Remember that time that Kelli and I decided to get crafty (actually, Kelli has always been crafty, me not so much). Well here's the finished products. I made all of these neck warmers, aka cowls, for Christmas gifts this year for a few people. Thank you, and you're welcome.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Sunday, January 09, 2011
I'm not a huge country music fan (I used to be for 1 year of my life) but I was excited to see this movie. My best pal Rachel made her movie debut as an extra in this movie (along with her brother) and while they were filming, she filled me in on the scoop so I was curious to see how the movie turned out. I liked the cast of Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Leighton Meester, and Garrett Hedlund. They all can actually sing and that's what really made the movie for me. I loved all of the songs and found myself singing along long after the movie was over. The movie is about Kelly Cantor's (played by Goopy) comeback after a stint in rehab for alcoholism. Chiles (Meester) and Beau (Hedlund) go along on tour as her opening acts. It was fun to see Nashville in the movie since I had just visited it this past summer. The movie made me want to go back and sit in a honky tonk and listen to some country music. Maybe even do a little line dancing... (Kate, are you with me?!) I wasn't a huge fan of the ending but overall I enjoyed the movie. I think I'll even buy the soundtrack. It worked for me.
Monday, January 03, 2011
I love myself a good western... especially when Matt Damon is the sheriff (or Texas Ranger in this case). True Grit is about a young girl wanting to avenge her fathers death by tracking down his murderer and seeing to it that he pays for what he did. She hires Jeff Bridges who plays a drunk US Marshall and the story unfolds. There was some pretty graphic western violence for my taste and I caught myself jumping out of my chair a bit. I even had to close my eyes and plug my ears during a scene that involved lots and lots of snakes. Every good western movie has to have a snake scene in it so I should have known. The movie opens quoting Proverbs 28:1 - The wicked flee though no one pursues but the righteous are as bold as lions. The story is told with Mattie Ross leading the way. The relationship between young Mattie Ross and Rooster (Jeff Bridges) is pretty endearing. They're both stubborn, bull headed, and feisty which makes their on screen relationship fun to watch. Throw Matt Damon (LaBoeuf.. pronounced La Beef) into the mix and this trio takes over the screen and you can't help but root for them. They help each other out even when they don't want to and that's what makes this movie for me. I really liked it! The best line of the entire movie and what everyone should take from it comes from Mattie Ross herself when she says "nothing in this life is free... except for the grace of God."