“Number 4” Presenting 4 Fab Flicks You May Have Missed…(or haven’t seen yet!)

My husband and I enjoy many “together activities”… 😉 but one in particular takes up A Lot of our time – watching MOVIES! As a new mother of a 1 month old (in 2 days!) this will soon become an enjoyed pastime that is somewhat altered. As we may not be able to hit up our popcorn and Raisinets-fueled, $35.00+ trip to the theater…we always have Comcast On-Demand and Netflix 🙂

With that being said…I’d like to highlight some of our fav flicks that you may have missed, just not seen yet, disqualified, etc. Whatever the case may be…here’s a few to consider or reconsider –

Olympus Has Fallen

120 min‎‎ – Rated R‎‎ – Action/Adventure/Suspense/Thriller‎

Director: Antoine Fuqua – Cast: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Dylan McDermott, Aaron Eckhart, Ashley Judd

When the White House (Secret Service Code: “Olympus”) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As our national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning¹s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President and avert an even bigger disaster.
– Plot provided by Google

Perhaps it’s my Massive crush on Gerard, the fact that we live in a suburb of D.C. or a combination of both, that I really enjoyed this movie. It was action-packed from beginning to end, the actors had true talent and the ending didn’t disappoint. As great as this movie was…it did not put out the typical media promotion that most blockbusters do. So…because of this…you may have missed it. If so, go see it…Meow! You’re welcome.

Total Recall (remake of Schwarzenegger’s original)

118 min – Rated PG-13 – Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi

Director: Len Wiseman – Cast: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston

The film centers upon an ordinary factory worker who accidentally discovers that his current life is a fabrication predicated upon false memories implanted into his brain by the government. Ensuing events leave no room for doubt that his true identity is that of a highly-trained secret agent. He then follows a trail of clues to gradually recover more suppressed memories and reassumes his original vocation with renewed dedication. Unlike the original film, the plot takes place on Earth rather than a trip to Mars and exhibits more political overtones.
– Plot provided by Wikipedia

To be honest…I never even saw the original in its entirety but I said “Self! Colin Farrell is in it…it’s worth a watch!” I was pleasantly surprised. Similar to Olympus, this movie delivers fast paced action from start to finish. The futuristic take on society is fascinating while depressing at the same time. I found myself somewhat confused with the plot here and there but wanting more. If my memory serves me correctly (and mind you…I’ve had “baby brain” for the past 9 months…so it’s quite possible that it does Not)…I was also impressed with the accompanying music.

Seven Psychopaths

110 min – Rated R – Comedy/Crime

Director: Martin McDonagh – Cast: Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken

A struggling screenwriter, Marty (Farrell), inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu. He dreams of finishing his screenplay, “Seven Psychopaths” and will get all the focus and inspiration he needs, just as long as he lives to tell the tale.
– Plot provided by Rotten Tomatoes & IMDb

This was my husband’s choice as I was skeptical. However, the promising star lineup won me over. This dark comedy was a refreshing escape from the typical Will Ferrell funnies we tend to admittedly watch…and watch again….and again. The plot of this movie is so bizarre and farfetched but not over imagined. Not unlike this movie, we live in a CrayCray world these days…you Never know what types of people or circumstances you may be faced with eventually! The main character, Marty (Farrell), is dealing with Extreme personalities in an impossible situation. The combination of jaw dropping moments and plot twists makes this a must see.

Looper

119 min – Rated R – Action/Crime/Sci-Fi

Director: Rian Johnson – Cast:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe (Gordon-Levitt), who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by transporting back Joe’s future self (Willis).
– Plot provided by IMDb

One of 2012’s best movies in my opinion… The storyline mirrored the complexity of Leo’s Inception complemented with a fresh plot scenario. Nothing is worse than a movie that is simply a re-creation of the same shit you’ve already seen (aka Friends With Benefits vs. No Strings Attached…Really!?) Anyways…I digress. I had to watch this one twice to completely grasp the ending. However, a movie that makes you think and you’re willing to watch it more than once to understand (Hello…Fight Club!) makes Looper a movie you should check out.

