Tuesday, January 15, 2019

PrettyUnlimited - Episode 22: Tipsycast

While we drink during every episode of the PrettyUnlimited Podcast, we decided to spend this episode talking ABOUT drinking. We run down our top five favorite alcoholic beverages, and share some stories about our own drunk histories. Cheers! 

The PrettyUnlimited theme music was produced by Rediculus for Platformz Music. The PrettyUnlimited podcast is produced and edited by Khal for Rock The Dub.
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

My Review, My Way ~ Green Book 2018 (Spoilers and Commentary Ahead)

FYI - all of my reviews are done while watching the movie........sort of a play by play. 

Green Book (2018) stars Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen as a classical pianist who is black and a bouncer turned driver who is Italian.  It's based on the book The Negro Motorist Green Book.  This true story from the perspective of the driver (Tony Vallelonga) as passed down to his son, Nick.   Tony takes a job to drive for Don Shirley.

So going into this movie, that's about all I knew.  And though I'd heard of Mahershala Ali, I've never seen him in anything before this movie.  I'd never heard of the story or of Viggo, either.  I like seeing new talent for the first time and anything that starts off "based on a true story" is always a favorite.

Image result for green book movie poster

And roll em'!

Opening the story, it's obvious that Tony is racist as all hell.  Two maintenance workers are in his home doing repair work.  Tony's wife offers them a drink as a thank you for their work and then they leave.  Tony can do nothing but eye the two drinking glasses over and over.  Eventually, he picks them up in disgust and throws them in the trash.  Why?  The two workers are black.  Then his family sits down to dinner beginning with a family prayer.  Very much a hypocrite.

The Interview - Tony has no job for the next two months and needs work as he's got a family to support.  He hears of a job and goes to check it out.  In doing so, he's thrown a curve ball to realize that he'd be working for a black man.  He lies about his views (duh) on black people.  Dr. Shirley is not impressed but he needs someone to protect him as well as drive while on tour in the deep south during the 1960s.

Obviously, he gets the job.

30:45 into the movie - Tony is still an asshole.  Oh, and he doesn't know to just shut the fuck up. His bubble is very small that he lives his life in.  He's so busy spouting off his own opinions as though they're facts.

38:42 into the movie - Oh My Goodness. The first time we're able to hear his music.  So dramatic.  It pulls at your emotions until you find yourself lost.  Even Tony is humbled.

Tony and Dr. Shirley are in the car listening to the radio.  It's astounding to Tony that while the Dr. has heard of these singers, Dr. Shirley has never listened to them.  Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Little Richard, Chuck Berry.  Tony says "these are your people" to the Dr.  It makes you realize that while he's a prominent, successful pianist, he's probably lonely.  No one looks like him, no one plays like him, no one really talks to him as a friend.  Lessons are beginning on both sides of this relationship.

48:00 into the movie - Tony defends the hell out of the Dr.'s contract to play on a Steinway.  SLAP!!!!

LMAO - KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN (restaurant) IN THE STATE OF KENTUCKY!!!  (Why is this so damn funny to me?

1:12:00 into the movie.  I think more and more Tony is beginning to realize just a bit of what a black man needs to deal with just to get through each day.

1:22:00 into the movie.  I wonder if Tony will ever realize how much better his marriage will be because of the letters that the Dr. has helped him write to his wife during this tour.  I hope he's grateful.

The end of the movie.  It ends with smiles and gratitude and new beginnings.

I was initially going to say that this movie was not special because it felt very typical of any movie where race is the underlying lesson. But it is special.  Not because it's a movie but because this was the lives of two men and the building of their relationship.  Maybe I should say friendship.  They did have something tangible and real.  It stood the test of time.

One of the things that shocked me the most was learning of Sundown Towns.  Click the link so you can learn how fucked up our country IS.....not was......this is still happening today.  Read it.  Then ask yourself why more people don't hate us all.  One of those moments where being ashamed to be white hit me very hard.

Things I took away from this story.
There is no big moment of epiphany in this movie.  There is one scene where the Dr. just can't take Tony's ASSumptions anymore.  He asks him.......if I'm not black enough, not white enough, not man enough.....where do I fit in?  This movie seems to be about a relationship that would never have been possible without this tour.  Two men with little in common finding that they don't need common ground to find respect and understanding.  They've built a life long friendship based on honesty, integrity and in just learning about someone much different from themselves.

