Me! Hey-ho, it’s Rey. The Boss needs some stress-rest (don’t ask) and told me to post (man, that gal can get pushy).
So-o, I had to think of something fast and fun. Got it! Sharing something personal about the three of us from the Triple Threat Investigation Agency. I’m a “sometimes part-time” actress, so why not pick a topic close to my acting heart? Films! I thought I’d have us share our fav movies of all time—starting with my BFF, Linda, then Cousin Jilly—known to most as JJ—and leaving the best for last. Moi.
Every new film I see becomes my favorite, to be honest, but if I had to pick one (for now), it would be Manchester by the Sea—directed by Kenneth Lonergan and starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams (one of my favorite actresses), and Kyle Chandler.
The story hit home for me. Basically, it’s about a man named Lee, a janitor, who ends up having to care for his teenage nephew, Patrick, after his brother dies. Lee suffered the harrowing loss of his children through a house fire that resulted from a bout of drunkenness: his. Needless to say, he and his wife divorce. There are more family dramas, shown in flashbacks, that for some of us, hit close to home (pardon the pun).
There are trials and tribulations, bonding and un-bonding. I could relate to the various issues on different levels, given my own family history. It’s not necessarily a “comfortable” film to sit through, but it’s so well crafted, so riveting, I can’t help but believe it’s one of the best I’ve seen in a long, long while.
I love old B&W gangster and detective movies like White Heat and Maltese Falcon, and action flicks . . . but, oddly enough, my favorite movie these days, one I can see over and over again, is The Descendants.
It’s set in Hawaii, my new home, and that’s pleasing in terms of backdrop/setting. The unhurried, strolling pacing is quite appealing and you rather wish it would go on and on and on. The film is filled with emotion; you cry, laugh, sigh, and express anger and/or disbelief, given the situation.
Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, the story revolves around real-estate lawyer Matt King (George Clooney). His mundane life is turned upside down when his wife ends up in a coma after being critically injured in a boating accident. While dealing with her impending death, he must decide whether to sell the family’s vast land, which was handed down from Hawaiian royalty. There’s also a wonderful, emotive re-bonding storyline with Matt and his two daughters.
I’ve seen it at least ten times and could easily see it another twenty—it’s that good.
Like JJ, I love old B&W films, though I’m more into dramas, those featuring Rita Hayworth, Bette Davis, and Marlene Dietrich. They were gorgeous and awesome actresses. If you’ve never seen Hayworth’s film noir Gilda, do it!
My favorite film . . . James Bond . . . all. I just love the action and locations, the over-the-top plots, not to mention the hunky guys who play the lead role. I’m not gonna reveal my preferred JB actor (I’ll keep ya guessing), but every one who ever played the British Secret Service agent brought his own charming spin to the character.
You know, maybe the movies subconsciously planted an idea in my head about becoming a private investigator. I always loved acting, but when we solved the “case” in The Connecticut Corpse Caper, the exciting world of private-eyeing (kinda like secret-service work on a less dramatic level) seemed the right way to go.
Can I share a secret? I wouldn’t mind being a Bond girl.
So, that’s my Saturday post. Nothing “cerebral”, as Linda would word it. Reynalda Fonne-Werde, at your service. Have an amazing weekend everyone.