Rocks of Ages

September 12, 2013

In “The Patience Stone,” out locally this week, a woman (Golshifteh Farahani, left) unloads her life story on her husband, who’s in a vegetative state. If there is a literal stone in the film (which we haven’t seen), it can join the pantheon of movie rocks.

Kryptonite
In 1978’s “Superman: The Movie” (and the sequels), Clark Kent’s alter ego comes up against Kryptonite. It’s not easy being allergic to green.

El Corazon
Kathleen Turner saves her kidnapped sister in 1984’s “Romancing the Stone,” since that’s what sisters do when they’re not stealing each other’s clothes. Along the way she picks up a big emerald and Michael Douglas.

Monolith
The black slabs in 1968’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” only look like stone. They’re actually fancy speakers, one of which plays “Thus Spake Zarathustra” while man’s early ancestors discover tools.

Amber
This fossilized resin preserves prehistoric mosquitoes (that sucked prehistoric blood), which is how 1993’s “Jurassic Park” happened. Our only hope is to destroy all the amber on earth.

Some diamonds
In 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever,” one Bond girl is Tiffany Case, which makes sense in a movie about jewels. The other is Plenty O’Toole, which would make sense in another kind of movie bow-chicka-wow-wow.

Kristen Page-Kirby covers film for The Washington Post Express.
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