Holiday Films - Gentle Years

Last week LB and I went to see Kung Fu Panda at the theater.  It was cute.  The hero is a panda raised by a goose.  The villain is a snow leopard raised by a brown panda (LB had to explain what he was; I'd never seen one before).  The story is very similar to the Monkey King, at least in the travel companions and the scroll.  I won't say more-don't want to give it away.

I rented Vantage Point but wasn't that thrilled with it even though it's supposed to be a political action thriller.  The story is okay, but the rewinding that the film does, repeatedly, was a little distracting.

Then I came down with a cold on the eve of the fourth-started with super sneezes (G said I was going to blow my head off if I didn't stop) and by the morning of the holiday I was running a fever and it hurt to swallow.  No parade for me.  But I should know better than to watch anything sad when I'm sick.  First I watched Steel Magnolias on tv (even though I have it) and cried, and then I watched Hilary and Jackie, a film about sisters who were a talented flutist and world-renowned cellist.  Jackie died of MS at 42, so I cried again.  That's just about my quota for the year.

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    G & Me

    G loves to read history of the American West and loves to watch movies that are western, action, intrigue, comedy.  He doesn't have favorites.  He does not like anything that is musical (though he loves music), romantic, or related to aviation.  His favorite time period is from the Civil War to the turn of the 20th century.

    I am eclectic in my reading but do not like science fiction or police stories.  In movies I like drama best, but also like some of the same things that G does, and I like both romantic movies and those that relate to aviation.  My favorite time periods are probably the 1830s and 1840s, the post-Reconstruction era to the eve of WWI, WWII, and the late 1950s-forward.  My favorite books are Gone With the Wind, My Antonia, All Quiet on the Western Front, A Lantern in Her Hand, and Nigger by Dick Gregory.  My favorite movies are The Memphis Belle, Return to Me, Since You Went Away, Steel Magnolias, Nicholas &  Alexandra, Sometimes in April, and  The Winds of War (there are just so many that this is incomplete) .


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