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Little Voice

2009/10/17

Wow.  I’ve wanted to watch this film for years.  I am very moved.  Her name was Laura.  Her mother called her Little Voice because she was so quiet.  The actors were tremendous-the always great Brenda Blethyn, Michael Caine in a delicious smarmy role, Ewan McGregor and Jane Horrocks, who played Little Voice.  She sang all of her own songs in the film, which is remarkable, since they were impersonations of other singer/actresses.  She was excellent.  Brenda Blethyn was nominated for an Oscar for her role in this film, but Jane Orrocks was equally outstanding. 

It was a musical, a comedy and a tragedy all at once.  I will definitely have to let it sink in some more.  I loved it, I know that.  I’m thankful it ended sweetly, because it was a little hard to watch at times.  Orrock’s portrayal of Little Voice’s anguish was very moving.  Maybe more thoughts about it later.

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I am on the 4th disc of the 2nd season of Mad Men.    I don’t know if there are anymore discs for the 2nd season.  This one has 4 episodes.  I watched the 1st episode then didn’t go back to it all week.  I had no desire to.  Then, last night, I watched the 2nd episode and coudn’t stop until I’d seen all 4.  I was hooked again.  I just don’t understand some of the behavior of the people on there. 

The story line has been good, but the dialogue is still average.  There was a really traumatic incident involving poor Joan Holloway.  Makes one feel really bad for her for the first time.   She is one of the best developed characters on the show. 

Today I received the film Little VoiceI plan to watch it over the weekend.  I also plan to watch some of the  “watch instantly” films in my queue on Netflix. 

Oh, I joined a DVD club, Ironweed Films.  They deliver a socially progressive film with some shorts on the same  issue each month.  I’m very excited!!  Oh, if you check it out and decide to join, please do it through my website.  I haven’t set it up yet, but it’s such a great cause and interesting as well, that I decided to put a link on my blog which will enable me to get a little $$ if someone subscribes via my website.  Just haven’t set it up yet.

And, I’m going to see Souvenir next week.  An old high school friend who I’ve become re-acquainted with on FB and Twitter asked me if I wanted to go.  It’s showing at a dinner theatre in Hanover.  

Lots of fun stuff, and Sunday is my 11th wedding anniversary.