Maybe I should call this post Reading & Movie Watching but that's what I did this weekend. Believe me when I tell you I have a myriad of deadlines looming, one of which is a book deadline and my little artistic attention went to one of the best books I've read in a long time and a great Woody Allen movie.
There's one thing you must know about me and that would be that I LOVE WOODY ALLEN MOVIES. Sorry, I'll stop shouting from the top of my lungs. His latest movie, "Midnight in Paris" is now my new favorite woodman movie. Not only do I love this movie, I wanted to live inside this movie.
Owen Wilson stars as the Allen-esque lead as a successful Hollywood screenwriter and struggling novelist vacationing in Paris with his fiance played by Rachel McAdams. But she doesn't get him. She doesn't understand why he wants to move to Paris (preferably in the 1920's while it's raining). She doesn't understand why he wants to write books that mean something to him rather than bad screenplays that pay ridiculously well. In short, she doesn't get that he's a romantic.
Paris played the part of the beautiful muse for Woodman and the city of lights plays a major lead role in this movie.
I love this film. I love the setting. I love Owen Wilson's character and performance, and really the entire cast including McAdams, Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard, and Adrien Brody. There were parts of this movie where I was literally belly laughing and of course embarassing my daughter but hey, it's a Woody Allen movie. And, of course, I love the music (as I do in all of Allen's films) and wish Woody Allen would put together a soundtrack for me that follows me everywhere I go. I do realize that I'm a francophile ( someone who loves France) or should I say extreme lover of Paris and perhaps I'm extremely biased. All I can do is hope you'll forgive me and have a look at a great film for yourself.
Next on the weekend list is the book The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. I've never read any of her work but this one just grabbed me and I spent many late nights reading through this 600 page beauty of a book.
A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book—a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-fi rst birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, "Nell" sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell’s death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go.
Here's the lovely book trailer
and if just must know more here's an interview with the lovely Kate Morton as well as the first chapter of the book.