First, I want to express a heartfelt “Thank You 🙏” to all of you who shared such thoughtful, kind and supportive comments on yesterday’s post. I feel so grateful to have such intelligent, engaged, and open-minded readers. You all ROCK! 🙌 Mille mercis!
I treated myself to a new yoga mat to keep in the car so I wouldn’t have to remember to grab my old one on class days. It’s great, except that it had a strong neoprene smell when I first opened it. My yoga instructor suggested draping it over a railing or fence in direct sun for a few hours, and that did the trick! (I also bought some cork yoga blocks for home.)
I’m not an “athleisure” gal and don’t get excited about workout wear, but I have to admit I was tempted by these leggings to wear for yoga and Pilates.
We’ve seen several remarkable movies in the past few weeks. One of my favorites was Jojo Rabbit. It’s the story a young boy in Nazi Germany (he’s in Nazi Youth & his imaginary friend is Adolph himself) who discovers that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl. It alternates between serious, surreal, and silly, but never is trite.
- Ford vs. Ferrari. I did not expect to like this as much as I did. I’m not particularly a fan of motorsports, but it was an engaging story about friendship, skill, and determination. Christian Bale’s performance especially is amazing.
- The Two Popes. This was another one I liked much more than I expected. The performances by Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce were nuanced and stellar. And it was a fascinating look at two very different views of the Catholic Church.
- 1917. It’s a stunning, harsh, and gripping WWI story, as a soldier races across enemy territory to convey information that could save a battalion. The cinematography and direction are outstanding, and I think this will be a Best Picture contender.
- Little Women. Great costumes, wonderful performances, though if you weren’t familiar with the story, the timeline that jumps back and forth by 7 years could be confusing at first. And I’m sorry, but Timothée Chalamet (Laurie) looks about 12 years old to me. 😂Still, I thought it was very well done, gives each of the women characters her due.
And Occupied on Netflix is back for a 3rd season. It’s a political thriller based in Norway. Climate change is at the heart of the conflict, as well as political will (or lack thereof) to take steps to combat it. We’ve just started watching, and it doesn’t spend time recapping the story, but hits the ground running. So if it’s been a while since you’ve seen Season 2, you might want to watch the last few episodes again as a refresher.
What movies or series have you seen lately that you’d recommend?