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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
Rating:
Vroom:
Bee:
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer.

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Initially I was apprehensive when I saw the Wetlook capri pants by Coquette on EdenFantasys. My first thought was that they were only for thin girls. Luckily I try to break out of that mindset these days. Since there were already a few reviews to peruse I checked them out. In seemed to me that they looked hot on ladies of all sizes and fit true to size. These are available in sizes small, medium, large, extra large and 1X/2X.

I wear a size 10-12 in pants (as always, no specific measurements due to my history of disordered eating). According to the Coquette size chart a large will fit a size 12-14, 30-32″ waist and 40-42″ hips. I probably could have sized down to the medium in these and still had them fit. Their medium is listed as a 10-12. However I wanted to wear them lower. Plus I have a booty and thighs to think about. I am also 5’4″ tall to give you an idea of where they may hit you depending on your height.

Of course I measured them myself as well. Unstretched the waist measures 28″ but easily stretches to over 33″. The hips measure 34″ and easily stretch to over 40″. The inseam of the capris is 19″. The length from the top of the pant to the bottom is about 25″.

The pants come in a simple plastic bag with the name of the item and the size listed on a sticker on the bag. They are folded and the material sticks to itself so the pants initially appear smaller than they actually are.

The Coquette tag is attached to the pants with a ribbon and a pin. The tag mentions that they are from Coquette’s Darque collection (by the way, a ton of items in the Darque collection are super sexy). The inside of the tag shows a model wearing the capris with a matching wet look top from Coquette.

close up of the fabric

I know that frankly fashion rules say large thighs shouldn’t be shiny but I enjoy throwing all fashion rules out the window. Here I’ve paired these with a simple black tank top that is actually a workout top but is so fun that I have often worn it out at night.

just to show how stretchy the waist band is

I LOVE these capris. They are comfy and they make me feel like Sandy at the end of Grease.

So when I wore them out to a local bar I wore the above paired with my faux leather bomber that I’ve been sporting forever and my faux leather boots.

apologies for the blurry camera phone pic, I was in a hurry

I felt very sexy and comfortable while wearing these out. Since these are leggings didn’t feel overly hot like I have in the past in those thick pleather pants that we used to wear in the 90s. I actually plan on wearing these outdoors this summer.

They do ride low in the back when you are sitting. I had on a cute black glittery thong, so when it peeked out it wasn’t a big deal. Plus I was wearing the tank and jacket. However I’d recommend maybe some boycut panties instead so they don’t peak out.

These capris are 80% nylon and 20% spandex. According to the inner tag they are to be hand washed only and then hung to dry.

Some other pieces that would look sexy with these capris are below:





Of course any sexy black top that you already have at home will probably look fab with these. I highly recommend buying a pair. They are at a great price point as well.

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Pants by Coquette
Material: Nylon / Spandex

Note: The posters in the background are from NovelPoster. I was one of their initial backers on Kickstarter. I chose Kanye West and Alice in Wonderland.

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I recently received the super sexy Executive sweet bustier with hose courtesy of EdenFantasys. Being that I’m normally unintentionally celibate I enjoy ordering lingerie that can be worn out when paired with other pieces. My intention was to get this to wear to an event next month, either with black jeans or black dress pants.


The executive sweet bustier with hose comes with a pair of attached garters, a pair of thigh highs and a matching thong. The outfit arrived in a clear plastic bag with a description of the contained bustier on it. The bustier features underwire and plastic boning.

For reference I am a size 10-12 with a 36C or 38C cup (depending on the brand). I ordered the large. According to the Escante Size Chart a large will fit someone who is a size 10-14, with a C or D cup and the following measurements, 36-38″ bust, 32-34″ waist and 34-36″ hips who weighs from 140-160lbs. As I’m on the upper end of those measurements I probably would have opted for an XL if one were offered but it’s only available in sizes small, medium or large. (Again I have to mention that I do not give my specific weight or measurements due to past and present disordered eating issues). Laid flat but laced the actual measurements that I was able to take were 26-24-26. I was easily able to pull and stretch those to 32-30-32.


The day that I received this I automatically had to put it on. It’s so hot! I did have a bit of difficulty getting it on. I don’t really have a waist (that’s not an insult to myself, I have more of straight frame). I also have moderate scoliosis. It makes it a bit uncomfortable to try to tie, zip and adjust it while on. I found that the best way to do so (for me) was to lace it up, leave the side zipped and then pull it over my head. As you can see from the above photo, for me to wear this bustier as is I would have to leave a gap in the middle. It comes with two sets of ties that are meant to tie from either end and then meet in the middle. I was a bit discouraged but I do know how I’m built. At this point I decided that I needed longer ties and would have to put off taking proper photos for another day.

A few days later was watching The Client List movie with a friend while enjoying some wine slushies. When it got to the outfit montage scene I immediately remembered the bustier and had to put it on. I had found an extra pair of black shoelaces lying around my house and used those to fill in the middle space (as seen above). I eventually intend on buying very long strings that I can lace completely from top to bottom. And then I was in love. This is definitely a hot little number.

yes, I missed the top holes when lacing it, I blame the booze, lol

I apologize for the high school hand pose, just me being goofy.



Fueled by wine and the illusion of now having a waist I decided that I could not take this off and once the film was over I would go out. I paired it with some dark blue jeans. I would have worn black but couldn’t recall where I’d left them. Since I’d decided to wear it out I had to decide, the enclosed thong or a pair of larger black panties. I went with the latter because I was feeling bloated. However if you think that you may get lucky I highly recommend opting for the thong as you are otherwise presented with a Bridget Jones type situation.

front and back view of the matching thong

The thong measures 8″ high in length from top to bottom, both front and back (a total of 16″ altogether). The band of the thong measures about 27″ unstretched but easily stretches to at least 40″. The crotch part of the thong measures 2″ wide.

from the bag, from the inner tag on the bustier

Both the bustier and the thong consist of 97% cotton and 3% elastane. The reverse side of the tag on the bustier gives the following laundering information: machine wash gentle cycle, wash separately with non chlorine bleach, do not wring or twist, line dry, iron on lowest temperature.


The hose came in a simple plastic packaging which I was unable to photograph because of the reflection of the packaging. I’d say the less said about them the better. They are very plain. There is no doubt that I have large thighs that aren’t exactly flattered by these types of tights (I usually only wear garters over full fishnets and attach them for effect). I did try one on nonetheless but I’m not posting a photo as it was incredibly unflattering. I was able to stretch one up to about right above my knee. These would probably due for a smaller woman but I’d still recommend picking up some dressier, more sturdy tights to pair with this outfit anyway.

Instead I would order any of the below hose.

Triangle pattern jacquard pantyhose

Striped jacquard pantyhose

Vertical stripe panythose

completely open inside view

close up of the side zipper

After I was ready and about to do my hair and makeup I was trying to figure out why my breasts weren’t showing the type of cleavage on the tag. I don’t have breast implants or anything but they are a decent size that work for my frame. It was then that i realized that the top has actual adjustable bra straps. I adjusted them and came away with the oomph that I was looking for. Sorry for forgetting to get a photo of that after.

All in all I highly recommend buying the Executive sweet bustier with hose. It not only looks great on and makes you feel sexy but it also works. I hit a dive bar in it (wearing a small cardigan over it because I’m somewhat modest and felt naked in the back) and men definitely dug it.

product picture
Bustier by Escante
Material: Cotton / Elastic
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer.

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