Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Amy Schumer Shoots & Scores in "Trainwreck" - Movie Review

"Since she was a little girl, it's been drilled into Amy's head by her rascal of a dad that monogamy isn't realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo - enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment - but in actuality, she's kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she's writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners, Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something." Written by Universal Pictures (IMDB)
Rated - R

Schumer has a huge following, thanks to her Comedy Central Show “Inside Amy Schumer” .  In Trainwreck, it’s hard to tell where the real Amy ends, and this fictional character begins.

This movie takes less than a minute to get it's first 
laugh, and never slows down.  In the opening scene, 
two young girl listen as their Dad uses doll analogies 
to explain why he is leaving their mom, and why 
monogamy isn't real.  Fast forward 20 years and we 
see just how much Amy listened to her Dad.  
Spending her weekends getting drunk, smoking pot 
and hooking up with one night stands she is a "hot mess". 

The entire cast has great chemistry -  and they all deliver the laughs.  John Cena has several "sexy?" scenes and of course we all fall in love with Aaron, played by the brilliant Bill Hader.  It took me a solid hour to figure out the actress playing her boss was none other than Tilda Swinton.  But it was LeBron James who stole the show for me.  James plays himself in the film, a patient and over-protective friend to lovable Aaron.  He was quite charming.

While Trainwreck was as funny as it gets, there is a serious undertone to the movie that sets Amy Schumer apart as an actress.  She handled drama like a pro.  My prediction?  We will be seeing a lot more of Amy Schumer, and that makes me a happy girl.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Meet Me In Montenegro - Movie Review

If you are a hopeless romantic like me, you will enjoy Meet Me In Montenegro.  Never heard of it?  Neither had I.  But I pay attention when Facebook "recommends" things to me, and this time it paid off in a sweet way.

In this personal, inter-continental love story two ex-lovers, Lina (Linnea Saasen), a Norwegian dancer and Anderson (Alex Holdridge), an American filmmaker, meet by chance during a visit to Berlin. Their romance is rekindled in spite of the fact that they are both moving to opposite ends of the earth in the next forty-eight hours. Meanwhile Anderson's friends, Stephen (Rupert Friend) and Friederike (Jennifer Ulrich), toy with exploring the sexual boundaries of their long-term relationship. Berlin nestles these couples in her outstretched streets, while they wrestle with the perennial challenge of finding love, recognizing it and keeping it alive.
Written by Anonymous (IMDB) Rated PG-13

I spent yesterday afternoon doing one of my favorite things;  losing myself in a sweet little romantic comedy.  

I loved the rhythm of this film - I was never exactly sure how things were going to end.  Back and forth - up and down.  Is she good?  Is she bad?  Is he going to be ok?  Is he bad? Will he leave her? Will she leave him?  Can they make it?  It was very unpredictable, but isn't real love?

I loved Alex Holdridge as Anderson -  in all his goofiness and odd little outfits.  So many times movies bring us unrealistic human beings - so perfectly beautiful we can't really connect. Not so in this film. Our lovers here are real, clumsy, messy, everyday people. But like the rest of us in the real world, they love.  They make mistakes.  They forgive.  They move on. They walk away. They regret.  They do second chances.

I am also in love with the whimsical sketches and graffiti sprinkled throughout the movie. Animation from Anderson's journal morphing into a scene added one more level to the intimacy I felt with his character.  

Tie this all up with a cool soundtrack and the backdrop of Berlin and Montenegro and you really have a winner.  I highly recommend!

All Good Things Must Come To An End. Bye, David!!

