Whilst I was away, I bought a couple of DVDs to watch on my laptop. One of them was Pickup on South Street, starring Richard Widmark, with Jean Peters as the heroine. I'd never heard of her, but she was certainly very attractive. It also had Thelma Ritter in it, which is why I bought it in the first place, and her performance was brilliant. It turns out that she was nominated for an Oscar. It's a pity she didn't win.
I also finally got around to watching "The Thomas Crown Affair". I'd never seen it before, and didn't really know what to expect, but it was okay. Steve MacQueen plays a respectable millionaire who decides to become a bank robber, and with the old US censorship having been abandoned, the bad guy's allowed to get away with his crime. And the dosh. And Fay Dunaway.
"Thomas Crown" is sort of like a heist film, which put me in the mood to rewatch "Ocean's Eleven" with Helena. It has a 12 certificate, but I didn't think there would be anything unsuitable in it. Apart from the warning on the back of the DVD case "Bad Language: Some mild, twice strong".
I've no particular problem with Helena hearing swearing - after all, she'd better get used to it, but she thinks that "Shit" is a bit shocking, so I was bracing myself for the two "strong" times.
The first one is when Elliot Gould says something about "the fucking desert". "What did he say?", Helena asked. "The desert", I replied deadpan, and she seemed satisfied. The second time is later in the film. The Chinese man says "Way yu fuk in bin?", which may be strong swearing, but given that he spoke no English up to that point, he was probably referring to "#103 : Vegetables and noodles in a slightly spicy Szechwan sauce". Either way, Helena didn't seem to notice.
It also reminded me of how ugly Julia Roberts is. I know that no-one else seems to agree with me, but they should have given her a part in "Planet of the Apes", and saved themselves a lot of make-up.
But one shouldn't go by looks. She acts well and the film was as entertaining as it was the first time I saw it, and there are a lot of actresses and films you can't say that about.