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A fellow blogger I follow named Chris writes a blog called “The Weeklies” every Friday.
It’s basically a wrap up of his week.
I haven’t gotten his permission to post his link on here yet, but hopefully in the future.
This is my weekly list for the week ending January 1, 2010.
I wish I had thought to do this starting the first Friday so I’m backtracking a bit and am going to post another one as well for this week.  Sorry if that’s confusing….

The Weekly Read: I’ve been reading after Christmas Sale fliers

The Weekly Music: That Beyonce song Single Ladies.  We went to see Alvin & The Chipmunk’s – The Squeakquel and the Chipette’s sang it….

The Weekly Movie: Alvin & The Chipmunk’s – The Squeakquel – What a cute movie!  I think I almost liked it as much as the first one.  I LOVE Theodore!!

The Weekly Schadenfreude: What is a Schadenfreude you might ask?
scha·den·freu·de
Pronunciation: \ˈshä-dən-ˌfrȯi-də\
Function: noun Usage: often capitalized
Etymology: German, from Schaden damage + Freude joy
Date: 1895:
enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others

The Weekly Tea: Teavana’s Peach Cran-Tango

The Weekly Food: My yummy Italian Goulash – Rigatoni topped with crushed tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, ground beef and garlic powder along with Italian seasonings.

The Weekly Craft: I got a big pile of yarn for Christmas so I’ve been crocheting….

The Weekly Shoes: Slippers!  I got 2 pair for Christmas

The Weekly Hypothetical: If you could do one thing to make your holidays easier that doesn’t involve finances, what would it be?

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical: What Christmas gift did you want as a kid that you never received?

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NINE

I went out with the Fun Fearless Females meetup group tonight to see the movie NINE.

Here is the IMDB Plot Summary:
Arrogant, self-centered movie director Guido Contini finds himself struggling to find meaning, purpose, and a script for his latest film endeavor. With only a week left before shooting begins, he desperately searches for answers and inspiration from his wife, his mistress, his muse, and his mother. As his chaotic profession steadily destroys his personal life, Guido must find a balance between creating art and succumbing to its obsessive demands.

Here’s my take on the movie.  If you enjoy movies like The Phantom of the Opera and Moulin Rouge you’ll most likely enjoy this movie and the way it was filmed.  I think Daniel Day-Lewis did a good job as Guido Contini.  The movie was easy to follow and uncomplicated.  I loved the locations in the movie.  As Emily mentioned on Twitter – this movie made me want to go back to Italy.  The movie had an all star cast.  In addition to Daniel Day-Lewis, the movie also stared Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Sophia Loren, and Fergie.  The costumes were incredible!  I think my favorite was the gown that Nicole Kidman wore in the movie.  I loved the back of it.  Very beautiful couture!  (I just searched online for about half an hour for a picture of the back of it, but I can’t find one….)  All in all it looks like they had fun filming this movies.  I’m not saying it didn’t have it’s serious moments (it did) but many of the performance scenes looked like they were enjoying themselves.  ESPECIALLY Kate Hudson.

Other observations about the movie.
Marion Cotillard – She’s a gorgeous woman who’s been in many films, yet I’ve never heard of her.
Penelope Cruz – Damn that woman if flexible!
Nicole Kidman – I loved her voice in Moulin Rouge and I loved it in NINE as well.
Judi Dench – What can I say about the Dame – she’s so classy and dignified.  I love her!
Kate Hudson – Lovely as usual.  Her character was flirty and damn can she strut her stuff!
Sophia Loren – Still doing it well.  I hope I look that good when I’m her age!  (73)
Fergie – She didn’t look as pretty in this movie as she normally is.  I’m not sure why they did that….

If you saw this movie what did you think?  I enjoyed it but I know there are many people out there who didn’t.
It’s okay to wait for it to come out on DVD if you’re on the fence.

If you haven’t seen this movie, what movies have you seen lately that you thought were good?
In the theater or on DVD – either is okay.

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