December 21, 2016

Movie Review: Moonlight


Golden Globe Nominations
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Naomie Harris
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting - Mahershala Ali
Best Director - Motion Picture: Nicholas Britell
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Over the weekend I saw Moonlight. It is nominated for six Golden Globe Awards and will probably get several Academy Award nominations as well.  Here's the summary from IMDB.com:

A timeless story of human connection and self-discover, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

Moonlight is a sad story of a young man with a rough childhood, but it has been beautifully done. There are three actors who play Chiron through out the film. Alex R Hibbert plays Chiron around the age of 10. Ashton Sanders plays Chiron at high school age. Trevante Rhodes plays Chiron as an adult. All three of them were fantastic in this film.  Naomie Harris played Chiron's mother through out the film and is nominated for Supporting Actress.  Mahershala Ali plays a man that young Chiron meets when he needs a male influence more than anything.  If you look closely at the movie poster, you'll see that it's all three Chirons.  The three actors depict the three different chapters that this film is broken down into - i Little | ii Chiron | iii Black.


Brian Tallerico, from RogerEbert.com, "Moonight is a film that is both lyrical and deeply grounded in its character work, a balancing act that's breathtaking to behold."  This movie stays completely focused on its character and never strays away from the point of it all.

This movie isn't for everyone, but it's definitely something to see.  I give 4 out of 5 stars!



December 20, 2016

Movie Review: Hacksaw Ridge

Let the movie reviews begin!


Golden Globe Nominations
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Andrew Garfield
Best Director - Motion Picture: Mel Gibson

Last week I saw Hacksaw Ridge and I was blown (no pun intended) away! Mel Gibson is back  in action with this fantastic movie.  This is an incredible true story about a WWII American Army Medic who was considered a 'conscientious objector.' What that means is, he claims the right to refuse to perform military service on the grounds of his religious beliefs.

Andrew Garfield brilliantly portrays Desmond T. Doss who is a native of Lynchburg, Virginia.  Doss joined up and fought in WWII at the battle of Okinawa without ever firing a single weapon.  He single-handedly rescued 75 wounded men from the trenches at Hacksaw Ridge. Doss received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions.

If you haven't seen Hacksaw Ridge go see it now! I will warn you there are some scenes that are pretty gruesome. Mel Gibson knows how to display body parts that are missing...  There are also some pretty emotional scenes. My mom and I were sobbing!

I give Hacksaw Ridge 5 out of 5 stars!


December 19, 2016

2017 Golden Globe Nominations

AWARD SEASON IS UPON US!


This is my most favorite time of year, besides Christmas that is. The Golden Globe nominations came out about a week ago and I'm already crossing movies off of my list.  There will be quite a few movie reviews coming your way over the next few weeks.

So far I have seen Moonlight, Hacksaw Ridge, Zootopia, The Lobster, and Deadpool.  I've really enjoyed all of them. The Lobster was weird though; not what I thought it was going to be. I'm going to see Manchester by the Sea on Thursday afternoon since I have the day off.  I plan on renting Hell or High Water and Florence Foster Jenkins from Red Box.

The Golden Globe Awards are on NBC on January 8, 2017.  Here is a list of my favorite Motion Picture Nominationed categories -

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Hell or High Water
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
Hacksaw Ridge

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
20th Century Women
Deadpool
Florence Foster Jenkins
La La Land
Sing Street

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Amy Adams - Arrival
Jessica Chastain - Miss Sloane
Isabelle Huppert - Elle
Ruth Negga - Loving
Natalie Portman - Jackie

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton - Loving
Andrew Garfield - Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen - Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington - Fences

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening - 20th Century Women
Lily Collins -  Rules Don't Apply
Hailee Steinfeld -  The Edge of Seventeen
Emma Stone - La La Land
Meryl Streep - Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Colin Farrell - The Lobster
Ryan Gosling - La La Land
Hugh Grant - Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill - War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds - Deadpool

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Naomie Harris - Moonlight
Nicole Kidman - Lion
Octavia Spencer - Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams - Manchester by the Sea
Viola Davis - Fences

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali - Moonlight
Jeff Bridges - Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg - Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel - Lion
Aaron Taylor-Johnson - Nocturnal Animals

Best Director - Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle - La La Land
Tom Ford - Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson - Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins - Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester by the Sea

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Damien Chazelle - La La Land
Tom Ford - Nocturnal Animals
Barry Jenkins - Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan - Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan - Hell or High Water

Best Motion Picture - Animated
Moana
My Life As A Zucchini
Sing
Zootopia
Kubo and the Two Strings

There are several more categories of nominations; this award show also covers Television. You can go to the Golden Globe Website for a complete list.

