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On Thursday, Scott and I launched a new Christmas Day tradition by going to the movies.  Although there were several new films available for viewing, we had no difficulty in agreeing that there was really only one choice for us: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.  

Although I expected to enjoy the film, I had no idea I would be so changed by the entire experience.  Even though it is brilliantly infused with moments of whimsical comedy, this is without a doubt one of the sharpest, most dramatic films I have ever seen. The star-studded cast offers Oscar-worthy performances (the film has already received five Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture) and absolutely draws you into their lives and their conflicts, inflicting upon you the emotional upheaval wrought by their circumstances. The story moves with an incredible pace and the special effects employed to transform the characters are destined to change the face of modern film-making.

This film was adapted from a brief 1920's story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, who got his story idea from a Mark Twain statement which concluded that life begins at the worst possible moment and ends at the best possible moment.  As such, Benjamin Button is born "under unusual circumstances" and is, himself, unusual.  With a corresponding back-story in which a bereaved father hopes to turn back time, Benjamin Button lives his life in reverse, being born with the physiology of a man well into his 80's, and regressing toward infancy.  

With a modern-day disaster bearing down on the last remaining person to bear witness to the curiosity that was Benjamin Button, we are told his story via his secret diary and the treasured mementos he has left behind.  Through these things we feel his great loves, and we weep over his greatest losses.

There are numerous lessons to be learned through the manner in which Benjamin Button lived his life, and I believe it to be a story that everyone deserves to hear. I implore you to see "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" at your earliest convenience. Go to the theater, reserve it for your Netflix queue or rent it the minute it comes out on video, but do yourself a favor and watch it. You are all but guaranteed to walk away with a little better appreciation of the time you have been given.

As a reminder, you have one more opportunity to be entered into December's Giveaway for the $25 Cinemark gift card. All you have to do is visit [Link Removed]and leave a comment. That's it!

This month's winner will be randomly drawn and announced on December 28th, 2008. Good luck!


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      Trudy S wrote Dec 26, 2008
    • Have you read the “The Time Traveler’s Wife“?  Very similar premise.  I think I must see this!

      I tried to follow you link - but it didn’t work...said it didn’t exist.



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      Feathermaye wrote Dec 26, 2008
    • I fixed the link! Sorry—I sometimes forget to remove the extra character that this system adds to the end of hyperlinks.

      And Trudy, I’ve not read “The Time Traveler’s Wife“, but have added it to my list.

      Thanks for your comment!



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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Dec 27, 2008
    • I am very intriqued now Heather, thanks for the great review.
      I am going to see this tomorrow with my son and his girlfriend.



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      Feathermaye wrote Dec 27, 2008
    • Annie and Lisa, I expect a full report to know if you believe I led you astray, or if you loved the movie as much as I did.

      Thanks for your comments!!estatic



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      Feathermaye wrote Dec 27, 2008
    • Annie! I’m so glad you enjoyed the film.

      A lot of the critics are comparing it to Forrest Gump, but not necessarily in a bad way. The epic life-tales are popular when done well, as this one was.  

      In my “all-time” favorite list (that lives in my head), this film bypasses Forrest by at least one slot. And I could watch Forrest Gump once a month!

      Even though this was a huge career vehicle for Brad Pitt, I really believe it could earn Cate an Oscar. How could it not??

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it!



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      Feathermaye wrote Dec 27, 2008
    • By the way, I'll announce December's winner in the [Link Removed] tomorrow afternoon.  

      I’ll be closing comments at midnight tonight (cst) and will use an online random number generator to pick the winner.

      Stay tuned!


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      Almostfive0 wrote Dec 28, 2008
    • We went to see the movie yesterday...*LOVED IT!!!*  

      Kate Blanchett was amazing and I love Taraji Henson.
      I think the older Brad Pitt gets the more I like him.

      There were people actually crying after the movie. It was very touching. One for the home collection.

