Friday, November 30, 2012

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

Ugh! I'm falling behind on my posts. The holiday season is always SO crazy! We went away to Illinois to visit family for Thanksgiving and had a lovely time! Since being back, I haven't had a spare minute to write until now. I'd like to say that I've been busy doing holiday things--decorating, baking, shopping, wrapping, etc. The truth is, I've done diddlysquat with holiday preparations. Work and motherhood have been taking up 110 percent of my time. At night, after I've cleaned the last dish at about 9:30ish, my husband selects a movie for us to watch. It's Academy movie-screening time, so we try to squeeze in a movie every night we can. So far, the movies have been lighter fare overall than in years past (although last year was fairly light too). I really loved Life of Pi and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Lincoln, of course, was excellent too! One movie we received that I'm really excited about seeing is Magic Mike. My husband wasn't going to rent it, but now that we have it as a screener, he's going to have to watch it with me. Yippee! Any movies this year that you absolutely love? Any that you absolutely hate? Please share!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Top 10 Items Needed for Holiday Road Trips

What better way to spend family time this holiday season than to pack the family in the car and take a road trip? Okay, hitting yourself repeatedly with an axe might be a better way to spend your time. Putting bamboo shoots under your fingernails? Yeah, that might be a better use of your time too! Nevertheless, spending time in a car with 3 screaming kids while arguing with your husband that he actually IS lost is a necessary evil for many of us. Click here to find out what the top 10 items you will need are!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Inside Glimpse Into Movie Making

My husband is in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He got in a few years ago. We mostly enjoyed the membership by attending the Oscars a couple of times and watching all the movies via the screeners that come to our house. While it's fun to watch movies that are in the theaters--or maybe not even released yet--in the comfort of your own home, I have become less enthralled with the whole circus. Mostly because we have to watch an insane amount of movies in a short period of time. I know, you are all playing the smallest violins right now. But in order to view everything to vote responsibly, you pretty much have to watch 5-7 movies a week. After a long work day and tending to kids, it can become a bit of a chore to start a 3-hour movie at 9 at night.

Did I mention that I get up at 5:30 every weekday morning?

Because we're home-bodies, we don't often take advantage of other membership perks. The Academy has special screenings of movies along with panels of folks that made the movie. One of these caught my husband's eye for this past weekend, so we went to it.

The movie was Lincoln and the panel afterward featured Steven Spielberg, John Williams, Tony Kushner, Sally Field, and Daniel Day Lewis. My husband and I are HUGE Steven Spielberg fans (is there anyone out there who isn't?) and also find Daniel Day Lewis extremely talented.

The movie did not disappoint. It was brilliantly written, acted, and directed. The panel afterward was really fun. However, I have to say that I could have done with more Steven Spielberg and less Sally Field! To be fair, Sally did an excellent job in the movie. It's just really difficult for an actor to describe the process they use to achieve brilliance. Daniel Day Lewis couldn't really put it into words either.

I find how the process that a director takes to make his decisions to be the really interesting part of the movie-making process. Unfortunately, Steven graciously gave his colleagues more discussion time.

We're definitely going to have to go to these panels and screenings more often. We went to an off-Academy season one last year for Raiders of the Lost Ark that was a hoot!

Are there any movies coming out over the next few months that you're excited about seeing? Did you see anything yet this year that you thought had Best Picture potential?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Yippee! Yahoo! Yowza!

I'm linking this post to Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday. The letter this week is "Y." Y is for Yippee, yahoo, and yowza.

It's Tuesday night, and the election is winding down. Romney gave a gracious concession speech, and I'm waiting for Obama to give his victory speech.

I try to stay away from politics as much as possible, but I'm in a celebratory mood.

If your politics agree with mine, then feel free to celebrate with me.

If your politics don't agree with mine, then I hope you can find a reason to celebrate somehow.