See You at the Movies

I’ll see you at the movies.

If you’re a film buff of a certain age, you might recognize that quote from the late Roger Ebert, sorely missed, especially this time of year when movie awards season is underway. Ebert and his colleague/antagonist, the late Gene Siskel, hosted a weekly show reviewing the latest releases. I enjoyed watching their interplay, sometimes funny, sometimes heated, always passionate.

I love movies. Fortunately, so does my husband, so this Sunday night we will get comfy in bed with a bowl of popcorn and settle in for an entertaining event.

And the nominations are …

These days, of course, everything is readily available on the internet, but back in the day, I would be poised with my paper and pen when the announcement was made at 8:40 am on Good Morning America, followed by Gene Shalit giving his impressions of the picks. I loved hearing his take on the surprises and the snubs. RIP, Gene.

Why was I in a frenzy to scribble down the selections? Well, I had to call my husband to let him know RIGHT AWAY which movies we absolutely had to see before the awards ceremony. We both like to see all the nominated best picture films so we can be fully invested.

Alas, this year we have not seen every nominated film, one of them being Hidden Figures. I’m sad that we won’t see it before Sunday, but I did the next best thing and listened to the New York Times best-selling book on Audible.

See You at the Movies

Audible is a cinch to use. I have the app on my iPhone and enjoy browsing the titles and downloading audiobooks to listen to in the house, my car, or when I travel.

The award goes to …

Wow. If you haven’t seen the movie, let me fill you in (and I don’t think this will spoil it). Hidden Figures is a true story about female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space.

Mind you, this took place in the 1940s, before information was accessible by googling it. These women, known as “human computers,” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space.

Among the group of mathematically gifted women, numbering in the hundreds, were three African-American women whose contributions to the space effort have flown under the radar, so to speak, until now.

During World War II, there was a shortage of qualified talent in the aeronautics industry, then in its infancy. Anyone with the “right stuff” was encouraged to apply for positions in the fast-paced Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Virginia.

Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson were math teachers in the South’s segregated public schools.They answered the call and found themselves in the fast-paced Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in Virginia.This was in the industry’s infancy: before John Glenn orbited the earth, before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.

Unbelievable now, but at that time they were required to be segregated from their white counterparts, and the author delves into the impact of this shameful part of our country’s history. Langley’s all-black West Computing group did have the “right stuff” and their contributions helped America achieve a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War.

These women were trail blazers and incredible role models. Listening to the enormous challenges they faced, and the courage and dignity they displayed in dealing with them, makes this book inspirational as well as educational.

Now I am ready, as Siskel and Ebert used to say, to sit back and enjoy the show.

See you at the movies.

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41 Thoughts on “See You at the Movies

  1. I also loved Siskel and Ebert and miss their on-air personae!

    As much as Gary loves movies he can’t stand how the Oscar ceremony is dragged out. I agree but I still watch!

    This year I’m fortunate to watch the Oscars with my MIL who has seen almost every movie and loves every minute of the show.

    We just saw Fences (loved), and previously saw Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion (loved all) – oh, I can’t remember the others but we didn’t see all the nominated films.

    I can’t wait for the ceremony! Great idea about Audible. It would be good for me to take on walks – I’d much rather listen to books while walking than listen to anything else. Thanks for the reminder! xo

  2. I’d never heard of Audible before Helene, but will give it at try. Sadly, my husband doesn’t like any movies made after 1970, but I go by myself and don’t have to share the popcorn. Thanks!

  3. Pete Bludman on February 24, 2017 at 9:53 am said:

    loved the puns on “radar” and “right stuff,” totally consistent w/ the title

  4. I still haven’t seen that movie — now you make me want to get to the movies!

  5. I saw ‘Hidden Figures’ last night. What an amazing story, and a brilliant film. If it had been a work of fiction you might have been inclined to think that the plot was too unbelievable; three women saving the day over rooms full of ‘brilliant’ men – never mind the fact that it was three African-American women in the 60s! So to know that the events it portrayed are true, made the film even more incredible. Highlyly recommend it.

    • hbludman on February 27, 2017 at 8:15 am said:

      It is such a remarkable story. I will definitely see it. Thanks so much for your recommendation!

  6. I only saw a few too. I did see Hidden Figures and loved it! I really enjoy listening to books. It makes mundane tasks like cleaning or weeding so much more entertaining!

  7. Hidden Figures is on our radar! I’d like to read the book before watching, but it looks fantastic!

  8. Hats off to the real women whom this show was based on. Not to mention that during that time computers weren’t really that powerful meaning that they made most of their computations manually. Mind = blown

  9. I am so excited to see this movie. It looks super good and I loved the previews! I think I want to read the book first though.

  10. thank you so much…I would love to see more book suggestions on Women of Midlife. This is perfect.


  11. I need to try out Audible. I always hear about it but I haven’t tried it yet. I’d love to read Hidden Figures!

  12. Agentizerozerosetter on February 24, 2017 at 6:25 pm said:

    Never saw this movie,but it seems interesting,I have to see it now!

  13. This sounds like an amazing story – I have neither read the book nor seen the movie. I’ll have to rectify this as soon as possible!

  14. I’ve heard Hidden Figures is absolutely amazing, a movie for all women to see. I am so excited to see it!

  15. I remember Siskel and Ebert very well. In fact I had friends who said me an another friend would become the next pair like them. It never transpired but I remember how they argued about movies and I would always enjoy it. And they would end it with, the balcony is closed. It’s sad that the world lost this pair too young.

    • hbludman on February 27, 2017 at 8:19 am said:

      I totally agree. They were so knowledgeable about the movies, and I loved watched the repartee between the two of them.

  16. i like the review by you. i haven’t seen it yet. definitely going to check it out.

  17. Hidden Figures was amazing. I was inspired and guilty for not knowing about these women sooner. Even if it doesn’t win its a winner.

  18. Jason Le Nguyen on February 25, 2017 at 8:26 am said:

    This movie is amazing. I love it so much. Your review is nice 🙂 The figures are amazing!

  19. I must see this film – it look amazing. i hope it win big at the Oscars. xx

  20. I have heard so much about Audible but never tried it. Also I really like Hidden Figures. It’s so great.

  21. Maria Han on February 27, 2017 at 6:27 am said:

    What a good post and such a good review! I would love to watch this kind of movie, Glad you share this good review.

  22. Elizabeth O. on February 27, 2017 at 9:27 am said:

    I am really interested in this film and I’d love to watch it! It’s empowering for sure and one that will inspire many women.

  23. This film has been catching people’s attention and for good reason. I’ve been interested ever since I saw the trailer. I think it’s amazing!

  24. I have to make time to see this movie. My friend has been sharing rave reviews about it. It does shock me that there was a time when segregation was a thing – even if we are all human beings. Would be making sure to watch it over the weekend.

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