Hi readers,

Well, I FINALLY got a job this past week- YAAAY!!!  I’m a technical writer w/ a subcontracting firm (focusing on IT) working w/ the federal government.  I’m going to find out the specifics on TUES.  I’m VERY relieved; I can become a contributing member of society again- LOL!  I’m STILL a little upset that I couldn’t do English teaching full-time.  Oh well…   

Thanks for reading,



Recently watched movies:

Julie and Julia (now playing in theaters)

Paul (Stanley Tucci) and Julia Child (Meryl Streep)
Paul (Stanley Tucci) & Julia Child (Meryl Streep)

I saw this movie w/ my mom; she said “I expected more.”  The Julia sections are light and bubbly, but the Julie sections just fall flat.  Meryl Streep did a  nice job, as usual, especially in the few sensitive scenes.  The accent was spot on; I know b/c I’ve seen some eps of Cooking w/ Julia Child on PBS.  I REALLY enjoyed Stanley Tucci’s sweet/understated performance as Julia’s hubby, Paul.  Tucci is one of the finest American character actors working today!      


Julie (Amy Adams) cooks in her tiny LIC kitchen.
Julie (Amy Adams) cooks in her tiny LIC kitchen.

Julie’s hubby (played by Chris Messina) was more interesting than her!  He was such a regular (yet VERY cute) and supportive partner!  And it’s ALWAYS nice to see NYC in the movies, b/c I still miss it.   


Runaway Jury (2003)

Dustin Hoffman & Gene Hackman act together!
Hoffman & Hackman act together for 1st time!

Wendell Rohr (Dustin Hoffman) is a liberal New Orleans torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby.  Rankin Fitch (Gene Hackman) is the big/bad/out-of-town jury consultant for the defendant (a gun company), and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury (a motley crew of New Orleanians).  But there is someone on the inside.  Nicholas Easter (John Cusack) is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee (Rachel Weisz), on the outside.  They have a past… and their own agenda!  -IMDB summary


The premise of this movie is VERY interesting.  I REALLY liked the confrontation scene btwn Hoffman and Hackman; it was written in after the crew learned that they’d never shared a scene before!  However, they’ve been friends for a LONG time.  Weisz did the tough/action scenes VERY convincingly.  John Cusack was understated and convincing, as his part needed.  (I haven’t seen many of his films, but I LOVE to watch anything w/ his big sis Joan.) 

The Guns of Navarone (1961)

This film was nominated for 7 Oscars!
This film was nominated for 7 Oscars!
Two powerful German guns control the seas past the Greek island of Navarone making the evacuation of endangered British troops on a neighboring island impossible. Air attack is useless so a team of six Allied and Greek soldiers is put ashore to meet up with partisans to try and dynamite the guns. The mission is perilous enough anyway but are the Germans on the island getting further help, too?  -IMDB summary
Irene Papas plays a Greek resistance fighter
Irene Papas plays a Greek resistance fighter
This famous war film isn’t based on a REAL event, BUT it has several interesting  characters (including two women).  It cost $6 million- a huge budget for its time.  After the first 20 mins, it holds your attention.  You almost don’t mind that Peck isn’t using an English accent and this team of men are TOO OLD to be on a mission like this! 
David Niven and Gregory Peck
David Niven has some GREAT lines in this film; it was actually mean to be ANTI-WAR.  But the actor who makes the biggest impact in this film is Anthony Quinn (one of Hollywood’s MOST versatile character actors); he plays a hard-nosed officer from Crete.  As the film progresses, he softens (a bit) and reveals more about himself.  Did you know that Quinn was the first Mexican to win an Oscar?  (Though many thought he was Italian or Greek, his father was Irish and his mother was Mexican.)       

Quinn, Anthony 

It doesn’t make a difference as long as I’m a person in the world.

Quinn said when asked about his ethnicity

Recent iTunes downloads:

Down the Road – Kenny Chesney (w/ Mac McAnally)

I just heard this song last week, and it stuck in my mind.  This is reminiscent of classic country: timeless, touching, and just 3 mins long.  Mac McAnally is a singer/songwriter w/ a very pure/clear voice. 

If I Know Me – George Strait 

A classic from a classic singer

The Walk – Sawyer Brown

Another timeless song about the stages in a man’s life 

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