…today to understand the reason for this solemn holiday.
During my visit to my fantastic doctor last Friday, the Spielberg film, War Horse, somehow entered the conversation for the second time.
I had been trying to find the DVD at the Chicago Public Library in vain.
My doctor says this is “the BEST film, you’ve got to see it!”
I replied, “Well, I’m on my way to the library, so maybe they’ll have it, as I’m to cheap to use Netflix!”
And…there it was!
Now, my doctor owns and rides his own horse, and his father was in the film industry, so a tiny part of me thought, though briefly, he might be a bit prejudicial…and not everything done by Steven Spielberg (whom I have met!) was great.
Within the first five minutes, I threw out every and any doubt–this is one of the greatest films EVER!
Not only is the story line terrific but, because I watch a film through the eyes of someone who knows how they are shot and what’s CGI and what isn’t, I have to say that Spielberg has been extremely meticulous here–fabulous direction, cinematography, locations, costuming, acting–the works!
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From the liner notes on the “War Horse” DVD cover:
“From legendary film director Steven Spielberg comes the epic adventure War Horse, a tale of incredible loyalty, hope and tenacity. Based on the Tony award-winning Broadway play, and set against the sweeping canvas of World War I, this deeply heartfelt begins with the remarkable friendship a horse named Joey and his young trainer Albert. When they’re forced apart by the war, we follow Joey’s extraordinary journey as he changes and inspires the lives of everyone he meets.”
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Even if you’re not a ‘horse person’, you’ll come away from this film more thoughtful, and perhaps a bit more courageous.
I’ll be watching this 2 hour and 26 minute film for the third time tonight ( I have to return it to the library tomorrow!).
And…the DVD also contains an interview with Steven Spielberg et al, explaining ing the making of the film—really quite informative!
…and everyone seems to succumb to ‘Garden Fever’!
Last Saturday, I needed to visit the local hardware store–the only one in the neighborhood!–at Clark Street and Devon Avenue (pronounced “Duh-vahn” here for some reason), aptly called ‘Clark and Devon Hardware‘.
I was surprised to find these outside the entryway:
Even more surprising was the community garden just beyond the parking lot!
It’s really heartening to see these small community gardens come alive here in Chicago, and especially to see that the gardeners are ‘twenty-somethings’, perhaps taking their first try at growing their own healthy food!
…but then, so is Spring!
Yesterday, I washed down (with TSP–Trisodium Phosphate) the kitchen ceiling and walls, plus a few others that needed it…that’s the reason there was no post yesterday–it took NINE hours (with breaks in between where I was busy with other cleaning), but…
…except for the two large windows and their blinds, the Spring cleaning is complete!
Give a cheer for the old gal, who can still climb a ladder (though slowly and carefully!)…she worked her bum off, just to get ready for painting, which will not even be attempted until warmer weather (whenever that decides to show up!)!
We were supposed to be “inundated with snow” today…then those crazy weather folks knocked it back to “two inches”, and finally succumbed to “snow flurries”…and guess what?
Nary a flake fell all day!!!
The wind has been pretty vicious all day, so I thought I’d show you Lake Michigan…from last Sunday, the 17th, another windy day.
Back tomorrow…I’ve simply got to rub some Neutrogena into my poor, dry hands!
Comfort is the sunrise
knowing the Earth cannot be impeded from its revolve
by neither politicians nor tyrants
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