Movie of the Month for April 2017: Lion

200136Title: Lion
Year: 2016
Director: Garth Davis
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham

When I mentioned earlier this month that my wife Kim and I had seen this movie, all I said at that point was “Just see it.” However, now that I’m selecting this as my first Movie of the Month for April, I guess I should say something a little more about it so here’s a little more than “Just see it.”

The movie is based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, an Indian orphan adopted by an Australian couple, who 20 years after leaving his native India, decides to seek out his family in India, using Google Earth. Through a series of flashbacks, we see how Saroo got lost and then eventually was adopted. Without giving any spoilers, this one is a tearjerker, but overall, it is a good cry as Saroo seeks and (slight spoiler alert) finds his childhood home. What makes this one transcend beyond a movie of the week on Lifetime and become nominated for six Oscars are the performances of the actors, especially Patel, the cinematography, and the story which could be cliché if told by others but as told by screenwriter Luke Davies based on Brierley’s book never does.

So what movie that you saw this past month would you select as your Movie of the Month?

Each month, I will select a Movie of the Month, an Album of the Month, and a Book of the Month. This Friday, I will share my pick for Album of the Month, then on Sunday, my pick for Book of the Month. Check back on both days to see what they are.

Holy Saturday: Joy, Lion, and DAMN. 

Today is Holy Saturday, the end of the day in the Christian tradition when the Easter Vigil is held in many churches, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. Like that, but not really, I am arising again here on the blog after a five-day absence and not the three days Jesus laid in the grave and descended into Hell (referred to as the Harrowing of Hell). Nope, the analogy continues to break down as I didn’t die and didn’t have a harrowing week. So yeah, like that, but not really, sooooooo…

29496453…anyway, I’m back and I am in the midst of celebrating a four-day weekend that started Friday and ends Monday. On Friday, I continued reading The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas C. Abrams and probably will be continuing to read that today. Tomorrow, my wife and I are going to my parents’ for Easter, and on Monday, we have nothing planned. I probably will look for my next book via Overdrive from the Free Library of Philadelphia, but beyond that, nothing on the radar.

Since I didn’t write posts on what we’re watching and what I’m listening to, I will recap that here this week.

What we’re watching

…or what we have watched. This past week, Kim and I watched two movies, the first of which we can’t recommend enough:

Just see it.

The second one, well, we can’t recommend, period. I won’t put up the trailer, but will put the Honest Trailer from Screen Junkies instead:

We really, really wanted to like it, but we just couldn’t and not because of the new all-female crew of the Ghostbusters.  We like these actresses, or at least some of them, but they were completely wasted with this script. Bottom line: ugh!!!!! (The fifth exclamation point is for Chris Hemsworth, sadly.)

What I’m listening to


So what’s good that you have been reading, watching, and/or listening to?