Sunday, September 16, 2012

Grave of the Fireflies

This is by far the saddest animated movie I have ever seen and maybe one of the saddest period. Grave of the Fireflies begins with a prologue (epilogue?) stating, "September 21, 1945... that was the night I died." What follows is an evocative story detailing the life of Japanese civilians during WWII, specifically two young siblings who learn that love and imagination are two of the world's greatest values. 

The director, Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1985 with one of my all-time favorite directors Hayao Miyazaki. Each anime film I have seen (predominantly those by Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli) is unique and this one does not disappoint. Just be prepared to let your emotions roll

Before I watching this, I was surprised to see its 8.4 rating on IMDB. However, other Ghibli classics on the list include: Spirited Away (8.5), My Neighbor Totoro (8.2), Howl's Moving Castle (8.1), Castle in the Sky (8.1),the only other Miyazaki film I haven't seen on the IMDB Top 250, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (8.1), and the only anime film I haven't enjoyed, Princess Mononoke (8.4). Regardless, I HIGHLY recommend Spirited Away! So you should watch it. Now.

Other films I saw this week: Blood Diamond & We Need to Talk About Kevin (see my Quick Flicks review of Kevin here). Two great movies that equally deserve to be put on the Top 250 list.

The Green Monster

1 banana, cut into chunks (frozen or fresh)
1 cup chopped frozen pineapple
1 pear, coarsely chopped
1½ cups orange juice
2½ cups baby spinach leaves, rinsed and dried
1-2 tbsp. honey
3 tbsp. ground flaxseed (optional)


I made a rendition of this yesterday with spinach, V8 Splash, frozen strawberries & raspberries, honey, and ice. I'm excited to get a bag of flaxseed from home but regardless it was wonderful! DON'T BE SCARED BY PUTTING SPINACH IN THE DRINK. YOU WILL NOT TASTE IT!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Atonement: An Imagination Realized

I've seen Atonement before (seriously, if you haven't, it better be on your must-see list) but it's been about 5 years, so I don't exactly remember every detail. However, I did read the book this summer and was very excited to re-watch the film and compare! Even after these few years I still remember certain shots, which speaks volumes about the cinematography (OSCAR SNUB!): Cecelia's green silk dress, Robbie handing Briony the envelope through the wire fence and Briony in her later years. This has easily become one of the most beautifully shot films I have ever seen. There is also extreme depth to the film and the meaning of the title with respect to the framing of the story.

There are mixed reviews about the book and Ian McEwan's style in general, but if you love the film or have heard great things, then I would give the book a shot. He has such a unique style that contributes to the impeccable scenery and rhythm of the film, bringing descriptions and the small details to the forefront of reality. As I watched the film, I could relatively remember how many pages were used to describe certain events. For example, a minuscule task of filling a vase with flowers- a mere 3 seconds in the film- turns into multiple pages in the book. Don't let that scare you though! It makes your imagination very pointed and leaves no detail behind.

This week I also saw: A Story of Women (France), Lawless and Mean Girls. I know none of these are on the IMDB Top 250 but Atonement is worth many words and is highly recommended. Focus Features NEVER disappoints.

I've been craving an orange creamsicle drink this week, so here it is!

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
Serves 6
3 cups plain Greek yogurt
1 1/4 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup honey
zest from one orange
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups ice

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Happy New "Year", New Goal

My senior year! I can't even believe three years have flown by already.

My new goal is to watch all of the films I have not yet seen on the IMDB Top 250 by the end of this final year, which ends May 5th, 2013. Cinco de Mayo! I began narrowing the list this summer and have continued to watch the cream of the crop in the past two weeks. Some of my favorites from the summer include: Sunshine (not on the list, but it should be!), The Great Dictator, The Best Years of Our Lives, The Intouchables, Moonrise Kingdom (every Wes Anderson film should be on every top film list), Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (I finally saw the original Star Wars series *gaaaaaaaasp* and it fit well with my summer marathon of How I Met Your Mother which has some Star Wars themed episodes), and The Dark Knight Rises (of course).

