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Movie Monday 8/20

Posted Aug 20 2012 7:10pm
Sorry I missed Movie Monday - and everything else! - last week.  One more week of insanely crazy busy and then hopefully things will slow down to just normal crazy busy.

We spent a nice weekend with my family.  I was able to relax completely on Saturday and enjoy my family's company, especially my wonderful niece and nephew and little cousins.  But I woke up at 6 am Sunday morning, with the to-do list spinning around in my head again! 

Anyway, movies.  Here are the movies we enjoyed the past two weeks
  • Last weekend, with Jamie and Craig both occupied with friends, Ken and I watched Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.  Yes, it is a bizarre title, but it's a good movie, better than the average romantic comedy.  Emily Blunt stars as Harriet, a British consultant who manages the affairs of a wealthy Middle-eastern Arab named Sheikh whose latest project is to bring salmon fishing to the Yemen River in the desert region where he lives.  The British government is behind this crazy-sounding plan in order to create a good PR opportunity in the Mideast and assigns Fred, an expert from the national Fisheries department played by Ewan McGregor, to help Harriet.  What follows is funny and sweet but also has some emotional depth.  We both enjoyed it.
  • The next night, we watched Chronicle with the kids, a movie Jamie has wanted to see for a long time.  It was completely original, a sort of sci fi fantasy type movie.  It features three high school boys who discover a strange spot in the woods that gives them mysterious powers.  It is mostly shot as if with a handheld camera (one of the boys brings his video camera everywhere with him).  As time goes on, their powers grow.  At first, it's all fun, but then things get serious...and then it all starts to go awry.  It was fast-paced and suspenseful, though quite dark.
  • Last night, after arriving back home from our weekend, we watched Men in Black.  We had all seen it before but enjoyed the funny, action-packed movie again.  Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are both great in it!
Have you seen any good movies lately?
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