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12.28.2015

Let's Go To The Movies - Sisters, The Big Short, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I've been off from work since last Wednesday, and between all our Christmas festivities was actually able to get out to the movies three different times!

First up, Sisters starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

When the Ellis sisters find out their parents are selling their childhood home, they decide to throw one last party like the crazy ones they used to throw back in high school - but for very different reasons. One needs to start putting herself back out there after a divorce, and the other is trying to stall going back to her pretty messed up real life. When the party starts to get a bit out of control, they'll have to rely on each other like they've never done before; and soon come to realize home is not a place, but rather a feeling instead.

There is no denying the chemistry between Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. They're just so much fun to watch. I'll admit though, Sisters wasn't as funny as I was hoping it would be. I think my expectations may have probably been to high. It was cute and all, but there was actually only one moment in the whole film that had me busting out in laughter. It's a fun movie, but one you can definitely wait for the DVD.

Next up, The Big Short starring Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, and Steve Carell.

The Big Short tells the story of a select few individuals that had the foresight to predict the collapse of the housing market in the mid-2000's. They bet against what was seen as the most stable and low-risk market out there, and profited greatly from the greedy and broken American banking system.

I really had no desire to see this movie, but found it to be surprisingly interesting. In some ways, it felt like watching a documentary, but the big name stars and clever tricks used made the somewhat dry and complicated subject matter much more interesting and lively. The broke the fourth wall, and talked to the camera often. They brought in random celebrities (Margot Robbie, Anthony Bourdain, and Selena Gomez) to explain unfamiliar banking terms and ideas to the audience in a fun way. It was a such a great David and Goliath story with, unfortunately, no clear winner. Great performances by all, but Steve Carell was the definite stand-out. Again though, you'll enjoy this one just as much from the comfort of your living room.

Last but not least, Bill and I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

Orphaned scavenger, Rey (Daisy Ridley), finds herself in the middle of an intergalactic war between the Resistance and the First Order. Aided by ex-Stormtrooper, Finn (John Boyega), she goes on an extraordinary adventure (meeting some very familiar faces along the way), and soon realizes she is stronger than she ever thought she could be.

I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it apparently was exactly what I wanted. Wow! I enjoyed it so, so much. There were many, many similarities to the original film, but for me, that was not a bad thing. I felt it was a great homage to a film beloved by so many. It acknowledged the past, all the while setting up for what looks to be a really exciting new story. Daisy Ridley was the break-out star here. Rey was such an amazingly strong female character. I can't wait to introduce her to my daughter. Her, combined with the nostalgia factor of seeing Hans Solo and the Millennium Falcon on screen again, made for a really fantastic film. It was funny, it was sad, it was escapism in its finest form. I loved it. If you can get out to the theater to see only one movie this holiday season, this is the one!!

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