No Impact Man
It’s an interesting documentary about a guy and his family who attempt a year-long experiment in which they have no impact (i.e. no carbon footprint) on the environment. It’s actually pretty funny — I could totally see myself in the wife — as well as being an educational look at what we can easily do without versus what we can’t. While I do think that he was doing this little task more for publicity for his book, I also think that he and his family learned a lot while participating in the project. There are some interesting ideas, some successful and some not. I am even kind of inspired to attempt to stop using paper towels and paper napkins… however, I am still refusing to give up toilet paper… But if you need something both entertaining and enlightening to add to your queue, this would be a great addition!
Valentine’s Day- Yes, it’s pure fluff. No, it would never win any awards. But it is cute as hell and pretty funny. It’s one of THOSE movies that has an abnormally large amount of *big name* celebrities (think Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Garner, etc). The movie itself is all about one day (ahem, guess which day…) in the lives of these semi-connected souls. And if you’re in the mood for some fun, just let-go and smile movie watching, then this is a great way to spend a couple of hours. It’s also a cute date movie- even the husband thought it was worth seeing.
Invictus- You know it. It’s that movie with Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as a rugby player recently post-apartheid South Africa. Honestly, I was completely bored for most of the movie. I didn’t think the characters were well developed nor was the plot line shown in a clear continuum. As much as I love both actors, I couldn’t wait for the film to be over.
It’s Complicated- A Meryl Streep/Alec Baldwin comedy about older divorcees … reuniting *ahem*. When it came out in theaters, it was welcomed to some pretty horrific reviews, but I’m not sure why. It turned out to be really funny and a very entertaining movie. There are several laugh out loud moments, and I, for one, welcome the presence of Steve Martin in pretty much any film.
Young Victoria- A period piece starring Emily Blunt about Queen Victoria’s coming of age and ascendancy to the throne of England. It’s an interesting look at a monarch who is best remembered for the mournful, dower year of her later life. I’m a sucker for historical films (who can resist castles and costumes????) and this movie didn’t disappoint. While most guys (and non-historically minded females) probably would be bored to tears, if you enjoy a British history, turbulent love stories, or stories of strong-willed young women, you will enjoy YV.