Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Dear Mr. Grey

Today is Tuesday which means all the new DVD's have been released. There are two that I want to focus on today. The first is Fifty Shades of Grey.  Now I, like everyone else in the universe, have read all 3 of the Fifty Shades books.  Actually the girls at my job and I all read them at the same time like a mini book club.  I liked the 1st, loved the second, and was unhappy with the ending of the third.  The thing is when you read a book you start picturing the characters in your mind and everyone pictures something different.  I also read the Twilight books and would never in a million years have pictured Robert Pattinson playing  Christian Grey. He was perfect as Edward Cullen ( the inspiration for the Christian character). I would be lying to say I was not disappointed with Charlie Hunam not being able to film this movie. I was a fan of  Jamie Dornan from the second I saw him on ABC's Once Upon A Time ( he was the sheriff). I was undecided on Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. I saw the movie opening weekend. I loved the way Anastasia was portrayed with a sense of humor that was not quite so obvious in the book. I felt like Christian did not smile at all in the movie but in the book it was notated several times that he had a wonderful smile.  There were some scenes that were cut from the theatrical version for obvious reasons. I hope these are included in the unrated DVD version. I mostly think that I was underwhelmed by the movie because it didn't live up to my imagined version.  I plan to watch the movie again where I can not be so critical or distracted by the very loud couple sitting in the theater behind me.
 The other movie is Selma. I have not seen this yet and plan to watch it this weekend.  I am very excited to watch it. I love movies that tackle difficult yet important historical times or issues. It seems like these days American history gets glossed over and that is a shame. I have a daughter in 9th grade who has not been nearly as informed about US history especially civil rights, slavery, or suffrage as well as I was growing up. As a parent and a history nerd, I male sure to pick up the slack.  I feel like it is so important as a woman, minority, and American to understand where we started and how far we have come. We watched The Butler (AMAZING) and this opened up a great conversation for us. I hope Selma will do the same. 
Other new to DVD movies for this week:
 Black or White ft Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer (also on my must watch list!)
The Last Five Years ft Anna Kendrick
Mad Max Collector's edition ft Mel Gibson
Miss Julie ft Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain
A Few Best Men ft Rebel Wilson
This is just a few of the ones worth mentioning

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