Where Have You Been?

  

Well what had happened was?

To be honest, I have no real explanation. It started as a bad case of writers block that turned into just plain lazy but then I joined a secret society of “Couponers” that has taken me from not just free movies but free products and groceries. I have a tattoo (I don’t) and a secret save money handshake. It’s serious business. It has consumed my attention. I even missed sharing with you my blogaversery celebration and my Epic celebrity sighting, Kevin Kostner!! It was a dream come true!!!

   

   

Yes!! I was this close to him! 🙂

Forgive me for abandoning the blogosphere. I’ve missed you and I shall return!!

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I hate to say “I told ya so”……

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I’ve got the Prince song “Controversy” playing in my head……

I remember seeing the movie poster for “The Interview” a little while ago. I saw that it was a Rogen/Franco combo and with flashbacks of “This is the End”, I knew immediately I wanted no parts of the screenings. This was before the current “controversy”. My sister asked about the screenings and if you could cut n paste my response:

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Yeah that was pretty much my thoughts on screening and that was before the Sony ish hit the fan. Somehow I just knew that another Rogen/Franco combo could not be good. Funny maybe but not good. Especially after I checked the trailer. I’ll pass.

The Theory of Everything

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The what of whaah?! Who?
That’s pretty much the response I get when I mention “The Theory of Everything”. Don’t worry, I hadn’t heard much about it either but I received a last minute invite to screen the movie at the newly remodeled AMC Theater, 600 north location with a brief Q&A. I jumped at the chance.

I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t know much about Stephen Hawking before this movie.
My son was away for the Columbus Day holiday so I screened it without him. Can you believe he knew more about Stephen Hawking than I did? AND he really wanted to see the movie. I thought for sure he would not be interested at all.

Stephen Hawking is a truly inspiring man. He was diagnosed with motor neurone disease when he was 21. At the time, doctors gave him a life expectancy of two years but he is still alive today.
I was blown away. Midway thru the film, you could hear a pin drop in the theater it was so quiet. Everyone was spellbound.
Stephen Hawking 👈this links to his Wikipedia page. No need to repeat his accolades because the importance lies in the brilliance of this film. (In my Wendy Williams voice)
I’ll tell ya why….It’s a Focus Feature Film and the Actors.

If you are familiar with Focus Feature films, you know they have a distinctive artsy style. The one thing I notice and not sure how, focus feature films have the ability to draw viewers completely in. The score, the beauty, I can’t put my finger on it but more often than not, you know you’re in for an emotional thought provoking adventure.

The actors almost look eerily identical.

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Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are incredible. They transform and deliver amazingly convincing performances.

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Eddie Redmayne was in Chicago and available for quick Q&A after the movie. He’s an attractive guy.

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I want to date this movie.
I want to walk hand and hand along the lakeshore, stay up for hours talking on the phone and have an intimate dinner for two over candlelight at one my favorite restaurants, BANDERA on Michigan Ave. I really do.

It’s worth the big screen, Redbox, Netflix and then a DVD purchase.

Enjoy!!

John Wick

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I read WordPress: The Daily Post a few days ago and it caught my eye….
You get to spend a day inside your favorite movie, tell us which one that is, and what happens to you while you’re there.

I thought about a few of my favorites, Pretty Woman or Under The Tuscan Sun. I didn’t post but in my mind, I chose Midnight in Paris. I would spend the day in Paris and embark on a time travel adventure in the evening. But I’ve changed my mind….

Keanu Reeves as John Wick, is grieving the loss of his wife when Russian criminals break into his house to steal his 1969 Ford Mustang and eliminate the last gift from his late wife. Poor doggie Daisy.

I would step right into this movie for a day.
I’d have to lose about 30ish Lbs so I wouldn’t appear ready for food instead of ready for action…
I’d wear all black….
I’d get that Brazilian straight hair, black….
I’d get killer stilettos…
BAM!
Jonaya Wick!
I’d be the Bonnie to John’s (Keanu’s) Clyde….
I’d spend the whole day kickin’ butt, no names, with my boo….Call me John Wick (Keanu)

I know what you’re thinking, we’ve seen this “anger-revenge” type movie before. Liam Neeson is the King of the “anger-revenge” genre but here’s what I like-love about John Wick/Keanu Reeves…

John Wick has a sense of humor even in the midst of a heart wrenching and gruesome situation…

John Wick doesn’t say much and shouldn’t have to because action speaks louder than words….

John Wick’s reputation proceeds him. What he was and who he is has already been established. He returns to the places of his past and “everybody knows his name”….

John Wick has music as a sidekick. The soundtrack has such an impact on setting the tone and enhancing the thrilling action in this movie. I’ve downloaded a few of my favs….

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I’ve always believed that Keanu Reeves had that sweet simple unassuming sex appeal.
As John Wick, he appears to be an average guy with a nice car and cute little dog but underneath he’s so much more.
The mature Keanu is long, lean and in great physical shape. Those slow-mo action shots with that music was evv-errr-yyything!
“Everyone keeps asking me if I’m back. I didn’t have an answer at first but now, yeah, I’m thinkin’ I’m back!!

Yes you are, Keanu!

Of course it’s worth the big screen! I hope to see it again, rent it on Redbox then buy it and watch it over and over again.

Enjoy!

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