Severe anxiety can be terrible to live through, and very hard to understand. A new movie called Sparrows Dance delves into agoraphobia and how honest communication can help people get through anything with the help of others.
It's hard for kids to watch their divorced parents date new people. Even harder: tagging along on their parents' romantic getaway. In this new movie, Pam (Toni Collette) takes her 14-year-old son Duncan (Liam James) to Cape Cod, where they live with Pam's new boyfriend Trent (Steve Carrell). But the "vacation" is anything but relaxing, mainly because of the tension between Trent and Duncan. So here are some takeaways for divorced parents!
Director Abdellatif Kechiche's drama walked off with two trophies at this year's Cannes film festival: the Palme d'Or and a special award for its two lead actresses. Is it a film that shows the reality of lesbian life, love and coming out? Or does it turn lesbian sex into a porn show?
When two people start dating, it's common practice for one person to pay for the date. Traditionally, it has been the man who pays but modern times now sees a trend of women paying for dates or helping to offset the cost of a night out on the town. Because of financial times, sometimes dating can become more of a burden than a blessing. Paying for dinner, drinks and a movie can cost upwards of $100 or more. If you are going out every weekend, your budget has now increased by almost $500 for the month.
Jennifer Lawrence won a Golden Globe last night for her work in Silver Linings Playbook, and the movie is up for 8 Academy Awards this year, including Best Picture. As I watched the film, I couldn’t help but think, “Wow. There’s a whole lot of crazy in this movie.” I was startled by the loud family interactions, the physical violence, and the evident emotional pain felt by these characters.
In the Oscar nominated blockbuster film Zero Dark Thirty, Jessica Chastain portrays Maya, a Central Intelligence Officer, dedicates her early career years to uncovering intel about al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. Her tenacity and due diligence bring to mind a popular card seen on someecards.com with a picture of a matter-of-fact woman with the verbage "Don't Underestimate My Ability to Find Sh** Out."
I just watched Les Miserables last weekend. I cried, from the moment the movie started until the very end. After reflecting on it, and realizing my hormones and cycle were partly at fault for all the sobbing, I pin-pointed what was so touching for me: how grace and forgiveness drive out shame. How many relationships and marriages could be salvaged and thriving if grace and forgiveness were practiced more often? Countless numbers, for sure.
I could gush all day about the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables. It's everything a movie musical should be. The film itself is like a love letter from the director (Tom Hooper) to the musical's original creators that says: 'Your work is perfection on stage. Let's do it justice on film.' And he succeeded.
I loved "Mamma Mia!", the ABBA movie. I loved "Hairspray." So of course I also loved "Pitch Perfect," directed by Jason Moore: Watching a group of misfits perform everything from Ace of Base to Rihanna together is infectiously, vicariously fun. But aside from the singing (though the singing is so good!) this is a story of unexpected friendships and life-changing love.
By now, we've all heard of the tragedy that occurred at an Aurora, Colorado screening of The Dark Knight Rises last Friday morning. Twelve died and dozens were wounded as a gunman opened fire on innocent patrons just trying to enjoy a night out at the movies. Among them were several couples.
Fancy a bit of romance? To get in the spirit of the 2012 Games, transport yourself to this year's Olympic city with love stories set in London.
It seems that mass murderer James Holmes had not only been meticulously planning his horrific sneak attack for months, loading up with multiple guns and 6000 rounds of ammo, but he'd also been diligently looking for a girlfriend and possible mother of future children.
The names of the Colorado theater shooting victims are slowly leaking out, and along with them are stories of heartache and stories of heroism. But it's the final heroic moments for three men shot to death while shielding their girlfriends during the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" that really put into perspective the distance between the dark, twisted mind of the shooter and the pure hearts of his victims.