Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

What the Beck???


Thank Heavens that I live in the country and do not have to deal with fireworks. They began the other day, but are soooooo far away that the dogs are not terrified out of their minds. Have a great day everyone. 

A Happy Birthday to Sage who turned 9 years old.

Bucket List Update
Academy Award Nominated Movies

2000     Chocolat
starring: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin, Johnny                Depp, Carie-Anne Moss
plot –   Vianne and her daughter journey to a small French town and                open a little chocolate shop. The mayor of the town takes                an instant dislike to her and begins a campaign to get rid                of her and the shop. The biggest problem is that she                    does not attend the local church and has opened her             store at the beginning of Lent when no one should be                    partaking of chocolates.
Juliette Binoche is fabulous in the role of Vianne Rocher. This is a wonderful story that makes you wonder why the only thing they could give up for Lent was chocolate. Yes it is hard to give up sweets, but there are other choices – unless you are locked into the tradition.

1973     The Exorcist
starring:  Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow,  Lee J. Cobb, Jason Miller,                     Linda Blair...
plot –    A horror film in which Ellen Burstyn plays the mother of a                   child, Linda Blair, who changes from a sweet, happy                     child to a demon. A priest gets involved in performing                   an exorcism to rid the child of her demon. 
This was an awful movie. I may never get the child’s eyes out of my brain. It was quite disgusting to me, but I know there are many people who love to be scared. 

2006     Babel
starring: Brad Pitt, Kate Blanchett, Mohamed Akhzam, Peter Wight,                   Harriet Walter…
plot –   Parents Pitt and Blanchett are in the desert in Morocco where                 she is accidentally shot. The lives of four different groups               of people are touched by this foolish act.
This was a really good movie. After seeing the countryside in Morocco, I know that it is a country that I am not interested in visiting. This storyline was well done and the acting was outstanding.

1943     The Ox-Bow Incident
starring:  Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony                     Quinn, Harry Morgan, William Eythe...
plot –    Two cowboys, Fonda and Morgan, ride into a Nevada town.                   The town has been dealing with cattle rustling, and the                   two men are suspects. Later, a posse is formed to search                 for other possible thieves. Three men are caught and the                 posse is blood-thirsty. The group is divided as to             hanging them or not.
This was a great old western!  I loved the dilemma the posse struggled with in dealing with the men captured. Fonda and Morgan were wonderful. It was great to see them when they were so young.

1988     Mississippi Burning
starring: Gene Hackman, Willam DaFoe, Francis McDormand, Brad                     Dourif, R. Lee Dermey, Gailard Sartain, Stephen                           Tobolowsky, Michael Rooker
plot –   The FBI has sent in agents to locate three men who were                     working as Civil Rights Activists in Mississippi. The                     investigators send for a large numbers of additional men               when the city becomes violent with the dishonest lawmen            and KKK involved in attacks on the black members of the               town.
This was a fabulous movie that shows the violence and distrust in the South during the Civil Rights movement. Hackman and DaFoe were very believable as FBI agents.  The movie raised so many feelings.

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