Movie Page: Brooklyn

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OK: I’m super behind on movies right now (seriously, there are so many good ones!), but I’m really glad I prioritized Brooklyn out of the entire bunch.

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The movie is based on the 2010 book by Colm Toibin — it’s the story of Ellis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant torn between love in 1950s Brooklyn and her life back home. The film is surprisingly funny, but also deeply moving. It managed to capture the exact allure of Brooklyn and how it instantly becomes a place that feels impossible to leave.

More proof that this film should be your top pick: It has a 99 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating. Whoa.

Any other films I should add to my list? I’m trying to see one a week to get caught up before the Oscars!

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Travel Page: San Francisco

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Last week, Matt and I popped out to San Francisco for a super quick trip to meet his darling baby niece. She’s a cutie pie! Matt was working a bit while we were out there, so, in addition to seeing family, I had some time to sight see and explore. Read on for more details about the trip…

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Olive Kitteridge

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OK, so I’m a few days late after promising this post last week, but I have to ask: Have you watched Olive Kitteridge? There’s no doubt you’ve heard of it. It totally cleaned up at this year’s Emmy Awards. My good friend was in town and we decided to crush all four hour-long episodes in one shot. Our assessment? It deserved every single one of those Emmys.

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The mini-series — based on the book by Elizabeth Strout — follows Olive’s marriage to Henry, a 25-year relationship that takes place in a small town in Maine. Frances McDormand is Olive; Richard Jenkins is Henry. Both seamlessly capture the comfortable and complicated evolution of a marriage, weaving in a supporting cast of characters (Zoe Kazan, Rosemarie DeWitt, John Gallagher Jr., Bill Murray) that cement and challenge their bond.

downloadBeyond the cast, one of the best parts of the show is the pacing. Somehow, four episodes manage to hastily and gracefully cover all the ups and downs of a multi-decade relationship. In fact, so much goes down in four hours that it’s hard not to search for meaning in every word the characters impart. Still, the speed is on par with the show’s premise — a reminder that life, however meaningful, is an act of a survival…and it’s short.

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Show Me a Hero

show-me-a-hero-tv-reviewAre you watching Show Me A Hero on HBO? It’s only six episodes — and I am doing my best to savor each one (seriously, I would watch season after season of this show). Here’s why:

1. It’s New York-specific. The plot follows the true story of Nick Wasicsko, the mayor of Yonkers, New York in the 1980s, who has to take a stand on the public housing desegregation battle that divided the city during this time. (Watch the show’s trailer here.)

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2. It stars Oscar Isaac. The man is crazy talented. And passionate. And cute. And now I want to watch every film he’s ever made before this (especially this one, which I meant to see, but missed!).

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3. It also stars Catherine Keener and Winona Ryder. Both super badass women (especially CK, who appears in sorta major disguise).

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4. It’s brilliantly written. Seriously, David Simon — who’s the man behind The Wire — deserves an Emmy, a Golden Globe, all of the above. In six episodes, I care so deeply about each character…even the ones that probably get less than five minutes of screen time a show. The script is so honest and raw and makes me want a second season, like whoa.

Are you watching the show? More TV talk later this week — we need to discuss Olive Kitteredge!

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