Someday I would like to see AFI's Top 100, many if not all of the Criterion Collection, and all of the films from the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. But baby steps... So, in hopes of keeping myself on track to completing the remaining 80 films on the ever-changing list, I plan on blogging, however short, about what these films contribute to film history.

So far this school year I have indulged in: Dog Day Afternoon, Strangers on a Train, 12 Monkeys, Duck Soup (which has since left the list but has an 8/10 rating so it could reappear), Gone With The Wind, Braveheart, and Wild Strawberries.

What made The Third Man for me was the music, the end chase scene through the sewers and the unique cinematography. At times this film was hard to grasp with the raspy voices speaking multiple languages (not subtitled). I was starting to believe Harry was a fake identity; what Reed chooses to do artistically with him in the shadows is very interesting (I won't give out any spoilers). Well, onto the next one!


2 bananas
1/2 cup each vanilla yogurt 
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons honey
pinch of cinnamon 
1 cup ice

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Avengers Unite!

Last summer The Avengers filmed in my hometown, Cleveland, Ohio. It was a huge deal all over town thanks to the newly instated Ohio Film Tax Credit. Unfortunately, I didn't get to be an extra in the film, but I visited the set multiple times and every time those scenes came on I got so giddy and clapped. The noticeable sets are the German biergarten & Schlossplatz theatre sign when Loki interrupts the banquet and everybody runs outside (aka Tower City) and one of the final scenes where Captain America and Thor are battling down 'Madison Avenue', the Army starts shooting, the Club Quarters glass shatters, and cars flip due to explosions down the street (I'm pretty sure this was East 9th Ave. in Cleveland). However, I was NOT happy they smashed the Cleveland Public Library to smithereens in the film. Thankfully, it was all CGI. phew.
I also found the writing exceptional for an action packed movie. Obviously some parts were overly cheesy. The scene when Dr. Banner wakes up naked and the old guy is talking to him is Hilarious! Ok, I will never say this ever again, but Robert Downey, Jr. was the best character/actor in that movie. He had the best lines- of course they were raunchy and hilarious (did you catch the 'weed' comment that seemed to last 0.1 seconds?)- and he traveled to another universe! AND he mentioned Galaga and shawarma.
The film had really good action scenes and manipulated camera angles and handheld shakiness like no other blockbuster hit before (besides The Hunger Games which blew me away with its focus techniques and superb editing). I don't think it deserves to be #31 on IMDB's Top 250 right now, but I'm sure that will go down in due time. The hype it has gotten and the $1 billion it made in its first 10 days worldwide is groundbreaking! Such a good boost for the film industry as well.
I just hope The Avengers 2 doesn't try too hard and ruin the good thing it has started. We'll have to see in a few years!

Monday, February 27, 2012

All Is Said and Done

Well, there goes another Academy Award season, and I would have to say it was a pretty decent show! They confused me at first, mixing up the award order (Supporting winners first, etc...) and I was surprised by how much Hugo took home. Good for them! Except for Best Cinematography because The Tree of Life- no matter how much you hated or loved it- is the epitome of that category. However, Hugo was still magnificent in its own ways, so kudos to everybody!  All of the Best Picture nominees were fantastic and the showcase of edits of all the films they showed before the BIG award really made me want to see them all again!

Best parts of the night (besides basking in the Oscar glamour and glory!):
Justin Bieber appearance in the Midnight in Paris skit. So unexpected!
Seeing all the beautiful actresses dressed up- a list too long to include- especially the resilience of Berenice Bejo, Michelle Williams, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Jessica Chastain, and Emma Stone, to name a slight few.

Zach Galifianakis & Will Farrell's forced cymbal skit. Little potential but still too much.
Jennifer Lopez & Cameron Diaz showing off their asses. This was just weird. Wait, I just read that Cameron Diaz is Latina...WHAT?! And why is J. Lo there in the first place? Just more drama (see nip slip).
The worst of all: Tom Cruise presenting Best Picture. That's the best you've got Academy??? I can understand if Tom Hooper couldn't make it (filming for Les Miserables perhaps), but what about any of the other impeccable nominees last year: David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Darren Aronofsky, or Lee Unkrich?

