Tuesday, April 16, 2013

#6) Hitchcock

"Hitchcock" is AARP's pick for BEST GROWNUP LOVE STORY.  Personally, my choice would have been "Hope Springs".

Iconic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock struggles with his marriage, the censors and the financiers of his 1960 film Psycho in this biopic. Driven to prove he still has an edge, Hitchcock crafts what would become one of the greatest thrillers of all time.

Cast:  Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Wincott, Jessica Biel, James D'Arcy, Ralph Macchio, Kurtwood Smith, Richard Portnow
Director: Sacha Gervasi

It's hard to imagine that Alfred Hitchcock would ever have difficulty getting any film made but apparently he did.  I think Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal) had to gain 100 lbs. to be in this movie.  I gave it 3.5 stars.

Next up: Quartet

Monday, April 15, 2013

Bombs! . . . . #5) Moonrise Kingdom

Two bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon today killing 2 and seriously injuring many others.  Another vicious attack from some deranged monster against innocent fun-loving Americans.  Like many of you, those innocent victims will be in my thoughts & prayers for peace of mind and complete healing of their wounds.

Wes Anderson's quirky drama follows the frantic search that ensues in a small New England town when two 12-year-olds fall in love and run away together. As the townsfolk hunt for the vanished kids, a storm causes even more profound communal upheaval.

Cast:  Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban, Harvey Keitel
Director:  Wes Anderson

This movie was chosen BEST by AARP for their "Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up".

Cute movie of first loves but I still don't understand casting Bruce Willis and Bill Murray in this movie.  I gave it 3 Stars.  I'll watch "Hitchcock" tonight.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

#4) The Sessions

AARP chose THE SESSIONS  as the winner of it's Best Screenwriter +50 Category.

After spending years in an iron lung, a man decides he wants to explore his sexuality for the first time, and hires a surrogate to aid the goal. Through their intensifying relationship, this indie drama illustrates the many forms love can take.

Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks, Adam Arkin, Rhea Perlman, W. Earl Brown, Robin Weigert, Blake Lindsley

Director:Ben Lewin

Whoa! As I watched the film, I kept thinking:  "OMG, I think I'm watching a porn film."  How can this be when I'm also thinking that this is a remarkable film & I'm enjoying every minute. Superb acting and writing, that's how.  I loved Helen Hunt who single handedly made me feel completely comfortable watching a lovely porn film.  I gave it 4 stars.

Next up:  Hitchcock

Sunday, April 7, 2013


SPRING HAS SPRUNG around here so you know what that means . . . right? 
I started yesterday in my bedroom and hope to get more done today and finish up tomorrow.  Sounds like a plan.  Hope everyone is having a wonderful w/e.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

#3 Flight

Movie #3 is "Flight".  AARP picked Denzel Washington as "BEST ACTOR 50+" for his role as a pilot in Flight.

After his amazing safe landing of a damaged passenger plane, an airline pilot is praised for the feat, but has private questions about what happened. Further, the government's inquiry into the causes soon puts the new hero's reputation at risk.

Cast: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, Brian Geraghty, Bruce Greenwood, Kelly Reilly, Tamara Tunie, Garcelle Beauvais, James Badge Dale,

Director:Robert Zemeckis

In a word:  Awful.  Everything you didn't want to know about drugs and drinking.  Gave it 1 star.

Next:  The Sessions

Friday, April 5, 2013

Happy 12th Birthday Dahli

It's actually hard to believe that my dear sweet Dahli is 12 years old today.  She has been my constant companion since the day we met and I have enjoyed every single minute.

Here's a little bit about Dahli.

I was born on April 5th, 2001.  I belong to the breed called "Lhasa Apso".  My breed originated in Tibet.  It's the place where the Dalai Lama lives!!  My job is to guard the inside of the palace & they often call me the 'lion dog'.  Isn't that funny?  I don't look or feel like a lion but because I'm a pretty fierce protector that's what they call me.

I was adopted by Gramz on July 11th and quickly adjusted to my new home in Olmsted Falls OH.  I am fiercely loyal and extremely well behaved.  I am an excellent traveler and go with Gramz just about everywhere except for Mass, of course.  I meet and greet all our visitors & they all think I'm pretty cute.  I just love when Gramz grandkids come to visit.  They are so fun to play with.

My favorite toy is my soft pink ball. Gramz throws it and I get it and when I return the ball to her she gives me a treat.  Yummy!!  I also like my stuffed toys.  Gramz and I play tug-of-war.  The only problem is: Gramz always wins. Oh well, that's what it means when they say 'it's a dogs life'.

My special little message to Dahli.

Dear Dahli,
* When I say move, it means go somewhere else not switch positions.
* The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food.
* The other dishes are mine and contain my food.
* The stairs are not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me does not help because I fall faster than you can run.
* I cannot buy anything larger than a queen size bed. I am sorry about this. Do not think I will not continue to sleep on the couch to ensure your comfort.
* For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle, I should happen to beat you in there and shut the door, it is not necessary to scratch, whine or stick your paw under the door.  I have been using bathrooms for years and a canine presence is not necessary.

It will be a fun day here today.  Dahli will go to doggy hour at Joyce's and we will celebrate her birthday with all her puppy friends.  Sounds like fun, right?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

#2 Bernie

This is #2 of 10  Netflix movies in my queue.  AARP ranks  "Bernie" as "BEST COMEDY".

AARP SUMMARY:  "Bernie (Jack Black) is a small-town funeral director who moves in with the domineering local matriarch (Shirley MacLaine), then kills her accidentally on purpose and hides her body in a freezer.  The stars are wildly appealing and the directors spings one gleeful surprise after another."

Cast: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey, Brady Coleman, Richard Robichaux, Rick Dial, Brandon Smith, Larry Jack Dotson, Merrilee McCommas, Matthew Greer

Director:Richard Linklater

You will either love this movie or hate it.  It is different in that the Director uses a combination of techniques where you have the actual townsfolk narrating  their opinions about Bernie along with Bernie's acting scenes demonstrating why the townsfolk feel as they do.  So whether this movie appeals to you, or not, it is worth viewing.  I gave it 3 Stars.

Coming next:  "Flight"

Monday, April 1, 2013

April 1st

Happy April and . . . . .
Easter Dinner was just wonderful.  There was 180 of us all wanting to eat at the same time but because Joanne Hodges donned her Sargent's hat and kept us organized, we all got to eat in an orderly fashion. The food was delicious and plentiful.  Good food, good friends & a great day!  Thanks to Joanne and her committee!

Hope your day was as special as mine!