Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday Screening - Les Miserables

I'd seen the non-musical version of Victor Hugo's masterpiece of humanity Les Miserables, but the new production was my first introduction to the musical.



First, let me say that this story is one of those stories that has touched me so much, with the bravery, cruelty and above all the amazing amount of redemption!!!

Now as for the musical.

Performances were amazing! Hugh Jackman was great!



Anne Hathaway blew them all away!


But my sympathies and favorite performance was Samantha Barks as Eponine.
She brought that character to it's full force of emotion! (and I identify most closely with her.)

Some tears most def, but mostly just an overwhelming depression!

I feel like I need to watch something upbeat! Something cheerful and uplifting, like Romeo and Juliette or Old Yeller or something!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Life of Pi... On Pi Day! Hey!

I honestly didn't realize I would be reviewing Life of Pi on Pi day! How cool is that!! :)

Now if I could just report that I liked it.

Synopsis from Amazon: After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan—and a 450-pound royal bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and beloved works of fiction in recent years.
Except I wasn't convinced. Was it good? Yeah it was, once you got to the end. In the middle is was horrific! Not that fiction can't be great and be horrific, it can, but this just seemed to drag out and to be so brutal. As is life, yeah yeah I know. I "get" the whole metaphor and allegory. And I know what it is to fight and fear one's own base nature. I couldn't help it though.

It just wasn't one of my favorites. The sea was huge and long, the island was a total, please excuse the expression, mind-fuck, and Richard Parker was too sad for words!! I felt bad for the damn tiger through the whole entire book!!

I suppose, were I inclined to have some friends read it and then sit around and discuss it over pink wine, I may find some of the 'easter eggs' of moral, introspective, wisom that I missed on my (admittedly distracted) first read...

And an even better testament to the strength of this book is that I WILL some day read it again. And hopefully when I do, I can be more relaxed, and more analytical.

Until then... I give Life of Pi 3/5.

Happy 3.14!!! 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

On The Upside..

Here I am. Breathing in, breathing out.

On a positive note.

I can report that I have paid down my Credit card by 2000 :)

And I intend to keep at it!

:)


I am finishing up Life of Pi. I have come to the conclusion though that I simply do not care for this book.

I had my first DNF in quite a few years. Savannah Blues. Just couldn't take it. Too blithe.

Maybe here pretty soon I'll find something new that catches my interest.....

And I mean that in many respects I hope.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Wisdom of Resolutions

I had one very key New Year's Resolution. No Relationships.

And I broke that one very Quickly. and Very Very thouroughly.

I fell in love.

And He didn't catch me.

And I'm so broken I really don't know how to go on.

My life had been, if not full, at least busy.

Now I can't figure out how to get out of bed, or eat, or work, or care. Im so confused on why I am always the one kicked aside...and this time by someone who had everything I've ever wanted...including promises that made me happy.

I don't care if I ever blog again. Books don't even hold a minor interest, or passing fancy. Not much does at the moment.

I'll heal. Somehow. But I'm scarred now. Worse than has ever happened to me.

Leukemia I could fight. This is out of my control. I can't even say please.

I'll keep going, my kids compell that. I want to see their lives. And how full they will be.  And like all mothers, I will hope that their lives turn out better than mine.