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Catch me if you can…uh, no thank you

So – saying my last week was busy, would pretty much be the understatement of the year.  Check that… the century!  Yeah, it’s been that crazy.  But to catch everyone up…here’s what’s been going on.

Without going into too much detail, (actually, without going into any detail), I’ve been helping a friend out this past week with some very serious health and personal problems.  Without question, I set my current priorities aside and have been helping my friend out with anything and everything that needs to be done.  There is family to be contacted and updated daily, there are friends to be notified, and help to be requested from others.  It’s quite the coordination of effort, and thus far, I’m the main point person.  It hasn’t been easy…but it is something that has to be done, and will continue to be done after I’m gone. 

So, in the midst of all of this (and after a good full day of rushing around and utter exhaustion), Micah and I had tickets to see the world premiere of Catch me if you can the musical.  (Think Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks movie).  Sadly, we were actually going to go a week earlier, but the first week of shows were cancelled due to one of the actor’s sisters being murdered here in Seattle.  Very tragic.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this musical.  Any of the prior musicals we have gone too have been out for awhile and come with good reviews.  And again, as a reminder – I’m not much of a musical person.  I have liked some (e.g. Jersey Boys, The Lion King), and not liked some (uh…Phantom of the Opera – bleh!). 

This musical will fall into the not like category.  Actually, it should fall into the “Didn’t even finish” category.  Yep, Micah and I both were so bored.  The first act was BORING and SLOW.  There were lots of slow songs, unnecessary songs, and even the fast up tempo songs were really lacking.  Now, I haven’t seen any “professional” reviews about this musical yet to see if I’m just the outlier…but Micah and I hightailed it out of there at intermission, and don’t regret for one second not finishing it. 

And to think about it…the movie version wasn’t that good either!!!

Hakuna Matata

Just saw The Lion King play last night (Micah’s birthday present).  It’s currently running at The Paramount until March 15th. 

It was SOOO GOOD!!!  It’s lives up to all the praise and hype that I’ve read about and heard from others who have seen it: amazing costumes, powerful singing and dancing, fun and exciting! 

Very interesting to see how they weaved elements of the cartoon version onto the stage.  And of course, it’s fun to hear all the good songs you remember from the cartoon (“Just can’t wait to be king,” “Hakuna matata,” “Circle of Life”…etc.)

This is the 4th “musical” I have seen with Micah…and I’m not one to really like musicals.  But come on…a Disney cartoon…how can you resist? 🙂

In addition to watching the play, we had dinner at Palisades Restaurant on Elliot Bay.  On Saturdays, if you eat dinner before 5pm (6pm the other days) you can order from the “First Seating” menu.  It gives you a choice of appetizer, entree, dessert, and a beverage (tea, coffee, soft drink) for $32.  Pretty much like Seattle’s “30 for $30” promotions they run.  Micah and I both did this and had exceptionally delicious meals.  There are other participating Seattle restaurants with “First Seating” menus – I think it’s a great way to experience an expensive restaurant with half the cost.

And the winner is…

I’m pretty excited for the Oscar’s tonight – I don’t typically get all that pumped about awards shows, but I have gotten more into it for this year’s Oscars.  I think there were alot of really good movies…and movies I even happened to see…which makes following the nominees/winner/losers a bit more interesting.

There are still a ton of movies I didn’t get a chance to see yet (The Reader, Milk, Frost/Nixon), which I’m sure are all very good, but I hear are my thoughts on the ones I did see:

In no particular order:

  1. Slumdog Millionaire:  I can’t say enough about this movie. Original and excellent!  And I haven’t heard anyone who has seen it say they didn’t like it.
  2. Doubt:  A good thinking movie and Meryl Streep really does an amazing job, as does Phillip Seymour Hoffman.  (Side note: I recently watched Capote, which he won the Oscar for Best Actor a couple of years ago – he’s really good). 
  3. The Changeling:  I just watched this on DVD a couple days ago.  It is MUCH better than I thought it was going to be.  Angelina Jolie did an amazing job!  And the story is really captivating…it definitely draws you in.  I highly recommend, but it definitely deals with disturbing content.
  4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button:  A long movie…I think nearly 3 hours.  I tell people, “if you liked Forrest Gump, then you will like this movie.”  I feel it follows a similar story-telling style and there are many life lessons to be learned via his experiences.  It was also a thought provoking movie and made for alot of good conversation about it.  However, the movie is FAR different from the actual book.  Oh, and a great thing about this movie – you get to see a younger, super hot Brad Pitt!

