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Weekend review [Feb. 7th, 2005|10:09 pm]
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Back from Vermont. Had a great weekend with Erin. Saturday we did some shopping and wandered around town, then Sunday we hit the slopes.

The slopes hit back. Wow, do they hit hard.

Ferrett had every excuse - he has never learned to ski, and tried snowboarding for the first time. Me, I was up there with my old TUA telemark skis, and it was pathetic. I am so severely out of shape I thought I was going to have a heart attack on the way down the mountain. I did manage to pull some form together on my last run, but had no stamina. It was the first time in five years that I had been on skis, and it showed. It inspired me, though, to get back out there and get good at it again. For the first time in years I felt a twinge of excitement about winter and snow. That's therapeutic.

Other than that, gobs of driving on each end. It's a stretch, getting there.

It was a high-success Oscar prep weekend as well, so here are three 30-second movie reviews:

Finding Neverland - Now that I've seen all the Best Picture nominees, this is the movie that I will be rooting for in my heart. Beautifully done, heartwrenching and yet uplifting.

Hotel Rwanda - Ferrett put it best: it's like holding your breath for an hour and a half. Remarkable story of an ordinary man doing his best to keep up ordinary circumstances in extraordinary times. I came out of this so overwhelemed that I literally couldn't speak for about 15 minutes. If this doesn't break your heart, check and make sure you actually have one.

Ray - A surprising disappointment. Jamie Foxx's performance is awesome, and when he gets the Best Actor statue it will be deserved. But it was about 45 minutes more Ray Charles than I really needed to see.

[User Picture]From: kid_lit_fan
2005-02-07 07:50 pm (UTC)
I feel the same about Ray. I enjoyed it, but, as the best review I read put it "2 hours into it, it was still only 1965. I began to wonder if it was being filmed in real time."

I adored Finding Neverland. Lots of critics have called it sentimental Hollywoodized claptrap. They probably think Disneyland is stupid, too. The last line of the movie sent me into an absolute fit of cathartic tears. Except for an occasional "God, Johnny has long eyelashes," and a single "Shouldn't she be wearing a dressing gown?" I was completely sucked into the story.

Realizing that the same director did Monster's Ball just makes it better.
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[User Picture]From: tevriel
2005-02-07 08:18 pm (UTC)
I must be weird. "This will break your heart" doesn't make me want to watch a movie - then again, being *from* Africa, and still having family, Africa-related heartache is not something I experience a shortage of.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-08 02:45 am (UTC)
I can understand that. It was an intense experience.
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From: elmundobueno
2005-02-08 07:54 am (UTC)
I'm jealous about the skiing. I haven't gone in a few years myself.

Which ski area in Vermont did you go to?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-08 09:19 am (UTC)
Smuggler's Notch. It was beautiful weather for it - sunny and 40.
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From: elmundobueno
2005-02-08 12:02 pm (UTC)
Sounds beautiful. I've never been to Smuggler's Notch, but I get information from them in the mail every year. Lots like a good place. Was it busy?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-02-08 12:26 pm (UTC)
Not too bad. We were only on the beginner's side, of course. It seemed pretty well organized and put together, though.
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