All posts tagged: Drama

10 Film & TV Costumes for Halloween

I wrote this blog post last Halloween, but since I haven’t had the chance to come up with more ideas for film & TV-inspired costumes, I decided to repost it. This year my boyfriend and I are getting nostalgic AF and dressing up as Forrest Gump and Jenny for Halloween—who are you dressing up as?! 🎃👻🧡 … Over the years Halloween has evolved into one of my favorite times of year. I’m not the type of person who engages in fan communities and does cosplay, but I find so much joy in figuring out a costume and putting it together. Basically, Halloween preparation is a form of self-care for me – as I’m sure it is for most folks who enjoy this time of year. Even if I don’t have solid plans, I know that I’m going to assemble a costume and wear it somewhere, anywhere, simply because it’s fun and makes me happy. Below are 10 film and TV-related costume ideas that I was inspired by. Some are relevant, others not so much, but they’re all fun …

“Little Miss Sunshine” Turns 10

Little Miss Sunshine was released 10 years ago today, on July 26, 2006. Though a decade old, the film still resonates as a dark comedy about the complications of life at any age. Little Miss Sunshine seems to pinpoint, especially, the fact that going on a trip with your dysfunctional family can actually be therapeutic. As a film it’s funny, sad, and delightfully honest – much like life itself. I recently posted about six of my favorite road trip films, and of course Little Miss Sunshine made the list! So be sure to check out that post if you want to read a little more about why I love this film. Otherwise, to celebrate its 10th anniversary, here are a few stills from Little Miss Sunshine:

Remembering Robin Williams

Today marks the one year anniversary of Robin William’s death, an utter and complete tragedy. Despite never knowing Williams personally, through his performances and interviews I felt like I was given a piece of his brilliant spirit. We all were. Whether comedic or dramatic, his performances always felt deeply entwined with his quick creative spark and remarkable intelligence. It’s truly astonishing just how many lives Robin Williams touched. He is greatly missed, and will be remembered forever as a great American icon. In memory of Robin Williams’ expansive career and beautiful soul, here are stills from some of his greatest performances.

Netflix Recommendations: From Poland to North Korea

Ida Directed by → Pawel Pawlikowski Written by → Pawel Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz Starring → Agata Kulesza and Agata Trzebuchowska Synopsis → “Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.” Why I enjoyed it → If you can’t handle deeply depressing films, then Ida is not for you. But if you can, and you enjoy simple story telling and stunning cinematography, then you should give it a shot. Ida is one of the saddest movies I’ve seen in recent memory, but it is so well done that I found myself in complete awe of its beauty. It is unadorned on the surface, but vast in its emotional impact. The austere simplicity of the art direction and cinematography, spectacularly raw performances, and gut-wrenchingly sorrowful story that somehow remains hopeful, makes it one of the best films of 2013. Inequality for All  Directed by → Jacob Kornbluth Synopsis → “A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country’s widening economic …

A Few of My Favorite Films From 2014

There are soooooo many films from 2014 that I desperately want to see, but haven’t had the chance to. Some of those films include Selma, Whiplash, Goodbye to Language, Inherent Vice, and Citizenfour – among countless others. I decided against doing a Top 10 list this year because there is no way that my picks will be representative of the work that premiered in 2014. Instead, I’ll share a list of movies I liked and discuss my #1 film of the year. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer) Chef (Jon Favreau) Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn) Top Five (Chris Rock) Interstellar (Christopher Nolan) Happy Christmas (Joe Swanberg) The One I Love (Charlie McDowell) Life Itself (Steve James) Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy) The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson) They Came Together (David Wain) Wild (Jean-Marc Vallée) Now on to my absolute favorite film of the year,  Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. It’s difficult for me to put into words exactly why I love Birdman as much as I do. It’s magical – magnetic – deep – dark – wild – wonderful, and everything in between. I sat in the theater and experienced an entire spectrum of emotions, …

