American Sniper


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I finally got to watch it! I looked at hubby yesterday after I was done with Ye Olde Computer and said: “I’m going to watch “American Sniper” now, do you want to watch it with me?”

It was obvious that he’d been putting this off and I was starting to get a little perturbed over it.

He said: “Ok.” With a big huffing sigh.

I asked him what was wrong and didn’t he want to watch the movie? I figure he should want to watch it, after all he loves “war movies”. He said he did want to see it but, “We always fight after watching one of these, I don’t want to fight.”

Point taken. We do usually fight after watching a typical “war movie” but that’s mostly because I find them more grotesque and usually just as dumb as a slasher flick. I’m always shouting at the screen; “You fucking moron! What’s wrong with you?!”

However, in my own defense, I have spent at least a decade with my own personal Muse since last we watched a “war movie” together. This Hippie Chick has come to several understandings and appreciations where War is concerned. Not exactly reaching Ok’dom but still…I’ve grown.

We watched “American Sniper” together.

What a freakin’ AWESOME flick! Every good thing you’ve heard about it is absolutely true. Clint Eastwood is a very talented director more so than he ever was an actor, in my humble opinion. (Ok, fine, there are lots of Clint Eastwood movies that are guilty pleasures of mine, I admit it) This is NOT a “war movie”, in fact, at its heart it is very much an anti-war movie but without being preachy or…well…a pussy about it. There are lots of scenes that make the viewer uncomfortable but none that are overly graphic or unnecessary. Hell, “Dredd” was bloodier than “American Sniper” (we’ll get to “Dredd” eventually). There isn’t a single scene that made my blood boil.

Yeah, “Platoon” made me wretch, it pissed me off…for decades…and, sorry to say, is the “war movie” by which I judge and have refused to see many other “war movies”. I will never forgive Tom Beringer for killing Willem DaFoe, it just ain’t gonne happen. I’ve tried. No go. Nada. Nev-er.

With “American Sniper” I not only understood the whole thing beginning to end with all of the why’s and what’s and nuances I held my breath, I felt elated, I felt scared, I felt sad, basically, well I felt…transported.

Bradley Cooper is every bit the outstanding actor I thought he was. He is just perfect in this movie. I can’t say it any better than that.

All in all, if you haven’t seen it yet and you want to or are on the fence about it…go…get it. Grab it. Watch it. Don’t wait for NetFlix or the $5.00 bin. This one was definitely worth the price of admission. I especially liked the ending, Clint showed he’s one classy guy and I appreciated that to no end.

“American Sniper” definitely gets an A+ from Aunty Moon….the “reformed” Hippie Chick.

Growing Up


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Big doings this week

Miss Rebecca turned 24

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I picked her up yesterday and that was what she was wearing on her head! I laughed. We went and got cupcakes from The Cake Lady then she came back to the house so her father could teach her how to make his famous spaghetti sauce

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Kitchen Safety was not on the agenda

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Miss Nicole and her husband, Nate, came over later in the day. It was bittersweet. This is the last time my family will be altogether for a while. They are moving to Michigan on Monday night. They have an opportunity to live a little house rent-free for a while so they’re taking it. I try not to be melancholy over it but as the time gets closer that gets a bit more difficult. I’m sure they’ll do fine out there. They’ll get the chance to spread their wings and see what they can do all on their own. They’ll like having a little house with some land where they can plant a garden. They’ve been living in a small apartment for a while now. There will be new people to meet, new things to see and do, new paths to forge and new opportunities to seize upon. Still, I’ll miss her and it’s scary to think of her so far away. When she went to England I knew she’d be back soon, knew she’d hate it, and would quickly realize she’d made a big mistake. This time it’s different, there’s good stuff ahead and I hope she and Nate grab all they can and make a good life out there together. If not, it’s not like Connecticut is going to close or something. They can always pack up and head back this way or any other way they choose.

It’ll be good.

That’s what I keep telling myself anyway.

It’ll be good.

We had a nice family dinner for Becca’s birthday and to have the clan together for the last time until Thanksgiving or Christmas when they plan to return for a visit.

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Happy Birthday, Miss Rebecca! Good Luck, Miss Nicole! I love you both so much!!

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Movies in Review


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Last weekend we went to see “American Ultra”. My advice to you, in short, is; don’t do it.

Let me explain. :)

We went to dinner at The Bulkeley House first. I had a beer or two at home and another there. We were pretty much the only ones in the place…thank the Gods! Their radio was tuned to an All 70s Station and it was freakin’ awesome. I heard tunes I haven’t heard in years and discovered there ain’t a damn thing wrong with my Long Term Memory as I sang along. In the restaurant. At the table. I couldn’t help myself. I kept trying to figure out what station it was so that I could have a choice of two Pooh-Bah Stations and not just the one but couldn’t catch what the DJ was saying. Over appetizers this came on the radio

WOW! That hurt my head. I was singing along and it got to the refrain and hubby belted it out with me; I THINK I LOVE YOU!

