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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Movie Review: PROXY

Directed by Zack Parker, PROXY is a movie about a woman named Esther (Alexia Rasmussen) who is viciously attacked at the beginning of the movie.  She is almost to her due date and unfortunately the baby dies.  She is advised to join a support group to help her heal from her loss, so she eventually does.  There she meets Melanie (Alexa Havins), who has a tragic story of her own.  Esther becomes obsessed with Melanie, but ends up freaking Melanie out and she distances herself.  This just leads Esther to become more of a stalker.  It's while stalking Melanie that Esther realizes that there is much more to Melanie than anyone knew.
I don't want to give away too many details because one of the best things about this movie was all the plot twists!  There was one part that I thought was a smidge predictable, but the rest of it blew my mind.  The psychological aspects were amazing and well thought out!!  My husband and I watched this after watching August: Osage County and he said PROXY was by far a better movie.

Plot-wise, I'd agree, but my only issue with PROXY was the acting.  The three main characters, Esther, Melanie and Patrick do a great job, but the rest of the cast and non-key players are not that good.  It was a disappointment with Esther's girlfriend Anika, as she had a decent sized part.

I love this synopsis from the press release, "Unlike many of its contemporaries, PROXY sheds light on the dark side of motherhood - that children are not always perceived as little 'bundles of joy' in their mother's eyes, but rather as hindrances, as threats."  That sums it up quite a bit, but I still feel like we are left a little bit hanging in terms of motive with Esther's situation.  I'd like to have known more about it.  I think I kind of get the psychological theory behind it, but I would have liked it to have been a little more clear.

I'm a little late on the announcement, my bad, but:

PROXY Opens on April 18th in NYC at the IFC Center and on VOD, with Rollout to Follow

Thursday, April 24, 2014

My 2014 Oscar Reviews: August: Osage County

I'm attempting to watch all the movies that were nominated for an Oscar this year.  I am going to post my review of each one with how I actually felt about the movie.  I'm not going to give a detailed plot because I'm not amazon and you can easily look there... or imdb... or wikipedia...
 
I was at work the other day and heard some of the old biddies talking about recent movies they watched.  One of them said she watched August: Osage County and thought it was boring.  I would have to agree... but only for the first 15 min or so.  At the beginning, it's hard to get into because it's pointless drivel.  However, make sure you don't give up too soon because it gets better.

My favorite thing about this movie was the development of the characters.  Each one was very well developed, very well acted out and it was easy to understand why they did what they did in given situations.  There were many parts that made me laugh out loud.  Just the way the family dynamic is because they are more of the "typical" American family than the Brady Bunch families of the past.

There's quite a bit of profanity and some sexuality, but it's not really that extreme that I think it would be off-putting to those with delicate sensibilities.

I was really happy to see the mom from The Millers on it.  She did a great job as well.  It was also nice to see Julia Roberts as a non-cutesy character.

Oh, and someone explain to me why any one of the people there didn't turn the air conditioning on!!  Who cares what one person thinks?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

My 2014 Oscar Movie Reviews: 12 Years a Slave

I'm attempting to watch all the movies that were nominated for an Oscar this year.  I am going to post my review of each one with how I actually felt about the movie.  I'm not going to give a detailed plot because I'm not amazon and you can easily look there... or imdb... or wikipedia...
 
I had forgotten that this was the movie that actually won best picture until I was talking to my mom about it last night.  I finally got around to watching it during the day yesterday.

It was good.  I hesitate to say "great" because it's one of those movies that leaves you feeling like a horrible person when you're done watching it.  Of course I never owned slaves, but some of my ancestors probably did.  Maybe not... probably not... I don't really know.  But if they did, shame on them.

So, it's another movie based on a true story.   Chiwetel Ejiofor was fantastic. I don't remember who won for best actor, but he probably should have.  Oh, wait, it was Matthew... Mccccblahblah.  Well, that's understandable too... soo...  I liken a black actor playing a slave in a movie to a Jewish actor playing someone in a concentration camp during the Holocaust.  You are realizing how much your ancestors went through and the great unjustices that were done to them.  They were demoralized and treated like dogs, when they were human beings and should have had the same rights as everyone else. It's despicable.

