Feb 8, 2018

Lovin' Life 8/2/2018: Things and Films.

Things aren't terribly exciting around here at the moment but they are satisfying in their own way.


I finally remembered to get a new laundry basket at the supermarket this week. 



That sticky door that's been sticky since we moved in got fixed this week as well.  It's only taken me two years...



I'm enjoying these last weeks of summer as much as I can. It's just a shame my iPhone camera's suddenly developed the jitters.  I'm holding out replacing it for as long as I can because committing to the new series will see me have to get a whole new host of peripherals as well.  Maybe dropping it again will reset my camera...

What's been a bit different for me this week is the fact that I've seen a few movies.  Admittedly they were on the plane home from LA but they were both great and I'd like to chat about them here.  Both films were set in decades past but they do have relevance to some of the big issues that America and the world at large are facing at the moment namely the role of the US in the political affairs of other nations and sexual equality.

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American Made is a 2017 Tom Cruise film that tells of the surreal life of Barry Seal (played to perfection by Cruise), a commercial pilot turned CIA informant turned drug runner turned CIA informant / drug runner.  The Wiki article I've linked to highlights some of the historic inaccuracies of the film but as director Doug Liman explains, the film is a 'fun lie based on a true story'.  I'm not a huge Cruise fan but he is very engaging in this fast-paced film that clips along at a cracking pace to a soundtrack of iconic late 70s to 80s hits.  The hair and costumes are also 11/10.


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Battle of the Sexes  is a film about gender equality, tolerance and tennis which sees Emma Stone as Billie Jean King challenged by Steve Carrell's Bobby Riggs to a tennis match to prove that a 55-year-old male tennis champion can still easily beat the (much younger) best women tennis player currently on the professional circuit.   The match occurs in the shadow of professional tournaments only offering prize money to women that is one-eighth of the men's despite both circuits garnering equal ticket sales.

King ends up starting a new women's tour with her agent (hilariously played by Sarah Silverman) and they slowly build up interest and sponsorship in their event.  In an ironic it could only happen in the seventies twist, their key sponsor ends up being a cigarette company and the players are all encouraged to smoke as visibly as possible when promoting their game.

'Battle of the Sexes' also looks at the personal lives and demons of King and Riggs.  For Riggs, it's gambling and its devastating consequences on his marriage and family.  King falteringly starts a relationship with her hairdresser which is tolerated by her husband on the account that both he and Marilyn will forever both be the 'third wheels after tennis' in King's life.

Once again, like 'American Made', 'Battle' is a joy to watch because of the acting, soundtrack and costumes.  Alan Cumming and Jessica McNamee were both instantly recognizable but also perfectly cast at King's costume designer Ted Tinling and Margaret Court respectively. 

Despite what we may think about how far our world has come in gender equality, the events in recent months in our world in 2018 are not that far removed from the challenges women and the gay community faced in the seventies.

How's your week been? 

Seen any good films recently?


14 comments:

  1. I thought American Made was really underrated. I thought it was so funny and interesting. Liked Battle of the Sexes too. What is interesting in this post is that you hit on basically the definition of contentment - it's not the exciting that matters, but the satisfaction in the small things. Lovely!

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  2. I love a movie with a retro soundtrack! We went & saw The Greatest Showman the other day. Usually the only movies I see are on planes too, so it was a real treat - not just because it was a date with my daughter, but because it was a visual treat. #TeamLovinLife

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  3. I haven't seen any films in the past month or so. I'd love to see American Made.

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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  4. Yay for the new laundry basket! lol I watched a heap of movies on my flight to Perth and back in October. First movies I'd seen in ages! In saying that, I actually did go to the movies with a girlfriend just recently and saw 'The Greatest Showman' and absolutely loved it! #TeamLovinLife

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  5. Glad you've had such a great week - even if it's only because you got a couple of things done that had been on the to-do list. I think I have that laundry basket btw :) I haven't seen a movie for a while - it might be time to head off to the cinema - the latest Mission Impossible one keeps popping up on my FB feed - Tom is still killing it in the action man stakes (amazing for a fellow Midlifer!)

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  6. I saw 3 Billboards in Ebbing a few nights ago and after what I thought was a promising start soon developed into a ridiculous plot. There were some good laughs initially but then it got old. #TeamLovinLife

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  7. We see so many film previews but missed American Made. Is it still showing? I might have time will I'm on the Gold Coast to catch a film.

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  8. I saw Victoria and Abdul last week and really enjoyed it! I'm totally an anti-monarchist and have no interest in anything to do with the royal family, but when there is only 1 movie on every fortnight in town you go! Next week The Kingsman is showing in our little town - I'll try to follow the story though I do find Colin Firth a very great distraction ;)

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  9. I have seen "I, Tonya", and "Call me by your name", both were fab.

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  10. Oh I didn't expect that synopsis for Battle of the sexes after seeing the poster, it sounds like an interesting one to see! It's funny how much things change, while they stay the same. Sad too.

    Good luck with your phone camera! I was tempted to upgrade to a new phone over Christmas but decided to stick with what I've got, as I basically use it as a camera and it still does that okay at the moment, haha! I have an android phone so the only new thing I'd have to buy to go with it would be a phone case though :)

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  11. The last movie I've seen in the theater was Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I'm wanting to take my daughter to see is The Greatest Showman and Black Panther. We're big Hugh Jackman fans in my house, so we try to see any movie he is in (my daughter hasn't see Logan yet because of the "R" rating).

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  12. I haven't seen either film SSG but that is what is so great about plane travel isn't it? You get to catch up on films you might not have seen. Sometimes we need a week with not much happening. Life has been hectic for me this week and today I'm making another 'birthday cake creation' for our grandson who will be 8. Fingers crossed it will turn out otherwise it will be a quick trip to the Cheesecake Shop! LOL:) Enjoy your weekend!

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  13. I've not been to the movies for ages! I'm not even sure why I don't go more.

    I know what you mean about the fact that small things feeling like big accomplishments though. I struggle with apathy and so when I finally get something done there's a sense of relief as well. #teamlovinlife

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  14. It's been quite a while since I've seen a movie ... I may try to sneak one in later today. Thanks for the reviews :) #TeamLovinLife

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