Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

Since I haven’t been able to work out for all of 2013, and I have very limited interests that don’t involve physical activity, I’ve picked up some unfortunate habits. I’ve been watching Homeland, which leaves me with conflicting emotions. First, it makes me feel like I’m not contributing to the real world in any significant manner and second, the fact that terrorists can apparently be lovable is confusing and upsetting. And I want to be friends with Dana and Mike, but no one else. Maybe Virgil and Max. I’m about halfway through with the second season, so don’t ruin it for me (even though television consistently breaks my heart and I’m sure showtime will ruin it for me eventually). My thoughts are crowded by this story, and it could be a while before I can adequately absorb all of it.

Homeland is a socially acceptable obsession, and I’m afraid my next confession is going to be much more damning. I’ve been playing candy crush. It might be slowly deprograming my brain. I can’t ignore the possibility that this game is like one of those Trojan horse email viruses that slowly infiltrates your computer until it has all the right pieces and can take over the whole system. This might be the next mutation of biological warfare. While homeland crowds my thinking, candy crush overrides my thinking to a point where I start seeing orange pear shapes and green squares and red jelly beans over your face when I’m talking to you. Thank god you run out of lives eventually. Luckily, I suck at this game, so I burn through lives fairly quickly. Otherwise I might never shower or have time to feed my dog. What’s my dog’s name again? Jelly bean?

My last bad habit is I’ve been eating a lot of brownies and Easter candy. But I don’t actually feel that guilty about this habit. I think it is just the generalized girl paranoia about not working out and instead eating brownies, but after a couple of glasses of wine, that goes away.

As a bonus, I want to alert you and possibility remind a few of you who might remember, that Anne Hathaway’s Oscar dress was my senior prom dress. No lie. I can’t decided if this makes me feel cool, like I was really ahead of the times, or if this makes me feel horribly old, because my senior prom was so long ago the fashion has come back around and is in style again. Maybe I should just pretend like my taste in clothing is timeless and leave it at that. I hope I still have that dress somewhee

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Aggh, I love this movie.  And this dog.  Maggie posted this video and I had to share. 

I’m in a great mood this morning.  I feel like today is one of those days where anything could happen.  I’ve got work to do, and birthday cards to send, and hot coffee to drink.  And it’s not QUITE as cold as it has been.  Now if only my car would drive to the mechanic and get her oil changed without me.

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The Bank Job

Daddy and Elizabeth and I went to see the movie, The Bank Job on Sunday afternoon. 

It was awesome.  Seriously, the best movie I’ve seen in a very long time. and I watch a lot of movies.   

Loved it.  It was racey, but not explicit, based on a true story, engaging, serious, funny, and intriguing.  Set in 1971 London.  Historical.  All about the British CIA. 

Honestly, go see this movie. 

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JP and I went and saw Ratatouille last night.  It was a cute movie, as pixar movies tend to be.  The theater was SHOCKINGLY crowded – it was one of the little theaters, we guessed it was because the Harry Potter movie was using up all the big theaters.  Plus, there were tons of children.  I always forget that if you go see a children’s movie, any time before 10:30 pm, the place is going to be full of children.  But most of the children acted right the whole movie. 

Another observation, when I go to the movie with my parents, we get a large popcorn, and it is always gone before the movie is halfway over.  My dad eats most of it.  Which, we discovered last night, is actually very difficult to do.  We weren’t able to even eat half of the large popcorn.  Good thing they told us we could have free refills. 

Oh, and part of the movie I was drooling over the cartoon food that was being prepared.  The other half of the movie I was about to be ill thinking about all the rats in the kitchen.  It was all JP could do to watch the rat prepare food.  Especially right after he climbed out of the storm water sewer in Paris.  Everyone knows that European cities don’t have separate sewer systems. I mean, it makes sense, the cities are so old, there is no such thing as a storm water sewer.  There is just the SEWER.  Gah.  I have a hard time even typing the word.  That is why sometimes you get that foul stench in European cities.  (p.s. It it totally worth it!  I love Europe!  All of it!)

But I don’t necessarily love rats.  I don’t hate them like I hate roaches.  But I don’t love them either. 

I still think Monsters INC is the best thing Pixar has come up with so far. 

Because, obviously, Everyone Loves Monsters! 

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Madea’s Family Reunion

Okay – I think a lot of people missed Diary of a Mad Black Woman.  But my mom bought it, and I have to say that it is an absolutely hilarious movie.  If you missed it – try to get your hands on a copy because it one of the funniest movie I’ve seen in years. 

If you don’t want to rent Diary of a Mad Black Woman, go see Madea’s Family Reunion in the theaters.  I’m so excited about it – I think I might go see it tomorrow afternoon. 

