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And the Oscar Goes to Who? The Finale

25 Feb

Last on the list is Blue Valentine starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. I was skeptical about seeing it at first because the last thing I saw Michelle Williams in was Dawson’s Creek, and I didn’t like her too much on the show. And since it was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, it has to be a little interesting right?

I can say that I was sadly in love (Get it? Because it’s Blue Valentine?) with the movie!!! For those who have never heard of the flick, it’s about a married couple, Dean and Cindy, who have been married for six years and have a daughter and the spark has completely fizzled from their marriage. They’re a working class couple who live in Pennsylvania. Cindy is a tired nurse. And Dean, his job isn’t confirmed if he has one, but he plays a mean ukelele. The marriage has turned into a chore. There is no reviving, no pulse — nada. Dean tries to get a lil’ sumptin, sumptin’ back, so he takes Cindy to a motel for a sexy rendezvous out, but she’s not really feeling it.

The movie has flashbacks as to how their relationship started and goes to where it is now, and I thought it was wonderfully done. The story line is pretty basic. A marriage in disarray? Yeah, we’ve seen that time and again. It was the performances of Gosling and Williams that made the movie so great. We really saw the strain of their marriage and how the past events of their lives affected things in the future. I can even say that by the end of the movie I got a little choked up (and that rarely happens!). If there’s one thing you do this, check this movie out! Then you’ll see why it truly deserved a nomination. A

 

— Cherie Redd

Free 90s party! *Last minute mischief*

24 Feb

owwwww par-tay!!!

PARTY LIKE ITS 1999

Unhitch that overall strap, lace up your Docs, tie that flannel around your waist, put on that matte brown lipstick, and set your VCR to record 90210. (The original, people!) Come dance to the 90’s pop, rock, hip hop, and R&B that you were too cool to admit you liked back then. Most importantly it is FREE!!!  Meet us at the…

THE BELL HOUSE

(Front Lounge)
149 7th Street, Brooklyn NY 11215

9pm-until

Don’t forget to put the condom on the right eye.

Crazy Sexy Cooooooool

And the Oscar Goes to Who? Part 2

23 Feb

Last week Cherie Redd gave you reviews of two lesser known Oscar nominated films “The King Speech” (which is English go figure) and “The Kids Are All Right” (quite the opposite).  In case you missed it click here. This week our brother from another mother Dru, he is the last “D” in Cherie Redd wrote this poignant review of “Black Swan”…

What would you do to achieve perfection? Better yet who or what  are you willing to become? These are the questions that the Darren Aronofsky psychological-thriller, “Black Swan,” explores through a collection of masterful performances by a talented cast.
Natalie Portman stars as the innocent ballerina, Nina Sayers, whose pursuit of perfection embodies the “The White Swan” of “Swan Lake.” All is fine and well until the director of the production, played by Vincent Cassel, decides he needs a ballerina that can portray both the White Swan and antagonistic Black Swan. The task of portraying the Black Swan seems out of reach for Portman’s restricted perfectionist style until she meets a new student, the edgy and free-spirited Lily, a breakthrough performance by Mila Kunis.
As Nina experiences the world of Lily she starts to embrace a “dark” side of herself that relates to the Black Swan. Nina and Lily’s relationship climaxes in a risky intimacy scene. Nina quickly begins to lose herself in her creative exploration of the antagonistic character including the belief that she is actually turning into a black swan.

The character grows more delusional, which affects her eerie relationship with her mother, an accolade-worthy performance by Barbara Hershey, and increasing paranoia that Lily is trying to replace her. Nina’s creative self-destruction pushes her to a climatic performance that she doesn’t return from.
Also, Winona Ryder provides a noteworthy role as, Beth MacIntyre, the star White Swan that Portman replaces, which depicts a star’s fall from grace. A-

~Dru Bass

And the Oscar Goes to Who? I Never Heard of That!

18 Feb

It’s awards season, and this is the time of year when everyone becomes a film critic. Being lovers of all things media, we, Cherie Redd, woke up bright and early to watch the nominees release announcements. To my joy, and Cherie’s dismay, Mo’nique was announcing (“Yaaaaas bae-bay! Hug yaselves!”). Although Cherie Redd is split when it comes to Team Momo our thoughts remain the same, “PLEASE DON’T MESS THIS UP!” Mo doesn’t disappoint but the nominations do.

Most of movies nominated we (as in Cherie Redd) never even heard of or paid attention to. What the hell is The King’s Speech? We hope its English. Blue Valentine sounds like that uber-emo person you follow on Twitter but don’t have the heart to unfollow. You know the person —  @I_hate_life_butLOVEconquersAllPleaseDontLeaveMe : (sigh) (sitting in the bathtub with my boombox on the ledge) “I would do any thing for love but I won’t do that…”Aggh *electric shock*. Thank God for the mute button…

Instead of living in ignorance, we will see every movie nominated for best picture and review only the ones we like (lol). First up – The King’s Speech.

