I had the chance to preview the new movie St. Vincent (opening in wide release tomorrow), starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, and the amazing young Jaeden Lieberher (who does a fantastic job of holding his own alongside some acting heavyweights).
If you’re a Bill Murray fan, this is a must see; he’s at both his comedic and dramatic best. (All of the members of the cast are great, but Murray is definitely in his best form. Another treat; Chris Dowd’s turn as a wryly sympathetic priest.) His Vincent is a lovable ruffian, and the message is an always-relevant one; you never know someone until you know them.
Yes, it’s a bit predictable. Yes, the crotchety old man and adorable little boy friendship is formulaic at times (however, one of the best lines comes when young Oliver broaches the sensitive nature of the pairing, by saying, “I guess he’s too old to be really dangerous, huh?”). But the nuances of the writing (not to mention the understated but heartfelt acting) give it enough of an edge that you don’t really mind.
It’s deep, it has the potential to make you cry, but you’ll laugh through the whole thing, and you won’t leave the theater with a heavy heart.
Always a good choice for women looking for a fitness magazine that encourages health and celebrates strength, this issue (Oct. 15) of GORGO is a special one for me because I was able to promote one of my favorite strong women, She-Jitsu’s Jennifer Gray.
She introduced me to Gracie jiu jitsu, and I completely fell in love with both of them. She embodies the GORGO ideal of the everyday woman warrior, and adds her own unique twist to it.
Read her story (Survivor of Dark Past Empowers Others) and check out her website (shejitsu.com) where you can get KoreDry capris that are fantastic for grappling or paddleboarding, as well as the fabulous Real Men Empower Women t-shirt.
Had a great time at the promotional mini carnival for the upcoming Guillermo del Toro-directed animated feature film The Book of Life today.
There were free churros! (Courtesy of El Chico). We made mustaches! There was face painting, a free photo booth, and prizes were given away by none other than KJ103′s Frito. (Thank you to Mr. Frito for posing with my youngest daughter for a photo; I can count on one hand the number of times my kids have actually been impressed with anything about my career, and I’m counting today as one. Also, in case you’re curious, his business cards actually read “Frito”. I was tempted to ask to see his driver’s license, but figured that would be nosy.)
The Book of Life opens next Friday…don’t miss it!
Oklahoma City area folks, come out to Quail Springs mall this Saturday (October 11th) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a Book of Life Halloween Carnival!
A promotional event designed around the upcoming Guillermo del Toro animated feature The Book of Life, this carnival will have a photo booth, arts and crafts, face painting, and a chance to win prizes! Come in costume, if you’d like; we’ll be on the lower level in front of Macy’s.
(The Book of Life opens in theatres October 17th).