Review: ‘Dom Hemingway’ Is Something Else

Imagine that a group of guys got together one night to binge watch crime movies while drinking their way through several cases of beer. At some point during this male bonding experience, one of the guys exclaims, “Dudes, we should write a movie.” Another quickly responds, “It would be epic!” And, thus they drag out a laptop and start plucking out what they are sure will be the best, most hilarious crime movie ever made. That movie would be Dom Hemingway.

I did not dislike Dom Hemingway, and found parts of the film to be quite humorous. However, I’m not really sure that I understand the point of the film.

Centered around a safe cracker with a fondness for his own name, the film follows Dom Hemingway as he is released from prison after a twelve year sentence he served for keeping his mouth shut, something that we are reminded of several times. He is accompanied by his friend, Dickie Black, whose involvement in this criminal world is never really explained as they travel to a remote part of the French country-side. It is at the lavish home of ‘the boss’ Mr. Fontaine that Dom will finally receive what he is owed for his silence. As this all takes place within the first twenty or so minutes of the film, it is not so surprising that this adventure does not go smoothly, and Dom finds himself, once again, short on luck.

Image Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Image Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

The acting was spot on. I can’t say this enough, because even though the story was confounding to me I had no trouble understanding that Dom Hemingway is a morally bankrupt, overly crude, criminal without a cause that has a penchant for monologues and at some point in between cracking safes found the time to swallow a dictionary. Jude Law could not have done a better job bringing this almost farce-like character to life.

As I previously said I didn’t dislike the movie, but I didn’t necessarily like the movie either. The film asks us to accept Hemingway as an anti-hero and feel bad for him, but never gives us a good enough reason as to why we should pity this person who’s choices have caused his own misfortune. The script, while funny, felt as though it was stuck in between taking itself too seriously and making fun of itself. I could have done without half the crude language and situations that were seemingly put in the film for nothing more than shock value. Don’t misunderstand me, I have no problem with harsh language or uncomfortable situations, but I would like them to serve a purpose. From the start, they did not really serve much of a purpose in Dom Hemingway.

Image Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

Image Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

If I had to guess, I would say that plenty of people will find Dom Hemingway awesomely entertaining. The movie was definitely not my cup of tea, but if you are looking for a gritty pseudo-crime film / dark comedy and you are not easily offended then this is the movie for you. Ladies who want to see this movie because you loved Jude Law in The Holiday, Do. Not. Go!

Tipsy Recommendation: Either have several drinks before you go or don’t drink anything but water. The sheer amount of alcohol consumed in the film will make you feel plenty tipsy!

 

Review: DisneyNature’s Bears is great fun for the whole family.

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Image Courtesy of DisneyNature

 

Michelle and I had the opportunity to screen DisneyNature’s Bears a couple of days ago, and we both loved it. This is not surprising, as it’s now well documented what Disney freaks we are (in fact, we indulged in a little Disney Store shopping spree before heading to the theater).

Just in time for Earth Day, Bears tells the incredible story of Sky, an Alaskan Brown Bear, and her newborn cubs Amber and Scout. From their first days in hibernation, to their harrowing search for food in the wilderness, the first year of life as a family is anything but boring.

Sky and Amber have some mother-daughter bonding time.

Sky and Amber have some mother-daughter bonding time on the mud flats.

This documentary held my attention better than anything I’ve seen on the Discover Channel, and was brilliantly narrated by John C. Reilly (Wreck It RalphStep-brothers). It’s a truly touching tale, and the humanization of Sky and her cubs makes their story feel relatable. There are some suspenseful moments, without doubt, many of them involving a pesky wolf and – gulp! – bigger bears.

Amber and Scout enjoy sibling play time.

Amber and Scout enjoy sibling play time.

This movie makes for a fantastic outing with the kids, nieces and nephews, or a fun girls only day. We highly recommend it!

Tipsy Recommendation: Since I’m nursing cold, a nice mug of hot tea with, what else, honey.

Because All The Men I Like Are Fictional

Since the women who run this blog are all single we spend a lot of time talking about being single and day dreaming about our ideal boyfriends. The problem with this is that most of the men I want to date are completely fictional. Maybe it is because they were created to be perfect or perfectly flawed or maybe it is because I know that crushing on these fictional hotties will never lead to heartbreak, but either way if I could pick my ideal boyfriend he would be picked off of this list!

