Sunday, December 15, 2013

In your Timing



** Inspiration for 2014. Don't be afraid to be you - whatever your calling may be; you're being called for a reason - GIVE IN **

Wait in Joyful Anticipation



Sometimes we are impatient. We want what we want - NOW! But we find out that now might not be the best time. Everything happens exactly when it is meant to happen - the most perfect time. If you had not missed the bus you would not have met the person that sat next to you right after. If you had left the party, you would not have had the best night in a long time. If you don’t allow something the chance to live and to breathe you may lose out on one of the most meaningful instances in your life.

Once you’ve mastered going with the flow and connecting to your journey, you must now pursue carrying on with joy. Knowing full and well that the choice you made, the path you’re taking is going to lead to your best good. It is being hopeful and expecting wonderful things while you wait. 

Attitude is everything! 

Having faith that all the desires of your heart will manifest in the most divine time, then whether your journey is straight or ruffled (and most times it is a challenge); then you should be able to learn patience with joyful anticipation. You’re going to win the prize! Yes, YOU! :))

Bless-up!

Love Jair

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Forgotten People



**This makes me smile and makes my heart dance~! ENJOY :))

New Favourite



In life, we struggle with our current states changing into others we’re not 100% sure of; but it is when we release and trust in the future we’re pleasantly surprised with greater gifts, greater outcomes, and just greatness in general.

It can be simple things, or things on a much larger scale. Don’t be afraid to focus and put your energy on that driving force or yearning/calling in your life; follow that path with all your heart and it will lead you to where you need to be. What’s your favourite now, may be wonderful, special and perfect for this moment, but once you release that favourite in pursuit of growing into a better you, your favourite thing will become new and improved or you will find a new favourite.

Fear not, you’ve got the entire Universe standing by your side, rooting for your dreams to take flight! Everything falls into place at the right time, so make a choice and stay positive with your choice, it will instill a comfort unlike any other; an embrace of clarity that cannot be compared with anything else.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Side Effects



“What do you doctors call faking? Malingering? Such a funny word. Girls learn to fake things at a very early age - probably around the same time that boys are learning to lie.”

One of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. Suspenseful, excellent soundtrack, phenomenal acting, thrilling and gripping story, with loads of drama! Writer Scott Z. Burns struck gold with this story about a young woman’s life unraveling after taking pills from her psychiatrist. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, this 2013 Crime/Drama/Thriller won 2 nominations and kept the audience wanting more.

Rooney Mara (known for American version of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) stars as the young troubled woman, English veteran Jude Law plays the role of her psychiatrist, and Channing Tatum and Welsh sweetheart Catherine Zeta-Jones (who threw all her ‘sweets’ out the window for this film) also joined in the fun.


With a run-time of 106 minutes and a budget of $30 million USD, this film surprisingly only made a profit  $2 million USD; however left an exceptional trail of exciting viewers and reviews. Actors and Actress’ can only dream of displaying roles with such range and splendour! ‘Journey with Jair’ recommended for a night of extraordinary fun!


Always a Way



**Can't sing? That doesn't mean you can't enjoy beautiful music - Check out these monks giving thanks! :))

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Polar Express



“Sometimes the most real things in the world, are the things we can’t see…”

In the spirit of Christmas, here’s a lovely, heart-warming, animated, adventure film fit for the whole family. This is one to add to your in-home collection. Based on the novel by Chris Van Allsburg and adapted into screenplay by Robert Zemeckis and William Broyles Jr. and directed by Robert Zemeckis, even though they didn’t make back half of what they spent in production, they were nominated for 3 Oscars.

I will admit it wasn’t the most alluring special effects but it was a perfect story! Tom Hanks shone as multiple voices throughout and Leslie Zemeckis, Eddie Deezen, and Nona Gaye also joined in to paint this wonderful story of self-discovery. Your dreams never fade away and always take life when you believe! 

This fantasy film will open your eyes and your heart; it will make you laugh out loud and shed a tear or two. It reminds us that doubt leads us nowhere and that life takes flight when you are ready for the adventure!





Melancholia



Written and Directed by Danish film-maker Lars von Trier (whom you may remember from ‘Breaking the Waves’, ‘Dancer in the Dark’ and ‘Dogville’ starring Nicole Kidman) this 2011 Sci-Fi/Drama was quite symbolical, artfully shot and leaves the audience depressed out of their minds. Filmed in two parts signifying the decaying relationship of two sisters, this film not only is thought-provoking but unfolds as slow as if we were there ourselves.

