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#363: Movie Mondays – Love Comes Softly May 28, 2012

Cover of "Love Comes Softly"

Cover of Love Comes Softly

Year: 2003

Genre: Romance/Western/Drama

Description from www.IMDb.com: A young woman on her way to a new life in the 1800’s suddenly finds herself a widow. Now she must live with a recently widowed young man and his daughter. Can any of them find love again? 

Wife: For our last movie review, I wanted to choose a movie about marriage.  Husband suggested War of the Roses.  Really?  A cynical movie about divorce?  I don’t think so.  Instead, he agreed to review Love Comes Softly.  Directed by Michael Landon, Jr., this is one of my favorite movies.  I have secretly wanted to own the entire series and I am not a movie collector.  What do I love about it?  It is clean, engaging, sweet, and faith-based.  And, it’s a love story!  Kathryn Heigl is excellent as usual. My husband teases me about this movie.  He calls it “Love dies a slow and agonizing death.”  Yes, he is both cynical and funny. 

Husband: I liked the storyline.  The male lead was a good man.  He was God-fearing and had the correct priorities.  He was patient and he waited.  There were no explosions so I only gave it a 5.  

Husband-Wife Compatibility: 7.5 (Wife gave it a 10)    

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#361: Our Song – “Your Smile” May 26, 2012

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We’ve almost been married 5 years now and we have no song.  No song as in “our song.”  Call me corny but I want to have a song for us.  A couple of years ago my husband suggested Your Smile by Rene and Angela.  I guess I wasn’t excited about it because it wasn’t a favorite.  I told my husband recently that I wanted us to have a song.  This morning at Zumba they played Stand By Me.  I thought that might work.  I told him about it after and he thought it was corny.  I explained it’s about us standing by each other.  He said that’s a given, we are supposed to stand by each other, we are married.  He said the song should have some meaning.  He suggested a Burning Spear song – the one I played the first time I went to his house.  I said, “They will never play that at a wedding.  I want a song where we’ll be sitting and it will come on and I can say “Come on, they’re playing our song.”  I asked him why he liked Your Smile.  He said because when he first saw me walk into that Starbucks 7 years ago I was smiling.  And I was smiling in the first picture he saw of me.  And that he loves my smile and fell in love with that smile.

Hmmmm.  Sounds like a pretty good reason for a song.  I can’t think of a better one.  So, ladies and gentlemen it’s official.  The Dunsons finally have a song, and here it is:

 

#356: Movie Mondays – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo May 21, 2012

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011 film)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Year: 2011

Genre: Crime/Drama/Mystery

Description from IMDb.com: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

Wife: I had seen people reading the book on the subway for a long time before I read it.  I read the trilogy but liked the first book best.  We saw the original Swedish version when it first came out. We liked that a lot. I loved that the actors didn’t look like movie stars.  The English version was good but different.  It had a different feel to it.  The Swedish version felt more authentic.  There’s something about hearing the Swedish language that let’s you get a better feel for the place, sort of like listening to music from Iceland like Bjork.  Although reading subtitles can be bothersome.  I liked both versions and am glad I saw them.  It’s such a chilling and interesting story.  The book was excellent.

Husband: The two versions are easily different.  The American version is darker and more realistic.  The actor who plays Lisbeth Salander has more edge in the American version.  As far as Mikael Blomkvist’s character, who can compare to Daniel Craig?

I was surprised.  Typically remakes are not as potent as the original.  For example, Psycho, 3:10 to Yuma.  The American version was a better film.

Husband-Wife Compatibility Rating: 8

 

#355: I will always love you May 20, 2012

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My husband makes me feel like I am home.

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Lovesong by Adele

Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am home again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am whole again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am young again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am fun again

However far away I will always love you
However long I stay I will always love you
Whatever words I say I will always love you
I will always love you

Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am free again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am clean again

However far away I will always love you
However long I stay I will always love you
Whatever words I say I will always love you
I will always love you

 

#354: I will never leave you May 19, 2012

When we were courting, I told my husband that I was looking for someone to stay.  He told me that he wanted to stay and that he would.  He still tells me, “I will never leave you.”   I believe him.

 

#352: His honesty May 17, 2012

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My husband is honest with me – for better or worse.  Sometimes he is honest with me when I would prefer that he lie a bit. For example:

All in all, I prefer his honesty.  I can rely upon it and I trust him.

 

#351: His smile May 16, 2012

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I love my husband’s smile.  Especially the one where no one is looking but me and I see that he is completely pleased with me.

 

#350: His love of tennis May 15, 2012

My husband loves tennis. He played in college and still plays.  One of the first pictures I saw of him was him on a tennis court.  Although I am not a tennis fan, I appreciate the sport and his passion for it.

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DSC_5073 (Photo credit: nathinou)

 

#349: Movie Mondays – 3:10 to Yuma May 14, 2012

Year: 2007

 

Genre: Action/Crime/Drama

 

Description from http://www.IMDb.com: A small-time rancher agrees to hold a captured outlaw who’s awaiting a train to go to court in Yuma. A battle of wills ensues as the outlaw tries to psych out the rancher.

 

Wife: I really liked this movie.  I am not a big fan of Westerns, but I do like good movies. I liked both this and the remake of True Grit.  It’s funny that this movie was not categorized as a Western.  I loved the portrayal of father and son and the theme of good and bad men. It drew me in.  I’ve seen it twice now.  It is such a classic.  I have not seen the original but want to.  Plus, it’s got a great title!

Cover of "3:10 to Yuma (Widescreen Editio...

 

Husband: i liked the movie.  It had  great storyline.  The characters were believable. [OK, my husband said this and I said, “Walter, you say this about every movie.  It’s like you don’t care.”  To which he responded, “Hmmm, you’re catching on.”  Luckily, we only have 2 more movie reviews.  Sorry Walter.]

 

Husband-Wife Compatibility Rating: 9

 

 

 

#348: How he proposed May 13, 2012

The day was August 8, 2006.  We had met 5 months earlier on St. Patrick’s Day.  He picked me up from the Van Ness subway stop.  He did that every day.  That afternoon he had asked my mother for permission to propose to me. I saw him in the car and walked over. He got out of the car and came around to the passenger side as if to open the door for me.  He got down on one knee and had the ring in its box.  He said, “Will you marry me?” I said, “Yes.”  Then I said, “Are you going to be able to get up?”  🙂

Van Ness – UDC (WMATA station)

Van Ness – UDC (WMATA station) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)