Well all good things must end - and so it goes with my friend David, who was going to give me a half a million dollars.  I knew it was to good to be true when he contacted two other facebook friends, Brian and Brandon and advised them of their winnings.  Brandon was all prepared to start a new conversation with him when he was met with this sad reply:

Who knows what happened to my dear friend, but I will share with you our last correspondence:

Wednesday 10:03am

Greetings.. Good morning to you...
Hi David.
Wednesday 1:05pm

How are you doing..what is the progress..
Thursday 1:02am

You are not responding

Do you want your winnings to be terminated
I am in jail.
Thursday 12:04pm

And you can still communicate with me

Tell your dad so he can bail you out

If you have pay the delivery fee,your will be happy now
Thursday 3:48pm
I have a phone hidden in a hole behind some books in the library. Haven't you ever seen Orange is the New Black?
Friday 1:45pm

You are not serious..
I am too serious. This sucks. I really needed that $550,000 to get out of this mess I am in

Fuck up you are not serious..You are opportune but you mess it up keeping it on pending..
Friday 3:33pm

Friday 5:17pm

5 hours ago

Good morning..How was your weekend..

I am not sure why he had to swear at me.  That really hurt my feelings.  Sorry I didn't win the loot - I was going to throw one heck of a party!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

In Which he talks about Gladys & threatens termination #ScamUpdate

This guy is persistent!!!! (My replies in red)

Are you ready to receive your winnings..
I am.  But I can only give you my delivery fee via the mail. I can send cash.

Go to the moneygram outlet near you to send the delivery fee
I went to the post office and got a money order

Are you ready to send the fee via moneygram
Is this the same thing as a money order?
What is your address?

I need to ask..did you have the money now with you. will cash the money out and go to the moneygram outlet to send it and not money order.
But they charge me a fee at money gram!

They will only charge you 10
They will only charge you 10

Receiver's:name Gladys  tullar
Receiver's:City Lubbock
Receiver's:state Tx
Zip code  : 79404
Text question:favorite color
Text answer:Blue
$350?  What is that for?

How much s the fee you are paying for your winnings to be delivered.
No you said it was only $1.80!!!  What is going on?  Are you scamming me?

No..I told you that you can pay the fee twice..
Slow down cowboy.  You told me 180.  You NEVER said 350.   NEVER

Go and send te 180 now.. So that I can forward it to the HQ rightnow.
I already did

Are you there

Did you send it via moneygram?

Snap the receipt ok
Snap it?  Like rip it?

Do you want it to be terminated.
Are you threatening to terminate me?  That seems illegal, David.
And who is Gladys?   Are you married!?!?

That is the Agent with your winnings,as soon as you make the payment on her name,she will deliver your winnings.
I would like to talk to Gladys.  Can you go get her?

She is not around,she s delivering other are just wasting your time if you did not make the payment...

If you are sincere,you will get your winnings.

And now this morning...

Good morning to you...

Chat Conversation End

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Hello Friend! You Be Lucky! You Win $500,000! Plz send delivery fee!!

Hi guys!

I have had so many people comment on my facebook musings from the weekend that I thought I would put the entire conversation on my blog.  Let me introduce you to David Vanbrunt Williams (whatever):

A little background - I normally do not accept friend requests from people I don't know, however, I have recently been connecting with family members of my grandfathers (he died before I was born) and this guy had one mutual friend who happened to be a family member I have recently gotten to know.  So I thought perhaps he was another one.  My first question to him was "how do we know one another?"  The conversation below is what happened next....

Please comment, enjoy and share! We don't want any innocent folks falling for scams such as this. Lucky for him, I was enjoying a weekend with nothing to do but relax, so he had my full attention.  

My responses to him are in RED.  

Chat Conversation Start
June 27th, 8:26am

Good Morning

How was your night

Hello How are you doing today and your family??
June 28th, 11:17pm

Happy sunday
June 30th, 4:29am

Good morning to you.. How was your night? I have some information to pass across to you
What's that?

Have you heard about the Facebook promo and have you been told about your winnings?
No!!!! Please tell me!!! I will give you my bank info right away so you can deposit !!!
Please hurry!!


I am delighted to inform you that you have won the sum of $550,000.00 only and i will like to now if you are ready to receive your winnings?


Your attention is needd
June 30th, 7:05am
What do I need to do!!!
Wednesday 8:00am

Good morning Lisa

You are to provide the following information for the processing of your winnings.Full name,home address where your winnings will be delivered to,occupation,cell number,email address.
Do you think I am an idiot?
Thursday 6:23pm

No one is forcing you to receive your winnings..
Seriously? Do people really fall for this shit?

