The wind has been up here in New Mexico, so we've been immersing ourselves in some of our favorite films. This has just served to remind me how very much I like Robert Downey Jr.
It's kind of strange with actors and folks in the public life. There are some of them that I can never even figure out how they became famous in the first place. Then there are the ones who just seem to shine from the moment they are born. And it seems that some of them have incredible problems dealing with their life, their fame, their talent, whatever.
Robert Downey Jr. is one of those.
That said, I have loved him since I first saw him in Less Than Zero. Not a great film, but it was so obvious that he just had IT. And as good as he was in that, for me, he truly shines in romantic comedies (which in my opinion, are a lot harder to do well than they get credit for).
The two films we watched this weekend are pretty low key and not really well known, but both are superior and worth a look.
The first is titled Heart and Soul. You've probably never heard of this little film, but it's a real gem. The story is somewhat hard to describe, just suffice it to say that it will leave you with a fine feeling. It also stars Alfre Woodard, Kyra Sedgewick, Charles Grodin, Tom Sizemore, David Paymer and Elizabeth Shue. A fine ensemble cast in a wonderful film,
The second is a true romantic comedy, called Only You. It has everything you could ask for in this type of movie, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Bonnie Hunt, Italy at its finest and a huge dose of chance, romance and that indescribable something that makes a romantic comedy so memorable,
Find either (or both) at your local video store, or get them from Netflix or Amazon. You wont be disappointed.