December 16, 2016

Happy Friday! It's Almost Christmas!

Happy Friday everyone! Can you believe that next weekend is Christmas? Goodness gracious! Before we know it, 2017 will be here (in 15 days actually). I hope you had a fabulous week. Here are some wonderful highlights from mine.


{one} A Christmas Story
On Saturday morning Grandin Theater was showing A Christmas Story for free to the public.  A friend and I went to see it and had a fantastic time!  It was so great seeing it on the big screen. The theater was packed full of people with their children and families. I hope they play it next year too. I would love to make this a new tradition!

{two} Office Gifts
I definitely work with some lovely people. Every Christmas little elves start dropping off presents in everyone's offices. This year my coworker (partner in crime really) gave me a cute little diet coke ornament. Another coworker presented us with beautiful ornaments and another 'elf' gave out coffee cups with fuzzy socks and a Mary Kay gift certificate. Love it!

{three} Irving Berlin's White Christmas
I went to see White Christmas at our local regional theater, Mill Mountain Theater, this week. The talent was fantastic! My favorite musical number from the movie is 'Snow' and it's even on my Spotify Christmas playlist. It was cute they way the musical does it with all the train passengers.

{four} Dinner with My Person
Last night my dear friend, Steph, and I have dinner.  We went to Carrabba's, ate a lot of bread :) and exchanged Christmas gifts.  Steph got me a kitty cat tea infuser and loose leaf tea. My 'part 3' hadn't arrived in the mail yet, but it's a Harry Potter tea mug that says "Accio Tea."  I love this girl! We've been friends since high school and will be friends for a long time to come.


{five} Christmas Cards
I love send and receiving Christmas cards!  It's the perfect way to share what's been going on over the year and also pictures of you and your loved ones. This year was a picture of me and the kitties.  I received a few as well and put them on my refrigerator.

How was your week? 

Have a great weekend!!!

I'm linking up with...
Bright on a Budget, Della Devoted, and Cup of Tea for High Five For Friday
Carolina Charm & April for Five on Friday
September Farm for Oh Hey Friday





  

December 9, 2016

Thank God It's Friday

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you had a wonderful week.  I'll just get right to it and share with you some highlights from my week!

{one} A Simple Gift
My 'star daughter,' Charlotte, was in a play at one of our local theaters. A Simple Gift was being put up and Charlotte was the lead! She was absolutely fantastic! Charlotte is so talented and only 14 years old! Can you believe it!!!!! I loved seeing her in this show. I even got a little teary-eyed at curtain call! I'm so glad Starcropolis brought us together!

{two} Holiday Open House
My work's Holiday Open House was this week. It was a lot of fun! The mascots from the Salem Red Sox baseball team and the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs came and joined in on the fun and 2016's Miss Virginia, Michaela Sigmon, was there as well.  My dad is a partner with my organization and was in attendance. We took a father-daughter photo. Doesn't he look nice!
(photos by jollyjenphotography.com)

{three} The 12 Plays of Christmas
I'm stage managing a play right now with a new theater company called "Page to Stage Theatre." This is their third production, just in time for Christmas! This week has been 'tech' week where we set the lighting and sound to the show. It's also the week where the actors are in costume and makeup and we do full runs of the show. It's definitely been a learning experience and one that I'm immensely grateful for! The shows are wonderful and our actors are fantastic! 

{four} St. Nicholas Day
Ever since I was little we celebrated St. Nicholas Day. You put your shoes out on the night of December 5th and then the next morning you wake to find your shoes full of toys and candy!  Well, St. Nicholas assigned two little elves, Pixie & Trixie, to my and my brother a long time ago.  They still come and visit us!