Starring Kirsten Dunst, Swedish Alexander Skarsgard, and English Charlotte Gainsbourg, it was a show of immense and intense acting skills amidst the gorgeous and opulent sets. Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content and language, you’d want to keep the children away - not that they’d have much interest to stay around - this film is slow-paced and taps at our minds with brewing intent. With a run-time of 136 minutes, and an approximate $7 million USD budget; this film befuddled viewers and only brought in $3 million USD, but it won the hearts of critics and awards world-wide; receiving 31 wins and another 46 nominations.

Be sure you’re in a good place mentally when you watch this one; it seeps its way in with hundreds of un-answered questions, yet cleverly and superbly leaves us with metaphors, poetry and allegorical meaning.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Upside Down



I love cerebral fantasy dramas and had heard about this one last year starring dimpled Kirsten Dunst and phenomenal English Jim Sturgess (whom you may recall from ‘Cloud Atlas’ among others). This 2012 romance written and directed by Argentine Juan Solanas and with a budget of $60 million USD garnered many raised and confused eye-brows, no nominations or awards and a huge fail at the box-office. It was quite similar and had hints of the movie ‘Inception’.

With a run-time of 100 minutes and loads of CGI, it was a simple enough story between two lovers separated by two worlds with a tiny or perhaps colossal ‘flip-side’. Thrilling at many moments, wonderful cinematography and the audience feels for our main character Sturgess who plays ‘Adam’; however disappointed with the end as they jumped ahead and left many un-answered questions of how things became suddenly okay.

Still I found things to be a little predictable…Adam, Eden (surprising not Eve), disparaging worlds and  a love that’s so close but beyond reach. What did you really think would happen?


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Give a Little



**Give a little, have some faith...you might get a whole more than what you asked for :))

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Lifeguard



“Newsflash! Time moves in one direction!”

This 2013 drama-romance received one nomination and was for me quite disturbing. Written and Directed by Liz W. Garcia it’s subject matter could be one identifiable to many during the transition from 20’s into 30’s except for the awkward love story with graphic nudity and strong sexuality regarding a minor.

Keep the children away. No pun intended but this story involved many disturbing images with teenagers as well as drug use and pervasive language. Once the audience goes past those shocking reveals we focus on the wonderful camera work and close-shots, exquisite acting of Kristen Bell, and David Lambert (who in my opinion stole the show).


The soundtrack was helpful, however there was no powerful message or hint of inspiration in this one; it seemed to be one slow awful event to another until it ended abruptly and unsatisfactory. Sure anybody can lose their way and take a break to search for themselves again, but taking advantage and falling in love with a minor doesn’t really quite cut it. 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Prioritize



We are creatures of habit. Our parents taught us, their parents taught them, and their parents taught them also. It’s the circle of life. What many of us don’t know though is that if we practice anything over a period of time, it ultimately stays with us; therefore why should we not practice things that will enhance our daily lives? 

It seems that our current generation is lazy, and becoming more so everyday. We accept things at face value and do nothing extra to find out the truth. Instead of cooking, we buy or microwave, instead of reading, we watch a video, instead of spending time with loved ones, we make excuses. Isn’t it about time we change that cycle? These negative habits. Whatever we spend time with we prioritize these specific things in our lives. My darlings, it is time to prioritize practices that will benefit us physically and mentally.

How shall we find truth and strength if we do not sit and ask questions from the Universe/God? How shall we become more focused, patient and mindful if we do not take time to meditate on these things daily? How shall we heal our bodies from the inside out if we do not put beautiful things into our body or take time to preserve nature? We claim we have the answers. We claim we know the truth. We claim we are the most powerful beings on this earth. I’m sorry to burst your bubble darlings, but it is not ALL about you. In fact, it’s about us!

We are all reflections of each other. Creating distance, harbouring hate, thinking negatively not only hurts your fellow man, but also in turn hurts you. It is time that we prioritize positive things into our lives. Sleep an hour less to spend time with yourself everyday, be silent, meditative and prayerful on a better world, a better you. You can’t just do it once in a while, once a week, and call yourself a master. After all it is a fact, we are creatures of habit, and the more time we spend with things of importance in our lives the more we’ll see the benefits of our sacrifice and hard work.

It’s never too late!
Ready, Set, Begin a new you! :))

Bless-up darlings!

Love Jair

The Lorax



“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. “- Dr. Seuss

This 2012 animated family comedy reaped in 3 wins, 6 nominations and with a budget of $70 million USD brought in $213 million USD that year; more importantly it was a wonderful and clever environmental and mental reminder of keeping true to your word, respect and not being lost in the glitz, glam and fame which ultimately destroys us.

