Friday five

January 12, 2018

ONE || Molly’s Game

Captivating dialogue, top-shelf acting, lovely directing by Aaron Sorkin (his directorial debut, in fact), and just an overall great movie. It’s not often I see a movie that I enjoy and think, “My parents would like this movie.” But that’s the case with Molly’s Game. It was funny, moving, and an all-around amazing, entertaining film that upon leaving the theater will have you feeling hopeful, yet disappointed with the American justice system.

Spoiler: There’s a scene between Molly (Jessica Chastain) and her father (Kevin Costner) that will make you cry uncontrollably.

TWO || I, Tonya

Okay, Imma be real honest: I did not like I, Tonya. However, everyone else seems to, so let that sink in. I was so pumped to see this crazy-ass movie about the infamous Tonya Harding, but it just fell flat for me. It was too long, a factor probably highlighted by everything operating on the same level throughout; there was no rising action or climax and resolution. It was just nonstop he said/she said drama.

I hated it so much I can’t even write anything worthwhile about it.

I will say, though, that I thought the entire cast–Margo Robbie (as Tonya Harding), Allison Janney (as LaVona Harding), and Sebastian Stan (as Jeff Gillooly)–did an amazing job.

Weirdly, I, Tonya and Molly’s Game have eerie similarities: both feature the life stories of (albeit very different) women who are both former/disgraced Olympic champions who didn’t make it as far as their talent and training predicted. Both women were screwed over by men in their lives and the justice system penalized them more harshly and decidedly unfairly than their male counterparts. Weird. It’s almost like there’s a pattern or something. Hmm.

THREE || The Olive Branch

This is shower gel from Lush, a cosmetics company that makes handmade, vegetarian, not tested on animals, super amazing bath products. If you’ve ever been to a Lush store, it’s very overwhelming, so I avoid it all together. Until, that is, I read a Hello Giggles article that mentioned a particular scent that sounded too good to be true, so I went to the store and bought it.

IT IS HEAVEN ON EARTH, y’all. I will only ever use this bath gel for the rest of my life (provided they never change the formula). The scent is fresh, peppery, with slightly floral and citrus undertones. I’d even go so far as to say it is a tiny bit masculine, but once it’s on my skin, it just smells like I found my scent soul mate. It isn’t overwhelming, so it doesn’t last that long after the shower, but I don’t mind. That makes me feel like it’s less artificial. It makes my skin, which runs dry, super smooth and silky.

I’m a convert, a fan for life.

FOUR || Udemy

I’m currently doing a Business Analysis course through Udemy, which is a marketplace for online learning and teaching. Reputably, I don’t think it’s the best option out there, but they are having a sale on their courses right now, so for $11, I can overlook that tidbit and get some good learnin’ in.

FIVE || “Finesse” Video

Bruno Mars released a music video to his remix of “Finesse” featuring Cardi B. The inspiration for the video was from the quintessentially ’90s TV show, In Living Color. If you like Bruno, you’ll enjoy this video (it came out last week, so I’m behind).