*Friday evening we watched ” Beautiful Creatures.” Don’t ask me why. This movie is definitely for teens, but not very outstanding or exciting. It’s about a 15-year-old girl, Lena, finding love and witchhood on her 16th birthday. She will either become a good witch or a bad witch, but to be a good witch she has to kill her bad-witch mother, played by Emma Thompson – sort of. (You’ll have to see it to understand that comment.) I presume Ms. Thompson does these non-cussing, almost-family movies for her children or else just for fun. Otherwise, she’s wasting her talent. Jeremy Irons plays Lena’s Uncle Macon, who is trying to keep her safe until her birthday. The coolest part of the movie, I thought, was the constantly changing interior of Macon’s house.
*Saturday, Danny had to work so I drove five DoCC ladies to Austin for the Save Texas Schools march and rally. In 2010, Governor Perry and the moronic legislature unconstitutionally took $5.4 billion dollars from education for the sake of balancing the budget. This idiocy caused 10,000 teachers to lose their jobs, which again resulted in overcrowded classrooms (with over 50 students per classroom in some schools) and schools without essential books, desks (in San Antonio janitors have had to move desks from one classroom to another throughout each day), and materials. This is beyond unconscionable!
Teachers, students, classroom aides, retired teachers, administrators, parents, PTAs, and very concerned citizens have been trying ever since to get this transferred money returned to the education fund. Those of us with common sense are unable to figure out how depriving students of a thorough, comprehensive education is good for Texas or the country. The dumbing down of America rests solely in the hands of politicians. Shame on them!!!
Anyway, the event was pretty cool, but only a few thousand people came from all over the state. At the Austin American-Statesman staging area, we gathered our signs (some homemade like mine and some professionally printed), met up with other D0CC members, and marched off in an orderly fashion, using only one side of Congress Avenue. The weather was perfect! At the Capitol, we listened to enthusiastic, point-making speakers and to inspiring singers. Then we walked the fourteen blocks back to the van and had lunch at threadgills before heading home.
*Sunday, after the kids and grandkids left, we watched the Academy Awards, which we hadn’t done for a few years. We wondered why Anne Hathaway’s song in “Les Miserables” was not nominated (oscar) for Best Song but, since she won Best Supporting Actress for her brief role, we were appeased. That there were NINE nominees for Best Film was astonishing! However, we felt there should have been a four-way tie between the extraordinary “Beast of the Southern Wild,” “Les Miserables,” “Lincoln,” and “Life of Pi.” We were glad “Amour” won for Best Foreign Film, however “Argo” winning the best movie Oscar took us totally by surprise. Is politics involved in Hollywood or what!..It was a grand night of fabulous voices, too. Stupendous Shirley Bassey singing “Goldfinger” so perfectly. The “Les Miserables” cast in harmonic glory. Wonderful Adele, terrific Jennifer Hudson, and undeniably marvelous Catherine Zeta-Jones belting out “All That Jazz.” Only Streisand’s quiet performance was disappointing.