Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What the Beck???

 Now that the weather is turning, I have been 
working in the garden edging and weeding.
Some days it is back breaking work!

 I'm gettin' there!

My little Japanese Maple is slowly
growing up and out. This is a great tree
for your yard IF you have a protected
area.  They are pretty fragile.

Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies

1971     A Clockwork Orange
starring: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee
plot – A sexually explicit movie where a young man kills a woman after        breaking into her home. He is sent to prison and volunteers for a        new behavior mod program, which brain washes him to do no          bad. He attempts suicide, but lives.
This movie was pretty violent and I didn’t like it at all.

1973     Cries and Whispers
starring: Liv Ullmann, Ingrid Thulin, Harriet Anderson and Kari Sylwan
plot – This is set in Stockholm in the turn of the 20th century. One              sister is dying of cancer. Her two sisters are present, but are            detached and self-involved. The maid is the only one who cares        and helps her.
I hated this movie because it is another foreign film that has to be read. I like to hear the words, and reading the subtitles gives me a headache.

1978     The Deer Hunter
starring: Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, Meryl                 Streep, John Cazale, John Savage, George Dzundza
plot – Lifelong friends from Pennsylvania make a last hunting trip             before being sent to Vietnam. The war changes who they are and       affects their lives long afterward.
I had trouble with the violence and the inhumanity of war shown on the screen. I know a lot of people like to see it, but it is enough to know how awful it without witnessing it.

1979     Breaking Away
starring: Dennis Christopher, Barbara Barrie, Dennis Quaid, Daniel               Stern, Paul Dooley
plot – The story of a young man who loves biking. His personal
       ambition is to win a race between the college team and the              townies.
This was a GREAT movie. I didn’t anticipate liking a movie about biking, but it was a great story. This one is worth seeing.

1986     A Room with a View
starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Maggie Smith, Judi                Dench, Daniel Day Lewis
plot – A very British love story.
This move was not for me. It was quite formal, very elite, but the acting was wonderful.

1990     Goodfellas
starring: Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul              Sorvino
plot – A based in truth movie about organized crime in the 1970s. The       main character was a mobster and informer named Henry Hill.           This had a great cast and seemed very realistic.
When I saw the list of actors, I knew that it would be a “mobster” film. I enjoyed the movie and knew that most people would love this movie.

1993     The Remains of the Day
starring: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, James Fox, Christopher             Reeves
plot – The setting is post WWII England. This is the story of a                 relationship between a butler and housekeeper. This shows many       events of the time. 
This was a very “Downton Abbey” type of movie. I really liked it and Hopkins and Thompson are believable in their roles.

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