Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tuesday May 3, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

What the Beck???

Happy Birthday Lindsay!!!

Big Grocery Shopping

Since I have been trying to eat the food in my freezer, 
I had to make a monster grocery shopping trip to make 
about five to six recipes for the upcoming blogs. 
Stay tuned for new Pioneer Woman recipes coming soon.

The Mandevillas are Here!!!!

 I was happy to be able to buy both
red and bright pink.  
I bought four pink and two red.

My dining room will be their home
until the overnight temperature
stays above 55 degrees.

Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies

I did a 2015 Movie Marathon this week.  I watched all of the nominated movies for that year . Whew!  It was a wonderful movie week. Thank God for XFinity movie rentals.

starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liv             Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian Darcy, Stanley Tucci
plot – This movie showed the scandal discovered by the              Boston Globe newspaper of the sexual misconduct by          80 Catholic priests in Boston.
I had heard of the scandal, but didn’t know the enormous scope of the problem. Great acting. This one won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers.
plot – A young woman is abducted and kept in a shed       for 7+ years. She is raped by her captor and has a        son. The story shows of their life in the shed and        their adjustment when they escape.
This was a great movie. Most of the movie is of the Ma and her son. This was a heart-wrenching story, and I was amazed and applaud the acting of Brie and the young boy, Jacob. 

The Big Short
starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carrel, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling,             Melissa Leo, John Madaro, and Hamish Linklater.
plot – A man named Burry bet against the housing market,           discovering that mortgage loans were being given to           people who could not really afford them when the             variable amount loans rose. He and a group of others bet       against the market and made a fortune when the               economy collapsed. This movie was based in truth.
This movie taught me a lot about the crash of the economy. I knew that it happened, but never really understood the cause. This was such a great educational movie for me.

Bridge of Spies
starring: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Scott                    Shepherd, Amy Ryan, and Sebastian Koch
plot – Inspired by true events, this is the story of how an             American insurance lawyer first defended a Communist       spy, and then is instrumental in the exchange of the spy       and two American prisoners during the Cold War.
Tom Hanks is such a premier actor and so believable in the role of the lawyer. Once again, I learned so much about this time in history! This is a great year for movies.

starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walter,                Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent
plot – The wonderful story of an Irish girl who comes to the          United States and settles in Brooklyn thanks to a priest        who gets her a job. 
I liked this movie. It wasn’t as deep as many of the others, but it was refreshing and truly showed the difficulty of coming to a new country.

The Martian
starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastian, Kristin Wilg, Jeff                 Daniels, Michael Pena, Sean Bean, Kate Marc,                   Sebastian Stan, Axel Henny, Mackenzie Davis.
plot – An U.S. astronaut gets left on the planet Mars, and is            presumed dead. He is a Botanist and survives using his        intelligence. Great ending. 
I was surprised how much I loved this movie. This movie showed how important Science is for our survival as well as for the development of problem solving skills and ability. Yes, Steve – I shocked myself!!!

The Revenant
starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson,            Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, Duane Howard, and            Arthur Redcloud.
plot – The story of Hugh Glass who was hunting for pelts with        a group of men. Action packed and at times gruesome        story that included a horrible bear attack, use of                survival skills, greed, honor, and endurance. 
WOW!  DiCaprio was outstanding. A year ago, I had a week’s worth of nightmares about being killed by a bear due to my obsession with the Alaska T.V. shows. This movie just reaffirmed by fear of bears.  Yikes!!

Mad Max: Fury Road
starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron

plot – Set after the apocalypse, Mad Max helps a group of            women escape an evil man. The entire movie takes            place in an unforgiving desert. The women find their          home is no longer livable and need to return to the            danger.
This seemed like a giant car chase with an overload of violence and killing. I truly hated this movie, which is not a surprise since it seemed Sci-Fi ish to me.  If you like car chases, blowing things up, fighting to the death, and little plot...then this is the movie for you!

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