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 march

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 11.48.01 AMWelcome April, and my fellow April Fools!

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 11.49.50 AMMarch was a month of adventure. We only just began our vacation when the new month rolled around. Then we continued to spend the entire first week of March abroad in the United States! We had such an amazing and indescribable journey, and I tried my very best to supply you with daily updates through my Instagram photos. When we got back, I published this post describing the first half of our trip. The second post can be viewed here. Finally, this 9-minute video summed everything up in one musical notion. 

Processed with VSCOcam with se3 presetOne week after returning home from America, we went on yet another trip. This time, it was to buy more antiques for my store.

34244012_007_bUnfortunately, being consumed with our travels left little room for do-it-yourself projects this month. My first post this month was a tutorial in brewing pour over coffee. I received some helpful feedback, and I can’t wait until I purchase my own pour over set.

stpatricksday3My St. Patrick’s Day craft post was a new direction for me. I loved being able to bring in ideas from other bloggers, and to have more than one DIY as well!

AloeVera1Next, I had an instructional post on propagating succulent leaves. After gathering tips from the internet, I felt as if I was ready to share that information with you. However, time will tell if my leaves will grow successfully!

ringI showed you items that I loved on Etsy, and items that were available in the Potomac Trading Post store.

Processed with VSCOcam with se3 presetWe went to two films this month. The first was The Fight Club, and the second was What We Do in the Shadows.

IMG_1288In general, this was a month of reflection and soul-searching. Here, I began with recalling the times that I have experienced an act of generosity from a stranger, and discussed my own attempts to be a more selfless person. In this post, I expressed my views on our own generation-shaming. Looking back, I think our vacation played a big role in renewing my sense of self, which inevitably gave me a clearer perspective in regards to all things, both big and small.

_DSF1572Last, but not least, you were able to experience the second post in my Home series. This one featured two places by one man, both his lovely little house in Texas and his other home on the sea. This was such an inspiring collaboration, and one that I hope everyone enjoyed. I cannot wait for April’s home tour!

Do you have any plans for tonight? I think that I will watch one of the first scary movies that I ever saw when I was little girl; April Fools Day. Have an enjoyable day!

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 11.47.40 AM<3

Emory

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if you’re going to see pulp fiction

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset2If you are young, have Instagram, or a set of ears, you’ve probably heard of a series called ‘Throwback Thursday’. TBT as it’s known to us hipsters. The highly credible online urban dictionary defines TBT as “When you put a picture from a “while” ago on your social media sites.” Classic.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 presetBroadway Theatre in Saskatoon has adopted this internet phenomenon and has turned it into their own cash cow by screening old and popular films on Thursday nights for one night only. The best part is, if you dress up as one of the characters in the film, your ticket is discounted.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with lv01 presetLast Thursday, Geoffrey and I went to see Pulp Fiction. While I may appear to have Mia Wallace’s hair, and Geoff have Vincent Vega’s, we did not actually wear any costumes. And while we may own the film, seeing it in person is, as always, one hundred times better. I wish that every theatre around the world would show every great film on a regular basis. For those few hours, you are instantly transported back into time, and you get to discover that movie all over again while feeling the same sort of feelings that those people did decades ago. It’s indescribable. I just love it.

Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 presetPrior to the movie starting, the owner of the theatre announced that they were going to have a dance off in true Jack Rabbit Slims fashion. The winner would get free passes to all the TBT movies for the rest of the year. Up went Vincent, Jules, Butch, and Mia, and on went the music. It was priceless.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetIf you’re going to see Pulp Fiction, whether it’s your first, second, or millionth time, make sure you see it in a movie theatre, with popcorn, a beer, and a dance off.

<3

Emory

the trip to italy review.

Unlike previous movie review posts, I am not going to talk this one to death. If you like laughing and traveling, then you will like this film. 

The Trip To Italy is the sequel to The Trip, and is every bit as good as the first. Actually, it’s a hair less (not to be confused with hairless, although they have undoubtedly aged a bit), only because the prequel was such a simple yet refreshingly brilliant concept that took most audiences by amazement. While the element of surprise has been eliminated from The Trip To Italy, it’s originality and cleverness remain intact. If you liked the first, be sure to see the second!

Here are a few great clips from the film:

On aging and rejection.

On The Dark Knight Rises.

Let’s start this week off right! Happy Monday, friends!

<3

Emory

P.S. Happy birthday to my beautiful sister!

t h e d o u b l e || e l b u o d e h t

photo_03photo_01photo_04photo_02Happy Civic Holiday Canadians! How was your weekend? Better yet, how do you like my title? Pretty trippy, right? I did it on purpose, given the movie that I am about to discuss. Can I just say that I found my favourite movie of the year? Ok, maybe not my #1 movie, because it is tied with two others. Let’s say my 3rd #1 movie of the year! Confusing? Right!

Here is a synopsis of The Double:

“Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon’s exact physical double and his opposite – confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon’s horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.”

Not being a fan of Jesse Eisenberg, but one of Mia Wasikowska and Richard Ayoade, I went into this film with some trepidation. Let me just say that no trailer can do it justice. It felt like it was a mix between Rear WindowThe Fight Club, and Amélie while still being completely original. It was outrageously dark and enthralling. It was suspenseful and clever without coming across as pretentious. It was dry and humorous. It was an artistic explosion for your senses. Honestly, it has everything that I look for in a movie. Yet, it has more than that because I was not expecting it to be such a creative film. I would be insane to give it a rating less than 100%.

Watch the trailer now, then run to the theatre to see The Double.

<3

Emory

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