All posts tagged: Happy Christmas

What To Stream on Netflix This Christmas

A Very Murray Christmas is Bill Murray’s Netflix Original Christmas Special featuring Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Michael Cera, Maya Rudolph, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, and Rashida Jones, among others – need I say more? Dir. Sofia Coppola, 2015 Synopsis: “Bill Murray worries no one will show up to his T.V. show due to a terrible snow-storm in New York City.” Happy Christmas doesn’t have much to do about Christmas other than that it takes place during the holiday season, but that shouldn’t stop you from checking it out. Joe Swanberg’s mumblecore film was one of my favorites from 2014 for a handful of reasons. Not only was the dialogue completely improvised, but 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. Dir. Joe Swanberg, 2014 Synopsis: “After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, …

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 …