Ok, this should be a quick post but I had to comment on seeing Country Strong tonight. I have a good friend who gave me the greatest gift ever-a VIP pass to the local movie theater. Me + 1 can see a free movie every two hours all year. I hope your jaw dropped at that because it continues to blow my mind! The ultimate point is that I see far more movies than a normal human and am now happy to have a place to talk about them. That's where you come in.
So, back to Country Strong.....I loved it! Please note that one thing I DO NOT like is country music. But I love me a little drama, a little love connection, a troubled lead character. Alcoholism may ruin a life but it enhances a movie, in my opinion. This movie is a quote book keeper's dream, too. I wish I had something with me to jot down the one liners because there were a few gems. One I remember because I repeated it over in my head to hang on to. Gwyneth's character admonishes Leighton Meester's character ( probably just botched that spelling pretty horrendously, I know) to "Fall in love with as many things as you can" or at least something very, very close to that. What a great concept! It's like the saying, "If you do something, do it passionately", only a new, improved version.
I consider myself a pretty passionate person. I love some things so thoroughly that I am forever linked in people's minds with certain things (see favorite things column as some of those fall into that category) and I treasure that. It's my legacy. I have a coworker who is super pretty and thin and funny and kind and one day she brought bugels to a meeting. Do you remember bugels? The corn chip things that are shaped like cornucopeias? It's such an odd thing to link with this pretty extrarodinary female but when I was in Target tonight, living the dream, I saw bugels in the dollar bins and instantly thought of her. That will make her infamous long after our days of working together and that's pretty cool. Infamy via Bugels.
On a final note, Leighton's eye makeup throughout the movie is so stunning that it's almost distracting. And for a non-country fan, by the end of the movie I was having fantasies of singing karaoke duets with my husband. I call that success for that film.