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Movie Monday 5/17

Posted May 17 2010 4:48pm
Just got home - busy afternoon and evening!  Ken is off on a business trip, and the boys and I all got much-needed haircuts tonight, then grabbed some dinner out.  Time for sweats and TV!

I've been feeling much better the past few days (aside from a 24-hour allergy attack Saturday after a windy morning on the soccer field).  I'm finally getting caught up on stuff that's been piling up for months....just in time, because I was really feeling at the breaking point last week.  More on that later this week.  For now...

It's Movie Monday!  After two busy weekends, it was nice to have a quiet weekend to ourselves.  Well, not all that quiet, with soccer games and two birthday parties for the boys, but Ken and I got to watch movies Friday and Saturday, so that was nice
  • Friday we watched one of my all-time favorite movies, Parenthood.  Ken and the boys got me the DVD for Mother's Day.  It's been years since I've seen it, but I still love it!  It's a hilarious and heartwarming movie about family, starring Steve Martin, Dianne West, Mary Steenburgen, and a very young Keanu Reeves.  It's directed by Ron Howard and, even after all these years, it still makes me laugh out loud and cry (happy tears, not sad!)  The new NBC TV show (also directed by Ron Howard) based on the movie is also great - they've captured that same mix of humor and drama.  It's on past my bedtime, but I've been watching it online while I eat lunch, and I'm totally hooked.
  • Saturday we watched The Informant, a release from last year starring Matt Damon, as Mark Whitacre, the highest-ranking corporate whistle-blower in US history.  The movie is based on a true story, and Matt Damon is great in the leading role as the cheerful, babbling Whitacre.  He goes to the FBI to report on price fixing in the food additive industry, confident that he will emerge as a hero.  Reluctant at first, he ends up really enjoying his role as secret agent, taping conversations with his boss and co-workers and amassing evidence for the FBI's case.  The movie is very funny at times but also increasingly confusing, as things begin to unravel for Whitacre.  We both enjoyed the movie.
Have you seen any good movies lately?
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