Here are the winners for the 84th Academy Awards:

And more importantly, here is my ballot:

I didn't do as well this year, but I also didn't see all of the short films like I have in previous years. However, I didn't look at any predictions page throughout the season, so being based solely on my viewings, I think I did pretty well!


For a light and refreshing smoothie after a night of cocktails, sweets and carb loading, try this:
1 cup yogurt (Go Greek for extra protein and nutrients!)
1/2 cup each of fresh (or frozen) strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and banana
Add ice, water or milk, and honey to thicken

Nothing like a simple yet tasty smoothie. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More Oscar Predictions and Analyses

ONLY 5 MORE DAYS! While it seems I may be out of touch with the Academy and my blog this season, I really have just been extremely busy with school and watching the final Oscar nominees. This past week I saw: Moneyball, The Help, Pina, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (for the second time). The previous 2 weeks, well I'd be listing movies for 3 lines so I won't list them ALL. I have enjoyed most of them and to say Sunday's winners will be predictable is completely false. For example, both Meryl Streep and Glenn Close deserve 1/2 an Oscar for winner because they were both superb. However, Meryl is not only slated to win, but her performance just narrowly inches out Close's.

The Best Actor slot could go a few ways but will most likely go to Dujardin in his dramatic, theater-defining role in The Artist. Gary Oldman was just as impressive in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy but the Academy will go for the more emotionally exhaustive role.

I'm not going to mess with Best Picture/Director. Terrence Malick/Tree of Life deserve it, end of story. But no doubt it will go to Michel Hazanavicius/Artist.

I finally saw The Help this past weekend and it was great! The book, like always, is still better but the movie incorporated many of the emotions I had hoped to find. Like Minny making the shit pie. =D I was surprised at how crucial Minny was in the film, known in the real world as Octavia Spencer. She seems like such a down-to-Earth person and true that I would love to meet her! No, I'm not saying she should be a maid, but I am saying that her role was flawless.

I'm having a bit of trouble with the Best Original Score. Nothing will top last year's nominees: Social Network, King's Speech, Inception, and How to Train Your Dragon. Black Swan was amazing, too. I'll get back to you on this.

Best Visual Effects. Harry Potter hands down. If this does not get 100% votes from the Academy I would be ashamed. Ok, Hugo does deserve a few because the train scenes made me flinch. Wow, I just realized that it was a modern day take on Arrival of a Train gone bad. Go Melies/Scorsese!

Best Cinematography: Hands down The Tree of Life, but I have a feeling that my love is going to be snubbed all night. Not only are the shots beautiful but the compositions and transcendental elements are so creative. However, The Artist may grab this one as well. Great use of black and white in the modern era deserves to be recognized (noir aspect or not), especially when referencing the origins of cinema.

I hope these nominee categories helped your thought process for Sunday! And I haven't peeked at any of the poll sites (except for Best Picture) so these are all original ideas.

Due to the lack of an Academy authorized printable ballot, here is one sponsored by Moviefone:

I'll be sure to post my final ballot before and after the awards so you can all see how it should have played out!
For a decadent night, enjoy this

Decadent Tiramisu Smoothie (scaled to 2 servings)


  1. 1
    Place Mascarpone, vanilla ice cream and milk in blender container. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour mixture into bowl or pitcher; set aside.
  2. 2
    Place chocolate ice cream and espresso in blender container. Blend until smooth.
  3. 3
    Divide chocolate mixture evenly among 4 glasses. Top chocolate mixture with Mascarpone mixture.
  4. 4
    In small bowl, combine cocoa powder and confectioners’ sugar. Sift mixture evenly over each glass and garnish with a biscotti. Serve immediately.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day One: Best Original Song

Well for the first day of the Oscar Race (finally!) I might as well start small and listen to the nominees for Best Original Song. Since there are only two competing, this shouldn't be too hard (hopefully...):

"Man or Muppet", The Muppets

"Real in Rio", Rio

Just by name recognition I first thought The Muppets would easily take home the title. It took me a few times listening to the songs to actually get into them (No, I haven't seen either yet) because first off the bat I didn't think either of these were clear winners. "Real in Rio" is a bit faster paced and tropical whereas "Man or Muppet" has a much deeper meaning while playing with comedic elements. More audiences enjoyed The Muppets as well, which might hurt the animated nominee; however, don't forget last year's winner "We Belong Together" came from Toy Story 3.

