This weekend, I had the opportunity to have some downtime. (Hallelujah!). I cleaned (before the house cleaner came today), worked out, went to church, had a blind date (who said I didn't look a day over 27!), and watched a movie and did some reading.
I don't know about you, but I love a little mind candy. I've always been a movie lover and voracious reader. I'm not sure if that's because I've always liked to check out of my daily life, if it's because I have a big imagination, or if I'm just easily entertained.
My obsession with NetFlix is going strong these days. I wasn't sure what the little red envelope contained on Friday, and I was pleasantly surprised when I opened it and saw I had The Soloist!
I'm seriously behind the 8 ball on this film and know that just about everyone already has seen it, but wow, I was blown away. What a BEAUTIFUL story about friendship, art, compassion, and empathy. Jamie Foxx was incredible in his role as a schizophrenic and homeless musical genius. He truly made me believe who he was playing. But Robert Downey, Jr, just MOVED me. Wow, I'm getting chills just thinking about the power of his acting. He was his character. I felt his pain, agony, and commitment to wanting to help his friend. If you haven't seen this film, I highly encourage you to go out and rent it ASAP. It's sad, intense, and uplifting. AND, while it's based on a true story, it's not expected.
I'm also about 75% through The Time Traveler's Wife and DOOOOOOD, this book is rocking my world. Why the heck didn't I read it until now. It's seriously one of the most clever and smart books I've ever read. I can't imagine how Audrey Niffenegger came up with the plot. And I'm totally baffled by the fact that this is her first published work. She's seriously an incredible talent. I'm LOVING the complicated, but incredibly passionate, relationship between the two main characters, Henry and Clare. There is innocence and sweetness, hot passion, complicated anger, and whimsy. And goodness gracious sakes alive (as my mom would say), this book is anything but predictable. If you're lame like me and haven't read the book yet, RUN out and get a copy ASAP!!! You won't regret it!
What do you think? Did you see The Soloist or read The Time Traveler's Wife? Love them, hate them? Let me know where you stand on both!!!