando is electrifying in the lead role, as the ex-prize fighter who names names, and he's well supported by Eva Marie Saint (who, like Brando, won an Oscar for this film), Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, and Rod Steiger.
December 7: Once (2006) - a lovely musical about two people who drift briefly into each other's lives and fall in love while making music together. Stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova won a well-deserved Oscar for the film's signature song, "Falling Slowly."