Charles Bingley

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So we all know Mr. Darcy is the most crushed on fictional character of all time, and truthfully I too have spent my fair share of time searching for my own Mr. Darcy. However, I’ve always had an even bigger crush on his best friend, Charles Bingley. In contrast to Darcy, Bingley is off the bat fun, lovable, and not hindered by pride. Unfortunately, I am no sweet, soft-spoken Jane and a match between myself and Bingley would probably never be in the cards.

Eugene (Flynn Rider) Fitzherbert

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Image Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

I 100 percent do not feel ashamed to admit that I might possibly be in love with Rapunzel’s man. He is funny, ironically loyal for a thief, and can really rock some questionable facial hair. If I’m being completely honest it’s not just Flynn that I have a crush on, it’s Flynn and Rapunzel as a couple. These are two of Disney’s spunkiest, most adorable characters ever. This is one couple I would definitely want at my dinner party!

Marshall Eriksen

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Image Courtesy of CBS

My crush on Marshall is in thanks to two factors:

  1. He is equal parts hilarious, sensitive, and optimistic.
  2. He is played by Jason Segel

I feel like Marshall and I would just have a lot of fun together.

Ned Nickerson

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In case you haven’t heard, my life’s goal is to become Nancy Drew, and every Nancy Drew needs a Ned Nickerson. He is the All-American boy next store that is completely drool worthy. More than that though, he is there for his number one gal and frequently assists her in her cases. On several occasions he even saves his lady’s life. Although, Nancy does her fair share of saving too, and Ned is completely okay with that! What more could a wannabe Nancy Drew ask for?

Michael Moscovitz

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Image Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

I spent my entire time as a teenager in love with Michael Moscovitz. I’m not kidding, the first Princess Diaries book was published the year I turned 13. Michael is a geekette’s ultimate boyfriend.  He is smart, handsome, and equally as geeky. Not to mention he plays in a band and built a robot that could potentially save lives. Swoon!

The Beast

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Image Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

It might be impossible to find a girl that grew up in the 90′s that didn’t at one point in her life have a crush on Beast from Beauty and the Beast. He was arguably the first flawed Disney prince, and his flaws made him all the more perfect. Sure he was literally a beast, but as he fell in love with the strong-willed Belle his tough exterior faded and the man behind the beast emerged. I’d take Beast over prince charming any day.

Andrew Larkin

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Fans of Judy Garland movies may be familiar with Andrew Larkin who was a main character in The Good Old Summertime (1949), a musical adaptation of the earlier Shop Around the Corner. Andrew, played by Van Johnson, is the lead salesmen at Oberkugen’s music shop where Judy Garland’s character, Veronica Fisher, get a job. Andrew and Veronica immediately clash, but unbeknownst to either of them they are also each other’s secret pen pals. If the plot sounds familiar it is because it was also the inspiration for You’ve Got Mail, but back to Andrew Larkin. Since the first time I saw the movie I had a crush on Andrew. He is tall, secretly romantic, and rather insufferable. A life with him could only be filled with love and frustration, which we women know is necessary.

Captain Killian “Hook” Jones

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Image Courtesy of ABC

I don’t normally have a bad boy complex, but woah! Once Upon A Time‘s Captain Hook is absolutely dream worthy. He is Rough around the edges and a proper smart-ass. I spend every Sunday night getting mad at Emma for not just giving into his charm. Would life with him be easy? NO, but it would be exciting.

Gilbert Blythe

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Anne Shirley is one lucky girl. In a time when women weren’t really treated as a man’s equal, she found the one man who only ever saw her as his equal. Gilbert’s only apparent flaw is his ridiculous name. He is fun-loving, passionate, and loyal. After offending Anne by childishly making fun of her red hair, he goes on to spend the rest of his life proving his love for her. We should all be lucky to find a man like Gilbert.

Ron Weasley

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Image Courtesy of Warner Bros.

I’ve saved my favorite for last. That’s right, I will probably always be a little bit in love with Ron Weasley. Recently, JK Rowling said that she regrets having Hermione and Ron end up together, but as someone who identifies with Hermione I can tell you that she made the right decision. Ron is the perfect match for any Hermione. He is goofy, smart in his own right, brave, and loyal. Sure he had his moments where doubt got the best of him, but in the end he is always there for his friends and family.

We Want To Steal Elle Fanning’s Mickey Ears!

Of all the movies that are coming out this year, there are few that we are as excited about as Disney’s Maleficent. Telling the story of one of Disney’s most infamous villains, the movie looks like it is sure to be a delightful treat! Given our obvious obsession with Disney, you can imagine how excited we get any time we get news about upcoming Disney films.