      Side note for you Heather...did you know some it was filmed on Water Island? estatic



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      Feathermaye wrote Dec 28, 2008
    • Scott became the big hero in the theater, because at one point I was boo-hooing and there was a visible box of tissues on Daisy’s desk (in the studio) in the film, and I whispered “I need one of those tissues“. Scott reached into his pocket and pulled out several fresh tissues.

      Then the lady on the other side of him whispered “Can I have one too??“.

      Scott said later that his momma cautioned him to never take a girl to the movies without a few clean tissues in his pocket. LOL!!!



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      Feathermaye wrote Dec 28, 2008
    • Annie, have you read the book “Forrest Gump“? It’s so very different from the movie, and really a treat to read. I laughed out loud at it several times. And the physical description of Forrest in the book is different so it was pretty easy to shake the Tom Hanks image from my mind.

      Carol, I had no idea about Water Island. Thanks for sharing that tidbit!!



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      Jacquelynn Franklin wrote Dec 28, 2008
    • For an Oscar, I still think Clint Eastwood deserves it for his performance in “Grand Torino” (He not only starred in it, but produced, wrote the music and sang the songs that runs during the credits...
      Do not get me wrong here, I LOVE Brad Pitt, and liked the Movie Benjamen Buttons...but I think Clint Eastwood should walk away with the Oscar.



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      Feathermaye wrote Dec 28, 2008
    • I haven’t seen Gran Torino yet, but I did see a preview for it and (as is not surprising) it looks phenomenal, as well.

      Eastwood is a movie master, regardless of which side of the camera he’s on. And you are probably right about how the Oscars will fall.

      I would love to see Cate Blanchett get it, though. I’m not yet certain of her competition (I did a survey on the potentials recently, but I’m drawing a blank on the choices right now). Of everything I’ve seen her in, this is my favorite of her performances.



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      Jacquelynn Franklin wrote Dec 28, 2008
    • Until I saw the movie myself, I would have had to agree with you. But since I have seen the movie (It will be in theaters Jan 9th, but I have an advanced copy for screening purposes), I can tell you Clint Eastwood was nothing like his past characters. It was a brilliant film, everyone act with tremendous heart, the story was not the iconic and one-dimensional Dirty Harry, but more like The Unforgiven, with subtle shadings and a anti hero who feels and touches the lives of those around him. Once again, Clint Eastwood has proven to be on of America's MVP's. His craftsmanship, his directorial skills, his casting, his sense of humor, scene and sensitivity has taken him way beyond most other directors and way beyond his Dirty Harry days.Gran Torino was a pure entertainment joy, you just want to savor every second and take in the whole view at the same time.



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      Yana Berlin wrote Dec 29, 2008
    • Sounds like a winner to me. I’ll go see it as soon as I get back.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Dec 29, 2008
    • I am now convinced to go see Benjamin Button. You all should be the reviewers....



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      Almostfive0 wrote Dec 29, 2008
    • You’ll love it Vikki estatic



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      Leeann wrote Dec 30, 2008
    • I can’t wait to see this movie! I been renting a bunch of old movies these days. Has anyone seen mama’s boy . It was pretty funny!



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      Cheryl Guy wrote Dec 31, 2008
    • Heather- I just told my husband last night after seeing a preview that I have GOT to see the movie and he told me I am going alone! LOL! I guess I will have to take a girlfriend. I think my husband is just afraid that he will be crying during the movie and doesn’t want to ruin his macho image! LOL!



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      Trudy S wrote Jan 15, 2009
    • OK - so I finally went to see B.Button.  A girlfriend and I played hookie from work last Friday afternoon.

      What a great movie!  Thank you so much for suggesting it.  However, I think I cried straight through from the opening scene to the end.  I was so dehydrated by the end of it!



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Mar 27, 2009
    • Guess what?  It is in $1.50 Cinemark tomorrow.  I will take my husband.



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      Feathermaye wrote Mar 28, 2009
    • That’s great, CD! It’s a fantastic story, and what a great bargain!

      Be sure to let us know how you liked it!



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Mar 28, 2009
    • Thank you... it is a comedy or should I bring my box of tissue.



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      Feathermaye wrote Mar 28, 2009
    • Definitely the tissues.



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