#Review: JEFF DYE – LIVE FROM MADISON | @JeffDye #comedy #livealbum

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Hey there! If you’re a fan of comedy, you DEFINITELY need to check out this new live album from Jeff Dye!

I saw him live in West Palm Beach about 2 years ago and it was one of the oddest shows I’ve ever experienced. Jeff was fantastic, but the audience comprised of mostly old people who probably got the tickets for free. They didn’t seem to get the majority of the jokes, which was unfortunate because the set was hilarious! I’d driven up from Miami with my best friend and my brother, so I was excited to meet him after the show. Needless to say, I was bummed when he didn’t come out to meet anyone afterwards. My brother spoke to someone at the venue, and Jeff came out specifically to meet us and then went back in his dressing room. He was one of the nicest guys I’ve had the pleasure of talking to and has humor for days. If you want to read my review of that show, you can click HERE.

To say I was stoked about his new live album is an understatement. It’s been a while since his last one and I didn’t know how much I needed this until I decided to listen to it at work today. (By the way . . . I’m still hoping for that Netflix special that was mentioned a while back!) As I was working and listening to the album, I found myself literally laughing out loud, so I would strongly suggest listening to this in your car or home if you work with judgy people with dry senses of humor. Just saying!

Jeff is not afraid to make his audience feel uncomfortable for the sake of the jokes and I think that’s part of his charm. Like most comics, they know that the reaction could go one of two ways and this guy does not give two shits which way that is. He commits to it, he sells it and he makes me laugh so much. You can check it out by clicking HERE and listening for yourself!

Here is some more information about the live album:

Total Run Time: 54 minutes

  1. Hello Madison (Live)
  2. I Could Be Gay (Live)
  3. I’m Pro-Feminism (Live)
  4. Break Up (Live)
  5. Dating Stinks (Live)
  6. I Want Kids (Live)
  7. I Be Drinkin (Live)
  8. White Comic (Live)
  9. Guess Who (Live)

 

You can also catch Jeff Dye on an all-new season of BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, which premieres on Monday, January 1st on NBC. What a great way to start the new year!

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Movie Review by Kristin: HOME AGAIN | #HomeAgain_Movie #HomeAgainMovie

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Happy Friday, everyone!

I’m back with another movie review! This time I was able to put the phone down and watch HOME AGAIN with the niece and I actually really enjoyed it. Admittedly, I thought I was going to love this one, but I can’t say it’s in my top 5. I did enjoy it though, and I definitely don’t think it deserved the low rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

SYNOPSIS: Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her. 

Our first thought about the film is that Reese Witherspoon definitely has some sort of anti-aging elixir that we all need to get our hands on. The woman does not age!

Her performance in this movie was so good! She really embodied the role of a freshly separated mom who is feeling her way through being the new head-of-household. She’s not perfect, she’s sensitive and she’s unwilling to give up on herself and her daughters. That’s something that so many women can relate to and it’s part of the charm of this movie.

The relationships she develops with Harry (Pico Alexander), George (Jon Rudnitsky) and Teddy (Nat Wolff) contribute to the charm as well. Each one fills a void that she is missing since her separation from Austin (Michael Sheen) and, although I probably wouldn’t let three strangers live in my home, it provides the near-perfect situation in Alice’s case.

HOME AGAIN has a great blend of comedy, romance and drama that leaves you wanting more. At only an hour and 37 minutes, I feel like there could’ve been at least another half hour of comedy thrown in there. It was a great watch for sure, but it didn’t completely wow me the way the trailer did.

You can grab a copy of HOME AGAIN on Digital, DVD and Blu-ray now! Check it out and let me know your thoughts!

Movie Review by Kristin: ALLIED | @AlliedMovie #AlliedMovie

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What’s up, movie lovers?

I had some time yesterday to sit down and watch a movie, so I decided to indulge my Brad Pitt-loving self and watch ALLIED on Amazon Prime. It wasn’t my favorite Brad Pitt movie of all time, but the performances were fantastic!

The movie stars Brad Pitt as Max Vatan and Marion Cotillard as Marianne Beauséjour.

SYNOPSIS: In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.

Ok, so here’s what I thought . . .

The first part of the movie had a fair amount of action, but, I admit, I was hoping for a little more. Max and Marion are posing as husband and wife in order to infiltrate and, later, assassinate a German ambassador. I just felt like there was this huge buildup towards the assassination and then maybe 5 minutes where they actually put the plan into action. Personally, I was more interested in finding out who these people were and why they were put together for this particular mission. I don’t necessarily feel like we ever got that answer where Marianne was concerned though. Even the relationship between Marianne and Max felt contrived as opposed to being able to see them gradually fall in love. When Max asked her to come with him to London, I thought it was still part of a mission rather than genuine affection for her. Sure, there was some sexual tension between them in the first part of the movie, but it just didn’t feel like enough for the relationship to continue on elsewhere. I wasn’t sure what was real and what wasn’t, but maybe that was intentional.

The cinematography here was great also. You really felt like you were in the scene with the characters. One of the craziest scenes was a birth scene where nurses rush the patient out in the street during a bomb raid to deliver her baby. With ash floating around them and fire in the sky, the baby was born surrounded by clapping nurses. It was rather unrealistic, but beautifully shot!

Overall, I’m glad I caught this though. The performances by Pitt and Cotillard were fantastic, but I’m a bit biased where Brad Pitt is concerned (don’t judge me). My jaw dropped at least twice throughout the film, which is always a great thing! I would recommend watching this at least once because it definitely held my interest throughout.

I was able to watch ALLIED for free as part of my Amazon Prime membership, but it’s also available on iTunes, DVD and Blu-ray now! Check it out and let me know your thoughts!