It’s been a little too cold for much porch sittin’ around here this winter! It’s in the low fifties today, so not too bad, rainy and overcast. Thought I’d sit with you a few minutes. The mountains are hiding today behind the dreary gray mist.
We’ve been hibernating pretty much since the first of the year. Between the flu epidemic and the cold bitter temps we decided to just stay in as much as possible. I got quite a bit of reading done in January, six books, and we pulled out the jigsaw puzzles I’ve been stocking up on over last summer. We’ve played a lot of rummy and backgammon. It’s been nice and cozy. February has been warmer so we are venturing out more now.
Since I last talk to you I’ve had a birthday. The Big 6-0! Yep, I’m on the other side of old now!
Not usually movie buffs we’ve watched quite a few this year so far. Tuesday’s $5 day is getting to be a ritual with us!
The Mountain Between Us – Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible. The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Hany Abu-Assad and stars Academy Award winner Kate Winslet and Idris Elba.
Loved it! Idris Alba is gorgeous and a good actor. Nice love story that didn’t bore Bossman to death because of the stranded on the snowy mountain aspect.
The Greatest Showman – Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
The Wolverine can sing and dance! Very good musical. Sad that the circus is no longer around. I would have loved to take my grandkids. See this one if you can. I found a museum in Bridgeport, CT. all about PT Barnum. Barnum died in Bridgeport. His and his families graves are there too, and Tom Thumbs too!
Crooked House – The new Agatha Christie film that never did show up at the theater! A friend on the Miss Marple Group Facebook page sent me a copy to watch through dropbox. How kind was that! I loved it. Not sure why it never made it to the big screen.
Phantom Thread –Set in the glamour of 1950’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. Phantom Thread is Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis.
A beautiful film with Daniel Day-Lewis. Slow character study with very dysfunctional people. The cinematography was lovely to look at and the musical score was fabulous. The acting was top notch. But it is a very strange story. Kudos to Bossman for sitting through it with me. It was his birthday present to me 🙂 then bowling and dinner. A full day out! Day-Lewis has retired from from movies after this movie, he gets so into character and the sadness after this one will not go away. He said its time to quit. I loved it and I hear its up for lots of awards. The unknown Vicky Krieps stole the show right out from under Day-Lewis’ feet!
Hostiles – Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands. Making the harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico, to the grasslands of Montana, the former rivals encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike), whose family was murdered on the plains. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche and vicious outliers that they encounter along the way.
We just went and saw this western with Christian Bale and Rosamunde Pike yesterday. Fantastic movie! I was amazed at how much of a tale of forgiveness and redemption it was. Stunning visuals and excellent acting. Highly recommend this one. My favorite line in it is… “We can’t understand God’s rough ways, Joseph”. See this one!
On Amazon and Netflix we watched…
A Man Called Ove – Just as good as the book! I’ve wanted to see this for so long. Subtitles, Bossman didn’t want to watch it when it was in Asheville, but I found it on Amazon Prime! If you loved the book you’ll have to see the movie!
Manchester by the Sea – After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 16-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.My neighbor and I waited and waited for this to come to our theater but it never did. I found it on Netflix. It wasn’t what I expected from the previews. Slow and sad but very good.
The Hateful Eight – Set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive Daisy Domergue, race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren, a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix, a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob, who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…
We thought we were going to watch a typical western. Hadn’t seen Kurt Russell around in ages. We were unpleasantly surprised at this movie. At the very end i it said Director Quentin Tarantino and that explained it! Vulgar and bloody and terrible language. Bossman said we should have turned it off and not finished it.
Did you know James Oswald, the Scottish author of the Inspector McLean series has a new series out? He has gone with a new publisher, leaving Penquin for Wildfire. The new series features a female lead, DC Constance Fairchild. Not yet available in the US, but he said they are working on it. I’d love to read it.
We’ve gotten five Wysocki puzzles done this last month and a half. There’s a big table in the basement so we have been doing them down there. The side of the top right one got cropped off. Starting a new one today.
We had an unusually warm day in January, almost 70*, so we took advantage and did a day trip to explore Bristol TN/VA. The state-line runs right down the center of the road so one side of the street is TN and the other is VA. Quaint and full of history. I’ll get a post up soon about it.
My son and daughter-in-law bought a house several years ago and it came with it’s own little family cemetery. I did a blog post back on Peggy Ann’s Post about it. Check it out here. The graves are very old, two of the people were born before the country was a nation and died in the early 1800’s. It has the original cast iron fence and gate. It was so overgrown they didn’t even know they were getting a cemetery! Very cool. Well it got even cooler this last month! My daughter-in-law was contacted by the great, great, great, great, great granddaughter of the man, John Lauderbaugh. We had tried to find info about him, but came up empty handed. She sent Stephanie a pic of a paper clipping from the Baltimore Sun in 1899. John Lauderbaugh, who is buried in my son’s backyard, came to America from Germany and joined the Continental Army in the Revolution. He was with Washington when he crossed the Delaware river and surprised the enemy on that snowy Christmas night!
Pretty cool huh!!!? The granddaughter wants pictures of the graves and said her daughter lives in DC so she will stop and see them when she comes from California to visit.
We’ve ‘adopted’ a young man from church who lives up here alone. His family is all in Florida and he doesn’t see them much. He is 28. I told him we would be his family! I enjoy his company a lot. He loves to play board games and just hang out with us old folk. I think this is going to be great for all of us.
Friday night we are going to The Capitol to see Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember! In March Singing in the Rain is showing.
Bossman has been having an issue with chronic diarrhea for a couple months now. The doctor thought it sounded like Giardia, a bacteria you pick up in stream water. He hasn’t drank any but I guess you can get it other ways too. So he took the meds for that and if it didn’t work then he has to have a test done. It didn’t work so we off to get the test kit. He is so frustrated. His colonoscopy came back clean last year. I have him taking Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar but its not helping.
I’ve sat out here on the porch long enough that the sun is trying to come out back behind the house. Still can’t see the mountains in the front though. I better get in and see what I can get into. Nice chatting with you!