Archive for October 27th, 2008

We finally found time this weekend to sit down and enjoy a movie together.  I’ve seen this one before, but I’m glad we put it in our queue- it’s worth a second look.

Movie: Jean de Florette
Year: 1986
Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Yves Montand
Genre: Drama, Foreign Language
Rated: Unknown
Runtime: 120 minutes
Stars: Four out of five

After both his mother and uncle die, Jean, a hunchback, inherits a beautiful estate in the French countryside.  Jean is from the city and is determined to make a go of living in the country, along with his wife and daughter.  Unfortunately for him, his neighbors scheme against him in order to obtain the property, which has a hidden spring.

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This is a wonderful movie from beginning to end.  The setting is so beautiful it’ll make you want to move to France.  If you decide to rent Jean de Florette, be aware that it is the first of two movies which should be watched together.  Manon of the Spring is the movie that picks up where Jean de Florette leaves off.  You will want to watch Manon because of the way Jean ends.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.


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4 Degrees of Separation

No, this isn’t a post about Kevin Bacon. I just wanted to complain about the weather. It was 13 degrees when I woke up this morning, and only 4 degrees when I arrived at work.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Alaska. I love a lot of things about this state. I do not love cold, dry weather. I do not love being outside in the winter. I don’t ski, I don’t go for walks when it’s below 40 degrees. As you can imagine, I spend a lot of my life indoors. Give me a warm, sunny beach any day, and I’m happy.

Hey, my first poll! Do me a favor and vote. You can vote for more than one, if you like.

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