Sunday, January 25, 2009

Birthday Girl

Last night Lori and I went out to celebrate her birthday (which is today actually). I will not divulge her age as I'm not sure if she wants me to, but to me she doesn't look a day over 25. She was looking radiant last night in a new white winter coat (you can see pictures here and here if you are one of my Facebook friends). With the boys being watched by Nonna and Pop-Pop (Lori's parents are in town), we had planned on heading out to Ray's the Steaks, a popular steakhouse on Wilson Blvd in Arlington. Unfortunately, Ray and his minions do not take reservations. When we arrived at 6:15 we were told that we could have a table by 9:30!!?!? Well that put an end to that idea so we headed a bit West on Wilson and ate at The Boulevard Woodgrill. We had eaten here before at a client event thrown by our financial advisor.

The food was good and we both enjoyed the Balsamic Beef Bruchetta appetizer. I had a tasty Pork Tenderloin and Lori got her steak fix with a Gorgonzola Fillet. I enjoyed a glass of Tommyknocker Butthead (yes this is the actual name of a beer). For desert I had a pretty standard Peanut Butter Pie while Lori almost passed out eating a delicious dish titled Chocolate Coma. All in all, the dinner was pleasantly appetizing and the Woodgrill filled in nicely as a backup venue.

After dinner, we headed further West over to Ballston Mall to take in Doubt at the movie theatre.  Unfortunately none of the big three I need to see (Milk, Frost/Nixon, The Reader) were playing at a reasonable time.  Why do movie theatres never stagger their starting times?  You can either see a movie at 7:30 or 10:30.  Movies rarely play in the 9:00 time frame.  Fortunately Doubt was playing at 9:10 at Ballston so we targeted that one considering all four main actors are nominated for Oscars.  I have been and always will be a Meryl Streep hater.  She just bugs me as an actress and I can't stand her (along with Glenn Close and Sally Field).  In Doubt, however, I enjoyed Streep's performance immensely.  She plays a tough-as-nails nun in a 1960's Catholic school and manages to come off as stern and hilarious at times.  The other three performances (Seymour Hoffman, Viola Davis and Amy Adams) were extremely well done and each is well deserving of their nomination, but Streep powers this film and I would certainly be OK with the Academy giving her another Oscar this year.  The plot of the film keeps you guessing throughout as to whether one of the central characters did or did not commit a despicable act.  I would recommend this to people who enjoy quality acting performances.  The story is adequate but the showcase of the film is the actor and three actresses that power the narrative along.  I don't normally get into movies set in the '60s that involve religious themes, but the quality acting kept me awake and engrossed throughout.  My rating for Doubt would be a 4 out of 5 and puts it solidly in my top 20 movies of 2008.  

An extended trailer for The Wrestler played before the movie and only made me want to see it even more.  I hope to see if over the next week and will have my review up on the blog soon.


6 comments:

Mommy, Esq. said...

Lori looks awesome (tell her I said so). I am surprised you'd see Doubt - doesn't seem like your type of movie. I went to Ray's once and it was really good. You should try there again.

Lori said...

My only complaint with the movie has to do with some nitpicky script details. Clearly not written or edited by a Roman Catholic. Priests in the RCC deliver "homilies" not "sermons" and celebrate "Mass" not "service" and so on. Even Jordan himself questioned me as to the denomination depicted, since the inconsistencies were puzzling. In an otherwise well-acted and well-produced movie, these little details look sloppy to those who know the difference.

Lori said...

And thanks Mommy, Esq.!

Jordan Rose said...

Kristin, it was Lori's birthday so she made the movie choice. Since there were so many acting noms involved, I was OK with the decision. The credit to the film is that it made a story that is usually not my type rather interesting.

Maybe we'll try Ray's again and go there at 3:30 to put our name down for a 6:30 dinner.

Stacey said...

I am also a Meryl Streep hater. I'm not sure why but I've hated her in every movie. Not sure I am willing to revise my opinion with a depressing (I assume since it's Oscar nominated) movie about priestly pedophiles...

Jordan Rose said...

Yeah it is depressing at times, but Streep does a great job in playing the stern school principal role. You should see the movie as one Meryl hater to another, she's actually bearable and quite good here.