Dead Poets Society

I was a bit moved by the passing of Robin Williams yesterday. So sad his depression got the best of him. I watched much of the coverage on TV about his life and death. Of course it reminded me of all the movies I’ve seen him in. I really liked Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society the most. I guess I preferred his serious roles to his comedic roles.

Oh captain, my captain!

This evening I watched Dead Poets Society again to remind me why I liked it so much. His character really inspired those students to think for themselves and live for the day. Seeing it today though made me see the political message. At private schools at that time in our history, conformity was the rule. He was teaching them not to conform. I love that! The movie means a lot more today then the first time I saw it.

I think Robin Williams will be missed. He certainly left an impression on our film history. While watching Dead Poets Society, I saw on Facebook that Lauren Bacall died today. That’s two greats in as many days. Who will be next?

First Holiday Movie

YouveGotMailEvery year at this time I enjoy watching holiday movies. I usually watch my favorites like The Bishop’s Wife, Christmas in Connecticut, The Man Who Came To Dinner, and of course A Christmas Carol. There are others but I really enjoy those.

This year I decided to start the season with a semi-holiday movie. Last night I decided to watch You’ve Got Mail. I selected this one because it takes place during the Thanksgiving/Christmas time frame. Well, the ending takes place during the spring but most of the movie is during the holiday season.

I love this movie because I love romantic comedies. I think Meg Ryan was in her prime at that time and Tom Hanks was pretty good as well. This movie has a lot of technology in it but it wasn’t really showcased that well. For example, both the main characters were using laptops. One was a Mac and one was a PC. I liked the Mac of course. However, at several times during the movie they showed the laptops and I only remember one time where the laptops were actually plugged into a phone line. Remember this movie was probably made in 1997 and released in 1998 before wifi. The average person probably won’t even notice these things but I did. At that time I was all about AOL and connecting with people in the chat rooms and through email so I enjoyed the technology in the movie.

But I also enjoy a good love story. I like the way Tom Hanks character plays with the Meg Ryan character for a few months, working her into a relationship before she even knows it. And the fact that it takes place during the holidays is just a bonus. Also, the movie is actually a remake of The Shop Around The Corner which is also a holiday movie. I like that movie too but I prefer the remake.

Anyway, I consider this my first holiday movie this year. This weekend I’m sure I’ll be catching up on my favorites but until then, I’ll savor this first holiday movie I’ve seen this year.


Merry Christmas Eve. I'm not religious AT ALL but I do like the traditions of Christmas. I'll miss not being with my family this year but that's my choice. I have been lazy all day today. I'll I've done is watch movies. Being off for two weeks at this time of the year gives me time to be lazy, watch a lot of movies, and lay around doing nothing. Today was one of those days. My car hasn't moved from it's spot for more then 24 hours. I've only left my condo to get the mail. I can really be a slug sometimes. Nothing wrong with that. I enjoy it.

Movies I've watched today:

A Christmas Carol (love this version)
Miracle On 34th Street (another great movie)
Meet Me In St. Louis (is this one gay because of Judy Garland?)
Holiday Inn
The Bishop's Wife

Now one movie I watched this evening that was amazing was “Winged Migration”. I think it might have won an Oscar. I'm not sure. Anyway, it was a great documentary on migrating birds. The visual images were amazing. I don't know how they filmed it but it was spectacular. If you haven't seen it, you really should. While watching it I felt as though I should be sharing the experience with someone. I was wishing that I was still with Shawn. I know he would appreciate the music and images from this film. Maybe he's seen it, I'm not sure. I also think that the holiday is making me think more about him and wishing we were still together. I wonder if he thinks about us like I do. Enough about him. I'll get over him eventually. Despite what I wrote in an earlier posting, time does heal all wounds.

Watching Movies

Woke up early this morning and looked out the window and saw that it had snowed. It looks like it snowed a good 3 inches. Now it has turned over to rain and it’s nasty. I’d have taken some pictures but it looks nasty and I don’t think it will make a nice picture. I’m spending the day watching movies. I’ve watched “In The Good Ole Summer Time”, “The Shop Around The Corner” and now I’m watching “A Christmas Carol”. I love watching old movies on a cold Sunday. I’ve also had some hot chocolate and shortbread cookies. Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. 🙂