Ok so H and I went to see "Valley of Elah" yesterday afternoon. Let me just say-we didn't have to fight the crowds on a Thursday afternoon (I almost felt guilty like I should be somewhere else, shouldn't I be?) , there were maybe 10 people in the theatre and when the heck did going to the movies get so expensive?? I confess we brought our own drinks in my bag along with my usual box of Red Vines, which yes-I ate ALL of them. This is counting as my cheat calories for the day/week/month. Oh wait maybe that was the pizza I had the day before. Weight is staying steady below goal weight so I have a few lbs to work with..
Anyhoo--This movie is very riveting, somber, sad and very real. It hits home like "Crash" (same director). If you thought being at war was bad before or even if you didn't, this really drives home the destructiveness war leaves in it's path. Tommy Lee Jones puts on the performance of his life. This movie and Tommy Lee Jones will be up for Academy Awards for sure. Not to mention Charlize Theron (now here is a girl who can look ugly in a movie and stunning in real life), who I didn't even recognize without make-up and her blonde hair-but I think Tommy Lee stole all her scenes from her, he was that good! I cried at the end when Annie Lenox song came on for the credits.It was definitely not the light-hearted theme I usually go for, instead, it touched a place very deep within that asks these questions about violence and peace. Sad, sad, sad....
Did I mention the whole film was done in Albuquerque? They showed places like the Frontier Restaurant, TD's and stores I recognized on Central Ave. Now that was kinda wierd and creepy. We think the bad thing was filmed at 9-mile hill. Also 2 scenes at the Airport (one with no other people at the baggage claim-now that is just plain stupid)..I wish I would have run into TOmmy or Charlize. BTW-rumor has it that there have been Kevin Costner sightings at Trader Joe's up here and the Albertsons-right by my house! I guess he is residing in a house up here in High Desert while filming a movie here. I must admit, I would be pretty star-struck if I ran into Kevin in the check-out line at Albertsons. Me: "Oh hi Kevin, how the heck are you?" Him: "Who the hell are you?" Me: "I am going to be on Oprah soon. You will know me then."