Discovery Channel’s “Killing Fields” Returns for 2nd Season!

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DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S TRUE CRIME SERIES ‘KILLING FIELDS’ HAS RETURNED FOR A SECOND SEASON ON TUESDAYS AT 10 PM ET/PT WITH NEW LEADS, AND NEW CASES…

The Discovery Channel’s True Crime Series “Killing Fields” returned Tuesday, January 3rd     for its 2nd Season and it did not disappoint. If you didn’t catch the 1st Season (I was hooked from the first episode) you definitely should watch the 2nd Season! “Killing Fields”  is uniquely Discovery with an exploratory feel that will take you inside real murder investigations in one of the most difficult places in the world to solve a murder, the Louisiana swamplands.  I’ve learned that the Louisiana swamplands are a perfect dumping ground for bodies – tune in and find out why.  The law enforcement team that Discovery follows is armed with determination, experience, and the latest in forensic technology.  They are focused on solving these horrific crimes and bringing closure to the murder cases and the victim’s families.  Watching them try to accomplish this in real time can be intense at times.

Detective Rodie Sanchez, Detective Aubrey St. Angelo, Hydroterra Specialist Jason Poret, Hydroterra Specialist Damien de Comarmond, Hydroterra Specialist Creighton Burnett, among other Crew Members preparing for Diving for Barrel process.

If you haven’t watched the series before here’s the synopsis:  The sheriff’s department investigate real crimes in the small community of Iberville Parish, Louisiana, located just 15 miles from the state capitol, Baton Rouge.   This season picks up from last season as detectives Rodie Sanchez and Aubrey St. Angelo and their team continue to investigate the infamous 1997 homicide of former Louisiana State University student Eugenie Boisfontaine.  Rodie is more determined than ever to close the case, which has haunted him for nearly two decades.  Last season I interviewed forensics specialist Lori Morgan about her life as a wife and mother of three teenagers in addition to her career in forensics (and now a TV Star) and found her own story to be inspiring.   This is a mom who followed her career dream and has achieved success in her field.  The affectionate bantering and camaraderie between Rodie and Aubrey is entertaining to watch as well.

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KILLING FIELDS is co-executive produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Tom Fontana (“St. Elsewhere,” “Homicide: Life On The Street,” “Oz” and “The Philanthropist”) and Academy Award-winning film director Barry Levinson (“Rain Man,” “Diner,” “Bugsy,” “Wag the Dog” and “Good Morning, Vietnam”).

Watch it tonight!!  To learn more, go to www.discovery.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/discovery and on Twitter @Discovery.

I Fell in Love with Moana….

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Just when I thought it wasn’t possible to fall in love again with Disney, it happened.   Moana is the very best of Disney and much much more.

First of all, can I just tell you it doesn’t get much better than your college age son asking you to go see a Disney movie with him.  He’s in the Arts and Technology School at The University of Texas at Dallas  and recently went to a lecture given by a visiting representative from Disney who was there to discuss their soon to be released feature “Moana”.  The lecture went into great detail about the new technology that their animators developed in the making of the movie.   One new technology in particular enabled the animators to manipulate each individual hair strand on the characters’ head.  Now that you know that you will be as mesmerized as I was watching Moana’s beautiful hair move in every scene of the movie – it’s amazing!


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They also discussed the lengths Disney went to to be as accurate as they could in making the movie.  The Disney team traveled to the island and researched the Polynesian’s culture by meeting with linguists, anthropologists, historians, and even fishermen to try to be as accurate as they possibly could.  Their goal was to both educate and entertain audiences and treat the culture with the respect they deserve.   I think they achieved all of the above.

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The fictional movie takes place 3,000 years ago in the islands of Polynesia, an area that includes Hawaii, Tonga and Tahiti. The star is 16-year-old Moana, voiced by Hawaiian actress Auli’i Cravalho, who goes on an ocean voyage with Maui, voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.   Moana defies her family to travel beyond the reefs to save her beloved island and to find her destiny.  Mind you, Moana isn’t your usual Disney princess, she’s more like a heroine.  She’s beautiful, spunky, brave, defiant, and isn’t afraid to get a little dirty along the way.   She’s also not looking for love which is a Disney princess departure.   She’s got the demigod Maui for company on this journey but he’s too busy being in love with himself to give her much attention and she really could care less.  Their relationship is sweet and refreshing.  Their sarcastic banter is pure fun.

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The new Disney project is visually stunning, fun of action, and you will love the music!  Hamilton creator and theater darling Lin-Manuel Miranda has created some of its best music.

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The movie made $82 million over the five-day weekend, placing it behind only “Frozen” (2013) for a Thanksgiving debut and it is sure to be another Disney success.  Your kids will love it (no matter what age they are!) so stock up now on all things Moana for Christmas!

http://movies.disney.com/moana

Review: Manchester by the Sea


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Manchester by the Sea is opening in theaters across the U.S. starting today (it opens in Dallas/FW November 25th).  It’s already getting rave reviews from the critics and has been selected as an Official Selection for several film festivals such as the 2016 New York and Sundance Film Festivals.   The movie is also getting lots of Oscar buzz for Best Picture and Best Actor for Casey Affleck who gives his best performance of his career.   I believe it could earn Oscar nominations in several categories, it’s that good.