But if you can put aside the revulsion of what you are witnessing, knowing that it is very typical to the time of slavery, it's a good movie.  The acting was very well done, with the villainous characters being very easy to hate.  I wouldn't watch it with your kids, just because of the material.  You might think it will help them learn about slavery, but really... I wouldn't let a kid under 14 watch it.

Monday, April 21, 2014

My 2014 Oscar Movie Reviews: Philomena

I'm attempting to watch all the movies that were nominated for an Oscar this year.  I am going to post my review of each one with how I actually felt about the movie.  I'm not going to give a detailed plot because I'm not amazon and you can easily look there... or imdb... or wikipedia...
 
I had never even heard of this movie before I saw it listed as an Oscar nominee.  So, aside from reading the back, I didn't know what it was supposed to be about.

Basically, this movie was slow and boring.  Another nominee that was based on a true story.  Is it an interesting story?  I guess.  Is it a crazy bizarre unusual going-to-make-your-jaw-drop story?  No.  I'm not really sure what about it made it movie worthy.  Yes, Judi Dench is great at what she does.  Aside from that, there's nothing really wow about this movie.  I fell asleep and had to go back a couple times.  It's not a BAD movie... just ... boring.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Shameless Promotion: ME

I now have a Facebook page... no, I'm not just now becoming aware I should have one to go along with my blog.  I had one once and did nothing with it.  Let's see if I can not do nothing with it this time.

I know from looking at my stats that there are many lurkers on here... so lurk on my Facebook too- I won't tell anyone!!

(Even if it doesn't show the image like it's supposed to, you can still click the icon.)

Review: NYC Expert Last Lip Color @nycnewyorkcolor

When I received this lip color in my UniVoxBox gratis from Influenster, I was kind of bummed about the color I received.  It was called Forever Fuchsia.  It is a lot more out there than I normally wear, and it doesn't match my clothing or other make up colors.

It worked out great, though because I was invited to an 80s themed party and this color was perfect!  It's good throwback because the 80s were all about popping color and excess.  I matched it up with a side ponytail, glitter eyeshadow, Guns N Roses shirt, denim shirt, bright blue leggings and sparkly ballet flats. 

Here was the result on my lips:
The lipstick lasted the entire party!!




Thursday, April 10, 2014

My Weird Dream: Who's Blowing Up My Phone??

I haven't had an installment of "My Weird Dream" in a couple years, so might as well resurrect it.

So last night I was having this dream.  It started off that I was at home (but not my actual home) and my husband and I were fighting.  We were both angry and decided to split up, so I opened a hidden door in the wall that lead to the utility room.  I grabbed my coat and left.  Switch to my kids and my husband are in someone's house with a HUGE living room/den and it is filled with people watching a sporting event.  I came in and the people I recognized were my dad, my kids, my husband (David) and a quasi relative and her family.

The aspects I remember include me trying to convince David to take me back, me following him around hoping my presence will change his mind and this quasi relative/friend and I gossiping.  We were sitting on the floor watching the babies play and somehow I hit my head and right after that she hit her head on the floor even harder.  We looked towards her husband and he looked at her, knowing she just hit her head, and then went back to the conversation he was having with David.  Well her head hit harder than mine, so I tried to care for her head wound while she cried and lamented over the fact her husband didn't care.

So as I was sitting there, I caught an AP post on the TV that said Seth Rogen's mother and brother died (horrible, I know.)  Then my phone starts vibrating and I ignore it.  It just won't stop, so I look and it's my mom calling me.  I'm busy, so I don't answer.  So my phone vibrates again and I look and she has texted me to tell me about Seth Rogen's family tragedy.  I tell my dad about it and we start pondering as to whether we still think Seth will host Saturday Night Live.  He thinks he will because he would think it was unprofessional not to.  I think he won't because he will think family is more important than work.  While we're having this conversation my phone starts vibrating again, but I don't recognize the number.  I go to find my toddler to get him ready to leave and the whole time people keep calling me because my phone is vibrating...

