movie matinees

I went to Angelika yesterday as I do almost every week and was like, WTF? to see people in the theater, cause I usually go to movies mid-day on Tuesdays or Mondays or Wednesdays and even in NYC,  I often watch movies with only a couple of people around me. I like it that way! I’m spoiled now and yesterday I couldn’t stand to hear people breathe or eat around me. Last week I walked in on this Shia Lebeof extravaganza.

I teach 2 memoir classes on Tuesdays so in between I go to movies to clear my head. It keeps me off the streets and out of H&Ms. Multiple. I know where they ALL are.

I drink Perrier or San Pellegrino while I watch.

Here’s what I’ve seen alone this fall, and my ratings out of 5. MOST of these movies are based on books! Everything is based on a book. What movies would there be if it weren’t for books???? Also: I cried at every single one of the movies.

I have an older woman in one of my memoir classes who has a hard time critiquing her peers work. I either loved it or I hated it! she exclaims. I’m the same with movies, I told her. Not great at breaking down why or why not, I think because I never learned to think critically. But I don’t have to be good at it, that’s what critics are for. I just want to be entertained. Anyway here are my reviews:

AMY 3 stars As my dad noted, the left out all the interesting stuff, like her actual SINGING work and voice lessons and practices. My friend Elisa Albert is reading this book right now, saw it at her place over the weekend.

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The End of Tour 4 stars. Lacked emotion at times and something else I can’t put my finger on, but I also loved this movie.

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Diary of A Teenaged Girl: 5 stars. Excellent movie. Great soundtrack, too. I heard the actress in an interview say she didn’t read the book before starring in it, which I thought was weird, but maybe smart.

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Room: 5 stars. Loved it. I read this book in 2011 in the car with my mom and my aunt on our way to Rochester. Brie Larson is EXCELLENT. This movie was WAY better than I expected.Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 8.53.29 AM

I Smile Back: 4.5 stars. Pretty fucking good. I’d like to read the novel now.

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Freeheld 2.9 stars Not great, but like I said on Twitter, Ellen Page could charm a doorknob. She’s an incredible actress. The writing of this movie kinda sucked though.

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Carol: 4.5 stars. The acting and writing in this film was amazing. This book was mentioned in a review of WOMEN or someone recommended it to me. I’m gonna read itScreen Shot 2015-11-23 at 9.07.04 AM


We Don’t Live Here Anymore. Okay this one I watched at home. My mom told me about it, then turned out she had the novella on her shelf which I’m planning on reading because this movie is scary, sorta like Scenes From A Marriage level. 5 stars. Plus it stars 2 ppl I love, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Krause, and Laura Dern.

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