Amy Sherman-Palladino has really outdone herself this time. If you loved "Gilmore Girls," then you'll love "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" even more. There are even more sharp tongues and fast talking, and an extra degree of girl power pizzaz that is not only timely, but also wonderfully invigorating.
Put on a fire, pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa, and pop in your favorite Christmastime movie--'tis the season to be jolly. Did your favorites make the list?
All good things must come to an end, and alas...I can cancel my Hulu subscription. Just kidding...well, I probably could, but that's not what's important here. What's important, is that The Mindy Project has come to end. That show is actually the reason I subscribed to Hulu in the first place. I've loved this show from the get-go, and Mindy Kaling is probably my spirit animal.
My husband went out with the guys one night this week, and while I had a ton of things I needed to do, I decided to treat myself to a solo date night, and finally got to see "Lady Bird," Greta Gerwig's directorial debut and starring Saoirse Ronan. Greta also wrote the screenplay. I adore Saoirse, but I was worried it was going to be another long, drawn out, indie drama that required me to use my intellectual brain to find the deeper meaning and artistic vision, and ultimately leaving me depressed and uninspired--it's just what I've come to expect of many film festival selections. But, it was actually brilliant and I LOVED IT.
This was definitely one of my favorite films out of the festival this year. It is so fun, so witty, so heartwarming, at times heartbreaking, and so on point. This "little" Canadian film stole my heart away. I laughed out loud so much my face hurt afterwards.
Unicorn Store, directed by and starring Brie Larson, was the first film I got to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this year, and one that I was super excited to see...I mean, it's Brie Larson and something to do with unicorns! How could I not be excited?? In reading the logline and based on the photo used on TIFF's site, I thought, this could be really cute or really indie arthouse weird. Of course, there's nothing wrong with indie arthouse weird, I've enjoyed a number of such films. I am an emotional film watcher, so I enjoy almost anything I emotionally connect with, but I honestly had no idea what to expect, because you just never know with some of these films at film festivals. I guess what I was really hoping for was just not the kind of depressing ending or an ending that leaves you with a sort of vacant and unsatisfied feeling that many of these more arthouse films tend to leave you with. Let's just say at the end of the movie, I was pretty happy and satisfied, and ready to let my inner unicorn out if I hadn't already.
As I read the reviews of this movie after screening it myself, I was disappointed in many of the reviews. This is the story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, produced by their now grown son, Jonathan. Robin (Andrew Garfield) was stricken with polio in 1958 and lived the rest of his life fully paralyzed but for being able to make facial expressions and move his head just enough to ding a bell. This no doubt was the performance of a lifetime for Garfield, being limited to using only his face for most of the movie, and most critics focused on his performance. However, it is very clear that this movie was made as a tribute by Jonathan to both of his parents, and perhaps even a thank you letter to express utmost gratitude for his mother in particular.
My ears perked up like a curious puppy when I first heard about this book. I can’t say I know much of what 50 Cent has been up to since my tween years, so I was very curious when I discovered he had written an apparently, incredibly impactful book. It was published in 2011, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
(Updated April 4, 2017)
I wrote this blog too soon, and needed to update it when I saw the final episode.This is one of my new favorite shows. Not only is it a stellar cast of kickass women, but it is a masterful blend of art and telling real stories about real issues without the usual Hollywood face lift. I hate when films or series gloss over serious issues, and use, for example, abuse as a mere dramatic effect, or they glamourize it someway. Here, you don’t just have an abused housewife, you go through the confusion, the shame, the fear, the anger, the denial, the escape, and all the various wavelengths of an abusive relationship with her.
There was a time after law school my aunt sat with me, and for the first time in my life I could tell she was somewhat disappointed in me. She said, "I just don't understand how someone with your legal background and language background is not working for the UN, making international law for the greater good." I love the UN. To work for the UN and fight for human rights has always been a dream of mine. I just knew in my gut there was somewhere else I needed to be first.