Category Archives: Movies

Nebraska the movie

Last evening, Max and I went over to my mom’s to watch the movie Nebraska.

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I thought the movie was wonderful.  It starts out in Butte, Montana and ends up in Nebraska.  The movie is shot in black and white.  Any other place in the country, I would have mourned the lack of vibrant color.  But black and white really works for this movie.  Lack of color somehow makes the characters more believable, like any of them could be your next door neighbor.  The scenery of the prairie along with the various salt-box homes, barns and sheds, small towns, all seem to be enhanced by the removal of color.

The story is a little more difficult to talk about.  Bruce Dern is masterful playing the main character.  Not very likeable, his wife also, but I found myself having more sympathy as the story unfolds, for both of them.  Will Forte was a very happy surprise in this movie.  I  have just seen him in Saturday Night Live as a sketch comedian.  So to my surprise, he was incredible as the son who sometimes loses his patience but always tries to do the right thing.  The story is bittersweet.  Not a feel-good movie, but not a total downer either.  Just a quiet movie with bits of humor, bits of sadness, and a perfect ending once you get to know the characters.  So I am giving this movie a thumbs up. 🙂

 

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Nora Ephron

Just Saturday, LL and I watched for I don’t know how many times, When Harry Met Sally.  The quick and quirkiness of the writing makes it one of our favorites.  Nora Ephron wrote it.  Another one of our favorites, (yes, even LL’s) is You’ve Got Mail.  So Saturday, while watching the movie, I told LL how much I love Nora Ephron’s work.  (Books and Movies).  I had never in my life, talked to anyone about Nora Ephron or my admiration for her.  Strange coincidence.  I always enjoyed watching interviews with her.  She was kind, but brutally honest.  The most frequent target of her honesty was herself.  Always pointing out the flaws in personality and looks.  Flaws that would be inspiration for her books and screen plays.  Flaws that made her quick-witted and quirky.  I would always d.v.r. a show if I knew Nora Ephron would be interviewed.  She understood women.  She understood our feelings on love, parenthood and heartbreak.  And she made us see the humor in it all.  I will miss Nora Ephron’s writing.  Luckily, we have a wealth of work to come back to.  Rest in peace, Nora Ephron

Here are a few Nora quotes…..

As far as the men who are running for president are concerned, they aren’t even people I would date

Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.

My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have the potential to be comic stories the next.

My mother was a good recreational cook, but what she basically believed about cooking was that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you.

When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

Marriage comes and goes, but divorce is forever.

With any child entering adolescence, one hunts for signs of health, is desperate for the smallest indication that the child’s problems will never be important enough for a television movie.

The Way

Months ago, I wanted to go to the theater to see the movie The Way.  It takes place in Europe and looked like a film that would be gorgeous on the big screen.  I did not make it.  But it is out on dvd now, so yesterday, LL and I watched it.

What a beautiful film.  The scenery and architecure are captured in spectacular fashion.  The movie is written and directed by Emilio Estevez.  He is also in the movie with a small but important role.  The star of the movie is Estevez’s real life father Martin Sheen.  My favorite president.  President?  Yes, he stars in one of my favorite of all time shows The West Wing as Jeb Bartlett.  Kane and I loved this show so much and we still call Jeb Bartlett the best president this country has ever had. LOL
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If you are tired or antsy, it would not be a good time to watch this movie.  The movie takes its time.  Slow but not boring.  Sheen is at his best and although I have always liked Emilio’s acting, it is obvious to me his real talent is in directing.

Coming To A Theater Near You

I think I have been to a theater maybe twice in the last year.  I went to Portland to see the documentary “I Am” and recently, I went to see the movie “The Help”.

I love watching movies and I use to love going to the theater, but it takes a bit of effort to time my digestion so that I wont have any “issues”.  This means if I am going to make the effort, I must really want to see the movie.  That is how I feel about the movie The way starring Martin Sheen.  It is in Portland right now at one theater.  Only two showing a day and the times are not right for me.  But next weekend, this movie opens up at Salem Cinema.  I will be out-of-town all weekend and the next weekend, but I hope that in-between on a week night, LL and I might be able to take in this film.  This is one that I want to see on the big screen.  I am sure the scenery will be beautiful.  So wish me luck.  Oh and if you see it before I do……come back here and comment and let me know what you think.