Monday, August 15, 2011


We've been in a holding pattern of busy work weeks and quiet weekends. This past weekend was the same although I saw two movies. If you know me well, you know I have a hard time sitting through movies that aren't really compelling to me. I feel like I should be doing something with my time besides sitting passively (Gramma Bev likes to knit during movies, maybe I should try that). I'm also terrible at recognizing actors, knowing their previous work, and that sort of thing. I've confused Mel Gibson and Mel Torme more than once. It turned out, however, that I was able to sit through two excellent movies this weekend.

On Friday night, Austin and I watched "Coraline." I had wanted to see it for awhile and he suggested we watch it. I loved it. I can't think of a coherent review to write out properly but my thoughts included references to other movies like "Pan's Labyrinth" and almost anything by Tim Burton. The combination of whimsical and creepy was so compelling and the little details were an added bonus. Now I'll have to read the book.

I also saw "The Help" on Saturday with a girlfriend. In that case, I had already read the book. The theater was packed and sold out quickly. I really enjoyed the movie though many layers of the book were not able to be included; I was glad I knew some of the bits and pieces that couldn't be covered. It wasn't too feel-good as I was concerned it might be and it attempted to stress the realities of the tensions at the time but I think that could have been done to a greater degree. Nonetheless, I'm glad I saw it and definitely recommend it.

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