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Warning: Spoilers Abound

4 out of 5 stars

Yet another movie that I wouldn’t know existed if it weren’t for the amazing, VideoETA.com. You see VideoETA is a great resource for finding out both theatrical and home release dates of movies. Often while checking to find the date of a film I know about I discover hidden gems. These are often films that had a limited or direct to DVD release.

That was the case with Perfect Sense, also known as The Last Word. It is a perfect case of this, as the film was released in only 1 theater for 1 week. It was directed by David Mackenzie and written by Kim Fupz Aakeson. It was shot and set in Glasgow.

If you only saw the film’s cover you may just go in thinking that it’s a standard romantic drama but it’s so much more. This 2011 drama is actually the most disturbing movie that I’ve seen this year.

The movie is about a horrifying disease that individually steals humans’ senses. As the film progresses, we gradually see and feel the characters lose their senses of smell, taste, sound and finally sight. It’s implied that they will eventually lose touch as well.

Although the movie shows how this would affect large populations of people in various countries (most likely using stock footage of actual riots, etc, which is also incredibly disturbing) it mainly focuses on how this would affect us as individuals.

The movie focuses on Michael (Ewan McGregor), a chef with intimacy issues, and Susan (Eva Green), a scientist who is sick of men mistreating her.

Despite her annoyance at the interruption of a phone call, Susan first meets Michael when he bums a cigarette from her. Their meet cute takes place easily since he is a chef at a restaurant right across the alley from her apartment.

Despite her initial reticence at getting involved with a player Susan decides to dine one night after hours with Michael. This is during the beginning of their loss of senses. This causes a very close connection between them as they simultaneously lose their sense of smell.

As they lose more and more senses they rely on and fall for each other. This is incredibly romantic and seductive. They let down their defenses and tell each other things they’ve never told another soul because they can feel everything ending and need something honest.

“Want to go dancing?”
“Sure”
“Get drunk?”
“Sure”
“smoke cigarettes?”
“Always”

Despite the interspersed footage of riots and the horror of the situation, including the fact that as someone who has been studying this epidemic from the beginning, Susan admits that no one really knows what will happen next, for a while things are going better than normal for the characters. Why? LOVE, of course.

Unfortunately, prior to the loss of each sense, humans experience a heightened sense or emotion. So prior to the loss of hearing they become very angry and violent. This is when Michael scares and drives away Susan after yelling terrible things at her and then wrecking his own home.

This causes them to be apart during the horror of losing their hearing. However they both try their best to enjoy life as they can. Michael eventually goes back to work and Susan learns to love her sisters’ family (instead of just being jealous of them).

“…and if there had been anybody left to see them, then they would look like normal lovers, caressing each others’ faces, bodies close together, eyes closed, oblivious to the world around them…”

With the impending loss of sight, our lovers’ realize how important love and being with those you love is. So they reunite as the darkness closes in.

Yes, that is Trainspotting’s Ewen Bremner (Spud)!

In addition to love overcoming the worst we are also repeatedly presented with the idea that life goes on and humans learn to adapt. This is often shown to great effect at the restaurant that Michael works at. For instance, when people lose their sense of smell (which is tied to taste) the chefs decide that they must increase the spiciness of the dishes to really give the customers flavor. Later as taste goes dining out is more about texture and feeling special as you spend time with a loved one and are waited on.

Perfect Sense is most definitely not an easy film to watch. In fact, you may cry. However, it’s incredibly touching, interesting and innovative. It is a must watch!

This movie also available at Redbox kiosks.

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Note: I think this is an amazing movie. I just reserve 5 stars for movies with rewatchability. That rarely includes dramas, especially ones this heavy. I can’t see me watching this over and over.

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5 out of 5 stars

The craziest thing about Casa de Mi Padre (House of My Father) is not the movie itself, which is very out there (woot!) but the fact that I almost missed it’s very existence. I only learned of the film a few months ago due to the fact that I adore Nick Offerman. This means that I follow a ton of Parks and Recreation and other tumblrs that celebrate him. When I saw an unfamiliar still from this movie I immediately pulled up the trailer and was knocked sideways. How was this being kept from me?

Well Case de Mi Padre is a new Will Ferrell comedy that is completely in Spanish, aside from the English characters like Offerman. Yes, that’s correct Ferrell is playing a Hispanic character in this film.

The reason that I had no knowledge of the film was that it had a very limited release (368 screens). I suppose most theaters didn’t want to release a movie that was being shown completely in Spanish.

So what is the movie about? Well Ferrell is the loser son of a Mexican rancher. While his brother Raul (Diego Luna) is out making money and romancing a lovely woman, he’s content to hang out with his buddies (Efren Ramirez and Adrian Martinez) in the wild like a true rancher.

All hell breaks loose when everyone becomes entangled in the web of drug dealer Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal). Then Ferrell’s hapless character (who continuously gets slapped in the face BTW) must get some balls and protect his family’s ranch and his bro’s woman, whom, he’s of course fallen for.