Many of you reading might say, “Yeah right! A cartoon with such a significant message!?” And I would smile and nod my head vigorously. For those familiar with Theodor Geisel (American writer, poet and cartoonist of German heritage who famously signed and went by “Dr. Seuss”, would know that he spoke carefully, positively and purposefully disguised in colourful images and playful quotes to attract younger audiences.

‘The Lorax’ was one of many he shared with while he was here on earth. Some others include: ‘Green Eggs and Ham’, ‘Oh the Places you’ll Go’, ‘One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish’, and ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’, and ‘The Cat in the Hat’. Most are heart-warming, all positive and motivational and some quite hilarious.


Adapted into screenplay by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, this film was directed by Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda who hired successful actors and singers to voice the main characters, like Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, Danny Davito and Jenny Slate to name a few. Pop in this DVD for a night of fun - friendly for the children and adults! 


Monday, November 25, 2013

Kundun



"I see a safe journey, I see a safe return."

"They have taken away our silence."

"I believe I am a reflection, like a moon on water. When you see me, and I try to be a good man, you see yourself."

'Kundun' means 'The Presence' which incredibly personifies the overall feeling of the depictions of the Dalai Lama in this film. I had the pleasure of watching this classic and historical film 'Kundun' which follows the re-discovery, childhood into adulthood of Tibet's 14th Dalai Lama. Written by Melissa Mathison and directed by the lovable Martin Scorsese, this 1997 dramatic biography was nominated for 4 Oscars, and received 5 wins and 4 other nominations.

Starring unknowns like Tenzin Yeshi Paichang, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin, Gyurme Tethong and Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong whom played the Dalai Lama during different stages of his life and others, I must say that the story was exceptionally told and clearly illustrated the violent Chinese persecution and problems he dealt with at that time and still to this day. It was wonderful to bring this film to the west allowing the masses through film to understand the complexity of this war and gain knowledge of the height of calamity and terrible domination that the Tibetan people endured.


Beautifully shot, lovely cinematography and soundtrack; this is one that will be remembered for all time. It was interesting to know that Scorsese had such respect and admiration for the Dalai Lama and Buddhist philosophy as he dedicated this film to his mother Catherine Scorsese. He said that "…the Dalai Lama represents unconditional love, and to me my mother was the closest person with that kind of love".

Friday, November 22, 2013

Playing for Keeps



"This holiday season, what do you really want?"

Written by Robbie Fox and Directed by Gabriele Muccino, this film wasn't anything out of the extraordinary. The same story/plot has been done before; first in 1986 and then again in 2009 and well Hollywood hasn't been too creative lately, so they try again to milk it for what it's worth again in 2012. They figure with some of today's hottest stars, like Scottish heartthrob Gerard Butler, Bostonian Uma Thurman (memorable from Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill movies), Texan Dennis Quaid, Welsh-working-beauty Catherine Zeta-Jones, innocent-eyed Judy Greer, and 'Seventh Heaven' Jessica Biel they'd be able to rejuvenate the magic.

Simple story, and great delivery by actors, the film was sweet to watch but probably not the most awe-inspiring. It speaks to our audience about forgiveness, second chances and making the right choices for your future. A run-time of 105 minutes and a budget of $35 million USD, it only grossed $13 million USD back at the box-office.

There's temptation around every corner, but there's a time one has to grow up and decide what they really want from life. Would you choose to make the right decision or keep playing till you lose everything?

Capture the Beauty



**Film is capturing the beauty, the story…FOREVER… :))

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Elf



Caught a glimpse of this film a couple years prior playing in the background of a Christmas party, and then straight into my hands by a friend; I had to finally pay this classic starring Will Ferrel some attention.This 2003 Fantasy/Family/Comedy is a simple story about searching for one's identity and spreading the Christmas spirit.

Written by David Berenbaum and directed by Jon Favreau, you're sure to hear a lot of carols, see a lot of Christmas trees and stifle a lot of giggles. Will Ferrell, James Caan, Faizon Love, Mary Steenburgen, Peter Dinklage and Zooey Deschanel pour on fun factor and leave the audience gasping for air with their wonderful comic timing and exceptional delivery.


Life can throw us some blows, and those blows seem to make things crumble during the holidays, but this story digs deep to help the audience find the joy and lighter side of what Christmas is about and inspires us to grow faith in places that haven't seen it in a  long time. With a 97 minute run-time and a budget of $33 million USD, this film not only gave wild humor but also had 2 wins, 7 nominations and grossed $173 million USD at the box-office.



Friday, November 8, 2013

Feeling Good



**Another 'lady' - Remember artists like that? Who sang lyrics and wore lovely dresses? Here's one by the wonderful Nina Simone ~ Feeling Good! :))**

The Intouchables



"Sometimes you have to reach into someone else's world to find out what's missing in your own."

