OK so there was only a spot of drizzle at the weekend - not proper rain at all but it was still a good excuse to hole myself up indoors and have a mammoth video fest' with D.
Saturday my best friend came down to London and we managed to go around Camden Market - she 'forced' me to buy two dresses and then we popped to the pub for a quick drink and a natter, and didn't come out until it was time for her to get her train home! Oh well. We were meant to go to the cinema it didn't happen by quite a long shot. But that's what good friends are for - the time flies - there are no awkward silences, there is no set agenda, it's all cool as long as you have time to spend together and laugh.
I was being a very unsubtle girl on the Sunday, and wanted to get some form of message across. A quote from the movie Meet Joe Black at sprung to mind:
"Love is passion, obsession, someone you can't live without. If you don't start with that, what are you going to end up with? Fall head over heels. I say find someone you can love like crazy and who'll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart. I'm not hearing any heart. Run the risk, if you get hurt, you'll come back. Because, the truth is there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love - well, you haven't lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven't tried, you haven't lived"
It might be quite full on and in your face and sappy - but it's true. Can you imagine someone loving you so whole heartedly, so unconditionally and being able to express it so eloquently?
So yeah, one of the films we watched was Meet Joe Black. This film is over 10 years old now and Brad Pitt has long since stopped looking like a young Robert Redford as he does in this film. It's long, at almost 3 hours and lets be fair you hear the story line and think 'what now?' - death is Brad Pitt (I wonder if Angelina knows), and he has come to take away his next victim - who isn't really ready - so they have a deal that death will be shown around for a while first. So you have a long story about....life really. With a heavy slant on the different angles of love. I know a lot of people might think it sounds mushy or stupid or far fetched and lets be honest, it is, but there is some great comedy acting from Brad Pitt and some amazing lines that served up what I wanted way better than I ever could.
I also watched Bolt, it broke up the mushyness and is just a great story about a dog that thinks he is a super hero when really he's just an average ordinary dog, but he has a heart of gold and 'companionship' and 'loyalty' are very heavy themes.
Then we watched 'Life as a House'. When this movie first came out it totally passed me by. I was not even aware of it until a friend lent it to me one day saying it wasn't the sort of thing she normally watched but she felt it had something. And it really does.
It's a story about a man who is dying and wants to build a house with his son before he dies. It sounds like it's going to be a major bore fest, but the film is all about a family being reunited. Young love, first love, old love, failing love, inappropriate love, lust, a naughty dog, drug addiction, confused minds, death and a house. I don't want to tell you too much about this movie in case it too passed you by, but I hope I have said enough to get your interest.