The mastermind behind this movie is a guy named Tyler Perry.  I think he is genius.  And he has an amazing story.  He went from being homeless to being a multimillionaire.  I love his story.  He now lives in a mansion on a 12 acre estate outside of the ATL.  Here is what he has to say about his house:

"I wanted this house to be vast. I wanted to make a statement, not in
any grand or boastful way, but to let people know what God can do when
you believe," he says. "I don’t care how low you go, there’s an
opposite of low, and as low as I went I wanted to go that much higher.
And if there was an opposite of homelessness, I wanted to find it."

Diary of a Mad Black Woman was originally a play, and when they made it into a movie, Perry’s house was used as one of the sets.  So if you want to see what the house actually looks like – watch the movie. 

He was on Oprah a couple of weeks ago and I have to say that of all the famous people I would be excited to run into in the ATL – he is number one on my list.  Go to Oprah’s website – there is a lot of great stuff on Perry. 

Just thought I would give you all a heads up and make sure that you see the movie you know what an amazing story is behind it.  Read the article – it makes me want to cry. 

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Friday Spies

I don’t normally do this sort of thing, but since I have been experiencing technical difficulties and have not been able to write when I want to, I have been having a hard time holding on to my thoughts. (Plus E. McPan mentioned me in her’s, which I appreciate.

1. What blog, other than your own, do you read the most?

Lately I haven’t been able to read many blogs, but I love second person singular and wish that Matt would write more. Pete and Evan keep me updated on the world at large and technology and the law and make me laugh. Scoplaw makes sure I am thinking and being observant of people. NDC makes me laugh, and I refuse to believe that he is as jaded and as offensive as his blog. Megan is the best commenter on the planet and I love it when she takes pictures of herself in the mirror. Then of course my law school boys who recap the weekends (and weeknights for that matter for me. Oh, and my first college friend.

2. Are you a gadget person? Do you have the latest thingamajigs and whoozits and geegaws? What sort of gadgets do you own?

I love gadgets. I have been handicapped the past couple of weeks by the demise of my favorite gadget, my laptop. My cell phone has a different light up sequence for every ring (mary beth says I’m the only one who doesn’t find this irritating. My ipod goes with me everywhere, and I adore my digital camera and my sound dock and I make sure that my family enjoys gadgets as well. Because it is so much more fun that way.

3. If I gave you $1000 on the condition that you couldn’t spend it on something responsible (e.g., bills), or save it, what would you do with the money?

I would go on a trip. Probably to New York to see Libby and Maggie and Emily and I would take them out to dinner. But I might stop in Washington DC on the way to see Jennifer and Emily. Expendable income = traveling.

4. What are your five favorite sitcoms of all time, other than "Seinfeld" and "The Simpsons"?

I never really thought of the Simpsons as a sitcom, but whatever. In no particular order with little thought going into it.

1. Will and Grace
2. Scrubs
3. Two guys and girl
4. Friends
5. Frasier

5. Organize a film festival based on a theme. Choose a theme and a handful of movies with that theme, and tell us what you’ve chosen.

This question is actually what made me want to do this little questionnaire, because I was thinking today of all the movies that people should have seen, but haven’t, and how I would like to make all my friends watch the movies that they missed. Keep in mind this is my film festival and I get to decide which movies you should have seen and didn’t.

Movies you missed cause they are old that you must see:
1. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
2. Casablanca
3. Dr. Zhivago
4. The Apartment
5. Citizen Kane
6. Gone with the Wind
7. War and Peace
8. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
9. Chariots of Fire

Movies you missed because you don’t go to the movie enough-and/or don’t have netflicks

1. Mean Girls
2. The Royal Tennenbaums
3. Monsters, Inc.
4. Keeping the Faith
5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
6. High Fidelity

Movies you haven’t seen in a really long time that you need to go back and watch again

1. St. Elmo’s Fire
2. Stand by Me
3. Risky Business
4. City Slickers
5. Sleepless in Seattle

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Father of the Bride is

Father of the Bride is on tv and I love it.  It makes me miss my dad.  I’m such a sap.

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I stayed up too late last night. It is becoming a trend. I have so much stuff I need to do, but I think I am going to just go to sleep. I am very tired.  Daddy and I tried to go see the aviator, but it was sold out so we went to see a series of unfortunate events.  I liked it, but I like children’s movies and love children’s books.  I thought it was fun and just dark enough. But I don’t think that Daddy thought much of it.  Oh well, he goes for the popcorn mostly anyway.

