Category: Movies

Whiplash

Another week, another movie. That’s because there are so many great choices out right now! Whiplash is a hauntingly beautiful tale about following your dreams and pushing yourself (or the ones around you) to be the best you can be. It is an extremely riveting movie about the life of an aspiring musician enrolled in a grueling music program. My emotions were running high for the majority of the film that is interlaced with language even my foul mouth wouldn’t say. Miles Teller gives an outstanding performance and does all of his own drumming…once you see the movie you will understand how impressive this actually is!

Be on the lookout for this movie come Oscar season as well, I wouldn’t be surprised if it received several nominations. (Namely, a best actor nod for Teller!)

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Birdman

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It isn’t often that I see a film and leave the theater completely elated and inspired. The last time this happened was after I saw The Grand Budapest Hotel…until last week. I had seen the trailer to Birdman and was intrigued, but still skeptical. I’m not a huge fan of Michael Keaton because much like his character in this film, I thought he was a blockbuster one note. But, after seeing this performance I take everything back.

Keaton, Ed Norton, and Zach Galifianakis are all wonderful, hilarious, yet complex. Aside from the actors, the cinematography is unbelievable. The entire movie is filmed to look as if it was one take. This had to be grueling for the cast to remember so many cues, but it comes off as completely organic. The film is also scored by a jazz beat maintaining the story’s pulse and building your anticipation throughout.

If you are looking for a great way to spend an afternoon or evening out of the cold, Birdman will not disappoint. I would not be surprised to see it pick up a few nominations (and hopefully awards) by the time the Oscars roll around. See the trailer below and tell me it doesn’t pique your interest!

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Fall’s Must See Movies

Although I’m sad to see summer go, nothing gets me more excited than Oscar season! Beginning in the fall, the movies step up their game and are less blockbuster-y and higher quality. Here’s my list of the must see movies for fall.

1- Fury

I love a good Brad Pitt (war) movie.

2- Gone Girl

Only been waiting two years for this! It may not be Oscar material, but it does look juicy. I only hope it does the book justice.

3- The One I Love

Sure, it may already be out, but I am DYING to see this! I love Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass so I can’t imagine this would be bad.

4- Mockingjay Part 1

Ok so maybe a little blockbuster-y, but, duh.

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What is Art?

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Hardly an original question, but as we were taught from day one at design school, “there is nothing new under the sun” (I’m serious). I recently watched Exit Through the Gift Shop, an intriguing documentary about the evolution of street art, something I frowned upon until now.

I am no classically trained artist, but I have taken my fair share of classes in a variety of mediums, studied art history, and tried my best to culture myself whenever possible. I never considered street art, “art” because it is illegal, temporary, and more likely than not, unsightly. So, I am writing this as a reminder to myself and to everyone else that we shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Every artist has a voice and a right to express it. And what seemed like a laughable medium is actually make quite a stir and looks as if it is here to stay.

Let’s embrace all art since it really does make the world a more beautiful place (even if it does deface it…see what I did there?).

Cutie and The Boxer

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Unemployment brings about many things, but one of the most enjoyable aspects is a slew of free time. How you fill that free time is up to you, but for me after a few days of mindless T.V. watching, the novelty wore off. That is until I discovered documentaries. They are the universe’s gift to the lazy. You can sit on the couch for an hour or two, but still absorb information that is relevant, interesting, AND educational.

Netflix has a great selection of documentaries and I’m constantly discovering more. One of my most recent finds was “Cutie and The Boxer”. This was nominated for an Oscar in the documentary category this year, but beyond that I knew very little about the film prior to watching.  It is a fascinating portrayal of the starving artist lifestyle and of marriage. A combination I never knew existed until now. This documentary takes you on a roller coaster of emotions (or maybe that was just me) and is nothing short of entertaining. Add this to your list asap and you won’t be disappointed!

If you have any additional documentary recommendations for me be sure to include them in the comments! In the mean time, you can see the trailer for “Cutie and The Boxer” here:

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Spring Movies

Since Oscar season is over, most of the movies coming out from now until the summer blockbusters hit the scene are slightly lack-luster.  But if you look hard enough you can find a few that are worth a rainy spring afternoon of entertainment.

1- The Railway Man

I love Colin Firth.  I don’t think he has chosen a poor script in his career and I’m willing to bet on him in this film as well.  I also love World War II films and I am looking forward to a British perspective rather than an American.

2- Tracks

A seemingly odd story-line, yes, but I’m intrigued.  It seems like a beautiful and poignant coming of age story — a plot line I never seem to tire of (maybe because I’m never going to be coming of age?).  Also, Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver are awesome.

3- Under the Skin

I’m not a Scar-Jo fan or particularly fond of horror movies, but this looks so enticing and intriguing I had to include it.  It is such an interesting concept and is getting rave reviews so I’d say it’s definitely worth seeing for yourself.

3.5- The Fault In Our Stars

Ok so this might fall more into the summer category, and the YA category, but everyone and their mom has been talking about this book and Shailene Woodley is awesome. I would watch her mime I love her so much. But I refuse to see Divergent…maybe I need to take that last statement out?

