watch these : spring films

Summer Films 4Summertime has not officially hit, but already there are some great films that have been released this year. Within the last month, Geoffrey and I have already seen three! In case you were wondering, this is a lot for us. In this time span we have had one long weekend and an entire week off from work. Given that our two favourite types of dates are going to the theatre and working out at the gym, we made sure to cram in as much movie-going as we could. Honestly, these three films were also the best ones that I have seen in 2015.

These are my must-see picks for this season:

1. Mad Max : Fury Road

As I wrote before, “Um, Tom Hardy, as Mad Max, and in 3D? Sorry men, but women everywhere will never be the same.” What can I say about this film except that it is an insane ride from start to finish? There’s a reason why it’s rated 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. It is an entertaining and well-acted slice of unrealistic heaven. If you are in need of an amazing film for all genders, grab your 3D glasses and popcorn, and go and see Mad Mad : Fury Road in theatres. 

2. Pitch Perfect 2

If you were to ask my husband if I dragged him to this movie, he would probably say yes. Yet, that is the furthest thing from the truth. While we are not big on comedies, we recently watched Pitch Perfect on Netflix and loved it! I adore Rebel Wilson, and think that she and Melissa McCarthy are the funniest comedic women currently in Hollywood. Suffice it to say that I will watch anything that they are in. Pitch Perfect 2 was incredibly raunchy and just as hilarious as the first film. Want a good laugh? Be sure to see this one!

3. Ex Machina

Aside from the envious and remote house and scenery, the plot for this movie was as original as it could be for an AI film. In general, I tend to prefer types of movies that feel like plays; with one or two settings and but a few actors. Ex Machina was just that, yet it managed to cram intelligent conversations in with action. Additionally, a robot wearing floral dresses and a pixie cut? Not to mention Oscar Isaac? This movie had eye candy and perfect acting coming at you from all angles. Though the ending was a bit unbelievable, the film on the whole should not be missed.

Summer Films 1If you were wanting similar posts and movie suggestions, please check out these reviews of Locke and The Drop with Tom Hardy. Here is Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac as well. Lastly, I mention Zoe Kravitz and her cute pixie cut in this post.

Have a wonderful and warm weekend!

<3

Emory

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in january

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetHellooooo February! It’s great to see your smiling face. I am so stoked that January has come to a conclusion, because it was such a long and stressful month on our end. If you guys liked it, I’m totally fine with that! I won’t hold it against you. :-)))

Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 10.33.14 AMSo what happened in the coldest month of the year? Well to begin, we have been moving into The Little Barn over the last few weeks. It’s been slow, rough, and just not a fun experience in the least bit.

GlitterBanner5Geoffrey celebrated his birthday on the 19th. That was probably one of the only good things to come out of January.

HomeHarvest2Actually, that was a lie. I found out that I am now a regular contributor for another magazine. This one is called Home & Harvest and is published monthly in the States!

ButterTarts3I also managed to produce five wonderful DIYs! Two were for eating (one fruity and one chocolate treat), one other for sleeping, the other for making, and the last for displaying. The banner actually turned out better than I could have hoped for, and I am so excited to create more!

1.jpgJanuary started off extremely slow in regards to sales in the Potomac Trading Post, Ltd. store. However, I read that it’s actually the worst month for all retail stores, given that customers are still recovering from their Christmas expenditures. Towards the second half of the month, it began to pick up. Now I’m right back on track with sales goals! Whew!

WW6-1Speaking of clothes, I had two different OOTD posts. One was to ring in the New Year, and the other showcasing my favourite, and oldest, go-to dress. The latter spawned yet another life lesson from my mum, AKA Night Owl. I also hinted to what was in the store, here.

p03nS9t3pHiDUretGYdA3qKeixjWe went and saw The Imitation Game and Gone Girl in the theatres. I didn’t blog about that, but both are worth noting!

Crates6Last but not least, I introduced a new series based on the idea of the Home that will begin next month! If you’re interested in taking part, there are still a few spots remaining!

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetFebruary’s going to be a fun and short month. I can feel it!

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Emory

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hang me, oh hang me

inside-llewyn-davis-2013-03When I first began HSB, I was publishing posts at least five days a week. While I long to get back to my old writing schedule, right now it is next to impossible. One way that I was able to keep up with my daily posts was through various reviews. Mondays were usually dedicated to songs or reads, and Thursdays to film. That left only Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for other topics (sort of like what I do now). I think that every blogger can relate when I state just how hard it is to find, create, photograph, and put together imaginative, fun, and engaging posts 3 days a week. Even if you are full of drive, sometimes the inspiration is just not there. Rather than writer’s block, we get blogger’s block, and it can be a bitch to pull yourself out.

