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Disney’s Paperman: A Timeless Tale of Love

14 Feb

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Disney never disappoints me, ever. As some of my readers know, I am a huge Disney advocate. A huge thank you to Nikki, who recently shared the link of the animated short film with me. Paperman accompanied Wreck-It-Ralph when it was out in theaters, last year. John Kahrs lends his genius ability as the director as well as the lead role of Geroge, the Paperman. The story is set in 1940s New York City, and while it might be a bit before my time, the story of love is timeless and that is what really appealed to me.

There is something so beautiful about this short film because it stands out from the various animated films and TV shows that are common today, as it incorporates both 2D and 3D animation. I was thrilled to find out that Paperman is nominated for the Best Animated Short Film for this year’s Academy Awards. I haven’t seen the other films in the category, but I would be over the moon to hear, “The Oscar goes to…Disney’s Paperman.” I think that it is so deserving. There is something both charming and alluring about the film. It reminds me that there is something magical about love.

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Happy Valentine’s Day,

Merzybean.
Xoxo

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Beyonce Bowl

3 Feb

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There really are no words to describe how incredible Beyonce’s Super Bowl Half Time Show performance was. All over Facebook and Twitter, people were joking about the fact that Super Bowl 47 was actually the Beyonce concert and that there was football to go along with it.

Beyonce delivered one hell of a performance. She had incredible choreography, the lighting and use of the stage were out of this world, her killer outfit that was a lace and leather combination, the attitude, and above all- the voice. What an amazing sensory overload that I was more than on board for.

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After President Obama’s Inauguration, there were some people pointing an unnecessary finger at Beyonce. If this performance didn’t put the haters to rest, nothing will.

The reunion of Destiny’s Child brought back many memories of being in elementary school, blasting their CDs and feeling on top of the world. I had goosebumps and had the volume on my TV set really high.

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Beyonce is one of the greatest performer’s of our time. She has a presence on stage that cannot be rivaled by many. I truly believe that this was the best half time show I have ever seen. It will be tough to top, well done Beyonce!

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Merzybean.

Rave Review: Hungry for Change (Documentary)

1 Jan

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It’s not just what you’re eating, it’s what’s eating you.”

Recently, Jeremy and I have been extremely engulfed in the world of Netflix. There are such incredible documentaries on Netflix that people do not necessarily hear about, otherwise.

Being that it is the beginning of a new year, so many people are feeling very motivated and inspired to start the year off on a healthier note. I am not excluded from this group of people looking to find healthier alternatives and yearning to become a fitter individual.

Hungry For Change is an incredible documentary that is both eye opening and has a bit of a shock value. This documentary does not sugar coat (punny) the harsh reality of the dieting world and the dangers of what Jon Gabriel, author and weight loss expert, refers to as dead food. Something that I have been admittedly addicted to is Diet Coke. I don’t think that I’m alone in my struggles with my addiction to the lethal soda. While it is marketed to be a diet friendly drink, Hungry For Change exposes that the exact opposite results are being achieved. Again, this is not news to me but sometimes we all need a reminder.

Man made foods are the root of the problem. As the documentary points out, we all know this. If we know better, shouldn’t we do better? That should be the case but it is not the reality. Processed foods are damaging to our our overall health; our hormone levels, sugar levels, and cholesterol are just a few internal victims to name.

Diets do not have longevity. Like so many others, I have been victim to many a diet in my short 24 years. At the end of the day, what we are all striving for is a healthy lifestyle with healthy results. We only have one chance at treating our body right, so we don’t we? My recent thought has been that if someone has an allergy, they don’t eat a particular food because they know it will kill them. Why then do people continue to eat processed junk food? Maybe the consequences are not as immediate as an allergy, but these foods are slowly killing us and making people very sick.

One of the most interesting points that the documentary is very adamant on, is the comparison of sugar to cocaine. Both begin from a natural, plant based entity; sugar cane and coca plants. Both are refined, white substances that chemically alter the brain and have damaging results. That was enough to shock me into wanting nothing to do with sugar. Sure, it’s a bit of an extreme comparison, but it isn’t malarky. This is the reality of what we are ingesting and putting into our body.

Watch the trailer and get lured in. Hungry for Change isn’t necessarily telling us something new but it is telling us what we need to hear to get motivated and inspired from a different perspective.

Thanks for stopping by,

Merzybean.

Movie Review: Friends with Kids

20 Mar

This is a first for me, and perhaps I should leave the movie reviews to the experts (my brother, Andrew, has a wonderful film blog: Who Cares? Reviews), but I couldn’t help myself. After seeing Friends with Kids, I felt the need to share how wonderfully witty this movie is with the world! Knowing that the majority of the cast starred inย Bridesmaids together could have an influence on someone going to see this movie, both in a positive and negative way. For me, it turned out to be a very positive thing and having seen Bridesmaids did not skew my perception of this movie at all. With that being said, I loved Bridesmaids and what I’m trying to get at is that both films were excellent in their own right, and were very different.

The basic premise of the film is that there are two best friends who both want to have children but decide to have a child together, while maintaining a platonic relationship. The goal of this plan is to avoid the issues that their married friends, with kids, were experiencing. While this plot sounds familiar (yes, it has done before) the writing and the delivery of the lines are spot on and what drive the success of the movie. Jennifer Westfeldt, who wrote, directed and starred in the movie, did a phenomenal job in all three roles in my opinion. Again, like I said, my opinion might not have the weight of a true film critic, but this is my blog and I get to call the shots around here!

The humour in the film was very clever, well timed and had me laughing often, and not at the slapstick comedy that I got from 21 Jump Street, but the kind of humour that is relatable on a personal, and perhaps even metaphysical, level. The movie showed a raw look into the intricacy of relationships and took the audience for an emotional ride, along with the characters!
The irony ย of the film is how a deviation from tradition doesn’t always result the way it is initially intended. I don’t want to give a spoiler away, so I will leave it at that!
See you at the movies,
Merzybean.