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Sometimes we complain that there just aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish everything laid before us. The mail is piling up, the laundry is getting crusty, the kids insist on having dinner every night and the DVR can only hold so much unwatched entertainment. We so often move through our days complaining that there is so much to do and so little time to do it in, although we usually know better.  

Because, from time to time, we are presented with days in which there are simply too many hours to have to sit and worry over all the things we don't even want to think about. Like a friend's surgery, or the manuscript sitting on the agent's desk or the pending strike at work. Or the test results from the hospital that won't come for a week, giving you just enough time to convince yourself of the worst possible outcome. When we're allowed to dwell on these things for too long, we feel the full weight of them. Individually they might be only slightly unbearable; when we're hit with two or three or ten of them at once, we're likely to lose sight of how we're expected to handle such situations.

Life, quite frankly, is overwhelming. When things are normal, we are eager to forget just how undone it can all become, but when we're in the throes of the turmoil, we're left to wonder if it will ever be normal again. We pray for the everyday chaos that we so often complain about, remembering that if it was only ever that hard, then we would have a lot to be thankful for.

This week's Friday five is full of heartache and hardship, and our cast of characters admirably takes on the challenges presented to them. It isn't always pretty and might even be unpleasant, but they will do what they have to do to prevent themselves from being overwhelmed by their lives.

Love Song For Bobby Long  Purslane Will (Scarlett Johansson) returns home to New Orleans after her mother's death and discovers that she has been left one-third ownership of her childhood home. The other two-thirds are claimed by former college professor Bobby Long (played by John Travolta) and his protégé Lawson Pines, strangers to Pursy but long-time friends of her mother's. Not only are the three of them put to the sometimes-overwhelming task of learning to live together in peace, they must each come to terms with the special relationship they have always shared but never known. Rated R

Black Snake Moan Lazarus, a Mississippi bluesman, (Samuel L. Jackson) is in need of some powerful redemption, so when he literally stumbles upon Rae (Christina Ricci), half-naked and badly beaten, he does his best to save her. Rae, however, is under the spell of an overwhelming physical need and will put Lazarus to the test, especially when her boyfriend (Justin Timberlake) comes back to town and misunderstands the strange hold Lazarus has on her. Rated R

Punch-Drunk Love Constantly at risk of being driven to a nervous breakdown by the overwhelming badgering of his seven sisters, Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) has no idea what he is supposed to be doing with is life. Peppered with violent little outbursts and through the surreal combination of a harmonium, a mysterious stranger and lots and lots of pudding, Barry just may find out what life (and love!) is all about. Rated R

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (or, "Le Scaphandre et Le Papillon") A brilliant film adaptation of the memoir of Jean-Do Bauby, as dictated by the language of his left eye. The one-time editor of French Elle magazine suffered a stroke that overwhelmed his body, leaving his left eye as his only means of communication with the world outside of his mind, which was left maddeningly intact. Subtitled, Rated PG-13

Martian Child David Gordon (John Cusack) is a man overwhelmed by the loss of his much-loved wife and well-planned future. Dennis is a six-year-old boy overwhelmed by the idea of never having had anyone or anything in the first place. David would rather conceptualize his next science fiction novel than work to reclaim his place in the world; Dennis, on the other hand, creates an entirely different world to call his own. Together they try to find peace and acceptance on the same planet. Based in part on the autobiography of David Gordon, Rated PG

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      Saylor101 wrote Jan 23, 2009
    • I’ve wanted to see Martian Child - - it is actually the only one of those I’ve heard of !  I’m gonna make a note to watch these!  Thanks!



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      Feathermaye wrote Jan 23, 2009
    • Oh yes, Annie. I’ll only ever recommend what I’ve seen!

      Love Song For Bobby Long is actually one of our all-time, all-around favorites. The story is well-done, the music is brilliant and the streets and neighborhoods of New Orleans are pre-Hurricane Katrina.  

      I tend to waver as a John Travolta fan, and this is a role that I feel he brought incredible depth and humanity to. And Scarlett was brilliant as Purslane. She is rapidly becoming my favorite young actress.

      saylor, I loved Martian Child. As much of a fan of Cusack’s as I am, it was nice to see him play a grown-up! And the little boy is as charming as they come. Let me know what you think!



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jan 23, 2009
    • Because I love John Cusack I have seen Martian child and it was good. I also love Adam Sandler but have not seen that movie. Or the others. But I think I would like Love song for Bobby Long



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      Feathermaye wrote Jan 23, 2009
    • Yay! I love when I can throw some obscurity out there for you guys, lol.



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      Psalmist wrote Jan 24, 2009
    • Black Snake Moan - loved
      Martian Child - loved

      Next on list - Punch Drunk Love, been recommended twice in one day.



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      Robinesque wrote Jan 28, 2009
    • I’ve seen “Black Snake Moan.”
      I’ve been meaning to buy “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” ever since it received all those awards last year.  Love ScarJo, so I might want to see “Love Song for Bobby Long.”

      You know what?  I don’t like the title of the Adam Sandler movie and that’s why I’m not interested.  Anybody else like that?



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      Mztracy wrote Jan 28, 2009
    • Love Song For Bobby Long  - i liked this movie. different and i like different.

      Black Snake Moan  - very weird, makes ya look at things in a different light. I like it

      Punch-Drunk Love  - I love adam sandler, but this is the one i did not like. it dragged for me

      Martian Child  - a very different john cusack movie. I thought it was aweet. tear jerker for me.



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