For my nomination, I choose "Man or Muppet". Final answer.  Which do you like better?

(And these are not my videos. SOPA please don't attack me!)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Oscar Nominations 2012!

It's baaaaaack! You know, the month when you can't get harassed- or feel ashamed- for seeing 3+ movies a week. (If you do, just let me know and I will handle it Ryan Gosling/Drive style. Just kidding!) Well nominations have JUST been released and here they are:

Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer
Jessica Chastain
Janet McTeer
Melissa McCarthy
Berenice Bejo

Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh
Jonah Hill
Nick Nolte
Christopher Plummer
Max von Sydow

Glenn Close
Viola Davis
Rooney Mara
Meryl Streep
Michelle Williams

Damian Bichir
George Clooney
Jean Dujardin
Gary Oldman
Brad Pitt

Michel Hazanavicius
Alexander Payne
Martin Scorcese
Woody Allen
Terrence Malick

Original Screenplay
The Artist
Margin Call
Midnight in Paris
A Separation

Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants
The Ides of March
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Foreign Language Film
In Darkness
Monsieur Lazhar
A Separation

Animated Feature
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Poots

Best Picture
War Horse
The Artist
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

There you have it folks! Ten of the 24 categories that will be presented February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre. When the ballot is released and the official listing of all the nominees is posted, I will link them through this blog.

(Michael Fassbender, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Adventures of Tintin totally got snubbed!)

Full List of Nominees:


A certified vegan smoothie today (even though many of the smoothies posted in the past are mostly fruit)!
Berry Heaven Vegan Smoothie Recipe
  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 Cup of resperries
  • 1/2 Cup of blueberries (frozen for preference)
  • A dozen strawberries (again, frozen strawberries will help for consistency)
  • Between one and two cups of Cranberry Juice to taste!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Oscar Nominations 2012 Are Almost Here!

The excitement has been building with movie releases of late, and tomorrow you will find out which have made it to the final round. That's right, the Oscar nominations are released tomorrow morning at 5:38 AM (8:38 AM for those of us on the other side) and I cannot WAIT to hear (and see) Jennifer Lawrence as she walks out and announces the lists. This year's nominees won't be too surprising but hopefully there won't be too many snubs. Due to last year's unanticipated 10 Best Picture nominees, the rules have been changed so that between 5 and 10 movies can be nominated. Even though many deserve to be nominated, only the obvious nominees should be given the actual nod. So just like last year, you can check here tomorrow for the full list of nominees! And as an added bonus, I'll give you my list of nominee predictions.

2012 Nomination Predictions

Best Picture
The Tree of Life
The Artist
The Descendants (don't understand this is getting so much award circuit hype)
Midnight in Paris (this will probably show up, but not a contender despite how much I loved it. Definitely a contender for Best Original Screenplay or a Best Ensemble award)
War Horse

Best Director
Martin Scorcese
Terrance Malick
Alexander Payne
Michel Hazanvicius
Steven Spielberg

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin
George Clooney
Gary Oldman
Michael Fassbender
Brad Pitt

Best Actress
Meryl Streep
Michelle Williams
Glenn Close
Rooney Mara
Tilda Swinton

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer
Kenneth Branagh

Best Supporting Actress
(I have yet to see The Help but I'm sure there will be 1 or 2 noms here)

Best Cinematography
The Tree of Life
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Original Score
The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Best Adapted Screenplay
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Original Screenplay
Young Adult
Midnight in Paris
The Artist

Best Foreign Film
A Separation

Best Animated Film
The Adventures of Tintin

Best Special Effects
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
Super 8
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Best Animal (definitely a necessary addition this year)
Arthur, Jack Russell Terrier, Beginners
Uggie, Jack Russell Terrier, The Artist and Water for Elephants
Joey, Thoroughbred, War Horse

May the movie watching begin!