"This is not just a job anymore."

Recommended to me by a dear friend a couple months prior, I finally settled into this French 2011 comedy/drama based on a true story. Written and Directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, it will touch your heart and then some. Nominated for one Golden Globe and receiver of 22 wins and 31 other nominations, it's something worth watching.

Starring Francois Cluzet whom you may remember from 'French Kiss' with Meg Ryan and 2010's 'Little White Lies with Marion Cotillard, and Omar Sy who was been a steady working actor since 2000, this film re-enacts true events of an unlikely friendship that blossoms into a life-changing opportunity. It proves that opposites attract and that we can learn lessons about life no matter the age or the teacher. 

Life throws trials and challenges but the story reminds our audience to accept the challenge with wide open arms so that it could change us for the better. The script was beautifully written and the dialogue held heaps of wisdom and inspiration. You'll get your classical music fix in this one, as well as a change of heart! 




This is the End



Rambunctious to the max, yet terribly entertaining! This 2013 comedy/fantasy about 'The End' or the 'Apocalypse' was cleverly and simply executed with real friends and actors filming what would really happen in their lives if this given scenario were to take place. And the results of such a simple idea? Success at the box-office!

Written and Directed by Canadian Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and based on a short film by Jason Stone, this film delivered laughs from James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, Channing Tatum, Paul Rudd and many many more.


The film was wild, provocative, silly, and unbelievably great commitment and comic timing. Rated R for crude sexual content, pervasive language, violence and some drug use, it isn't recommended for younger audiences. And with a budget of $32 million USD and returns of $101 million USD, not only were these friends successful at collaborating but it looks like they also had a great time playing together! 'This is the End' certainly brings the giggles!

After Earth



"Danger is Real…Fear is a Choice."

This highly anticipated film brought to you by director M. Night Shyamalan (known best for 'Then Sixth Sense) and starring father-son duo Will and Jaden Smith was high on my list of films to see this year. I'd been keeping my eyes on the reviews (all of which rang poor) knowing that I would want to see and review myself because the media and world ultimately have nothing good to say.

Story by Will Smith and adapted into screenplay by M. Night Shyamalan and Gary Whitta, this film had all the makings for success. Not to mention the star names producing and lending their talent for this $130 million USD budget. Sophie Okonedo and Zoe Kravitz also had memorable roles as mother and daughter respectively. However, despite good story, great actors and big budget, they still failed at the box-office grossing only $60 million USD back.

With a run-time of 100 minutes and great pacing, cinematography, CGI and acting, I have to say that the what made this film's downfall is that there were too many elements that were already done before. It was very reminiscent of the 'Star Wars', 'Star Trek' films and after Hollywood already revived it's one millionth classic 'Star Trek', it was not what audiences around the world were looking forward to.


The lessons in this film were pristine and necessary, teaching us to be soldiers of strength, truth, and that fear has no place among the great. The majority of the film was mainly Will Smith and his son and although I am proud of them and in awe of their accomplishments, I think that $130 million USD could have been used a little better to make bold differences and something a bit more fresh to bring to the world. Sometimes keeping it simple is best.

Fruits of Faith



I was attracted to this film, clearly for it's title, and perhaps I was in need for some inspiration. This 2013 Japanese film directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura was undoubtedly inspirational but also probably the most slow progressing film I've seen in all my years. Sure the run-time was the usual 128 minutes, however the story was based on a novel entitled 'Miracle Apples' which took place over the span of 10 years.


Despite the sluggish evolution, the story was strong in strength and determination and a good lesson in keeping hope alive. Actors Sadawo Abe and Miho Kanno both delivered exceptionally and the audience was able to identify strongly with characters thanks to the narration and heart-warming journey to success against all disparity.


Monday, October 21, 2013

The Silence




'Das letzte Schweigen' as this 2010 crime/drama/thriller film is called in German, did not do particularly well in the box office, however received 1 win and 4 nominations for it's clever plot. Based on a novel by Jan Costin Wagner and adapted into screenplay and directed by Swiss Baran bo Odar, this film progressed at an incredibly slow pace. The usual to be expected;a slow progression in foreign films, Danish Ulrich Thomsen and the cast of German actors, Sebastian Blomberg, Wotan Wilke Mohring, Burghart Kaubner and Katrin Sab, all demonstrated wonderful acting abilities in this mysterious and thought-provoking story.

