Monday, May 3, 2010

Rainy Weekend

I'm not sure what's on the national news regarding the flooding in Tennessee. My mom texted me and said Memphis was mentioned (although I'm sliiiiightly curious if they really said "Nashville, TN" and she just didn't catch it). Regardless - we had really bad storms this weekend, and there was flooding, but it wasn't out of the ordinary. Houses & neighborhoods are not being submerged, as seems to be the case in Nashville. And we actually had a lot of sun yesterday, which hopefully dried some stuff up.

The rain definitely did, though, lead to a lot of indoor behavior. So for us, we watched three movies! (And actually, Jonathan saw four - because he saw one in the theatre Saturday without me.)

Movie One: Man On Wire

This was recommend by Claire after reading my book review of Let the Great World Spin. The movie was a documentary about a guy who stretched a tightrope between the Twin Towers in the 70s and walked/pranced/danced across it. The movie was interesting because the guy is friggin C-R-A-Z-Y! Like, he's tightroped between the Twin Towers, on some bridge in Australia, and the Notre Dame Cathedral (and probably more that were unmentioned in the movie). He's still alive - so the documentary focuses a lot on him and his reflections about the whole thing.

Movie Two: The Men Who Stare at Goats

This is a pretty recent movie - it stars George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Spacey - about a secret US Army sect focused on mind power instead of weaponry. It was alright - funny at times. But the plot didn't have any super strong storylines - so when I fell asleep with about 15-20 minutes left, I didn't really mind not seeing the end.

Movie Three: The Botany of Desire

This is a book by Michael Pollan I read a few years ago that they've adapted into a documentary. It's composed of four parts, each one addressing a different plant: apples, tulips, cannabis, and potatoes. It was pretty interesting - and it was cool as a movie because some of the images were gorgeous (imagine the size of 4 football fields covered with nothing but different colored tulips). If you're into plants, you'd be into this. It's also not necessarily a movie you need to sit in front of and watch every single minute. I heart Michael Pollan.

(And in plant news - stay tuned this week to hear about our new garden!)

1 comment:

Jonathan said...

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Swedish version: Although you hear it all the time, this was "not as good as the book." There were several deviations from the novel that threw me off. The actress playling Lisbeth Salander looked the part and did a good job. Blomquist was not in anyway dashing or heroic (maybe I'm jaded by Hollywood). The graphic scenes that you'll remember from the book are VERY graphic and disturbing. I enjoyed the book - not so much the movie.