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Friends, only two more days until my favourite show returns!

Last year I had posted my excitement about the arrival of Season 4. In my opinion, the first few episodes were a bit slow but also very fitting with the changing nature of Lena Dunham’s character Hannah, and ultimate commentary on our generation. By the time the finale had rolled around, we had witnessed some relationships fall apart, as well as come together, and a baby being born! How appropriate for my current situation.

This will be the second last season of Girls. While most people detest both Lena Dunham and the show, many women of my era can wholly relate to what she represents. I, therefore, love her and it.

Tune in for the season premiere this Sunday on HBO!

<3

Emory

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five favourite family films

adventures-in-babysitting-remake-coming-to-disney-channelWhen I first began this blog over two years ago, I had a regular series entitled ‘Talkie Thursdays’. It was on this particular day of the week that I would list a movie that I had recently watched, and review it, in the most casual way that I know how. Not being one to recognize all of the hidden messages in films, I tend to have a more love it or hate it attitude. 

These are five films that I grew up with, and have recently watched, that centre on fun and families. It can go without saying that I also adore them.

1. Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

2. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

3. Beethoven (1992)

4. Uncle Buck (1989)

5. Now and Then (1995)

What are some of your favourite family films?

<3

Emory

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nightcrawler film review

hr_Nightcrawler_6Nightcrawler is not for the faint of heart. It’s a film for those of you who love true crime. I mean really love it. Love the suspense, love the gore, love the shock, love the twisted nature of it, and are always left wanting more. This movie is incredibly twisted, but in such a way that the sociopathetic tendencies of the main character are considered almost comical. In a dark humour sort of way, that is. You find yourself laughing all the way through the film, if not because his actions are so unbelievable, but because they are so believable that you do it as a coping mechanism. 

While the film is obviously fiction, it is shot more like a documentary. Consequently, that makes the events that occur feel much more intense and realistic. As the movie progresses, your involvement in the storyline also deepens. By the end of the film, you’re on the edge of your seat with anticipation. It’s nothing short of amazing.

If I were you, I would be running to the theatre to catch Nightcrawler on the big screen. That is, if you like real life crime stories. If you don’t, go and see it anyway.

Have a great week!

<3

Emory

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

bicycle trailer diy.

*g* and i don’t have children yet.

what we have are two dogs and one cat that we treat like our kids. 

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two of our pets, holly golightly and truman capote, like to go everywhere with us. this makes me feel so guilty at times because although i always try to take them along, sometimes we are prohibited from doing so. this used to be the case for bike rides.

*g* and i both own vintage bicycles that we like to cruise around on. with living a stone’s throw from the river, bike rides are always so fun and so gorgeous to take. leaving holl and tru, however, is not so fun.

this year i made sure that we would come up with a solution so that they could start coming with us. *g* and i decided to buy a bike trailer and to alter it so that our not-so-little-senior-dog-with-a-weight-problem could comfortably fit inside without breaking through the bottom. 

this is what *g* did.

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1. we purchased a trailer.

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2. next he measured and cut a piece of wood to the dimensions of the trailer.

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3. then he fastened four l-brackets to the trailer’s metal bars.

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4. he finished by screwing the wood to the brackets. 

i’ll never tire of hearing “there are dogs in there!” or whizzing past other pedestrians with animals and seeing their startled faces when there comes a low growling noise from our bike trailer. :-)

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now it really is ‘outdoor fitness fun for the entire family’!

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