Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Terrific Tomatoes, Tears with Laughter...

Hello, tomatoes! More are becoming red each day thanks to the recent spell of heat that we had...mmmmm... I can't say I ever get tired of fresh tomatoes or peaches and it's always miraculous to think these juicy marvels come from teeny seeds! And now to movies.... I finally got around (courtesy of the Toronto Public Library) to watching Bonnie Hunt's directorial debut "Return to Me". I am a huge fan of hers and love, love, love her talk show. Bonnie wrote the screenplay for this charmer along with Don Lake and of course has a role as Minnie Driver's friend and comic foil. A few Hunt family members and friends have also made their way into the cast - her sister, her mom (!), sidekick Holly - playing a particularly obnoxious blind date for David Duchovny, Don Lake (ditto for Driver), David Alan Grier and the beloved Carroll O'Connor. David's character loses his wife in a car accident, Minnie is waiting for a heart transplant...and of course, whose heart does she receive? Unknown to either of them is the special bond they have in common - so when they meet and fall in love complications ensue. I found the movie enchanting - I am such a sucker for romance and an element of magical realism...plus, full confession I had the biggest crush - along with thousands of other women on David - thanks to "X Files".... Great tunes including Frank Sinatra and of course Dino - who sings the title tune and a wonderful supporting cast. No jazz to report at the moment other than that the ever popular "Sound of Toronto" jazz series from Jazz FM 91 is now on sale...lots of great performers on tap! I am going to a live to air interview in a couple of weeks to see a certain movie star handsome crooner...more details later...
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