It not a shit

are you doubting it
How is that I won?

i want you to know that your winning prize is 100% real and legit and the United state FBI is also aware of this lottery so i will like to know if you are fully ready to claim your winning prize ?



I am ready

In other to claim your winning prize you are to Reconfirmed some Data-Bases in which the Facebook Board will make use to get your Winning Certificate and all Necessary document available for you before they can release your winning Funds to you today. Full Name: Full Home address: Mobile Number: Email Address: Those are the details you are to reconfirm in other to claim your winning prize ?
You can not even type English.

do you want your winnings to be terminated?
I am just so frightened. I hate to miss out on the chance of a lifetime. By the way you are quite handsome.

reconfirm the information for your winnings to be issued

Lisa Vanderpump #1 Hoyty Toyty Drive Beverly Hills, CA. 90210

what is your problem

where is your #
? My number? Did u not receive all my info above? #youhurtmyfeelings


no # available there
You say "what is ur problem?" I have done everything u ask!

what about your phone number..

it not provided.
Oh yes. My phone number. I am so sorry. 826-867-5309

you will be paying for delivery fee okay

Choose your Preferable Option on how you intend to receive your Winnings : 1) ATM (These require delivery charges and would be paid by beneficiary So take note of these). 2) Check (These require delivery charges and would be paid by
Ok friend. Just tell me how much and I am in

This is not a do or die affairs,

just 180

that the delivery fee only

are you there

choose your mode of receiving your winnings so that it will be issued.
$1.80!!! OH EM GEE. Can I send this in small coin?


I wish to receive this in an AMT CARD





Oh my dear new friend, I am far from perfect. Can u please send it to my ATM

i want you to understand that this requested fee is for the shipment of your package to you and we also want you to know that there is no way we can ship the package to you if you don't have the fee paid to the right department according to our mode of operation.


I am so serious

I am ready

Um.. I'm not sure. Let me ask my dad. He works for Homeland Security. He is up to speed on these things.



Oh shoot. What should I do? He just walked out of the room and made a phone call! Let me go get him. Remain calm, friend. Don't take away my winnings!!

Oh i won't share. But he knows where the money gram places are. He has a huge database so he can check your name and find the safest place for me to go. He checks for scams all the time


Can u send me a picture?

Of my atm card and winnings certificate



Ok friend

  I just can't believe this

You too can also see your winnings is real and legit
Yes I can. So what do u need from me? I already have plans for my $550,000!!

i did not need are to follow the terms and condition..

Are you ready to oay the delivery fee?
I am ready

how many minute will it take o to get the delivery fee sent?
Can I just meet you somewhere? I have the cash!




Are you afraid of sending the delivery fee?
OMG!! What a small world! My Dad said he KNOWS YOU!! Something about an IP address? He just called his "partner" (wierd - I had no idea he was gay - but I love gays!) and they are on their way to your place!! They are bringing the $1.80. So it's ok by me if you just give them the $550,000!!

Lisa..i am not forcing you.
David I know. That's what I told my dad before he left.

Good things are not easy to receive,there will always be an obstacle from any angle..
You are such a wise man. I think I am falling in love with you.

As the matter of fact,you are not the only one that won the winnings sum of $550,000.00,so therefore you have to let me know you don't want your winnings anymore rather than telling me what your dad told you.,

Is that clear?
No. It's not clear. I told you my dad said he knows you and that he is on his way with my $1.80. Why so angry?

are you ready to send he 180

not 1.80
What is ur problem? My dad is bringing it to you AS WE SPEAK!! Relax!!


did i give you the information to send it to

are you out of your mind..

'are you talking to a kid are loosing your winnings gradually
To your address. Like I said, dad said he knows you - your IP address.

Where did your dad told you i am

I am in California

i guess you are not ready.

Hmmmm. Ok let me tell him.


