Hi! Sorry I'm late.
I was stuck under the dome and couldn't reach the computer.
Naw. Really I was at the doctor's office. Yearly check on my kidney stones. They get their picture taken once a year. They look the same so that's good. Just hanging out in my kidneys. As long as they stay put, we're good.
I want to do an official movie update here on the blog. I have talked about the movies we have seen on Facebook, but I want to put my plug in for the good ones and steer you away from a big stinker here!
1. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Ben Stiller.
I really liked this movie. It started out slow but I think it needed to in a way...to show how dull his life was. I'm sure many of you have read Thurber's short story about Walter. I know I had to read it in High School. Walter lives a dull real life but has a fabulous imaginary life. He turns things around in a big way. The locations and cinematography are spectacular. It's worth seeing it just for that reason. I like the music too.
Watching this makes me want to see it again.
2. American Hustle
Patrick and I sat and stared at the screen and honestly did not laugh once. The costumes, music and hair were amusing. But that was all. The story was scattered and the dialog uninteresting. Jennifer Lawrence's character is a ditz and she is a little funny. But I see funnier writing and characters on television every day.
Why this movie is a big hit and gathering awards is a true mystery to me.
If you can explain it to me, I'm all ears. Honestly.
Could be my funny bone is not sophisticated enough.
3. Enough Said with James Gandolfini and Julia Louise-Dreyfus
This is a sweet love story for the older crowd :o) It looks at dating later in life and relationships between married couples, friends, and children. All messy.
I cried when Julia was not nice to James, because he died this year and that makes me sad.
Julia dresses frumpy so she looks like the rest of us which amused me.
Her acting is quite good. Really quite good.
4. August: Osage County with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts and the guy who plays Sherlock and the lady on the Millers and Chris Cooper and Ewan McGregor, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera....
(this preview gives away less of the story than the other original trailer.)
This movie is about the most dysfunctional family...ever. It is a Pulitzer Prize winning play made into a movie. I LOVED this movie. It was fascinating and interesting and stupefying all at once.
The acting is crazy good; by everyone. I wanted to see this again right away. It is that good.
It is more of a bungee jump than a roller coaster because there is no happy ending...or even happy parts.
Just a sick, pill popping mother and her shattered children.
Well. That's sounds terrible doesn't it. But it is was not terrible for me. I laughed more in this movie than all three of the others put together.
I might think I was crazy but my friend Karen (who I saw the movie with) and Emma both thought it was as great as I did.
It must be the writing and the acting. The writing is stunning as is the acting. What a story!
My grade: A+
Now for my delicate readers. There is swearing in all of these movies...I think. I am immune to it but I know you are not.
Here is a link to one spot that does a thorough review of such things;
Kids in Mind website
So there ya go. My opinions.
Please tell me if you saw any of these and if you liked them or didn't.
I seriously want someone to explain to me what is funny about American Hustle and why it is winning awards.
( Again...Awards season and I stand scratching my head.)
Encourage one another,
P.S. It was not snowing this morning on the way to town. Thanks for your prayers.