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Happy Monday, dear readers! Hope you had a great weekend. I spent a bit of time Saturday morning glued to Netflix devouring Love, a hysterical new series co-created by Judd Apatow that was released mid-February. This first season follows Mickey {played by Gillian Jacobs} and Gus {played by Paul Rust} as they navigate the twisty road to courtship. And while technically it’s not a movie, if you binge watch it like me, it’s like watching a movie and a half. For anyone who has endured the dating game in recent time, this series will make you smile. And while it is quite similar to Masters of None, it does touch upon some dark and disturbing truths. Give it a watch and let me know what you think.

And if you are interested in what Vanity Fair had to say about the show, you can read the review here.

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So, what did you think of the Oscars last night? First, Chris Rock nailed it! Second, what was Heidi Klum thinking with that dress?!?! I can’t wait to watch Fashion Police tonight to see what they think.

I did fairly well on My Picks. I kept going back and forth on my Best Picture selection. Spotlight and The Big Short were my favorite films this awards season so I was torn. And I felt a little bad for Sylvester Stalone. Really thought he deserved it.

I did find time this past weekend to see Room. I’m not sure a movie has ever touched me so deeply before. I was shaking, and crying and a big ol’ mess. Brie Larson was amazing but Jacob Tremblay was… I have no words. I can’t believe he didn’t receive an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. I’m going to keep my eyes on this little guy. He is certainly going places.

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Happy Monday, sweet readers! What did you do this weekend? We spent ours in the Constitution State visiting dear friends and attending a film festival that blew me away. Have you heard of the Banff ? If not, no worries. I hadn’t till last week.

The Banff Film Festival takes place each fall and features films exploring ground-breaking expeditions and journeys told by filmmakers from around the globe. The World Tour begins days after the Festival and sets out to bring films to fans in over 40 countries. We attended the World Tour stop in Hartford, Connecticut at the Belding Theater. The night was made up of six short films including: 55 Hours in Mexico, Climbing Ice: The Iceland Trifecta, Operation Moffat, Pretty Faces, Unbranded, and Salween Spring. My two favorites included Climbing Ice and Unbranded, which is now available on Netflix. Interested in seeing a film in your state, check out their tour dates here.

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In honor of Valentine’s Day (hope you had a great one), I thought I’d share a little buzz feed list I came across of the 58 Romantic Comedies You Need to See Before You Die. I’m proud to say I’ve seen 34 of these films. To prove my devotion to the rom-com, I’m giving myself a little incentive… I will not see a new movie in the theatre (one of my most favorite things to do) until I cross 5 of these off the list. Bringing up Baby, Roman HolidayBreakfast at Tiffany’sChasing Amy, and High Fidelity will be my picksAnyone wan to join me? I’ll provide the popcorn.

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I’m a sucker for Nancy Meyers films. Baby Boom, Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated, The Holiday. And now I can add The Intern to the list. At first, I heard so-so reviews and thus didn’t rush to the theater. But last weekend, while K was at the gym, I was searching On Demand and decided to give it a try. And I’ve gotta say, I loved it. The story line was sweet, the cast delightful and the set design, swoon worthy. Just take a look at these spaces.

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The office space in Brooklyn where Robert De Niro becomes an intern. I’d work here in a New York minute!

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Ann Hathaway’s kitchen… l die. Looks like I need to become the founder of a fashion company ASAP!

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The dining room and seating area in Hathaway’s Brooklyn brownstone. That mirror needs to find its ways to Melrose Place (my home).

Looking for a light and feel good film? Give The Intern a try!

 

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My most favorite part of the New Year is… Awards Season. With the Golden Globes this Sunday, I am on my annual race to see all the nominated movies. K and I checked the second one off our list yesterday… Carol. Directed by Todd Haynes, this film brings to life the 1950’s novel The Price of Salt, the cult favorite touted as “the novel of a love that society forbids.”

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are flawless, which of course led to their Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture- Drama nomination for the Globes. The story itself is one that resonates deeply with me. Being able to be with the one you love. A beautiful film that should not be missed.

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Hello and happy Monday to you! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend. Today, I am returning to an oldie but goodie blog post – Movie Monday.

Spotlight, which tells the story of the Boston Globe investigative reporting team that broke the news of the Catholic Church abuse scandal is a must see. The cast {including Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci, John Slattery and Liev Schreiber} is flawless. The story unfolds much like a newspaper article. Never too emotional. Just the facts.

And the fact that has stayed with me since seeing the film is when Sacha Pfeiffer, played by McAdams, speaks with one of the accused priests. Without even taking a moment, he admits, without question, to what he did but stresses that he didn’t receive any pleasure. Confused, Pfeiffer asks for clarification and he says that he too was touched by his priest. The cycle of abuse is heartbreaking. And the ending clip left me speechless. To see the pervasiveness of the cover-up by the Church around the globe. The work the Spotlight team did and continues to do is of utmost importance and it makes me proud to be a Bostonian.

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Since I didn’t make it to see Trainwreck this weekend, I though I would share my Top 10 Favorite Movies on this movie Monday. So here it goes:

Pretty in Pink – My 80s movie of choice. Always!

The Holiday – My all-time favorite romantic comedy. I just love this film and never tire of Jack Black’s character singing in the Blockbuster isle.

Steel Magnolias – The movie that taught me the importance and power of female relationships and having good girlfriends through the good and bad. And of course my favorite line… “My colors are blush and bashful.”

The Shawshank Redemption – A classic. One of the best films that never received an Oscar either. This film taught me that some things are really worth waiting for.

Chef – Because really, I love any movie that deals with food. And the relationship between father and son here is beautiful.

The Way – The film that showed me that tragedy can lead you to your life’s meaning.

Syriana – A movie that shows just how complicated and complex our world is today. I finally understand all the hype about George Clooney after seeing this film.

It’s Complicated – Jane’s kitchen. Enough said!

Toy Story – My favorite animated film with a delightful storyline as well.

Kissing Jessica Stein – The movie that taught me that sometimes stepping outside of your box is a good thing!

Any of these surprise you? Do share yours as well, dear friends!

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One of my favorite island events is the Nantucket Film Festival and lucky for me, I was able to sneak home a few weeks back  to enjoy some of the festivities. And while the highlight of the festival was hearing Beau Willimon and Robin Wright discuss House of Cards in my high school auditorium, I was excited to see the Spotlight Film Sleeping with Other People, written and directed by Leslye Headland.

Upon arriving at the Dreamland Theatre, I was greeted by my friend John who said “of course you would be here, you love a good rom-com.” And while he is right that I do tend to the romantic comedies, I would say this film doesn’t exactly fit the bill. Even Leslye describes the films as a “For When Harry Met Sally for *ssholes.” But I must admit, Sleeping with Other People had me laughing throughout and seeing the chemistry between leads Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis was worth every minute. I won’t spoil the end, but let’s just say, it may just fit my storyline wishes after all. Adam Scott, Amanda Peet and Jason Mantzoukas also star in this film opening nationwide September 11. Mark your calendars!

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Words and Pictures. The previews looked delightful. Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche as professors at a small prep-school in idyllic Maine. And addressing a most thought-provoking question: what is more vital… the written word or an artistic masterpiece? But somehow, this movie just fell a bit flat for me. The relationships introduced weren’t developed (father/son; ex-lovers; sisters); the storyline itself a bit scattered and the vital question not really addressed till the last five minutes of the film. However, the question is still a powerful one to consider. What do you all think? While a picture is certainly worth a thousand words there are moments when I see a masterpiece that leaves me speechless. I just can’t decide.