The Best Man Holiday (No Spoiler)

Unlike most people, I watched zero trailers for The Best Man Holiday. Honestly, I did not expect much, but planned to support it. I own the original on dvd and I have watched it so much that I think the characters are real people… I just could not picture a sequel.

On Saturday, I walked in the theatre without expectations and took my seat toward the front of the theatre (someone purchased tickets on the late freight). If you have ever been to the theatre with me, you know I like sitting towards the back and smack dab in the center of the row.

Lights out and phones off! The movie began by taking us back to where we last saw our friends, so nostalgic. I felt all the emotions rushing back. That Lance is one fine specimen and Shelby still irks me, but I digress.

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The Best Man Holiday is so worth every penny and minute of attention. I think that I may even like the second more than the original, go figure!

Malcolm D. Lee and the team did an amazing job. Cue the standing ovation. I laughed out loud (not silently, like most LOLs), I wanted to cry, sung (in my head), and cheered. I and what seemed like the entire theater enjoyed catching up with our old friends.

Have you seen it? If so, what are your thoughts?

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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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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.

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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