Category: Movies

Sing Street

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When Netflix recommended Sing Street to me, I nonchalantly added it to my cue to save for a rainy day. I watched it one nondescript Sunday afternoon thinking it would be mediocre at best, but I was more than pleasantly surprised at this little gem of a film. It is such a great storyline though its main plot line is hardly original — an underdog trying to get a girl that is out of his reach. Inspired by 80’s glam bands, this rag-tag team of green musicians try their hand at writing original music, filming epic videos to match their songs, and live performances.

Though it is centered around teenagers, Sing Street is a great reminder that there is no better time than the present to pursue your dreams. The thick Irish accents can be a little tough to decipher in the beginning, but stick with it. Once they start singing you won’t be able to get the catchy songs out of your head for days. And yes, they come with some awesome 80’s dancing. Watch Sing Street when you need a pick me up and a quirky movie is the answer!

 

x B

Atlanta

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If you’ve been within earshot of me in the past five years you’ve probably heard me casually drop “Childish Gambino” or “Donald Glover” into any conversation, relevant or not. To say I’m obsessed is putting it mildly. My monthly google search of Donald lead to me discover in late 2015 that he wrote a new pilot called “Atlanta”. Being a southerner and a stalker huge fan of Donald Glover, I was intrigued.

When Atlanta finally premiered this past fall it was every bit as wonderful as I had hoped. Donald captures the essence of the underdog trying to survive when the odds are stacked against you. This very real show is sprinkled with witty humor that is almost too quick to catch. Darius, Paper Boi’s sidekick, is a strange and hilarious character that you look forward to every episode. And Van, Earn’s ex/love interest, is endearing, wonderful, and effortlessly cool you can’t help but love her.

This 10 episode first season of Atlanta is raw, real, sharp, and humorous. It is no surprise that this show and Donald picked up a few Golden Globes and was picked up for a second season. You can knock it out in a day or two, but you won’t be able to get “paper boi, paper boi, all about that paper boi” out of your head until long after the last episode ends.

x B

 

Iris

iris documentaryIris Apfel has been a style icon of mine for years. Who doesn’t love a woman who can layer jewelry, wear oversized glasses, and mix prints like a boss? Netflix recently added Albert Maysles’ documentary of Iris and it seemed like a decent way to spend a Sunday afternoon. This film follows modern day Iris as she reminisces on her life and style evolution over the years.

iris apfelModern day fashion icons and moguls (most importantly, Jenna Lyons) are featured in the film and all have nothing but overwhelming respect and admiration for Iris. Her clothes and accessories have been featured in galleries such as the Met and Peabody Essex Museum, making her fashion accessible to the public. Her career started as an Interior Designer and she evolved her career to become one of the most iconic fashion figures in the modern world. So, basically she’s living out my ideal life…I can only hope, right?

iris apfelWhether or not you are into fashion, this documentary is a fascinating look into the world of “everyday” fashion and its underlying message that how you carry yourself is more important than what is on the surface.

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What I’m Watching: The Jinx

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These days it is easy to binge watch tv, mostly because of HBO and Netflix, but it is hard to find something so compelling to watch that you literally cannot. stop. watching. I’d been told by several people that I had to watch The Jinx. It was that good. This mini-series can be found on HBO and is so crazy and addictive, it’s crazy addictive.

It is six episodes following Robert Durst who has been suspected in several murders, but never been convicted. Director Andrew Jarecki’s film, All Good Things, was inspired by the disappearance of Durst’s first wife. After seeing the movie in theaters, Durst contacted Jarecki for an interview, thus spurring the start of the documentary.

I don’t want to give away too much, but everything from the editing, the reenactments, the theme song, to the most insane ending I have ever seen will blow you away. Don’t believe me? Watch it and report back.

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5 Favorite Documentaries

I love a good documentary. They are educational and entertaining, what’s not to love? I’ve been watching over the years and developed a pretty solid arsenal. I’ve compiled a list of my 5 favorite documentaries, but it was tough to pare it down!

