Two Movie Reviews and Weekend Update

I had a very busy weekend…yesterday was the fullest day!  I did some things around the house in the morning, went to Myra’s for breakfast, went to Southern Jewelers to redeem the gift certificates I got in the Jewelry Raffle at the Gala (I picked out a really pretty tri-gold bracelet for myself), tried to go to the ARTober Fest at Depot Park, but couldn’t find a place to park so decided to try later, went to the movies to see “The Secret Life of Bees” (more on that in the Movie Review section), went back to Depot Park and wandered around the ARTober Fest for a little bit (more on that later), went to Walgreens to pick up a few things, picked up an Ultimate BLT sandwich from Arby’s, and came home to crash!  WHEW!  Today wasn’t as full, but I still did a lot – I met some friends at the Dairy Bar for breakfast, came home and lounged around watching TV, went to the matinee showing of “W” (more on that in the Movie Review section), tried to get a manicure/pedicure at “Queen Nails” in WalMart Plaza, but they were closed (it was 4:30 and the sign said they are open until 6:00 on Sundays…hhmm), had dinner at the Dairy Bar, and came back home!

ARTober Fest — I really enjoyed wandering down Carthage Street seeing all the stands!  We have some really talented artists in Sanford (no surprise, I several pieces of local art in my home).  I stopped at Amy Burns’ booth and talked to her for a little bit – and bought some toffee – YUM!  There were several other items I gave serious thought to getting, but the one that reached out and grabbed me was a set of Sanford Christmas Ornaments — 3 pieces — 1 of the Railroad House Museum, 1 of the Chamber bldg, and 1 of the old train at Depot Park — all made by Sanford artist Karen Walker (visit Karen’s web site).  Here is a picture I took of the ornaments (you can also see a much better shot of them on her web site):


As I mentioned, I saw two movies at Spring Lane Cinemas this weekend.  Here are my reviews:

The Secret Life of Bees” stars Queen Latifa, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, and Dakota Fanning.  It is set in 1960s South Carolina – right at the height of the Civil Rights Movement.  Dakota Fanning plays Lily, a 14 year old girl who runs away from an abusive father in search of information about the mother she accidentally shot and killed when she was 4 years old.  Her nanny, Jennifer Hudson, runs with her after she is severely beaten for attempting to register to vote under the newly enacted Civil Rights Amendment allowing coloreds to vote.  Their search takes them to a small town and a family of sisters (Queen Latifa, Alicia Keys, and Sophie Okonedo) who make a living by working with bees to make the best honey in the south.  The sisters take them in and allow them to stay in their “honey house” while they work off their keep.  The presence of a young white girl in a family of black women and the young man who works with them brings controversy and trouble.  Through it all, love and friendships blossom and Lily learns about her mother and the strength that the sisters pass on to her.  It is a warm and sometimes heart wrenching story that touched me deeply.  I am very glad I went to see this movie and give it a solid A+++!!!  I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys having their heart strings tugged!  The characters are strong and realistic – the actors are genuine and perfectly cast – the story is enjoyable, well told, and exquisitely filmed.  This is one to be bought for my library and watched again and again!

W.” stars Josh Brolin as George W. Bush and chronicles his story from wild college student to the President of the United States, ending at his decision to invade Iraq.  About the only good thing I can say about this movie is that the actors all do a fantastic job of imitating the real life characters they portray – all were spot on with characteristics, looks, and mannerisms – Brolin does an excellent job as G.W. Bush, as does Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush, Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush, James Cromwell as the elder G.H.W Bush, Thandie Newton as Condolezza Rice, Scott Glenn as Rumsfeld, Jeffrey Wright as Colin Powell, and Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Chaney.  But, my praise ends there….  The movie bounced around between time eras – it didn’t make it confusing – it was actually easy to follow, but it just didn’t flow well – they would have been better off doing it in chronological order.  Although not technically categorized as a comedy, the story has been billed through the promos and trailers as a comedic look at the situation, but I didn’t find it at all funny or entertaining!  In fact, I found it quite boring and came close to leaving a couple of times and not even bothering to finish watching it.  If it wasn’t for my commitment to not leave a movie before it ends – just in case it turns around – I would have left!  I should have paid attention to the ratings I read this morning — the critics are averaging a “B-” for their reviews, but the Yahoo Users are averaging a “C” and many of them mirror my thoughts!  My rating:  C- and the only thing that keeps it from a D or less are the amazing impersonations by all the actors!  My recommendation to those considering this movie — don’t bother — if you watched any news over the past 8 years, you already know everything the movie will tell you – no new revelations or deeper insight to be found here – and the news reports were actually more interesting!!! 

2 Comments on “Two Movie Reviews and Weekend Update

  1. I am so glad to hear your review of The Secret Life of Bees… that is one of my favorite books, and I was so afraid that the movie wouldn’t do it justice. I can’t wait to see it!

    I am glad you had a good weekend! Enjoy your first full week in your brand new office!

  2. I didn’t read the book, so I can’t say if it does the book justice. But, I thought it was absolutely wonderful – I hope it doesn’t disappoint those who read the book! I’m thinking of getting the book to read to see what details were left out of the movie!

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