1. Les Miserables. This was so highly anticipated I was worried it wouldn't live up to my expectations. But no, it just might just be the very best movie I've ever seen. And that's saying a lot. I mean, Top Gun has held first place since I was 12! All of the actors and actresses hit their part perfectly, even Russell Crowe can sing! Forgiveness, hope, redemption, justice, mercy, honor....it's all there and it's SO good. Cope has been riding the high ever since.
2. Lincoln. After I read the Time cover story on Daniel Day-Lewis' genius as an actor, I had to see the movie. I loved the tidbit of him having to stay in character while on set and texting Sally Field with limericks and signing them, "A." This brought back all the memories of Day-Lewis in Last of the Mohicans....let's pause a moment and think about that movie...sigh...Lincoln required concentration, and I loved it.
3. Downton Abbey
Yes, like everyone else, I'm obsessed. I love it so. Whenever Cope and I hear the Downton music begin or reviewed on the radio, we look at each other and squeal. No one is allowed to speak or interrupt during the watching of Downton! It's as good now as the first season.
4. Forever Strong. I saw this movie a few years ago, but we watched it again for a youth activity with Cope and Nelson. Love it. It has so many great lessons. I knew a boy in college who played for the Highland Rugby team. It was a life-changing experience for him. This movie is based on the true story of Highland and the real-life and life-changing relationship between a coach and his players. It's different and always reminds me of my youngest brother. Sports, redemption, forgiveness. It's there and it's good.
5. Nashville. I love Connie Britton and I like country music, so this is a fun show to watch during the week.
6. Parenthood. Emotional, happy, and sometimes sad, this is my favorite show in television right now.
7. The Piano Guys. We got this CD for Nelson for Christmas, to inspire him to play the piano. It's inspired us all! Downloaded onto my ipod, it's not only good listening music, it's fabulous running music.
8. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. I know this is an old movie, but we taped it over Christmas break and eagerly began to watch it one evening. All of sudden I remembered how bad it was the first time. I'm sorry if you enjoyed it, but I could not stand the thought of wasting two hours of my life watching it again.
We're back in the thick of things. Christmas break is over. Who knows when we'll have a chance to watch another movie. We've been so busy we even cancelled Netflix...boo hoo! But when we get another moment, what do you recommend? Skyfall? Impossible? Smash?
P.S. Did you see Beyonce sing the national anthem at the inaugeration? Doesn't it make you want to just belt it out? That's good entertainment!