Rossy's Corner

Let’s Be Friends

I recently met someone new (aka Wonderful) – educated, funny, employed, age appropriate and a homeowner. After a wonderful, what I believed to be a first date (it wasn’t) – Wonderful told me that the only thing we could be was friends. YES, I was offered the dreaded “let’s be friends”. Friends?

After asking for clarification on what “friends” entails. I was told – going out to activities, lots of kisses, spending time together, and getting to know each other. Just no titles.

I thought about it and I’m trying it out ………. for now.

 

Movie Reviews

Movie Review: Friend Request (2016)

Directed by Simon Verboeven

At first glance this is the usual story about a popular college girl named Laura (played by Alycia Debriam-Carey) who accepts a Facebook friend request from a loner named Marina (played by Liesl Ahlers).

Marina is so happy to finally have a Facebook friend and then Laura talks to her in real life. Unfortunately, Marina feels that Laura is her real friend and really focuses on Laura. Laura gets uncomfortable and ends up unfriending Marina on Facebook. Marina tries to apologize and get Laura’s friendship back but it doesn’t work.

Fast forward, a supernatural occurrence and people start dying but not just any people but Laura’s close friends. Can Laura figure out how to save her friends and herself before it’s too late?

I love Facebook but after watching this movie I’m a bit more reluctant to accept friend requests because it might lead to death.

Movie Reviews

Movie Review: The New Legends of Monkey (2018)

Directed by Gerard Johnstone
Tripitaka played by Luciane Buchanan
Sandy played by Emilie Cocquerel. Monkey King played by Chai Hansen. Pigsy played by Josh Thomson
There is a legend that 500 years ago the Monkey King (a god) was captured, turned to stone and now demons rule the earth. A small group called the resistance, has one mission which is to free the Monkey King and with his help get rid of the demons.
Of course there is a chosen one – trained by the resistance as a warrior monk; his name is Tripitaka. Something dreadful happens and a young girl is given the responsibility to survive and never let hope disappear. The young girl steps up and becomes the new Tripitaka. Can Tripitaka free the Monkey King and save the world?
I binge watched the entire first season of the show and I loved it!

Film Life

Goals as a Filmmaker

 

  1. Make enough money to support myself and my cats in a comfortable lifestyle
  2. Create high quality movies and tv shows that I’d want to watch
  3. Get into and screen at LA Film Festival, Sundance, Toronto and Tribecca
  4. Make interesting, engaging, fun vlogs about the business side of filmmaking and behind the scenes videos
  5. Build a following of people who enjoy my films and actively and consistently engage with me as a filmmaker.
  6. Win an Academy Award for Best Picture, Animated Feature, Directing, Foreign Language Film, and Original Screenplay
Movie Reviews

Movie Review: The Breadwinner

Director: Nora Twomey

Starring: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Ali Badshah

Parvana is a girl growing up in Afghanistan under the Taliban. Her father (Nurullah) is arrested one day and unless there is a boy or man present to escort them outside, Parvana, her older sister (Soraya) and her mother cannot go outside. Parvana does have a younger brother (Zaki) but he is too small to be an escort (this is my conclusion, not something that the movie stated). Parvana’s mother (Fattema) goes with Parvana to make the long trip to the prison in hopes to find news on the condition of Parvana’s father; they figure if they do not draw attention to themselves then hopefully they can make it to the prison.

Unfortunately they are caught and Fattema is beaten. They go back home and Fattema is utterly defeated. It seems that they are to stay home and slowly starve to death. Parvana decides to cut off her hair, wear boy’s clothing and provide for her family. This is dangerous because if she is caught she will be killed but there is freedom in being a boy. Parvana is able to work, buy food, get water, etc without major issues. Parvana meets Shauzia who is a girl who also dresses up like a boy; they become friends and work jobs to make money. Throughout the story, Parvana continues telling the tale her father had started about a boy who goes into the mountains to face the elephant king and get the seeds that were stolen from his village (seeds the village needs to plant in order to have food).

I cried while watching this movie. I cried as Fattema was beaten, I cried when Parvana and her friend were getting shot at and I cried near the end when Parvana is at the prison begging to see her father.

I want to be as brave as Parvana one day, to find a way to accomplish my goals even when everything is going against me. Parvana touched the little girl in me, who climbed trees, questioned the mailman until he was scared and never wanted to have children. The little girl I was before I was weighed down by fear and others’ expectations of how I must act because I am a girl. That little girl in me is awake once again and together we will find our path.

