Smith Kids MSU Tailgate

Smith Kids MSU Tailgate
Dominica, Veronica, Rebel and Miranda

Monday, February 28, 2011

Back in the saddle

Not to go all Siskel and Ebert on you, but Eat Pray Love (the movie) was not nearly as good as the book.  Movies rarely ever are; in my opinion, the book is always better.  Anyhow, the biggest problem I had with it was with character selection.  I really didn't like the actor who played Richard at the Ashram. He didn't sell the part to me at all.  I didn't like the actor who played David either, or her husband for that matter.  I didn't even  like Julia Roberts in the lead role which was a surprise to me because I am usually a big fan of hers.  I just didn't think the author's personality was captured very effectively with her portrayal of Liz Gilbert.  You didn't really get a feeling for her sense of humor at all.  And Liz is down right hysterical at times.  Anyhow, over all, I was disappointed with that movie Saturday night. 

Last night we had one final movie showing as a family before we returned to our totally TV free life this morning (details later) and we watched, "Hachi: A Dog's Tale".  As far as I can tell, this movie was not a big blockbuster hit, quite the contrary it is a little unknown movie.  Other than Richard Gere who played the lead role and Jason Alexander who played a bit part all the other actors were unknowns, at least I think they were. I don't watch too many movies, but I had never seen them in other flicks.  I am not sure why it was not a big hit because this movie was very good.  Of all the movies I watched this past weekend this one was the very best.  It will make you cry though so watcher beware.  The other cool part about this one was it is based upon a true story which I always like.   I won't give away any of the story line so that next time you need a good movie to watch you can check it out and be completely surprised by it as I was.

Now onto the TV stuff.  Of course this past weekend was a complete and total bust in the world of NOTV.  We watched more television this past weekend than we had in the entire 2011 year to date.  However, there are a few silver linings in this cloud of recent NOTV failure.  First of all, our son is healthy again with no long term medical effects and we only had to spend two days in the hospital to get him healthy!  Secondly, almost all of the television we watched was watched at the hospital and the terms of the NOTV2011 deal states that you can watch television other places, just not at home.  So technically we only failed to the tune of two movies that we watched at home the past two nights.  Oh and Jeff and AJ watched some Nascar yesterday too.  So the failure was not quite as bad as it could have been.  Anyhow, this morning I am back at it again being the mean mom who strictly enforces the NOTV rules and we are all back in the saddle of NOTV2011.  Yes, I am back playing Little Miss Entertainment Specialist.  Well, I have to go we are about to make a big farm and train track village!
Vern Out

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