Movies Watched During 2016

Far From the Maddening Crowd
Nov-2016
Based on the book by Thomas Hardy, an author who I happen to actually like. This movie was released last year, and does a stellar job of telling the story of Bathsheba Everdeen and her suitors. I never heard of the the two main actors, Carey Mulligan & Matthias Schoenaerts, but they were excellent. The plot reminds me of the John Hiatt song She Loves the Jerk, however, unlike the song, the heroine comes to her senses and ends up with the good guy. 

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Little Women
Nov-2016
This was the remake with Susan Sarandon as Marmie and Winona Ryder as Jo. I love it but unfortunately my family does not share my enthusiasm. Erika flopped onto the couch with me and asked if it was a chick flick, then expressed frustration upon learning Jo did not marry Lorry. Chris did not even bother to watch it with us. I don't care. I love the book (I should read it again, actually), and I love the original movie with Katharine Hepburn, and I love this remake. 

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Brooklyn
Oct-2016
I liked this movie so much I watched it Friday night with Erika & Saturday night with Chris. A young woman leaves her native Ireland in the early 1950's to live and work in Brooklyn, New York. A family tragedy forces her to return to Ireland, a place she sees with new eyes. Ultimately, she has to decide between two men and two countries. This was a wonderful story, beautifully told and beautifully acted. Two big thumbs up from me for this movie. 

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Mary Poppins
Sep-2016
A classic. We watched as this will be the fall play at Erika's school and she will be trying out. I love that scene with the chimney sweeps dancing on the rooftops. 

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Into the Woods
Jan-2016
This will be the 2nd play at Erika's school this spring semester, so I figured I'd watch it, but truthfully I barely got through it. I thought it was over when it was only intermission. I thought there'd be a big finish to make it worth watching, but there wasn't. I hope the students do a better job with it.  

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State of the Union
Jan-2016
Hepburn & Tracy in a Frank Capra movie that felt like it could have been made within the past year ago instead of the late 1940's. Spencer Tracy plays a successful business man who is manipulated by a conniving newspaper owner to run for president, but in doing so he abandons his principles. Worth watching if for no other reason than to see the parallels with our current politicians. 

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Woman of the Year
Jan-2016
I love this movie, although it is a bit dated. I love the scene at the baseball game when she's clueless about what's going on, and I love Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn together.  

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The Man With One Red Shoe
Jan-2016
An old Tom Hanks film from 1985. The plot revolves around two competing factions within the FBI. One faction convinces the other that a completely innocent musician (played by Tom Hanks) is the agent who they need to track - and they stop at nothing to try and find out what he knows with pretty hilarious results. 

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Fiddler on the Roof
Jan-2016
This will be the spring play at Erika's school so we all watched it one night. It is long (3 hours!) and I don't particularly like the music, but this helped me get mentally prepared to watch several live high school performances in the next few months. 

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Lost Horizon
Jan-2016
This is one of my all time favorites with Ronald Coleman playing the part of Robert Conway, the British diplomat who ends up in Shangri La where the residents live for hundreds of years. Based on the equally wonderful book by James Hilton.  

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