Movie Monday*: The Hundred Foot Journey

I am back in LA and this LA girl is here to bring you a movie review!  So LA… I know.  I love going to the movies, catching all the trailers, eating a big thing of popcorn and watching a movie on the big screen!  Except I can’t eat popcorn anymore because I am not allowed to have corn (according to this blood type diet that I am kinda on)… So LA… I know.

Anyways, I have been looking forward to seeing The Hundred Foot Journey ever since I saw the trailer for it last month.  I am a sucker for gorgeous films about culture and food… The Exotic Marigold Hotel, Julie & Julia, Eat, Pray, Love and of course, Chocolat (I watch it every year around Easter).  And the director who brought you Chocolat is now bringing you… The Hundred Foot Journey.  And he did not disappoint!


The Hundred Foot Journey is about family, bravery, love, passion, acceptance, understanding, taking a risk, overcoming obstacles, following your bliss, thinking outside of the box and opening your heart and mind to things that are different and when things don’t turn out how you planned them to go.

I loved this movie.  I laughed.  I cried.  It made me think about life.  It made me feel hopeful.  And it made me hungry.


Here’s the trailer…









This movie made me think about the story of the Fisherman and the Businessman.  The first time I heard this story was in Tom Shadyac’s class at Pepperdine and then I heard again last week from my Uber driver.  (His was a little bit different… I got the Russian version from him. Something about a guy sitting under a tree smoking and drinking vodka.)  Anyways, go see the movie and then watch this. Or watch this and then go see the movie.  (Click here to watch!)  And I am sharing this story as a reminder to stay mindful of your life and to make sure you check in with yourself to make sure that you are happy!  If I took this quite literally, I would be moving to Nantucket right now… but I have some dreams I have to chase first.

There are soooooo many good movies coming out in the next few months and towards the end of the year!  Expect a lot more of these Movie Mondays!


* Sometimes I don’t have that much to bring you up to date on, so instead of sharing a lame Same Page Monday, I have decided to come up with all these different Monday things.  Movie Mondays, Memory Mondays (like Throwback Thursday but on Monday) and well those are the only two I have come up with… Get excited.

Photo Credit: IMDB – Photo by Francois Duhamel – © DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC.

Movie Review – Dallas Buyers Club

During Award Season, the Studios generously hold screenings of their nominated movies for members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). This past weekend, I attended a screening for Dallas Buyers Club. What was special about this screening was that the writers, producers, directors and stars were all there for a Q&A at the end! It was an honor to sit before these brilliant artists and listen to their stories behind the movie… and I will share some of those with you!  But first, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, watch the trailer!



Dallas Buyers Club Premieres in Beverly Hills

The movie was fantastic.  Of course, there were parts that were hard to watch (yes, there were drugs and sex in this movie), but it wasn’t glorified like it was in Wolf on Wall Street.  (Note: I had to make that note because the family went to see it the day after Christmas and we walked out.  Not a movie to see with your parents or little sister or her boyfriend.)

Dallas Buyers Club took over 10 years (after the movie was written) for it to finally get made.  There were different actors, directors and studios attached to the film.  They finally had Matthew McConaughey and director, Jean-Marc Vallee, attached and they planned to shoot in 2012.  Their backers pulled out last minute but Matthew had already started losing the weight… they were determined to make this film.  They ended up shooting the film on a 5 million dollar budget in 25 days with no lighting and one camera.  Amazing.


Matthew and Jared were incredible.  Jared completely transformed into his character, Rayon.  There was no trace of Jared Leto.  It was astonishing.  He should win every award he is nominated for.  It was the littlest things, like simple mannerisms or a look or a reaction, that you just couldn’t take your eyes off of him.  Matthew’s character, Ron, went through a full transformation.  Matthew said that his character (or Ron) didn’t have purpose until he found out that he had AIDS.  He now had something to fight for, and instead of destroying him, his disease turned him into a hero… a champion.  And Jennifer was a delight.  She added sweetness and heart to the movie.

One of the interesting facts about the movie is that the movie didn’t have a full score.  Jean-Marc purposefully chose not to have a score.  Matthew told a story about Jean-Marc’s role as the director of this movie.  He said directors can manipulate the audience.  They can force you to look at something by spotlighting it and going in for a close up or to have a score telling you how you should be feeling at every moment… but Jean Marc said, after one of the first takes,  that there was something special here and he had to do whatever he could to get out of the way.  The story itself is so raw and powerful and that’s how it should be seen.  Like real life and not a Hollywood movie.  Truly selfless move by a director and it made the movie what it is.

Go see it!

DallasBuyersClubReview6  Characters Photo Credit: Focus Features, Red Carpet Photo Credit: AKM-GSI/FAMEFLYNET