Netflix Recommendations: Recent Releases

Happy Christmas → In wonderful Joe Swanberg fashion, Happy Christmas feels so real because it is. The dialogue was completely improvised and the production was filmed in Swanberg’s home and stars both him and is actual baby son. How cool is that?! Baby Swanberg is so entertaining that he’s enough of a reason to see Happy Christmas, but everything else about the film is quite wonderful too. Jenny (Anna Kendrick) is a somewhat careless twenty-something-year-old who comes to Chicago to live with her brother Jeff (Joe Swanberg) and his wife Kelly (Melanie Lynskey). Her arrival totally shakes things up and makes for a great story about the responsibilities that come with growing up and the importance of making personal happiness a priority, even in the face of adversity. I also enjoyed Lena Dunham’s playful role in the film as Kelly’s slightly more stable friend, Carson. Happy Christmas will definitely be on my Favorite Films of 2014 list!   The One I Love → Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elizabeth Moss) have a marriage that was once fun and loving, but is now falling apart. In an attempt …

My Top 5 Favorite Ryan Gosling Performances

5. Crazy, Stupid, Love Though Ryan Gosling is most well-known for his dramatic roles, he proves to be a great comedic actor in Crazy, Stupid, Love. As Jacob Palmer, Gosling perfectly portrays a shallow hunk who re-discovers his heart after falling in love with someone other than himself. His razor sharp attitude and quick-witted remarks make for a hilarious performance. And have you seen how good he looks in dress clothes? Wow. 4. Lars and the Real Girl Lars and the Real Girl is about a shy and depressed young man who develops an emotional relationship with a blow up doll. As Lars, Gosling is gentle and serene, keenly playing a hurt soul who finds acceptance in a doll who can neither judge nor desert him. Lars and the Real Girl is both heart warming and distinctly unique. 3. Half Nelson In Half Nelson Gosling plays Dan Dunne, a school teacher who’s hiding his crack addiction. Though he lights up in front of his class, behind closed doors Dan is troubled and lonely. Through a relationship he forms with one of his students (Drey played by Shareeka Epps) we …

Netflix Recommendations: Oldies But Goodies

  Some are far older than others, but listed below are some of my favorite films on Netflix that have been around for awhile. Enjoy, and please be sure to share your recommendations in the comment section below. Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) is a feature film by Jim Jarmusch which consists of 11 short vignettes. Each vignette features coffee and cigarettes, and when assembled together many carry similar themes throughout the feature. Not only do I find Coffee and Cigarettes to be quite visually compelling, but the performances and absurdity of each scene is truly entertaining. Thematically, there’s a lot going on in this film, and it was interesting to read different analyses of each scene and the film as a whole after watching. The cast is a wonderfully mixed group of actors and musicians, including Bill Murray, GZA, RZA, Cate Blanchett, Meg and Jack White, Steve Coogan, and Iggy Pop, among countless others.   The Fisher King (1991) is part fantasy, comedy, and drama. Directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Richard LaGravenese, the film stars Jeff Bridges as a radio DJ who tries …

Alfred Hitchcock Quotes

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) “There’s no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” “Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.” “Drama is life with all the dull bits cut out.” “A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.” “The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” “Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.” “If it’s a good movie the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.” “Luck is everything…My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I’m fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn’t make a good suspense film.” “Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell …

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ – Matthew McConaughey & Jared Leto Deliver Spectacular Performances

Dallas Buyers Club, written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, is based on the true story of Ron Woodroof, a Texan who begins smuggling prescription drugs into the US when he is diagnosed with HIV and finds that the medication he is receiving is not helping. The film stars Matthew McConaughey as Woodroof, Jared Leto as his saucy business partner Rayon, and Jennifer Garner Dr. Eve Saks, his compassionate doctor. It’s 1985. Ron Woodroof is an electrician and bull rider in Dallas, TX. He’s a homophobe, a drug addict, and a man who’s eager to sleep with any woman who’s willing. After living recklessly for quite some time, Woodroof is diagnosed with HIV and told he only has 30 days to live. Soon he becomes aware of his day to day existence – transforming his intense energy into something positive and powerful. When he discovers that AZT, the first HIV medication approved by the FDA, is actually hurting his body rather than helping, Ron establishes the Dallas Buyers Club, selling memberships in …