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Movies: "Captain Phillips"

Movies: "Captain Phillips"

 

British filmmaker Paul Greengrass brought a visceral documentary style to such powerhouse movies as “Bloody Sunday” (2002), “United 93” (2006) and the best of the Jason Bourne adventures (“The Bourne Ultimatum” and “The Bourne Supremacy”).  

 

Now he does it again with this exciting depiction of the actual hijack attempt of an American cargo vessel by a handful of young Somali pirates in 2009.  “There’s no Al-Qaeda here,” the pirate leader Muse (Barkhad Abdi) assures the captain of the Maersk Alabama (a grizzled Tom Hanks).  “This is just business.”

How Becky Sawtelle is Doing Eight Months After Weight Loss Surgery

How Becky Sawtelle is Doing Eight Months After Weight Loss Surgery

It's hard to believe that is was the beginning of the year when I first wrote about Becky Sawtelle's decision to have weight loss surgery. We haven't had an update on the blog since the end of May, but that doesn't mean she hasn't made progress — she's made incredible progress. She and her little dog Muffin also moved to Florida, so she's been dealing with a lot of changes. And, I think she spends a lot of time at the gym getting in shape.

Understanding Autism and the Importance of Early Intervention

Understanding Autism and the Importance of Early Intervention

Look at the picture of this beautiful little girl. Her name is Emerson Brown, Eme for short. She's five-years-old and just started kindergarten.

Eme and her oldesr sister Finley were born only 11 months apart. That's why their mother Kim was so tuned into Eme's development. It wasn't happening the same way it did with Finley. Now, every child is different, and Kim certainly knew that, but by the time Eme was about a year old, she knew something wasn't quite as it should be. Read more ...

Soul Nurturing

Soul Nurturing

Cranky. That's how I've felt this past week. My immune system was working overtime trying to fight off a cold. The deadlines for a couple of freelance writing projects had arrived. I made a commitment to volunteer at a wonderful and worthy weekend event when I really needed to be working at the computer. I had homework.

Fortunately, I love, love, love doing my homework. This week it has been my saving grace. Read more.

Movies: "Enough Said"

Movies: "Enough Said"

 

I love Autumn.  The weather turns crisp, the lawn doesn’t need mowing every week and the movies become so much better.  Case in point: “Enough Said,” a sweet, funny film about adult relationships, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late (and sorely missed) James Gandolfini.  The movie is dedicated to him at the end.

 

Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener (“Please Give,” “Lovely and Amazing”), “Enough Said” is set in the pleasant suburbs of Los Angeles, where Eva (Louis-Dreyfus) plies her trade as a massage therapist, hauling her bulky equipment around in a Prius.  

Movies: "Gravity"

Movies: "Gravity"

Mexican writer/director Alfonso Cuaron blew me away with his dystopian action movie “Children of Men” back in 2006.  Now he’s done it again with the most realistic space adventure since Kubrick’s astonishing “2001: A Space Odyssey.”  “Gravity” works on every level, from the dramatic to the technological, and to see it in Imax 3-D is truly the way to go with this baby.

It’s basically a two-character performance.  George Clooney is the veteran space shuttle skipper Matt Kowalski, who spins shaggy dog tales back to Mission Control (the voice of Ed Harris, in a subtle tribute to “Apollo 13”) and plays country music on his two-way.  Sandra Bullock is science officer Ryan Stone, on her first space mission to do some repair work on the Hubble telescope.