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Waiting and Watching

Family Movie Night

By Karyn Bowman

There are so many great movies out right now, I am not sure which one I want to see first.

Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

There is a new Justice League movie and the adaptation of Wonder starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. Kenneth Branaugh plays Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express. There’s the movie about the three billboards and another about the special relationship between mother and daughter.

But the holiday movie I am really excited about won’t hit theaters till the middle of December.

That’s right, it is The Last Jedi which is Episode 8 on the Star Wars trilogy trilogy.

I will be honest when I say that I really don’t like episodes 2 or 3. These are bland movies that never allowed whatever chemistry that Natalie Portman and Hayden Christopher might have had shine through to the screen. The battle scenes are tremendous but there should have been something more to make us love Pademe even more.

The Last Jedi CFWhat I am excited about is the chance to see Carrie Fisher one more time. The actress passed away last year during the Christmas season which was made worse by her own mother passing away a few days later.

But now we get to see her final bit of work, her final time as General Leia. I know it will be heart-breaking and sad, that I will cry when I see her on that screen. I feel as if Carrie Fisher has always been in my life in some form and her brilliance not being available anymore is sad.

It wasn’t just her work in Star Wars, I admired that she was the person movie makers called when they knew their script wasn’t quite right. She became a script doctor, making a variety of movies better because of the dialogue she wrote.

She appeared in some movies uncredited and made them better by showing up. She made When Harry Met Sally better by being the misguided friend who didn’t get that the married men she dated were never leaving their wives which was a supporting role.

In getting ready for this next movie in the Star Wars series, I am very tempted to watch every movie, starting with Episode IV:A New Hope. It will always be Star Wars in my head because this is where we start, this is where we meet Luke, Hans, Chewy and Leia. This is where we learn to fear Darth Vader and revere ObiWan.

The Last JediAnd when we get to The Force Awakens I know I will be crying for a variety of reasons. But I want to see them again in this new movie as I have never wanted to see them before. Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley may be the new generation but Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are the touch points of the older one.

I want to see how they will pass on the torch.

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

Family Movie Night

By Karyn Bowman

When trying to decide what to write about this week, I have to admit I was flummoxed.

I planned to write about movie musicals, one of my favorite genres, when the news came that Carrie Fisher died. Princess/General Leia was gone.

carrie-and-debbieBefore I could even think of recovering, I found out Debbie Reynolds, Fisher’s mother, passed away the next day. Suddenly, my Christmas of grief as I thought about my father all month seemed different. For Todd Fisher, Christmas will forever be about the loss of his sister and his mother. What a kick in the pants.

Now, my husband would tell you that it is ridiculous to be upset about a celebrity dying and he is partially right. I don’t personally know these people. But in another way, these people are a part of my life. I was 14 when Carrie Fisher first wore the side buns, portraying an incredibly strong woman. I was around the same age when I saw Singin’ In The Rain for the first time. It was a transformative moment for me as my love of movie magic was cemented.

These feelings would be reinforced over the years with actors such as Alan Rickman, Patty Duke Astin, and William Shallert. They were great performers. David Bowie, Prince, and George Michael were right there in the soundtrack. My life soundtrack.

I can’t imagine what the world will do when Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan ever pass through the veil to the great beyond. Or when one of the Rolling Stones finally gives it up.

At supper tonight we tried to guess who might be next – Keith Richards? Stevie Winwood? Eric Clapton? Johnny Depp and Grace Slick are still kicking but for how long?

Just as we are attached to some celebrity because we feel some sort of connection, it also hurts when they die. Suddenly I am reminded that I am mortal, my family and friends are mortal. We, and I mean any of us, could go at any time. Some of you might be saying “You’ve had too much birthday cake and holiday regrets. Put down the fork, take a walk, and clear your head.”

You’re right, you’re right. I know you’re right.

rosalind-russell-as-auntie-mameIt’s their deaths that remind me to not take any of this for granted. It reminds me to remember the immortal words of Auntie Mame as portrayed by Rosalind Russell.

“Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.”

So what if most of us will never break into a parade in downtown Chicago or dance over cars in the middle of a Los Angeles’ traffic jam. Heck, most of us will never dance in the rain because of the sheer joy of being in love.

box-of-chocolatesThat doesn’t mean we have to quit. Each day is like that big box of chocolates. Maybe you pick out a cordial cherry or creamy truffle, maybe it is a chewy caramel or heath bar. But having the opportunity to pick one out of a rippled paper cup is better than not being able to choose at all.

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.