Archive for May, 2010

64 pounds lost since November 29, 2009

Monday, May 31st, 2010

My usual end of month weigh-in revealed a loss of 64 pounds since November 29, 2009  Although ecstatic about this loss, it is only about 40% of the weight I want to loose so I must maintain focus.  I have managed this loss by eliminating desserts, in-between meal snacks, no candy / popcorn at movies, and limiting my evening snack to an apple.  Eventually I may have to incorporate additional changes when my weight plateaus, but for now, the initial eating modifications are still working.

“Sex and the City 2” – a bit male bashing at times, but overall not bad

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Due to the dearth of new movies this week, I saw “Sex and the City 2” at the Boston Common.  I knew in advance that I was not the target audience for this movie, far from it.  As expected, the audience was about 90% female.   If you have read my prior movie posts, I do attend “chick flicks” (no offense intended) if the story sounds interesting, and does not go too overboard in the male bashing department.  Since “Sex and the City 2” is probably the quintessential “chick flick”, I was a bit hesitant to see it.  Although at times it strayed a bit  into the male bashing arena, there were a few laughs, and the story was not that bad.  I do enjoy Sarah Jessica Parker,  and she gave her usual fine performance in this movie.

Guys, if your significant other wants you to accompany them to see “Sex and the City 2”, go see it.  You won’t enjoy it as much as Star Trek, or any of the other male targeted adventure movies;  however, it is definitely bearable with a few laughs you may enjoy.   Also, remember your significant other probably has seen many movies you picked that they really had no interest in, return the favor.

Lost 63 pounds in 6 months

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Six months ago today, November 29, 2009, I started my major weight loss.  I have lost 63 pounds in the six months.  As ecstatic as I am about the 63 pound loss, it is only about 40% of the weight I want to loose.  I have to focus on loosing more weight not celebrating the 63 pound loss.

Hopefully, six months from now, I will be reporting a total loss of over 100 pounds for my one year anniversary blog entry.

“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” is very good

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Saw “The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” at the Regal Fenway, and it was better than I expected. The movie was entertaining, somewhat humorous at times, lots of actions, interesting storyline, and top notch special effects. Jake Gyllenhaal surprised me, he was better than I expected in this role. The method used to climb the wall of the holy city at the beginning of the movie impressed me, it was certainly different, and quite creative.

If you like an action film with a bit of humor intertwined, put “The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” on your movie list.

“Shrek Forever After: The IMAX 3D Experience” – great technically, just OK story

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Saw “Shrek Forever After: The IMAX 3D Experience” at the Boston Common digital IMAX.  Technically, the movie was fantastic in IMAX – the 3D, animations, picture quality, sound etc. all were top notch.  The picture was very clear, sharp, and bright on the IMAX screen.  I was a bit disappointed in the story itself though.  I realize I am not the target audience, but I enjoyed the previous Shrek movies better.  I found myself a bit bored at times.  The target audience, the kids that were in the theater, seemed to enjoy the movie quite a bit which is what counts.

The sound level was loud, but not too loud like it was at times with Iron Man 2.  However, there was a preview of Thor that was way too loud for comfortable listening IMO.

If you, or your children liked the previous Shrek movies, you probably will enjoy this movie albeit maybe not as well as you enjoyed the previous films.   I do recommend you see it in IMAX, it is worth the admission premium.

“MacGruber” was better than I expected

Friday, May 21st, 2010

I was at the Longhorn for dinner, and felt like a movie.  The new Shrek movie was playing next door at the Regal, but I want to see the new Shrek movie in IMAX 3D at the Boston Common.  I had a free Regal movie reward, so I exchanged it for a “MacGruber” ticket at the Regal Fenway.  I had seen the MacGruber skits on SNL, and overall, was not impressed so I did not have high expectations for this movie.  The movie was funnier, and more enjoyable than I expected,  It is not the best adult comedy I have seen, but it is far from the worst .   There were some funny scenes that resulted in loud laughter, and some of the scenes bordered on gross, but did not cross over the line.

If you enjoy the SNL skits, or you like adult themed, silly comedies, you will probably enjoy “MacGruber”.  If you do attend, leave the kids at home.

