33 Postcards**

Z. Lin, 33 Postcards/image: aidyreview.net

Z. Lin, 33 Postcards/image: aidyreview.net

I watched this movie on Amazon Streaming the other day and thought it was a great foreign film. It was very sweet, quirky, and interesting. I really enjoyed the cultural contrasts and seeing what lower middle class Australia might look like.

The Premise…

The movie opens with a two or three year old girl being taken to an orphanage in China with no real explanation for why. The only thing you can assume from the first sad scene, is it’s China and she’s a girl, and maybe it has something to do with only two children policy put in place in the country back in the 70’s, to deal with over population. That said, she starts receiving letters from a man sponsoring her from Australia and as she receives his letters, she writes letters and sends photos back letting him know how she’s doing. She is also very grateful for his generosity and she vows to meet and thank him personally one day.

G. Pearce/image: liveforfilms.com

G. Pearce/image: liveforfilms.com

The main actors Guy Pearce, Dean Randall and Zhu Lin, Mei Mei, were exceptional in their roles, Dean, as the man sponsoring her and Mei Mei, as the recipient of his kindness. The director Pauline Chan, conveys their cultural differences very clearly and let’s the audience know right away that these two characters are on a collision course and it probably isn’t going to be pleasant, when and if they finally meet. Zhu Lin’s, acting is adorable and is so sweet and sincere as the determined young woman who wants to meet the man who showed her so much kindness most of her life. And Guy Pearce plays his role very muted but realistically as an insecure, awkward man, who embellishes a lot of the letter’s he writes Mei Mei, to give the impression of being something better than what he really is.

The Sum Up…

This movie get’s an A ~ THEATER WORTHY, see this in theaters it’s that good. But it came out back in 2011 so you will have to watch it on DVD, or Amazon Streaming, it’s not on Netflix streaming unfortunately. The film is an independent, and it shows interesting locations in Australia, not the most infamous one’s that most people see in Australian movies. It’s also nice to note that Australia has an underbelly that isn’t so pleasant. Sometimes when movies come to the US from other places, they tend to show all the most touristy and picturesque area’s and it gives the impression that all of a certain place looks likes this even though you know this cannot be true. With an interesting story and good directing and acting this movie is worth your time. It has a few moments when it get’s a little overly sentimental but it works and I think it’s based on a true story I can’t remember exactly, but not important. Not for young children but kids 12 and up, this movie is not rated.

Hmm, Not Sure About Bestie’s?

On Bees and Efs: Do you — or did you ever — have a Best Friend? Do you believe in the idea of one person whose friendship matters the most? Tell us a story about your BFF (or lack thereof).

If I did have a Bestie she would be it!!! I've known her since we were kids her 6 and me 7, so 43 years!!! (not the kitty).

If I did have a Bestie she would be it, Marie!!! I’ve known her since we were kids she 6 and I 7, so about 43 years!!! (not the kitty). :)

Now this is a good prompt question, this has a lot of bite to it. There’s no such thing as a Best Friend, maybe a friend for years, but not sure I can consider that necessarily a best friend. It’s kind of like having an Arch Enemy, does that really exist?  I know as children we think we have best friends but that changes because a lot of these people can become disloyal, or untrustworthy overtime. People don’t stand the test of time because I think it’s almost impossible. I know of only a few exceptions to this but generally in my opinion this doesn’t happen.

The main reason for my view, is because people change, grow, ideology changes, circumstances beyond our control, lot’s of things. Sometimes, it happens because we move away from one another, or our parents don’t like our bestie. One thing for sure, to maintain a bestie in the past, (meaning before social media), was near impossible, but since social media, it makes it possible I guess. I believe we can have very Good Friends. Friends through really tough times and fun times, also, childhood friends that will always stay in our lives. But best friends almost seems trite or unrealistic. Wow, I sound cynical, but I don’t mean too, what I’m trying to say is, to grow into a better person, sometimes we have to leave people behind who aren’t on this same page. Maybe the only person who can truly be our best friend, is our spouse, and that’s only if God is the mediator of the relationship, otherwise we have really good friends. And if we don’t have a spouse, than we may have lot’s of good friends or one really good friend, right Marie? At least in my experience.

Uhmm, Why Did I Want To Be An Adult?

Adult Visions: As a kid, you must have imagined what it was like to be an adult. Now that you’re a grownup (or becoming one), how far off was your idea of adult life?

First who says, I’m adult anyway? What’s the big deal, all this means is you’re getting old, and losing your edge. It’s pretty much overrated and the responsibility is extreme!!! However, I do remember as a youth wishing for this, and now it’s here well has been for a while and I’m not impressed. The only thing being an adult does grant you, is the ability to learn from your past and gain some wisdom for your future but this only happens if you’re paying close attention to the mistakes you’ve made in the past. Otherwise, you’re walking around in a daze of chaos and unlearned lessons only to repeat the same stupid stuff over and over until you get a clue.