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Synposis:  In Manchester by the Sea, the latest film from award-winning writer and director Kenneth Lonergan, the life of a solitary Boston janitor, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck)  is transformed when he returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew. The story of the Chandlers, a working-class family living in a Massachusetts fishing village for generations, Manchester by the Sea is a deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope.  After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges).   Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester by the Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 16 year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his ex-wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he grew up.   With the father and brother who bonded them together as a family no longer alive, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.
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The film is moving, thought provoking, raw, and film at its best.  It’s also probably one of the saddest movies you will see this season topped off with a big dose of reality.  It’s a very honest study of human grief and how the human spirit strives to overcome it.    The film also examines the Chandler Family and their long history of difficult but strong relationships through masterful flashbacks.  The relationships and dialogue seem so real that at times you feel like you’re actually watching a documentary.  But at the heart of the story is the unconditional love that they share for each other.

 

Casey Affleck gives a superb performance as Lee.  He’s consumed with grief, guilt, and loss and he will break your heart with his sad eyes and thin voice.   Michelle Williams doesn’t disappoint in her small but poignant and heart rending role as Lee’s ex-wife.  Lucas Hedges as the teenage nephew is a young actor to keep an eye on.   His rebellious teenage character is both endearing and exasperating.  His subtle sense of humor is a delight and his interactions with his uncle are both touching and funny.

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The bleak winter New England seaside setting of Manchester by the Sea brings a poetic statement to every scene and you will be thinking about Manchester by the Sea long after you see it.  It’s a beautifully made film and one of the best I’ve seen in quite awhile.

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AMAZON STUDIOS AND ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS RELEASE THE FILM STARTING NOVEMBER 18TH IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES AND ROLLING OUT INTO THEATERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.  

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New Network TV Shows You Must See This Fall

watching-tvWhat better way to welcome fall than by watching some binge-worthy TV shows? Snuggle up, settle down and switch off your brain in front of the TV. We hope this will help you decide what to watch this fall!

Timeless

The concept: Can this group of travellers stop a villain from changing the past and thus changing the future?
Why you should watch: We are intrigued by this kind of twisty trope-filled time party.


American Housewife

The concept: This show is a comedy about a confident, unapologetic wife and mother of three, who raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut, filled with “perfect” mommies and their “perfect” offspring.
Why you should watch: We like the way they are dealing with what it’s like to be an average-sized women with America’s super-thin ideals! The average American woman is 5’4″ and 166 pounds. The idea of a weekly reality check on what is normal, done with laugh-out-loud moments is something to be watched!


This Is Us

The concept: A drama about a selection of people with the same birthday whose lives unexpectedly intersect.
Why you should watch: If you are Parenthood fans, this show will fill the hole in your heart. “This Is Us” is, without a doubt, the fall’s most emotionally engaging TV show.


Designated Survivor

The concept: A terrorist attack has claimed the lives of the president and the members of his cabinet, except the secretary of housing and urban development. “Designated Survivor” is part political and part procedural.
Why you should watch: The cast is terrific. Kiefer Sutherland is a surprisingly good fit as a man thrust into a situation he doesn’t want to be in. Plus, you get all-around good actor (and real-life ex-White House employee) Kal Penn, playing a White House employee.


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The concept: This show features a mom on a mission, who will go to any lengths necessary for her husband Jimmy and her kids – Ray, Dylan and JJ, her eldest son with special needs. The family works to make a new home for themselves while they search for just the right person to give JJ his “voice.”
Why you should watch: This is a sweet show that is a little different from the other comedies on TV. You will really fall in love with this family. 🙂

What will you be watching this season?

How to Throw an Epic Captain America: Civil War Party

captain-america-civil-warMy son loves the Avengers…like LOVES the Avengers. I could not tell you how many times that I have seen that movie – well, I digress. The excitement has been building in our house for the newest movie, Captain America: Civil War. Naturally, when I asked my son what he wanted his birthday party theme to be, he yelled: “Marvel!” This year, we threw an epic birthday party for his friends, and I am here to share how his party has just the right amount of epic awesomeness to get your family pumped for Captain America: Civil War. The only question remains is, are you for #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan? 😉

Themed Snacks Instead of Flashy Decorations
I am all about themed snacks. They can double as decorations, and since the point is for you and your guests to eat the snacks, it can cut down on your cleanup time after the festivities are over. Here are a few snack ideas to help get your creative juices flowing.Hulk-Juicecaptain-america-pizzateam-cap

