Sunday, January 12, 2014

Golden Globes and movies

We're watching the Golden Globes Award show.  Poor Jacquline Bisset, I hope they don't pick on her too much.  Who hasn't gone to the podium a little tipsy and very nervous.  She obviously didn't believe for a moment that she would win and decided to have a good time.  Oh well, with the public's short attention span, it should be over quickly, or at least as soon as the next public embarrassment catches the public's eye.

We've been spending some of our Christmas break watching lots of movies and t.v.series.  Here are recommendations:  

The Walking Dead - this is a t.v. series on AMC, and if you can get past the gruesomeness of the blood and gore of killing zombies, this is actually a very good series, very well-written, well-acted, with great character development.  We have burned through the first three seasons, sometimes watching three or four episodes back-to-back, and are now halfway through season four.  This is really a good show.


Inside Llewelyn Davis - the music is wonderful, the acting is good, too bad the scipt sucks.  The cats in the movie don't fare too well either.  I think I understood what they were trying to do with the script, I just don't think they succeeded.   I didn't like any characters in the film, and I don't think the characters or the story were very well developed.  A bit of a disappointment.

August Osage County- hmmm, too much like life in my house growing up.  Meryl Streep was nominated for this tonight in the comedy category.  Trust me, this is no comedy, not even close.  This is a tragic, dysfunctional family hell-bent on causing as much damage to one another as possible.  The script was relentless in making characters suffer.  No character was spared, and only a handful of them had any  redeeming qualities.  That said, it was a good movie, interesting and sad.  Also, Margo Martindale gave a good performance.  I found her shift between being a mean mother to her child and hopelessly smitten with her husband very interesting and believable.  You could see the change move across her face, a great talent there.  I would reccommend this movie.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Oh my, take my breath away, it is so horribly cold here today.  Of course it made me think of the following song.  When I went to get a copy of it, I got a surprise.  I didn't know Betty Garrett won an Academy Award for this song in 1949!  Cool. No pun intended.Baby it's cold outside

Last full day in Europe

Ahh, all good things must come to an end.  Our European vacation is drawing to a close.  We leave Nice this morning to drive back to Barcelo...