Dallas Buyers Club

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Dallas Buyers Club

A movie based on the true story of a Dallas man who was diagnosed with AIDS in the 80s and given just 30 days to live. 

Expectations going in: 

Scared. Why scared? Matthew McConaughey lost a lot of weight for this role and I didn’t know if I could watch him for 2 hours as just skin and bones. The pictures alone made me very uncomfortable.

My Take:

Great story. Great acting. Go see it. Learn something.

Oh and MM’s weight was never an issue for me. It did not distract me in the way I thought it might.

It is all about Jared Leto

Jared Leto is everything in this movie. His character is going to break your heart. There were moments he didn’t speak and I still broke out into tears. I never in a million years thought Jordan Catalano from ‘My So Called Life’ could be (hopefully) an Oscar nominated actor! The 15 year old girl in me is screaming.

Fact: Jennifer Garner never ages.

Seriously…it is amazing. That girl has had 3 kids and will forever look like a 34 year old. What are her secrets?

Would I see it with my mom:

Oh yes. My mother worked in fashion in Dallas in the 80s. I can’t wait to hear what she knew about the ‘buyers clubs.’

Good date movie?

I think the movie is a little heavy and sad for first, second, or third dates. Fourth date? Go for it.  

Bottom Line

It is set in Texas and stars Matthew McConaughey. You were already going to see it…now you just know it is good! 

All is Lost

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All is Lost

Robert Redford is all alone in the middle of nowhere on a damaged boat.

Expectations going in: 

Honestly I expected this movie be the most boring movie I had ever seen.

Why did I go? There is Oscar buzz for Mr. Redford and my best friend and I like to see all of the Oscar nominated movies… so I dragged myself to an afternoon showing with a big cup of coffee in hand.

My Take:

I was never bored. How weird is that? There is no dialogue and only one actor yet I was never bored. I was even on the edge of my seat in parts of the movie! That is kind of amazing right? There was so much detail in this movie…and so much weight was given to every problem and decision Redford had to make that it was almost like you were right there with him.

Would I see it with my mom:

I am still trying to convince my mom that she needs to see Gravity and that has 2+ cast members. Unfortunately I think I have to accept defeat on this one.

Good date movie?

Horrible first date movie. If you took a girl to this movie she would tell all her girlfriends, “he took me to a movie with no dialogue.” All her girlfriends would then say, “he sounds weird.”

Bottom Line

I can’t really say, “you HAVE to go to this movie” because I get it…this movie is not for everyone. BUT if you are at all intrigued then take a chance and go see it on the big screen! 

About Time

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About Time

Time travel can teach you about love and life.

Expectations going in: 

I was craving a chick flick…and the guy who wrote this also wrote LOVE ACTUALLY and NOTTING HILL…my two favorite chick flicks!

My Take:

I really hated the first half. I get it…the guy time travels…get to really good stuff already! Finally, in the last third of the movie I got what I wanted…a sweet romantic movie that gave me the warm and fuzzy feelings inside.

* I feel like this movie will get better with time after a few lonely, weekend, curled up under a blanket viewings on my couch.

I have a HUGE crush on Domhnall Gleeson!

Who is Domhnall? Well he played Bill Weasley in HARRY POTTER and he has 5 upcoming films listed on IMDB.

Just wait…he starts off dorky and then magically transforms into one of the most charming and adorable leading men!

Don’t hate me for saying this but:

I don’t LOVE Rachel McAdams in this movie. Maybe she has filled her chick flick quota?

Would I see it with my mom:

My mother would find this movie to be so incredibly silly. I am laughing out loud thinking about how silly she would find this movie. Time Travel? Come on.

Good date movie?

It would be very sweet of a guy to take a girl on the date to this and then suffer through it. That is true love. J)

Bottom Line

If you really NEED a chick flick in your life then go for it. The first half is bad. The second half is better. I left feeling happy and fuzzy.

 

 

12 Years a Slave

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A movie based on an memoir written in 1853 by Solomon Northup…a free and educated man kidnapped and sold into slavery.

Expectations going in: 

This movie has tons of award show buzz. I assumed it was going to be both very good and very hard to watch.

My Take:

I don’t remember the last time I felt so much anger while watching a film. I sat tensely on the edge of my seat with my stomach in a knot the entire movie.

