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Movie to see: Spotlight

After a delicious dinner at GG’s with Adrienne – and sadly, for me, too much red wine, Saturday night called for a mellow, alcohol-free evening.

“Nitehawk?” Katie asked.

“Yes!” I replied.

Nitehawk is a wonderful theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Excellent food and cocktails in addition to interesting movies. It’s my favorite place to see a movie these days.

We went to see Spotlight, described by IMDB as “the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.”

While the subject matter is heavy, heartbreaking stuff, the film finds lighter moments by illustrating the camaraderie among journalists. And the cast, including Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and dreamy Liev Schreiber, is excellent – I’ll be shocked if the film doesn’t get a lot of love during award season.

Via Wikipedia

Pic of my crush Liev via Wikipedia

Magic Mike XXL, the unexpected feminist movie

Just like I did re: The Bachelorette – or rather didn’t do – I won’t recap Magic Mike XXL. Not because I didn’t enjoy it (I enjoyed it A LOT) but because other, better writers have already done so.

Via People Magazine

Here are a few highlights from their write-ups interspersed with pics and gifs from this totally Oscar-caliber* movie as well as one or two of my own thoughts.

If you’re concerned about spoilers – and you really shouldn’t be because the paper-thin plot is Not The Point – I guess stop reading. But you’d be missing stuff like this:

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Camp X-Ray starring Kristen Stewart

One of my favorite things about life in New York City is the regular availability of really special events. Recently I attended a screening of Kristen Stewart’s forthcoming movie, Camp X-Ray at NYU Law School.

The film is about the relationship that Stewart‘s Army Private First Class develops with longtime Guantanamo Bay detainee Ali, played by Peyman Moaadi.

This is the official trailer:

I saw a few tweets about Stewart and/or the movie being anti-U.S. military. I didn’t take that away from Camp X-Ray at all. On the contrary, I thought the film was sympathetic toward those stationed in places like Gitmo showing the monotony, isolation and challenge of policing the detainees while also keeping them safe.

Of course, Camp X-Ray also reminds viewers of the horrible situation that exists to this day in Guantanamo: detainees held for years without trial and almost certainly without hope of freedom. This is a timely and affecting movie with strong performances across the board. Don’t miss it.

KS

Post-screening, we were treated by discussion with Stewart, Sattler and [an odd] moderator from NYU. It was terrific to hear about the filmmaking process. Less terrific to hear the moderator opine about romantic vibes between Stewart’s and Moaadi’s characters.

Still, excellent film and cool experience. What movie should I see next?

Upcoming film: Camp X-Ray

Via Spin.com

As a big Kristen Stewart fan, I am excited to check out Camp X-Ray.

Kristen plays a soldier stationed at Guantanamo Bay who develops a relationship with a detainee played by Peyman Maadi.

Will you see it?

 

How was your weekend?

I had the lovely low-key weekend that I set out to. Already I was trying to be more frugal than usual because of the Kenya trip.

But guess what? I went and booked a cheap Caribbean trip for Memorial Day Weekend with one of my good friends. Maybe we’ll see a shark like I did in Grand Cayman.

The shark

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Marathon weekend in NYC

“Take a hot shower. You’ll feel better,” Mom said on my fifth or sixth day of being sick.

“I wish you were here to put fresh sheets on the bed while I shower.” I responded, practically punctuating my words with a :-(.

crabby

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Twilight + Live Comedy in Brooklyn

I love Twilight as you probably know, but I still kind of want to check this out.

The Raspberry Brothers have been mocking the Twilight films since they were released, and the crowds have grown into a healthy mix: those who love hating it, those who hate loving it, and those with no mixed emotions- just straight up Twilighters. And they come together for every Raspberry Brothers show, making Twilight into the next Rocky Horror Picture Show, a campy and interactive movie party. Includes a Twilight-inspired cocktail menu- with different beverages for Team Edward and Team Jacob. Come experience the hype…learn for yourself how surprisingly whiny, self-absorbed, but totally hot, vampire teens are. And, here’s a Twilight Lesson for girls: If a boy tells you he is homicidal and addicted to the scent of your blood, he must be the love of your life. Learn this and many other helpful romance tips.

Want to join me?