5 Favorite Documentaries:

  1. Exit Through The Gift Shop. This Banksy film gives you insight into the underground world of street art.
  2. Blackfish. God I love this one. It’s a grimy look into Seaworld and their actions after one of their trainers was killed by a whale. Who has now produced more whales. Do not support Seaworld, y’all.
  3. Virunga. This documentary is a Netflix original and Oscar nominee. It is an eye opening look into the efforts of rangers trying to protect the gorillas in Africa’s national park.
  4. Tig. Tig has been becoming more of a household name as of late since her honest stand up about having breast cancer. This Netflix documentary follows her since the  groundbreaking set through her cancer, family plans, and career.
  5. Kurt Cobain Montage Of Heck. This is an intimate look into Cobain’s life and his creative process. It is interesting to see how his mind worked and how incredibly talented he was.

Happy watching!

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End of Summer Movies

Summer’s impending doom is upon us, but the upside is the slew of movies that are released. These aren’t necessarily Oscar worthy, but they are way better than the horror movies and blockbusters that are released the first half of the year. Here’s my must see list for this year’s end of summer movies.

1- Trainwreck

Holy shit, I’ve found my spirit animal. Amy Schumer GETS it. This is my kind of rom com that doesn’t seem too unrealistic. And tears were streaming down my face for the entire finale. (From laughing people, this isn’t a dog movie!)

2- Mistress America

Frances Ha blew me away and this is Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach’s follow up film. I hope it lives up to it’s predecessor, but the trailer looks like it will.

3- Digging for Fire

Confession, I love Jake Johnson. I would see him in anything (except Let’s Be Cops or whatever that was…seems like a momentary lapse in judgment on his part). I loved Drinking Buddies and this comes from the same writer, with help from Johnson, and contains a similar cast, aka Anna Kendrick.

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Wild Tales

The other night I went to see a movie called Wild Tales, written and directed by Damián Szifrón from Argentina, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards this year. It includes six short stories of different people in their distressing situations. Each story is a satire of human behavior gone out of control. Laced with dark humor, the movie is sure to make you question the characters and their morals, but will definitely make you laugh.

The final story was my favorite and had everyone in the theater laughing. This is the first time in a long time that I’ve been to a movie where people clapped at the end.  It was that good. Watch it now.

x K

Frances Ha

Don’t you just love the feeling that you get when you see a movie that makes you feel like you’re not the only one who doesn’t have their shit together? Frances Ha was this movie for me. It totally resonated with me since Frances, the movie’s leading lady, is a 27 year old who is still trying to find herself through various day jobs, failed relationships, and no money to her name. (Been there)

This film is a beautiful depiction of life, love, and friendship. It is shot entirely in black and white and is filled with quotable one liners. The actors are all incredible, but Greta Gerwig is perfect. She cowrote the film with Noah Baumbach who is responsible for the screenplays of The Life Aquatic and Fantastic Mr. Fox to name a few.

If you’re looking for a way to occupy a few hours after a bad day at work or on a lazy weekend, Frances Ha will not disappoint. It’s also on Netflix, no excuses.

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Golden Globes Recap

It’s no secret that I love awards season, fashion, films, and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. When all are combined into one evening for the Golden Globes, it makes for some solid entertainment. First, I am beyond excited that Whiplash, Birdman, and Grand Budapest Hotel all took home awards! It is so great seeing these indie films finally getting the credit they deserve. J.K. Simmons and Michael Keaton both delivered incredible performances in their respective films and if we’ve met you know how I feel about Wes Anderson!

Next, let’s move on to the best dressed of the night. My vote is with Emma Stone, but all of these other ladies came pretty close.

Jumpsuit perfection:
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My fashion icon:
Lupita Nyong'o
The world’s most envied woman:
George Clooney, Amal Clooney
Metallic beauties:
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All images from people.com

Here’s to awards season 2015.

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End of Year Movies

Any movie buff will tell you that this is the best time of the year for movies. Sundance films have been slowly trickling their way into theaters and studios are releasing their big guns for  Oscar season (the good, the bad, and the ugly). Here’s my list of must see movies for the end of the year!

1- The Hobbit

Sorry, I love LOTR, namely Legolas.

2- Wild

A girl who doesn’t know what she’s doing and is willing to go to extremes to figure it out? I’m in.

3- The Theory of Everything

This looks pretty emotional even though I don’t know much about Stephen Hawking, but I’m intrigued.

4-Inherent Vice

I still don’t think I can even begin to explain this plot to anyone, but it looks like it may be this year’s American Hustle. And as crazy as he may seem, Joaquin Phoenix can act.

5- A Most Violent Year

As someone who typically plays the heroine, I’m looking forward to watching Jessica Chastain in a more villainous and feisty role.

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