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    February 26, 2013

    Reads & Recommends, Movie Edition

    I've seen a few good ones lately. 

    My sister and I borrowed our other sister's copy of Pitch Perfect and watched it at my house - wait. There is something I maybe haven't shared with you. I don't really like watching movies at home. I want to watch them in a big dark movie theater with a massive sound system on a ginormous screen, even if it's the simplest quietest movie. If I'm home I'd rather watch a TV show, and I'd rather be playing an iPad game and reading Twitter at the same time. I don't know. I have a short attention span at home, I get bored fast, I fall asleep. Movies are so much LESS at home (and I HATE seeing them twice). That said I love sitting in movie theaters almost as much as I love movies, so I will pretty much go see (and enjoy) almost anything. But anyway. Pitch Perfect. LOVE IT. It's silly and crass and ridiculous and AWESOME. My new favorite thing is telling people they have fat hearts. (IT'S A COMPLIMENT.) Anna Kendrick has never been my favorite (and I can't STAND Anna Camp) but they are determined to make me like them. Determined! 

    Then Phillip and I went to see Silver Linings Playbook last weekend and seriously, is there a worse movie title? Don't answer that. The first couple of times (or twenty times) I saw the preview for this movie I didn't think much of it. I thought it looked too ISSUEY (you know?) and the age difference between J Law and the Hangover Dude really bugged me. But I like to see some if not ALL Oscar-nominated movies (at least the ones that are not Quentin Tarantino movies) so we went and OHHHHHHH. I haven't liked a movie so much in a very long time. I mean, I thought Pitch Perfect was a blast, but Silver Linings Playbook was like a very very good and engrossing and thought-provoking novel, where you loved all the characters and wanted the best for them and your faith in humanity swelled. I would see it again, I would even watch it at home. I was crazy impressed by every single actor in this movie EVEN CHRIS TUCKER. Love love love. LOOOOVE.

    We have cable now - did I tell you that? We used to have cable, then we got rid of it, then our antenna was acting up during a Very Important Seahawks Game and Phillip Cheung was all THAT'S IT WE ARE GETTING CABLE AGAIN. Except it's Dish, because cable doesn't work on my street. Long story. (I LIVE IN THE WOODS. SORT OF. IN SEATTLE. ISH. SHUT UP.) So yeah, we have cable now, and one thing we like to do is scroll through the endless pointless channels to see how many times Bridesmaids is playing this week. I mean, we like to see if there are any movies we want to record. So even though I don't like to watch movies at home (SEE ABOVE) I had really really really really wanted to see An Education when it was out a few years ago and missed it. But it was playing the other night. So I recorded it. And I watched the first half with Phillip and the second half today at naptime. AAAAAND. I cannot decide! Part of me loved it. I think that part of me is in my early 20s, loves things set in the early 60s, ADORES Carey Mulligan and coming of age stories, and relates to the Girl Who Wants To See The World. The other part of me is in my 30s and old and married and long over her women's studies classes and thought everyone in it was being stupid and selfish and careless and BIG HUGE EYE ROLL. Age Twenty Me loved the dresses and hair and Paris scenes best, Age Thirty Me loved the dad character development. Both of the Mes thought Carey Mulligan was great. Possibly both of the Mes want to BE Carey Mulligan.

    And now I am watching Take This Waltz with Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen because it was free on Amazon Prime and I like to watch Free On Amazon Prime things while I am suffering through my nineteen-minute miles on the treadmill. I've been trudging through every season of the West Wing but I was getting a little bored with that and I love Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen. I haven't finished it yet, but it's... well, the circumstances feel forced to me? A young married chick (Michelle) just HAPPENS to live across the street from a charming dude she meets on an airplane, except oops, MARRIED (to Seth) and DRAMA. So that part is, you know, whatever. But the interactions? Those feel VERY REAL and some of those very simple quiet scenes are UNNERVING. Anyway. Has anyone seen it? Trivia note: it's written and directed by Sarah Polley, who I'm supposed to think of as a Hip Young Emerging Canadian Filmmaker, but who I actually think of as The Girl Who Won The Role Of Ramona Quimby Way Back When They Were Making A TV Series About Ramona Quimby. 

    Movies I would really like to see, but probably won't: Amour, the parts of Zero Dark Thirty that aren't depicting torture

    Movies in which I have absolutely no interest: Les Mis, Django Unchained, Life of Pi

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    Yes, re: Silver Linings Playbook. Great movie. Terrible title. Also, when you wrote J Law I thought what? Jude Law wasn't in that. (It took me an embarrassing amount of time to figure it out.)

    FWIW, my mother went to Zero Dark Thirty and loved it - which shocked me because she definitely is not someone who would love movies that depict torture, etc. She said it was definitely not what she feared might be depicted. If that makes sense. I still haven't seen Pitch Perfect and my niece is in it (her college group is one of the other groups or something like that. Not a speaking role or anything but I have got to see it because a) I want to anyway, and b) my NIECE is in the movie!).

    Maggie, I also loved Silver Linings! I really recommend The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In my opinion, it's in the same vein as SLP- quirky but endearing.

    I loved Silver Linings Playbook. I actually went to a theater by myself to see which I have never done, but I wanted to see it that badly. I didn't think I would like Bradley Cooper but I loved him. Then I saw him on the red carpet for the Oscars and was so surprised that I am still slightly revolted by the greasy hair look I thought after SLP I would think he was handsome but not so much.

    I loved, loved, loved Silver Linings Playbook. The part where they get their score for the dance just about made my heart burst. (Also, I may have a major crush on Bradley Cooper.)
    And Pitch Perfect made me so very happy. Like I couldn't stop smiling.
    We saw Argo this weekend and I really, really enjoyed it. It was so engrossing and so edge of my seat even though I know how it turns out.

    Planning to watch Pitch Perfect this weekend while my husband is out of town. Not interested in Les Mis or Zero Dark 30 either. I just started treadmill last week and have been watching West Wing too! I loved that series. Maybe I should try a movie and stay on longer than 43 minutes.

    Thanks for the rec! I've been meaning to see Silver Linings Playbook and now you've reminded me. Also: I thought "Take this Waltz" SUCKED because if Seth Rogan and Sarah Silverman are in something it should be FUNNY and it SO WASN'T. And ditto on Sarah Polley:).

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