Every year I like to keep track of my resolutions. I’m not grand in my goals, and I focus more on behaviors than results (like “eat more healthfully,” rather than “lose 20 pounds.”)
For the past two years, I have focused on seeing more movies and reading more books, among other things. I am happy to report that these have now become habits (is there a word for good habits?) and don’t need to be resolutions.
I have one resolution for 2015. It really is brilliant and sums up where or how I need to focus.
Be more social.
I know, do I really need the word “more?” in it. Well, yes, these three words are actually quite deliberate.
Last year, I found myself wondering more and more if instead of being happy doing something on my own, if I should have been with a friend and sharing the experience (not that anyone was knocking down my door inviting me out to an activity). I really was happy on my own, and admonished myself each time for trying to ruin my own nice time.
This year, I decided to have more of a balance of alone vs. together time, and so far it is turning out quite well. I have been catching up with old friends, and accepting invitations without a second thought…and it’s only March! I can hardly wait to see my update at the new year!
My 2015 MoviesEvery year, I have made it a point to go to the movies at least twice a month, and to keep track of what I've seen. Even though it's not stated above as a 2015 resolution, I plan to stay in the habit.
|Title & Blurb||Stars||My Comments|
During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.
|3||I think I had seen the trailer so many times that the movie didn't seem like anything new.|
A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed.
|5||DISTURBING portrayal of how villages are being taken over by Jihads. Like any entertainment, a lot of material had to be portrayed in a short amount of time, which only amplified its effect. This seems like an important movie, like Fruitvale Station.|
|Like Sunday, Like Rain|
A struggling musician becomes the guardian of a 12-year-old music prodigy one summer.
|4||This independent film about a precocious 12 year old boy and his nanny was done very well.|
The story of the men behind the food behind the tradition.
|4||This documentary about Jewish Delis, primarily in the US, seemed like it needed to be seen. Go after eating. Otherwise, you will be hungry during it!|
Six short stories involving distressed people.
|4||WILD!!! is the correct word. This was a movie of short stories, many statements about modern society and corruption. Go see it!|
When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.
|5||I was surprised by how much I liked this movie! How I wished that my children had grown up with this version instead of the animated one.|
|The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel|
As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals - Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.
|4||Great actors, sufficient story...I love how death and growing old are treated as natural subjects.|
Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for his comatose brother.
|4||I love these action movies, but this one had too much fighting instead of car chases (maybe why they took "Fast" out of the title?) and I kept waiting to see what they did with Paul Taylor's character, since he died during the creation of the movie.|
A documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel from legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles.
|4||I can't really explain why I was so captivated by the life of a wealthy woman who had a successful fabric business, and loves tacky fashion jewelry. I guess just letting us see her life was fascinating.|
|Black or White|
A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life.
|3||This was both realistic and stereotypical. When Kevin Costner's character finally broke in a tirade of how people prejudge, the movie became real.|
|In the Name of My Daughter|
In the Name of my daughter is a fictionalized account of the true story of the events surrounding the life of Agnès Le Roux, a casino's heiress, before and after her unresolved disappearance in the fall 1977.
|4||Knowing this was based on a true story made it more intriguing and heartbreaking. The final story told in captions at the end of the movie made me want to go look for more information on the real story.|
Yves Saint Laurent's life from 1967 to 1976, during which time the famed fashion designer was at the peak of his career.
|2||I did not enjoy this movie. It was too long, it only covered a small time span, and it focused on self-destructive behavior.|
|I'll See You in My Dreams|
A widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age.
|3||The characters and story were believable and well-acted. It was just a little depressing though.|
|Live from New York!|
Live From New York! explores the early years of "Saturday Night Live", an experiment from a young Lorne Michaels and his cast of unknowns, and follows its evolution into a comedy institution. The film looks at SNL as a living time capsule, encompassing decades of American politics, media, tragedy, and popular culture with an irreverent edge.
|4||Having recently watched the 40th Anniversary show, I was fearful this would be repetitive, but it was NOT! It included clips from the first show, from interviews the first year, and other "new" bits. Besides, the pieces that were repeats are always funny, and it's good to see them again!|
Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who's surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.
|3||The description "adventure" is an understatement. This movie reminded me of the show Ray Donovan, for me too much worrying about people's sanity, and decision making skills.|
|Pitch Perfect 2|
After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform.
|3||Enjoyable, in a sequel kind of way.|
|Me and Earl and the Dying Girl|
High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.
|4||I feel I've made great strides in being able to go watch a movie about a girl dying from cancer. But the story is really about relationships, and creativity. And it' s well done and moving in both areas.|
|The Man from U.N.C.L.E.|
In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.
|3 1/2||Car chases.
Filmed in Italy.
Written and directed by Guy Ritchie.
Oh, yes, there's a plot too.