Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Movie Tuesday 5/31

The Monday holiday has left me a day behind!  That, plus a severe crash.

This is no "oops, I did too much yesterday" crash but one of those "whoa, my immune system has gone bonkers" crashes that only hits me about once a year or so.  It started Saturday evening, out of the blue - sore throat so bad it felt like I'd swallowed rusty nails, with terrible flu-like aches.  These exact same symptoms - in this exact same pattern - are how my CFS began 9 years ago, and I go through an episode like this once or twice a year.  Last time was September, 8 months ago.

So, I spent most of the holiday weekend in bed.  Craig was the only one in our family who had a busy social life this weekend, so Ken, Jamie, and I enjoyed a couple of movies:
  • Jamie and I have been wanting to see It's Kind of a Funny Story for ages (the previews just looked good to us), and it lived up to our expectations.  It's a sweet, funny, warm story about a 16-year old boy who is feeling overwhelmed and suicidal.  He checks himself into a psychiatric ward which requires that he stay for at least 5 days for evaluation.  The teen ward is closed for renovations, so he finds himself among mostly adults with all sorts of mental illnesses.  He becomes friends with Bobby, a suicidal adult who is going through a rough time, and attracted to Noelle, a depressed teen like himself.  I know a drama that takes place in a mental institution doesn't sound like much fun, but it is!  Well-written and well-acted.  We all enjoyed it.
  • Sunday night, the three of us watched The Black Swan, a super-creepy psycho-sexual-thriller starring Natalie Portman.  It wasn't as scary as we thought it might be, but it was very, very bizarre, basically the story of a ballerina who feels threatened by a new arrival and goes a little bonkers (OK, more than a little).  Weird.
Meanwhile, I have been reading a really amazing book - perfect for sick days in bed because I can hardly stand to set it down.  Check out my book blog for a summary of what we are all reading this week.

Have you seen any good movies lately?

6 comments:

  1. Hi Sue
    Sorry to hear about your crash...strange how it comes twice a year...but then everything is strange about our illnesses...right?
    We watched A Dog Year with Jeff Bridges...was good but ended abruptly and left us wanting to rewrite the movie...guess there is a book out there too.
    Hope you feel well again soon.

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  2. Girl, It mus be in the air b/c I had a severe crash this weekend. I spent all day Saturday, Sunday and Monday in bed.... I am feeling some better as I am awake and alert for the moment. I hope you have a better week. Take care of yourself.

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  3. I'll have to check that one out, Renee - hadn't heard of it. I hate when an otherwise good movie has a screwy ending. I guess It's Kind of a Funny Story was based on a book, too.

    Keena - Sorry to hear you're down and out, too. Hope we're both back on our feet soon!

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  4. Sue,
    Hope you feel better very soon. Those crashes are so yucky! I hope yours doesn't last very long!

    We watched Sweet Land and loved it.

    Take care and feel better soon!!

    Blessings,
    Elaine

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  5. Thanks for the good wishes, Elaine. Still in bad shape today - I think I'll go back to bed, in the hopes of being able to go to an event at Craig's school later. We enjoyed Sweet Land, too.

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  6. Hope you're feeling better soon!

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