The film that has the most Oscar nominations (12) this year but no one (that we know) heard of it.  Initially, I was skeptical to watch it because most period piece films bore us. The King’s Speech is interesting because the whole film builds up to the end where he delivers, you guessed it, a speech. Out the gate, I was drawn in because of the music, the cinematography, and pacing. The joy of the film is in his journey. The “atmosphere” folks are frantic tending to all  minute details as Prince Albert, The Duke of York (Colin Firth) prepares to give the Christmas address in lieu of his deathbed daddy.  By the time he gets to the mic you are completely invested.  The infamous red “on air” light turns on and he… CHOKES! Aggh who chokes on Christmas day? His stutter alone should win best actor.  The gut wrenching feeling was the equivalent of watching the star cheerleader fall off the top of the pyramid, during halftime… eek!

Throughout  the film you see his ups and downs with Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), an Australian speech therapist  and his royal court as they work desperately to overcome his impediment for the sake of his country.  When Germany declares war against England you realize how serious this matter has become.  This is a film for people who enjoy performances over action and you have to sit down and commit yourself to watching (no texting).  B+

*Av’s prediction* It will either sweep at the oscars or pull a move like “The Color Purple” and win none.

The Kids are All Right – Ok, ok, I get it. The Academy loves neurotic people with all of their flaws. It’s their favorite. In The Kids are All Right is no exception. Initially, the film is about two lesbians, Nic and Jules (played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) who have two teenage children, Joni and Laser, whom they conceived by a sperm donor. Once Joni turns 18, she decides she wants to reach out to her biological father, and she does. She and Laser go to meet up with him (Paul played by Mark Ruffalo) reluctantly (I mean geez, he did come out of tube and this is the first time they’re ever meeting him), but he turns out to be SUPER COOL. He rides a motorcycle. He has a head of luscious locks. He owns his own restaurant. And most of all, he’s laid back, unlike their mom Nic. She’s so wound up over everything, and you know what, the kiddies are tired of it.

Everyone meets, Nic and Jules included, and Nic wants to hate Paul. Now Jules, she’s the housewife, but always longed to be a wife outside of the home. So she comes up with all of these business ideas, none of which seem to pan out, but she comes up with a landscaping business. She even bought a truck, so it’s official to her. Paul hires her to landscape his backyard, and without giving it away, he turns their lives upside down from there.

I thought it was a good movie. Oscar worthy? Not so much, but throughout the film we see how pushy Nic is (she’s a doctor and needs to be in control all of the time). Annette Bening did a good job at playing her, and we see her character unravel by the end of the film, but to me, if I can picture someone else playing the role, then it might not be Oscar worthy. #JustSayin. Kids gets a B-.

Freeze Tag and Football!

4 Feb

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We all have that inner child that needs to be let loose once in a while, so why not let it go during a nice game of freeze tag? Sunday, February 6, there will be freeze tag on Wall Street in Manhattan from noon-3pm. Meet at the corner of Wall Street and Broad St. For more info, visit http://www.levysuniqueny.com.

Also, the ladies of The HDPL are having a Superbowl party at Rustik Lounge. Join them (and us here at Roaring 20s!) At 471 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY at 6 pm. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/TheHDPL.

Football and Freeze tag? Can your Sunday get any better?

~Cherie Redd

What is Midweek Mischief?

1 Feb


Everybody needs a little mischief in their life, right? We love to have fun and go out on the weekends, but there’s so much more to social life than shakin’ a tailfeather at the club.

Midweek Mischief was created by us, Cherie Redd, when we realized we could have fun like this more often while still learning and without breaking the bank. We didn’t have to get a new outfit (and sometimes a whole outfit too, not just pieces), pay to get in the club, or buy overpriced drinks.

MoMa: Museum of Modern Art

 

Midweek Mischief is a lifestyle. It’s all about doing something you might not have tried before but always wanted to do. Want to attend a book signing? Go for it. Always wanted to try a wine tasting? Do it.  For the daring you can go places with or without a companion *gasp* What’s the worst that could happen? Everyone points and laughs at you as you walk down the street?  With Cherie Redd it’s all about thinking outside of the box and we encourage you to do the same.

So with the Midweek Mischief section, we will bring you all things fun! Expect movie reviews, random pop culture commentary, places to go and the random adventures of Cherie Redd! like the time we were almost escorted out of MoMa…umm next time.

 

Peeping A.V.

Hungry why wait?

CHERIE REDD!!!