Today was no different.  When we got an email about Elle Fanning’s recent visit to Disneyland to talk to the Disney Social Media Moms Conference, two things immediately caught our attention.

The first thing we were intrigued by was this Social Media Moms Conference. Who knew that existed? We are wondering if there is a Disney Social Media Single 20-Somethings Conference, and if there is, how do we get invited? To be quite honest we are fairly certain that everyone but us knew this conference existed and that there is not a conference for Disney obsessed 20-something bloggers like us, but if we’ve learned anything from Disney it is that one can always dream!

The second thing we noticed and immediately became obsessed with was Elle Fanning’s outrageously awesome Mickey / Maleficent Ears! Have you ever in your life seen anything quite as awesome as these:

Image Courtesy of Disney

Image Courtesy of Disney

We haven’t, and you can bet your socks that we will be keeping our eye our for our own pair when we take our trip to Disney! Until then we will continue counting the days until Maleficent hits theaters on May 30th!  If we get any more information we will be sure to share with all of you!!

The Official Maleficent Trailer

Skinny For Disney!

Happy Monday Everyone!

So here at The Tipsy Geekette, we have been trying to get healthy.  Of course, I write this after eating a chocolate chip and a peanut butter cookie (a chocolate chip peanut butter cookie was not available so I had to improvise). But nonetheless, Katie, Letty, and I have both been saying that we were going to be healthier for…well probably for our whole lives, but most recently in the last couple of months.

Because our Disney trip is coming up in just about 2 months, Letty and I are now in crunch time, which I have clearly not come to terms with yet as evident by my cookie indulgence not five minutes ago. Waaaaaay back last September when we first started planning our trip to Disney World we decided that we would take this opportunity to finally shed some of those pesky extra pounds. We even made motivational signs:

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Fast forward to April, Letty has lessened her Dr. Pepper addiction to one a day, and I have miraculously dropped about twenty pounds and managed not to gain it back (which is even more of a miracle).  While this is great progress, we are not anywhere close to our goal so I came up with this genius idea that we should start blogging about our adventures in getting Skinny for Disney! Mostly this is my own attempt to keep myself on track, but I am dragging the other Tipsies along as well, because that’s how we roll around here. All for one and all that!

So if you too are trying to get healthy or reach a goal, feel free to chime in and share tips (seriously, we need as much help as we can get), and also tune back in periodically. We are going to try and share some of our favorite healthy snacks, work out tips and tricks, and quite possibly a rant about how the hardest thing about working out is putting on a sports bra!

Join in the Excitement! #skinnyfordisney

Join in the Excitement! #skinnyfordisney

“But first, let me put it on a t-shirt.”

I have a really strange obsession with t-shirts. Well, with expressing myself via my t-shirts. I live for the occasions when random strangers stop me to tell me how awesome my t-shirt is, or give me the silent nod of approval. So, just for kicks, I thought I’d share with everyone some t-shirts that I would love to add to my collection. I’ll go ahead and tell you that I don’t know where to find all of these shirts, I just stumbled upon them during random internet strolls, and they aren’t linked. Don’t hate me. This is admittedly a random post because I didn’t know what else to write.

Because every Southern girl needs a Garth Brook reference on her t-shirt.

Because every Southern girl needs a Garth Brook reference on her t-shirt.

This will be a birthday or Christmas gift from my little brother at some point, I just know it.

This will be a birthday or Christmas gift from my little brother at some point, I just know it.

Social Media is, literally, my living. For me, hashtags become tiresome around Wednesday, but I have to keep reading them until Friday.

Social Media is, literally, my living. For me, hashtags become tiresome around Wednesday, but I have to keep reading them until Friday.

Hi, my name is Katie, and I like warm hugs.

Hi, my name is Katie, and I like warm hugs.

Despite what this blog might suggest about me, I really am an intelligent, college-educated woman who is, occasionally, capable of thinking about something other than Tom Hiddleston.

Despite what this blog might suggest about me, I really am an intelligent, college-educated woman who is, occasionally, capable of thinking about something other than Tom Hiddleston.

Here I go again...

…but I really like Tom Hiddleston.

'Nough said.

‘Nough said.

Seriously, life would be so much easier!

Seriously, life would be so much easier!

It's true. I'm a mess without glasses.

It’s true. I’m a mess without glasses.

I feel like this is something people should know before trying to talk to me.

I feel like this is something people should know before trying to talk to me.

Because Tom Petty is never not appropriate.

Because Tom Petty is never not appropriate.

I'm actually not that political, but this shirt is awesome-sauce.

