Archive for the ‘Flicks’ Category

First movie in a theater: Finding Dory!

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

It’s Saturday and it’s summer. We swam yesterday in Galveston, and we’ll swim tomorrow at Memorial Park. Storm clouds and thunder moved in around noon, perfect for a first movie theater outing. We’ve been looking forward to Pixar’s next feature — the sequel to a movie we know — Finding Dory.

Although we have watched several movies at home, we always pause or mute tense scenes with dramatic music, suspense, or peril. I was concerned that we might not make it through a whole feature in one shot, and I didn’t relish the thought of spending $35-40 for just part of a movie.

So while we were still at home, I found a plot synopsis and read it aloud to the girls. Cate squirmed at several points and exclaimed, “Mom! I’m scared!” But we worked through the whole story, and remembered that the stories we choose always have happy endings for the characters we like.

We grabbed quick tacos and quesadillas at 100% Taquito, and drove over to the Edwards Greenway theater. Bill bought tickets from the kiosk and took the girls to the restroom while I bought a small bag of popcorn.

The theater was small and nearly full, so we landed way down front in the third row. There were 20 minutes of previews, including Tarzan and a remake of Pete’s Dragon. Then we got a wonderful new Pixar short called Piper.

Finding Dory was wonderful, full of heart, and very well done. Both girls succeeded in sitting rapt through the whole thing.

Cate said, “It was really scary, but ok in the end.”

Sam said, “It was great! I want to watch it ten times more. You should definitely come see this movie. It barely just came out!”

Movie “posters” have grown a lot in the last decade

Adventias: Television pleasures and movies

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Like (too) many of us, Sarah used to watch television. The TV stayed off most of the day, but as afternoon became evening, she would tune in to the local PBS station for the BBC news followed by what she called “the sacred News Hour” (with Jim Lehrer).

That sounds like hyperbole, but as her dementia developed she became fixated on certain routines, and she rarely missed the News Hour. Despite recognizing that she was increasingly lonely, on a few occasions she actually said she “couldn’t” come out to dinner while the News Hour was on, though each time we convinced her that being social with family was more important than watching the news.

That’s the main reason that I deliberately did not bring a TV when we set up Sarah’s new apartment after the storm. The News Hour falls right in the middle of Belmont’s dinner time, and I could easily imagine Sarah choosing to watch TV instead of facing dinner in a room full of not-yet-known neighbors. I feared she would hide in her room. The second reason is that most TV content is challenging for someone with dementia to process, and I believe the TV would increasingly frustrate rather than entertain her.

That said, Sarah still enjoys compelling stories as much as the next person. So this afternoon I took Gran’mom to a theater to see Julie and Julia. It’s a delightful movie about finding your passion, loving your spouse, and blogging. It’s based on the lives of Julia Child, who authored Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 1961, and Julie Powell, who started a blog-cooking project in 2004 that became a book and now this movie. Sarah and I both enjoyed the movie very much, and we recommend it!

Julie & Julia

p.s. At home after dinner, Bill and I watched another cute girly movie starring Amy Adams called, Sunshine Cleaning, and I recommend it, too.

More than melts the eye

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

So, we were watching Real Time with Bill Maher the other day, and Cameron Diaz was being interviewed. She mentioned going to go see what almost everyone with any ounce of a critical eye is calling the biggest POS movie of the year, possibly of all time (paraphrasing, of course). Of course, Cameron, being the clever observer of humanity that she is, mentioned that she was going to look at Megan Fox. Hmm. Perhaps if one prevented Michael Bay from hiring really attractive women for his movies, he might quit making money, and people might quit letting him direct. What a thought.

That being said, I do feel like I must offer equal time to those who might offer a contrary perspective on Transformers 2: Revenge of the Audience. Read it. The review might even change your perspective on the entire medium of cinema.

Linkage Here.

Emily doesn’t like Image Metrics

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

Being the tech fiend that I am, I subscribe to several technology-related news push services. One of the best, and most entertaining, is put out by the San Jose Mercury News called “Good Morning Silicon Valley”. From there, I get this gem about a company called Image Metrics. While George Lucas tried to do away with those pesky actors in his prequel trilogy, Image Metrics seems to be doing a fair job of getting us to the point of it actually Not Sucking.

Take a look at what Emily has to say about it:


Beware of idle husbands…

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

As you know, Bill works “half” time in New York. However, he’s been in crunch mode the last four weeks, which means that he has been leaving early on Monday and returning late Friday night, every week for four weeks. I was expecting more of the same this week, until Monday morning, when Bill unexpectedly said, “Guess what? I’m not going to New York this week after all.” Whee! I was delighted to have my husband at home!

Bill disassembles home theaterHowever, I forgot that home-based husbands can be dangerous husbands, especially when one’s husband is a self-professed videophile.

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy a big, bright picture as much as the next gal. But mostly, I enjoy digital eye candy as a way to unwind at the end of a long day or long week. I just want it to work reliably. However, I returned home Friday afternoon to find our living room in shambles. Cables on the floor… electronics of the couch… no signal to the TV… and the husband hard at work.

Apparently, being at home for five days was an adequate excuse to receive three new pieces of equipment and send two others away. That means Bill completely disassembled and reconfigured our entire home theater setup in the last 24 hours.

Fortunately, the Kitty enjoys boxes.

Bill and his new stackAnd actually, Bill did a really nice job of streamlining the cabling, so the new stack is much tidier than the old stack. But most importantly, the TV is working again.
Tibbs likes boxes