The Square is a Must See!

You know those experiences that you wish you could share with the entire world… the moments that you realize your thoughts and perceptions shift a little closer to awesome?

For the past few years the intervals between those moments have decreased. I’m such a grown up that it kind of scares me. Great big yawns are what I used to give when asked if I wanted to watch a documentary. When did I become the adult entertained, captivated and inspired by documentaries?

Maybe one day the documentary cupid shot me with its arrow. Anyway, The Square is a little piece of awesome that I urge you to experience. We often complain and wish for our situations to change, but fail to follow those wants with action.

The Square tells the story of young people creating change by banding together to claim their rights.  The movement is currently happening and the reality of their story is insane. Go check it out by Nov. 8 and see what can happen when people unite for a cause.

I had the opportunity to see it on Friday and participate in a Q & A with a few of the film makers and I am moved.

Watch the trailer below. For screening info click here or visit http://www.thesquarefilm.com

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Short Term 12 is “Raw & Honest”

“Remember you are not their parent, you are not their therapist, you are here to provide a safe environment and that’s it.” -Grace (Short Term 12)

Short Term 12 tells to story of Grace,  a twenty-something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers.

This film sparked my interest because I was placed in foster care from about age 9 until I was adopted at age 16. I lived in a family home setting as opposed to the group home setting featured in the film. Hearing Grace say the quote above captured my attention. Those words are a reality for too many foster youth.

I thought, “This trailer just got real”. More often than not, foster youth are removed from what they know as home, for reasons beyond their control. To think that they are then placed in an environment where the staff are instructed to only provide a “safe” environment is horrible. How can youth reach their full potential? Without nurturing, love and support, the system is setup to produce few successful adults. I digress.

Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12 writer and director) presents a raw and honest depiction of life for staff and foster youth in facilities similar to Short Term 12. The relationship between the staff and youth warm your heart. Be prepared for the whirlwind of emotions you will experience.

At the end of the film, reflect on the beginning. Unfortunately, that reality is a continuous cycle for some.

Check out Short Term 12 now playing in select theaters.

TLC Movie Sneak Peak

CrazySexyCool ended too soon, but they’re back! The story of the “scrub” disapproving dynamic trio TLC will be relived on VH1. The movie will star Lil Mama (as Left Eye), Keke Palmer (as Chilli), Drew Sidora (as T-Boz), Rochelle Aytes (as Pebbles) and Evan Ross (as Dallas Austin).

Take a sneak peak at the past. Feeling nostalgic? I am.

Street Food Cinema Summer Fun

List five places that are date appropriate, girls night fitting, kid approved, fido friendly, foodie pleasing and entertaining all-in-one. Oh! And cost 10 bucks to enter. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

Are you still thinking? I have one for you, Street Food Cinema (SFC)!

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The Street Food Cinema experience travels throughout Los Angeles this summer from May 25-August 31 providing an awesome summer fun destination that includes movies, live music and food trucks.

On June 20, Mean Girls was projected on the SFC (40 feet wide by 22 feet high) screen at Poinsettia Park and I attended.

Before the movie, guests rocked to Elle Rae while mingling and standing in vendor and food truck lines. I grabbed mini donuts from The Fry Girl truck, then firecracker wings and bomb dust fries from the Belly BombZ truck.

The mini donuts and bomb dust fries were tasty, but the firecracker wings did not evoke sparks. I waited about an hour in the Belly BombZ line, the wings were not worth it and prices were deceptively raised.

Enough about that, guests competed in a Mean Girls Look Alike/Sound Alike contest to win a 76 gas card and a gift bag of goodies, it was pretty entertaining. Two thumbs up for the Street Food Cinema experience.

Next time, I plan to take advantage of outside food and beverages being permitted. A nice glass of wine with a movie? Why not!

For more information and to view the schedule, visit Street Food Cinema. I hear that free tickets are given away to @stfoodcinema followers on Twitter and Instagram.