I understand it might be hard to convince you to see a movie that is going to make you feel so much, but I genuinely think it is a movie you should see.

Wait…what is the lead actor’s name?

Chiwetel Ejiofor – Choo-it-tell Edge-ee-o-for

Remember him as Kiera Knightly’s husband in LOVE ACTUALLY?

Can I read the book the movie was based on?

Yes. I found it on Amazon in paperback for under $5.

Would I see it with my mom:

This is a movie the entire Osburn family will see.

Good date movie?

Heavy subject for a first date don’t you think?

Bottom Line

Find the time to watch Solomon’s story. This movie is hard to watch, but important to see. 

The Counselor

Something about drugs, and El Paso, and Mexico, and money. Honestly…they kept everything so vague throughout the whole movie I don’t know if I ever quite “figured” it out.

Expectations going in: 

Well…if a movie has Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and Michael Fassbender…I assume it is going to be a GREAT movie.

Also:

Another reason this movie should have been GREAT…it was written by Cormac McCarthy who wrote All The Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, and The Road. This was his screenwriting debut.

My Take:

1. I had a physical reaction to this movie it was so bad.  

2. Cameron Diaz is a really bad actress. She should stick to romantic comedies. 

When the movie went from bad to worse:

Just wait until you see what Cameron Diaz has sex with. Just wait. Have fun watching that. I am forever scared.

 Should I rent it?

I can’t even fully support this movie as a rental.

Anything good about the movie?

 Cameron Diaz has pet cheetahs. That is kind of cool.

Good date movie? 

If a guy took a girl to this movie on a first date…it would be the worst first date ever.

Bottom Line

I am sure you are not going to take me at my word, and go see this movie for the same reason I did…a great cast. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Mortified this weekend!!!


Did you write in a journal growing up? Can you imagine reading that journal on a stage in front of strangers? That is what Mortified is all about. Don’t worry…this isn’t an ‘open mic’ situation. These stories were carefully chosen by producers of the show.

I have not laughed so hard in months.


From Hanson Fan Fiction, to missing TGIF, to controlling urges…this show is  SUPER fun night out.


The show runs this Friday and Saturday at The North Door. Click here for tickets and info!

The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow was in town last night! They are my favorite new band at the moment.

The first I heard of this band was during SXSW while watching the film, “This is Where We Live.” This song was played during the film and I instantly fell in love.


Here is a clip of them performing the song at Waterloo Records.

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The Best of Everything

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Book Rec: I am reading this book because Erica Lies told me it is required reading for the writers of Girls (HBO)


Written in the 50s, some call it the original Sex and the City. I love it so far…and am amazed at how ‘hot n heavy’ some of the scenes are. BTW…in regards to this book I am totally a ‘Caroline.’ 

 

Netflix picks 4-5-13

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If you are in the mood for:

A heartfelt comedy: Pretty Ugly People 

You will recognize a lot of faces (Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy etc) in this relatable movie about a group of friends that reunite for a weekend in Montana. AND…it is from the writer/director of ‘The Help’ Tate Taylor. Win/win situation here.

A funny sitcom that didn’t make it past a season: Friends with Benefits

I have no clue as to why some tv shows become big hits, while others fail. This is a great show about hooking up with friends starring Ryan Hanson from ‘Party Down’ and ‘Veronica Mars’

The tv series that broke records: Hatfields and McCoys

Hatfields and McCoys became the #1 entertainment telecast of all time on ad-supported cable last year. Chances are you are one of the millions that caught it, but if you didn’t…aren’t you curious?

A documentary: Herb & Dorothy

An adorable story about a working class couple that saved all their money to buy and collect art that is now housed in museums around the country.

The Hunger Games: The Hunger Games

Yay!!! The Hunger Games is finally on Netflix streaming. You didn’t see it? You should really see it. 

Lean In

So I bought the book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” today. I am 5 pages in and I already know that I am going to want to discuss this book with other women. 

Everything in this book is up for debate. Reviews have been all over the place from women rolling their eyes, to women saying hells yes! I think we should talk about it all. 

So…what if we made this our first book club choice? If ANYONE is interested…I will find a location at the end of the month/beginning of May to get together.

I cannot for the life of me figure out how to turn on comments on this blog. So I guess just comment on the facebook post if you are into it!

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