Tammy has just reviewed a film that she saw recently and the review is typically Tammy. I had promised her that depending on her review of the film I would spend some money to get a DVD but find that neither the DVD nor the Blueray version has been released yet.
I hope to see it in a theater if they release it here but will most certainly get the book on which the film is based immediately.
Incidentally, I had reviewed another film based on hiking in the USA called Wild. In that case, I had seen the film starring Reese Witherspoon first and then bought the book. I was not disappointed with either choice. I hope that with A Walk In The Woods too, I won’t be. Just to keep my interest alive, the movie has Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, both my favourite actors, in it and I look forward to it anyway.
And to lighten up this post which is getting to be a bit serious here is something that people of my vintage will appreciate.
My friend Abhaya is an avid movie watcher and apart from going to the theaters to watch them he also uses modern technology to download Satellite TV film shows to see at his convenience. Whenever he comes across something really nice, he immediately sends an alert for me to try and see the same movie. On 9/11 I got a message from him asking me to see Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close a film using the 9/11 incidents to show a young boy’s journey to find some connection to his father who dies in the WTC collapse.
On receipt of the message, I had sent for a DVD of the same movie and it came this morning and I watched it earlier this evening. One of the reasons that I prefer seeing movies at home is that I can put the player on pause and do some other things and return to the player at my convenience, but this was one film that did not allow me to indulge in such a relaxed viewing. It held my attention from the word go and till the end, a 130 minute experience, I was glued to my seat. I had even switched off my phone so that I would not be disturbed and I am glad that I did.
To be honest, what convinced me to send for the DVD was Abhaya’s message that said that the film starred Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. The movie has more or less cameo roles for both though when they do appear they deliver powerful performances. Max von Sydow another bonus actor actually has the most powerful role to play apart from the hero of the film young Thomas Horn. Full marks to the director Stephen Daldry for having got a truly magnificent performance out of the young lad and very memorable performances from the other supporting cast.
I don’t remember to have heard about this film when it was released four years ago. I wonder whether it was released at all in India. It is a powerful movie on relationships and nostalgia particularly for an eleven year old young boy. As I write this, I am still under the influence of the performance of Horn. I am sure that he will grow up to be a very successful actor. I have no hesitation whatsoever in giving the movie the full [rating=6] rating.
If you have not seen it, please do. You will not regret it.
This topic too was suggested by Maria the gaelikaa for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where currently nine of us write on the same topic every Friday. I hope that you enjoyed my contribution to that effort. The seven other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Ashok, gaelikaa, Lin, Maxi, Padmum, Pravin, Shackman and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, or not at all this week, do give some allowance for that too!
That is our garden enjoying the rain just a few minutes ago this afternoon. Monsoon has been playing truant and we were facing a drought situation till just a few days ago. The met informs us that the deficit registered so far is likely to be made good during the rest of the month with the monsoon reviving.
It is very good news and has brought a lot of smiles on our faces except perhaps for some like Calvin.
Oh My God! That is what the topic would be for the proposer of the topic Maria.
Whenever we are in communication, when she says Oh My God, I inevitably say “He is mine too”. And if the topic is a little more intense, I might even say “What May I Do For You Now Dear?”
Somehow or the other OMG in India has come to mean only one thing and I have posted about it earlier and without being a bore, I recommend that my readers to there.
What else can I write about this very odd topic?
This topic was suggested by Maria the gaelikaa for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where currently nine of us write on the same topic every Friday. I hope that you enjoyed my contribution to that effort. The seven other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Ashok, gaelikaa, Lin, Maxi, Padmum, Pravin, Shackman and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, or not at all this week, do give some allowance for that too!