I spent a lot of time at Planned Parenthood in college – not only to get birth control pills, condoms, sexually educated, etc. – but also during the summer between junior/senior year as an intern in their NYC office. It’s an organization near and dear to my heart, and this is the 36th year they will be hosting Food Fare – one of the oldest food events in LA, started in 1979 with a cooking demonstration by Julia Child.
This year’s event takes place at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica on Thursday, March 5th. I’m not able to attend, so I arranged to give away two tickets for the 11am-2pm Day Session (you can still buy them too).
10. Selma – I was a bit underwhelmed by the nominated films, as evidenced by the ones that actually made this list. Selma was one of the few that actually made me go into a very deep place to think, cry, and feel – which is what an “Oscar Movie” should do, in my opinion.
9. Neighbors – Fact: Abe loved this movie so much he saw it in the theaters TWICE. I was worried he had overhyped it, but found myself belly laughing – even getting teary at times. Although we are never going to have kids, we really related to feeling old/out of place.
7. Whiplash – The day we went to see this in the theater, I was having a horrendous acting day. Being a tortured artist, of course, I decided the best medicine would be to watch someone else suffer. It is a nice reminder to me that bad days always get better, and there are a lot more important things than being a “good” actor.
6. Birdman – I saw this before most people did, and I knew nothing about it, so I was pretty blown away. Afterwards I heard a lot of negative banter but I’m going to stick to my gut reaction – it was a technically brilliant, emotional roller coaster ride, and I kinda like it when I see all the work that goes into a perfected scene.
5. Wild – One of two books I actually read for book club (see below). I didn’t think I’d like 300+ pages of a woman hiking solo, but I did – and I was also into the two-hour big-screen version. Unfortunately, the online screener I watched was glitch-y so the experience was a lot more frustrating than I would’ve liked it to be.
4. Gone Girl – I made Abe read this novel right after I was finished – so it’s a special event when we’ve both read something and gone to see the film – even more rare when the experiences are similar. Loved watching Rosamind Pike morph effortlessly.
3. Obvious Child – The other night Abe and I were answering questions from the NY Times’ “To Fall In Love With Anyone Do This” App. One of them was who we’d like to have over for dinner. I answered my father, he answered Jenny Slate. And I’d have to say, aside from a deceased loved one, she’s a perfect answer – because she was absolutely perfect in this movie.
1. Boyhood – Richard Linklater can do no wrong in my eyes. He’s responsible for a number of my all-time favorite movies, and this one just got added to that list. Just watching the trailer gave me shivers, and experiencing the feature made me wish I had a time machine just so I could show up on set, be an extra, and watch the magic unfold.
P.S. Honorable Mention: The One I Love – We rented this movie on iTunes right after our trip to Ojai (which is where most of the movie takes place). Bonus – my blog buddy Tara (aka The Food Pervert) plays Elisabeth Moss’ double!
P.P.S. – Dave Boyle – my most frequent creative collaborator – is nominated for an Independent Spirit Award today – if that film came out last year (it premieres late March), it’d definitely be on this list. Fingers crossed he and the Man from Reno team win.