Saturday I was scheduled to see Wolf Children Ame and Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda but it was sold out by the time my friends (Andrew, Andrea, Marc and Alex) and I got to the theatre. Instead, after picking up some Portuguese baked goods and making Rice Krispies' squares, we sat down to Hosoda's Summer Wars, which I'd heard of before (from Andrew), but had little opportunity, or inclination, to see. So I was delighted to find that it was indeed an enjoyable film, aimed at teenagers perhaps, but still enjoyable. Even after its inauspicious beginning (hokey rendering of social networking, implausible beautiful-girl-hires-nerdy-virgin-for-a-week), I was pulled into the story simply due to the likability of the characters and the exquisite detail and work that went into animating them to life. The story is ludicrous, of course, but Summer Wars doesn't take itself too seriously, focusing only on being fun to watch. I'd see it again.
And today, Sunday, instead of viewing Wreck-It Ralph as was originally planned, my friend and I caught Cloud Atlas. I was intrigued by it being written by the Wachoski