Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that, of course, I survived the so-called Polar Vortex, which was frigid. Luckily, we had heat continually, which wasn’t the case with parts of the town south of me. Imagine losing heat when it’s -10°F/-23°C. Some people lost heat in the middle of the night for hours. Now it’s 35°F and it feels balmy.

Last Monday my car wouldn’t start after work. Luckily, my brother lives near that library and he came to my rescue. The car was towed to a repair shop, but they couldn’t look at it till Thursday, when they discovered it was a problem with the electronic key mechanism. Go figure. We had other keys so all’s well. Since he was so helpful with the car, I made my brother a pecan pie.

I have discovered that Hoopla Digital offers many of the Great Courses courses. I’ve happened on one about Mental Math, multiplying double digits like 36 x 78 or adding 395 +882+130 in your head. The professor Alexander Benjamin, PhD teaches at Harvey Mudd College and is quite engaging. mental math keeps your brain sharp and isn’t as hard as you think.

I watched Cary Grant in The Batchelor and the Bobby-Soxer and just finished Heart Beats Loud last night. Both were pure entertainment, but I’d say the former was the better film.

 

 

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The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

Starring Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and Shirley Temple, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer is a musing light entertainment. Temple has transformed from the cute dancing girl to a beautiful young woman, though in this case a very fanciful romantic, named Susan. Loy plays Margaret a judge who’s Susan’s sister and guardian. At the start we see that Susan represents the epitome of teenage energy and foolishness. Her goals change weekly every time the high school has a different guest speaker. Susan sees herself as sophisticated and is blind to her own foolishness. Margaret tries to discipline her with grace, wisdom and kindness.

As the film starts Margaret is off to court to preside over the case of Dick Nugent, a debonair bachelor who’s accused of causing a disturbance at a night club. Of course, you’ve guessed that Grant is the bachelor. He arrives to the courtroom late and strikes Margaret as callow and annoying, but hardly a menace so he’s cleared and let off with a warning.

Next Nugent heads to the high school where he’s this week’s career speaker. An artist, Nugent enthralls the female students with his idealistic presentation. Susan is especially swept off her feet and hallucinates that Nugent is actually wearing a gleaming suit of armor. Before we know it, Susan is sneaking into Nugent’s apartment. Today we’d say she was stalking him, but in this farce things never get that dark.

If you’re looking for a light amusing film full of clever banter, sophisticated costumes and outlandish physical humor, you’ll enjoy The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer.

The Awful Truth

Taking a break from drama on the level of Human Condition, I watched Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in The Awful Truth. The Awful Truth is a 1930s romantic comedy about a married couple that races into divorce court after a misunderstanding. Each side has gotten the “wrong end of the stick.”

While they have 90 days between the court date and the divorce finalizing, Lucy, the wife, meets an Oklahoma tycoon who woos her, making Jerry, her soon-to-be ex-husband painfully jealous. Jerry no sooner gives up than Lucy realizes she wants him back.

In a nutshell: Lots of slapstick, lots of wit, lots of style and lots of fun.

Valentine’s Day Special: Favorite Romantic Comedies


For me Nora Ephron leads the pack for modern films and Audrey Hepburn stars in some of the best “oldies.”

  1. You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. As a book lover the loss of the book store adds poignancy.
  2. Sabrina with Audrey Hepburn, William Holden and Humphrey Bogart. A perfect Cinderella story.
  3. When Harry Met Sally with Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal. Just perfect. I loved the scenes with the older couples.
  4. Notting Hill, with Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant.
  5. My Fair Lady, a musical based on Shaw’s Pigmailion, starring Audrey Hepburn and Harrison
  6. Roman Holiday, Audrey’s break out film with Gregory Peck.
  7. French Kiss, with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline, you get to see France and Ryan. The film’s not terrific but the setting and Ryan make it worthwhile.
  8. Annie Hall, a Woody Allen classic, starring Diane Keaton. Sometimes moving on is the happy ending.
  9. Something’s Gotta Give, Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson show that even those over 35 can find new love.
  10. Philadelphia Story with Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant.

I’m sure next week, I’d change up this list. What would you recommend.

I admit I like any romantic comedy with a smart heroine.

I Saw Sunday

Cover of "People Will Talk"

Cover of People Will Talk

Here’s a meme: I Saw Sunday

So, what did you see this week?

One thing or a whole list! – Words or photos or both!

Share it here with us.

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Yesterday I saw Cary Grant in People Will Talk, a very interesting film that’s part romantic comedy. Released in 1951 it bravely tackled serious themes of unwanted pregnancy with dignity and sophistication. People Will Talk has characters who aren’t afraid to share their opinions on politics and they do so with wit and intelligence. No hard feelings. Commentary without mudslinging or playing the Hitler card.

I saw Elizabeth Rex at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Great acting. Such fierce performances.

I saw The Descendants, which was pretty good, though nothing exceptional.

“Slow down and take the time to really see. Take a moment to see what is going on around you right now, right where you are. You may be missing something wonderful.”
– J. Michael Thomas

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