Dara and I are tight…tight-muscled that is. When I read her book ( Age is Just a Number) that included her pre-olympic routine I wanted to know more about the stretching she came to rely on to get her there. She called it her secret weapon. Now, I do not have the very apparent resources of Dara so when I saw the Resistance Stretching DVD with Dara Torres online, I was in. It is the work of her resistance stretching team of Anne Tierney and Steve Sierra of Innovative Body Solutions. I have been doing these stretches for a few weeks now and I come to look forward to them at night. At first I wasn’t sure if I was doing the resistance part correctly (and this is where a trainer or one of their classes would be good)…but I managed to go back and watch their very detailed tutorial again and again until I was confident I fully understood.
If you are an older runner like me you may also find these stretches very helpful as part of your cross training. I have been off the road for two weeks now due to my foot injury but continue to cross train and stretch. I am not as sore as I am usually. [click to continue…]
Ben Kingsley, Penelope Cruz, Patricia Clarkson and Peter Sarsgaard star in Elegy based on a Phillip Roth novel. Need I say more?
Kingsley plays a droll, urbane and steely professor at Columbia—the smartest guy in the room. He is felled by the otherworldly beauty, charisma and decency of Penelope Cruz. Kingsley brilliantly plays smug, cutting, humiliated and self-loathing in equal measures.
His scenes with best friend, Dennis Hopper (a Pulitzer prize winning poet!), are riveting—a window into the psyche of a certain strata of male. Patricia Clarkson is fearless as ever. Pete Sarsgaard burns through his scenes.
The dark genius of Roth is his finely honed dialog, brilliant political asides and incisive male characterizations. Even better, his work is plot driven. I find myself imploring Kingsley to “get over yourself.” It is powerful and gratifying when he finally does.My best measure of a dark and compelling story; 4:45 am running time be damned, I am staying up to learn what next will happen.
Slings and Arrows is a 3 season Canadian television series about a quirky (but not too quirky) theatre company, The New Burbage Theatre. Each season the actors mount a Shakespearian play, along with other events. The plays are luminous; the stagings inspired. We feel the singular exhilaration of live theatre. The writing is smart, dark, witty and heartfelt. The actors love, rage, sob, behave pretentiously and sometimes fail to pay taxes. The humor builds slowly and sneaks up on you-a LOL moment (without the irony.)
Slings and Arrows stars Paul Gross and Martha Burns, very attractive, middle aged actors who happen to be married in real life. All of the actors, young (Rachel McAdams, Sarah Polley) and not so young are terrific.
We are privy to the nuts, bolts and complexity of staging a play, the true passion of so many actors and the grandeur of Shakespeare.
Getting your movies in the mail is fabulous. But every once in a while, I am forced to step into the video store when the movie sent just stinks. So it’s such a beautiful thing to go in after 9pm (when all the newly released have been stripped from the shelves) and find a gem. The Edge of Heaven was one of those “I think I read about this one” movies that caught my eye by it’s graphically pleasing cover. It’s a wonderful film with a captivating narrative. And being the special features nerd that I am, I was so fascinated by the back story on Faith Akin the director that I had to run and put his first big film Head-On on my Blockbuster queue. The reward for in store research! You Tube Preview