As always, thanks for reading and feel free to ask questions. xoxo

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How to Scare the Unafraid: The Conjuring

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Master of surprise, prankster, ballsy and jokester are all terms used to describe me.  After Christmas and my birthday, April Fools’ is my next favorite holiday. If scaring others was an Olympic sport, I would for sure own a gold medal.

With revenge always lurking around the corner, I stay on guard and uneasy to scare or surprise.  It is pretty safe to say that I am not a scaredy cat, but I pulled both hands really close to my face for a few seconds while watching The Conjuring.

Either I am getting a little soft or the movie fulfilled its purpose, you be the judge. It will be in theaters on July 19.  If you are on a mission to scare the unafraid, then take them to see The Conjuring and let me know what happens.

The film is pretty solid, but there were a couple scenes that caused the entire audience to snicker. Those were “Really! Are you serious?” moments.

Watch the trailer below.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Wondering if you should voyage to see Star Trek Into Darkness?

Zoe Saldana and Chris Pine were the reason I considered hopping aboard the Star Trek Enterprise and taking a trip with the crew. Don’t pretend that you have never been swayed by a hottie with a body!

Shallow reasoning aside, I actually liked the movie. The presence of a solid storyline (simple enough for non-Trekkies to follow, yet complicated enough to not be totally predictable), a script sprinkled with comedy and wrapped in a rugged bow of action, made it worthwhile. I wouldn’t go all crazy calling myself a Trekkie, but i’m a little interested in traveling to the past to delve into the series.

Check out the trailer below.

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Olympus Has Fallen

What makes a movie worth seeing in theaters?

Sometimes, I just want to be entertained. Olympus Has Fallen engaged me, caused me to question reality and took me on a roller coaster thrill ride. I left entertained. Olympus Has Fallen is an intense story about friendship, loyalty and love that stars Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett.

Would I have paid to see it? Yes. Watch the trailer below.

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Dead Man Down (Watch This)

What’s better than a guy/girl that commands your attention before they speak?

In Dead Man Down, Terrence Howard (Alphonse) commands attention and makes it appear effortless. When Alphonse, a ruthless crime boss, is on screen all eyes gravitate toward him. He is tuff a-hole that accidentally lets out just enough fear to make you consider being compassionate. What he receives is anything but compassion. One set of eyes is out to get him.

Noomi Rapace (Beatrice) and Colin Farrell (Victor) star in the film as two strangers aggressively seeking retribution. Beatrice is a real creep, she remains likeable but you would not want to cross her. Somehow Victor gets entangled in her web.

Go see Dead Man Down to find out how this action packed unlikely love story ends.

Check out the trailer and pictures below for a sneak peek.

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This Is 40

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Remember when I told you that the best time to go to the theatre is during the holidays? Well… I kind of lied. This is not true for Christmas Day. I went to see Django Unchained, again. Tickets were sold out for that movie, so we opted for This Is 40. The only available seats were in the  “I want to go blind zone” (second row). I digress and apologize if you went to the theatre on Christmas Day.

What did I think of the movie? I laughed out loud a bunch, but I also snoozed for 5-10 mins. In the movie’s defense, I did go to the  late show. It was funny but not memorable and that disappoints me. I do remember that turning 40 was no bueno.

Go check it out if you are looking for a good laugh.

Life of Pi

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Happy New Year! I rang it in at the movie theatre watching Life of Pi.

Did I like it? Yes! The film is literally gorgeous. I am not crazy about 3D, but this was pretty awesome. Aside from it being easy on the eyes, it had an incredible story to match. Fantasy or not, Pi’s journey is captivating and inspirational.

The fact that I could (unexpectedly) relate to many themes covered in the film reeled me. Struggle, faith, love, friendship, family, spirituality, travel and independence are all relevant themes in my life.

Starting this year watching Life of Pi was my first good decision of 2013. Stayed tuned as I share my journey.

Check out the Life of Pi theatrical trailer below.