Once the audience can withstand the creeping yet deliberate turn of events, they realize that every moment of truth is significant to expressing the inner feelings of our main characters and the serious turmoil they are going through. Disturbing and a bit strange but a riveting story!


Monday, October 14, 2013

The Way




"You don't choose a life Dad. You live one."

A Catholic family affair, on and off-screen. This 2010 film wasn't religious but certainly spoke to the audience on spiritual topics such as: Why are we here? What is our purpose? And what are we searching for?

A beautifully shot and written script by Emilio Estevez based on a book by Jack Hitt. With a humble budget of just $110 thousand USD, this film that was adapted into French and also Spanish brought in well over $4 million USD at the box office. Actors portraying the actual countries they're from  was fun to see, as well as the chemistry they displayed throughout. Irish James Nesbitt, Canadian Deborah Kara Unger, the lovable and fun-loving Dutch-man played by Yorick van Wageningen and the American whose main journey and story it was about Martin Sheen.

'The Way' was heart-warming, inspirational and lovely story about the historical pilgrimage the 'Camino de Santiago' or 'The Way of Saint James' and it spoke to the hearts of viewers who also suffer with similar challenges along the journey of our lives. An adventure, drama and pockets of comedy this film is one for the entire family!


Take this Waltz




Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, Sarah Silverman; the audience got their good acting delivered. Written and Directed by Actress turned Director Canadian Sarah Polley, this film had a simple story with perhaps not the most wise message for the world, but one of the most beautifully shot films I've seen to date. Luc Montpellier in my opinion was the star of the film, as he captured beauty with the camera lens.

More drama than comedy, this 2011 film with a run-time of 116 minutes and an estimated budget of $137,000 and with star names to capture fans, it grossed an easy $1 million plus. Rated R for language, and strong sexual content and nudity, its a story of what happens when one listens to their attractions and longings instead of responsibility and commitment. Sure, there'll always be fascinating handsome artists, but why destroy a happy home?

Artfully shot, spectacularly framed, excellent direction and superb acting (stand-out Sarah Silverman - and it isn't comedy) this film will not only tickle your fantasy but also received 3 wins and 11 nominations.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Friends for a Season




I've lost my fair share of "so-called" friends and I must admit it hurt me diabolically at the time, but take heart darlings. You're still fabulous! People are a funny folk. Sometimes they're sweet to get what they want from you. Sometimes they're sweet to drain your good energy. Sometimes few, can be genuinely sweet because they just are. Beware. Everything you see is not the truth, in this world. We are living in times of wolves dressed in sheep clothing. It's okay to lose friends, it just means that new ones are about to take their place.Take the positive, learn what you can as it'll make you stronger and keep moving forward; there's no need to look back or feel that you've lost.

Be you!

You have every right to be here and the world needs your light. So keep shining. If someone is trying to black-mail you into a friendship, black-mail you into doing their bidding, or black-mail you into being something that you're not. Don't keep that negative pressure in your life! You DO NOT have to be like everybody else. You are a unique individual with your own talents, desires and purpose.

Spend time with others who inspire you, motivate you, encourage you and most of all, truly love you from the core out. Looks fade, and fame is a-fleeting, but true friends come few in a lifetime. So yes, you may have a million followers/friends on Facebook waiting to see you fall. But those friends that are there for you in your times of struggle, the ones that believe in you when nobody else does, the ones that ask "How are you?" and really mean it - those are the keepers! You already know the truth.

Let it go!

And know, that there's a reason for everything under the sun. Someone that encourages you to do things that aren't wholesome and things that aren't strengthening you in a positive way, let them go! They don't know better and they don't want to know better. Everybody isn't going to LIKE YOU. It's okay. Because you're you, and they're them. Once you know that you're doing the best you can and you aspire to keep doing better, then you're on the right track. Don't let someone stop you because they're jealous or don't want the best for you. They're on their path, and you're on yours. The Universe/God is just going to attract the right people and new friends in your life to keep you on the path you need to be.

Times are tough, the road is bumpy, but you've got all the fuel you need to arrive right on time! Don't worry darlings, your'e on your way, and your heavenly team is anxiously awaiting your arrival. Enjoy the journey because with all your good deeds, you're in for a very HANDSOME reward!

Bless-up!

Love Jair 

Just the Way you Are



** You don't have to be a sLuT, lose your integrity, respect, or self-worth to be considered BEAUTIFUL! Listen to the words - One of my faves! Thanks Bruno Mars~**

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Jeff, who Lives at Home




" Everyone and everything is interconnected in this universe. Stay pure in heart and you will see signs. Follow the signs, and you will uncover your destiny."

