The Big Short

My husband and I watched another one of the Best Picture nominees, The Big Short.  I loved this movie.  Directed by Adam McKay, who did Anchorman and other Will Ferrell movies, it tells the story of the collapse of the housing market in 2007-2008 and the few traders who bet against it.  It stars Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carrell.

The Big Short is based on a book by Michael Lewis, who also wrote Moneyball, another movie I really enjoyed.  Lewis has a knack for taking complicated ideas and making them easier to understand and also into a great story.  The Big Short jumps from character to character, piecing together the story of Wall Street right before and during the burst of the housing bubble.  The movie uses several techniques to make even complicated financial concepts entertaining, including rap music and letting celebrities (playing themselves) break into the narrative and explain something.  The movie has a ton of humor and overall, was a great pick to watch together.

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Stitch Fix #3 – March 2016

I received my third Stitch Fix box in the mail yesterday.  This time, I had given my stylist specific instructions for what I wanted.  I told her I was taking a family trip to Cancun later in the month and was looking for some stuff for the trip, especially a new beach hat.  Here is what was in my box:

1. Skies are Blue Laurice Color Trim Knit Top – $48

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This top is super cute and really soft.  It will look great with shorts or dressed up under a blazer with jeans.  It’s a keeper.

2. Collective Concepts Paddio Lace Inset Blouse – $54

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This navy top will be great for work this summer.  The lace on the shoulders is really pretty and although I am not crazy about the 100 percent polyester fabric, I think I will get a lot of use out of the top.

3. Market & Spruce Char Geo Print Maxi Skirt – $58

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I wasn’t sure about this skirt as I don’t really wear flowing things.  Both my daughter and husband raved about it on me though and I know that it will be good for our beach vacation.

4. Kut From the Kloth Corynne Distressed Boyfriend Short – $68

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I love these shorts!  I have a pair of jean shorts that I had cut from actual jeans, but they are really short and really only good for the actual beach.  I could wear these out in public and not be embarrassed.

5. Street Level Parker Tote – $58

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I think this bag will be great for travel.  It’s not real leather, which at first I was eh about, but after thinking about it, I won’t be worried if it gets spilled on or sits on the floor.  It also has a little wallet attached inside with a zipper to close, which is also nice when you are traveling.  I probably wouldn’t have kept this bag, but because I am keeping all of the other items, it pays for itself with the 5 item discount.  I would have preferred a hat, but oh well.

Another box, another success.  I really wasn’t planning on keeping all 5 items, but once I was feeling 3 or 4 of them, it made sense to keep them all.  In case you don’t know, Stitch Fix gives a 25 percent discount if you keep all of the items in your box.  You can check out Stitch Fix for yourself: here.

Spotlight

Another evening, another Best Picture nominee.  This time we watched Spotlight, which won the Best Picture award at this year’s Oscars.  The film follows the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team as they investigate, research, and eventually publish evidence relating to the sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

I grew up Catholic, went to Catholic school and most of my family is still very Catholic.  While I am now a non-denominational Christian, I still strongly identify with my Catholic upbringing and so this movie was especially poignant.  I have a hard time understanding the motivation behind the individual priests molesting these children.  I can understand the motivation behind the coverup although I obviously am disgusted with it.  I couldn’t believe the numbers that were cited in their research about the percentage of priests that are abusers.

The acting is the movie is phenomenal, especially Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams.  They really pull you into the story and even though I knew where it was going to head (publishing the story), getting there was a great movie.

Deadpool

Because Deadpool has gotten so much buzz, I decided to check it out.  I watched it by myself because my husband isn’t generally into superhero movies.  I had heard a lot about it, especially that it wasn’t family friendly, so while the 4 year-old tried to talk me into watching it, I struck out on my own.  It was a good thing too; the language and sex, not to mention the violence, were pretty intense.

Deadpool is a Marvel character whose real name is Wade Wilson.  Played by Ryan Reynolds, he works as a mercenary in New York.  After being diagnosed with cancer, he agrees to undergo an experiment with a secret program to enact dormant mutant genes, which would in turn cure his cancer.  It works and gives him healing power, but Wade also becomes incredibly scarred.  Angered, he sets out to exact revenge on the man who performed the experiment on him.

The gimmick of Deadpool is that the character often breaks the fourth wall and talks directly to the audience and cracks jokes.  Most of them are funny and the action sequences are good.  The movie definitely kept my interest, but as I am probably not the demographic it is aimed toward, I didn’t completely see how everyone thinks it is the best movie ever.  If you like superhero movies and want to see something a little difference, definitely check it out…just don’t bring the kids.

Bridge of Spies

In our effort to watch the Best Picture nominees this year, my husband and I watched Bridge of Spies over a few nights. (Hey, it’s hard to watch a whole movie straight through when you are exhausted at night).  The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

The movie tells the story of an insurance lawyer named James Donovan who becomes involved in defending a Russian spy in the 1960, during the height of the Cold War.  The led him to travel to East Germany to assist in the negotiations of a prisoner exchange.  The film was beautifully shot and very well acted.  As a (former) attorney, I enjoyed the legal aspects of it, as well as learning more about that part of history.  Not having lived through the Cold War, it is fascinating how high the stakes were between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Overall, we both enjoyed it and would recommend.

The Good Dinosaur

I watched The Good Dinosaur with the kids the other night.  They had seen it once in the theatre, but this was the first time I had seen it.  One of the “best” parts about watching the movie with the kids was that I had a running commentary about what was coming next and that I was not to worry about certain parts.

The Good Dinosaur was released by Pixar/Disney in 2015 and the thing that struck me the most was the realistic nature scenes, especially the moving water.  You would never know that it was actually animation and not real film.  The story follows Arlo, a dinosaur who is the smallest in his family on a journey to find his way back home after his father dies in a rather traumatic flood.

The theme of the whole movie is making your mark and Arlo eventually does these through his interactions with different characters he meets along his journey and especially through the care of his pet human, Spot.  I definitely teared up with Arlo and Spot are communicating to each other about their family losses through sticks and drawing in the earth.

I enjoyed the movie a lot and felt it was a good one for the kids.