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Meeting Cute with “The Intern”

It’s been a while since I’ve been in the dating scene so I figured it best to ease into it.

I took myself on a lovely “me date” today and because I am a true gentleman, I bought myself a bouquet of roses just to make it extra special.

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Aren’t they pretty?!?

Cliché or not, I love flowers.  They make me smile (and a good date should always end in smiles).  Me, myself and I also enjoyed a lovely trip to the movies to see “The Intern.”  I absolutely LOVED it; so instead of telling you more about my quest to turn my life around and take myself on weekly dates (because I do indeed plan to start dating myself), I am going to give you my review of “The Intern.”

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There are two women whom I not-so-secretly aspire to be, Tina Fey and Nancy Meyers.  Most of you know the creative genius of Tina Fey but fewer of you may recognize Nancy Meyers as she tends to hide behind the camera.

Nancy Meyers is the writer behind some of my favorite films, “Father of the Bride,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” and “The Holiday” just to name a few.  Her latest creation, “The Intern” does not disappoint.

Meyers has a way of providing her characters with monologues that undoubtedly resonate with her audience.  She somehow manages to bring to life all of our inner fears, desires, and thoughts in her almost unbelievably open and honest characters.  Maybe we aren’t all as willing to tell our life stories to strangers (except maybe the girl who blogs daily…) but Meyers’ characters make it easy to believe.  They are so wonderfully vulnerable and raw in a way that most of us can only wish to be.

Boasting a cast of stars such as Robert De Niro, Rene Russo, and Anne Hathaway “The Intern” bestowed upon its audience a cast of truly lovable, flawed, fantastic individuals.  This is one of De Niro’s softest and sweetest characters to date, light-years from his “Casino” days and nothing like his excursion with the Fockers. His incarnation of Ben Whittaker is the grandpa that everyone wants to adopt.

There were moments of utterly unrealistic proportions but in a rom-com (esque) formula, they fit superbly.  Despite these somewhat silly moments, myself and the audience were fully willing to suspend our disbelief for the duration of the enthralling 2 hour storyline.

Anne Hathaway plays the female entrepreneur that everyone smiles at but secretly judges as soon as she steps away.  In other words, Anne Hathaway played every successful woman with passion and a heart.  Her plight at wanting to stay true to her family, her employees, and her vision while maintaining a sense of self is something with which many working women struggle.  It was easy to relate to her desire to grow her brand without sacrificing her home life.  As a matter of fact, as a young woman trying to do the same, it was impossible NOT to relate.

“The Intern” provides elements of intrigue, sadness, happiness, silliness, and an abundance of “aw” worthy moments.  If I had not already been in love with De Niro, this movie certainly would have pushed me over the edge.  He is at his most likeable and even the ever-criticized Anne Hathaway proved herself yet again as the strong, beautiful woman that she is.

If you enjoy inspirational, true-to-life comedies, I would not hesitate in recommending “The Intern” to you.

Take yourself on a nice “me date” and don’t skimp on the flowers. 🙂

Arthur Christmas!!

I must say that I really enjoyed the trailers for Arthur Christmas but I have developed a completely rational fear of movie trailers lately.  My reason for this fear, is that trailers are most often an illusion.  They can make a good movie look great and an awful movie look fantastic.  More often than not these trailers fool me into believing that I am emptying my wallet for a masterpiece rather than the crap Hollywood prefers to mass-produce.  Today, after a marathon of “Lifetime” Christmas movies, I decided to take a risk; I bought a ticket to see ‘Arthur Christmas.’  Gladly, I can assure you that it was well-worth it and a brilliant end to my Christmas-movie marathon!

I sat in the theater and with the opening credits alone, was immediately transformed into a child again.  With my feet up on my seat, my arms wrapped around my knees pulling them close to my chest and a smile from ear to ear, I could not take my eyes off the screen.  “Arthur Christmas” is truly a unique holiday movie.

The film is a fantastic commentary on both the family and political dynamics disguised by Christmas cheer.  It was relatable and heartwarming all at once.  I don’t claim to be a great movie critic, mostly because I feel guilty giving away too many key points of a movie, so I won’t give away a thing.  I believe in offering you my opinion only.  The movie was very well done; a great story, great actors, great direction, and great animation.   You will develop a new appreciation for the work that they put in over at the North Pole.  Afterall, magic can only do so much.   If you need a bit of Christmas spirit, a couple of hours with Arthur Christmas should do the trick.

**In layman’s terms-  ARTHUR CHRISTMAS WAS FREAKIN’ AWESOME!  I LOVED IT!  I AM GOING TO BUY IT AS SOON AS IT’S ON DVD!

Okay, I’m calm now.

 I LOVE CHRISTMAS! 

Okay, all better now.  Happy Holidays. 🙂

Reviewing “50/50”

Damn you, Dine-In theater and your villainous combination of tequila and movies!  You have led me to yet another drunken blog post!  But that’s ok, I will forgive due to your wonderful combination of tequila and movies!

This post may not be that long because I may very well pass out while writing it.  No, I’m not that drunk…I just get very sleepy after a few margaritas… or one.  (I have painfully pitiful tolerance).  Anyway, I wanted to sit (lay) down and write a quick blog about my thoughts on “50/50,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen.

My thoughts:  Pleasantly surprised.

Ok, end of blog now.  Night night!!

Just kidding.  I would highly recommend this movie to anyone interested in seeing a true reflection of life.  Many people can’t sit in a theater and watch a movie that’s “just too real”, myself being one of them but this movie does a brilliant job of keeping you alert and laughing even when dealing with the all-too-real reality of Cancer.  Cancer is difficult for those struggling with the disease and for family and friends who travel that path with them but not every moment is drenched in sadness.  “50/50” allows its audience a small glimpse into the life of one man afflicted with this awful disease and just how he was able to cope through humor.

I won’t pretend to know what it is like to live this struggle and those who have lived it may disagree with me.  As a matter of fact, I would be interested to know their thoughts.  Yet as an outsider, I truly enjoyed every moment of this film.  I laughed; I cried and I didn’t come out of the theater saying “Why did I spend money on this piece of shit?”  That last part is big, man.  Freakin’ huge.  Do you know how many times I feel like I have been personally robbed after going to the movies?  The fact that I didn’t walk out of the theater feeling like the victim of a brutal mugging this time only helps prove my point.

Side-yet very important-note:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a fantastic actor and always does a good job of portraying troubled characters.  Huge crush.  Huge.  Love him.  (Oops… in vino veritas?)

Adding one more star to its rating, (assuming I was using some kind of a rating system) is the fact that this movie ties into my latest fixation quite well.  As my last post would suggest, Steve Jobs and the idea of using death as a form of motivation have become something of an obsession.  Watching this man come to terms with his own mortality has pushed me even further in the direction of following my dreams.  A movie that doubles as inspiration?  Score!  I don’t mean to imply that the movie will have this same effect on all who watch it but I wouldn’t rule it out either.  I stand by my recommendation and I hope that this movie can do for you what it has done for me, or at the very least, I hope you don’t feel that you wasted $15 for another bomb.

Best wishes!  And again, apologies for any incoherency due to inebriation.  I’m hittin’ the sack.  Good night!