Buff Smoothie, courtesy of Alton Brown


  • 4 ounces plain, low-fat soy milk
  • 4 ounces acai, grape, or pomegranate juice
  • 4 ounces frozen banana
  • 4 ounces frozen strawberries
  • 4 ounces frozen blueberries
  • 4 ounces frozen peaches


Combine the soy milk, juice, banana, strawberries, blueberries, and the peaches in the carafe of a blender. Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 8 hours.
In the morning, or when the fruit is partially thawed, put the carafe on the base of the blender, start at the lowest speed and slowly accelerate to medium, until you achieve a vortex. Blend on medium for 1 minute. Increase the speed to high and blend for an additional minute. Serve immediately.
I've never had to let my smoothie ingredients set overnight. Worth a try!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Top 10 Films of 2011

Yes, there are so many of these lists out there right now that you don't know who you should trust. For the most part they are going to have the same overlap, at least for the films that have been released so far. I say 'for the most part' because I don't think many lists will include Justin Bieber's documentary Never Say Never like in John Waters' list. Anyway, I hope you enjoy and agree on my wonderful choices!

The List
1. The Tree of Life. From the intriguing (to some, superfluous) flame that frames the film (say that five times fast!) to the intense familial relationship and characterization, the audience is constantly engaged and is asked to consider the greater meaning of life. The cinematography is out of this world!
Check out my 100 word blog of the film here:

2. Melancholia. Another earth-shattering film that questions the existence of life as the planet Melancholia is headed towards Earth. Superb performances by the two main actresses (Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg) and wonderfully rounded supporting cast make the themes resonate even deeper by creating a juxtaposed tension between the family itself. An overall melancholy film that is more about dealing with life's difficulties before an impending death and less about the end of the world (obviously occurring this December). The prologue alone is well worth the ticket cost, with Wagner's Tristan and Isolde conducting the slow motion frames that capture the wonder and beauty of the apocalypse and character struggles all at once. Astounding!

3. Hugo. A fantastic film adapted from a surely creative children's book that explodes with imagination and Scorcese-auteur-style. The setting- train station and Paris- is beautifully crafted and the story captures George Melies, one of cinema's first filmmakers, as a hopeful and creative artist that simply wants to spark joy throughout the world. And as he says in the film, "Films have the power to capture dreams," don't they? Hugo is one of the greatest and truest family films ever made.

4. Midnight in Paris. Another Parisian film that captures the remarkable essence of the City of Love at a time when love and hope seemed to endure forever. Read my previous blog from June about this film that exudes my love even more!

5.Win Win. This film opened at Sundance last year and is a subtle but overall satisfying film in every way. A talented wrestling son and a lost husband/failing wrestling coach cross paths and change each other's lives for the better. I left quite happy and peaceful; this is one film where not being thought-provoked is 100% OK.

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. This series finale was tear-jerking and left me wanting so much more. No, this is not disappointing; instead, I was finally happy with how the film was constructed with such detail and purpose. The special effects, acting (Alan Rickman, you will always be the only Snape in my heart. Your first 5 seconds of the film could have lasted 2 hours for me and I still would have been emotionally-drained.) and mostly-novel-following plot made this an unforgettable experience.  Check out my 100 word movie review here:

7. My Week with Marilyn. An inside look at Marilyn's acting career as she plays opposite the fantastic Lawrence Olivier (played by Kenneth Branagh) in England, 1957. The beautiful Michelle Williams shows a truly vulnerable Monroe as she battles depression and a love life that never seems to hold steady (she is married to Arthur Miller at this point but the movie's POV is from Colin Clark, with whom she has the telling affair). The art direction draws parallels to The King's Speech and the cast (including Emma Watson!) is well-rounded (notice a pattern?).