{five} The 21 Day Fix
I started the 21 day fix on Sunday and it's been a looooooooooong week! With my regular job and then going straight to tech rehearsals for 12 Plays it's been tricky! I haven't been the perfect example this week. I'm not giving up though. I'm going to catch up on my workouts and keep eating right.

How was your week? 

Have a great weekend!!!

I'm linking up with Bright on a Budget, Della Devoted, and Cup of Tea for High Five For Friday.




  

December 6, 2016

Holiday Decorations

Happy holidays! Are you one of those people, like me, who has had their decorations up since before Thanksgiving? I'll admit, I put mine up the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  I don't have a whole lot up this year. I'm moving in January and I didn't want to have to repack a lot of decorations. With the cats, I decided not to put up a Christmas tree. Check out what I did do ~


I love the colored balls I got at Target last year. They are so bright and colorful and really add a pop to the room. I'm really surprised the cats haven't knocked them over and played with them.

If you didn't know, I have a thing for snowmen :) They are just so cute! I have two dancing Hallmark snowmen on my short book case and then two more on each side of my TV cabinet. Oh, and another one on a shelf. I also have a snowman stocking holder... I just really like snowmen!

Since I didn't put up a tree somewhere I was desperate to find a place for my twinkle lights. I decided to put them across the top of my living room window. They are so pretty at night and give off just enough light.

I went to Michaels on black Friday. They were having an amazing sale! I found the rustic Happy Holidays sign there and it looks so nice with my twinkle lights.

Every year I set up my Fontanini Nativity Set. I love this!

I also decorated my office a teenie-tiny bit with the cutest little Holy Family you ever did see! I saw it at Lifeway Christian Store (love that place!) and couldn't pass it up. They are so cute! They sit right on my desk in front of my computer screen so I can see them every day!

How did you decorate for the holidays this year? 

Today I'm collaborating with Hannah over at Surviving Medicine. She is also sharing her decorations with you! You can find Hannah on Instagram as well at @hansla100.

December 5, 2016

Getting Fit with the 21 Day Fix


The 21 Day Fix set was purchased back in August. I gave it a go, but only lasted 4 days.  At the time I was still traveling a lot for work and it was just me doing the Fix. I was also not in a good state of mind, emotionally, with my own food issues to really be able to set myself up for success.

A girlfriend of mine from college is a Beachbody coach now.  She had seen some of my posts and knew that I had the Shakeology, but wondered if I did the DVD workouts and used the containers.  I told her I did and then she asked if I'd be interested in joining her challenge Ending the Year Healthy & Happy on Facebook.  I thought, why not?!  This time around I would have a coach that I have a personal relationship with. I also have a friend (K) that's local - actually lives in my apartment complex - that was interested in doing it too.  I felt like with a better support system (meaning other people doing it) that I would have better success this time.


On Saturday morning I weighed and then K came over and we took our before measurements and before pictures. These are good to help notice your progress at the end. Then we feasted on pancakes.  What? It's our 'last day' of food freedom! Haha!  I went grocery shopping and did some food prep on Saturday - cooked a few chicken breasts.

I officially started the 21 Day Fix on Sunday (12/4/16).  I started the morning off with my Total Body Cardio DVD work out and had a nice breakfast of scrambled eggs and a banana.  I had my chocolate shake as a morning snack. Lunch was a yummy salad and dinner was a wonderful meal of tilapia, quinoa with sauteed red/green pepper and onions.  This week will be mostly the same when it comes to meals. My workouts Monday-Friday this week will be late night after rehearsal.

Something that is super helpful to me this time around is the 21 Day Fix app for my phone. It helps you keep track of all of the containers, your water intake, and your workouts. I'm loving the app! I'm also keeping track of what I'm eating. That way I know if something isn't enough or if I'm eating too much of something. You can also input your measurements and it does all the calculations for you!

Even though I'm only on day 2, I feel really good about this. Some people think I'm crazy for doing this time of year with the holidays and all the yummy treats that pop up everywhere.  I just have to stay motivated and honest with myself.

Have you done the 21 Day Fix? What did you think?