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“The Iron Lady” Simple Brilliance

Our Friday night movie was a historical and dramatic depiction of the life of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Played by Meryl Streep we are taken back in time to Lady Thatcher’s childhood and rise to political prominence. If you are a Britphile and political junkie (like me) this is a fantastic film. Streep’s performance is awesome and she makes it look effortless. Jim Broadbent is one of the better actors out there and does a great performance as Dennis Thatcher. There are a few people you will recognize such as Anthony Head, Iain Glen and Richard E. Grant who have been in “Doctor Who”. You must see this film.

Indie Films, Good Stuff But They Make You Think

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I appreciate the spirit in which independent films are made. Low budget but not low quality flicks that have really talented people. I have enjoyed many of them but some leave me scratching my head a little. Are you supposed to be in a higher intellectual plain than others who watch more commercial films. Indie films have some creative people producing them and I want to be inspired by that. It’s a like blogging where you have people who have some great thoughts and super ideas who share them with the masses. I need to watch more indie films to expand my horizons.

Brave – A Movie of Fate, A Movie of Courage

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Today we saw the Disney/Pixar movie “Brave”. I must say its a beautiful movie that lives up to tradition set forth by “Up” and “Finding Nemo”. Tradition is also a theme of this movie that is set in a Scottish kingdom a long time ago.

Merida, the heroine of this movie is seeking to find her own way in the world despite the tradition of being betrothed to the first born of a neighboring clan. The movie has some contemporary as well as classic themes of how the rules for a girl are different it seems. Through a spell from a witch Merida wants to change her mother so she can change her mind about having to uphold the tradition of marriage. Sometimes it take a brave person to change tradition and to make a life for themselves.

Its a great role and example for women both young and old. The movie is heart warming, funny and has a great cast featuring Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane and John Ratzenberger. It is a must see for everyone. The big screen is the way to go here, 3D is not really necessary for it though.