Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
The critics said "Best Audience Picture of 2008", "A Soaring, Crowd Pleasing Fantasy", "A Movie to Celebrate", and more. I'd seen the director and the actors interviewed on TV, watched a trailer, read the reviews, and thought I understood what I was going to see. Wrong!
Slumdog Millionaire has an R rating for "some violence, language, and disturbing images." A more accurate description would be "scenes of torture, debilitating poverty, deliberate mutilation of a child, murders, abuse, and extreme neglect." That was only the first 45 minutes. I couldn't take it - I'm not naive about third world countries and slum conditions but this was brutal. It just seemed wrong to be watching it during Christmas vacation and my friend and I agreed to cut it short.
The really nice theater attendant said about 4 people per showing have the same reaction, and that the film is lighter and more positive in the 2nd half. I will have to wait for the DVD. Maybe on a smaller screen, where I can skip thru entire scenes, it will be easier to watch. I'm not sure.
But it felt very good to walk out onto an American street surrounded by clean, well-cared for children enjoying the freedom of their winter break. Ironically, I suppose the effect the movie had on me is indicative of great film making. I will take a deep breath and try it again, but not on a big screen. Not to discourage anyone else, but make sure you're prepared!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
NOLA gets featured again - her first shot was not as flattering.
Now you get the full effect of her "do"!
This one is Battenburg lace. Very pristine.
She's a Country Girl - made from patchwork quilt scraps.
Hand painted wood, with lace accent. She looks Russian or Eastern European to me.
A definite favorite. She always hangs front & center on the tree. Painted wood with metal wings & stars.
An Obama girl - her banner says "Vote for Change, 08" Just kidding - it really says "Joy to the World". She's lovely.
Another one of lace - pleated top to bottom this time.
A group shot.
A forest angel - she's painted to look like a birch tree.
Very pretty for something made of string and ribbon.
Serene and old fashioned - she's a bit Edwardian.
Haute Couture of Heaven: thin, rich, and elegant.
OK, there's 12 - one for each of days remaining until Christmas. That's probably enough angels for one site!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
But after 3.5 hours at the mall I had 2 lipsticks, a miniature Noel pitcher, a holly print tablecloth, spiced cedar foaming bath wash,and 3 pieces of Analon cookware! (These were not gifts either - all for me!) Everything except the lipstick was on sale. According to the store, I saved well over $100.00 on the cookware alone. However, if you noticed, I seem to have been in every department except clothing.
So I took my purchases to the car, stopped for a bite to eat because by then I was starving and then began the clothing search in earnest. Nothing fits right after lunch - I know that. In the end, I bought a cool black & white scoop neck cotton top, on sale for $29.99. But unless I can channel Scarlett and get creative with a tablecloth, I still have nothing to wear Saturday night. Aaarrggggh!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thirty years ago, before angels became trendy and new-agey, a friend gave me a beautiful little porcelain angel ornament. The next year I bought another one. Then I started collecting angels on a casual basis. Now I have over 100 -- more than enough to do an entire tree. Each one has a story. Some were gifts, some were handmade, some were purchased on my travels. Here a just a few pictures:
Bringing Tidings of Comfort & Joy
She's from New Orleans, LA. Her pigtails don't show well, but they're angelic.
A Native American Angel, from Cody WY
This beautiful baby is afraid of hot water. He's all pasta, even the tiny little stars on his (wooden) head. I've had him 25 years, with only one little chip!
Hand crocheted by my sister, around a wooden clothes pin. So sweet!
Ribbons and bows - so simple!
Ginger's from the Great Smoky Mts. in TN. She's the only one who came with a name.
Nature Girl - she's a fir cone from the beautiful Pacific Northwest
Animal Kingdom - an angelic cat is an oxymoron. She's more likely to have horns than a halo.
I have about 80 more - but isn't Christmas fun?