Libby and I are going to the ATL in the morning for a little shopping and to spend the night with Betsy and Katie. Then Libby is going to take me to the airport on Tuesday morning. I am flying to DC to hang out with Cybil and Jennifer and Emily and Caleb. I am really excited, I love DC. Caleb is going to pick me up and take me to see his family and house and then we are going over to Cybil’s for a dinner party. It is going to be awesome! Mary Beth is going to meet me in DC and on Friday Emily, Jennifer, Mary Beth, Cybil and I are all going to New York for New Years. Libby and Emily and Maggie will already be there and Katie, Katie and Sally are going to be there too. It is going to be all of my past colliding. Best friend from kindergarten, best friend from middle school, best friend from high school, best friends from college, pledge sisters, a couple old best friend roomies from college, best friend in law school…..I mean, I can’t tell you how happy I am going to be the entire time. I am going to be one big ball of excited. Plus New York has the best food all the time. And you don’t have to drive anywhere. Especially late night for food. Because there is a gyro place next to the bar, or down the street. (although I doubt I will be able to find a waffle house or a pancake house – but hey, when in rome – eat fried risotto balls). Come to think about it, I think that one of the greatest things about traveling is that everywhere you go eats something different as a late night snack. And it is normally delicious. And New York has some of everything.

I think I am going to get to hang out with some new friends I made last night time I was in New York, and I am also pumped about this. I love new friends. Mary Beth has never been to New York, so that is going to be fun as well.

Wow, I feel like I am partying up the east coast; the ATL, D.C., NYC. (it really isn’t a big city if it can’t be referred to by a few letters. I love calling it the ATL. But, I like prefer to call it THE ATL, and not ATL, and I don’t think I would ever call it THE D.C. – which is probably in fact more appropriate than THE ATL). (how about THE O.C.? – that isn’t really right either, but I like it).

My hands are cold. I left my laptop at Katie and Betsy’s house and have been without it for over a week – which is huge for me. Otherwise I would have had a lot more to say this week. I love Christmas. And I love y’all.

It didn’t snow, but it did sleet and was very cold. I will pretend that we had a white Christmas, even if it was only ice. I love my family and friends a lot, I am so very blessed. I will try to post on my travels, but if not I will get back to you when I return on the 4th. Sweet Dreams.

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I had a good long cry last night. Actually, I sobbed. And I didn’t even watch the whole movie. By the time I turned it on, we were already losing the war (but I did get to see the Christmas party when they are still wearing hoops and dancing). I don’t care what people have to say about the civil war – arguments about what it was fought about, etc – watching Atlanta burn absolutely tears me to pieces. And when you see twelve oaks charred remains – it breaks my heart. When Scarlett gets back to Tara and all she wants is to see her mother – but her mother has died hours before! And when Bonnie dies – at that point it gets really depressing for me and have to change the channel – it it just too tragic. And although Scarlett has her flaws – her biggest flaw is that she sees things in black and white. Ashley is perfect – Rhett is not. When really, Rhett is a much more likeable character in my opinion. It is just a heartbreaking movie – but I love it. I might have watched it again today (it is on tv right now) – but I have some work to do. Also, not in the mood for another sob session.

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I went to movie last night with roommate and friends. We saw Alfie. I can’t stop thinking about it. I found it quite depressing. I guess I should have assumed that a story of careless living would carry with it dark moments, but I wasn’t prepared for the whole movie to be dark. This is me being naive – I wouldn’t expect a movie about hard drugs to have a very happy tone – and although Alfie is not about hard drugs – he has a disregard about others that mirrors that of someone on drugs. Well, that might not be fair, because on some level he is unaware of how much he is damage he is doing to others – and how much he is becoming damaged. The movie made marriage seem depressing, and it also made being single seem depressing. I definitely think a lot of people could get a good message out of the story, but overall it was not an uplifting flick. The photography was unbelievable – and all the people in the movie were gorgeous. It was visually stimulating. Maybe it was just too realistic a look at the human condition. Not being a realist myself, sometimes I am jarred by it.

I have two new words that I like a lot. Actually, they aren’t new words, but they are words that most people use incorrectly – or don’t actually know what they mean. Temperance and Prudence. Temperance is not abstaining from things, it is knowing when enough is enough – for you. So everyone should have a different level of temperance, and everyone has to find it for themselves. For some people, temperance is abstaining. It is all about being able to stay in control. Prudence is taking into account the repercussion of your actions – thinking about how your actions are going to affect those around you and yourself in the future. Now, I’m not advocating being Prudent all the time, but I think part of being Prudent is simply being aware of the repercussion, even if you decide to disregard the consequences at the moment of action. Because simply being aware of the consequences adds new meaning to the action and allows you to anticipate and be responsible for the end result. Alfie lacked Prudence. Because it never occurred to him to think about what might happen, when bad things did happen, he didn’t feel the responsibility that would have allowed him to learn a lesson. So he made the same mistake again and again. But Alfie did have Temperance about some things, enough to keep him from ending up on the street without a job or a place to live. He had just enough temperance for self preservation, but not enough to save those around him from destruction.

Okay, sorry, deep thoughts for a Tuesday. I feel better now.

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