LOL

The staff must have thought we were crazy (or at least that I was) but they didn’t say anything so that was nice. :P

Just after dinner we discovered my new favorite radio station is on Sirius XM radio :( Total sadness. It’s a really good station just perfect for me and for me to drive others crazy as I turn it up to ’11’.

In good moods, we made our way to the theater and got our seats; dead center. I asked if they had anything toward this middle this time because I didn’t want a repeat of my experience in the front row trying to watch “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. Must get these seats again! Yes, must. Very nice. No head turning. No neck straining. Just kick back in the luxury seating and enjoy. Well, ya know, I would have enjoyed if it had been another movie.

For all intense and purposes “American Ultra” is “The Bourne Identity” in reverse with a bunch of “Pineapple Express” thrown in. Comedy/Action flicks almost never work and this is no exception. If the director had done a comedy flick with a bit of action, it could have been ok. If the direction had done an action flick with a comedy tossed in, it could have been ok. He seems to want it split it right down the middle and creates an epic fail.

I like Jesse Eisenberg, in fact, he was the reason I agreed to see the movie because I don’t like Kristen Stewart. At all. While it seems she does make an honest attempt at acting in this movie, like the flick itself, she falls short of the mark. Then there’s Topher Grace. Can’t freakin’ stand him! The second he comes on the screen, for me, it’s always instant loathing. I understand I’m supposed to hate his character and that’s ok but I don’t hate him because he’s a ‘bad guy’ I hate him because he’s a smug little prick and, to me, that never makes for a good bad guy. Just an annoying one. Who cares about annoying bad guys? Slap ’em and send ’em home to their mamas. Eisenberg is this film’s only redeeming quality if it hadn’t been for him I might have gotten up and walked out well before the film ended.

If you haven’t seen it yet; don’t. At least wait until it hits NetFlix or regular old TV. I’m not even going to give this one a letter grade, I’ll just say that it is not worth the price of admission.

We’ve watched a lot of movies lately, NetFlix is threatening to take over our lives! But, it’s in between seasons right now and I’m anxiously awaiting Season 10 of “Supernatural” and Season 3 of “Arrow”. In the meantime, we jump from show to show and movie to movie. We finished watching “Farscape” the other night and excuse me while I say

That is the Suckiest Ending in the entire History of Sucky Endings!

Thank you.

I grabbed my phone, went to IMDB and discovered “Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars” and was told this movie would finish off the storyline for me. NetFlix wouldn’t let me stream it; DVD Only. (Who still does DVD anyway?) I was bummed. A few days later we went to f.y.e. and I found it there ‘used’ so I grabbed it. Other movies grabbed were: “American Sniper” (finally! But I haven’t watched it yet), “A Knight’s Tale”, “Alien”, “Dredd” (the new one, the original sucked I don’t know why they remade it), “Casino Royale” (to finish out our little Bond Collection) and “John Wick”.

If you liked “Farscape” and you didn’t get to see “Peacekeeper Wars” I’d suggest you go for it. It rounds out the story line very nicely and brings a satisfactory ending. There are a few things that are a little off but, ya know, the whole show was a little ‘off’ so its ok. I didn’t expect it to be so long, set aside 3 hours for viewing. Aunty Moon gives it a B+.

“A Knight’s Tale” I picked up to replace the copies that have gone missing over the years. “Alien” I picked up because amazingly enough we don’t have a single “Alien” movie except Alien vs. Predator (which is a guilty pleasure). I love the gut-buster scene. I first saw it in a movie theater with my parents, my mom hated it! My dad loved it! They argued that night about taking me to such a flick. I think I was 12, yeah, way under the age for the ‘R’ rating. I sided with my dad. The movie scared the crap out of me but I liked it and was blown away by the special effects. “Dredd” hubby picked up, undoubtedly, just to annoy me. :)

“John Wick”, we watched this yesterday. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to make of it at first. I like Keanu Reeves, wait, let me explain; I really like Keanu Reeves. For the first fifteen or twenty minutes I was pretty much hating it but then it got better much better. It starts off with a bad guy who’s just another bully/pussy asshole but then you meet his daddy and, as I said, things get better. Lesson learned: Don’t mess with John Wick’s dog. If you like action flicks you should give this one a try and, btw, Keanu’s holding up nicely. Aunty Moon gives it a B+

I’ll be back at some point to report on “American Sniper” but I think that catches us up on my little movie reviews for now.

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