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We Can’t Wait to Check Back In at Hotel Transylvania

The first day of summer, Wednesday, June 20, 2012 was quite the heat wave but even the high temperatures couldn’t put a damper on the extra special late morning Ian and I shared.

I was invited to a special sneak peek of Hotel Transylvania, a Sony Pictures Animation film, which won’t be in theaters until September 28, 2012.

The plush Sony screening room was the perfect place to beat the sweltering heat.  I was a bit apprehensive that Ian might be loud and unruly.  I kept telling him that we were going to be the firsts to see a new carton.  But Ian has very specific tastes when it comes to his viewing pleasure.  He is even opinionated when it comes to cartoons.  When we have Nick Jr on, after a view minutes he generally demands “babba” (his word for Yo Gabba Gabba)  I would have cringed if during this press screening with Emmy award-winning director Genndy Tartakowsky and producer Michelle Murdocca, he shouted “babba.”

After the first clip was shown, Ian requested “More.”  Whew!  I could breathe easy.  We continued to watch scenes or rather he watched and I marveled in watching his reaction to the animation on the big screen.

The premise of this film is the celebration of Dracula’s beloved daughter Marvis’s 118th birthday.  So following the presentation, there was a full-blown birthday party complete with delicious cake, fun finger foods and even crazy drink potions, along with airbrush tatoos.  Everyone was so impressed by how well-behaved Ian was in the screening room and shocked to learn he is only 2.5.  He even managed to score an invitation to return in September to an advanced screening of the film.

I couldn’t have been more proud of my son.  And who knows, maybe he’ll have a future in the film industry.  I feel so lucky to be able to give my son such special experiences.  We capped the day off with lunch at Pinkberry.  I will cherish the memories of today.  We may have to celebrate Mavis’ birthday annually.  I think we’ll take Daddy along for the full screening.

Hotel Transylvania is a story about a father and daughter- it’s just that the father happens to be Dracukla,” said director Genndy Tartakovsky who is a dad himself.  “Like all fathers, he’s an overprotective, psychotic and endearing guy who’d do anything for his daughter, but unlike other father’s, he’s the Prince of Darkness.”

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Girl In Progress (Movie Review)

I attended an advanced screening of Girl In Progress on Friday, April 27 at Core Club.  I did not know anything about the film except that it starred Eva Mendes, a beautiful actress who I enjoy watching on the big screen.   After enjoying the movie, I looked up the movie and read the Official plot synopsis:

Grace (Eva Mendes) is a single mom. She is too busy juggling work, bills, and the very married Dr. Hartford (Matthew Modine), to give her daughter, Ansiedad (Cierra Ramirez) the attention she desperately needs. When Ansiedad’s English teacher, Ms. Armstrong (Patricia Arquette), introduces her students to classic coming-of-age stories, Ansiedad is inspired to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without mom. While Grace becomes preoccupied with the increasing affections of her co-worker (Eugenio Derbez), Ansiedad enlists the help of her loyal friend, Tavita (Raini Rodriguez), to plot her shortcut to “adulthood”. But as her misguided plan unravels, Ansiedad and Grace must learn that sometimes growing-up means acting your age.

In her English class, Ansiedad learns that a rites of passage consists of the unwanted necessary steps on the highway to adulthood.  She decides that “Being a kid is stupid and I’m moving on.”  She devises a plan where she will ultimately “hop on a bus to adultville and leave mom behind.”  She even goes as far as casting a sick dying Grandma (Maude).

Ansiedad tells her mom, “Using ‘I’m tired is a half-hearted excuse for not noticing.’….Leave me alone….that’s what you are good at.  Where were you last night?  Why aren’t you ever there?….Until the next guy, then I don’t exist anymore.”

The film explores many important topics regarding relationships and asks the following questions:

  • Responsibility
  • Forgiveness
  • Is growth limited to youth or are we constantly evolving?
  • Is life a series of succession of rites of passages and a long string of coming of age?

There’s always an epiphany (literary term for sudden realization) and a lesson in coming of age stories.

The Hispanic characters reminded me of ABC-TV’s hit show Ugly Betty (but I never watched the show)  Newcomer Cierra Ramirez is phenomenal onscreen and I look forward to seeing her in other movies.  The casting of Eva and Cierra as mother and daughter is dead-on.  They are both beautiful women and make a believable family.  As I watched the movie, I also found myself thinking about Alicia Silverstone in Clueless.  The stylist needs to be commended, especially for Cierra’s wardrobe choices.

I did find the plot involving Grace’s co-worker at Emile’s Crab Shack & Oyster Bar Mission (“Impossible”) predictable and trite.

Girl In Progress is a coming of age story which opens Mother’s Day weekend (Friday, May 11, 2012)  I highly recommend going to see it with your mom, daughter, sister or girlfriend.

Follow the conversation on Twitter: #girlinprogress

Running time: 90 Minutes

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content including crude references, and drinking – all involving teens.

The 5 Year Engagement: To Have & To Hold (I DO?)

I still don’t know my husband, who is also the father of my son, for 5 full years yet. We started dating the summer of 2007, got engaged right after Memorial Day the following May and we successfully planned our wedding for October 5, 2008. 5 days after celebrating our one year anniversary, our son Ian (the namesake and inspiration of this blog) was born and changed our lives forever for the better.

Regardless of not having a long engagement myself, I was enthusiastic to see The Five Year Engagement starring Jason Segal and Emily Blunt

Beginning where most romantic comedies end, this movie is a look at what happens when an engaged couple, Violet and Tom, keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle and the strain it puts on their relationship. As Violet explains, “We are almost perfect for each other.” Find out more about the movie and see the trailer at http://www.tomandviolet.com

Some of my favorite scenes include:
•A montage/slide show of Tom’s ex-girlfriends to the tune of “Violet Didn’t Start the Fire” (a parody of Billy Joel’s song)
•Both sets of families discussing wearing yarmulkes and taking communion at their interfaith wedding
•The breakfast scene with Tom and his parents
•The Elmo/Cookie Monster scene between Violet, her sister and her niece
•Violet’s childhood bedroom has Wham posters on the walls

This comedy cuts to what life is all about. Family, friends, relationships, career highs and failures, deaths/funerals, births, annual birthday calls. It also explores the complexity of relationships.

There are some fantastic lines in it including:
•”You need to be honest with this woman. She’s going to be your wife.”
•”I’m a man. Men and women are different. We don’t have to talk about our feelings.”
•”You will never get away from me, I am a hunter.”
•”Underneath polite bs, we’re all running on caveman instinct.
•”This is the love of your life. make it work no matter what.”
“You were with her for five f-cking years. What else is there to learn about her?”

Treat yourself and go see this movie this weekend. Either for date night, with a close friend or even by yourself.

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