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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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!

the drop review

BeFunky_5.jpgI have a thing where I’ll only watch the first 30 seconds or so of a movie trailer. I figure that if I’m won over in that time span, chances are that I will end up liking the film. I remember seeing my older brother doing that very same thing a few years ago, and thinking that it was an odd thing to do. In the meantime, I began to regard most trailers better than the movies themselves. I eventually came to understand why he did that. In my opinion, the worse or less you see of the trailer, the lower your expectations, and the better the film is. I think that in the end, I’ve developed trailer-phobia.

1.jpgWhile I did only watch the first little bit of the trailer for The Drop, I could have forgone seeing that. Merely knowing that Tom Hardy was starring in it was enough for me to pay for a ticket to the theatre. I know that we shouldn’t judge actors based on their looks alone, but I think that I missed half of the film because I was staring at his beautiful face. Sorry Geoff. This has to be said. Tom Hardy, you are God’s gift to married, single, dating, and widowed men and women everywhere. Amen. :-)

6.jpgI suppose I should say something about the movie itself. Based on the short story, Animal Rescue, The Drop is about a bartender named Bob (Hardy) who is employed by his cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), and the pair become involved in a robbery gone wrong. Bob goes on to meet a waitress named Nadia (Noomi Rapace) who ultimately has a key role in his life, and who also has dangerous connections of her own. In my humble opinion, Rapace hasn’t really shone since starring in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy, but she does do a convincing job playing a tortured soul. Maybe that’s her niche. There’s nothing that I can say about Gandolfini that you aren’t already aware of. He plays a broken man in this role, and you witness him transforming his lines into heartbreaking situations. Given that it was the last movie that he ever made, I would say that it was a very fitting sendoff. Ann Dowd, who played Marv’s sister Dottie, also did an outstanding job with her small but vital role. I wish that she would have had a bigger part in the film.

BeFunky_drop-2.jpgThe real star, aside from Hardy, was his puppy Rocco. After being found beaten in a trash can, he is taken in by Bob and Nadia. He gets named after St. Rocco, the patron saint of dogs, the sick, and falsely accused people. St. Rocco’s patronage inevitably correlates greatly with Bob’s own story, and for the better part of the film, the story revolves around the love and devotion between Bob and Rocco.

tom-hardy-with-pup-on-new-film-animal-rescue-1Whether you like intelligently adapted stories, outstanding acting, crime films, adorable pit bull puppies, or scrumptious lips to stare at, you should be going to the theatre to see this movie. It is finally an action flick for both genders. If you don’t believe me, then believe Rotten Tomatoes. They rated The Drop at 88%. Probably because of Rocco’s cuteness. And Tom Hardy’s.

<3

Emory

picture our anniversary

001.jpg1234517691887002.jpg12003.jpg141316Two days ago, my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. Considering that we only did date for a total of nine months, we have been married for almost as long as we have been together! June 6 was also the seventieth anniversary of D-Day, as well as a popular day for celebrity break-ups. I hope that’s not an omen.

The day began with Geoffrey getting ready for work. After he left, I got up and took care of our three pets that decided that it was a perfect morning to each have a minor medical issue. By 8 am, I was already out with Truman for our morning run. When I got back I opened my anniversary gift (Photoshop!) and spent the morning trying to install it while working on the HS Store. I quickly became frustrated with the program’s software so I had to enlist the help of my step-father to finish it for me. I sold a few items, got ready, and went into town to meet my friend for coffee.

By the time Geoffrey got home after work, he had less than ten minutes to eat supper. We usually try to cram many things into our days and nights together and that day was no different. The movie that we chose started at 7 pm. He hurriedly changed and we drove to a field where we had our first joint photo op in almost a year. Then we drove into town and purchased our tickets to see Locke which to our good fortune was playing at our favourite theatre. However, while we were waiting we were told that there was a technical problem with the film and that the showing may be cancelled. So we waited, Instagrammed, and waited some more. Finally, we were told that everything was in working order. Thank goodness, because it was such a good film.

After the movie ended we picked up some iced coffees and went home. Geoffrey took Truman for one final walk and we fell asleep watching The Adventures of Babysitting. Does it sound like a random and somewhat hectic anniversary? Yes, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The way we spent it pretty much epitomizes how we have spent the last four years as a married couple. The real relaxation will happen this week while we will be glamping in the same national park that we visited last year. I can’t wait to share the photos with you all!

Have a great week, friends!

<3

Emory

talkie thursdays.

inception (2010).

12 34 5inception is christopher nolan’s 2010 action adventure starring leonardo dicaprio, joseph gordon-levitt, tom hardy, and slew of others including *e*’s favorite, marion cotillard.

cobb (dicaprio) is the best extraction thief in the game with the ability to steal valuable secrets and important details deep within the subconscious of a victim while they sleep and dream. this skill has both made cobb a fugitive and given him a second chance to obtain his life and family back.

in the grand scheme of things, there is nothing new here: the protagonist has a great skill (extraction) and needs one last big heist to win back everything he once lost. i wish hollywood would come up with a new way to tell a story instead of rehashing the same formulaic plot line again and again …

even though nolan’s method is derivative, the idea of extraction is a great medium of mystery. the idea that someone can obtain the truth or information from someone else while they are in a state of hypnosis or dream (supposedly when the brain is at its most vulnerable state) has been around for years. in fact, hypnosis has been used by agencies all around the world to try to break into the minds of criminals and spies for years, but to date there is no scientific proof to support this. the unfortunate truth is that facts and information is always clouded by a persons feelings and emotions, the two cannot be separated and so truth is never objective but rather subjective. so it is impossible to find out what really is truth but rather how someone feels about what they know (neat right?).

the story is fantastic, full of action and colorful dialogue. each actor does a tremendous job to escalate and charge the story forward.

nolan did an amazing job with this film and i never pass up an opportunity to watch it!

geo

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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