Singing “Be Italian” in My Head

cover of Vogue featuring the women from the movie Nine - Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, and Kate Hudson in burgundy dresses

It’s been awhile since I went to the movies. Yesterday afternoon, I met up with a good friend and after indulging in Mexican food (my favorite), we went to see Nine. When I first saw the ads for this movie, I wanted to see it. And I finally got my wish!

Let me just say, I am a big fan of musicals, and of course I love a good dance number too.

Penelope Cruz performing in a scene from the movie Nine

I was impressed with the entire cast and loved the cinematography as well. I can’t wait to get the soundtrack. In fact, I’ve decided I think I am definitely in need of a musicals playlist. So many favorites to include – Glee, Chicago, Wicked, you name it!

Of course, last night was the Golden Globes as well. So, after getting home from my movie I settled in to watch the red carpet coverage. I love award season, and movies are such a big part of my life (I need to work on that…I’ve been missing my movies with school getting in the way). There were several best dressed I found, and a lot of misses on the red carpet. My absolute favorite color of the night (although the jury’s still out on the dress itself) was this gorgeous purple.

Sandra Bullock on the red carpet in a purple strapless gown

Love that color! I thoroughly enjoyed the show, and was glad to see Nine come up several times. Oh, and the Scorsese montage (I love a good montage), so awesome. I love how they opened with the music from Last Temptation of Christ. And of course, there were scenes from one of my favorite films, Age of Innocence. Love that movie! And Scorsese used a phrase that I just love, and it’s one of the reasons I love movies so much, “cinematic experience”. For me, movies are just not about the actual movie, but also about the entire experience: the anticipation, sitting in the darkened theater, the shared investment and reactions with the rest of the audience, the lights coming up and the credits rolling. For me, I have to see all the previews (that’s part of my experience), and I stay through the end of the credits. I want the WHOLE thing. And it is one of the reasons that no matter how many DVDs we have, no matter how easy it is to order through Netflix or watch something in the comfort of your own home (with no screaming kids, phones ringing, people talking, etc.) – it is the essential cinematic experience that I love so much. So thanks, Marty, for reminding me of that.

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