Tuesday, January 6, 2009

What Road Are You On?

What's Jack up to? He's so funny, playing a crazy game of monkey in the middle that he's made up where I'm the monkey! See he takes his toy and acts like he wants to bring it to me to play with but then turns at the last moment and runs to my hubby and takes it to him. Then back to me for a reaction. Too cute, Jack.

Other than books, dare I say maybe even sometimes more than books, I am often inspired by movies. I'm such a cheap and easy date. Give me a simple dinner and a movie (please don't ask me to dress up) and I'm happy. Now, I'm not one to over analyze and pick a movie apart, no, I go to lose myself in another world for a while.

That said, I've seen a move that I can't get out of my mind: Revolutionary Road. The whole couple confirming to suburban life thing hit me like a ton of bricks. I don't know why, maybe it's my age or the fact that I've been living in suburbia for a while now or the fact that I hate to think of myself as a conformist, although probably a good part of me is, if I'm honest enough. Whatever. I don't know, but, I was hit hard.

The fact that it was set in the 1950's didn't effect it's relevance to today's life to me one bit. It questioned confirming to what's expected, the traditional roles of a marriage, labeling, fidelity, opposites attracting, living your dreams, so many things.

Revolutionary Road had me stepping out on my own porch taking a deep breath and letting it out slowly. It will have lots of people thinking hard about the road they are living on? Check it out if you haven't yet and let me know your thoughts.



Kristen Painter said...

I haven't seen the movie yet, but based on the trailers, I though it looked kind of depressing.

ArchitectDesign said...

I'm so glad to hear it's a good movie!! I can't wait to see it, it's on my list!

Kwana said...

I can hear you about that, Kristen. It's not an upper, but it so moving at least it was to me.

I'd be curious to hear your thoughts, AD. I heard the opinion of someone on the radio yesterday who hated it. I was shocked. But to each his own.

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Oh I'm glad you liked it. I'm dying to see it, but it wasn't playing yet in any theaters near me. Boo to that.

It does look a bit depressing. I like you also live in the suburbs and I'm constantly wondering what happening to my chic city apt that I always wanted. Ah sometime I feel like a stepford wife leaving in the suburbs. I very bad one at that, because I rarely have the time to make my hubby a cooked meal everynight and iron his clothes.

Geez I'm really in a woe is me mood this week. I must snap out of it. Anyway glad you liked the movie. I can't wait to see it and then we must discuss!

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Thanks for the review! Hope your New Year is off to a great start.

Brown Girl Gumbo said...

I've been dying to see this movie. Ahem...Leonardo DiCaprio!!!!

Seriously, I really want to see this movie. I thought it didn't come out until the end of the month.

Rachel said...

Ooooh. Now I'm dying to see it. What perfect timing, too, because I find that the new year always makes me think more about what path I'm choosing.

Kwana said...

It's in some theaters in New York and everywhere soon.

High Heeled I hear ya. After being a city girl all my life it was tough to watch. I understand the woe is me mood try hard to break out of it. You are doing great. You have a wonderful blog that many adore, a fab hubby and plenty of style. You are blessed.

Thanks, Day the new year is off to a good start.

Brown Girl Leonardo blew me away! He was so good.

Rachel I think you will love it.

pam said...

Hey Kwana,

I was on the fence about this one because, like the others I thought it sounded depressing, but maybe worth checking out.

I saw two movies this past week, Doubt and Bedtime Stories. Both good, Bedtime Stories is just a feel good, cute, silly movie, great to take kids to.

Doubt was excellent...really makes you think. Unfortunately a fire alarm meant I missed the last 15 minutes of the movie..and the ending! So, still need to go back and see that, but highly recommended.


Joyce said...

Sounds like a good movie maybe I'll take my love on a date this weekend. Will I cry?!

Oh dear I hope the road I'm on goes upwards.

Oh that Jack I love his monkey game!

Kwana said...

Pam I can't believe that happened to you with Doubt. I'd be so mad. I really want to see that movie.

Joyce it may make you cry and I'm not sure if it's the best date movie. But for a longtime love it's good. I'm sure your road is a good one.

N said...

you know, this looked really good. you have now officially put it on the dvd list...! thanks!

Ina J Offret said...

Thanks for the movie recommend, Kwana. I have wanted to see this film. Who knows when that will happen, tho. Sorry, Jack, that you and Ginger are not kin! She still resembles you a bit!

Mary-Laure said...

I'm glad you liked the movie, because it just hit me hard in the heart and still haunts me. I read the book and also adored it.
No movie had moved me so deeply since The Hours.

pve design said...

This is the sort of stuff that haunts us, living a revolutionary life on a revolutionary road. I look forward to seeing it and being moved.

I also think about our path and had I not come to NY, we may have never met. Then the twins, the burbs, the dogs, the knisters. No GPS here. Just can't mess with destiny.

Kwana said...

N, you should make it a night out soon with the hubby.

Ina I'm sorry Jack and Ginger are not related. Bummer.

Mary-Laure I'm glad you were hit as I was. I was also struck by The Hours.

You are very right, PVE, you can't mess with destiny but maybe you can make the road easier to travel on?

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