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?


8 comments:

Miss Merry said...

I have so much "life" going on right now - I think I would have to pick a light, romantic comedy if I had time for a movie. Can't wait to hear the menu details. Your shower sounds so nice - and such an exciting time!

mary kennedy said...

I love your movie reviews, Maggie!! I keep track of them and someday if I can ever escape my shackles (to the computer) I will actually go to a movie! Great blog, keep 'em coming!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love your wedding updates and movie mini-reviews, Maggie! Haven't seen 'em, but will.

Hugs.

MJ

Heather said...

Have not seen any of these, though all are on the list of those I'd like to see. I don't get to the cinema nearly as much as I'd like.

Maggie Sefton said...

Thanks, Miss Merry. I'm looking forward to all of it. And I'll keep everyone posted on the various activities. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Mary---Can you get the movies on Netflix after they're released to that?

Maggie Sefton said...

I think you'll enjoy them. I don't have any comedies on the list because there haven't been any that have caught my interest. I hate to say it, but some of those Hollywood "comedies" are just plain stupid. Bridesmaids was a wonderful exception. Also, the one with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy were hilarious. Now, those are LOL comedies. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

If you have a DVD player, you can find the recent movies at a Blockbuster video store. Some of them are still in business around the county. . . . I think.