Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Movie Time + Update #1

by Maggie Sefton

Wedding Prep Update #1----I sent out Bridal Shower invitations last week.  Daughter Serena asked me if I would arrange a bridal shower in Northern Virginia for all our friends and relatives in the DC/Northern VA/MD area.  Her Houston friends will handle a bridal shower in that area.  I picked one of my favorite local (non-chain) cafes in Vienna, Virginia where I've been dining with friends for years.  Next, I'll be discussing menus with the chef via email.

I  suddenly realized I hadn't done a movie update since November, and I've seen a LOT of new movies since then.  So I figured I'd do several Movie Time updates this last week of January and in February, in between other posts.  And Wedding Prep updates, of course.  :)

THE HUNGER GAMES---MOCKINGJAY Part I-----Jennifer Lawrence returns as the courageous heroine in the 3rd episode of this gripping series.  She's leading the resistance to the tyrannical regime that rules the world she and her friends are fighting to save.  I still remember how mesmerized I was a few years ago when my 12 year old granddaughter excitedly told me the story of the Hunger Games trilogy.  I was hooked.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING---This is a fascinating movie because it follows the real life story of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.  British Actor Eddie Redmayne does a wonderful job of portraying this brilliant man who continued to explore physics and the universe even though he was gradually losing total control over his body due to the devastating disease ALS.  Life-affirming to say the least.

INTERSTELLAR---I absolutely love movies about Outer Space, whether they're Star Wars versions or  re-inventions of the classic TV show Star Trek stories, or the recent "space opera" Guardians of the Galaxy (which I thoroughly enjoyed).  :)   But Interstellar is a little different because the stakes are much higher, and the storyline is much more realistic.  Once it's been established that Earth is dying and the entire human race will too unless a new planetary home is found, it's off to the races for this storyline.  The hero Matthew McConaughey and co-stars blast off into outer space and on the hunt for a new home.  Realistically done in how the realities of space and time affect space travelers.  This is an intellectual space movie and very well done.  Recommend it highly.

Have you seen any of these movies?  How did you like them?