Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
I am appalled. I have not written a MOVIE WEEKEND since Feb. 26th when I reviewed Whiplash. We have us some catchin' up to do.
We begin with the movies I watched most recently. They focus on women.
The first is Cake (2014, Rated R, Available on DVD). I saw this movie on a DVD that arrived in my mailbox thanks to Netflix.
Cake generated some Oscar buzz because of Jennifer Aniston's performance as Claire, a woman who lives with chronic pain because of a terrible car accident.
This movie is not for children. I don't know if teens would want to watch it. Cake earns The Janie Junebug Seal of I Admit I Walked Out Of The Room To Pee Without Hitting The Pause Button. The movie simply roamed the screen. I won't tell you not to see Cake; I won't tell you to see Cake. Maybe you love Jennifer Aniston. Maybe you want to see her look sad. It's up to you.
Our second movie is excellent, and won a well-deserved Best Actress Academy Award for Julianne Moore, who is Still Alice (2015, PG-13, Available on DVD). I watched this movie on a DVD, again very kindly delivered to me by Netflix.
Alice Howland is a brilliant linguistics professor who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease. The evening I watched this movie, Favorite Young Man came over to get a dog crate for his puppy. I couldn't think of the words "separation anxiety." In my own small way, I felt Alice's pain. I thought, OH MY GOD. I HAVE ALZHEIMER'S. I am a word person who often cannot think of a desired word. It drives me insane.
This movie is beautifully written. Alec Baldwin plays Alice's husband, John. He is a dickwad. I know he behaves exactly the same way my own ex-husband would have if I had received such a diagnosis: He puts work ahead of relishing time with Alice--the final days that Alice can remember, partially, and enjoy.
Still Alice is very dramatic. I read some reviews that say Julianne Moore is too dramatic. I thought about how I would feel if I learned I had Alzheimer's. How would I react? I'd probably be more dramatic than Moore. I also don't believe she won the Academy Award because people felt it was her turn.
Watch the movie. See what you think.
This movie is not for children. I don't know if it would interest teens, but they might want to see Kristen Stewart, who plays one of Alice's daughters.
Still Alice earns The Janie Junebug Seal of Sad Highest Approval.
Willy Dunne Wooters was not interested in these movies, so he didn't watch and provides no rating other than I'm the hostess with the mostest.
I can't say happy viewing today. I wish you thoughtful viewing instead.
Infinities of love,