Category Archives: Reviews

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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The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl  Tomorrow night, PBS is broadcasting the premiere of Ken Burns newest documentary.  The dust bowl.  I became aware of this a few weeks ago from my mother.  She is a child of this time in history, and my dad actually lived through it as he was from Kansas.

History is a beautiful thing.  We can’t predict the future, but we can learn from the past.  I am very excited to watch this and hope LL and I go to my mom’s to watch it with her.  I like watching historical movies and shows with her when they take place in a time she has lived.  She is a smart woman with a good memory, so I can learn further details from her and hopefully she can remind me of the stories my dad told.

Speaking of my dad.  Today is the anniversary of his passing.  9 years ago.  It is always a hard day for my mom, my siblings, and me.  Miss him. 😦

Politics, Religion, Split

This is a documentary I really want to see.  Split http://www.splitdoc.com/index.html.  I don’t talk about politics and social issues much on this blog.  Here is a reminder of my point of view.

I used to love talking politics.  Arguing, getting in the last word, etc.  Not so anymore.  When hearing or reading someones opinion that differs from mine.  I usually will just move on.  Unless it has crazy talk that brings in lies peppered with racism, misogynistic, etc.  I won’t let those issues slide. 🙂  But after my cancer battle, I find I don’t really give a hoot about someone else’s opinion on politics, religion, social issues.  Life IS too short to be in constant turmoil over whether you have a D or R in front of your name.  Or if you go to the right church, or any church.

I find the hatred from the extreme left and right disgusting.  Oh the issues are important and the divides very real.  But the demonizing of the “other” has left me very apathetic about politics and religion in general.  Don’t get me wrong.  I have my opinions and make no apology for them.  I am a left leaning moderate.  I am conservative on some social issues, and liberal on other social issues.  I believe in having the most free country as possible, but believe our government should have oversight when it come to health and safety for the citizens.  I am a Christian, but believe that my Christianity should not be put into question depending on what political party I belong to.

So when I heard about this documentary, which by many accounts seems to have a fair balance of participants.  Far lefts, far rights, fair lefts, and fair rights, and a good splash of moderates, all talking about their opinion on not so much the issues, but on the divide itself.  Well I am all about that.  So I hope to have the opportunity to see this documentary.  Check out the trailer yourself.

Reviews all around

On the radio the other day, I listened to an interview from a director of a new documentary.  His name is Kevin Miller and his movie is Hell Bound  http://www.hellboundthemovie.com/ I love documentaries that make me think long and hard about my beliefs.  Not necessarily try to change my beliefs, but make me examine why I believe a certain way.  I think this is such a movie.  It takes a look at hell.  Compares the traditionalist view with the universalist view.  I hope this movie comes somewhere local.  If it does, I will let you know, if not, when it comes out on DVD, I will watch it and tell you what I think.

The new season of shows on t.v. are starting up.  I was hoping to find a new one to love and review/recommend to you.  But no such luck…..well, maybe one.  I did watched Nashville which is getting rave reviews.  Not so much love for me.  I will watch a couple more episodes to see if I was just in a mood when watching the premiere, but I am a little tired of the rivalry of the newcomer vs. the tired older star, scenario.  It has been done so many times that I really have no patience for a show that just recycles the same Ole, same old.  There is one show that I have been watching and enjoying.  It is Revolution. http://www.nbc.com/revolution/   I missed the first two episodes, but LL watched them and liked the show, so I have now watched maybe three of them and find this series something new, and interesting.  Kind of a combo of Mad Max/Lost.

Now, for a bit of strange review.  I love the store World Market.  http://www.worldmarket.com/?version=2  Some items can be spendy.  Some things are very affordable.  But almost everything is interesting.  The furniture, art, gadgets, food, wine, pottery, etc.  It is a great place to go, just to browse around.  But I will guarantee you that you will be purchasing something from the store.  Kris and I had fun looking around there last Saturday.  I think I will be doing much of my Christmas Stocking Stuffers shopping there this year.  Saw lots of idea’s for Bailey and Lisa there.