I started to wake up and saw my phone and immediately checked it to see if it was going off even though my phone is never on vibrate.  It wasn't.  I was so confused.  I checked the time and realized it must be my husband's phone.  Normally his alarm goes off to a song, but for some reason he had it on vibrate. 

Mystery of the phone that would not quit going off in my dream is solved.  But boy, did it take me a long time to realize that it was actually happening outside of my dream.

Random, Man... random.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My 2014 Oscar Movie Reviews: Dallas Buyers Club

I'm attempting to watch all the movies that were nominated for an Oscar this year.  I am going to post my review of each one with how I actually felt about the movie.  I'm not going to give a detailed plot because I'm not amazon and you can easily look there... or imdb... or wikipedia...
When I watched the Golden Globes and I kept hearing about the nominees from Dallas Buyers Club, I assumed it had to do with a casino or gambling.  I love me some Jared Leto, so I figured I'd give it a try.  When I went to pick it up at Family Video, I read the back and man, was I wrong about the subject matter!!  Soooooooo not about gambling or casino stuff.  It's about a guy with AIDS.

I'm very open minded, so the subject matter didn't bother me at all, I still wanted to watch it.  I think that it is always a good time for topics that highlight discrimination and how we treat people who are "different" as if they are pariahs.  The main character was diagnosed with AIDS at a time when people thought you only got it from gay sex and that it was contagious just from being around people with the virus.

Matthew McConaughey's character is pretty gruff and unlikeable, but he has a good heart and decides to help people instead of wallowing in misery.  McConaughey lost a ton of weight for the role, which usually gives an actor an Oscar nod for that alone.  Jared Leto plays a trans(gender?) woman.  He does a phenomenal job- I almost didn't recognize him.  He's received some backlash from the trans community because they didn't like that a heterosexual man was cast in the part.  I think that's ridiculous.  He didn't write the script and he didn't hold a gun to anyone's head to get the part.  He just played the part he earned as it was thought that he had the range to play the part.  Should we be offended that Peter Pan was often played by a woman on stage?  GET OVER IT.  It's not an insult to the LGBT community (whom I support fully.)

Anyway, back to my thoughts on the movie.  It was very "meh."  I found it very boring.  Yes, it was poignant in how cruel people can be to someone with something they don't understand.  Like I mentioned, I found M.M.'s character to be not that likeable and crass.  

Did I hate it?  No.  Would I watch it again?  No.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

My 2014 Oscar Movie Reviews: Wolf of Wall Street

I'm attempting to watch all the movies that were nominated for an Oscar this year.  I am going to post my review of each one with how I actually felt about the movie.  I'm not going to give a detailed plot because I'm not amazon and you can easily look there... or imdb... or wikipedia...
 
Oh.My.Goodness.  I think I need to go to Confession after watching this movie.  Let me just put this out there because if you are going to rent this movie, this is the most important thing you should know: it is graphic!  GRAPHIC!!!!!!!!!!!  Wow... I mean... wow.  It is graphic in the gratuitous nudity, many many graphic sex scenes and the F bombs drop like nothing I've ever seen or heard.  I probably wouldn't feel comfortable watching this with anyone other than my husband.  I would say I'm definitely not a prude and I'm very open-minded, but boy do you have to be careful who you expose this to.  Oh, and if you are uncomfortable with constantly seeing people do cocaine and quaaludes, don't rent this.

I hope my warning was emphatic enough.  Don't watch this with your children, don't watch this with your grandparents, don't watch it if your children might walk into the room at any moment unless your finger is glued to the pause button and you have supersonic hearing to detect the sound of footsteps.