The reality, it's really showcasing the lonely life of an intelligent, talented, gay, alcoholic, black man who has no one.  No one to share anything with ever.  Imagine that for a moment.  Close your eyes.  Picture your life with no one around you.  No family.  No friends.  No one that looks like you.  No one that shares your interest.  No one to confide in.  No one that confides in you.  No one to say hello, good morning, good night, I'm lonely.  Just no one.

There's mention of a moment 6 years prior to this tour, that Nat King Cole was asked to perform.  He would be the first black man to be invited to perform in Birmingham, AL ever.  Here's the result.

Dr. Shirley was a special man with enormous talent.  Tony was NOT a special man until he learned to accept Dr. Shirley........and to enjoy the person he became in this process.

Genius is not enough.  It takes courage to change people's hearts.

Here's the Trailer!  Enjoy!!!  I give it a solid 4 shots out of 5.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Time Between the Golden Globes and the Oscars 2019

I'm in the go-between time of the Golden Globes and the Oscars where I'm realizing all the movies and tv shows I never bothered to watch are up for awards.  I've decided to watch one movie/show per day (that might be too much, right?) and review each one.  There are two reasons I'm doing this.

The first reason is there are so many important things to watch.  Shows with a great message, maybe some lessons on how to improve how we live our lives.  Or many just how we view the world outside our own little bubble.  So few of us actually live outside of a bubble, but I don't think we really take the time to reflect on it.  Reflection brings guilt.  Guilt for things we just can't change........and guilt for things we could change but are just too uninclined to be bothered with.

The second reason is that there will likely be more Google searches going on over the next month or two and maybe one or two new readers would come across this page and feel that what I say might not be important, but at least it'll (hopefully) be entertaining.

Here's my list.  I took a peek at the Golden Globes website for these picks.  My goal is to watch everything that was nominated including those shows/movies that weren't nominated but had a participant (actor, writer, production, etc) nominated for working on that project.  (HOLY SHIT THIS LIST IS LONG!!!!)

Movies & TV Shows
Green Book
Vice
The Favourite
*Mary Poppins Returns (seen it - review coming soon)
*Crazy, Rich Asians (seen it - review coming soon)
Bohemian Rhapsody
Black Panther
BlacKKKlansman
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star is Born
The Wife
A Private War
Destroyer
Can You Forgive Me?
At Eternity's Gate
Boy Erased
Eighth Grade
Tully
The Old Man and The Gun
Stan & Ollie
First Man
Beautiful Boy
Roma
Shoplifters
Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse
Incredibles 2 (might be a good time to watch the first one, huh?)
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet (here we have the one entry I don't want to watch since I hated the first one)
Capernaum
Girl
Never Look Away
A Quiet Place (my husband talks of this movie often)
*Dumplin (FUCKING LOVED IT!!!!!)
The Americans
Bodyguard
Homecoming
Killing Eve
Pose
The Kominsky Method
The Good Place
*Kidding
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Barry
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace
The Alienist
Escape at Dannemora
Sharp Objects
A Very English Scandal
Dirty John
The Tale
Seven Seconds
Picasso: Genius
Patrick Melrose
Outlander
*The Handmaids Tale
The Americans
Ozark
Homecoming
GLOW
Will & Grace (nope, not happening.  I just never liked the show......ok, I'll try)
Murphy Brown
Who Is America?
*Atlanta
West World
Succession

Ok, a few of these I have actually seen.  Not many though.  I'll add an * in front of the ones I've seen.  I just need to do a review of them.  This might not go well.....I tend to dislike a lot of stuff.  Cross your fingers.  All total, this will take me over 100 hours to do this.  LOL - we'll see how it goes.  I've got the Women's March of NJ coming up in 11 days.........I'll just do the best I can and keep plugging away at it.  Up first?  Green Book.

PrettyUnlimited - Episode 21: The Notorious A.D.E.L.E

We're back and in full effect for 2019, and for our first episode of the new year, we have our first Top 5 of the new year! This time, we're running down our favorite songs from Adele and The Notorious B.I.G., aka two of our favorite artists. Do we share similar Top 5s? Let us know in the comments below!


