One of my childhood favourites Now and Then follows the story of four girls who made a pact years ago to be there for each other for the important stuff no matter what. The story opens with Chrissy (Rita Wilson) heavily pregnant with her first child and due to go into labour any day. If you think that is scary enough, check out her pregnancy look. Yowsers, the floral dress and hair, oh my.
My Favourite Five: Drew Barrymore Movies
With so many funny and sweet movies to choose from it was hard to narrow this list down to just five. I decided the only way I could trim the list would be to exclude the movies she did as a child actor. Sorry ET and Fire Starter fans but they won’t be in this list. Here are five of my favourite Drew Barrymore movies. I could easily have listed more.
Binge-Worthy Series: Jessica Jones
“New York may be the city that never sleeps, but it sure does sleep around. Not that I’m complaining, cheaters are good for business.” – Jessica Jones
I’ve never been into comic books but I’ve always been into superheros whether it be Sailormoon, Captain Planet, The Power Rangers or The Avengers. I’ve always enjoyed the idea of extraordinary people standing out, often as an outcast, doing courageous and remarkable things. Usually for the greater good or out of love for someone or something.
That’s probably why Jessica Jones caught my interest. The tough, sassy anti-hero on a quest for redemption may have been done a thousand times before but boy does Jessica do it well.
My Favourite Five: Jessica Chastain Roles
I’m one of the many people who confuse Jessica Chastain with Bryce Dallas-Howard. Now that I know who she is and have seen more of her movies I can see the differences a little more and am definitely a Chastain fan. Here are five roles I think she shines in:
Thoughts on Spy (2015)
I know some of you are probably thinking “Ugh a Melissa McCarthy movie, great” and rolling your eyes. Let’s face it, you either like her movies or you don’t. She tends to take jokes a bit too far (and into really bizarre and crude places) but, overall, I enjoy her movies. Even if she does get a little type cast in stereotypical roles.
When I saw the trailer for Spy I was interested in seeing it but also a little indifferent. If you go by the trailer alone it seems over the top, completely ridiculous and stereotypical. And it is. But it works. And there’s so much more to it than just the trailer.
Flashback Friday: Deceived (1991)
Like most people, when I think ‘Goldie Hawn movie’ I think Comedy. So I was surprised to find she had released a thriller and curious to see just how much range her talent had. While some movies from the 90s are hit and miss with keeping my attention, I must say, Deceived did extremely well. While some aspects were fairly predictable it was still well shot and put together, with just the right amount of suspense mixed into it.
The only criticism of Goldie I have (and really, it’s very minor) is that at times her gasps and screams are a bit over the top. But, aside from that, she portrays a compelling and strong character who carries the story effortlessly forward no matter what she discovers along the way. But I am getting ahead of myself, let’s back up to the beginning. Continue reading
Flashback Friday: Permanent Record (1988)
There is something to be said about movies made in the 80s. There’s a certain level of simplicity; an innocence and charm that you just don’t get in today’s releases. Which takes me to Permanent Record.
With an endless list of 80s movies to choose from, I couldn’t go past this little Keanu gem. I watched it for the first time recently and was left with all kind of feels. It’s a sweet movie that deals with friendship, family, pressures of high school, suicide and the aftermath of losing your best friend. Topics that will always be relevant to someone somewhere in the world.
Unless you’re a robot or some kind of sociopath missing a heart. No judgement if you are. You just might want to watch a different movie. Continue reading
My Favourite Five: Songs That Motivate
Whether you’re in a particular mood or looking for something that you can relate to, music can be a great place to turn. With so many songs around, music is always there for you, even when no one else is. It can give you a sense of comfort, energy or background companionship while you carry on with your day. It can pick you up, make you dwell or give you a way to grieve. It can even motivate you to keep going; either in general or during a task you are less than thrilled about *cough* housework and exercise *cough*
Here are five songs that work for me. Even if we have completely different tastes in music I hope this list at least gets you thinking about your own musical motivators:
Thoughts on Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
I am not a huge Tom Cruise fan. I generally find him annoying. He comes across arrogant, controlling and prone to weird publicity stunts and media stories. (*cough* couch incident *cough*) BUT, all that aside, the man can act. So, being an Emily Blunt fan since The Devil Wears Prada, I finally decided to give Edge of Tomorrow a chance. And you know what? For a military version of Groundhog Day it isn’t too bad.
Thoughts on Me Before You (2016)
I am a sucker for a good rom-com and judging by the trailer alone (as I haven’t read the book it is based on) Me Before You looked like the kind of story that would make you swing violently between laughing and crying.
While I didn’t really want to put myself into a situation where I would be silently sobbing in a cinema I decided to risk the emotional turbulence and give it a go. YOLO! I also made sure I didn’t wear any mascara and grabbed some napkins during my pre-movie lunch just in case – a girl can never be over prepared for waterworks after all.