The Way Things Used to Be

You hardly talk to me anymore when I come through the door at the end of the dayWelcome to 2009, everybody — I spent New Year’s Day taking it easy, thanks to a combination of two large writing deadlines and the currently vicious Toronto winter. Turns out you don’t really need to go outside at all, if you’ve got the appropriate provisions and a Blu-ray disc of “Rio Bravo”.

Only one film opens today, and it’s “Revolutionary Road“, Sam Mendes’ much-credentialed new film. Not only is it based on one of the key American novels of the mid-20th century, but it’s also the long-awaited reunion of “Titanic” stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as a miserable suburban couple grappling with ennui and unrealized dreams.

Basically, imagine Ron Howard directing a Very Special Episode of “Mad Men”. And now you can wait for the DVD.