Yesterday's cinema visit turned out to be an idea that quite a few other people had to escape the heat. The air conditioning there was not exactly arctic, but enough and the film, "Memoirs of a geisha", was a nice diversion. For me it was wonderful to see the replica of the 1920's geisha district and gardens, the Japanese interiors, kimonos etc, but if you don't especially have an interest in that and haven't read the book, I'd say it was a film you could cross off your list of films to see.
My sons chose to stay home and watch our DVD of "Mon oncle", by the genius Jacques Tati. His films have been a family favorite for years, and we have often watched an old taped recording from the tv when the weather was too hot to do much else. But last year we bought the DVD edition of all his films, and this is a great improvement. It is so rewarding to see your children latch onto something that you yourself have cherished over the years, and something that few of their peers would have even heard of, at that. I love to see them together - they are such good friends, share interests, even though they are so very different from each other. Observing their closeness has been one of the big pluses of parenthood.