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Movie Monday 4/8 (on Tuesday)

Posted Apr 09 2013 6:54pm
I really tried to get to this post yesterday, but severe allergies have me down this week. We went from snow 2 weeks ago and temperatures in the 20's one morning last week to highs in the 80's today! The pollen is going crazy and so are my allergies. Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day.

We did enjoy a couple of movies last week

Friday night, I chose a movie I thought Craig would like (poor boy is stuck at home alone with his parents now that his brother is off at college!), so we watched Skyfall, the latest James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig. In the first 5 minutes of the movie, there is a car chase, a motorcycle chase, a shoot-out, and a fist fight on top of a moving train...and that is before the opening credits. This one starts with a bang! My husband and son love all the action. I could take it or leave it, but the intriguing plot pulled me in pretty quickly. This time, it seems that some unknown villain is targeting MI6 itself, and Bond must work together with M to find out who it is and stop him. We all enjoyed the movie, and I especially liked that we got a bit of backstory from Bond's childhood in this one.

Saturday night, with Craig at a bonfire party, then sleeping at a friend's house, Ken and I had a rare night to ourselves! We had a lovely dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant where we ran into two sets of old friends, then came home to watch The Sessions, in which Helen Hunt plays a sex surrogate hired to help a 38-year old polio victim (and virgin) who lives much of his life in an iron lung. At first glance, you might think this movie is just a bit of tawdry fluff, but it is warm and heartfelt, as evidenced by its many awards at film festivals. The R-rating warns of, among other things, frank talk (I just found that funny), and there is plenty of that and nudity, too. But this is no cheap sex movie. Nor is it maudlin or depressing, despite the main character's dire circumstances. It is based on a true story and is full of emotional depth; it is funny and sweet and honest. It is a bit sad at times, too, but I found its tone mostly positive and hopeful, an encouraging perspective on what you can accomplish, no matter how severe your physical limitations.

Have you seen any good movies lately?
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