Just when you think you're in for a light comedy, lovable Jason Segel proves you wrong. This 2011 comedy-drama, was in my opinion much more drama than laughs; be sure to keep the tissues nearby.  Brothers Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass team together to produce great films that go on to be nominated and win awards, and although with a $10 million USD budget they only make back $4 million USD, the film has been nominated and fondly talked about. 

Ed Helms whom you may remember most notably from 'The Office', bright eyed Susan Sarandon (Thelma and Louise, The Lovely Bones), and Judy Greer (Love and other Drugs, 13 going on 30) also join in on the fun. With great script, wonderful comic timing and a heart-felt solid story and message, the Duplass brothers strike gold!

We always wonder what is our destiny, but really just 'being you'/'being ourselves' is all that we need to be to rise to the occasion. Things unfold and are revealed in exact timing, we needeth brood or stress on things, instead wait for the bus to arrive and then it'll all fall together and make sense.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Requiem for a Dream




"It's a reason to get up in the morning. It's a reason to smile. Why should I make the bed, or wash the dishes? I do. But why? I'm lonely. I'm old. I like thinking about the red dress! And the television. And your father. People like me now. I am somebody!"

Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr.; in 2000, Darren Aronofsky brought us a film, nothing short of cinematic genius; a cinematic masterpiece exposing the depths of melancholic human souls. Ellen Burstyn astounds us with her portrayal of a lost and lonely mother. Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto and Marlon Wayans filled in all the other gaps. Although Aronofsky's film are known for being a bit unsettling and disturbing, this film does just the same, but the audience is 100% invested in the story's characters.

When one thinks they're a failure it's mighty easy to collapse into a world made simpler, brighter, and more beautiful with the aid of drugs. Certainly not suitable for children, this film is extremely intense and depicts drug-use, sexuality, violence and strong language. With an estimated budget of $4 million USD it grossed $15 million but more importantly 27 wins and 36 nominations including an Oscar that year. 

This film grips at your heartstrings, and between the usual quirky sounds, camera angles/techniques and doleful soundtrack, viewers are magnetized in pensive delight. No matter the bitterness, and heartache, we must not be troubled but instead force ourselves to rise above life's languishing fathomage.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Our Idiot Brother




"You know, he's just a little boy. Little boys fight. Doesn't mean he's going to grow up to be a frat-boy rapist!"

The lovable and talented Paul Rudd plays 2011's comedy/drama 'Our Idiot Brother'. Written and Directed by Jesse Peretz, he was able to secure a star cast to join in the fun, with hilarious Elizabeth Banks, innocent-eyed Zooey Deschanel, sultry Rashida Jones, and English-rose Emily Mortimer to name a few; they played the roles of 'Ned's' sisters who all have their own ideas of how life should be. Ned's idea although idiotic at times always came from a place of love and respect.

Tragedy and misfortune play a big part in bringing in the laughs throughout this film, as well as with the pleura of comic characters our stars interact with. We all wish we could live a wonderful life growing organic vegetables and fruits and live with our beautiful dog but life always has other plans!

With a budget of an estimated $5 million USD, this 90 minute film managed to bring in $24 million USD in a short 3 months. Great comic timing, pain, and shaggy yellow dogs named Willie Nelson that tug on your heart-strings is a recipe for sure success!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Brass Teapot




This 2012 Comedy/Fantasy/Thriller was quite interesting, mostly because viewers weren't sure whether they should laugh, feel for the characters or take the whole thing seriously. Quite a combination of genres but writers Tim Macy and writer/director Ramaa Mosley managed to conjoin them into an entertaining film with an important message.

English sweetheart Juno Temple whom you may remember from 'Notes on a Scandal' as well as 'Atonement' stars alongside New York native Michael Angarano. They play a money-less couple  that have big dreams and the love they share until one little brass teapot changes their lives forever. Piercing blue-eyed, Alexis Bledel whom you may remember from 'Gilmore Girls', 'Sin City' or 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' also co-stars and adds a 'grass ain't always greener on the other side' theory. My favourite characters however were Jack McBrayer who you may have seen on '30 Rock' as well as Steve Park who played 'Dr Ling'.

Dreams aren't fulfilled overnight, they take dedication, strength, determination and loads of practice (in some cases hard work). This film poses the question to the audience, what would you do if there were an easy way to get what you wanted? Would you take it? Would it change you? How far would you be willing to go? Because everything in life, comes with a price.


