Norwegian Recycle’s “How Six Songs Collide.”
Staring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, Enough Said is about two divorced middle-aged parents who are trying to start a relationship. Unfortunately for Albert, played James Gandolfini, Eva is a professional masseuse who has been rubbing down his ex-wife to get the dirty details of their divorce in order to protect herself. As you can imagine, this romantic comedy has twists and turns. All in all, it was cute, heart-felt and funny. And to think James Gandolfini is best known as Tony Soprano when maybe his heart was more soft and kind like Alberts’.
Meryl Strep and Julia Robert are both nominated for their roles in August: Osage County. As nearly sedated mother and neurotic daughter, Strep and Roberts put on quite the show. Beware that August: Osage County is extremely depressing. Watching this family deal with the death of their father was tragic and downright hard to watch. It was no surprise that Julia Robert’s character physically assaulted her own mother played by Meryl Strep. Now, I’d pay to see that any day. No wonder they’re both up for an Oscar.
While I enjoyed the film, I don’t think I’ll be rewatching August: Osage County any time soon. However, the scenes of them driving the Oklahoma plains took me back to Midwest, and I am thankful for that. Official Trailer here.
I have been on a movie watching rampage. My odd working hours combined with my love of movies make it easy to start tackling the Oscar nominations list. I am over half way through watching the nine films nominated for Best Picture.
Wolf of Wall Street. My, oh my, it was vulgar. The movie is based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir. While I recommend watching the Wolf of Wall Street, I’d be careful about watching it with your mom. Lucky for me, my mom is 6,500 miles away. Official Trailer here.
American Hustle. I thought the cast was phenomenal. Christian Bale is up for an Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role for his role as the ultimate con artist. Amy Adams was crush-worthy as usual. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence did such a good job that I actually hated their characters at times. Official Trailer here.
Her. Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore Twonbly, a recently divorced man who forms a relationship with his O.S., his operating system. Think a hyper-humanized, extremely personalized Siri. The O.S., played by the sexy and sultry voice of Scarlett Johansson, creates a love-filled adventure for Theodore. It feels real and maybe it is. His friend, played by Amy Adams has one of the most quotable lines in the movie. Saying that “Falling in love is a crazy thing to do. It is kind of a form of socially acceptable insanity.” Follow Theodore as he deals with the loneliness divorce brings and the confusion that a relationship with technology can cause. Official Trailer here.
Dallas Buyers Club. This film follows rodeo loving, sex-crazed, drug addict Ron Woodrood, who is fighting for his life once he is diagnosed with HIV. Played by Matthew McConaughey. It’s no surprise that he is for an Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role, and he deserves it. His character was multidimensional. Skinny and sickly, McConaughey physically looks so different for this role. It was interesting to see him as a money and drug-obsessed wall street head honcho in Wolf of Wall Street and then a sex and drug-obsessed cowboy in Dallas Buyers Club. Cheers to McConaughey. Official Trailer here.
Gravity. I felt extremely tense and anxious during the entire film. Although I knew going into the film that it was going to be Sandra Bullock flying aimlessly in outer space facing the possibility of death, I was still anxious throughout the film. I recommend watching Gravity with a nice glass of wine (or three). Enjoy the beautiful cinematography and wonders that outer space brings. Official Trailer here.
12 Years a Slave. It was hard to watch this heart-wrenching story of Solomon Northup. Solomona was a free man living in New York with his wife and two young children until he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. He remained a slave until the kindness (or guilt) of one white man led to justice and freedom from slavery for Solomon. The gruesome scenes were filmed in a particular way with children playing in the background or wives watching silently as a someone is lashed or hung. 12 Years a Slave has 9 Oscar nominations. I look forward to seeing how many they take home. Official trailer here.
Along with four other University of Kansas students, I arrived at the Dublin International airport with no problems thanks to my newly acquired travel skills. This was my first time leaving the States. At the ripe age of 19, I had just spent the weekend in Ireland visiting Dublin and Galway. I was making my way to Florence to study Italian for the summer.
Once arriving at the airport, we went to check our bags. Of course, the boys’ bags were underweight while Hannah and I were running the risk of our bags being overweight. No surprise there, right? I flashed my nearly empty passport and a smile at the check-in counter. The woman had me set my bag on the scale and that’s when the trouble started. When the middle-aged Irish woman weighed my bag, I am pretty sure she rolled her eyes. As she broke the news of potential fees, my jaw dropped along with my heart. At the time, RyanAir only allowed one carry-on and one checked in bag.
My bag was 13 kilograms overweight while Hannah’s bag was a mere 6 kg over the maximum weight limit. For those of you on the imperial system, 13 kilograms is 28.6 pounds. So, we’re not talking about a few pounds here or there. We’re talking about a small child. A small child who RyanAir was not going to allow to accompany me without charging me 198 euro. For Hannah’s measly 6 kilograms, they wanted to charge her 95 euro.
What was a girl to do? Determined to avoid the fees, Hannah and I grabbed our bags from the check-in counter and dragged them to the side of the airport. We dramatically opened our bags and began to stuff some of our things into the boys’ bags, which, of course, had plenty of viable room. This helped some but not enough. The next plan was to layer, and when I say layer, I mean layer. I had nine shirts on under my jacket by the end of this, and my carry-on was stuffed to the brim. Needless to say, we looked like idiots. All of this dressing and repacking was taking place in the middle of the Dublin International airport.
Within fifteen minutes, we returned to the check-in counter. The middle-aged eye-rolling Irish woman had been replaced by a lovely Irish man with beautiful eyes.
“Do you have my boarding pass,” I asked with a forced smile. My arms were slightly raised to my sides because of the ten layers of tops I had on. I looked straight out of scene from the Christmas Story.
The twenty-something Irish man jokingly told me no at first.
Oh, Mr. Funny guy, I thought silently. This is not the time for flirting.
Nearly oblivious to his flirting, Hannah demanded her boarding pass. Her bag was still 4 kg overweight, but the man smiled kindly and set her bag on the conveyor belt. Hannah was relieved. I crossed my fingers and forced a smile on my worried face, which was starting to perspire from the thermal layering. Just then a number flashed on the scale. My bag was still 7 kilograms overweight. My heart sunk. It felt as though he paused for a minute, but then he rolled his beautiful eyes at me and checked my bag. Instead of charging us the 15 euro per kilogram over, he nodded in approval and checked our bags free of charge. Surprised and relieved we headed through security. Once at the gate, we stripped off our layers. Once again we looked like idiots, but all in all, it was a complete success. We made it to Pisa safe and sound—free of extra baggage charges.