Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Boyhood is nominated for Best Picture, Actor in a supporting role (Ethan Hawke), Actress in a supporting role (Patricia Arquette), Directing and Writing (Richard Linklater), Film Editing (Sandra Adair).

What an interesting movie.  I really enjoyed watching this young boy navigate life from the age of 6 to 18.  The story telling is really good with a few slow parts but that could be because the movie is so long that I needed a break in the middle.  At 2 hours and 45 minutes, I do advise treating yourself to an intermission otherwise you might give up on the film half way through.

I find it really interesting that this film was filmed over a 12 year period.  I loved seeing how Mason and Samantha grew with each new time period and felt so bad for the string of bad relationships that Patricia Arquette's character found herself in.

I like the ending message of the film; that moments seize us.  I like to think Mason has a great future ahead of him and will be happy someday.

Boyhood won a Golden Globe for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress.

Saturday, January 24, 2015


I'm starting to notice a reoccurring theme in my life.

My education in Greeley Colorado was....lacking.  I'm sad to say I did not learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in school and I'd really like to know why since I had his birthday off starting in 1986. My Vietnam Veteran Father took great offense to this because I was required to attend school on Veteran's Day.  Granted, my Dad was nearly killed in D.C. while serving in the Army because he was assigned to the riots that erupted in the late 60's.   My knowledge of King was tainted by my Dad's experience.

I would liked to have learned in school, what I learned during the movie Selma and what my kids learned this week in 2nd grade.  

Selma was eye opening for me, as you can imagine.  I did not know Dr. King won a Nobel Peace Prize and that he wished for non-violent protests.  I did not know politicians and law enforcement in the south were not following the law and were instead taking people's rights away.  It is heartbreaking to see.

I highly recommend Selma to anyone who doesn't think they know what was happening in American in the 60's.  I'd also advise you to bring tissues and a best friend.  This film should not be viewed alone.

I'd also advise you to take some of what you see with a grain of salt because as is often the case with films made about actual events, I believe some of the facts are embellished for entertainment value.  Did LBJ really say, 'Don't shit me George Wallace?'

I'd like to know more about what happened between LBJ and MLK and if the President really did drag his feet on the Voting Rights Act. It seems like so much turmoil and deaths could have been avoided.  My husband (who received better schooling than me) tells me LBJ didn't have the authority to do anything and it was in the states hands.  In that case, all I can say is, 'Are you shitting me George Wallace?'

Selma is nominated for Best Picture and for Original Song.

The Song, Glory by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn and sung by John Legend and Common won a Golden Globe for Best Song.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

What Do You Know About THAT?

Did you listen to the Serial Podcast a few months ago?  I was late to the party. (story of my life) and started listening to it when there were only 2 weeks left.

For those of you that don't know what Serial is, click here.

I was hooked and when it was over and I realized Dateline was all repeats, I started reading Finding Chandra by Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz.  It's about the disappearance and murder of Chandra Levy back in 2001.  It's pretty good.

Anyway, I've been reading it and I started to notice the person that read the book before me hated the word THAT.  They crossed them out.

So I posted the picture on Instagram and soon learned we are all overusing the word THAT and it can be completely unnecessary.  And now I'm worried that I'm using the word too much and I now have to go through all of my old blog posts and strike out THAT.  Now I'm wondering what else I didn't learn in high school.  Damnit Greeley Colorado!

Friday, January 2, 2015

RIP Elly May

When I was a kid, I watched The Beverly Hillbillies all the time!  It was a great show and so funny!  I loved Elly May and thought she was the most beautiful girl I'd ever seen.  She was also so oblivious to what was going on.  She also had a way with raccoons just like me!

In the mid 80's, Donna Douglas sang and spoke at my church and I was able to meet her.  She was so lovely in person and I had never met a celebrity before.  She even signed my bible.

Donna Douglas passed away yesterday at the age of 82.