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Film Life

Goals as a Filmmaker

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  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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rossy's Corner

My first POF date – The Chef

I joined the world of Plenty of Fish (POF), an online dating site, after hearing decent outcomes from a friend. I went on a date within a few days with a chef. We ate at Smashburger. He looked like his pictures and throughout the time I was unsure about if he was into me. Chef did end up sending his food back for being too salty. After we finished eating Chef had us walk around the back at an office building near Smashburger. He held my hand immediately, we walked around  and kissed several times. All in all, I had a nice time!

He asked me out on a second date for the next day but he canceled later on because he was tired. We talked for a few more days and the second date idea he pitched was meeting at a local motel and giving me a full body massage. I declined and started suggesting date ideas that did not involve intimate settings but he kept bringing it back to a motel. Since we were clearly looking for different things; I ended up blocking him and moving on.

I will not do things that I do not want to do in order to please a man I am interested in. This experience did not leave a bad taste in my mouth and I am looking forward to my next date with someone new.

Happy dating everyone!

Movie Reviews

Secret (2007) directed by Jay Chou: Movie Review

This is a Taiwanese movie in MANDARIN CHINESE with ENGLISH SUBTITLES. You will have to read the subtitles the whole movie if you don’t speak Mandarin.

I’m usually never in the mood for subtitles no matter how good the movie looks but full disclosure I’m attempting to learn Mandarin so I was fine with the subtitles this go around. It’s actually a really beautiful movie with great music and subtle, modest romance.

I don’t remember anyone’s name and I’m not looking their names up because it really doesn’t matter to the story.  I am writing about this **WITH SPOILERS*** so if you are one of the many “SHHHH no spoilers!!! why oh why God?! You ruined my life by discussing a movie in its entirety” people….then this is not for you.

So there is this guy (let’s call him main character boy) and he is starting as a new student in a music high school. This girl (let’s call her supporting character girl) is showing him around the school. He ditches her to go explore the music building and hears wonderful music playing. When he goes to the piano room he sees another girl (let’s call her main character girl) on a ladder far away from the piano. For whatever reason, she doesn’t own up to being the talented musician who was just playing the amazing music he just heard  (she was probably socialized to be humble at all costs…eye roll… because unfortunately this nonsense is pervasive in a lot of different cultures… and she’s also just shy…ugh…girls…. we have so far to go).

Main character boy and girl form a romantic friendship that includes bicycle rides home, trips to the record store, stolen glances in the classroom, and eventually the cutest kiss on a rooftop. I liked that the camera angle was from behind the two as they were seated for their kiss. It’s as if the audience should respect that this is a private moment between the 2 of them, which makes it that much more powerful. Aww to be young and in love… (distant stare into the unknown….. oh romance you are a powerful drug…. just when I think I have you outta my system, you snake your way back into my life vicariously through romantic movies, damn you romance…. fist shake…. damn you!).

There is a miscommunication that ends up in main character boy kissing supporting character girl instead of his main squeeze main character girl! So what does main character girl do? SHE GHOSTS THE HELL OUT OF HIM LIKE A BOSS!!!!! She straight up disappears which is concerning because she is in high school and education first, ladies! But as a response to a man’s foolishness, I was completely here for it! I would’ve been out too.

Main character boy: It was just a…

Me: …………… GHOSTED. GONE. BYE.

A lot more happens and the movie pivots to science fiction/fantasy but that’s all I feel like writing about. Awesome movie, thumbs up.

 

Rossy's Corner

Make-up

I went to a make-up store at the mall recently and the make-up woman was actually helpful! I wanted one thing to put on my face. I wanted a liquid foundation because I read somewhere that powder sets in the lines and makes any lines that much more pronounced. So of course the liquid foundation did not go as dark as I needed it but thankfully the powder one was dark enough for my skin.
I went to a different store and got the foundation brush and a hydrating primer. Yes I ended up with two products but I think that I’ll be able to manage it – I already put moisturizer on my face so now I’ll just switch to the primer instead.
Here’s to an even complexion!