Candice: Though I love a good book, I do also enjoy a trip to the movies. I find sitting in a dark cinema, surrounded by noise and a big screen helps me escape into another world the way books do.
Obviously at the moment cinema trips are a no-no, however, I have managed to watch a few good films via my Amazon account.
Having so much home time on our hands means that to differentiate between the week and the weekend we’ve taken to ordering a takeaway and sitting down to a film after the little one goes to bed. Access to Amazon is like going to Blockbuster (for those of you who remember renting films) – it means you can pick from some good titles for not a lot of money and then relax with a film and a beer.
Over the last few weeks, I have watched ‘Hustlers’, the Jennifer Lopez film about a group of strippers who resorted to more creative ways to make money when the bottom dropped out of the market after the crash in 2008. It was a good film, though I found it hard to work out why these girls would work together, as it is normally more dog eat dog with women. And the outfits, or lack of them, were eye-opening!
Then there was ‘Blinded by the Light’, a great British film about an Asian family trying to integrate (or not in some cases) in Luton in the 80s. Good tunes, flashbacks on clothing and hairstyles and comedy about British and Muslim cultures clashing. Enjoyed that one.
Last weekend we bought ‘Le Mans 66’. Its subtitle is ‘Ford vs Ferrari’ and it tells the tale of Ford’s decision to get into racing and knock Ferrari off its winning perch. Why did they want to do that? Well because someone in marketing told them their cars weren’t sexy enough.
I am a bit of a car buff (I used to drive an Alfa) so this wasn’t just a pick by the other half. And I have to say, watch this film. It’s two and a half hours long so we split it over two nights and we were hooked. The race scenes pulled you in and you just wanted to know what happened. There was an extra piece in Christian Bale’s character, a feisty mechanic turned driver who spoke as he saw, made even more funny as he was from Birmingham and still had the accent.
There was pace, tension, frustration, relationships and heartbreak, and some great car shots too. I’m even more of a fan as my ‘midlife crisis’ car is a ’66 Mustang Convertible, the car that they use for the base of the race car.
Yep, that cheered up my lock in weekend. Wonder what we can find for next week?