Movie Review by Kristin: HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS | #hellomynameisdoris

What’s up, movie lovers?? I was able to watch another movie this week that I thought was worth reviewing, so here I am!

IMG_2147I’d heard about HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS back in 2015 when it was released, but never got around to watching it. For some reason, I felt really good after finally watching it.

The film premiered at South by Southwest on March 14, 2015 and also screened at the Montclair Film Festival on May 1, 2015. Wanted to bring that up since my family is from Montclair, NJ and I thought that was pretty cool.

SYNOPSIS: When Doris Miller (Sally Field) meets John Fremont (Max Greenfield), her company’s hip new art director, sparks fly–at least for Doris. In the cluttered house she shared with her late mother, Doris mines the Internet for information on her one-and-only, guided by the 13-year-old granddaughter of her best pal Roz. When Doris begins showing up at John’s regular haunts, she wins over his Williamsburg friends. Her new life brings Doris a thrilling perspective, but also creates a rift between her and her longtime friends and family, who believe she’s making a fool of herself over a guy half her age. Eager for all the experiences she has missed out on, Doris throws caution to the wind and follows her heart for the very first time.

Now, I did find myself thinking that Doris was a crazy little lady, but she grew on me. The underlying issue was definitely that she missed out on certain experiences because she was forced into the caretaker role for her mother while her brother pursued his dreams. That’s something that I can kind of relate to. The moral of the story is that it’s never too late! Doris quickly became a Grade A stalker when it came to John, but what she craved was that youthful energy, that friendship, the fact that he didn’t look at her like a crazy cat lady who lived her life as a hoarder. He actually liked her quirkiness–and MAN, was she quirky! Sally Field and Max Greenfield had excellent on-screen chemistry throughout, but that’s no surprise. Side Note: If you haven’t seen Greenfield as Schmidt on ‘New Girl,’ do yourself a favor and watch that!

This was a cute little indie film that exemplifies the struggles we sometimes face in order to find ourselves. It made me laugh and it definitely made me sympathize with the characters. Doris was lost, but she was able to find herself through these experiences and I think that’s more important than her moments of cyber-stalking John on Facebook. But, note to the ladies (& dudes) out there . . . don’t be a cyber-stalker. Be yourself–quirkiness and all!

THE GLASS CASTLE | Movie Trailer | Find Beauty In the Struggle | #theglasscastle

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What’s up, peeps?

I’m stoked for this movie because, as a book nerd, I read the memoir by Jeannette Walls and was captivated from the very first page. To see it being brought to fruition as a film is only a testament to its greatness. This story is heartbreaking, it’s imaginative, it’s dysfunctional, it’s beautiful and tragic all rolled up into one big ball of emotions. Definitely worth your time!

So read the memoir and check out the trailer below! Let me know if you’ll be checking it out in theaters like I will be!

SYNOPSIS: A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. 

 

 

THE GLASS CASTLE will be released in theaters August 11!

TRAILER: ‘The Big Short’ starring Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale

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I recently discovered that Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrell, Christian Bale and Max Greenfield will comprise most of the cast of The Big Short, which will be released in theaters around December 23, 2015.  (Yes, Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling in the same movie…you can breathe now)  This is an incredible cast and I, personally, can’t wait to see it!  The film is based on the book, ‘The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine’ by Michael Lewis and tells the story of the build-up of the housing and credit bubble during the 2000s that led to the financial crisis of 2007-2010.