Alex in The City: “About Last Night” Screening

What do you do on a Monday night in New York City when the weather is atrocious? Why you stand in that weather for 40 minutes to see an AWESOME Kevin Hart film for free of course!

Thanks to the tip from The Pregame NYC’s IG and GoFoBo I got passes to a screening of Kevin Harts latest project “About Last Night.”  Kevin, Regina Hall, Micheal Ealy and Joy Bryant star in this hilarious remake of the popular 1980’s favorite.

The movie premieres on Valentines day befittingly and I highly recommend it. I laughed and basked in the undeniable romance of this film. Not to mention, seeing Micheal Ealy on the big screen is always a joy, the longer the better (daswhatshesaid). Regina Hall was OUTSTANDING! A complete riot and life of the party in this film. I love Regina to pieces!

After lurking on social media and drawing obvious conclusions (Kevin makes PLENTY of pop ups in theaters to thank his supporters) I just KNEW Kevin Hart was going to be in attendance and lo and behold he was.

I met Kevin once before in ATL during LudaDay Weekend and he was just as fun and funny the second time around! He even took a selfie with me! EVERYONE SAY COMEDIC ROCKSTAR!

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Cute, right? I know! GO SEE “ABOUT LAST NIGHT” in Theaters February 14th!

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Love!

Alexandria!
XOXO

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ALEX IN THE CITY: NYFF Viewing of 12 Years A Slave

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Last night I made my first appearance at the 51st New York Film Festival and what an opening event it was for me. Last night in the Walter Reade Theater “12 years a slave” directed by THE Steve McQueen, played for two jam packed audiences.  I did not make the early viewing which included the Q&A with the cast (Q&A should go up on their YT channel HERE) and director and I am kicking myself for it. I attended the 10:30 show and got to see Mr. McQueen and Chiwetel as they left. I also spotted Miss Jay in a fabulous print pant suit. I was cool, calm and collected when Mr. McQueen stopped near me to sign autographs and did the normal “OMG that’s Steve and that’s Chiwetel.” If I had any idea of what I was about to see in that theater I would have had to, at the very least, thank him profusely for such an honest piece of work.

I do not know the last time I, if ever I saw a film that was so unflinching so honest and so masterfully made with such artistry that was equally devastating all at once. My goodness, I was not prepared. Myself and both of my friends cried until we were all but wailing in the theater. During a gut wrenching scene witch Lupita Nyong’o’s character is whipped…. I could not move, I had to remind myself to breathe. I am writing the draft for this blog as I sit on the C train on my way to work and I am fist fighting tears as I play the scene back in my mind. I cant give any spoilers but I can say that Chiwetel and Lupita, sweet lord Lupita…. BLEW ME AWAY!

“OH MY GOD. Oh my God. Oh my God”  And “Jesus” was basically all I could muster after leaving the theater.

Listen to me when I say EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE THIS FILM! EVERYONE! Check out the full list of release dates here, “12 Years a Slave” will be playing in limited theaters in the US beginning October 18th.

Needless to say, I enjoyed it. I will more than likely be back for the Sunday viewing with more friends and Steve McQueen is sooooooooo on my radar, as if he weren’t already!

GO SEE THIS FILM!

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XOXO

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Django Unchained: A love Story

I had the pleasure of attending the final showing of Django unchained in the tiniest movie theater I have ever been in. It was cozy and clean, jam packed with people and the show started twenty minutes late. I ended up at this theater only after driving to a Muvico and finding out it was sold out, the run-around was a great precursor to the lesson of the night: Broomhilda was worth it.

Tarantino’s spaghetti western turned romance “Django Unchained” justified all of my excitement and obsession. Django was a deep, clever, gory, ingenious, moving and ironically romantic tale of a slave turned bounty hunter that wants nothing more than to save his wife Broomhilda. The phenomenal cast which included Jamie Foxx (Django), Kerry Washington (Broomhilda Von Shaft) and Golden Globe Nominee Christoph Waltz all gave stellar performances. Sam Jackson was hilarious and devilish in his own right and Leo was disturbingly good at his job in this film, all of those who thought he was too pretty to be despised, think again. I adored Kerry in this role as usual and she continues to rack up respect and love from me. I knew that if for no other reason, I would go see this film to support Kerry and all her greatness, just so happens that the film is great. Not surprising.

I have no spoilers for anyone who has not seen the film seeing that yesterday was Django’s first day in theaters and despite many sold-out shows plenty of anxious movie-goers have yet to see the film. If you are still wondering if you should go, my answer is ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY! I give this film all of the thumbs-ups and stars it can take. One little note that I will add is that the ending scene of the film leaves plenty of room for a new bounty hunting couple in a possible sequel. It would be all too befitting for such a great film.

Enjoy!

-Zan

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Scandal Hiatus Therapy Session #3

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104 -Enemy of the State

I consider this The Gladiator Creed! “I would gladly follow you over a cliff but you have GOT to show up!”

