For a few months now (years for some) we have been hearing about Richard Linklater‘s film Boyhood which was filmed over a 12 year time frame. Last night, I was able to be among the first people in LA to see the movie in full. I met up with my friends Emma, Eileen and Josh at the Arclight in Hollywood to see Boyhood and I am happy to relay that we were all completely floored by the film. I mean … wow. Before I get into a few details about the movie, I must point out first that it is my humble opinion that Boyhood will be one of, if not, THE best movies of the year. Hands down. There is a poignancy to this very simple story of one boy and his family that will resonate with so many people. I’m really excited for more people to see the movie so that they can share the experience as well. More »
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So … my day yesterday was productive but not really all that successful. The place I check out as my possible new home was nice but just not the right place for me. And so, the search continues. I have a nice list of places to check out … I just need to make the time to check them out. I was informed yesterday that my lease in my current home is a month longer than I thought so at least I have more time to figure it out. Honestly, the move is stressful enough without me having to freak out about my birthday in two days. BLAH! As a way of trying to dull the pain of turning another year older on Saturday, I posted a pretty embarrassing photo on Instagram from my youth in an effort to try and make me feel better about getting older, wiser and hopefully more stylish. More »
Last night I met up with Emma for a quick movie date because I learned a long time ago that when Emma offers a movie invite, you absolutely have to say yes. She suggested we see an indie film titled Obvious Child and altho I knew nothing about the movie at all, I jumped at the chance to see it with Em. As usual, Emma proved to have excellent taste in films becuase we both loved Obvious Child very much. The movie stars comedienne Jenny Slate in an amazing break-out role that, I hope, will provide her with more acting opportunities in the future. More »
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And so, I am back in LA again. Normally, when I take a weekend trip, I tend to fly back home on the last Sunday night flight. This time around, Adriana and I decided to stay one extra day … which made all the difference in the world. Because we had a whole day unplanned, we were able to hang out with friends in the city and just take the day as it unfolded. Aide ran off to hang with some of her peeps and I was able to meet up with some of my peeps. I met up with Courtney for lunch (she’s in the city for a few weeks staying with her man) and then afterward, we met up with my old LA friend Paul who has been living in NYC for the past few years (some of you longtime readers will remember that he was a founding member of Le GangTM. Our late flight was delayed a bit so Adriana and I got even more time to play in the city and, well, we just had the best monday ever. More »
As a BIG fan of the original Disney animated film, I have been anxiously awaiting my chance to see the Broadway production of Aladdin … and last night was finally my chance. I did my best to stay away from any spoilers about the show but I couldn’t resist watching the live performance of the Friend Like Me number on the Tony Awards this year so I knew that I was in for a good time based on just that performance. The hardest thing for me was to try and not think about the original animated movie while watching the show. I didn’t want to compare the two since it is impossible to recreate the magic of animation on the live action stage. On its own, I really did love Aladdin … even if I wished there was a way for Disney to infuse a bit more magic into the performance. More »
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Last month, when Adriana and I saw the disappointing touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in LA, we decided we needed to see real Broadway shows to cleanse our theatrical pallets. Aide was really excited for us to see Newsies and since the show is closing here on Broadway in August, we knew we had to fly out for the 4th of July weekend and see the show. She managed to score us a pair of SWEET center orchestra seats for the matinee performance and I’m happy to report that we both loved the show. More »
And so … my whirlwind Broadway weekend here in NYC has come to a close and it has been a smashing success. When Adriana and I decided to come to NYC to see shows last weekend, I was hoping we’d find the time to do and see everything that we wanted but I didn’t really know if we we’d be successful. I’m happy to report that we not only did everything we wanted to do but we even had time to do things we didn’t even plan for. My day was bizzy yesterday since I saw two shows back to back but it really was the perfect end to a really fun weekend in the city. More »
At long last, I finally got to see Neil Patrick Harris in his Tony Award-winning production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch last night and I am here to tell you that the show is absolutely THE Broadway show that you have to see. NPH is at his best when he’s performing live and Hedwig is 100 minutes of Neil being Neil … much to the extreme glee of every single person in the audience. It was very plain to see why NPH was awarded the Tony this year because he truly delivers a tour de force performance. I loved. More »
So … my Saturday? Amazing! I got to hang out with a bunch of great people, I got to experience breathtaking artwork and see an amazing Broadway show … but all of that was rendered irrelevant by the fact that I got to hold in my arms the Pink is the new Blog baby Josev!!! OMG. I can’t even express how much I love that baby! Oh yeah, I got to hang out with his mom Shannon, too, but … OMG JOSEV! Adriana and I did get to enjoy a great brunch with our friend Oriana before I met up with Shannon and Josev and then it was all about that baby. The bunch of us made our way out to Brooklyn to see the Kara Walker exhibit … then it was back to Manhattan so I could see Hedwig and the Angry Inch … and then dance into the wee hours of the morning at Baracuda with music by my friend Jon Ali (with an extra special cameo by my homie Bradley from MuuMuse). Saturday = epicness. More »
Yesterday was Independence Day here in the US and, as such, I celebrated my right to go shopping … even if that shopping was all window shopping. You know, in many places in the US, stores and restaurants are closed on the 4th of July but not so here in NYC. Consumerism was very alive and well, let me tell you. It rained for a short while in the early part of the day but honestly, I didn’t mind it at all. We don’t get rain at all in SoCal so it was a nice change of pace. After I was all walked out, I met up with Adriana and her friends Darren and Maggie for an early dinner before we made our way to Brooklyn to watch the 4th of July fireworks from the waterfront. It was a great day here in the city, let me tell you! More »