8. Beginners. A son and father have mid/end-life crises of relationship anxiety and sexual orientation, respectively. The cutest Jack Russell costars as Ewan McGregor's counterpart, Arthur, and gives great advice to the weary. Director Mike Mills instills a minimalist style that highlights the finer things in life. Just check out all of my 100 word blogs, including one for Beginners here:

9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This has great potential to be the Best Adapted Screenplay this year as it consistently follows the Stieg Larsson novel. Rooney Mara is freakishly successful in her portrayal of the reclusive Lisbeth Salander (previously played in the Swedish trilogy by the impeccably brilliant Noomi Rapace). Fincher delivers across the board just like with last year's The Social Network (along with the score composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Roth): similar style, camera techniques and design. This mature tale is inventive, mysterious, suspenseful, and repulsive- aka mind blowing fun!

10. Like Crazy. The young actors show much potential in this long distance relationship drama. The constant back-and-forth motion leaves the ending highly anticipated and unpredictable. Doremus makes some Felicity Jones (and her British accent) will be the new go-to girl soon, Anton Yelchin will continue to look unaged, the flawless and effortless Jennifer Lawrence debuted in last year's Winter's Bone and will soon be featured in The Hunger Games, and Charlie Bewley will be the newest teen heartthrob- wait, he was in Twilight...Scratch that.

Honorable Mention (in no specific order)

1. Poetry. Another Korean film that fails to disappoint the mysterious and subtly-stimulating style of its predecessors. A grandmother embarks on a moral journey after she discovers her grandson participated in raping a schoolgirl who later commits suicide. Also, she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's and is determined to learn how to write poetry. The thick story, metaphors of poetry and craft of filmmaking show that anything is possible and a lack of truly unique ideas are far off.

2. Bellflower. Sex, drugs, violence, explosions. Blood. A hardcore film that transforms from love story to much much more. The ending blew me away and the

3. Drive. Two great actors that will undoubtedly go on to even more success in the future, Carey Mulligan and Ryan Gosling, create an awkward relationship but fill the characters' shoes with grace and passion. Nicholas Winding Refn's style is quite effective and noticeable and gives Gosling the perfect atmosphere to perform.

4. Contagion. A surprising hit that makes a profound statement about disease in the modern world. Finally a film with an all-star cast that takes advantage of each actor's potential! Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Paltrow shine along with Matt Damon, Jude Law, Lawrence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Ehle, and Bryan Cranston (and that's not everybody!).

5. Red State. A harrowing tale of three sex-crazed teens that alludes to the harsh anti-gay beliefs of the Westboro Baptism Church. Definitely not one for the light of heart, but a film that is creatively evil and features an ending nobody will expect. I can still picture John Goodman's reaction as I remember that resounding noise...

6. Another Earth. An impressive independent film that challenges a gifted student (Brit Marling) to embark on an unforeseen and difficult life path. In the meantime, Earth 2 is discovered close-by and is inhabited with human parallels of ourselves. A great performance by the main actress Marling creates a believable story to a theory that will forever perturb human minds: a world out there with an alternate you that decided to make better choices in life.

7. Martha Marcy May Marlene. I still don't know how I feel about this film. Yes, it is completely unsettling and Elizabeth Olsen's acting is magnificent. And for first-timer Sean Durkin this was a very ambitious endeavor. On the other hand, the ending averted another possible climax even though the film had lead the audience to believe only one possibility. I am THE connoisseur for open-ended endings, but this was disappointingly too open. Maybe you felt the same way.

8. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. This sequel brings a whole new level of action, thrill and jaw-dropping intensity to the mastermind Sherlock Holmes. The plot stems fluidly from the conclusion of the first film as a confrontation with Professor Moriarty is highly anticipated. (Moriarty smarter than Holmes?!) The regulars from the first film return (one is bid adieu too soon) while newcomer Noomi Rapace rapidly and comfortably warms up the screen. Director Guy Ritchie continues to excite audiences in this possible series, but to keep this up he'll need to think of just as great- or better- of an idea.

Films That I Have Not Seen But I Know Would Be On My List
Take Shelter
A Separation
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Artist
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Breakfast Energy Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup orange juice 
  • 4 to 6 strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 banana 
  • 1/4 cup silken tofu (about 3 ounces).  Instead of tofu, try adding a handful of granola. It sounds weird at first but it's a healthy, hearty and tasty addition!
  • 1 tablespoon honey or sugar 
  • ice cubes