Monday, August 31, 2009
Aw, They Are Just Too Cute! I heard about these kids on NPR. They are tooooo cute! I love how much they are enjoying themselves, and it's just another reason to support arts education in our public schools.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
A First Time for Everything. I'd been intrigued about the movie The Hurt Locker ever since I heard about it on NPR, and the fact that it is a movie from Dubya's company, Summit Entertainment, got me off of my lazy butt and into the theater to watch it. I gotta support my peeps, right?
The movie, which follows a group of US soldiers in the Army's Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) squad in Iraq, is very intense. It was an exhausting experience in that I was on edge during the entire film, unable to relax, as I watched the EOD squad go through one life-or-death moment after another.
But speaking of firsts. Normally a very quiet moviewatcher, it annoys me when people talk during movies. You know the person giving the stinkeye to the loud whisperers in the theater? That's me. Anyway, since I hadn't seen any trailers or clips from the movie prior to watching it in the theater, everything that unfolded on the screen was brand new to me. During a moment in the film (that is featured prominently in the trailer, I have since learned), I was so undone by the "surprise" that I yelled out, "Holy sh*t!" in the theater. It was a tad embarrassing.
Although it was the cause of some embarrassment on my end, I really liked the film. It was, without a doubt, exciting. With its documentary-esque style, I was just stunned by what war does to a place, how people live with it, and how easy it is for people in my situation to forget about it. As someone who has seen their share of action-packed, explosion-filled movies (Die Hard, anyone?) and LOVED them, it was odd to be in the position of watching a so-called "action" film and hoping desperately for there to be no action.