Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

So, here we are...another new year has begun. I have accomplished much on my goal of decrapifying my house. You can look at the totals on the right under Decrapification Challenge 2009 Results. Not too bad...

I will, however, not rest on my laurels. There is more to be done. We are currently working on my bedroom closet, and I will post pictures in the next day or so. I meant to take an after picture of my side of the closet today, but now, it's too dark and it won't come out well.

So, decrapification will continue into 2010. And to maintain the fruits of my hard work, I think I will go back to following routines ala a cyber-friend to many, the Flylady.

In keeping with my new life of organization, I offer you some movie reviews of recently watched DVDs:

In Four Christmases, Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon play a couple who do anything in order to avoid spending Christmas with their families. When all flights are cancelled while they are hoping to take off on their latest adventure and they are interviewed on camera at the airport, the couple have no choice but to spend the day with their families. Sissy Spacek, Robert Duvall, Mary Steenburgen, Jon Voight, Dwight Yoakam and Tim McGraw, along with many others, also appear in this funny, yet sophomoric flick. It “did” in a pinch.

A Christmas Tale, in French with English subtitles, stars Catherine Deneuve as the matriarch of a fractured family and the tragic circumstances that brings them together around Christmas time. It was pretty good.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is the second film in the Chronicles of Narnia series. A year after the Pevensie children were last in Narnia, they return to the magical land and soon discover that it is 1300 hundred years later. Prince Caspian, with the help of the Narnians, has to fight for his rightful throne against a tyrannical ruler – his own uncle. It was very good, but then, I really like the Chronicles of Narnia books.

My One and Only, starring Renee Zellweger, Kevin Bacon and Chris Noth, is loosely based on the early life of actor George Hamilton. Zellweger plays his mother, who catches her husband cheating on her, packs up her boys and sets out to find them a suitable father who will take care of the three of them. It was entertaining.

Run, Fat Boy, Run is a cute little movie about a man who, about a year after he leaves his fiancé standing at the alter, discovers that she is the only one for him and tries to win her back. He enters a race to prove his love for her. I liked it.

In Paper Heart, Charlyne Yi – who is a comedienne in real life and who wrote the script, stars as herself filming a documentary in which she tries to discover if love really exists. Her real-life boyfriend, Michael Cera, plays her love interest. It was quirky.

District 9 is a science fiction thriller about a group of extraterrestrials that came to our planet and have been sequestered and treated as refugees for the past twenty-eight years. For the most part, they have not caused any harm, while the world governments have been trying to figure out what to do with them. As local people have grown increasingly fed up with the slum in their backyard, a private company with a private agenda sets out to keep the aliens under control. It was definitely different, but pretty good.

(500) Days of Summer stars Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as two people who start a relationship. Summer (Deschanel) doesn’t believe in love, but Tom (Gordon-Levitt) soon falls in love with her and does everything he can to convince her that love is real. It was good.

I admit it, I am a Trekkie. I do not go to the conventions or memorize the specifications of all the Star Fleet vessels. I did sew Star Trek uniforms for Jim and me one year for Halloween, but I have never learned how to speak Klingon…but I love Star Trek. So, of course I had to see the new movie, Star Trek, with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Winona Ryder, Leonard Nimoy and many more. It told the story about how the young James T Kirk came to be the captain of the USS Enterprise. I thought it was really good.

Movies seen in theaters coming soon.

MK out.

1 comment:

IslandPearl said...

Loved 500 Days.

Saw 4 Christmases on a flight recently -- hated the characters. I just loathe the whole self centered genX thing. Took a lot of the fun out of the movie for me, but I did get enough laughs from the installing-the-satellite-dish sequence to make it worthwhile