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.

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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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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