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MOVIE REVIEW: Messages From Mom in “Lady Bird”

My mom and I used to have the same fight every single day. It was the summer between my Junior and Senior year of high-school, so she would make a list of chores for me before leaving for work. She would call every day around 11 o’clock to make sure I had completed them, but I was always still in bed.
This enraged my mother.
I finally asked her one morning why she continued to call when she knew exactly what was going to happen.
“Why do you call when you know I’m still in bed? You know I’ll do the chores eventually, but not until I get up. You’re just going to get mad so why bother calling?”
There was a brief moment of silence, when Mom might have considered my question.
Then she completely lost her mind.
This particular conversation is what the movie Lady Bird is all about.
Saoirse Ronan plays Christine, or as she calls herself, Lady Bird. She is a senior in high school who is trying to make her way in a world that keeps pulling the rug out from under her. She has one best-friend she can count on, and a father who spoils her, but Lady Bird’s relationship with her Mom is essentially one long fight.
Any woman (or man who grew up with sisters) will recognize these patented mother-daughter arguments. They’re persistent, infuriating and usually over the same 3 or 4 things. These battles eventually turn into a kind of love-language though, that you hate as a child but smile about when you grow up. They’re also one of the reasons women run as far and as fast from their moms as possible, only to find themselves longing for the very thing they escaped.
Writer-Director Greta Gerwig says that Lady Bird is only semi-autobiographical, because Christine’s mother (Laurie Metcalf) is nothing like her own. Gerwig wanted to examine the singular tension between Moms and daughters though, and how it stems from being essentially the same person. It’s something I’m constantly aware of as I raise my own daughters. They simply want to live their own lives, but I see the things I want to “fix.” I remember the things my own Mom did that made me crazy, and try not repeat them. Minutes later, I’m chasing my daughters with a hairbrush and screaming, “Surely you’re not going out like THAT!”
The cycle continues.
As I drove away from Lady Bird last night, I remembered the very last fight I ever had with my Mom. Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See “Lady Bird” EARLY & FOR FREE

I’ve been hearing little whispers about Lady Bird for months now.
It’s one of those movies that I know will be important to me, even if I don’t love it. I know this because Lady Bird stars Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, two exceptional actresses we simply don’t see enough of. It’s also written and directed by Greta Gerwig, who touched me with her performances in 20th Century Women and Frances Ha. I think I’m most excited to see Lady Bird because I’m a mother of daughters though, and a daughter in my own right. I watch the trailer for Lady Bird, and feel like I’ve known every woman on the screen, and even BEEN some of them. If you’d like to see Lady Bird EARLY and FOR FREE, Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Brooklyn” Is Like An Old Photo You Find In Your Grandmother’s Dresser

Sometimes a movie doesn’t have to jump up and scream in your face to get your attention. There are rare occasions when a simple but well told story will reach in and grab your heart, without you even noticing it. This is the case for Brooklyn, which is based on the popular novel by Colm Toibin.

Saoirse Ronan stars as Ellis, a young Irish girl who moves to America when her hopes for a better life dry up at home. She ships off with the financial and emotional support of her sister but once at sea, Ellis realizes for the first time in her life, just how completely alone she is.

Brooklyn is proof that I’ve seen way too many movies because as I watched it, I kept waiting for something awful to happen. Continue reading →

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FREE MOVIE PASSES: See the Oscar-Buzzy “Brooklyn” On Me!

I have a friend who likes to say, “They don’t make movies with GOOD STORIES these days. No one makes Seabiscuit anymore!” While I don’t totally agree with him, I know he’s not the only person who feels that way. That’s why everyone’s going to be super excited about Brooklyn, which opens nationwide on Friday, November 20th. That’s the same weekend that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 comes out so it would be easy to overlook Brooklyn. DON’T DO THAT because it’s already one of highest reviewed films of the year. Some critics are even saying that it’s impossible to NOT like Brooklyn, which almost sounds like a challenge, doesn’t it?

Brooklyn tells the story of a young, Irish immigrant who lands in 1950’s New York. She finds happiness and love but soon has important, life-altering choices to make. Saoirse Ronan plays Ellis, the young immigrant and the rumor mill says she’s guaranteed an Oscar nomination for this role. Guess I’ll have to learn how to pronounce her name after all.

The best part of all of this is that I have free passes to see Brooklyn so you can STILL save your ticket money for Katniss! Just click HERE for those, then take a minute to watch the trailer. Dammit, I’m already weepy!