Sunday, January 06, 2008

weekly email from December 31, 2007

Hello Friends & Loved Ones,

Here it is just a couple of days from the New Year and many of us, myself included, are eager to say good riddance to 2007. For me, 2007 was a turbulent and unsettling year. Yes, there were lots of good times and happy memories but there were way too many negative and disappointing moments that I'm glad to say goodbye to....forever.

If you are looking for some feel good movies to see in the next week or two, I've got two for you that both Jim and I saw and enjoyed.

P.S. I Love You: A woman loses her husband (and not in the produce section of Wegmans) and starts the mourning process only to receive gifts and letters from her departed beloved. The scheme is to get her to start living her life again but it only complicates matters when she refuses to let him go. Hilary Swank is a wonderfully comedic actress and Lisa Kudrow is perfect in the role of one of Swank's friends (even though it's just a variation on her Friends character). The film also stars Gerard Butler, Kathy Bates, and the hunk from Grey's Anatomy Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It's not really a comedy but if I laugh out loud at least a dozen times, it's got to be worth seeing.

Juno: Another movie with a wonderful lead actress. A high schooler becomes pregnant and decides to give the baby up for adoption. She seeks out a couple who are unable to have children and as her pregnancy moves further along, she begins to wonder if she made the right decision. I won't tell you exactly what happens, but the actress Ellen Page is simply remarkable. The Canadian actress is 20 years old but very convincingly plays a 16-year old and even more convincingly played a 14-year-old teen with a grudge against a suspected pedophile in the film Hard Candy. She's a young actress who will be in at least several more movies in the coming year and could have a long and tremendous career. The film also stars Allison Janney, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman and Michael Cera (from Superbad & Arrested Development).

Those are two movies that should be greatly enjoyable.

For the coming days and the new year, I pray for each of you peace, love, laughter and lots of joy.

Pray for each other as I pray for you.



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