Monday, January 27, 2014

So Long, January - Weekend Windup

I don't know about you, but this was a weekend fit for staying in. Cold, snow, wind ... it was nasty. We didn't exactly stay in, but we saw lots of movies.

Friday I went to see Frozen. I enjoyed it a lot and at times I had to remind myself that it was an animated movie. I do have a couple observations, which may be minor spoilers so you can skip to Saturday if you don't want to read them. First, what's with the marriage proposals after knowing each other for one day? I almost thought I was watching Downton Abbey. And then, just what the hell constitutes an act of true love? Kristoff racing Anna back to the castle to get a kiss from someone else sure seemed like true love to me. And Olaf risked turning into a puddle to stay with her! "Some people are worth melting for." Regardless, I liked it.

Have you seen this version of "Let It Go" in 25 different languages? Pretty cool.

Saturday Aaron and I saw The Wolf of Wall Street. Leonardo and Jonah were really good and the movie is reminiscent of Goodfellas, minus the violence, add a whole lot of raunchy sex. I felt it was too long, though. That night we went to our wine and supper club, where the theme was Greek food and it was delicious!

Sunday after church we did a movie doubleheader with Colin and Amy. We saw 12 Years a Slave, which was so powerful, and I'm sorry JLaw and Julia, but Lupita Nyong'o was just outstanding and totally deserves the Oscar. Then we saw Her. I was skeptical about this and probably wouldn't have made a point to see it if it weren't nominated, but we were all pleasantly surprised. It's set in the not-too-distant future so the technology is cool but still relatable. [Why is spell-check questioning me on "relatable?" It's totally a word.] When the end credits rolled, Aaron said "THAT was Joaquin Phoenix?" Yep.

We were at the Gateway Film Center so after the movies we had a bite to eat at Liz Lessner's latest endeavor, The Torpedo Room. Pretty yummy (I had a chorizo quesadilla and I loved it), kinda pricey, but we had fun. [Apparently spell-check also doesn't like ethnic foods. Go home, spell-check.] Then we went home and watched most of the Grammys. Oddly, I don't have much to say about them. Loved the Beatles tributes. The mass wedding was cool but Madonna, what the hell? Loved Sara Bareilles with Carole King and Pink with Nate Ruess. Loved Beyonce's dress (what I saw of it) but hated her hair.

And finally, just to show you how bad this stupid weather is, here's one of the closings I saw on TV:


  1. I just snorted at the school closing! Freaking awesome. It's actually quite warm here today, a balmy 45!

    I too though The Wolf of Wall Street was long, and I was getting antsy at the two hour mark. But the chemistry bw Leo & Jonah was great. It reminded me of Boiler Room, with drugs and boobies. Next on our list is Her and 12 Years A Slave.

    We watched Silver Linings Playbook (I know, I'm a yaer behind) and I LOVED it and hated it at the same time. They left out SO much/changed so much (as they always do) from the book. But, saying that, I now think Bradley Cooper was robbed, and should have won the oscar in '13.

  2. Crazy movie weekend! I was pleasantly surprised by Her too. I still want to see Frozen and 12 Years A Slave!

  3. LOL! I totally snorted at the school closing too-- funny catch! ;)

    I LOVE Frozen and have been mildly obsessed with it ever since we saw it. It's a must-own for me!

  4. Good for you seeing all of those! I know I won't ever see 12 Years a Slave, but I will eventually see Her.

    TWOWS was definitely 45 minutes too long.

  5. All those movies. Do not like to sit through movies, love books better, so I am really glad to read your reviews. I could never see the slave movie- I could not even read The Help. I detest that all the slavery stuff happened.
    More so that such hatred and prejudice still exists in all of the world. We are all God's children, for heaven's sake.
    Now I want to read Silver Linings Playbook because of MJ's comment. I am late to that party, too. The Grammys- love Stevie Wonder and that Pharrell guy, Bruno Mars, Carole King, and even Radioactive- but not the robots. Very cool that the Grammys can be like a dance party. Nice touch with the mass weddings, too. Very unique.
    Our mild temps are dropping quickly. I am going to go on Twitter and start tweeting #badweatherwords
    and see if it trends. #temperaturesplunging #polaranything #bittercold.
    Thank Goddess, it's almost the end of January. Carpe Diem!
    Love, Steph's MOMMA

  6. this weather sucks! we got about 8-10 inches of snow from Thursday to today. and now we enter the freeze, with a high of 0 tomorrow. awesome.


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