“Cry If You Want To” – short film

Short film written and directed by 6 Girl Scouts in Los Angeles, CA.  I think it’s very good considering they are complete amateurs.  Of course, I’m a little partial since one of them is my daughter, who is also Reviews of the Arts SA​’s photographer!

Tell us what you think, post your comments here.

“Hey White Liar – the Truth Comes Out a Little at a Time”

“. . . it spreads just like fire. . .”  So, which one is the “white liar,” Blake or Miranda?  Who cheated on who? Does it matter?

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert were country’s perfect couple.  They seemed to be so much in love and just right for each other, but for whatever reason, and based on experience, there’s probably more than one, the couple has chosen to divorce.  According to their statement to the Associated Press, “. ..we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.”  Reporting on the sad news, all the websites and tabloids are speculating as to who cheated on who, pointing out who’s wearing their wedding ring, who’s crying in public, and who gets what house.  Is this any of our concern?  At the end of the day will the answers change anything?  NO.  If we really care about their happiness, pray for their strength to get through this, offer supportive comments, and then let’s leave them alone.  #Blakeshelton and #mirandalambert we wish you peace, healing, and happiness as you move forward.  – BMT

Amy Schumer’s Glamour Cover – “I have cellulite and I still deserve love”

There is nothing more refreshing than talented, plump actresses in the spotlight.  With the recent plus size model on the cover of People Magazine, the rising super-stardom of Melissa McCarthy, and now Glamour’s August 2015 covergirl – Amy Schumer, writer and star of this summer’s funniest movie – “Trainwreck”, plus size women are making their stand and becoming socially acceptable.  Let’s face it, It is not a realistic aspiration to be a size zero! Of course, we don’t want to go to the other extreme and promote obesity, but I think these ladies are telling our daughters that you CAN do ANYTHING you want as long as you have the drive, talent, and dream.  Don’t let your size or your slight imperfections stop you!  Fat is where it’s at!

Click the link below to check out a video (from Glamour’s website) of what was going through Amy Schumer’s mind as she posed for the cover shoot; it’s comical!

http://player.cnevids.com/embed/559aa7d561646d773c050000/51097beb8ef9aff9f5000003

Review- “Trainwreck,” directed by Judd Apatow (Producer of “Bridesmaids”) and written by Amy Schumer.

When she was a little girl, Amy’s (Amy Schumer) father, Gordon (Colin Quinn) taught her and her sister (Brie Larson) that monogamy isn’t realistic.  She believed him.  Amy’s life IS a trainwreck rapidly going south!  She inherited her father’s drinking habits and has been travelling the relationship track, avoiding commitment by ensuring she doesn’t do anything that even resembles a serious relationship.  She has a rule that she never sleeps over and she doesn’t see the same guy twice.  There is one guy that she does see more than most, Steven (John Cena), but he’s considering marriage and children and she doesn’t consider them “exclusive!”  The funniest scenes of the movie involve watching the crash of their relationship.  John Cena is surprisingly comical!

Amy works as a writer for a racy magazine.  She emphatically states that she thinks sports are dumb and for some reason, this prompts her boss to assign her to write a profile on a sports doctor.  She is assigned to interview Dr. Aaron Conners, (Bill Hader) a sports medicine physician/surgeon, for the article.  This is an uncharacteristically serious role for Bill Hader and he does a fantastic job.  LeBron James plays himself and is Dr. Conners’ best friend.  LeBron’s pretty funny himself.  Who knows, acting could be LeBron’s backup career if this basketball thing doesn’t work out?!  Dr. Conners really likes Amy and wants to date her, but Amy is confused by his serious approach and her own feelings.  Their lives now switch tracks and you’ll have to see the movie to find out more.

LeBron and Dr. Conners are friends.

“Trainwreck” is hilarious. It is like watching a Saturday Night Live movie as many of the stars are SNL alumni, such as Hader, Quinn, and Tim Meadows as well as current cast members, such as Vanessa Bayer, Pete Davidson, and Leslie Jones.  The movie is full of cameos by famous actors, comedians, and athletes, including Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, and Chris Evert.

Amy Schumer and Vanessa Bayer – can’t believe Dr. Conners wants to see Amy again!

You will laugh so hard that you will need to see it at least twice, in order to hear what you missed while you were laughing so hard!  People were screaming with laughter during so much of the movie; there really is one funny scene after another!  “Trainwreck” is rated R.  It’s an adult, romantic comedy with a small amount of sad/serious moments – just enough to make the characters real and more than enough side-splitting, funny moments to make it a box office hit!  Looking forward to more movies written by Amy Schumer, she is a comedic genius! That’s to be expected since, many geniuses graduated from South Side High School, including yours truly!J -BMT

P.S.- LOML Ezra Miller is in it too, and he is wonderful. – RCT

#trainwreck #Juddapatow #Amyschumer #LeBronjames #Billhader #Colinquinn #Chrisevert #Marisatomei #vanessabayer #petedavidson #lesliejones #danielradcliffe #ezramiller #johncena #snl #saturdaynightlive #timmeadows

Photos and videos from http://www.trainwreckmovie.com/

Happy 239th Birthday America!

Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July! Though we take our liberties for granted, it’s important to remember that freedom is not free.  Paying tribute to those that have died or been severely injured, and the many that continue to make sacrifices so that we can freely do whatever we wish – today and every day!

Truly in America, every day should be the 4th of July!  Whether you spend your “Saturday in the Park,” at a BBQ with friends or family, or quietly at home, remember to thank our soldiers and veterans that the booms and colorful explosions we see in the sky tonight are only fireworks and not the sounds of battle.

I am truly proud to be an American!   These are some of my favorite 4th of July tunes. I think Toby, Lee, and Chicago, say it best. Enjoy! May God continue to Bless the USA! – BMT

*Thank you Chicago, Toby Kieth, Lee Greenwood, and YouTube.