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The Weekend

I saw two recent films this weekend: Chicago and Frida. I enjoyed both of them. To appreciate and enjoy Chicago, go knowing in advance that you will see musical numbers every ten minutes. Richard Gere, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones do their own singing and dancing in the film, and it is very impressive. The production numbers are outstanding, with the best being one in which Gere plays a ventriloquist with Zellweger as his “dummy”, and the press gallery are puppets – it’s a brilliant presentation and delivery. The only negative thing I can say is that the website Sucks Big Time.

Frida explores the life of Frida Kahlo, a controversial Mexican painter who was twice married to Diego Rivera. In 1925 she was in a bus accident that injured her severely. She had many operations, body casts, corsets, etc. She poured her soul into painting, was determined to walk again, and eventually approached the famous Rivera for criticism. It was a defining moment in both their lives, and the movie follows her life from that point onwards. Salma Hayek gives the performance of her career, and she is surrounded by an excellent supporting cast, including Alfred Molina as Rivera, Geoffrey Rush as Leon Trotsky, and appearances by Edward Norton, Saffron Burrows, Ashley Judd, Antonio Banderas, Mia Maestro, and Valeria Golino. Highly recommended.

We have had a month of cold, snowy weather. But when I stepped outside to drive to the theatre to see Frida, it was -10C and raining! I drove there, fighting the rain on my windshield, which kept turning to ice as it hit. I used all my windshield antifreeze to keep said windshielf clear until I got there.

The tennis elbow condition in my right arm is still bothering me considerably. I’m doing exercises with a 5 pound weight, and will visit the physical therapist again next Thursday. Acupuncture and cortisone shot may happen next.

7 Responses to “The Weekend”

  1. sharon Says:

    oh dear. I hope your arm feels better soon.

  2. Murph Says:

    -10 and raining? Copycat.

    Wish Chicago would come here, but that ain’t likely. Maybe if it cleans up with Oscar.

  3. jennifer Says:

    I have been there done that with the tennis elbow as well. The cortisone helped for a few weeks, but wore off. Do you have a brace? Mine still hurts now and again, but its mostly better. My doc’s advice? use it less. duh. thanks.

  4. Billy Says:

    A guy at Starbucks got a cortisone shot in his knee, then had to be hospitalized because his blood sugar went through the roof. Good Luck with that.

    Salma Hayek’s performance in Frida was better than her performance in From Dusk Till Dawn?

  5. jennifer Says:

    Nothing can be better than Salma in From Dusk Til Dawn. The woman can dance with a snake like nobodys business.

  6. Mike Says:

    Tennis elbow, eh? I got mine from using the mouse at work…ordering and scrolling all day. It took 18 months with the brace to get rid of it. I kept reinjuring it. It will get better. Good luck.

  7. stuart Says:

    In an effort to mitigate the condition being discussed, I stayed off-line as much as possible this past summer, choosing to work in the yard instead. As a result of walking on soft ground for roughly a thousand hours in 2002, I earned a heel spur. Treatment still on-going.

    Does the phrase “What hill do you want to die on?” strike a familiar note?

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