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Tuesday At The Movies: Wild, Birdman and American Sniper

From this valley they say you are going.
We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile,
For they say you are taking the sunshine
That has brightened our pathway a while.

So come sit by my side if you love me.
Do not hasten to bid me adieu.
Just remember the Red River Valley,
And the cowboy that has loved you so true.

This week we impulsively decided to do a movie marathon. We haven’t done that in a while but a friends staying over seemed like the perfect excuse to go back in time. Only we had forgotten the years that have gone by and the age that has creeped in.

We used to do all-nighters at one point in time, movies ran back to back through the day and night and the marathon ran for 3 days. This time we only managed 3 movies. 😛

The lyrics at the start are of Red River Valley, a cowboy folk song that is know by many names. I remember it though from school when it was sung in memoriam of one of our teachers.

The song is short but it has stayed in my head for years and it came pouring back when I heard it again in ‘Wild’. What can I say, it’s a haunting song. Give it a listen…

 

Wild


A coming of age movie. The true story of a woman who took up a 1000 km hike across the Pacific Crest Trail to find herself. Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed, watching the movie I couldn’t help but think that The Legally Blonde gal has come a long way… This is a movie to watch.

 

Birdman


This movie I think is about an actor struggling with his past and trying to reinvent himself. But I say ‘think’ because I’m not sure. I didn’t really get the movie and if I can manage it, maybe I’ll watch it again. Good movie, but deep (I think). Some may like it.

 

American Sniper


Based on the biography of Chris Kyle, who is considered the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history, with 255 kills, out of which 160 are officially confirmed. This movie gives a glimpse into the head of a man who is a mass murderer if you want to see it that way. A propaganda movie but, it is good entertainment and you’ll not see the end coming.

What have you watched this week?

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