Hiding

Hiding

Last weekend, I watched the movie, Joy, and it might have been one of my favorite movies from last year.  Jennifer Lawrence again is amazing.  Is she best actress alive?  The opening dedication reads: Inspired by the true stories of daring women. I love it.

I have a little girl and the message hits home for me.  I want her to look up to strong women in her life and realize that she can do what ever she wants.  There is nothing stopping her from achieving her dreams.

The movie doesn’t stop there. This isn’t just a film for women.  Anyone who is struggling to create their own work of art, whether that’s an invention, song, or book, can learn something from this movie.  My favorite quote is during a flashback, it’s pictured above.  The main character is having a flashback about how she used to love to create things when she was younger but as she got older she got away from what she loved to do.

Who has had this feeling sometime later in life?  This happened to me a few years ago.  That’s why I decided I needed to start writing and speaking.

“When you’re hiding you’re safe, because people can’t see you. But the funny thing about hiding – you are even hidden from yourself.”

Wow.  That line hit home for me.  That’s the reason I decided to change my life. For years, I was hiding because it was safer and it was easier. What ended up happening is that during those years of hiding I lost a lot of what made me special.  It made me miserable.

I’m far from perfect.  There are times when I still catch myself trying to hide. It’s so much easier.  Standing up every day or every week can be tiring.  Some days I’d much rather hide.

But then I’d be hidden from myself. I only have one life.  I don’t want to spend it hiding.


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One Sentence Review: Entourage Movie

One Sentence Review: Entourage Movie

One Sentence Review:

The boys from Queens are back in full feature-length movie but it sadly continues down the same scattered path of its last season on HBO.

Extended Review:

In my opinion, the first two or three seasons of Entourage are some of the best TV on HBO. I’m not saying that it’s the best quality with the best acting of any HBO series. All I’m saying is that I enjoy those first few seasons more than almost anything the service has to offer. I watched those seasons more than once. This show is an example of what HBO has been missing for the past few years. Though I think that void is being filled by relatively new series, Ballers.

To put it simply, I’m a big fan of the series. Even though I think the movies follows the same path as the final few seasons, meaning it’s pretty bad, that’s not to say that their are not parts of this movie that I don’t like but the movie as a whole is awful. It’s a scattered mess that had good intentions and sometimes hits them. This movie could have been good and if broken down into its former half hour format the storylines used in the film could have worked. For example, when the movie touches on its core such as the opening sequence it works for me as a fan of the series or when it focuses on the side characters, anyone other than Vince or E’s relationship with Sloan which is something I don’t think anyone understands, such Turtle, Drama, and Ari. Drama and Ari have always been the two characters that have made this show for me. I enjoy watching there ups and downs. n the end, the whole thing felt like a final season of entourage jammed into a full length feature film. They should have cut out all the excess storylines and focused on three things: Vince making this big budget movie (without giving him much screen time), Ari dealing with how to get the picture financed (but cut the billionaire son played my the kid from the sixth sense), and how all of this impacts the rest of the crews life (Does anybody care about E and Sloan’s completely unrealistic relationship?). I’m okay with Vince directing a huge blockbuster movie, E hooking up with a bunch of ridiculously hot women, Turtle becoming ridiculously rich and dating Ronda Rousey (Why not?), Ari dealing with Lloyd’s wedding requests, and Drama stressing over his small role in Vince’s film (I didn’t understand the release the video of Drama on Mr. Skin so far into the movie. Why didn’t the video come out in the beginning of the film or before and then show the impact throughout? This was an example of something that felt like a half episode storyline jammed into the end of the movie.)

Lastly, the end of this film is the highlight for me. If I’d do it again, which I probably won’t, I’d watch the opening and ending act because you aren’t missing much in between.

I can’t believe I just wrote over 500 words on such a bad movie. I must be a fan. Now, I really need to do something more productive with my day.

One Sentence Review: The Martian

One Sentence Recap:

An astronaut is thought to be dead during an emergency evacuation of Mars, only to be found alive, injured, and with less than a month of supplies but through all this adversity you discover that survival really comes down to deciding if you want to die and then trying to solve one problem at a time.

One Sentence Review:

This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in the past few years, now I haven’t watched the Reverant or Spotlight, but this movie exceded my expectations though they were probably poor expectations because I was thinking this movie was going to be more like Gravity.

One Sentence Review: Mad Max Fury Road

One Sentence Recap:

Max is captured and turned into a slave, because of his type O blood type, and forced to come along on the hunt for Furiosa who’s stolen the leaders brides, where he’seventually freed then captures Furiosa, the wives, and helps them flee their captures.

One Sentence Review:

Somehow they turned the fourth installment of a franchise into a good movie that kept someone who had never watched any of the previous films interested enough to watch until the credits rolled.

One Sentence Review: Straight Outta Compton 

One Sentence Review: Straight Outta Compton 

A few boys from Comption created one album that helped start the Gangsta Rap genre and set off a larger debate about race, inequality, abuses of power, and freedom of speech.

Other stray thoughts:

  • A good movie with underrated performances by most of the cast. Ice Cube’s son playing his father was spot on.
  • I think they left out a lot of unflattering details. I remember reading a good tweet that stated this movie should have been titled, “an autobiography of NWA as approved by Dr. Dre & Ice Cube.
  • It’s funny to think how Dr. Dre & Ice Cube started as hardcore gamgsta rappers. Now, Dr. Dre works for Apple and Ice Cube makes comedy movies like Daddy Daycare.
  • The group was powered by two incrediblely talented individuals: Dr. Dre & Ice Cube. Dre made the beats and Cube wrote the lyrics.
  • Who was more important? In my opinion I think it’s Dr. Dre’s beats. I believe most people judge a song based on it’s sound first, lyrics second. Both have to blend but I usually write off a song in the first 15 – 30 seconds.

One Sentence Review: The Big Short

One Sentence Review: The Big Short

Eight men realize the housing boom is propped up by bad mortgages and that there is only a matter of time until the whole market goes under.

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One Sentence Review: Trainwreck

One Sentence Review: Trainwreck

Recap:

A women acting like a man and doing whatever she likes until she finds the one.

Review:

Amy Schumar is hilarious. I watched her comedy special on HBO which is great. The movie isn’t as funny but it’s a good comedy to watch when you need to blow off some steam.