Unbroken Friday, Mar 27 2015 

This is a good film but it takes a strong stomach to watch it. Sometimes I need to be reminded that the human spirit is hard to break. I am pretty sensitive to what I am watching and it wasn’t a pleasant experience. The fact that it is a true story is incredible. Living in those times was terribly stressful. Mr. Zamperini had a heart of steel and he survived.

Birdman Wednesday, Mar 25 2015 

I was really surprised that I liked this. Didn’t know what to expect. Michael Keaton is superb. I’m a real theatre buff and didn’t know there was so much of that in this film. Yes, some celebrities aren’t real actors, but Michael Keaton certainly is a fine actor. He has Batman in his past, but he has more. The direction of this film was superb, I wouldn’t change a thing. His (Michael Keaton’s) inner voice is the Birdman lifting him up out of the depression and rage into self respect. A lot of things ring true in this film. Do see this and prepare for surprises. Another star in the film is Manhattan, a real sense of the city is in the film.

Museum of the Moving Image Salute to Ron Howard

Other Desert Cities Tuesday, Mar 17 2015 

An interesting play well performed. Everyone was very well cast. My favorite character was the living son who always added balance to everyone else. It’s a story about memoirs deeply felt, penned by the daughter about a deceased son’s life. The family doesn’t want the book published. Hence the conflict. Sometimes the way one family member remembers is not the complete story. Showing now at Portland Center Stage.

The Theory of Everything Tuesday, Mar 10 2015 

Eddie Redmayne is amazing and one can’t take your eyes off of him. I can’t even imagine how he did this most difficult role. The film shows how with the most daunting impediments, life can go on and even be enjoyable at times. I feel bad for the former Mrs. Hawking and how things played out, but maybe it was for the best for both of them. An excellent film.

Whiplash Wednesday, Feb 25 2015 

This is a terrific movie, not for young children tho. The language is a bit rough. JK Simmons really earned this Oscar. Like the staccato beat of the drum, this movie builds and builds. Many surprises, not really what I expected.

Academy Awards Monday, Feb 23 2015 

I think Stephen Fry was way more entertaining on BAFTA than Neil Patrick Harris on the Oscars. Sorry Neil, you are a good performer I know, but maybe you needed better writers. A highlight was Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech for women’s rights and Eddie Redmayne for best actor. I guess I agreed more with the choices compared to BAFTA in general. As usual there were winners and losers in the “gown” category. I didn’t like Jennifer Lopez’s dress. Understatement wins with me.

Nightcrawler Sunday, Feb 22 2015 

Warning… this is disturbing. Mainly due to Jake G’s very carefully crafted performance; he doesn’t even look like himself. He’s part robot, (not literally) and part nerd. An unemotional manipulator. A very interesting script. It’s kind of sad he wins in the end.

Saint Vincent Saturday, Feb 21 2015 

A wonderful film – great work by Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy. It’s nice to see a quirky little story that warms the heart. There is so much “weird” cinema out there, it is refreshing to see something that one can relate to. Very interesting characterizations, i.e. the priest teaching grade school.

Bill Murray

Threesome Thursday, Feb 19 2015 

Nudity is different on the stage. First of all, I must say there is no sex in this play. (Thank heaven). It’s talked about and joked about and anguished about…. but when so much flesh is seen – it would be too much to do it. The first act where most of the nudity is…. is very funny. The threesome does not happen… (thank heaven)  It works because most of the players are very uncomfortable, as is the audience. It really isn’t prurient.

This play is about the ravishing and raping of Arab women to a degree and I think the message could have been a little more convincing and maybe more strong. I don’t understand why she even ever thinks she wants a threesome. Maybe I missed some of the point.

feeling down Sunday, Feb 15 2015 

Anyone else out there feeling down? I’m sure there must be someone out on the east coast who is a little down. What with all the snow…. actually the weather in Portland is early spring and sun. It still could be a little warmer. It helps me to write this down. Really if you are down…. please comment and if you really want to help… buy a bead. I do exercise every day it helps a bit. I want to communicate with you.

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