Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Two "Books to Film" Movies
Sarah's Key and The Help were both very popular books in women's book clubs last year. I read The Help and I wish I hadn't. I didn't read Sarah's Key and I wish I had.
They were both quickly snatched up for films for the same audience that loved the books. Both had plots that were about difficult times in history as portrayed by journalists.
The Help takes place in the 1950's in Jackson Mississippi. Skeeter, an aspiring journalist interviews black maids about their relationship with their white housewife employers. This film and book has been very controversial. Loved by those who loved the book. Criticized by the literati like the New Yorker and the New York TImes as well as many black women. IMO I couldn't decide if it wanted to be a serious story about race in the south or a feel good chic flick. Some very good dramatic scenes were followed by laugh lines. My gut told me that it was more Hysterical than Historical. The best thing for me about this movie was the appearances of Cicely Tyson and Sissy Spacek. My favorite character was Celia, poor white trash played by an actress new to me, Jessica Chastain. Several good performances but her stood out.
Sarah's Key tells the story of the French rounding up Jews in 1942 holding them in terrible conditions and sending them the to the death camps. Sarah attempts to protect her younger brother by locking him in a closet and the rest of the film portrays what happens to Sarah. Her story in unearthed by a journalist (Kristen Scott Thomas) who finds out her in-laws lived in the apartment that Sarah and her family had resided. Adian Quinn does an excellent of playing Sarah's son whom the journalist meets late in her search for the true story.
Unlike The Help, this movie felt real to me and that the author had carefully researched the subject for her novel.
Monday, August 22, 2011
As the markets falter the price of gold and silver are rising. Many of us senior citizens have grandma's silver put away unused and unwanted by our children. Entertaining is not as formal as it was in our mothers and grandmothers generation. Some of us don't even entertain anymore. When we do we go out. When we moved here in 1988 we couldn't give away the silver. It didn't sell at estate sales or antique stores. The cost was $5.05 an ounce. In 2004 it was $6.80. In 2010 it was $18.00. In 2011 it has steadily gone up and today sold at $43.80 per ounce.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Two movies - One excellent and one awful.
"Poetry" - a film from South Korean, recently getting a good reputation for quality films.
This is the second S. Korean film that I have seen. And they had a lot in common.
"Mother" and "Poetry" both star older female actors. In "Mother", a mother tries to prove that her retarded son is not guilty of a tragic murder/accident. In "Poetry" a Grandmother tries to sort out a tragedy in the community in which her grandson has been accused of being involved. I liked both very much. Probably "Poetry" the better.
"Mother" on DVD now and "Poetry" was at the Loft should be on DVD soon. I recommend
I really enjoyed Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris". After seeing it I put "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" at the top of my rental list. What a bad movie. And a waste of a great cast. Click on the poster to see whose talent was wasted on this nauseating script. IMO the actors over acted as if trying to make the script palatable. Don't bother.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
A deep red hollyhock
Sunday, August 14, 2011
I remember the first time I saw hummingbirds in a feeding frenzy right before a storm hit.
Friday, August 12, 2011
August - midday - hot and humid
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The common name of this plant is the Century Plant. It originated in Mexico but now has been introduced to desert areas all over the world. It lives between 10 and 30 years - not 100. It probably got this name because it is a semelparous plant. Meaning that once it blossoms, it dies. The agave plant itself is a rosette with gray green leaves that come to a very sharp point.