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Weekend Recap and Weekend Giveaway Winners

Was there a weekend around here?  I hardly noticed!  I spent a lot of Saturday working on fiddly little details for PERFECT PITCH, getting both the print and electronic editions ready for public consumption.

Then, on Sunday, we went to see INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS.  I’m not a huge fan of the Coen brothers, although I found several things to laugh at in this movie.  In my mind, the entire film was black and white, so I was surprised to see that there was color in the initial scene.  It turns out that the film *is* in color, but it’s shot with very subdued lighting, almost like a blue-grey filter is over every scene.  So, in my mind, it’ll slip back into black and white in short order :-)

From the reviews I’d avoided reading, I expected more music and a more annoying main character and more cats.  This wasn’t a movie I loved, but not one I suffered through.  How’s that for a half-hearted review?

(Perhaps most amusing was the range of previews for this film.  Apparently, Regal Cinemas didn’t have any “art-movie” previews, so they decided that Coen Brothers viewers were most likely to see I, FRANKENSTEIN, POMPEII (in 3D!!!), some atrocity with Breaking Bad’s Jesse driving really fast cars really fast, and, um, something else that I completely forgot about.  Ah, first-quarter movie viewing…  Not my favorite screen time of the year!

On the Great January Giveaway front, I have five more winners to announce.  These people each get a signed copy of the Red Dress Ink edition of MAGIC AND THE MODERN GIRL:

  • Linda K.
  • Sara C.
  • Alyssa W.
  • Vicki S.
  • Amber M.

Congrats to all of you!  (And the next contest will have a little something for our international friends…)

So?  How about you?  See any good movies this weekend?  Have anything on your “to-be-seen” list you’re particularly excited about?

Mirrored from Mindy Klasky, Author.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 16th, 2014 02:02 am (UTC)
I saw Saving Mr. Banks last week and it was STELLAR. Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks were fabulous, and the entire cast was spot on. My friend John (who is a serious movie maven) agreed with me that they literally did not put one wrong note in this entire movie. (Unlike the new Hobbit movie, which we saw recently, which was mostly good, but needed an editor to cut about 25 minutes from the 3 hours.)
Jan. 16th, 2014 01:32 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen SAVING MR. BANKS yet, but it's on the "eventual" list :-) THE HOBBIT, alas, is not on that list. As much as I loved that book, and as much as it shaped who I am today, I found the first movie to be absurdly over-everything (over-wrought, over-long, over-rewritten...) If Jackson ever released the 2-hour Director's Cut of all three movies, he might bring me back in, but until then...
Jan. 16th, 2014 01:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, sadly, Mr. Jackson seems to be a Dire Warning to all writers not too fall too much in love with your own creation :-)

Saving Mr. Banks, on the other hand, is worth actually seeing on the big screen. And if they don't give Emma an Oscar, I shall be Quite Put Out.
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