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Movie Review: ‘The Book Of Life’

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Last night I hung out with my good friend Adriana for the first time in far too long and we enjoyed a very fun night together. After we hung out at her place for a bit, we grabbed a delish Mexican dinner and then made our way to the movies. We had planned on seeing The Box Trolls but ended up seeing an early showing of the new animated film The Book of Life. Folks, The Book of Life was sooooo good! If there is one movie that you need to see this Hallowe’en season, it’s The Book of Life. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Whiplash’

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Yesterday afternoon, I met up with my friends Emma and Josh for a movie date that we had postponed from Friday night and we saw one of the best films of the year. A few weeks ago, I saw the trailer for the new indie film Whiplash and was immediately intrigued by the surprisingly dark story of a teacher and his pupil. I had a feeling from the trailer that I would enjoy the movie … and I was right. Whiplash is a remarkably entertaining movie that is well acted and very well told. More »

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Here’s What ‘Gone Girl’ Can Do For Women’s Sexuality In Film (Hella Spoilers)

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this movie.

Trent did an amazing job giving a not-so-spoilery review yesterday of Gone Girl. I just read it a minute ago, because I wanted to go into the theatre completely blind last night. Now, I’m going to SPOIL SPOIL SPOIL SPOIL the hell out of this movie right now, so please GO AWAY if you haven’t seen it yet! One thing I told my partna-in-babymaking when we left was that I was so sad that I would never have that experience again—my “first time” with Gone Girl, lol. But really, as much as I can’t wait to watch the movie again, I know it will never be the same. I was having all of these thoughts last night about Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne, and sex, and sexuality, and sex! And then this morning I found this piece on Gone Girl as “the Latest Film to Showcase Female Pleasure,” and things started to make more sense for me. Female pleasure… is everything, lol. Click inside for more!!!

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Movie Review: ‘Gone Girl’

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Last night was a fun but long night for me. I met up with my friend Eileen for a double feature movie date at the Arclight theater in Hollywood for a showing of A Nightmare On Elm Street as well as a showing of Gone Girl. I’ve been anxious to see Gone Girl for months so I really wanted to see it at my earliest opportunity … but I also wanted the chance to see Nightmare on the big screen again. The Arclight screens classic horror films all throughout the month of October and Nightmare was the first movie on my list. Eileen had a free night so she was able to join me and a blast was had by us both. More »

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Movie Review: ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

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Last night I got to hang out with my friend Edward for the first time in forever and we had the best time ever. Edward has been busy flying all over the place so we haven’t been able to hang out much this summer but we finally managed to pick a night that worked for us both and we finally made it happen. Edward invited me to see a movie at the iPic theater in Westwood and I have to tell you, I had the best time at the movies ever. Not only was the movie great but the luxurious setting of the iPic theater was something I won’t soon forget … especially when I see movies in a regular movie theater from here on out. We saw the new ensemble film This Is Where I Leave You and I loved it entirely. More »

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Movie Review: ‘The Drop’

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When I was home in Detroit last week, I spent most of my free time with my parents visiting my dad in the hospital. On my Friday night there, I decided to go out with my friends Sarah and Mark for dinner and movie. We had so much fun eating dinner that we missed our movie showtime and that was the end of our night. We were planning to see the new Tom Hardy film The Drop so last night, with a free night on my hands, I decided to see The Drop at the Arclight (it was a hard choice since I also want to see The Skeleton Twins but the movie showtime ended up being the deciding factor). I am SO glad I didn’t miss out on seeing The Drop because it was really a very excellent film. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Frank’

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Labor Day was a very productive one for me yesterday. Now that my crazy race weekend was finished, I could focus more squarely on getting things done around my new place. The plastic containers I rented for my move are due for pickup today so I had to make sure that they were all unpacked and emptied out before my time ran out. Part of why I decided to rent the containers (in addition to having NO cardboard boxes to dispose of) was so that I would be forced to unpack and settle in quicker. After I finished emptying out the containers, I decided to clean and line my cabinets and a bunch of other boring moving in stuff. By nightfall, I needed to decompress so I went to the movies to see the new indie flick Frank which stars Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The movie was pretty good, I really enjoyed my night out. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Let’s Be Cops’

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So … my Thursday … LORDE, was a lot. It was my first full day here in my new abode and thankfully I got the Internet installed fairly early in the AM so that I could do a full day’s work. In between, I unpacked a box or two here and there, set up my bathroom for my first shower (yay) and other odd and ends like that. I worked so late into the late evening that I totally forgot I had plans to meet up with some friends at the El Capitan Theater :( UGH. Still, I needed a mindless movie so I decided to go see Let’s Be Cops. More »

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‘What If’ And 4 Other Indie Movies You Need To See Right Now

You will love these. I promise.

I know I usually wait ’til the end of the year to round up my favorite indie films, but I gotta get you guys in the theatres to see these bad boys! I’ve gotten the chance to cover interviews for a few films at Paste Magazine over the last couple of months, and I’ve been exposed to some fantastic directors and talent. Right now, I know everyone the world over is flocking to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy, but in between the blockbusters I hope you all make time for some small films with big themes. The more people fill the seats, the more we can send a message that these movies are important—because they are! Y’all know I exaggerate, but I am not kidding when I saw I got my life changed in some small way with each of these stories. Click inside for more!

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Movie Review: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

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Last night I was invited to an early screening of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie and to be honest, I had to think long and hard about agreeing to see the movie. Ever since the movie was first announced, all I heard were bad things about production, casting, storyline changes and on and on. Everything I heard about the movie before I saw it led me to believe that I would not like the movie. I’m glad I decided to see the movie anyway because all of the negative things I heard about the movie are completely untrue. The biggest surprise for me was that TMNT is NOT a Michael Bay movie (ie. it is nothing like the super annoying crapfest that his Transformers movies have become) — her merely produced this movie, he didn’t write or direct it. The second biggest surprise was how funny and charming the movie is. Altho the turtles are computer animated via motion capture cameras, they do have the same feel that we got from the rubber-suited turtles from the original TMNT movies of the early 90s. The movie isn’t without its flaws but I really enjoyed TMNT so much that I can totally forgive the few things that I didn’t like because there are far too many things that I really DO LIKE about the movie. More »

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