Other movies I saw:

  • The Dark Knight – great movie, of course we all thought Heath Ledger did an amazing job as the Joker.
  • Kung Fu Panda – good, funny kids movie…but for adults too
  • Wall-E – hmmm…I actually didn’t think it was all that good.  I understand there was a deeper message it was sending about how we treat the planet and sustainability, etc. but I thought it was boring.
  • Man on Wire – a great documentary about a man who tightroped between the World Trade Center Towers.  Very funny and fascinating.

So, I am terrible at predicting winners of these types of things.  I do, however, see high hopes for Slumdog. 

Happy movie watching!!!!!!!!

Snow, sick, silence, sitcom?

I like alliteration. 

Snow: Monday and Tuesday…it snowed.  And I no longer possess a windshield scraper (as my sister currently has it in her truck), so I had to scrape and brush off snow from my car using a long-handled umbrella.  Not quite as effective as my windshield scraper.  But it makes more sense this time of year to have an umbrella in my car…than a snowscraper.  Brrr and grr…enough of this white stuff!

Sick:  Went to work Monday morning, and immediately went back home.  I was sick!  I realized, I actually seem to get fairly sick around this time of year…a pattern that has stuck for at least 3 or 4 years.  Some sort of stomach situation (see…the alliteration again).  I’ve stayed home now for 3 days, not able to eat much and not getting much sleep because my stomachache keeps me awake at night and…

Silence: Yeah right!  The construction craze continues (ahh..can’t stop).  Our townhouse has all new windows, but they are currently working on re-siding our unit – which means loud, continuous hammering sounds from 8am to 4pm.  Even with ear plugs, I can’t sleep during this…they are literally hammering just a few feet from me (outside of course).  I am TIRED!

Sitcom:  Since I can’t sleep while I’m staying home sick, I have decided to start watching 30 Rock via Netflix instant viewer.  I am starting with season 1.  I wanted to see what all the talk and award hype is all about. 

I have watched the entire first season…in one day.  On to season 2!  Love it (the sitcom that is…not being sick). 🙂

Sorry mom and dad…uh..Gran Torino sucked…bad

Micah and I had free tickets for a movie, so we decided to catch Gran Torino Friday night.  I’ve heard from numerous people (including my mom and dad) that this was a great movie.  In fact, I was told I might actually cry in it (which obviously means those people don’t know me well enough – sorry folks, I don’t cry in movies!!!)  Anyways, the movie was terrible.  I kept wondering when it was going to get better.  Granted, I appreciate the message that the movie was trying to communicate – but I just couldn’t get over how horrible the acting was.  And I’m willing to forgive the teen actors (who aren’t really actors at all) – but Clinty…you sucked!  He literally growled throughout the movie….yes, growled. 

So, I cannot recommend this movie to…anyone.  Instead, I will continue to promote what I do think is the best movie this year, Slumdog Millionaire.

P.S. I heard that Gran Torino was going to be the last movie Clint Eastwood actually acted in – and from now on, he’ll be behind the cameras.  Phew!

Movies to watch – that I only recently heard about

Ok – I don’t have the best track record when it comes to recommending good movies.  Apparently my tastes, don’t always sync up nicely with those of my friends.  BUT….nonetheless, I am going forward in recommending two movies that I recently watched (both movies I watched via Netflix Instant Viewer – gotta love that feature).  And I HIGHLY recommend them both.

1. The Dead Girl (2006) – Yeah, had no idea it came out two, almost three years ago. My apologies to those have seen it and feel reading my recommendation is a waste of their time.  Sorry – I don’t watch movies all that often…but I’m trying to get better at that.

Anyways…I’m not here to tell what the plot is and such, but I just want to tell people to watch it.  If you liked Crash and generally enjoy movies where there are these individual storylines that somehow all come together – then I think you will like this movie.  It’s a bit on the disturbing/depressing side (it is afterall called The Dead Girl) – but I tend to like movies like that (not saying I don’t like happy, fun movies either).  At least read about it online…and then decide.


2. Priceless (2006) – Geez, another two to three year old movie. 

Now, this one is a foreign film – French to be exact.  So it has subtitles!!!  (I know some people really hate not being told that ahead of time).  This movie stars the very popular French actress, Audrey Tautou (think Amelie).  Love her!!  Anyways, this is not depressing at all – it’s a comedy/romance.  It’s wacky and funny – I really enjoyed watching and reading this movie 🙂 




3. Okay – just for fun – throwing another good word out there for Slumdog Millionaire.  It’s still currently in the theaters (limited release) and I bet it will start playing in more theaters after the Awards hoopla hits.  Great movie!!  It too is a foreign film – but from India (and no…it’s not Bollywood at all!)  Note: I recommended this movie to a coworker friend – she went and saw it, and said after “the best movie I have seen in years.”

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