Posts Tagged ‘Movie’


Away From Her

February 17, 2008

Oh.   I knew this was going to be a tear jerker.   Just knowing it was about the Alzheimer’s experience could make it a probable downer.   Even the title conveys loss and heartache.    And isn’t Julie Christie about the most beautiful woman ever?   

I didn’t think Hub would want to watch this – he would rather watch a shootemup of some kind.   Or comedy.   So, I announced to him that I would be watching “AwayFromHerwithJulieChristieNominatedforBestActressItsAboutAlzheimersYouDon’t WantToSeeIt” first thing this morning.

After some really fun fishing adventure shows, Hub left the bed, put in the movie and I watched.  I cried.  


I don’t know why the possibility of Alzheimer’s closing off my synapses and making me forget and slowing feeling myself disappear is a greater fear than satellites hurling themselves at my neighborhood, or space aliens invading or terrorists dropping by my next plan to be a part of some large crowd…     I do believe that the loved ones who watch the Alzheimer’s ‘progress’ have to have the worst of it.     I know I have long life genes.   To run out of money while needing long term care is a worry.   To live that long and not live;   Ugh.   I plan on taking up skydiving and then not paying attention to my parachute packing lesson.   I swear, I don’t want to waste away and just lose it.

[My grandmother once gave me all her aluminum pans because she heard they would give her Alzheimer’s.     Think about that.   

What kind of gift and explanation is that!??!?!?    Gee, thanks, Grandma.]

This was a wonderful love story, well acted, well paced.   I’m assuming it has many elements of how a typical Alzheimer’s case might go.   Julie is lovely.  The courage!  She was amazing.   So was Grant played by Gordon Pinsent.    A touching, heartrending film.   

Well done, Sarah Polley.   

And, I’m putting Letters From Iceland on my tbr list.   What he read to her from this book was intriguing!



February 16, 2008

Is that supposed to be hyphenated? 

Non-Engaging:  A review of Pirates of the Caribbean #3



Hub and I watched this movie last night because he wasn’t in the mood for Away From Her (noms for Julie Christie Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role & Adapted Screenplay)nor Gone, Baby, Gone (nom for Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role)    It’s Friday night!  We wanted something FUN and entertaining!

So we chose Pirates!  Johnny Depp!   Geoffrey Rush!   Orlando Bloom!


The noms that this movie has for this year’s upcoming (8 days!!!) Oscars are:

Achievement in Makeup

Achievement in Visual Effects


I kept getting lost and when I figured it out, then Hub was lost.   I think you really need to have a fresh knowledge of what happened in Pirates TWO (which I didn’t, obviously.)    It was Hub who decided half way through that this movie was ‘nonengaging’.   I quote,

“I’m not engaged.”


We both fell asleep when (I think?) the creepy sea creature pirates boarded the good pirates ship and I really don’t care how it ended.    In fact, I put it in its Netflix sleeve and it’s in the mailbox right now.    Yes, the special effects were terrific and yes, there are many funny comic moments.

But, unfortunately, I have too many other movies to see in the next 8 days!   So back this goes, and I hope The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is in my mailbox MONDAY.    Either way, it will be an expensive week of PPVs!

I’ve got the Hub all warned that we will be watching Michael Clayton Tuesday night.   I might just go buy it at Target – I can’t wait to see it!