I simply loved this movie. It’s truly hilarious. The film was written by Andrew Steele. There are many times when you feel the humor of Saturday Night Live and it’s no wonder that feel is stamped all over this movie since Steele wrote for SNL from ’95-’08.

It’s not just the hilarity of the movie that draws me to it but also the fact that Ferrell is playing the underdog. Back when he was on SNL and then transitioning to film it wasn’t uncommon for him to play an underdog. However his later comedic roles often elevated him to a god like (to the other characters’) figure. In this he gets to come up the chain from the slapped to the slapper and I really dug that. (BTW-Yes I know he often plays a loser in his indies but the less said about those, usually, the better, I mean, the one where he was living on the lawn? Blech!)

Luckily since the movie is now available for rental or sale you can watch it with subtitles and don’t need to be fluent in Spanish to enjoy it. As someone who took 6 Spanish courses and used to hang out with Hispanic people sometimes (but still couldn’t really keep up with the convos) I was asked by my sister (who is fluent) how Ferrell did with the Spanish. Well he does his best. Like me, he speaks much slower than the actual Hispanic actors in the film. I also think that he probably just memorized the lines because in large groups scenes he doesn’t seem to understand what others are saying and is looking around for his cue.

You definitely need to rent this movie to check it out. If you are a big Ferrell fan then just buy it outright, you won’t be sorry.

Watch it on Netflix Instant Streaming or rent it from your local Redbox.

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When I first saw this Lattice chemise, thong and toy from EdenFantasys I knew that I needed it in my life. It reminds me of cage dresses that I’ve seen (and salivated over) on high end lingerie sites. What really attracted me to this piece was the studded collar and overall dominatrix look of it.

The only thing that I worried about was the sizing. It’s considered a “one size fits most”. According to the DreamGirl sizing chart on EdenFantasys this means that it should fit a size 2-14, a B-C cup, 32-38″ bust, 24-32″ waist and 34-40″ hip. It should fit someone who weighs from 60-160lbs. I don’t know what’s up with that 60 either. I guess it’s a misprint. The packaging says 90-160lbs which sounds more plausible. As usual I do not list my exact weight or measurements do to my disordered eating issues. However I will say that I am a size 10-12, 36C cup and at the higher end of weight listed for this item. As soon as I got it on I felt as though I had no need to be worried. I loved it!

The following are the measurements when laid flat as shown above (as you can tell though, it definitely fits larger than this, as I even had room in it and aside from the bust, had it tied loosely), 16-17″ neck, bust 26-30″, 28-30″ rib, 28″ waist, 34″ hips and 27.5″ length (from top of neck).

I don’t consider this a comfortable piece per say. You are definitely very exposed and if you don’t have a perfect body (and who does?) you just need to fake it while you wear it. Despite that I felt infinitely sexy in this, like I’d just stepped out of an erotic movie. Believe it or not I also think that if you can find a way to tie the bottom half up you could wear it out as well, not just in the bedroom. Above I’m showing myself wearing it with some slash style leggings. I was in a hurry so I didn’t tie it up neatly but I think that could be achieved. You could also possibly wear it over some type of semi sheer bottom as is if you are going to a freakier night club.

Don’t let the ties up the back frighten you away. I simply tied then loosely first and then adjusted the second tie (for bust support) after it was already on. If you don’t have any health problems (I have scoliosis) you may be able to tie it all of the way up while you are wearing it.

It comes in the above package so it’s obvious what you are getting. The back of the packaging shows the back of the outfit. I wore a black slip under it for the photos as my boyfriend looked like he might have a heart attack when I said I was taking photos in this for a review. The back of the packaging is not at all subtle though. Inside of that it is packaged in plastic as shown above.

The chemise also comes with a matching thong. I found it a bit small but not so small that I couldn’t wear it. The thong measures 28-38″ at the band. It is 7″ in length from front to back. The crotch measures 4″ in length.

Both pieces are 100% polyester. According to the directions they should be hand washed in cold water and line dried.

This outfit also comes with a matching black vibrator. I considered it a bonus that probably wouldn’t be that great. I was wrong. It’s small and operates using only one AA battery (not included) but I find that it works wonders for clitoral stimulation. It’s one of my simplest vibes. Just put the battery in, twist the top on and then flip the switch from off to on. It only has one setting and isn’t too loud. I’ve actually used it often since I received it. It’s one of my current favorites.

Aside from the matching thong that I found a bit snug I really love this outfit. I definitely recommend it. It’s a great price, really gets you in the mood and comes with a bonus toy that you can actually get a lot of use out of. My bf enjoyed it as well.

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Chemise by DreamGirl
Material: Polyester
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This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer.

