Strings No. 2

~~But every time you hurt me, the less that I cry

And every time you leave me, the quicker these tears dry

And every time you walk out, the less I love you

Baby, we don’t stand a chance, it’s sad but it’s true

I’m way too good at goodbyes~~

–Lyrics by Sam Smith

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Damn your eyes
For taking my breath away
Makin’ me want to stay
Damn your eyes
–Etta James

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Close Up

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Phantom Thread (my review)

Oh yes, you gotta see this movie.

THIS! This is the kind of role that every actor must dream of. This is true Academy Award material here. Whether it’s Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume or Best Movie….this is truly a gem in the field of great movies in the drama category.

It’s got the difficulties of love, the cold, harshness of a disciplined genius, the beauty of a woman and the vulnerability of giving yourself totally to something or someone that you love. There’s high society and ballroom galas, there’s astounding gown design and meticulous couture, there’s the stuffy, rigid formality of English protocol and there’s passion for one’s method of artistic expression – all wrapped up in a very difficult and complicated relationship that sometimes takes a twisted look at how one must safeguard their lover.

Daniel Day Lewis plays the renown dressmaker who, right off the bat you’ll despise but appreciate too.   Vicky Krieps plays his lover and his muse – a woman to whom you’ll want to say, ‘Be Careful’ when you’re with this man.  And  Lesley Manville perfectly plays the only real reliable person in the show, with her stiff formality and detached emotions.

This is a winner of a movie!
*****5 Stars out of 5*****

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The Post (my review)

As I continue to catch up with the Oscar nominated films, I saw The Post yesterday starring Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk(Better Call Saul) and directed by Steven Spielberg. You just can’t lose with that cast!

The film is about the classified Pentagon Papers that the New York Times and Washington Post published in 1971 about our involvement in the Viet Nam war, our secret agenda for being involved in the war, and the protection of the press to freely investigate how our government works.

I was graduating from High School when this was all unfolding so watching this movie definitely brought back many of my angry, rebellious feelings about corrupt government agendas, bad politicians and unchecked bureaucracies. It was also just before the Watergate scandal and the White House cover-up of all of that crap that was going on. Those were some horrible times that thankfully ended with Nixon resigning (he would have been impeached, but he resigned).

For me, the movie took dedication to hang in there and stick with the dialog. It’s a drama and you’ve got to pay attention to understand who is who and what is happening. If you can endure that (no love scenes, no big explosions, no chase scene), then this is a great movie with great acting and a great story. Perhaps not the very best of the pack of movies on the lists, but it should do well. This is an intelligent movie and you’ll have to be well rested before going but if you can hang in there, you’ll have lots to talk about over a glass of wine with some friends afterwards.

*4 1/2 stars out of 5 for me*

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The Satin Lining of Shells

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Those Quiet Times

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