I am probably the worst reviewer on the internet. I rarely ever get the double meanings or subliminal messages that are often hidden in movies and music. I prefer to write about what parts I did or didn’t like, and to hear your opinions as well. I am still somewhat amazed that I was able to pull off a twice-weekly review, but I’m considering doing them again. Would you guys like that?

What I do like are Coen brothers movies. I love their wide angle camera shots, the grittiness to their films, their dark humour, and the fact that they are often inspired by great literature. Even more so, I love folk music from the 1960s. Inside Llewyn Davis should therefore have been a winning film for me. However, I think that in the end I preferred the music over the movie itself. Oscar Issac brought a modern slant to old folk songs, and because each one was filmed live, it added more to the film than pre-recorded songs ever could have. Most were heartbreaking, some were playful, but all were incredibly soulful. I think what I didn’t like was that the star studded cast was too distracting, and I couldn’t relate to any of the characters themselves. Watching it made me feel as if I was thrust into a time machine and would come out to either witness a fight or a dramatic situation. Then, just as I would turn back to enter the machine for safety, someone would begin to sing (usually Isaac), and all would be peaceful again. 

In my opinion, the music is what saved the film. At the same time, maybe that was the point, because there was no way that you could make a movie about the pre-Bob Dylan era without having it filled with tumultuous conditions and just really amazing music.

Emory

hello day off.

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a few weeks ago, an event occurred that only comes around a few times a year. i had the day off!!!

that’s right, friends. with currently having 4 jobs, i work everyday doing at least 1 of them. just to make my life a little busier, i also have this wonderful blog and ballet twice a week. but i would not change a thing. :-)))

very much by accident, my husband had an e.d.o. that happened to fall on a day that i was not scheduled to work. i decided to keep it that way, and to just have a fun day filled with family, love, and much randomness. here is a peek into my day of leisure:

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7:00 am. wake up to this beautiful sight in our little loft. 

7:15 am. take truman capote for his morning run.

8:00 am. get ready for the day.

9:00 am. drive to my parent’s acreage to pick up my mum (she currently has a broken foot). first, though, i make a stop at tim hortons to pick us up some coffee. i am canadian, after all.

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10:30 am. meet my husband at … a tattoo parlor! that’s right. all 3 of us are getting tatted up!

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11:00 am. after having booked appointments for the near future, we then go out for brunch. it was delicious.

12:00 pm. drive my mum back to her house.

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1:00 pm. i come back into town, pick up my husband, and we are off to the university to meet my step-dad. it’s time for a new computer. 

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2:00 pm. after picking out a bigger and better macbook, we come back home and take holly and truman for another walk. we are thoroughly enjoying this indian summer.

3:00-9:00 pm. finally in the house and settled, we relax, have supper, tidy up, watch a few episodes of our shows, and go for the last walk of the night.

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9:00 pm. now my favorite part of the weekend; renting a movie. (we choose the dvd v/h/s. it is so good!)

12:00 am. after returning home and watching the film, it is now bedtime for everyone in little green. what a wonderful day. :-)

have a beautiful and relaxing weekend, y’all!

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p.s. the first photo is before the tattoo. this last photo is afterit simply says “she loves him.” 

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talkie thursdays.

straw dogs (2011).

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for the majority of my life, i thought that horror movies were my genre of choice. not so much anymore. if i had to choose my most watched and most loved (and invented) genre, it would be disturbing movies. straw dogs definitely fits that bill.

straw dogs is a remake of the 1971 film which was originally based on gordon william’s novel the siege of trencher’s farm. this particular version was made in 2011 and stars james marsden, kate bosworth, james woods, dominic purcell, and my favorite, alexander skarsgård. while all performances were generally good, marsden, woods, and skarsgård did most of the work in regards to moving the story along and captivating in the audience. in all honesty though, skarsgård could just stand there and i would sit through a silent film and still enjoy it. sorry *g*.

the first time that i watched this film, i came away thinking that it was an excellent blend of great storytelling with just enough action and gore. the second time around, i caught on to the double meanings and the distinctive looks that were delivered by the characters, and loved it even more. also, the connection between marsden writing a script on stalingrad and the plot of straw dogs itself was somehow lost on me during the first viewing. it took me seeing the film twice to understand the significance. overall, the build up of the suspense is addicting, and the ending is one of the best that i have seen in awhile.  most of all, i felt a deep connection to the setting of the film, as it and the people reminded me of where i live (though grossly exaggerated).

both the original film and the book are on my list of what to read and watch next, and i could not be more excited. if you are looking for a great movie this weekend, you should consider straw dogs. :-)

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