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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Wonderful Wednesday

While hibernating inside, we have been watching some movies thanks to the free Showtime and Epix Channels on Spectrum.  I thought I would share some of them with you.  I preface this by saying that Marvin and I do not attend many movies. In fact we still have gift cards from Christmas that we will use when this social distancing is over.

1. I Can Only Imagine.....

This is a Christian movie and I always cringe a bit when I hear that phrase as some of them just are not done well.  I used to call it Bad Baptist Theater. lol Well now that I have offended everyone I will continue.  This movie has a slow start. In fact we almost stopped it as we were wondering when the story would pick up. But it does. Kudos to the actor Michael J Finlay who plays Bart Miller in this movie. He did all his own singing and I had to google him to find out he played Jean Valjean in Les Mis on Broadway. That explains that wonderful voice.  It is a story of redemption and forgiveness. Sometimes we all need a little more of that in our lives. As I have said before, I am not a big fan of most contemporary Christian music but the song I Can Only Imagine touched my heart the first time I heard it on the radio.    Oh and take a look at Cloris Leachman in this movie. She was born in 1926 and is still going strong. It is encouraging to see actresses like Ms Leachman and Angela Lansbury who are doing so well!

2. POMS.,,,this movie is set in a retirement village in Atlanta, Georgia. Martha has moved from Chicago to Atlanta to die. Literally.....she has ovarian cancer and she has refused treatment. She does not share this information with anyone because she wants to pursue her teenage dream of being a cheerleader. It was pretty good...aimed at the senior citizen crowd for sure. Some mild language but as movies go these days it was not bad.  I had wanted to see this one when it was in the theater but never got there. In retrospect free was better than mucho dinero.

3. Hampstead

Another Diane Keaton film set in England. ( I have always enjoyed Ms Keaton and I am glad to see her acting and aging gracefully.)  Emily Walters is a widow of a year and is avoiding financial disaster by putting her head in the sand. Fortunately she has some wealthy friends who look out for her. One day she spots a homeless man living in a shack in the woods not far from her neighborhood. Well everyone is up in arms about this except Emily. She gets to know this eccentric fellow and finds herself falling in love with him. A quirky movie with a sweet ending. We need some sweet endings as well right now.

4. The Man Who Invented Christmas

We enjoyed this movie starring Dan Stephens.( He played Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey) He plays this part so well. We come upon Charlie Dickens as he has writers block and he needs to publish something to keep his family going. ( He had 10 children and also took care of his sister's family as well as his parents.)  We see how A Christmas Carol came to life and how it changed Dickens as well. 

5. Wonder

This is Margaux's favorite movie and I am  just seeing it. A heartwarming story about a boy who is different and the people who rally round him to encourage  him to engage with the world.  I can see why Margaux identifies with this movie as she is the sister with the brother who is different. The message of the movie is Be Kind.

12 comments:

Rian said...

I’ve seen 2 of the movies you mentioned, “I can only imagine” and “wonder”... enjoyed both. And I will check out the others. Thanks for the recommendations!

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

Great that you can see some 'free' movies - they are the best kind!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I haven't seen any of these movies! I would like to see the one with Diane K....she's a favorite and we're the same age I think! Take care of yourself. Thanks for this good post....something to look forward to!

Brenda said...

I can only imagine-one of my favorite songs... Movie is bittersweet...love Diane Keaton...have good day!!!

miriam said...

Thank you for the list of movies. I did love the I Can Inly Imagine movie several years ago. I agree it did start slowly. Looks like a good list of movies. I look forward to checking them out. The Easter card was such a happy surprise. Thank you my friend that I have never met! Miriam in beautiful West Texas.

Robin in Virginia said...

Arlene, thank you for the movie reviews/recommendations! I hate to admit this, but the last movie I saw in a theater was Brother Bear back in the 2000s. We took a group of students out for a movie and lunch to work on social skills. I am adding these to my list of movies to see.

The French Hutch said...

I'm always looking for suggestions for books and movies. We usually watch a movie on weekends and with stay at home its maybe a couple of movies on weekends. Thanks for your list. Stay well, stay safe.........

Linda said...

Thank you for the movie recommendations! I’ve been watching movies through Amazon Prime while I sew. I’m going to look for these - especially the one with Diane Keaton....I did see Poms but not Hampstead.

Terri D said...

We have seen I Can Only Imagine and the Charles Dickens movie and enjoyed them both! We are watching a lot of TV now... more than usual so we are slugs. Thanks for the movie reviews!

Barbara said...

Thanks for the movie reviews. I have seen 2 of them (I Can Only Imagine and Poms) and had not heard of the others till just now.

We have enjoyed watching the Christian films by the Kendrick brothers, making note with each one how they have progressively improved. Courageous is my favorite because it really struck a chord with me that had me sobbing in the first few minutes.

Mari said...

I didn't know about the free Showtime - I'll have to check that out. We did see I can only Imagine, and Wonder. Both are so good!

Mary said...

We enjoyed the Man who Invented Christmas, the only one that I have seen on your list. I will look for Hampstead and Wonder, they both look appealing to me.