It turns out Mike Leigh may be the second best thing to come out of the UK (next to Radiohead). Seriously. Before last week’s loot, I had only seen Naked, and Happy-Go-Lucky. Now I’m proud to add Vera Drake and Secrets and Lies to the list. Both the films were fantastic. It’s interesting to see reoccurring characters in each of the movies. What’s with all the greedy, materialistic housewives? Vera Drake was refreshingly authentic in it’s approach towards abortion. Never have I felt so conflicted about an issue in a movie. It’s interesting that he choose to set the film in England, in a time when abortion was actually legal (well, legal in gray, shady area), but still managed to avoid political finger-wagging. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to Topsy-Turvy, but I had so many people say such great things about it, I checked it out again. Here’s this week’s loot.