Stay Warm With Beasts and Words On DVD

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Poster

I don’t know what the weather’s like where you are—sounds like it’s getting pretty wild all over—but up here in MN it’s well below goose-egg today.  We don’t ask for sympathy.  “Cold enough for ya?” we ask each other in lieu of a simpler greeting, and we agree that it’s not as cold as it was back in the 90’s and we’ve gotten kinda spoiled lately.  Then we rent a couple of DVDs and make our favorite hot dish.  I do have one outdoor commitment this weekend—selling cookies with one Brownie and one Girl Scout—but otherwise it’s a good time to cocoon.

So here are the last best movies we’ve watched here in the down-filled Eagle’s nest.  Multiple thumbs up for both.

Beasts of the Southern Wild has it all.  Great story, terrific score (take the link and hear some music) and wonderful performances.  Quvenzhané Wallis—whose name means “fairy” in Swahili—lied about her age when she auditioned for the role of Hushpuppy.  Okay, let’s say fibbed.  Apparently the minimum age was 6, and she was only 5.  She’s the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Actress.  Best Actress!  She’s amazing. 

Born on the Bayou, Hushpuppy tells an amazing story about living with her father in a close-knit community of outsiders who make their home in “the bathtub.”  It is Hushpuppy’s unvarnished viewpoint that makes this story at once magical and authentic.  She shows us her world exactly the way she sees it, but within her narrative she offers images of the outside world—other places, other times—that are both fantastic and truthful.  I watched this movie with my granddaughters, who understood living partly in a physical world and in fantasy because they still do.  For me, there was the memory of being in a child’s head.  As a writer I still tap into that head, but I do it through memory.  This movie recreates the experience through an amazingly authentic point of view.  It’s both heartbreaking and uplifting.  All three of us shed tears.  All three of us cheered.  When the movie was over, the 10-year-old had to call her dad just to hear his voice.  

Have you seen Beasts of the Southern Wild?  What did you think?  Would you show it to your 10-year-old?  Why or why not?

The Words (2012) Poster

The Words stars Bradley Cooper, Dennis Quaid and Jeremy Irons.  It’s the story of a man who’s dying to publish a novel—some of us can certainly identify—but his work is mediocre.  When he discovers an unpublished manuscript in an old briefcase, he takes some steps that lead him down the most precarious path a writer can take; he lets another writers words get into his head.  This is not an evil man, folks.  This is one of those one-thing-leads-to-another situations, but there are surprises along the way.  Connections are made, and stories come to light, and you’re rewarded with things to think about.  Good stuff.

What have you seen lately?  Given I’m not a football fan, what should I add to my indoor plans?

A good book you say?  I agree.  Check out the column on your right for suggestions.  Best indoor sport on the planet, is reading.  Hot romance on a cold winter’s night, guaranteed to hit the spot.


About Kathleen Eagle

Kathleen Eagle is the award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of over forty novels.
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11 Responses to Stay Warm With Beasts and Words On DVD

  1. michelehauf says:

    Beasts sounds like one of those feel-good movies a person should really just go see and let all life’s trouble wash away and enjoy it. I’m going to look for it this weekend. On DVD? Even better.
    We saw The Impossible last weekend. Oh, man, what a heart-wrencher! I have never been so throughly emotionally wiped out from a movie like that. Literally wrung ragged. I think I actually clung to the hubby as we were walking out of the theater, and was still sniffing back tears. Powerful stuff. ANd a must see. But do take along a lot of tissues!

    • You’ll love Beasts, Miss M. Tissues required, but I guarantee, it’s like nothing you’ve seen before.
      I’m wanting to see The Impossible on the big screen. And I’ve got to see Silver Linings Playbook.

  2. Trish Jensen says:

    Kathleen: I suppose, then, that you wouldn’t be interested in The Blind Side? Even though it’s a sorta, somewhat football movie, it’s more about a family who adopts a foster teenager, and the difference they made in his life.
    Matter of fact, it’s based on a true story, and the “child” they adopted will be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday, as he plays for the Baltimore Ravens.
    Football aside, it’s heartbreaking and heartwarming. Sandra Bullock’s best performance, imo. But oh, yes, there’s that pesky football thing going on. 🙂

    • Hi, Trish. Not a big fan of real football, but I like a good sports movie–especially the kid-from-nowhere-makes-the-team story. I’ve seen Blind Side, thought the guy who played the FB player did a terrific job. Some of favorite sports movies: He Got Game, A League of Their Own, Moneyball, Brian’s Song, Seabiscuit…many more.

  3. Quilt Lady says:

    We don’t rent DVD’s anymore. So haven’t seen a movie in forever except of TV

  4. Nicole says:

    A friend recommended the movie “The Words” to me a few days ago. I will rent that one for sure. The last movie I saw was “The Artist”, I enjoyed it.
    I am not a big fan of football but since I leave in the Bay Area….Go ninners!

  5. I would LOVE to see both of these. I remember reading about them a long while back, and then never saw them. They both sound so good!

    I love seeing great suggestions here about movies to watch and good books to read. Thanks so much for your post!

  6. Lois Greiman says:

    Hmmm, I didn’t think Beasts was a feel good movie. But I really liked Silver Linings though Copper keeps his shirt on the entire movie. Ridiculous.

  7. I wouldn’t call it a feel-good movie. It’s much more than that. Definitely uplifting, but I think you have to step outside yourself and walk in someone else’s shoes to get the lift. Not only is the actress amazing, but her character is amazing. And perfectly plausible. You come away believing that this little girl will tame real beasts one day.

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