Sunday, January 29, 2012

Must See movies in 2012!!

I've managed to see two movies in the last week - War Horse and yesterday, We bought a Zoo.  Both must see movies.

War Horse was gripping from start to finish with many twists and turns - and the graphic scenes of the carnage of World War I, was very heart wrenching.  We know so many lives were lost in that horrific war, but to see it played out in that way was hard to take really.  Why oh, why do we keep having violence and wars??

A great movie!!!

We Bought a Zoo was a much more family oriented movie - with with moments of heartbreak, and some audience members were seen to be sobbing into tissues.  It is interesting to note that the film was based on a true story of a zoo in the UK, while the film was about a zoo in the US.  Oh, well.

The real zoo is Dartmoor Zoo - you can read about it here. Dartmoor Zoo

Drought continues - at least re movies for me!

I have managed to see two movies, since my last post - I am pleased to say that I saw both War Horse, and We Bought a Zoo.  Both had their sad moments, but of course War Horse had the most dramatic.  It was painful to watch the World War I scenes - oh, why do we have such brutal wars?  Even the 'war to end all wars' didn't.

Still, I'd recommend both movies.  The last movie I saw was on New Year's Day - and I've not set foot in a theatre since, but I guess it is only 29 days!  I haven't read much either, but today retrieved a brilliant book from my shipping container.  It has been in there since just before my trip to Perth and Adelaide, and though most of my belonging are still in the container, I did get some things that I needed for my jaunt to Bali - which is only 3 sleeps away. (Whose counting?)

I doubt that I will finish this book before I go, and I won't be taking it with me as I have two books in my Kindle that I want to read - and it is much easier travelling with a Kindle.

The book in question is "A Waltz for Matilda" by Jackie French.  Many of us would recall Jackie as a zany personality on the now defunct Burke's Backyard, but she is an amazingly prolific writer.  The book belongs to my granddaughter who is 11 1/2 years old, and she just loved it  as I am doing.

Jackie has used the song "Walzting Matilda" based on the poem by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson,  as the inspiration for the story of young Matilda, who sets out in 1894 at 12 years of age to find  her father in the midst of the shearers strike.  There's a lot of historical material in it, and the gripping story takes us through life in the bush.

I do have several other books to read, and I have also decided to read one of Amanda Hocking's books, as her story is inspirational.