2011 is off and running. I'm back at work, reading blogs, baking treats, in general feeling better and enjoying the new year so far.
I'm excited that the Oscar season movies are in theaters - just this past weekend we went to see Black Swan, and True Grit. Both were really good. I mean really good, after months and months without a thing that would tempt me to go into a theater, finally stories worth watching.
Natalie Portman, (though she is really pretty) I can usually take or leave as far as her acting - but not the case in Black Swan- she does an amazing job, and while I was disappointed that there wasn't any actual dancing per say (not like other dance movies for example, (The Turning Point) - the overall film was truly scary and a there was a lot in it to analyze. Years ago I took a class that discussed the topic of women and autonomy and the body. Let's just say this film would have been perfect to analyze in that forum.
True Grit was really good, as well. Definitely a great story - with strong characters - it's funny - and the dialogue is amazing. But then for me, the Coens can rarely do any wrong - this counts as yet another fantastic novel adaptation from them. I'm a bit ashamed to say I didn't read the novel before going to see the film! But, it's on my list of books to read.
Right now I'm reading two books (yeah I read several books at a time) The Autobiography of Mark Twain and Tomato Red.
This weekend we're off to the De Young to see the final installment of the Impressionist paintings on loan from the Musée d'Orsay , and maybe try Gracias Madre - a vegan Mexican restaurant in the Mission.
Many new things are underway, I'm keeping myself distracted and trying to be stress free.
That's my wish for all of you for 2011. That you have the time to take it slow and enjoy what is around you.
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