War does not determine

who is right–

only who is left.

Bertrand Russell


I don’t like war movies, yet with Angelina Jolie blazing a brave new trail behind the camera as producer and director of  Unbroken, how can I resist?  The story revolves around the life of Olympic athlete Louis “Louie” Zamperini and is based on the nonfiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.  From this first venture in film making, Angelina is already poised to win Best Director by the Critics’ Choice Movie Award tomorrow.

Maybe I’m not going to see the film for the sake of story. While my daughter loves her movies for her good looks and heroic roles, I suspect I go as a fan of a woman who forges her own path doing what she loves and growing in whatever direction her soul beckons, personal demons be damned!  I’ll likely be imagining what went through her head behind each scene more than paying attention to what’s in it. From bad ass teen to awe inspiring woman and mother, Angelina embodies survival, resilience and redemption herself.

On this page is Angelina as photographed by one of my favorite photographers, Annie Leibowitz, another woman of quiet strength–but that’s another blog post.

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 Sharon Birke

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mountain
    Jan 16, 2015 @ 07:46:28

    The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting…Sun Tzu

    Angelina Jolie is an actor that I have a “love-hate” (for lack of a better term) following. I don’t love nor hate her acting so I don’t go looking for her movies but she is one that usually surprises me. Her movies that I’ve seen, I’ve liked. So what is the aversion??? I don’t know! So now, Sharon I have two movies in queue recommended by you. I tried very hard two Saturdays ago to have my semi-usual morning tete-a-tete with a Goddess and also see “Wild”. But her cell phone and clients kept getting in our way. Leaving me waiting and driving in circles killing time. I confirmed that it is still playing this Saturday and with a promise of– ;), lunch at Maggiano’s and the movie maybe I can convince her to turn the damn cell phone off! What is this world coming to when work gets in the way of pleasure?

    I’m declining to answer your question this week. I rarely brag and normally play down my accomplishments because I am truly a humble man. I prefer to acknowledge others for their awesomeness. And besides I’m sure your blog followers wont want to read paragraph after paragraph about my bad ass awesomeness! 😉

    Lastly (and photo)…keep your shoes off the bed unless they’re high heels of course!



    • Sharon Birke
      Jan 22, 2015 @ 02:30:17

      Yes, only high heels should ever be allowed to frolic on a bed!

      There are many other Goddesses who would love a lunch and movie date with you, Mountain.


  2. Tiffany
    Jan 21, 2015 @ 00:25:28

    loved the movie angelina is so amazingly beautiful and talented


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