A Girl with Glasses

A near-sighted view of film, television, food, & entertainment

First official ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer promises plenty of steam!

Although I’m not a huge 50 Shades fan…this is worth watching. Spice up your morning!

First official ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer promises plenty of steam!

Although I’m not a huge 50 Shades fan…this is worth watching. Spice up your morning!

The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret)

The Keeper of Lost Causes (Kvinden i buret)

KeeperFinalPoster-thumb-300xauto-41015The first in what appears to be a series of Danish detective films based on novels by the same name, The Keeper of Lost Causes follows police inspector Carl Morck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and his assistant Assad (Fares Fares) as they solve cold cases. The reason Carl Morck is relegated to department Q was due to a fateful case a few months prior that ended with Carl injured and his partner dead.…

View On WordPress

The Trip to Italy

The Trip to Italy

The-Trip-TO-Italy-Poster-518x740A sequel to The Trip (2010), The Trip to Italy is about Steve Coogan (as himself) and Rob Brydon (as himself) who are tasked by The Observerto write about their tour of Italy as they dine at fine restaurants. WARNING: this is not a documentary. My unsuspecting roommate bought a ticket to this film thinking it would be a documentary about Italy and its food so she could take notes for her upcoming…

View On WordPress

Life Feels Good (Chce sie zyc)

Life Feels Good (Chce sie zyc)

Life Feels Good movie posterI saw this film on its premiere night at the festival and with a packed house it touched nearly everyone in that theater. Countless sniffles, eye wipes, and teary laughter occurred throughout the 112 minute film. A Polish movie based on the true story of Matuesz, a man who has lived through Cerebral Palsy for over twenty years before a doctor devised a way to help him (and others like him)…

View On WordPress

Seattle International Film Festival 2014

Seattle International Film Festival 2014

SIFF Volunteer SwagSorry, loyal readers, for being absent the last few months. I have been taking mindful action in my life to turn it in the direction I want which has included two volunteer gigs, a full-time job, and a million dates (maybe not a million but it feels like it). One of those volunteer gigs was working for SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) during its three-week long festival. I also gave up…

View On WordPress

Captain Phillips

captain_phillips_xlgAfter the Oscars, I was still in the mood to tick all the Best Picture nominees off my watch list so I got a hold of Captain Phillips. I know that Oscar nominated films are never bad but I didn’t have high hopes for this film – why? I’m not sure, especially since it stars Tom Hanks who I generally love, but I just didn’t think the heroic true story of a cargo ship captain would really touch my…

View On WordPress

Poll: Which travel blog post is my best?

Poll: Which travel blog post is my best?

Take Our Poll

This will help me with my submission so thank you for voting! Also, if you’re an aspiring travel writer check out the Amtrak Residency.

View On WordPress

The Monuments Men

Monuments Men PosterNot unlike the art these men saved at the end of World War II this film was best described as safe. Nothing about the story was provocative, original, or even modern. It is a movie for the sake of entertainment, nothing more nothing less. However, it is incredibly safe for a date, which is what I was on when I watched it. My viewing companion was a history buff so I figured it was a safe bet and…

View On WordPress

Pompeii

Pompeii http://wp.me/sZr6D-pompeii

pompeii-movie-poster-1This review will be short not simply because this was not an Oscar nominated film rather due to this film lacking in merit all around. That being said, I didn’t go into Pompeii expecting award worthy material. Frankly, I went for one reason and one reason only: Kit Harington’s abs. A fellow throner (Game of Thronesfan) friend and I decided we’d go and gawk shamelessly at the admirable Jon Snow’s…

View On WordPress

Philomena

philomena_movieposter_1385062211In my race against the Oscar clock I saw my sixth and final Best Picture nominee before the ceremony, Philomena. Judi Dench is like the British Meryl Streep, nothing she does goes by critics lightly. I wasn’t sure what the weight of this film might be but the inclusion of Steve Coogan meant it couldn’t be all that heavy – this turned out to be incredibly true. I’ll say from the start that this…

View On WordPress

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club movie posterThrough the grapevine of my cinephilic friends I heard about the outstanding performances in Dallas Buyers Club, so I made sure I caught the film in theaters before the Oscars rolled around. I wrangled my friend and her very naïve but well-intentioned little sister into going with me and we were all impressed by the end. I knew very little about the storyline of this sleeper going in but again…

View On WordPress

12 Years a Slave

Just before the 86th Academy Awards that aired last weekend, I did a mad rush to cram in viewing of as many Best Picture nominees as possible.

12 Years a Slave

Just before the 86th Academy Awards that aired last weekend, I did a mad rush to cram in viewing of as many Best Picture nominees as possible.

Her

Her http://wp.me/sZr6D-her

Her movie posterLast night I went to see Herwith my usual movie buddy at a charming indie theater (Landmark Harvard Exit) well suited for the indie-ish film we were seeing. Popcorn and soda in hand, we were both ready to be blown away by this much touted film. By the end of the movie, our assessments were severely different. My friend, a laywoman (aka, never studied or worked in film), hated it. She found it…

View On WordPress

FitBit Fitness Challenge: Week 1Hello fellow fitness friends! I’m sure you’re dying to know how I’ve been doing since writing my…View Post
2013 Best and Worst FilmsThis year I didn’t rack up a considerable amount of screen time like 2012, I only managed to see 11…View Post