Film Fridays: What Happened, Miss Simone?

every now and then we like to sit and watch a good doc. if you are interested in the life of miss nina simone this doc is worth a watch. check out the trailer photo via

p.s. other docs worth checking out here, here and here

Ex Machina

josh and i have very different taste in film. he likes action and violence. i like romance, quirky and very slow paced obscure films. as a former high school english teacher of science fiction. this film was the perfect balance of our interests. it is a superb film well worth watching. in fact, initially i opted not to watch this with j as i was in and out of the living room doing my hair and then it just pulled me in and i watched the whole film the next day before our time ran out on itunes. so here’s a synopsis from the offical ex machina site:


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Film Fridays: Obvious Child



              damn, don’t even remember the last time i made a film post, anyways, if you want a good laugh go out and see this one. via

Film Fridays: Dirty Pretty Things


this film is about two illegal immigrants trying to survive in london and the desperate means they are forced to take to earn a living and to avoid detection and deportation. if your interested in a film that’s gritty and honest this one is worth checking out.

images  via, film summary via

Film Fridays: Frances Ha

last friday, josh mentioned that there was a new noah baumbach film out, and without reading any reviews or watching the trailer, i was down for seeing it. i loved margot at the wedding and the squid and the whale and was open to whatever this film had in store. unlike his other two films, this one is on the lighter side. you guys no i tend to lean towards heavy emotional dramas, but this was just what the doctor ordered. i brought a pillow to the theater for this aching back (i’m 38.6 weeks) and enjoyed this film, perhaps you will too, especially if you like films that explore relationships between women, woody allen flicks and those set in new york about people trying to carve out a creative career for themselves in this city.

happy friday folks!

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Film Fridays: The Place Beyond The Pines

last night we went and saw the place beyond the pines. this film was written and directed by the same director responsible for blue valentine, which we both loved. this film was gripping and a bit on the heavy side, but we tend to like that. go and check it out! eva mendes and ryan gosling? sheesh. it doesn’t get any better than those two sharing the same screen. here’s a synopsis:

The Place Beyond the Pines is a sweeping emotional drama powerfully exploring the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons.Luke (Academy Award® nominee Ryan Gosling) is a high-wire motorcycle stunt performer who travels with the carnival from town to town. While passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, he tries to reconnect with a former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), only to learn that she has given birth to their son Jason in his absence. Luke decides to give . . .

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Whence you came…

Whence You Came… from Tipa Tipa on Vimeo.

“know from whence you came. if you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.” james baldwin

josh made this slideshow for our baby shower a few weeks ago. i’m in awe by this tiny life growing inside of me. in a month i’ll be fully cooked and in less then two, they’ll be an additional person in our lives.

Film Fridays: Stoker

alas, a film post…my sister and niece love thrillers and my interest in them have peaked in the last few years. this week we went to nite hawk, i feasted on soft serve ice cream and josh had some beers this film is a dark one folks. the plot, cinematography and costumers are superb.  if you are into thrillers i’d recommend checking this one out.

After India’s (Wasikowska’s) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn (Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

images via 1, 2, 3 synopsis via

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SXSW 2013

thank you so much for all the positivity. my spirits are on the up and up. i’m so glad that there are ebbs and flows to everything really and i count my blessings that the good times far outweight the more challenging ones. so…this pregnant lady had no idea what to pack for austin. while i wouldn’t typically go for tight stretchy skirts they seem to be working for me (at least for now). josh and i had a blast in austin. i am incredibly proud of him and so glad that i could be there for his screening. we saw as many films as time would allow, ate from the food trucks, took a ride to one of the theaters on a bicycle rickshaw and stayed in a really sweet garden cottage. on the way home i somehow ended up in the first seat on the plane . . .

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Film Fridays: Marley

“my life is only important, if me can help plenty people. if my life is just for me and my own security then me don’t want it…my life is for people.”

“possessions make you rich? i don’t have that kind of richness. my richness is life.”

there is a new documentary on the life of bob marley, this one is surely worth checking out.

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p.s. if your in the mood to watch docs, check this out too. hope you all enjoy your very first weekend of 2013!