Sunday, October 13, 2013

In Which SB Gets Even Younger and other Movie Matters --- Day 2/274

Walk:  Opera Plaza Theater and Cow Hollow Open House
Distance: 5 miles and short home yoga practice

Day of Rest and now movie review catch up.

Gravity  

You kind of can't not go because of all the hype, and ciwt did.  Yes, on the visuals especially  if you're into outer space. Technically astounding I'm sure.  After that, the 'plot' is full of black holes. And I was irritated that Sandra Bullock is now even younger looking in her latest movie.  She wears a space suit and helmet for much of the movie and comes out of it for a while wearing tight spandex briefs and a scoop neck, sleeveless tee.  As filmed and age 49  (I believe), she has Barbie Doll plastic completely smooth skin, not one wrinkle, zero cellulite anywhere, thick brown hair which looks perfect no matter how many catastrophes she endures. She to me became more and more like Gidget Does Outer Space. The movie needed George Clooney (who is basically Sandra's age and, mercifully, looks it in the movie) to keep it 'grounded' and he does just that.

Captain Phillips  (Sorry about Blogger running 2 photos)

Just great.  I'm not a particular Tom Hanks fan, but his acting in this is at another level.  And right up there at that same level, is the Somali Captain (Barkhad Abdi, a Somali refugee who had not acted before being found by the director in Minneapolis). The other Somalis (friends in Minneapolis) are excellent as well.

Muscle Shoals 

Aretha Franklin, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Alicia Keys,  Gregg Allman, Jimmy Cliff, Bono, Clarence Carter, Etta James and Many More.  Some of the greatest voices, personalities, music and songs  -- Ever.  This is why you go!

Also recommended: Enough Said, Don Jon (for some), Let the Fire Burn

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