There was a lot of time spent in the air for this trip and I saw several films, many of which I found interesting and intriguing. Most of the recent films available were ones that I had already seen (Enough Said, Blue Jasmine, etc.) or films that I wasn't interested in seeing (Rush, Whitehouse Down, etc.). However, there were several retrospectives of previously released and foreign films available. (Unfortunately there were two older Vittorio Di Sica films without English subtitles (including The Last Judgement with Sophia Loren) that I would have liked to have seen.
However, I did watch an entertaining Italian comedy film noir, Noturno Bus (2007). It reminded me of the 1985 film Into The Night starring Jeff Goldblum and Michele Pfieffer. In this film a loser at love, poker, crosses paths with a seductress/manipulator and is convinced to take part in her double crossing scams while falling in love with the femme fatale. I was also intrigued by Yasuo Fuhata's A Boy Called H (2013) a Japanese film about a Protestant Christian taior's family's experiences throughout the imperialistic surge and subsequent American occupation as seen through the eyes of the young son, "H" (Hajime). The child actors were quite compelling and it is an interesting story of survival and preservation among what many saw as mass hysteria. The there was the compelling coming of age story, My Week With Marilyn (2011) about Marilyn Monroe's (played with aplomb by Michele Williams) ill-fated film collaboration with Laurnece Olivie (Kenneth Branagh) during production of The Prince and the Showgirl in England based on the memoir by Colin Clark, an employee of the production.
I was also surprised to find that I was entertained by a couple of big budget prestige films: Gore Verenski's 2013 big budget action film The Lone Ranger (starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer) as well as Tom Hopper's Oscar bait of 2010 The King's Speech with strong performances from Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.
I re-watched the Coen brothers stellar 1998 comedy noir and cult classic, The Big Lebowski with Jeff Birdges's career defining role (probably the most fun I had on the plane). I also re-watched the mediocre 2008 James Bond film Quantum of Solace since the opening sequence was filmed in Italy's medieval masterpiece Siena among other stunning locations.