Enjoy!

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

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I’m obsessed with Wes Anderson. To me, he is an impeccable filmmaker who brings the opulence and charm theater and cinema used to embody back to film.  You know, before CGI and sound mixing were huge and Oscar-worthy.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a blockbuster as much as the next person, but every once in a while you want to see a movie that is considered a “film”. Last night was one of those times.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” finally opened here in Denver and I got to experience it after months and months of IMDB stalking and trying to get my hands (or eyes, rather) on any clips, photos, and behind the scenes information I could.  (Told you I was obsessed. Wes, in the off, off-chance you are reading this, marry me?)

In typical Anderson fashion, the movie was quirky and over the top, but in the ‘opulence of days past’ kind of way. His set design, frames, costumes, soundtrack, and dialogue always meld together to form an extremely detailed picture. I get so wrapped up in the detail that must have gone into every frame that I often forget to pay attention to the big picture (see what I did there?). Luckily this movie is lighthearted and fast paced so I couldn’t stay fixated for long.

Each time I watch an Anderson film I swear it is my new favorite, but I truly believe he knocked it out of the park with this one. The plot, the slew of odd and comical characters, and the realistic (yet also hilarious and whimsical) dialogue set this one apart from his other films. If you haven’t seen it yet do yourself a favor and go now. And in case you are not as Anderson-obsessed as I am and have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the trailer below.

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Also, how killer are these movie posters??

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

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I’m obsessed with Wes Anderson. To me, he is an impeccable filmmaker who brings the opulence and charm theater and cinema used to embody back to film.  You know, before CGI and sound mixing were huge and Oscar-worthy.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a blockbuster as much as the next person, but every once in a while you want to see a movie that is considered a “film”. Last night was one of those times.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” finally opened here in Denver and I got to experience it after months and months of IMDB stalking and trying to get my hands (or eyes, rather) on any clips, photos, and behind the scenes information I could.  (Told you I was obsessed. Wes, in the off, off-chance you are reading this, marry me?)

In typical Anderson fashion, the movie was quirky and over the top, but in the ‘opulence of days past’ kind of way. His set design, frames, costumes, soundtrack, and dialogue always meld together to form an extremely detailed picture. I get so wrapped up in the detail that must have gone into every frame that I often forget to pay attention to the big picture (see what I did there?). Luckily this movie is lighthearted and fast paced so I couldn’t stay fixated for long.

Each time I watch an Anderson film I swear it is my new favorite, but I truly believe he knocked it out of the park with this one. The plot, the slew of odd and comical characters, and the realistic (yet also hilarious and whimsical) dialogue set this one apart from his other films. If you haven’t seen it yet do yourself a favor and go now. And in case you are not as Anderson-obsessed as I am and have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the trailer below.

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Also, how killer are these movie posters??

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Golden Globes’ Best Dressed Round-Up

AHHH!  I love awards season!  And last night’s Golden Globes did not disappoint.

Here’s my round-up of the best dressed.  Let’s start with the lovely hostesses:

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Two of the most beautiful and talented women in the same bright red:

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Gorgeous neutrals with beading/metallic accents:

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These ladies’ plunging necklines proved that cleavage can be demure and still sexy without boobs out full force a la Kim Kardashian.

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Two ladies pulling off column dresses like it’s their job:

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Two blondes pulling off colorful ensembles.  (Side note: just started Orange Is The New Black this weekend. CAN’T. STOP. WATCHING. — except to watch the Golden Globes red carpet and the awards themselves, of course.)

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And last but not least, these two pretty pregnant ladies.  If I look half as good as these two with a baby inside me, I’ll reconsider having children.  Kerry, you are perfect!

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All photos: People.com

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Fall’s Must-See Movies

To say I’m a movie buff is an understatement.  (I know way too much pop culture and not enough politics, but everyone has their thing, right?)  Every fall I get ridiculously excited because the most anticipated movies of the year begin to roll out.  I have compiled my list of this fall’s must-see movies below, enjoy!

1- The Wolf of Wall Street

Will someone give this man an Oscar already?  God, that dance clip in the trailer alone deserves one!  My heart will always go on for you, Leo.

2- 12 Years A Slave

Full Disclosure: I will most definitely sob my way through this movie and use a mountain of insanely tiny movie theater napkins as tissues along the way.

3- The Counselor

I’m on a Michael Fassbender kick right now.  Can you blame me?

Side note: both he and Brad Pitt are also in 12 Years A Slave — a sign that the two of them make for an awesome cast.

3.5- Gravity

I’m still on the fence about this one.  Every time I watch the trailer, my palms begin to sweat, my anxiety goes through the roof, and my breathing begins to sound like Sandra Bullock’s.  If I do this during the trailer, I’m not sure I can sit through the remaining hour and a half (or really if the people next to me in the theater could put up with me for that long), but I might just put on my big girl panties and tell myself it’s just a movie after all.

What’s on your must-see list this fall?

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