I’m actually not that political, but this shirt is awesome-sauce.

Obviously.

Obviously.

If you haven't figured this out by now, we probably shouldn't be friends.

If you haven’t figured this out by now, we probably shouldn’t be friends.

Well, I hope you got at least a giggle out of some of these. I’m going to bed now!

-Katie

6 Things That Need To Put The ‘End’ In Trend

Trends happen, and I am completely okay with that. In fact, I enjoy most trends as they are usually fun, ridiculous, and entertaining. While I very much love a good trend, it is my firm belief that trends should always know when to end, and that some should honestly never begin. These days our lives are so full of trends that as someone pushing their late 20′s and by default no longer completely in the loop, I have a hard time keeping track. However, I’m in the loop enough to have an opinion on trends that have run their course. Which is why I am calling for an immediate end to the following trends:

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1. TV Recaps

Let me first admit that I once attempted to write a TV Recap of the Call the Midwife Christmas Special (which if your in need of a good laugh you can read here). This was an early attempt on my part to jump on the TV Recap bandwagon, and all it did was make me realize how much we don’t understand TV Recaps. Before I continue let me point out that TV Recaps are completely different from TV Reviews. Reviews I understand as they are providing you with an opinion about the show, but recaps don’t really provide you with any new information. They are literally a recap of the show, and to that I say, “Just watch the show”.

2. Multiple Hashtags

I heart hashtags, and frequently use them. The thing to point out here is that hashtags have a purpose.  They help with searching, statistics, and can even provide a bit of well placed humor. It is not the hashtag trend that I would like to end, it is the trend of using so many hashtags that no one can figure out what you are trying to say. I #mean #howcanyou #getyourmessage #across #when #thereare #900hastahtags #inyourway!

3. YOLO

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It pained me to even type out YOLO. I get it, you do only live once. The fact that some one was annoying enough to create a saying that reminds us that we only have one life to live does not give anyone the right to act like a reckless idiot. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen someone do something completely life-threatening and idiotic in the name of YOLO. Seriously, you would think that by screaming “You Only Live Once” one would realize that playing chicken with a train or taking 14 shots might cut short that precious one life.

4. Internet Trolling

By simply typing those two words I am fully prepared for the backlash that might happen, but I one hundred percent don’t care. I admit that I enjoy reading the comments sections of articles more than the articles themselves because the things people say are rather entertaining, but I absolutely hate it when I’m indulging in some comments when along comes a Troll. If you know they exist you can spot them from a mile away, but since most people are too wrapped up in their discussion they don’t realize that they are being flamed by a Troll. The thing that bothers me most is that Trolls make me angry, which is exactly what they want. Internet Trolling is one trend that never needed to start, and Trolls desperately need to shut down their computers, put on clean clothes, and go find a new, more constructive hobby.

5. Farmville

Is that a maze on this farm?

Is that a maze on this farm?

Of all the trends I have mentioned here, this is the one I would like to see go the most. Well actually I would like all of the Facebook games to disappear, but none more so than Farmville. Despite the fact that no matter what kind of blocks you put up an invitation finds a way to sneak in at least once a week, and the news feed updates are ridiculous. Yes, I know you can unfollow people so that you don’t see how many strawberries they harvested, but since Facebook automatically makes you follow anyone you friend, weeding out the Farmville players seems like a never-ending task. I once thought that since I can’t beat them I would join them…I lasted a total of 2.5 seconds.

6. Unplugging – Plugging Back In -Unplugging Again

While I think unplugging is something I won’t be doing anytime soon, I completely understand why some people would want to de-clutter their lives of tech and social media. The amount of connectivity we have these days can be overwhelming so if you need to unplug, by all means unplug. I’m even okay with people plugging back in after a brief break, but if you start to unplug again and this becomes a reoccurring pattern, you need to consult someone about your commitment issues. We all can use a little break every now and then, but going through the process of announcing that you are leaving all of your social media sites multiple times is beyond ridiculous. By making the announcement that this is what you are doing is like wearing a giant neon sign that says, “I’m not really over social media, but unplugging seems to be the cool thing to do right now so, see ya!” I have had several friends drop social media from their lives, but here’s the kicker almost no one knew they did it until we realized that we weren’t able to tag them on Instagram anymore.

If your going to unplug, then unplug. Don’t make a big deal out of it, just do it. Also, don’t turn unplugging into a cycle; either you don’t want to be plugged in or you do. If you just need a break, then turn off you notifications and avoid checking your profiles for a while.