Feel it


**A voice from Holland --> he passes on the truth --> the truth we all know and feel --> RIP Great souls, may we keep remembering what you taught us **

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Make your World


**Sometimes they're smarter than you think...words of wisdom...Opportunities & Being Smart**

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Escape From Babylon




"The night is calling, as the days are falling…"

This 2013 crime-action-thriller written and directed by Nick Attin from Trinidad & Tobago, couldn't have been released at a better time. The subject matter is clearly relatable and valuable at this time, as crime and indisposed chaos is happening world-wide. Thought-provoking and often times unearthing deep philosophy, this story screams to the hearts of those living in fear in affluent paradises; one of which is also the paradise of the twin-isles of Trinidad & Tobago.

Feeling very Tarintinoesque throughout, Attin unfolds scenes to the audience with chapters, narration and lengthy dialogues. Despite sometimes shadowy scenes and no subtitles, the edginess and thrills are still translated well. 100% authentic to it's locale, showcasing talent from the islands of Trinidad & Tobago, seasoned and new-comers alike team up to deliver the goods, like Kearn Samuel, who played the main character 'Randolph Briggs', Gregory Pollonais, playing 'Hector Burke', and Samara Lallo, the beautiful 'Sammy' who loses her way. Others also taking great direction and skill were Conrad Parris (quite a house-hold name), Joel Joseph (who also shared his martial-arts artistry), and ingenious beauties, Taromi Lourdes Joseph, Kerri Tucker, and Teneille Newallo to name a few.

I loved how Attin paid attention to the smallest details, from the running headlines below the new's anchor's frame on television right down to test-tubes and rings on fingers. The soundtrack was a clever harmony blending nicely-framed shots; and all this was done without a Tarantino budget. 

For Attin's 2nd feature film, I thought it was a job well-done; the hard-work, dedication, and direction shows, and I predict a successful and blossoming future in film for him. It goes to show, that with passion, drive, and determination, all dreams are indeed possible.

I'm ready to watch it all over again! It's time for a modern hero - a refreshing sexy Caribbean one! 


Monday, September 9, 2013

Tell me that you Love Me


"I want to change the world...all the impossible, I want to do... I want to kiss your smile, and feel the pain..I know what's beautiful looking at you...in a world of lies, you are the truth..."

**Classic. Lady. Powerful. Goddess.**

Don't take the Bait




Temptation is all around us. We are lucky to be given the gift of free-will, choice and the ability to make decisions. We must choose wisely and remember that all that glitters isn't gold. We must learn to see through games and sly ways. The bait offers us wonderful things, grand things, like, power, fame, fortune, and the hope of greener grass; and all in a seemingly easy way. It is waved in our faces in the most mysterious and hypnotic way, and most of us find ourselves drawn to take that easy bite, that wanted break.

Wait!

One bite, and you'll be reeled in. Pulled to the surface, lost, and gasping for air. Like fishes, some of us are big fishes in a small pond with leverage to get most of what you want…others are smaller fishes in a big pond, hoping for the desires of our hearts to manifest. Those that offer you bait usually have ulterior motives and not your best interest at heart. They are hoping to show off that prize fish, be recognized for finding it, keep it trapped as a prized possession to show off or cook it up and boil it and fry it till it's drained of dear life.

Leave the bait. Keep your creativity, your freedom, and your peace of mind by finding your own food that'll award you nourishment. You can feed yourself. You don't always need that bait/break. What is for you, you will get it and in due time. The Universe/God is attracting all the right people at the right time and you needeth stress or worry about things that are out of your control. Keep on the path darlings, be kind, be of service, and keep joy in your heart as you continue to partake in activities you love…all the rest will fall into place.

We only see snapshots of the masterpiece of our lives. Trust that your choice is a good one and things will be revealed and unfolded as they should. It may not make sense now, but all is well and as it should be, enjoy the journey, because when you arrive, you'll be in a place much more exquisite than your heart could even imagine!

Bless-up!

Love Jair

Monday, September 2, 2013

Valley of the Dolls




"You've got to climb Mt. Everest to reach the Valley of the Dolls. It's a brutal climb to reach that peak. You stand there waiting for the rush of exhilaration but it doesn't come. You're alone. And the feeling of loneliness is overpowering…"

If there's a 'Valley of the Dolls' remake I'd love to play a leading role! Just putting that out there.This 1967 film was totally identifiable I'm sure for the many artists, dancers, models and actors that leave their home-towns and countries to NYC or LA to follow their dreams. Based on the novel by Helen Deutsch and adapted into screenplay by Jacqueline Susann and Dorothy Kingsley, this version directed by Mark Robson.

Canadian Barbara Parkins who portrayed the character from the small town 'Anne Welles', Patty Duke who played the talented New Yorkan 'Neely O'Hara' and Sharon Tate who played the kind but troubled soul having to make ends meet 'Jennifer North' all gave exceptional performances. My favourite character being 'Neely' because she had so much angst and bite which reminded me of Elizabeth Taylor in those days.