Saw “Armida” MET Opera HD rebroadcast – opera not for me

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

I had purchased the ticket for tonight’s Armida HD rebroadcast in September.  Tonight was the last rebroadcast for this season, and maybe the last rebroadcast I ever attend.  Although I appreciate the quality of the opera stars’ voices, I realize that opera is an art form I do not appreciate, or enjoy.  As I indicated in a prior post, I had started to realize I am not an opera fan after attending several performance this season, and tonight’s experience finalized that realization.  Next year, I will definitely not attend the full series, and will be very selective if I attend any performances.  Again, I respect the quality of the voices, and the overall quality of the productions, it is just not for me.

To add fuel to the fire, the opera rebroadcast finished at about the same time as the Red Sox home game two blocks up the street at Fenway Park.

“Mother and Child” is intense, sad, happy, and very good

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Had a nice dinner, and planned on sitting out in the fine weather.  Like yesterday, the temperature was fine, but it was too windy for any prolonged “sit out” session.   I had seen most of the new releases except for “Mother and Child”. I am as far from the target audience for this movie as you can be since I am a single guy with no children.

Overall, the movie was excellent.  It is sad, happy, intense, pleasing, and suspenseful simultaneously.  The story revolves around several mothers, and children as you would expect from the title with adoptions, abandonments, cancelled promised adoptions, births, and death intertwined throughout the movie.   Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Jimmy Smits, and Samuel L. Jackson were all excellent in this star filled, well made movie.

If you are a female, you most likely will enjoy this movie.  If you are a male who is open to an excellent story, you will enjoy it as well.  Get out of your comfort zone guys, and consider this movie. 😉

Passed the 60 pound weight loss mark today

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

After about a week hovering in the high 50’s weight loss range, I finally crossed that elusive 60 pound weight loss barrier today.  I am now 61 pounds lighter today than I was on November 29, 2009.  I am pleased with this loss, and the fact I am continuing to loose weight;  however, I still have another 80 pounds or so to loose.    Today I also tied my lowest weight since I retired.  Although I gained 45 pounds during retirement, there was a brief period in 2007 when I lost weight.  The 2007 weight loss started with the flu, and a bad cold that impacted my appetite.  Since I was loosing weight due to the flu / cold, I also started watching what I ate to loose even  more.  Unfortunately, after the flu / cold passed, and my appetite returned, so did all the weight I had temporarily lost, along with the usual bonus.

I am happy with the weight loss, and the fact I am now tied for my lowest weight in retirement, but have many more pounds to shed before I move from loss to maintenance mode.  I also add my usual caveat that I may be back under the 60 pound mark tomorrow due to normal fluid fluctuations, but also know I will permanently exceed the 60 pound mark within a few more days.

“Letters to Juliet” is better than I expected

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

I intended to have dinner, and then sit out on Boston Common enjoying the fine weather for an hour or two before going to a movie.  Although the temperature was fine, it was a bit too windy to sit out for any length of time.  The result was two movies rather than the one movie planned.  After seeing “Just Wright”, I saw “Letters to Juliet”.  Based on the previews, I was not sure if this was a “chick flick”  (no offense intended), or a flick a guy could enjoy as well.  “Letters to Juliet” definitely falls into the latter category, I enjoyed the movie more than I anticipated.   Although love is the central theme, the story was interesting, the Italian countryside beautiful, and Vanessa Redgrave fantastic.   The story revolves around a letter a then young English woman wrote to Juliet 50 years ago, and attached it to the lover’s wall in Verona, Italy.  The letter got trapped under a brick in the wall, and was found 50 years later by a visiting American who answers the letter.  The letter’s author, now a  widowed grandmother, ventures out with her grandson, and the American girl to find her lover Lorenzo from 50 years ago.  After many beautiful Italian countryside scenes, and wrong Lorenzo’s, the older former lovers finally meet.   To avoid spoiling the plot, all is fine for both the grandmother and her grandson with the required happy ending for this type of movie.

If you are looking for an enjoyable movie that the family can enjoy, and don’t mind a “love” themed movie, put this movie on your “films to see” list.