The Lego Movie makes everything AWESOME!

It is ok for three adults to see a “children’s movie” sans kids, right? If not, oh well! We proudly laughed, cheered and sung “everything is awesome” with the theater full of seven-year-olds.

The beginning started slow (we missed the first five minutes, so after that), but it quickly picked up. We might have enjoyed The Lego Movie more than the kids, because of jokes we caught that flew over their pretty little heads. I went with two guys, one laughed so hard that water fell from his eyes. In addition to laughs, there is a great message. Don’t believe me, just watch. Be prepared for the flood of product placement (not my fave), everything else is awesome.

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Why is The Wolf of Wall Street 3hrs Long?

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Three hour movies are definitely not my cup of tea. Why? I become a kid, get figity and attention deficit disorder (ADD) kicks in.  The world is moving while I am sitting in a theater for three hours unable to multi-task. God forbid the movie sucks, I can never get that time back.

I received an invite to a screening of The Wolf of Wall Street and my eyes conveniently skipped over the three hour run time, so I attended.

Watching men let money, power and greed drive them cuckoo is quite entertaining. The Wolf of Wall Street is a reminder to stay humble. Although it held my attention, three hours were not required.

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.

Vision Fulfilled! Revlon Run, done.

I love running. Sike! That’s a lie.

It’s been almost a year since I participated in my first race, the MB10K. I still struggle with running, but I notice improvement (when I’m consistent).

Why do I run?

1. The thought of needing a scooter chair scares me.

2. I would have died in The Hunger Games.

3. I have great friends that challenge me.

Since the MB10K, I’ve also completed The Color Run and Revlon Run. Guess what? I pasted the Revlon Run on my vision board over a year ago, before I did my first run. I read an article and decided I wanted to support the cause. Funny enough, my vision board sat behind my dresser (out of sight), so I kind of forgot about it.

When one of the ‘Be A Light’ circuit board members suggested that we participate, as one of our community outreach activities, I was down. It’s always great to see women supporting women. Oh! And I fulfilled one of my visions.

Aside from supporting a great cause, the run is cool because it finishes inside the LA Memorial Coliseum, to the sounds of adrenaline pumping drums. In my head, I finished an Olympic race.

Thanks for reading! xoxo

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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.

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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Youngest Best Actress Oscar Nominee Ever

Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild, allowing her to make history as the youngest individual to ever be nominated as best actress in a leading role.

Look out for this tiny force of nature in Twelve Years a Slave and Boneshaker.

Congrats Quvenzhané!!!

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Photo Credit: Mary Cybulski/Fox Searchlight Pictures

National Board of Review Awards 2013

Photo Credit: quvenzhane-wallis.com

Watch a clip of Quvenzhané acting in the Beasts of the Southern Wild trailer.

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.

Christmas Day Will Be ‘Off The Chain’

Staying in Los Angeles for the holidays? One of the best places to visit is the movie theatre (I kid you not). Why? Most of the East Coast transplants are gone, tourists are scarce and natives wander out of the city too. What this boils down to is you lounging in best seats in an empty theatre. Feel free to kick up your feet and relax while eating the snacks you bought in the V.I.P. line (or what seems like one). Pretend that it is your personal home theatre.

On Christmas day, I will spend 5 minutes in not traffic to check out Django Unchained, the new Tarantino film starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.

Check out the trailer, storyline and photos below all courtesy of 135th Street Agency.

Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED  stars Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz). Shultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle bothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Shultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive. Success leads Shultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Shultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side.

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Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Shultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival.

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Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Produced by Reginald Hudlin, Stacey Sher, Pilar Savone

Executive Produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Michael Shamber,

Shannon McIntosh and James Skotchdople

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