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A Cornucopia of Movie-Going

Bella and Edward continue in love forever.

During holidays, we love seeing movies. This recent Thanksgiving break was no different.

First up for me and my older son (he of the snarky, clever commentary) was “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.” As continued from last year’s first part, Bella’s transition from human to vampire is explored, and the family prepares for the arrival of the nasty Volturi. I did like the somewhat-controversial twist at the end; it was a brillant addition to the plot.

Long story short, this flick is purely for Twihards who need to wrap up the series. Bella and Edward will live forever together. Fortunately for us, we don’t have to endure them and their band of wooden actors any more.

Sally Field and Daniel Day-Lewis: Possible Oscar winners again?


Usually we see a movie Thanksgiving morning, but this year we instead sweated out our Houston Texans’ overtime win against the Detroit Lions. Sweet! So the next day I dragged the Mister to see “Lincoln.” All I can say is “wow!” It’s definitely another Steven Spielberg masterpiece.

“Lincoln” is mostly about the struggle to pass the 13th amendment to abolish slavery by the U.S. House of Representatives. Earning probable Oscar nominations are Daniel Day-Lewis as not-so honest Abe, Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, and Tommy Lee Jones as crusty Thaddeus Stevens. All delivered masterful performances.

My warning to future “Lincoln” goers is to make sure you’re fully awake, because the droning music will do its best to put you to sleep. Caffeine is a must!

Vanellope and Ralph become friends in a Sugar Rush game.

“Wreck-It Ralph”

When your kids love video games, seeing “Wreck-It Ralph” is a natural. I figured that the boys and I would really like it (and we did), while the Mister wondered if the fine folks at the AMC Theater would frown upon him bringing his pillow (he did end up enjoying it, though). It’s hard to beat the eternally important message that it’s best to just be yourself.

James Bond and M are together again.


Before my older son returned to UTSA yesterday, we finished our moviethon (well, at least it was for me) by seeing the too-long, new James Bond movie. The guys are big fans of both the films and some of the video games. I usually tag along to see how hot the actor playing Bond is (Pierce Brosnan, yes; Daniel Craig, no!). Oh, and I enjoy criticizing the ridiculous though thrilling chase scenes and massive destruction.

“Skyfall” had plenty of action but not much sex for a change (the kid says it’s because Craig is ugly, so women aren’t attracted to him; could be the case, I suppose). Javier Bardem was an interesting villain, and the plot centering around him and his relationship with M (Judi Dench) wove an intriguing storyline.

But did the movie really need two hours and 25 minutes to tell the story? The editors needed to do a better job with “Skyfall.”

As for the best flick of the four I saw? Being a history buff, I’d have to give the nod to “Lincoln.” It was just right on the money!

A Unique Birthday Present

Eat pray love . . . get a life!

Yesterday was my 57th birthday, and one of the best/worst things I did was see “Eat Pray Love” with the Mister.

Sidebar: The boys were so lucky they were sleeping and were spared this insult of a movie. That was my gift to them!

Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) is about to leave David (James Franco) to fly to Italy.

Why was it a bad thing? Easy . . . it was a terrible flick. Just plain awful. Woeful premise, weak dialogue, so-so acting. I felt like walking out in the middle and asking for my money back (glad it was the early $5 show), but I was curious to see how it ended. I always had thought about reading the book by Elizabeth Gilbert, but the mixed reviews put me off.

Assuming that the memoir is like the movie, I won’t waste my valuable time perusing it.

So why was it a good thing to do on my birthday? Because it made me realize how different I am from Gilbert, and that really made me happy and content. Here’s a synopsis of the movie: A successful writer (Gilbert played by Julia Roberts) is unhappy in her marriage, not that she really discussed it with her husband (Billy Crudup). She leaves him and has a fling with a young actor (James Franco).

Javier Bardem and Julia Roberts on Bali

Of course, they’re miserable, because she’s a miserable person. She doesn’t think she requires a man to make her whole. So Gilbert has to fly off to Italy to eat, then go to India to pray, and finally land in Bali to find love. After all that talk about not needing a man to make her complete, guess what? She needed a man! Gag me!! Do not pass Go; do not collect $200.

In typical Hollywood style, Gilbert found it necessary to leave home and spend a lot of money to find enlightenment, spirituality, and a sense of self. I felt like smacking her with a reality 2 x 4 for most of the movie! You’re wasting your time trying to seek answers about yourself from others; you’d be better off trusting a fortune cookie (plus you’d save tons of money).

Sad Julia eats alone . . . she needs to read a book!

I usually really like Julia Roberts as an actress, but this wasn’t a good role for her. When she looks sad and unhappy, as she appeared for most of the flick, she’s so unattractive that it’s distracting. In fact, I felt sorry for her, because I don’t think she bought into the premise of the movie at all.

Like me, Julia’s a mom with kids she adores. She knows that you just need to look inside yourself to find yourself . . . it’s that easy and cheap. Need to meditate? Go for a walk or a bike ride and clear your mind. Need to eat Italian food? Head for the nearest Olive Garden. Need to feel fulfilled? Volunteer and help others. Pretty simple stuff. Gilbert would’ve gotten so much more of a sense of self if she had just stayed in New York City and given back to her community.

Sidebar: Italian restaurants should sponsor “Eat Pray Love.” The Mister and I, along with our #2 son, headed for a local Italian eatery for lunch. It wasn’t Rome, but it sure tasted good.

I will admit that the movie’s scenery of Italy was spectacular, and I loved the movie’s music. I also had to laugh when Liz Gilbert was in an ashram in India and couldn’t find her place in the Hindi prayer book. That used to happen to me all the time when I was learning Hebrew as an adult, and the rabbi and cantor would chant/sing too fast for me to keep up during Friday night services. I can totally relate to that feeling of frustration!

Otherwise, this movie is a waste of money. Unless you need a reminder about why you should be thankful for what life has given you.

This is all a mom really needs! (photo by the Mister)

As for me, happiness definitely can be found at home!