Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Rating: 7 of 10

movie poster Nocturnal Animals (2016)A dark and depressing story within a story, yet also triumphant and empowering.

Synopsis: “An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.” (source)

My thoughts: NOCTURNAL ANIMALS will resonate most with viewers who:

* have been dumped for the very thing that first attracted their ex (e.g., sensitive, creative, loyal);

* broke up with someone because, whether consciously or subconsciously, they knew it’s what their mother/ father/ family/ society wanted them to do;

* threw away a great partner on a whim, only to years later realize that person was “the one”; or,

* had their heart broken and used their writing to exact revenge.

Be warned: The opening credits will likely cause discomfort. Keep an open mind about what Susan (Amy Adams) is trying to convey with that exhibit. From that point forward I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. Tom Ford is an excellent storyteller, and he uses the story-within-a-story frame to tell us everything we need to know and understand about Susan and Edward. I’ll admit, the ending left me…conflicted. On the one hand, I was like “Dammmmmn!” On the other hand, I was like “Awwwww!”

If you’re someone who can see the same situation from different sides, you’ll understand why I was left somewhere in the middle of satisfied and dissatisfied. But, as the credits rolled, I walked out of the theater with a big smile on my face.

Highly recommended if you enjoyed movies like MR NOBODY or MEMENTO.

Check out NOCTURNAL ANIMALS official website and trailer on Focus Features | on IMDb | on Twitter

(Watched at AMC Lennox 12/7/2016)

Weekend in Review: Sunshine and Motivation

Photo Sun Through Trees With SnowIt’s no secret, when the sun is out, my motivation is limitless. But if it’s dreary and overcast, well, let’s just say it takes all my natural willpower to get stuff done. Does that make me a solar-powered mom? Possibly.

So I took advantage of the solar-powered motivation to:

  • catch up on three baskets of laundry;
  • finish the first draft of a short story;
  • outline 15 blog posts;
  • troubleshoot the missed schedule problem on my blog – none of the solutions have worked…yet;
  • begin the inventory of my personal library that I’ve wanted to do for two years;
  • begin a painting project with my daughter – I’m no painter but it’s still fun;
  • discuss classic literature with my daughter and order our first set of “complete book with study guide” for such gems as Frankenstein and Great Expectations. She also wants to read Shakespeare and she selected Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream to get started there. Oh, and she begged for H.G. Wells and Jules Verne so, of course, I caved and ordered a box set and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, respectively.

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