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This post brought to you by Revlon. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Recently I received the Revlon Expression Experiment  kit. When I received my kit I was super excited. It contained the following amazing products: Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting makeup primer , Revlon PhotoReady Eye Primer + Brightener, Revlon Colorstay eye shadow  palette in seductive, Revlon Colorstay eyeshadow palette in inspired, Revlon Super Lustrous red lipstick in Certainly Red, Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Cherry Tart and Revlon Colorburst lipgloss in fire. Plus I received three  nail polish  products: Revlon Colorstay Base Coat, Revlon Colorstay in Sorbet and Revlon Colorstay Top Coat.

First I put together a fun tropical look for my teal boho dress featuring Revlon Colorstay eyeshadow palette in inspired and Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Cherry Tart and Revlon Colorburst lipgloss in fire over the primers.

 

Then I tried out a look inspired by the movie Grease. I used the Revlon Colorstay eyeshadow palette in seductive and Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Certainly Red over the primers.

My third look is a natural eye with bright lips. Over the primers I used the lighted shadows from each palette (1 on each) and topped it off with Revlon Colorburst lipgloss in fire.

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Lastly I tried out the nail products. Though the beautiful orange Sorbet shade is perfect for spring and summer it will also transition quite well into fall (ooh, pumpkins and Halloween) and then winter with shades of brown.

All in all I really enjoy how daring and fun the shades are that Revlon is currently offering to women everywhere. If you are more on the shy side though the eyeshadow palettes also include somewhat tamer shades, as shown in my third look above. This makes Revlon empowering for all types of women.


I am thrilled with the three red lip products that I was able to test out since I've gotten much more into wearing such vivacious shades lately.


The colors of these products are long lasting. Plus the Photoready Primer is light on my skin. I love not feeling it. I normally do not need a base coat on my skin but when I do I don't want to feel it all day. The eye primer is easy to squeeze out and a little goes a long way. I recommend applying it with your fingers.

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3.5 out of 5 stars

“I’m afraid of being afraid”

“Is that a shoudvitation or an invitation?”

Take This Waltz has definitely been lauded as many things, most of these adjectives sound positive and sexy: sultry, hot, steamy. You rarely see adultery or cheating in the headline. It may be a sign of our times or just that most reviewers want to focus on the positive in the case of this film.

However it is a difficult film to watch. Particularly if you believe that cheating is the worst thing anyone can do (as do I) or you are a huge Seth Rogen fan (as am I). This is despite the fact that I am predisposed to be a fan of anything by Sarah Polley (who wrote and directed the film).

Unlike many independent films, after making the festival rounds and being picked up for distribution, Take This Waltz is currently available to watch by most anyone with an internet connection, thanks to the wonders of Video on Demand.

Take This Waltz centers on Margot (Michelle Williams). She is a sometimes writer and supposedly happy housewife to Lou (Seth Rogen). The film opens with Margot on a puff piece writing assignment, though we never get to see her work again during the film. While on assignment and during her return trip home she meets an intriguing man named Daniel (Luke Kirby). They make a connection with each other and then find out that they now live across the street from one another.


Margot mainly seems like a bored, horny housewife. Though the film makes takes great pains to show that Lou’s family has integrated her into theirs with welcoming arms, Lou himself is inattentive. During the film she has to mention how embarrassing it is to try to seduce your husband and he just doesn’t get it. This, to me, is probably the most intriguing part of the film. Margot obviously has some type of anxiety disorder. She isn’t just shy. You rarely see this projected on screen. So in the beginning this makes it very easy to become endeared to Margot, even though you know what’s coming.

During the course of the film Margot tries to get her hubby’s attention but he is constantly working on recipes for his cookbook because he takes his writing seriously. Despite the fact that they have silly couple rituals that they perform to stay in touch he never seems to understand Margot.

“but I found out how that worked and you weren’t all that interested in me being gentle”

This should make it easy for us to understand her gradual seduction by wannabe artist, but actual rickshaw driver Daniel but he sometimes insults her, which I do not find at all attractive. There is a very steamy scene in the film in which they discuss what they would do if they got together. He seduces her so totally with words that it’s like reading a romance novel aloud, it’s incredibly hot.

During the film you don’t really know for the longest time whether or not she will actually cheat on her husband which makes for an awkward, yet suspenseful watch. I do not believe in spoilers so I won’t tell you if they get together. You need to go watch it instead.

It should also be noted that Sarah Silverman gives a stand out performance as Rogen’s sister, Geraldine, a recovering alcoholic. However she so completely steals the scenes that she is in that you wonder if she should just have her own film until you later realize that they are using her alcoholism as a metaphor and plot point for Margot.

On the other hand you have Rogen’s performance. While he isn’t given that much to do during the bulk of the film there is a very dramatic part that feels improvised and lacking. I find it very difficult to critique him in that way but it doesn’t reach the depth that he’s shown in other dramas such as 50/50 and Funny People.

During the flick Margot changes, becoming more free, this is most likely why Williams herself likens it to a coming of age movie. I would recommend watching this movie once just because it’s so different from other films out there but I won’t be adding it to my collection.

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