As I sum up my movie recommendations, I realize that I have been drawn to futuristic action flicks! I am not one to discriminate by genre, but this surprises me. I tend to enjoy the whimsical tear jerkers, can’t-sleep-without-the-lights-on-if Alan’s-not-home horrors or classic comedies jam-packed with one-liners I can repeat…and repeat (right, Mir!?)

So in closing – I’m asking for you to dedicate approximately 8 hours of your life to watch the aforementioned pictures. Worst case scenario, you’ll be able to identify plots that bore you or actors that don’t do it for ya! But all in all…I believe I’ve presented you with gratifying entertainment options for your viewing considerations.  Cheers!

Amanda…aka Number 4…aka Pex…aka Pexa…aka Mama

Summer Must-Haves

Over the weekend I accepted two last-minute invitations. I was proud of myself, because my son is 10 ½ months old and very mobile, so he is high-maintenance and requires a lot of attention. I realized that I am not even close to prepared for summer and all of the adventures we hope to have as a family. I wanted to compile a Summer Must-Have list for both my son and myself.

For my son:

1. A picnic blanket. I had immediate regret when we showed up for sand volleyball and I realized I brought nothing for my son to sit on. His diaper-changing mat didn’t do much good, since he no longer sits in one place. I have at least four picnic blankets in my downstairs closet, collected over the course of many years from gifts and impulse purchases. At least one will go in the car full-time.

2. Sun protection. I bought Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50. Why? It comes in the biggest bottle, it is the least expensive (at least among the name brands) and it is recommended by pediatricians because it includes zinc oxide. I am also currently deciding on a pattern for a toddler bucket hat and a sun shirt that will match the two pairs of swim trunks we already own.

3. Shoes. He isn’t walking yet, but he is almost there. Since he will be outside more, he needs shoes. I am deciding which pair of water shoes (aqua socks) we will buy thanks to Zulily’s newest sale. I am trying to figure out which ones will go on and stay on.

4. Snacks. Applesauce pouches, Teddy Grahams, yogurt bites, and Baby Mum-mums are my snacks of choice right now. They are portable, do not require refrigeration, and he loves them. I have found the yogurt bites are great for bribery, not only for my son, but for the children of others.

5. Sippy Cup. I will no longer be carting around bottles and formula. I have been on a “perfect sippy” hunt. I have purchased the LollaCup, the Playtex Sipster,the Boon Swig, and the Munchkin Click-Lock insulated. By far, my favorite (at least so far) is the Munchkin. Ben loves drinking from it, it is big enough for him to carry around lots of fluid, and it doesn’t spill. I like the LollaCup, too, but the spills are starting to get out of control.

For me:

1. White wine. Yes, I will be spending the summer with it. I will primarily try as many Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs as I am able for the low, low price of $10. I plan to let Costco be my guide, and I do believe the Kirkland brand will be taking some of my hard-earned money.

2. Anything Maxi. I am going to replace most of my old maxis. They are starting to LOOK old, and they just don’t fit like they used to. I plan to wear them to work, so I will be on the lookout for more appropriate maxis. I also plan to spend a lot of time in maxi skirts. So far I have two, a plain black one and a purple stripped one.

3. Our CSA Share. We purchased a full share of a CSA this year. I am elated. It starts in a few weeks, and I will be scouring Pinterest for both cooked and raw applications for my abundance of vegetables.

4. The Crock Pot. This year will be the first of my adult life where I will have to work in the summer. While I love to cook, I will be damned if I am going to spend my summer nights in the kitchen. I plan to let the Crock Pot do most of the work for me, so I can spend time with my family on evening walks and trips to the park.

5. My Kindle. I have spent the last two summers reading only for graduate school. I am finished with my program, so I finally get to read for myself again. I am in a book club right now, which is perfect because it motivates me to read things I might not otherwise.

6. Sunday night television. Breaking Bad is coming back for its final season, and I am waiting with bated breath. I am anticipating epic things for the end of the series. True Blood will also return, and though I am not the addict I once was, the show still delivers twists and turns that often keep me on the edge of my seat.

-Emily