Well perhaps I’m being too cynical, being an adult can be a beautiful thing. For sure you cannot be a grandparent unless you’ve been a parent and you are defiantly a grown up when grand parenting happens.  And this is the chapter of my life I’m about to enter and I can’t wait. I thought parenting would be exciting and although it had its moments, mostly it was hard. That said, I wouldn’t change a thing about the way my life has gone and I’m excited for what the future holds. :)

Is This Really Happening Right Now?

Daily Prompt ~ It turns out that your neighbor on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your new best friend?

This can be a stressful situation, but it definitely depends on what the chatty person is talking about on whether I want to move my seat. If they are negative or using foul language, I might first try to engage them in a conversation about the Lord. If that failed I might move. If they were from another country with an accent I probably would speak to them with interest. It really depends on them whether they become my new bestie. But, what’s even more awkward is not speaking to someone at all who you’ve sat next to for hours, this seems very rude, but it happens sometimes too. Since I love people generally, I don’t think I would move my seat. Here’s the question I have, do people chat with strangers anymore since there are smartphones these days? And since I just recently got a smartphone I haven’t been on a trip like that. I guess I need to go somewhere soon to know for sure.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes**

Caesar/image: moviepilot.com

Caesar/image: moviepilot.com

Talk about being conflicted about seeing this movie. I debated for about an hour before I left my home and then 15 minutes more after I got there. First I read some reviews on WP, by my favorite reviewers, than Rotten Tomatoes, and still couldn’t decide. I haven’t liked movies with computer generated images in the past unless it’s an all out computer generated movie. Well that’s all changed and they even made the Ape movie series enjoyable!!! Continue reading


J. Phoenix/image: Thefeministwife.com

J. Phoenix/image: Thefeministwife.com

 I just finished watching this movie on dvd and have to say I liked it. I was hesitant to see it because the premise seemed baffling and silly, but I was completely surprised by it. Here’s an interesting note, when you read the IMDb it says that this movie is Sci-Fi. Yeah, I guess it is in a way.  Continue reading

A Summer Flower Shout Out!

This year I have looked for very different flowers to take pictures of. I wanted to make sure I couldn’t name any of the one’s without looking them up on Google. But since I was able to name some, it did take me a little more time to find a lot of these.

Orange Cosmos was found today on my walk. It’s a lovely little flower and with a Bumble Bee laying in it. The sad thing about this particular flower, is, I think the Bee was dead. He wasn’t moving and all his Bee buddies were pollinating away as he just laid there on the bud.

Orange Cosmos Flower 2 Continue reading

Why Can’t We Represent More “People of Color” In American Cinema?

On the heels of my last post, I’ve been contemplating this question. Which has plagued me for years, because as we have broken down color lines in some areas we are exceedingly lacking in this one. For example, when I watch my favorite show on TV, So You Think You Can Dance, I see that many different colors are and have had the spotlight on this show. Latino’s, Asians, Blacks, and White’s. Why? Because the color of a person is secondary to whether they can dance all the genre’s the producers want. I wish the same could be said for what we see in the movie theater. Continue reading


D. Lee and C. Prowse/Image: nerdreactor.com

D. Lee and C. Prowse/Image: nerdreactor.com

Talk about a good horror film, this movie was reminiscent of Chronicle and District 9, but Canadian, and not sci-fi. I really enjoyed this movie and don’t usually watch horror flicks mostly because they are vapid and clichéd. Though, on occasion, movie producers will surprise you and give a fresh look at an old genre. Continue reading

Banging On The Bongos

My cousin, grandpa, his girlfriend and their baby, my head is in front of him with the pink ribbon. 1972

My cousin, grandpa, his girlfriend and their baby, my head is in front of him with the pink ribbon. 1972

Daily Prompt: Do you play an instrument? Is there a musical instrument whose sound you find particularly pleasing? Tell us a story about your experience or relationship with an instrument of your choice.

The Bongos is my favorite instrument. It’s such an emotional and visceral sounding instrument it makes me want to sway and snap my fingers now thinking about them. The sound of them brings me happiness I think I love the drums in general, but theirs something about the bongos that gives me chills. I think the reason is as a youth my grandpa would play them for me and always let me play with him. He would sometimes play along with a record or just on his own. He only played by ear, but was exceptional at it. It’s more of a wonderful memory of him I think, and the bongo sound brings all those memories rushing back to me. Although, I must say again the sound they make is lovely. Continue reading