I haven't been writing because I haven't had much to say. Things have been the same. I'm crashed. It has been two months now. Mum came for a visit because hubs flew to Portland OR for training and I needed help around the house. She read books while I slept. We managed to go out a few times but mostly we watched movies. So here is my movie list (BTW, I'm writing this while watching the Oscars so this is very apropos):
USFSA US National Figure Skating Championship 1961
The Sport Spectacular show that featured the winners of the 1961 nationals competition. This is complete with the old commercials (picture figure skaters smoking L&M cigarettes). I loved watching this. My figure skating coach was taught by Maribel Vinson Owen, a famous figure skater in her day. This competition documented one of her daughters winning gold in pairs and her second daughter winning gold in women's singles. It is great seeing the old competition. The old styles of skating. Watching this taught me how far the sport has come just in my lifetime. Pretty amazing.
A figure skating show in Blackpool UK. This is more like a Las Vegas show than the Disney style shows done here in the US. Some of the music was terrible but it was lots of fun watching the skating. They even had two acrobats in the show who did amazing work. We didn't recognize any of the skaters names. They are all from overseas.
A fun little movie about a girl that chases her boyfriend over to Ireland so that she can propose to him on Leap Day. Of course things go horribly awry and she ends up falling for her driver instead. Nothing earth shattering here but a fun movie.
Love and Other Drugs
I can't decide about this one. It isn't a great movie. Too much gratuitous nudity and too many gratuitous sex scenes in it for this prudy movie viewer. The story line follows a pickup artist that rips through girl friends who happens to meet a gorgeous woman who happens to have early onset Parkinson's. They have lots of meaningless sex (hence all the nudity) until they fall for each other. Of course dealing with the illness now gets thrown into the mix and stuff gets weird. Because I'm chronically ill and watched as my 20 year marriage came to the brink of disaster due to my own illness, I find the couple's dealing with the illness almost trite and perfunctory. They touched a little bit on the ugliness of chronic illness but it was brief. Of course you also had the woman trying to toss the guy out to save him from dealing with this. I was never this noble. I'm not sure how many people would be. I guess my suggestion is if you don't mind a lot of nudity/sex then this is a good time waster. For this type of story line I much prefer No Strings Attached. Less nudity same idea, friend with benefits who fall in love. A much lighter movie.
We had both seen this before but neither of us could remember it. Seeing it a second time was just as delightful as the first. Good story, good acting, some comedy, some romance. Tons of fun. I will more than likely watch it again.
The Devil Wears Prada
Same with this movie, we've both seen it and neither of us could remember much of it. Streep is just amazing. We both enjoyed watching this again. BTW, Streep just won best actress for The Iron Lady. She is such a joy to watch in any movie.
We saw one more movie and of course I can't for the life of me remember what it was.
Movies I want to see:
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Adventures of Tin Tin
all the Harry Potter Movies (I've missed the last few and can't remember the story line from the earlier ones)
Midnight in Paris
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
My Week with Marilyn
the new Mission Impossible movie