Ray

Excellent!!! Jamie Foxx does such a magnificent job of portraying Ray Charles in this movie that you completely forget it’s Jamie Foxx. This movie shows the life of Ray Charles Robinson from his early childhood through the ’50s and ’60s. It shows how he dealt with all the issues (sex, drugs, family, racism, etc.) that he had to face as he developed his musical career. The music, a lot of which is performed by Jamie Foxx, is wonderfully exhibited throughout the movie. Although he created many of the challenges he had to overcome (aside from the blindness and racism), he still came out on top. I recommend this movie to anyone who has enjoyed the music of Ray Charles in their lifetime. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Sahara

Cathy & I went to see Sahara at the Paramount on Monday night. It was a full fledged red carpet premier! Matthew McConaughey did show up and he talked about the movie and how he got involved, etc before it started. Oh, One of the many great things about seeing a movie as a premier is there were NO previews or commercials or whatever else they show before the actual show. To hear & see a little of what he had to say, click on the link below.:
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Yes Connie, Matthew McConaughey was very scruffy. He smacked on his gum and picked at his teeth with the toothpicks he had stashed behind each ear. Regardless of all this “hick”ness, he was still very cordial and thankful for everyone who came out to see his new movie. I think his family acted more “Hollywood” than he did. He definitely hid it better.

Now, about the movie. Very well made. Lots of great adventure. It was put together in a very “Indiana Jones” style. No, I’m not comparing it to any of those movies but it did have a similar style about it. Maybe it was all the sand and camels. All the characters were well cast. Steve Zahn’s character is probably my most favorite. Excellent comedic timing! I’m really bad about spoiling the storyline by telling too much so I’m not going to tell anything about the story. I really did enjoy the movie and would go to see it again if the opportunity came up. If you get the chance and like the Indiana Jones style adventure with good comedic timing, this movie, that opens on April 8, is for you. 4 stars out of 5

For all of you that are McConaughey fans that would like to see my up close & personal photos (I went a bit nuts with the camera but got some good shots), click on the picture below.

The Red Violin & Shrek 2

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We watched 2 movies this weekend. Both very good.

First, The Red Violin is a story that takes you through the “life” of this violin that was built to be given to the violin maker’s unborn son. Tragedy occurs and the violin starts on a wild adventure. The odd voyage of this unique violin through history is explored from one episode to the next, from child prodigy to gypsies to Victorian virtuoso to a clandestine enclave of art lovers in Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution. Most actors in the movie are fairly unknown but Samuel L Jackson plays the role of the modern day instrument appraiser. (It didn’t dawn on me that it was him until it was pointed out.) Very well made, very well thought out. 4.5 stars out of 5.

Second, in Shrek 2, we continue the story of Shrek & Fiona as they return from their honeymoon. If you remember from the 1st Shrek, Prince Charming was supposed to save Fiona from the tallest tower of the tallest castle. So, whatever happened to him? Also, what about the King & Queen of the land “Far, Far Away”? How do they feel about their only daughter married to an ogre? How is it that Fiona is part ogre? All these are answered in Shrek 2. It’s a completely different movie to the first and enough time had passed that I wasn’t expecting to see anything specific from the first movie. 4 out of 5 stars.

Sahara Tix

I just won tickets to go see the Austin premier of Sahara at the Paramount on Monday night!! Matthew McConaughey is apparently going to be there to answer questions after the screening, too! Cool, huh?