Monday, December 14, 2009
A Monday Movie Moment (Or Two)
One of the nice things about working a 16-hour shift on Sundays is that my partner and I have started a tradition we call "Chick Flick Sunday" - some of you may be familiar with it as I've mentioned it before. Each Sunday we get three movies from NetFlix and in between 911 calls, regular scheduling calls, and other assorted duties we get to see movies that we'd probably never see otherwise as neither one of us are any good at actually going to see a movie at a theater. This week our queue brought us the newly released Julie & Julia as well as My Sister's Keeper (the third movie was from 1994 and not very good so not worth mentioning!).
We both really liked Julie & Julia except for two things - one it makes you rather hungry while you're watching it and you find yourself craving things like lots of butter on a crusty baguette and two, the ending was kind of a let-down. I'm sure that the reason for that is that the movie is based on two true stories and, call me a pessimist, but it seems like sometimes the endings in real life are definitely let-downs. Perhaps that's why we all like movies so much - they can have happy endings! Regardless, though, good movie and Meryl Streep did a fantastic job playing Julia Childs! Bon appetite!
As for My Sister's Keeper, if you're going to watch this one have tissues close at hand ... lots and lots and lots of tissues. This movie could have been made by the producers of ABC's Extreme Home Makeover show as they went for every little tear-invoking moment that they could possibly find just like that show does. Granted, it's a sad story anyway but it's a nonstop attack on your tear ducts and if you don't find yourself shedding at least a couple of tears while watching this movie, you're just not human. It also brought up some very good questions about "donor babies" and the fairness of giving birth to one child in order to save another. In my own humble opinion, a movie that can make you think as well as entertain is well worth seeing and this is one of those in spite of all the sniffling that was going on in the dispatch center!
I'm not sure what's in the queue for next Sunday, a holiday movie or two would be nice so I'll have to pop over to NetFlix and see what we've got lined up. This isn't a paid endorsement or anything but I've just go to say that if you haven't tried NetFlix, I would highly recommend it as it is more than worth the monthly cost if you like to watch movies and maybe take a break from reality once in awhile. Their selection is phenomenal and their service is even better. I'm not sure how Jen and I survived 16-hour Sundays before NetFlix!
Ah well, speaking of reality ... those Christmas cards are still staring at me ... !!