Top 5 2013 Resolutions:
1. read more: at least 6 classics, a few for fun (some ideas: Confederacy of Dunces, The Sun Also Rises, The Idiot, Great Expectations)
2. exercise more: yoga twice a week, cardio once a week
3. create more: felt & craft all year long
4. save more: a frigid 20%
5. give more: donate whenever possible; give to United Way every pay check; become a Big
Top 5+ Films:
1. Moonrise Kingdom- Wes Anderson: Moonrise Kingdom is a story of adolescence, mischief and innocent love. It inexplicably shouts classic Wes Anderson with a bountiful amount of beautiful symmetrical shots and sarcastic, dry dialogue. Set in a small New England town, Suzy runs away from her dull, calculated home life and Sam, the orphan, escapes Camp Ivanhoe where the other scout boys pick on him. They meet and set out to create their own adventures while a team of unresolved adults including a hopeless father, Bill Murray, and Sam’s scout master, Edward Norton, search for the missing children. The soundtrack is complementary and creates waves of emotion as you view the kids runaway journey and unofficial “marriage.” I Loved Every Bit of It.
2. Django Unchained- Quentin Tarantino: Tarantino takes you on another ride, and spits you out when he’s through with you. How do you describe this movie? Well, it involves a bounty hunter, a German-speaking slave, Southern plantation owners, gruesome gun fights, terribly spoken Australian men (one portrayed by the director himself), and a mean old, nasty mastermind slave. Tarantino has productively, in recent films, taken a chunk of history and polished it shiny and new adding uncomfortable humor and twists like no other.
3. Silver Linings Playbook- David O. Russell: Potential cheesy romantic comedy turned tender, non-conforming, genuine story. This is a true modern day romantic film. Pat, played by Bradley Cooper, has bipolar disorder and is unrealistic about his failing marriage after being released from a mental health clinic meets Tiffany, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who is a recent widow with a sleeve of her own mental issues. The two work through personal problems including depression, sex addiction, and denial to unveil a new meaning to life. Even if you wanted to dislike this film, it’s impossible to disconnect from these characters. You will root for them with each anger rage and panic attack, because deep down, we all feel the same anxiety.