I saw Vantage Point today and really liked it!!! I was surprised to discover that one of the criticisms I had for Atonement was just what made this movie appealing to me!! I am talking about the way they showed a scene and then showed the same scene again from a different start point! The difference was that in Atonement, it made it confusing and didn’t seem to add any value to the movie. In Vantage Point, it was done extremely well and was the entire point of the movie — to show how the same event is viewed from several different people’s perspectives! Even though I was watching the same scene over and over again and obviously knew what was coming, I was still riveted to the screen and tense with anticipation! Each time the scene was shown from someone else’s vantage point, it revealed a little more information to paint a bigger picture of what was happening. They pulled it all together beautifully in the end, too…….very good!!
The actors were perfect choices for the characters! Forrest Whitaker was great, as usual – he was successful in making me believe that he was really in the midst of this horrific event by expressing all the emotions I would imagine going through! Poor William Hurt had to be shot over and over and over again, but he also conveyed emotions that were believable. I adore Dennis Quaid and he didn’t disappoint me in this movie — his character was center most in the story and I immediately connected with him.
I really enjoyed this movie — it held my interest through the entire film and I found myself caring for the characters (and hating the ones that were portraying not so nice people).
Will this get added to my video/DVD collection? It just might!
Was I sorry I spent the money on it? Definitely not – I’m glad I chose this one!
Did I enjoy it? Absolutely!!!
Rating – Two thumbs up or an A
What a GREAT day it is today!!! Warm…..Sunny…..Breezy…..Gorgeous Sky…..Perfect!!!!! I decided to take my camera with me and capture some shots of this fabulous day!!!
My first stop was at the movies — not many people chose to be cooped up inside for the early bird matinee! I did, though! I saw the 10:10 AM showing of Vantage Point (I’ll write a review in another post). Take a gander at that fabulous sky!!!
As I drove around town, I noticed TONS of signs that Spring just might have sprung!!! Several yards along Spring Lane and other streets have Daffodils popping up! Here is a shot of a large bed of beautiful Daffodils on the corner of the US 1 on ramp and Horner Blvd. How pretty!! I love Daffodils, Crocus, and Tulips – they scream “new beginnings” and “fresh starts”!!!!
The Temple Theater has a new show starting this coming Thursday (the 6th) – it is a one man show – Mark Twain On Stage!!! It is a limited engagement — only showing until the 16th — so get your tickets quickly! I can’t wait to see it — I saw Hal Holbrook’s version of it many years ago and it was fantastic!! I’m sure this will be well worth the time and $$, as well.
“I’ve been working on the railroad, all the live long day. I’ve been working on the railroad, just to pass the time away.” They sure are doing a lot on the tracks between Chatham Street and Depot Park – new stone, new ties! I hope they are also planning to fix the tracks that cross the streets and make them less bumpy!
Speaking of Chatham Street — there has been a lot of activity going on in those empty buildings beside Renalds lately! Looks like they are well on their way to being beautifully renovated buildings – can’t wait to find out what will go in there!!!
One last great picture to show what a breathtaking day it is!!! The sky over Depot Park is so vivid and the flag is flapping in the breeze — what a shot!!!
I had the pleasure of watching another one of my all time favorite movies on TV tonight – flipping channels, I found Hope Floats! This movie is a pure joy to watch again and again and again!!! I have a copy in my collection and watch it when I think of it and I still choose it over almost anything else when I come across it on TV!
Hope Floats stars Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr. It is about a woman who finds out her husband has been cheating on her with her best friend and the worst part is that she finds out on one of those Jerry Springer type shows on national TV and with their young daughter in the audience to witness it all!!!! She packs up and moves back to her home town to stay with her mother. She goes through all the phases of grief, runs into old friends that she finds she no longer has anything in common with, discovers new friendships with old classmates that she wasn’t close to in school, loses her mother, and comes to terms with herself, her life, and her future – and falls in love. It is an amazing story! It’s funny, touching, and heart wrenching! I love this movie and highly recommend it!!!
My favorite line sums up life and are good words to live by — it is right at the end of the movie when Sandra Bullock’s character is giving advice to her precocious daughter who doesn’t think being a child is all that great:
“Beginnings are scary. Endings are usually sad. It’s what’s in the middle that counts. You gotta give hope a chance to float up. And it usually does!”
I got in to work this morning and decided to eat a Rice Crispy Treat Square — yum — it was really good!!!! I bit down onto the last bite and bit into something really hard that crunched between my teeth! I thought “OMG – what in the world was in that RCT????” I spit it out and discovered that my temporary crown popped off and I bit down on it and it crumbled!!!!
I called Dr. Wooddell’s office and told the receptionist what happened and she said “OK – can you come in at 8:00 tomorrow morning?” Apparently, this happens a lot! ha-ha
It doesn’t hurt — it’s a little heat and cold sensitive, but no pain, so I’m good until I can get them to make a new one and put it on!!! I can’t wait until I get the permanent one in a few weeks – then I won’t need to be as careful!!!