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5 for Friday: 5 Movies I Watched Last Week

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Usually, when my husband goes out of town I post about all the fun food I cooked that he can’t normally eat. (I did that here, here, here and here.)

Instead, this week I’m posting about 5 movies that I watched during the eight days my husband was on vacay. Normally, my husband is the one who is in search of the movies for us to watch, whether it be at home or in the theater. I just like not having to think. But in my library account a couple of weeks ago, I found a “list” I created some time ago. It was probably collected from movies recommended on a blog.

And it’s not that my husband wouldn’t watch any of these movies. In fact, I think he would have liked almost all of them. It’s just sometimes the timing has to be right. Some of these movies I checked out on DVD from my local library, one or two I found on Netflix, and I believe one I found on Amazon Prime for free.

These are most likely movies the mainstream has not seen! If you click on the title, you can get a description and sometimes a trailer of each movie at imdb.com.

In no particular order, here they are:

Hector and the Search for Happiness
2014

This movie almost has it all. A feel-good movie at it’s best, it has love, humor and even adventure. Highly recommended.

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The Grocer’s Son (Le fils de l’épicier) 
2007

I love foreign films, but especially French ones so I can brush up a bit. This one is quintessentially French, not in the upbeat, romanticized way that Amélie feels to the outsider (although I adore that movie!); but in a more rugged, real sort of way. In any case, I enjoyed it. So should anyone who has a family member who is an outcast or feels like an outsider. Recommended.

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Madame Bovary
2014

This is probably the 6th version of this story ever filmed. This adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s novel is entirely in English. It made me realize that I had never read the book or saw any of the prior films. How can this be? It was time. It’s a classic tragedy that, although set in the 1800s, stands the test of time. Recommended.

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Being There
1979

I have no idea where I found this film and what inspired me to put it on a wish list! I was a child when this film with adult themes debuted, so there was probably no other way I would have ever watched it. Oh how movies have changed in the past 30-40 years! I felt it a bit slow-moving; but that can just be what I’m used to these days. Interestingly Peter Sellers, who played the main character, was nominated for an Oscar in this role and won a Golden Globe for it as well. He died about six months later.

I did like the movie, but I didn’t quite understand the ending. (I also didn’t like the title. Just a simple The Gardener would have sufficed.) The screenplay was adapted from the book, by the author, so it prompted me to look it up. It was on my list of “short” books (under 200 pages) and on my (literal) TBR shelf. It ended up being the next book I read. (More on that in a book post!)

And although the protagonist is not autistic, because of the movie Rain Man, I pictured Dustin Hoffman playing this role within the first ten minutes of viewing this movie. Interestingly, he narrates the audiobook version!

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The Hedgehog (Le hérisson)
2009

When I first slipped this French movie into the DVD player, I forgot to adjust to English subtitles. Then I realized, I was understanding nearly every word the girl was reciting! (As long as they speak clearly enough, I usually can get the general gist in most movies, but often put on subtitles when Rob is around or for extra help.)

Then I realized that I had seen this movie before! I don’t know when or where, but I had a vague recollection of the characters.

I didn’t remember everything; however and actually gasped?! shrieked?! out loud during the main turning point in the movie. It was an excellent rewatch. And while the thought of an 11-year-old planning a suicide attempt sounds dark, it’s not as depressing as that. It turns into a feel-good movie of sorts, highlighting many aspects of the human condition, in the most French way possible. Highly recommended

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I guess I was in the need for a few feel-good movies this week!

What kind of movies do you like to watch when you are alone?
What are your favorite feel-good movies?
I’d love to add them to my future watch list!

Cheers~
Carrie

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5 Things I’m Loving Right Now

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I want to mix it up a bit for the five things I share on Friday. Today’s edition…

Five Things I’m Loving Right Now

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1 – Travelers

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My husband is the king of finding shows to watch and telling me nothing about them before we watch them. Hold up. I LOVE THIS! I don’t like to see too many movie trailers or always know what shows are about befordhand. Rob found this Netflix original series when he was just browsing through different shows. Let’s just say – it’s not what you think. I probably wouldn’t have watched it if someone described it to me. So I won’t describe it to you. What I will say: I loved the first episode and was unsure how much more they could do beyond the second. But now we are hooked and have almost finished the season!

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2 – Yoga with Adriene

I’ve mentioned this YouTube channel in a previous post because it helped get me back into yoga. Adriene also hosts a blog by the same name. However, searching for one of Adriene’s videos on YouTube has been more my style. And while I’m currently working my way through her brand new 31-Day Yoga Revolution, I would highly recommend starting with her 30 Days of Yoga series first. I didn’t do them all consecutively, but it did get me into yoga again. Some of the videos are short, so there is a bit less of a time commitment than the Revolution. Alternatively, you can do a search for specific videos – yoga for complete beginners, yoga for lower back pain, yoga when you have a cold. You need it? She pretty much has it!

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3 – Insight Timer

I don’t love the name for this meditation app, but I do love using it! There are over 3,000 free guided meditations from which to choose. There is also a timer if you would like to do one on your own, perhaps with particular sounds. I mostly use the app to help me fall asleep. One of my favorites is Yoga Nidra for Sleep. {The instructor even encourages this meditation if you are on a plane. I never thought of that.} However, I did use a healing meditation once when I had a very uncomfortable stomach ache. There are also reviews of each meditation to help you decide if that particular guided meditation will be right for you.

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4 – TimeTree

Believe it or not, before now, Rob and I had a hard time keeping track of each other’s calendars. I tried using google; but I couldn’t get him to use it with me. I tried sharing my Yahoo calendar and that was too much trouble, too. For all of 2016, we each kept an Excel spreadsheet calendar on our desktops and sent it back and forth to each other whenever we made changes. Seriously. Sometimes, I had to tell people on the weekends that I’d have to check my calendar at work. I kept talking about finding an app that we could use, but wasn’t sure which one would work well for us. Instead, Rob took that action item and found the TimeTree app that has made our worlds so much easier! It’s a calendar that we can both add to and delete from and even color-code. It has been one best upgrades we’ve ever made. And yes, you can now welcome us to the 21st century.

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5 – Books as Movies

Most of the time, if someone reads a book and then goes to see the movie adaptation, the response is, “The book was better.” I am one to agree. {Except for the movie A Time to Kill. I preferred the movie to the book.} But lately, I think many of the screenplays adapted from books have been really well done. One example is A Man Called Ove. Please read the book or watch the movie!

I really enjoyed reading The Hunger Games series. The movies’ sci-fi aspect overshadows the heart of the books a bit in my opinion; but I still appreciated them. Currently, I’m looking forward to seeing A Dog’s Purpose, coming out this month! It is one of my favorite books of all time, from the point of view of a dog. So I’m curious how the movie will be done. Which reminds me, Girl on a Train is out now. I didn’t love the book, but thought it was good. Has anyone seen the movie yet?

Name one thing you are loving right now!

Cheers~
Carrie