Come winter, Joey and I become movie theater dwellers.  And you have no idea how happy it makes my little heart to live in a city with funky old theaters that show lesser known films.  Not that I have anything against the more popular blockbusters (because we totally see those too), but the smaller pictures are just so much more creative and interesting and I haven’t already seen 90% of the important parts in the overplayed trailer.

We kicked off our 2015 movie season with Room on Saturday night at the Mayan Theater.  I invited my sister and Wayne, partly because I wanted to soak up as much family time as possible during Thanksgiving weekend and party because I wanted to show off our Denver movie theater and the cool movies they show.  (For the record, she was less impressed with the theater than with the movie…).


WHOA.  The movie was so astounding and thought-provoking.  SPOILER ALERT (though if you watch the trailer you already get the gist of the plot): It’s about a mother (Joy) and her 5-year-old son (Jack) who live in Room, aka a shed equipped with a bed, toilet, bathtub and kitchen, where they live in captivity.  It slowly unfolds that the mother was abducted at 17 and Jack is the son of she and her captor.  She’s able to shield that truth from Jack, making him believe Room is the whole world and only outer space exists outside the walls.  Eventually, Jack escapes, Joy is rescued and the two of them are returned to her parents, leaving them to deal with life in the real world.

I hate to say I enjoyed the movie because there is so much about it that’s dark and depressing and all too realistic but I thought it was so well done.  The acting, the plot, the undeniable love that Joy shows her son despite having every reason to be miserable and defeated.  Jacob Tremblay, who plays Jack, is so adorable and in case you’re thinking Brie Larson looks really familiar, she’s from 21 Jump Street, you guys!  As in, total opposite of the serious dramatic performance she puts on in Room.  The range of emotions I went through while watching this movie was just insane.  Fear, anger, sympathy, hope, and even happiness.  In other words, highly recommended and a great way to start our movie season!

Wishing you all a Happy Friday!

Kaleo at the Bluebird

First, I should tell you that I have a serious eye twitch this week.  This happens from time to time and the answer is usually sleep but ever since the time change, I’ve been waking up at FIVE A.M.?!  So my body is either prematurely preparing for old age or I’m just a little too excited about life right now and feel like sleep is a waste of time.  Luckily, I’ve been able to fall back asleep but this eye twitch wants to keep on keepin on, I guess.

In other news, my sister, Jenn, Joey and I saw Kaleo at the Bluebird last night and I’m still riding that concert high so hard right now!


Joey and I have been obsessing over this band since we saw them at Film on the Rocks this summer and even though they were only the opening band, we couldn’t not go to this concert and miss a chance at seeing them again live.  We’ve been talking them up for months but their actual performance was better than I ever could’ve imagined.  At the risk of writing about a million words on how good they were (and are) and letting my crazy show, I’m just going to say I am SO blown away by the lead singer’s voice and their musical style and the fact that they are from Iceland, because that is the coolest.  I totally fangirled and made JJ take a picture with us afterwards and I’m not sure who was more excited about it, me or Joey.

P.S. I made them pronounce their names and Icelandic sounds went in one ear and out the other.

P.P.S. I’ve never been to a concert where people seemed more excited about the opening band than the headliner.  Family of the Year?  Who?

P.P.P.S. All Kaleo infatuation aside, getting girl time with Jenn and my sister makes my heart feel so full.  They make me so happy and I love them, and Joey, for always being so cool about hanging with three girls 🙂