Okay, now that that part is out of the way.  I liked the movie, lol.  After you sift through the shock factor, it's an interesting plot.  If you took out the sex and drug scenes, the movie would have probably been one hour instead of three, but the point was to show what being rich and powerful can do to people.  I don't really understand the stock market or Wall Street activities, so I'm not positive which aspect about what they were doing was illegal.  But, it had a lot of parts that made my jaw drop or made me laugh and it held my interest the entire time.

So, if you can sift through all the naughty parts and try to pay attention to the actual plot, it's worth the watch.  I definitely liked it more than Gravity.

Review: Caillou Talking Doll

Caillou and Super Why! are two PBS series that have been popular in my house for years.  And I, of course, prefer when my kids watch educational shows over non-sense shows that just teach them how to be vulgar.  The only downfall to my kids enjoying these PBS shows is that it is hard to come by any merchandise.  Well, guess what-- that has changed!  As of April 1st,  there is a new doll out that features Caillou in a school uniform and ready to help your child learn! It is a good size, 14 inches, which makes it more lifelike and fun for your toddler or preschooler.  Plus, it actually says a lot more than most talking dolls, including educational interactions, French words, and interrogatory banter.


MSRP: $34.99
My toddler, H, tore into the box as soon as it came to the house.  He was happy just to see it was a doll, he took the hat off and played with it, took the backpack off, stuffed things in it, hugged the doll, sat him on the couch... but then when he realized it talked-- his excitement boiled over and he just kept laughing and laughing.  It was adorable.  So, it's educational, it is a character he likes, and it provides him with plenty of entertainment, what more could you want in a toy??


ABOUT CAILLOU



"Caillou, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2015, is an award-winning brand that began as book series created by Christine L’Heureux and published by Chouette Publishing.  Caillou is about an inquisitive four year old whose unique way of relating to the world has charmed generations of preschoolers who connect with how he plays, learns and lives. Caillou has consistently ranked as one of the top 10 television series for preschoolers nationwide since its premiere in 2000. “Caillou,” the animated preschool series, airs in the U.S. on PBS Kids, the #1 preschool destination for kids and parents, on PBS Sprout and in several major international territories, including Australia, Canada and others.  Caillou has won multiple awards, including two Parent’s Choice Awards, in consecutive years.



Caillou exhibits a familiar sensibility and behaviors that parents of preschoolers can relate to.  Caillou is a curious child who loves to discover the world around him through everyday experiences.  He embellishes everything he sees with his rich imagination.  Surrounded by his parents, his younger sister Rosie, his grandparents and peers his age, Caillou is fascinated by everything around him.  Whether he’s at home, at school or on the playground, Caillou finds opportunities to learn and grow.  The series teaches life lessons that address fear, anger, consequences, loneliness, anxiety and empathy to help children understand those emotions.

Caillou apparel, books, home video and other merchandise are sold online and in mass and specialty retail stores nationwide."-- via promotional material.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Review: Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure

I love being girly.  I don't always have the time to put into it.

Plus, when it comes to nails, I have the worst problem with chipping after a day.  It doesn't matter what brand of polish I use or anything, it chips and looks awful.  Also, I hate using fingernail polish remover because it ruins my nails and dries them out.

And forget the old school fake nails where you had to do this glue stuff and it was messy.  Broadway Nails has eliminated all this hassle with imPRESS Press On Manicure.  "Featuring advanced nail technology, you can get a salon-perfect manicure in seconds – simply peel off, press on, and you're done. There's no drying, a killer shine and a manicure that lasts up to a week!"

Mine didn't last quite a week because one would start to come loose and I'd end up having to peel it off, which meant I had to peel them all off.  But if you have a special occasion coming up, instead of getting a manicure you can spend way less money (5.99-7.99) to buy these.  They come in 36 colors and patterns, so you're definitely going to find something to match your mood or what you're wearing.

Like I said, if you wanna fancy yourself up, you should definitely look into imPRESS!!! 

I received this product complimentary to test.