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Lovelace [*Indie Film Alert]

Where do I begin with the film ‘Lovelace‘? First, I watched it on Netflix because it was only in select theatres for a short period of time and I didn’t get a chance to see it. Second, I think it’s rated R, but may be a little more risque than your usual rated R film. Third, it did a great job telling the story of Linda Lovelace. 

Beneath the trailer you will see a summary of the film, so all I will say is that it tells the true story of porn star Linda Lovelace aka Deep Throat. The film stars; Amanda Seyfried (Lovelace), Peter Sarsgard (Chuck – Linda’s husband), Sharon Stone, James Franco, Adam Brody, Cory Hardrict and more.

As I mentioned, the film does a great job telling the story of Linda and what I especially liked is the way the film moved from the past to the present in an evident way. It’s so good that I’m not going to spoil it for those who have yet to watch the movie. I will say that you get to see the good and the bad with a twist.

What I found most shocking about Linda’s story was the amount of time she spent in the porn industry. I thought she was this big star for decades based from what I heard when the film was released, but in reality she only did one film and was technically in the porn industry for a total of 17 days. Yet, her one film grossed more than $600 million dollars, but you will be surprised at how much money she actually made.

The story flows so well, that it never gives you a chance to be bored or get distracted. It does have its sexual scenes, but they are not to overbearing that it takes away from the cinematics of the film.

I began the movie basically knowing nothing about Linda Lovelace, but ended with a sense of respect for how she took control of her life and is now an advocate against the porn industry and domestic violence.

Besides my love for the great story telling, the films thespians deliver a dramatic transparent truth to their characters. It’s hard to imagine that this is a true story, but the thespians deliver it in such a way that makes you remember that the characters they are portraying are in fact real people.

In the end, Linda Lovelace’s story teaches us that regardless of what you’ve done in the past and/or what people may think of you, there is always opportunities to change your life around for the better.

Linda dealt with such a lot in a short period of time. As you watch the film you will be in disbelief of at how badly she is treated including by her husband who reminds me of Ike Turner. She has a very painful past that would have destroyed many, but still finds a way to triumph. 

If you have Netflix, Amazon or a location to rent/buy DVDs I recommend you do it and learn more about Linda Lovelace and her story.

In 1972—before the internet, before the porn explosion—Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted pornographic theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace. Escaping a strict religious family, Linda discovered freedom and the high-life when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor. As Linda Lovelace she became an international sensation—less centerfold fantasy than a charming girl-next-door with an impressive capacity for fellatio. Fully inhabiting her new identity, Linda became an enthusiastic spokesperson for sexual freedom and uninhibited hedonism. Six years later she presented another, utterly contradictory, narrative to the world—and herself as the survivor of a far darker story.


Live to Give: UNICEF + Philippines Typhoon Haiyan


Last week I read this article; Americans Don’t Really Care About Typhoon Haiyan, Study Says. I was devastated because I tweeted about it, gave money to another organization and am doing my best to stay informed. That article inspired this edition of Live to Give. My intention with this post, regardless if people give to this organization or not they’ll remember to do their part.

The organization being featured this time is UNICEF. According to its website, as of De. 6 6.7 million children have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. This is an organization that I believe in because of the quick action and respect it has for helping children in need around the world.

Please join me in supporting the children who lives have changed from this disaster.

More information, including ways to donate, can be found here.

Let’s not forget about helping those in need!  

In Memory of Nelson Mandela

My connection to Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013) goes back to the day I was born. He was freed from the South African Prison where he was held for 27 years on February 11, 1990; the day I was born. I was told it was on the television in my hospital room.

The world has lost a great person, but his spirit and life’s work will forever live to make the world a more peaceful place.

I will leave you with several quotes from Nelson Mandela:

“Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.”

“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

“I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.”


The Way, Way Back [*Indie Film Alert]

The joys of watching a great Independent Film never seems to get old and sharing it with you all is even better. A few weeks ago I did go to one of my local theatres and watched The Dallas Buyers Club. That was a great movie and deserves the recognition and attention that it is receiving. Since, I took a break from blogging last mont, I was didn’t post about it. With that being said, please go see The Dallas Buyers Club and tell me what you think.

Now on to the focus of this specific post; The Way, Way Back. It’s no longer in theatres, so you’ll have to rent or buy the dvd. For me, I was familiar with this film and remember when it was released, but never made it to a movie theatre to watch and really hadn’t thought about it since. Until recently, when I was scanning dvd selections for rent and came across it. I watched the above trailer (which was far better than the tv version) and was intrigued.

It’s a coming of age story, similar to one of my favorites – The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This story takes places over the course of a summer for a boy that is 14 years old. He’s dealing with unstable relationships with the adults in his life, but begins to find solace in an unlikely place and friends.

What I loved about the film was the vulnerability of its lead young actor Duncan. He’s a timid kid that learns to be brave and adventurous. Duncan encounters moments of sheer happiness and glee, but that can quickly turn to sadness and anger because of different situations in his life. It is our role as the viewer to follow along with him and before you know it, you too will be embracing his outlooks and emotions. I even found myself verbally rooting for him to take a chance and just do it (one of the last major moment of the movie, after watching you’ll know what I’m talking about).

The Way, Way Back makes you look back on your own life and identify those defining moments from your childhood that really changed the direction of your life for the better. It’s those moment that have a positive affect on us and really have a way of shaping our personalities, identities, character and outlook on life. It’s through those defining moments, for Duncan it was a summer, that really show us who we are at a young age. After watching the movie it will help you realize how each situation, be it good or bad, plays an important role in your own life story.

At its core it’s a simple independent film with a heartfelt story that will make you smile at the end. I recommend everyone go out and watch this movie. For me, this is one of those films that is still in my mind days after watching. 

If you’ve seen it and/or once you watch it, tell me what you think?   

THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin).  Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget.

Coming Attractions: Gimme Shelter

Film: Gimme Shelter

Actors: Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson and Brendan Fraser

Release Date: January 24, 2014

I’m really excited about this coming attraction. The film, Gimme Shelter, stars Vanessa Hudgens is a down on her luck pregnant teen that’s searching for her rich father.

Vanessa Hudgens, of Disney Channel and Spring Breakers fame, is back with a film that may contribute a positive boost to her film career. I’ve been following her career since her days on Disney and even her musical pursuits, but when I saw pictures for this upcoming film I knew this had the potential to be great.

From the above pictures you can see the transformation that Vanessa went through in order to deliver this role. The trailer alone displays the depth and range of Vanessa’s acting that I’ve personally never seen from her before. I’m expecting this film to be critically acclaimed and elevate Vanessa’s career and hopefully she’ll followup with more films like this.