Show business is a cruel and harsh business, but still we love it - and the audience got to see the pro's, con's, mishaps and all the drama that goes along with it. Substance abuse was a large part of it, and viewers got to see how dependent these starlets became on it due to circumstances they faced once they'd gotten what they wanted so badly.

"These dolls wanted it all…"

I could watch it all over again - certainly 'JourneywithJair' recommended, and now on the list of favourites. Gold Star!


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Tiny Furniture




I remember reading an extensive and praiseworthy article about this film a few years ago; they spoke of a young girl named Lena Dunham, with a larger-than-life gift of writing, directing and acting from New York. She had just graduated with her Bachelor's in Creative Writing from a University in Ohio and after making web-series and short films, her film career was born, and in very fortunate standings.

This 2010 film was nominated for 4 awards and received 3 wins, it also opened the doors for a hit television series which is still airing called 'Girls'. With strong references to Woody Allen, Dunham does have his film style with simplicity yet profound and sometimes exhausting heavy conversations. Reminicent of 'The Graduate' with a female and modern-day twist. I found myself laughing throughout the film and although there was an abrupt ending and no inherent insightful message, it was plain entertaining and shone light on the confusions and mishaps of what it means to grow up and learn responsibilities. It was strange, silly, embarrassing and very, very funny.

In this film in particular, acting was a breeze as the main characters Dunham played alongside were her mother Laurie Simmons and younger sister Grace Dunham. Others that joined in the fun have become main characters in her hit television series like English, Jemima Kirke, Merritt Wever and Alex Karpovsky.


Hope




Sick world we live in, really; just think about how much we continue to destroy and hurt our fellow man. Out of fear, out of jealousy, out of greed, out of hate. We all are reflections of ourselves, the good side, and the bad side; the 'ying-yang' of our deep and sometimes broken personalities. Love is quickly losing it's worth and meaning because we humans are forgetting what 'Love' really is, what 'Love' really means. Hurting others is essentially only hurting ourselves. We are drowning ourselves in lies and make-belief instead of dealing with the root of the problems…and so they grow; grow into gigantic forests of disappointment.

Life isn't fair. People die. People suffer. And sometimes hard work seemingly does not bring just rewards. But if we don't have hope in life, we may as well be dead. Hope reminds us that we have something to live for and that we still have purpose. We may not know the exact reason just yet, but everything is revealed in divine time. We must accept our disappointments in life, in others and in situations but we must never lose hope. "There is a crack in everything, that's how light gets in…" [Leonard Cohen] Therefore without the stinging falls, upsets and failures we would never be able to truly see with eyes of truth. Life takes on new meaning when we are awake to truth.

Quit blaming yourself. You must remember that there is evil. And there is goodness. And that before greatness, evil forces are set against you. True success doesn't come easily. And if it does, your life loses meaning. Those that betray you, sabotage you and drag your soul in the mud, are only hurting themselves, they have no power over your destiny. So pick yourself and breath warm resilience. You can cut all the flowers, but you can't keep spring from coming [Pablo Neruda]. They cannot stop you, they will not stop you, they only set themselves up for making their world darker, with more sadness, more confusion and more fear. 

My darlings, use that pain, and create something beautiful. Something inspirational for those who suffer more than you. For those who are helpless, without vision, without voice, without hope. When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on [Theodore Roosevelt]. We must hold on for dear life, a better life, one full of optimism, one full of nurturing, one omitting despair. 

Evil might be strong, young, powerful and seemingly beautiful. But it's an illusion. Because what they give out they ooze and are filled of - ultimately killing themselves slowly - a slow sick burning - yearning to learn to love again…take pity on them, for they know not what they do…

Bless-up!

Love Jair

Friday, August 30, 2013

Carnival

I've walked these streets
A virtual stage
It seemed to me
Make up on their faces
Actors took their
Places next to me

I've walked these streets
In a Carnival
Of sights to see
All the cheap thrill seekers
The vendors & the dealers
They crowded around me

Have I been blind
Have I been lost
Inside myself and
My own mind
Hypnotized
Mesmerized
By what my eyes have seen?

I've walked these streets
In a spectacle of wealth & poverty
In the diamond market
The scarlet welcome carpet
That they just rolled out for me

I've walked these streets
In the mad house asylum
They can be
Where a wild eyed misfit prophet
On a traffic island stopped
And he raved of saving me

[repeat, repeat, repeat]





**Life is a Carnival, one, big, sick, Carnival...when will we learn to truly LOVE...**