Christmas 2013: Ramblings, Trailers, Excuses...
I haven't posted in a while. I'm not sure why. Maybe a slump or apathy. But this post is an attempt to begin again. I don't have a film to review, but there are several that I am looking forward to seeing. I will share those in a bit.
First, it is Christmas tomorrow. Today, I awoke with something resembling the Christmas spirit. I feel like I have accomplished all of my tasks like buying and wrapping presents, sending off boxes to family, and listening to the requisite Christmas carols. But this year, I have also tried to focus on random acts of kindness. As with all true random acts, I prefer to remain anonymous. But I will say that I've tried to perform them on a regular basis throughout this season. Some cost me a little money, some took my time, but all of them gave something back to me. Not a sense of pride or self-cherishing. No. I received something altogether different. I feel a true connection with other people this year. Gone are some of the minor irritations and frustrations I feel when interacting with those around me. Now I look forward to and seek out moments to spend with the people I love. Gone are the grudges and anger from the past. It feels like a new life. I am opening my heart to those around me and finding out that I can still surprise myself. I thought I knew myself after having been on this earth for 48 years, but surprisingly and astoundingly, I have found that I still had some lessons to learn. I am grateful to my circle of friends who are the most loyal, trustworthy, loving, and good people I know. Each of them makes an impact on those around them on a daily basis, and the world is better for their existence.
And now, without further procrastination, I will list the films I am anxiously awaiting. First up, we have The Invisible Woman, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes. The film recounts the true story of Charles Dickens and his much younger mistress. He was the most famous man in the world, but he had a secret that he tried to keep until his dying day.
Next up we have Her, directed by Spike Jonze and starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johanssen's voice. The film is about a man that falls in love with the "Siri" voice in his phone. At first, the concept sounds a little silly, but I think this film is going to have a lot of deeper meaning, exploring what happens to someone who falls in love with someone they can't have. "Falling in love is a form of socially acceptable insanity."
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a remake of an old film and stars Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig. Walter Mitty is a socially awkward man who escapes his life into a fantasy world of adventures, taking his secret crush with him.
When a young mother and her son offer a ride to a stranger, they find themselves involved with an escaped convict in the film Labor Day, starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.
That's it for now. Back to getting ready for Christmas. I hope all of you have a great Christmas and a wonderful new year! And get buzzed!