You post it

what does tha mean

you are free
No I'm not. Can you help me?
Friday 4:56pm

How are you doing..TGIF..
Dear David, I am doing so good. TGIF Indeed!!!
Friday 8:55pm

Good Day my dear..Happy Friday

What is still gooing on
Saturday 9:57am
I am just waiting for my Dad to get back
Monday 2:52am

You are not serious,who is paying the money,you or dad...who owns the winnings,you or dad...common,think before you talk

Monday 2:22pm


Chat Conversation End

I wasn't listening to any music.  I haven't replied - maybe I will over the weekend.

Hope you enjoyed my little chat. :-)

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jurassic World - Movie Review

20 years has flown by since the first Jurassic Park was released - and I have to admit that was the only Jurassic movie I caught.  So for that reason, I invited my good friend and favorite Vintner, Kraig Keesaman, to join me at the screening.  He is a Jurassic Freak.  I mean Freak. I knew he could fill any gaps needed as I watched Jurassic World.

PG -13 - 124 minutes

According to Kraig, Jurassic World picked up where the first film left off and pretty much acted like The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3 never happened.

Jurassic World had the typical sub-plots of greed, family drama, and sexually frustrated park employees.  There were plenty of "jump scares" for me - although the boys didn't seem nearly as affected.

Chris Pratt is the perfect guy to play the "Raptor Whisperer" and Bryce Dallas Howard is a beautiful damsel in distress.

Soap Box Moment:  Not one woman in ANY WORLD would take the time to rip her shirt open and tie it up in cute little knot while preparing to fight a rogue dinosaur.  And she would also lose the stilettos.  Why must movies keep doing this to women?  It is very frustrating.

Parents will appreciate that, while there were plenty of casualties in Jurassic World, there was no blood and gore.  (At least I like when they make these things a bit more kid friendly)

Overall, Kraig and I had a good time - I give this movie a 3 out of 5 stars - while Kraig gives it 5 of out 5!!

(Shameless Plug for Kraig - he and his beautiful wife Becky own Windy Wine Company in Osborn, MO - you must check it out!  It is one of my Happy Places)

Monday, June 8, 2015

I Believe In Unicorns - Movie Review

A couple of weeks ago I saw an #indieWIRE post calling this film "One of the Most Authentic Female Coming-of-Age Films in Recent Memory."  I was all in - couldn't wait to see it.  (Here is the article:  )

The movie tells the story of Davina (played by the lovely Natalia Dyer) a teenage girl diving into her first "adult relationship".  The object of her affection is a bad boy named Sterling (played by Peter Vack).  Both actors are receiving accolades on the festival circuit for their work in this film.  Understandably so.

This is not your typical movie about young lovers. This film isn't for teenage girls.  This film is for all of us women who have survived first love  - it is a bittersweet trip down memory lane - a look in the mirror for us all.

Davina & Sterling's whirlwind romance takes them on a short roadtrip - an escape from the reality of their difficult lives - but it isn't the miles they cover, or even the intensity of their physical attraction that makes this film interesting.  It is the beautiful mind of writer/director Leah Meyerhoff  and her ability to balance reality with fantasy.  We - as young girls falling in love for the first time - we can not tell fantasy from reality and that is quite honestly what ruins our lives.  We are lucky to get out unscathed, unwed, unpregnant.  Some of us do - and some of us don't.  Meyerhoff reminds us of these emotions - taking us between fantasty and reality, between past and present, at a dizzying pace. And isn't that how it really felt?  So intense, so surreal, we didn't know if any of it was real?

I fell in love as a young girl once, far too young to understand the consequences of my actions.  Far too young to control my emotions and my hormones.  I understand the delicate dance between childhood and womanhood and I was overwhelmed at times at the films ability to really make us see that we were children.    If only the young women in our lives would listen to us now - trust us when we say "I've been there!! Let me be your lesson so you don't have to find out the hard way!" But they won't.  And we didn't.  And we all have our stories and our war wounds and we survive.

Beautifully shot and great story telling - a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.