Thursday, June 28, 2012

what to do when it's hot, hot, hot

Since it is approaching 100 degrees today, and expected to be over 100 tomorrow, I have turned on the air conditioning and have tried to find indoor activities.  So far the best thing I've found is to fold laundry and watch movies on Netflix streaming.  I can highly recommend the following (descriptions courtesy of IMDb):

  • "The Way" (2010) written and directed by Emilio Estevez and staring his father, Martin Sheen.  "The Way" is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn't plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his "California Bubble Life". Inexperienced as a trekker, Tom soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey. On his journey, Tom meets other pilgrims from around the world, each with their own issues and looking for greater meaning in their lives.
  • "Housewife, 49" (2006, TV)  In the late 1930s Nella Last,a housewife aged 49,living in Barrow-in-Furness on the North West English coast,agrees to send details of her routine to the Mass observation project,a non-governmental scheme designed to chronicle the lives of ordinary people. When war comes Nella defies her over-protective husband to join the local Women's Voluntary Service. Initially diffident she blossoms thanks to the dominant but kindly Mrs. Waite,and enjoys her independence as a useful war worker. The film also shows her relationship with her two sons as well as the effect of the war on the community and ends by explaining that Nella kept in touch with the Mass Observation project until her death in 1968.

1 comment:

naomi dagen bloom said...

What a terrific suggestion about "Housewife 49." We watched last night and very much enjoyed much about it--the window into everyday WW2 English life. Did you notice that Victoria Wood, the excellent actress was also writer and executive producer. In a description of the film, she also seems to be known as British comedian!