Friday, February 10, 2017
At the Movies
What to watch is always the question as there are so many choices, but if you are like me not so many shows have an appeal. There is either too much violence, too much sex, or too much swearing. I mean why is it that writers today feel like they have to over dramatize a movie or a book for that fact by adding the above mentioned. Don't get me wrong, there are some places where I think a swear word has a value because of the subject matter, but I also believe writers and producers have an obligation to be purposeful about it. Don't just add the above mentioned because you think it is going to draw more crowds as we really don't need it. Here are my 5 top choices of movies or TV shows that are worth watching right now. A Dog's Purpose is just a feel good movie. Bring a box of tissues you will cry. Worth every penny at the box office. While children can definately attend this movie my 10 year old found it a little too sad. Not really sure what my 14 year old thought, but he didn't say anything negative, so that is a good sign. Victoria is one to watch right now on PBS. If you love Masterpiece Theater or Downton Abbey then you will love Victoria. It was slow to win me over, so keep watching. It is a great depiction of that era in history. La La Land is such a dream to watch. The movie revitalized the musical and oh the backdrops are just amazing. Frankly, who wouldn't want to spend time looking at Ryan Gosling. I loved him in the Notebook and I loved him in La La Land. Maybe not every one's cup of tea, but we adored it. Then there is Queen of Katwe another feel good movie and to top it off a true story that takes place in Africa about a poor young woman who becomes a chess champion and through her skills of playing chess is able to obtain an education. A movie of hope and endurance of the human spirit. This movie is appropriate for children to watch though I would say the movie is geared for the older child. My girls watched a few minutes of it and then it lost their attention. Last but not least, Denial also another true story about an Emory professor Deborah Lipstadt ,who was brought to trial in England for deformation of character, by her accuser David Irving. Lipstadt a Holocaust studies professor goes head to head with Irving who is a Holocaust denier in court. Not knowing the outcome of the story beforehand, this movie had me on the edge of my seat the whole movie. Rachel Weisz does and excellent job of portraying Lipstadt. Well, I am off to go see the Lego Batman movie with my son Roman and his friend Bryson. Having not enjoyed the first Lego movie a good nap will be in my favor in order to survive. Though I am happy that I get to be with my son. Hope you have a good weekend!