My hope is that one day we as women can live in a world that we can reach our fullest potential and everyone is fine with that!

Rossy's Corner

Concert Review: 30 Seconds to Mars Concert

Concert Review: 30 Seconds to Mars Concert

There was magic as each band took to the stage and the first note of music started. I recently had the pleasure of going to a 30 Seconds to Mars concert and I loved it! I forgot all about my issues and whatever was going wrong in my life. I listened to the lyrics, bobbed to the music and just got lost in enjoying that moment in time as the bands shared their musical gift with us (the audience).

I bought chicken fingers, French fries and a bottle of water – the perfect pre-concert meal! The cashier opened the bottle of water in front of me and then kept the cap. I was weirded out and asked why to which he responded that the policy is for caps to be given only when the last band has played.

The first band was Joywave, they are from Rochester, New York and the members consist of Daniel Armbruster (vocals), Joseph Morinelli (guitar), Kevin Mahoney (bass), Benjamin Bailey (keyboards) and Paul Brenner (drums). I fell in love with the song Destruction and now it’s added to my morning getting hyped to take on the day playlist.
The next band was Misterwives, a band from NYC, New York. The band members are: Amanda Lee Duffy (vocals), William Hehir, Etienne Bowler, Marc Campbell, Jesse Blum, and Mike Murphy. Amanda Lee Duffy owned the stage, she did high kicks and was so full of positive energy. At the end of their set Amanda and two of the guitarists got drums and did their thing in unison, they were amazing!

Walk The Moon was next, they are a band from Cincinnati, Ohio and the members are: Nicholas Petricca (vocals), Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman, Eli Maiman. I loved the song One Foot!

Thirty Seconds to Mars came on and the magic continued. I found out that the band consists of two brothers Jared Leto (vocals) and Shannon Leto (drums). I fell in love with the band on the fact that it was two siblings working together. My favorite song was This is War.

I highly recommend earplugs, in order to save your hearing! Being a big woman I was so happy that I was able to fit in the seat but my arms did touch my neighbors on both sides and next time I will buy at least one extra seat so that I am super comfortable. There was magic when I experienced live music and I plan on going to another concert in the near future.

 

Movie Reviews

Movie Review: Mute

Directed by Duncan Jones

Starring Alexander Skarsgard

The main character is Leo (actor Alexander Skarsgard who also played Eric in True Blood)

Here we see Alexander Skarsgard in a different light than his True Blood character. As Leo, he is innocent, sweet and loves his girlfriend, Naadirah (played by Sayneb Saleh). Leo had an accident, when he was young, that messed up his vocal cords leaving him unable to talk. Anytime a character does not speak, it means the actor has to really sell the character’s emotions through their facial expressions and body movements, of which Alexander Skarsgard really did well!

My favorite scene is when Naadirah starts to tell Leo a secret that she has been keeping from him. Leo at first starts to panic thinking that she is breaking up with him, he tears up and after she reassures him that she is not breaking up with him. He writes “then nothing else is important”. I was so touched, that’s how real love is supposed to be, if you really love your person, accept your person with all of their flaws.

Naadirah disappears and Leo sets out to find her. He does not stop until he figures out the mystery. Along the way he discovers some bad things about Naadirah’s life but Leo gets it – don’t judge the person you said you love! Leo setting out to find Naadirah was harder for him because he doesn’t talk and through the film you saw how he communicated to strangers when asking about Naadirah. Leo did not let his non talking get in the way, he kept asking with a picture, pointing, beating people, drawing, writing, following, whatever it took to find his Naadirah.

The movie is set in Berlin, Germany, in the near future where cars fly. The main theme was love – mainly the love Leo has for Naadirah and secondly the love between two besties – Cactus (played by Paul Rudd) and Duck (played by Justin Theroux) – they drink together, do surgeries together (they are doctors), and were soldiers together in the past. Cactus is focused on getting forged documents for himself and his young daughter so that they can get out of Berlin while Duck is content with his life. Cactus discovers something really messed up about Duck which could potentially end their friendship but he decides to rough Duck up a bit and make Duck promise never to act on it, hence the love between to besties.

All in all, I liked this movie, it gave me hope that there are still some good men (like Leo) out in the world!