In enemy of the state we are at a desperate time in the full throes of an  Olitz disaster courtesy of Miss Cyrus.

Our best friend Shiraz!

Steven to the rescue when Olivia finds out that her house-guest just became house guests, yes that’s plural and Amanda Tanner is with child! For starters, Livs lounge wear has changed my life, Lyn Paolo, this wardrobe is pure madness I tell you. And this episode was paused when I laid eyes on that gorgeous wine glass. I have mentioned it 1008394327345 times before to friends and on twitter, tumblr, instagram  etc. I hunted that glass down, it didn’t take much, I am an awesome google-er, charge it to my experience with extensive research. Anyway the glass was divine, I had to have it and I only bough one for me, I drink red wine out of it on every Scandal Thursday. Scandal Moments blog did an ode to this wonderful glass, you can pick it up at crate and barrel for $13. Thank me later.

In short, I felt very very close to Liv in that scene with Steven which was set in her kitchen. She was in her home and not behind one of those Armani Collezioni jackets and heels, the glass, the lounge wear, the dialogue the exasperation and then two seconds later she is reminding herself, you have to be strong most if not all the time, this is such a real life struggle, hence the wine…..

The only other time I’ve felt that close to Liv’s character is when she slammed Fitz up against that wall while they were “working” at Camp David. I shall elaborate… the way a woman handles a man “at work says a lot about her Liv was representing us in those scenes! Fitz is a lot of man to be tossing around. I must say, you did me proud Liv you did me proud.

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Two words: Sanders Black. FINALLY we got some background on the Gladiators and Cyrus maintains at least a little loyalty to….. well to himself but either way he jumped in the way of Sanders Black finding out that Fitz was the person Liv was sleeping with on the trail.

Slutty President Problem

Moving on, this episode’s Scandal brought about three awesome monologues, one from Liv to General  what’s his face, one from Abby to Liv and an equally epic monologue by Miss Cyrus Beene! Betsy Beers and Jeff Perry discussed how the writing for Cyrus changed after he had done such a great job with this particular monologue, you can check it out on the Scandal Revealed podcast’s latest episode.

And he carries on narrating this awful, insightful and quite accurate tale of what may become of Fitz in the wake of the Amanda Tanner Scandal. After this I was: 1. Praising Shonda for such great television with quality equivalent to  (greater than) that of The West Wing. 2. Standing on my bed yelling “First name Cyrus, last name Beene! Check my credentials chicken shit!” Phenomenal job by Jeff Perry and Scandal writers.

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Now now now children we aren’t done just yet…. Abby knocks some sense into Liv and inspires her to make the RIGHT move which is just as tough as making the tough call to please her client.

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After this was just silence, I have watched this episode over and over and every time, even when I had memorized the lines and recited it with her, there was always this silence after it was over and even tears.  Once again, flawless delivery by Darby Stanchfield and amazing material by Scandal writers.

I nominate the line “You are the Gladiator. I would gladly follow you over a cliff.” as official language in the Gladiator creed! I’m sure I am not the only blogging Gladiator that has considered such a thing, no? no one? Oh ok maybe I am alone. Moving on!

Ready for WAR! (THIS IS SPARTA!)

So, Cyrus, in an indirect effort to save the president from a suicidal fate has officially convinced the him that Liv is Public Enemy #1 and declared war. Let us not forget that he was making the ultimate sacrifice by hand delivering this crappy news to Olivia first hand while in the middle of his hit man interviews for Amanda Tanner, oh Cy, what WOULD we do without you?

Liv gears up the OPA staff and is ready to go to war, meanwhile back at the ranch Amanda is having her last bowl of popcorn before Cy makes sure she goes beddy bye bye for good.

This episode also begins some of the “who is Quinn talk but the central issue is still Amanda Tanner seeing that she is squatting in the home of the ‘real’ central relationship of the show: OLITZ!

This concludes our therapy session for today. I know a lot of you are still dealing with withdrawal but many of you are keeping up with your doses, Jan 10th is getting very close and I really think we all are going to make it to that day in our right minds. We are going to make it through this people!

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Until next time, be the Gladiator, go see Django and Happy Holidays!

A Labor of Love

-Zan

The Sad off with Sam Jackson and Anne Hathaway

Sad off with sam Jackson and Anne Hathaway!

This is too funny!

I am, of course, ready and waiting for DJango and seeing that I was a child with an odd amount of culture and knowledge (replace child with adult and it applies to the present) Les Miserables (known as ‘Les Mis’ for us cultured folk) was one of the first films I obsessed over and also one of the first major musicals I went to see as a child at my local theater! Less relevant facts: It is one of the most celebrated musicals ever.

I am excited about both films, I love everyone in Django and Anne Hathaway is one of my favorite “stick to what works” actresses but this is outside of her box of transformation roles (See: Princess Diaries, Devil Wears Prada, Valentines day, batman).

In support of both Films and the ever-potent medicine that is laughter I share with you….. The Sad Off! Enjoy!

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