Up! (2009)


How many times have you cried in a kids animated flick?   For me, the answer was probably “zero,” but after Up, I have to admit it — I cried.  Just a little teary eyed in the opening minutes (after the cloud making baby animal scene when the real movie started– btw, what was that all about?  It never got tied back in!)  But later in the movie, I definitely cried.   It’s a moving moment to realize you have lived out many adventures and had many dreams come true during your life, even though you had a “BIG DREAM” that you may not have ever attained.  Life is filled with little things more than big things, and the little things are what is so important, especially when they are shared with the ones you love.

Great movie, and a great chance to talk to your little ones about many life lessons.  Pixar has done it again!

Seven Pounds. 2008.


I have conflicting emotions about this, but I would definitely put it in my “must see” category.  I don’t want to say more here in case you haven’t seen it.

The last movie I teared up so much to was Finding Neverland.

This is not a quote, but this is the verse that comes to mind:

Greater love has no man than to lay down his life for his friends, John 15:13.
Here is a quote:

Live life Abundantly!

Sweeney Todd


This has to be one of the most gruesome, gory movies I have seen in a long long time.  I don’t really watch horror movies, and I guess you could say No Country for Old Men and The Departed were pretty bloody, but not so much gruesome.

However, I am a big fan of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, and they both deliver.  Depp deserved his Oscar nomination for this role (who knew he could sing?), and the film did win an Oscar for Art Direction.   So if you can get over the story line and the gore, I think it is worth it.  And I was pleasently surprised at the music (it is a musical).  In fact, I may buy the sound track.  I love musicals and tend to listen to them over and over and over…

Memento. 2000.


Netflix: Please add a comment field to when I add a movie to my queue that lets me input “why” or “how” or “from where.”  Something!  So many times a movie arrives in the mail, and I have no idea why…  This is one where I am not sure how or why it arrived in my queue, but I am glad I did.

While the language gets rough, and there is lots of violence, this is well worth the watch!  I won’t say more than that here.

I’m not There.


Sometimes I thought this film was brilliant.

Sometimes I thought this film tried too hard.   (Too avant-garde???)

Sometimes I was bewildered.  (Maybe I just don’t know enough Dylan history…)

Cate Blanchett as a young Bob Dylan was simply amazing.  Watch the youtube clip below to see what I mean.

Overall, I would say more brilliant than bewildering…  Worth a see if you like any of Dylan’s music…

Australia. 2008.


[ I have not been blogging about every movie I see, and that will continue to be the case.  There are many movies I see where there is nothing I want to say (here). ]

Australia was better than I expected, and there are two relevant points I want to discuss:

1) “Stories”  —  This is one of those concepts that I hadn’t really thought much about, but then it started coming at me from many different angles.  There must be a reason when something like this happens!  The concept of “story” first came at me while reading Leading With a Limp.  There Allender makes the case that as leader of an organization, you must have stories to tell.  Stories that give you identity, branding…  Stories that tell where you have come from, who you are, and where you are going.  That is how you rally both insiders and outsiders around the purpose and cause of your organization.   The topic was only lightly touched on in the movie, but it surrounded the “stories” of the people involved, especially the aboriginals.

2) Of course any story about aborginal people of Australia would not be complete without a Walkabout, where a young boy becomes a man.  And this is another of those concepts that keeps coming at me from different angles.  This old Art of Manliness post says it much better than I can, so do take the time to read that in-depth post.  Here I will just say that our American culture is really lacking in this area.  There is no rite-of-passage for boys to become men in America, other than some sub cultures such as the Jewish Bar Mitzvah.  Some might argue that going to college is a rite of passage, but I think it is important to do it at a younger age for various reasons, perhaps the most important being that sending off a boy to college can be a dangerous thing to do — hopefully he will already be a man capable of handling the academic and social pressures that entails.  Somehow I want to work some kind of rite of passage into my son’s life.  I just don’t know how yet.  Luckily I have a few years since he is only three!

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. F. Scott Fitgerald.

I happened to catch  the trailer for the movie, and definitely want to see it at some point…  But before then, I decided to read it via Daily Lit.  It is quite short at just 11 installments of about 5 minutes each.  Fascinating story of a man born old that grows young.  This may be a case where the movie turns out better than the story, but only because the story is a short story and there seems to be room for so much more.  As evidenced by the trailer…