Sunday, June 1, 2008

mini reviews

1. The Friday Night Movie Club (yep, Hub and me) rented The Savages, a dark comedy about an adult brother and sister (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney) whose lives are suddenly interrupted by the need to care for their ailing, estranged father. The self-absorbed siblings who must start to grow up are named Jon and Wendy, a little ironic salute to Peter Pan. Since this is a mini review, I'll just say that the acting is superb, and the movie is worth seeing for that alone.

2. I just this evening completed Julie Andrews' Home: A Memoir of My Early Years. The book covers the time from before her birth in 1935 to the early 1960's (just prior to Mary Poppins filming). Her childhood memories were surprising -- I was expecting something more idyllic. The most fascinating part of the book for me was the behind-the-scenes look at her performances. Wowser, theatre work is rigorous!

9 comments:

Songbird said...

Thanks for the recommendations! I am a fan of all three and will add the movie and the book to my summer list of things-to-do.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

Now Julie Andrews... there is a woman who has aged abundantly well!

Counselor in Process said...

I've really wanted to see that movie. I heard the review on NPR.

dust bunny said...

Julie Andrews.....definitely a classy lady.

Jan said...

I'd been wondering about Julie Andrews' book. I've always admired her. Thanks for the recommendations.

mompriest said...

I have always loved Julie Andrews, I will have to read this book!

Presbyterian Gal said...

Two more fun things to add to the list!

Thanks.

Diane said...

another Julie Andrews fan checking in. this book sounds fascinating. and perfect for you too, as you are nurturing and encouragin and actor!

Diane said...

please excuse all of my typos.