Movie Award Season, Mad Max: Fury Road

Oscars: Mad Max Fury Road


It’s movie awards season! Yes, it’s the Christmas time, but it’s the Super Bowl season for big time movie lovers like me. The kick off for movie awards season is the Golden Globes, which air on January 10. The Golden Globes, along with many other award shows (Screen Actors Guild, Independent Spirit Awards, Producers Guild, etc.) are like the play-offs that culminate in Super Bowl mother-of-all award shows – the Oscars. I’ve got lots of homework to do be ready for the Globes, which entails watching LOTS of movies.

Mr. Trueheart and I watched Mad Max: Fury Road, Golden Globe nominee on Netflix the other night and it blew me away. See it. This film takes place in a world I’d never seen before (I wish I’d seen it in 3D in the theaters). It’s exhilarating, freaky, violent and mind bending. The movie takes place in the future where fuel, water, crops, and all plant life are scarce and brutally hoarded.

Golden Globe Nominees, Mad Max Fury Road

Women are farmed like cows. New mothers sit reading magazines as their breasts are attached to milking machines, and Immortan Joe, the evil overlord of this post-apocolypic world, selects the most beautiful young women to be his wives and they are stabled as breeders.

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Charlize Theron, is Furiosa, a one-armed driver of a gasoline tanker for the henchman, but she veers off course.

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The story follows Furiosa’s rogue effort to free the Wives. It is a story about women as bad ass, fearless warriors fighting to be free in a world without hope. Mad Max, who is forced into being a 24/7 blood donor to one of Immortan Joe’s warrior, is thrown in with Furiosa and decides to join her battle. Toward the end of the journey, Max, Furiosa and the Wives are aided by the Vuvalini, a band of leathery old biker chicks who fight like hellions, and carry the treasures from the old world – seeds for planting. In this world gone mad, it is the women who hold on to hope, to the seeds, to the memory of “the green place.”

I’m still reeling from the film, and hope you see it and let me know what you think.

Mad Max – Fury Road received Golden Globe nominations for Motion Picture: Drama, and George Miller is nominated for the Director award. I doubt it will win, but I loved the ride, and I’d love to see it again (in a movie theater, with 3-D glasses). An added bonus of the movie being nominated for two of the big awards is that Charlize Theron will be all over the red carpet, and she’s a thrill to watch. Compelling stories, fashion, and stars are all part of what makes movie awards season so exciting for me.

If you want a fuller review of this movie, check out Roger Ebert’s or A.O. Scott’s for the New York Times.

In the meantime, I hope you have your Christmas shopping nearly done. If not – here’s a quick, easy and good for the world gift idea for the kids in your life. I have to do lots of wrapping and mailing today, and then set to work on baking!



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Last Minute Gifts for Kids

Last Minute Gift for Kids


Are you looking for last minute gifts for kids? Easy peasy stocking stuffers? We gave our older grandkids, nieces and nephew a $25 Kiva Card. Kiva is a nonprofit organization that is works  to match up people from around the world through lending and borrowing. “Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world,” according to the Kiva website.

Each child will get to look through profiles of hundred of people from around the world who need a loan to grow a business, or go to school, switch to clean energy or more. The child will use the Kiva Card to make the loan, and after the loan is repaid, he or she can select another borrower to support.

Research shows that kids often get greater satisfaction from giving or sharing than receiving. We’re hoping that’s true with our kids, and we hope that they will enjoy their Kiva Cards.

What are you giving your kids for Christmas?

A few links I hope you enjoy:

Gift ideas for older kids.

Good books.

Unique, personalized, handmade stockings.

Easy Weeknight Recipes.

My very favorite Christmas movie.

I am binging on this podcast about old Hollywood.


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Happy Weekend

Trumbo. Happy Weekend. Trueheartgal.

Bryan Cranston in his Golden Globe nominated performance as Dalton Trumbo.

What do you have planned for this holiday season weekend? Mister Trueheart and I went to see the brilliant, must-see Trumbo movie tonight. This weekend, we’re going to a big six-oh birthday party and I’m going to dress up a bit. We are going to decorate our Christmas trees (His: white lights, no tinsel. Hers: colored lights, lots of tinsel.) , and we still have lots of shopping to do. Oh, and we have to clean the chicken coop.

Have a wonderful weekend, and here are some links I hope you enjoy.

Are you watching Season 2 of Amazon’s award-winning program Transparent? It starts today.

A beautiful ballerina on Instagram.

A wealth of Christmas cookie recipes.

50 Best Music documentaries. 

A lovely children’s book about friendship and loneliness.

Recipe for a wonderful dip.

15 things to learn in your 50’s.

Hotties for a cause.

Films with today’s superstars, before they were big. I want to see them all.

Little stuffed mice with their own matchbox beds. Toddler perfect.

Love yourself and teach your girls to do the same.

Why Not Me?, Mindy Kaling’s new book looks great.


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