When a girl is running low in the funds department, staying in and watching DVDs is definitely the way forward.  Added to the financial embarrassment factor was my promise to my sister to dogsit the lovely Conan (his name means little hound in Irish), her adorable miniature Schnauzer, in her house last weekend which meant no partying and curling up on the sofa with the dog instead. Bliss!

So a brief summary of the movies I have watched in the last seven days:

It’s Complicated – A twist on the predictable rom-com storyline, elevated above the usual dross by the supreme talents of Meryl Streep.

Julie and Julia – Not usually the kind of thing I’d watch but that’s the benefit of having access to someone else’s DVD collection! Again Meryl Streep improves everything she’s in.

The Amy Fisher Story – Absolute tabloid crap but the perfect thing to watch after hours of writing when I couldn’t form sentences anymore and I just needed bubblegum to watch until I was relaxed enough to go to sleep. Highlights include Barrymore’s Long Island accent and 90s hair.

The Road – Blown away by this movie. I haven’t read the book but my sister had and she filled me in on the basic plot before the film started. It’s rare that a movie stays with me for days afterwards but this one did, and it provoked an interesting discussion between myself and my sister.  Am buying the book to add to the pile this week.

A History of Violence – Was on a Viggo tip last week. I can’t believe I waited so long to see this movie. Viggo is phenomenal and I didn’t see the twist coming at all.  Loved this.

And the movie buzz continues – am off to see Predators and Inception this weekend, both of which I’m very much looking forward to for entirely different reasons.

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