The PrettyUnlimited theme music was produced by Rediculus for Platformz Music. The PrettyUnlimited podcast is produced and edited by Khal for Rock The Dub.
For more from PrettyUnlimited:
www.prettyunlimited.com
Send your thoughts, questions, and concerns:
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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

PrettyUnlimited - Episode 20: Merry New Year

Happy New Year! Before we kick off 2019, we wanted to look back at the Best of 2018, featuring our favorite movies, TV shows, and songs. We also look back at our favorite moments of 2018 as well and dig into some goals we've set for ourselves for 2019. Share your goals/resolutions down below, and have a MERRY NEW YEAR!
The PrettyUnlimited theme music was produced by Rediculus for Platformz Music. The PrettyUnlimited podcast is produced and edited by Khal for Rock The Dub.
For more from PrettyUnlimited:
www.prettyunlimited.com
Send your thoughts, questions, and concerns:
prettyunlimited@gmail.com
Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes:
bit.ly/PrettyUnlimitedPod



Tuesday, December 25, 2018

PrettyUnlimited - Episode 19: Christmas Day

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is finally upon us. Anna and Khris celebrate by remembering Christmas mornings of their past, for good or ill. Pour some eggnog and reflect on holidays gone by while trying to make your future Christmases brighter. Merry Christmas!

The PrettyUnlimited theme music was produced by Rediculus for Platformz Music. The PrettyUnlimited podcast is produced and edited by Khal for Rock The Dub.




Tuesday, December 18, 2018

PrettyUnlimited - Episode 18: The Greatest Christmas Songs of All Time

This week, we return with your soundtrack to the most wonderful time of the year! That's right, we're running down our Top 5 favorite Christmas Songs! Queue up your Pandora (or YouTube) (or Apple Music) and listen along.

The PrettyUnlimited theme music was produced by Rediculus for Platformz Music. The PrettyUnlimited podcast is produced and edited by Khal for Rock The Dub.



Friday, December 14, 2018

PrettyUnlimited - Episode 17: Christmas Movie Marathon

For the second episode in our December series of Christmas-themed discussions, we run down our top five Christmas movies! There are some surprises here, along with some old favorites. You might be surprised at some of our picks!

The PrettyUnlimited theme music was produced by Rediculus for Platformz Music.  The PrettyUnlimited podcast is produced and edited by Khal for Rock The Dub.






Monday, December 10, 2018

Hungry! Yes! Wait? Am I?

Today is Monday, December 10.  It's my last day at work before my annual layoff.  Typically, I would be planning out my volunteer time which increases a lot over this time frame.  But, I left the leadership role I had in Art All Night - Trenton so I can concentrate on being available more for my son as he started middle school.  It was really the right choice because although he's doing well, he is needing a lot of help. 

This time though, I've decided to concentrate on me.  I want to use this time to see if I can get my weight down and make healthy improvements in my day to day existence.  Today's been pretty good.  I'm the only one at work so I used the time to sneak a work out into my day that wasn't planned.  Then I went for a walk at lunchtime.  I even did a 7-minute mini workout when I got back from that walk. 

(New goal.........skinnier shadow!!)

Now, I just finished lunch (3/4 of a cup of Panera Bread's baked potato soup).  I'm on my 7th cup of water.  And I feel like I'm hungry.  But I don't know if this is really I'm hungry or just I want to graze on something.  Or maybe this is from the walk?  I have no clue.  But I'm pushing through it right now by writing this instead of eating.  LOL, hopefully, this works. 

I'll wait until 3pm to eat the banana I brought for a mid-afternoon snack.  I might sneak a diet coke.....one of my favorite things to have.  I haven't had any soda in about 5 days.  I'm working on a set of specific goals for January and February.  Hoping I can get myself on point.  Realizing that snacking between meals is a big problem for me.  Now..........how do I fix it? 


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

PrettyUnlimited - Episode 16: The Santasode

It's Christmas Time, and we're celebrating with a month full of Christmas-oriented episodes! This week, Anna and Khris remember some of their favorite gifts (both given and received), as well as looking at some interesting traditions from around the world. 

The PrettyUnlimited theme music was produced by Rediculus for Platformz Music.  The PrettyUnlimited podcast is produced and edited by Khal for Rock The Dub.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

PrettyUnlimited - Episode 15: Let's Talk About Sex

Anna surprised Khris with a conversation about sex! From a look at some, um, INTERESTING positions to discussions about porn habits and more, this is a fun, adult conversation about something that's on many people's minds! 

The PrettyUnlimited theme music was produced by Rediculus for Platformz Music.  The PrettyUnlimited podcast is produced and edited by Khal for Rock The Dub.



PrettyUnlimited - Episode 22: Tipsycast

While we drink during every episode of the PrettyUnlimited Podcast, we decided to spend this episode talking ABOUT drinking. We run down our...