The Bourne Identity is one of those action-intrigue movies that I find extremely engaging because the characters are appealing and the plot makes sense. At no time, during this movie, did I think that a character's actions were unbelievable. Matt Damon always plays a part well, and we recognized Franka Potente from an incredible German film called Run, Lola, Run. She and Matt Damon are very well matched in this flick. And Chris Cooper is the definitive head operative. One thing I did not notice the first time around is that this is based on a Robert Ludlum novel. Back during my Ken Follett phase, at least a couple people told me that I should give Ludlum a read, too, but I never got around to it. This is a great story. An interesting note: Clive Owen makes an appearance in this film, and I'm not sure I knew who he was back when this film first came out.
The Crying Game continues to be a great flick, even if you do know its secret. Forest Whitaker is Jody, a soldier kidnapped by the IRA, and one of his captors is Fergus, a volunteer activist. Fergus and Jody develop an odd and doomed friendship. Jody confides in Fergus, and urges him to contact Dil, portrayed by Jaye Davidson, with whom he is in love, if he should be killed. This movie develops into a very unusual love story, a fascinating pleasure to watch. Incidentally, Jaye Davidson is no longer making movies, preferring, instead, to work in the fashion industry.