Bring the Entertainment Home Instead of Paying for a Playhouse
Next, I had to figure out what entertainment to provide for 9 year-old boys. Thanks to my friend, Facebook, I discovered a piñata company in Kotor, Montenegro. Angela is amazing and made us an Iron Man head. We just added some hard candy into the piñata and grab the nearest scarf and broom stick – an the party festivities went up to an epic level. Then, we added a “pin-the-star on Cap’s shield” game and much fun was had. Here’s are some of the fun pictures.Iron-Man-Beforeiron-man-pinatairon-man-blastcaptain-america-shield-gamepin-the-star-captain-america

Jane Austen’s “Love and Friendship” is Deliciously Fun!

banner_LoveAndFriendship1457115967The eagerly awaited film LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP opens in Dallas on May 20, 2016!  The movie is an adaptation of young Jane Austen’s unfinished novella Lady Susan, believed to have been written in the mid 1790’s but revised and published by her nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh, in 1871.

Love and Friendship takes place in England in the 1790’s, and features the beautiful, notorious but poor widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale).  It begins with her abrupt visit to Churchill, the estate of her in-laws who she barely knows.  She’s there because she has no place to live and to lay low while the rumors about her scandalous affairs (with a married man no less) die down.  While there she continues to spin her web on her next prey, this time on the young handsome and eligible bachelor Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel) who is her in-law’s brother.  She’s also dead set on securing a husband – the very rich Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett) for her young and rebellious daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark).   What ensues is a most delightful story told through the creative eyes of Screenplay Writer and Director Whit Stillman.Love and Friendship 89You can’t take your eyes off of Kate Beckinsale throughout the movie.  Not only is she beautiful to look at, but her monologues are absolutely brilliant. She walks the line between being a perfect English lady while she’s flirting with scandal and deceiving everyone in her path.  Chloe Sevigny, who plays her American friend Alicia Johnson, is well-casted as one of Lady Susan’s only friends and confidante.  Tom Bennett’s character Sir James Martin is especially wonderful.  He doesn’t have a brain in his head and he will make you laugh out loud at some of the idiotic things he says.Love and FriendshipLove and Friendship is a joy to watch from beginning to end.  It’s a departure from most of Jane Austen’s novels and in Whit Stillman’s creative hands it’s a true delight.  Because the relationships between all the characters can become quite complicated  they are introduced in a funny and creative way in the beginning of the story which gives you a clue that this is going to be a different kind of Jane Austen film. Despite it being a period film it’s funny and fresh and you can’t wait to see what the conniving and absolutely brilliant Lady Susan will do next.

Grab some girlfriends and go indulge yourself in this wonderful new Jane Austen film.

Written & Directed by:

WHIT STILLMAN

Starring:

Kate Beckinsale, Xavier Samuel, Morfydd Clark, Emma Greenwell, Tom Bennett, James Fleet,Jemma Redgrave, Justin Edwards,  Jenn Murray, With Stephen Fry, and Chloë Sevigny

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Batman V Superman? Let the Kids Decide!

In two weeks, the battle is on when Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters on March 25, 2016! The Children’s Place is partnering up with Batman & Superman to treat one lucky winner to a heroic family trip to Los Angeles with VIP Warner Bros. Studio tour passes. Click here to enter! The-Childrens-Place-Batman-V-Supermanbatman-v-superman-kidsNot only can you enter to win, but you can also find apparel for your kids to support their favorite superhero. GRAND PRIZE INCLUDES:
· 4 roundtrip airfare tickets to Los Angeles & complimentary ground transportation to/from LAX
· Hotel accommodations for 3 nights
· 4 VIP Warner Bros. Studio tour passes
· $200 gift card to The Children’s Place


This video also features another contest, but it gives back to the community. If you donate, you could win a prize package that includes a trip to the Los Angeles premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a ride in the Batmobile with Ben Affleck, a ride in a helicopter with Henry Cavill and an opportunity to “photo bomb” the Red Carpet at the premiere.

Now, your kids may not necessarily care about the moral differences between Batman and Superman. Let’s be honest, some of them will not be seeing this movie in the theater (rated PG-13), BUT they undoubtedly have participated in conversations like this one. “Who do you think would win in a fight between Batman and Superman?” or “Which superhero is cooler?” I have to admit that I am #TeamSuperman because well Henry Cavill…oh, and Batman is Ben Affleck. Also maybe it’s because of my love for Kryptonians by watching Supergirl on CBS.

Post below which one you // they are cheering for! 🙂

Discovery Channel’s True Crime Series “Killing Fields” featuring Forensic’s Expert and Mom, Lori Morgan

Have you ever wondered what your life would have been like if you had followed your dream of being an actress or an astronaut, etc?   Forensic Expert and Mom, Lori Morgan not only achieved her lifelong dream of being a forensics expert after she became a mom but she’s now being featured on The Discovery Channel’s new true crime TV series “Killing Fields”.  “Real Posh Mom” participated in a recent question and answer session with Lori about her life as a forensics expert and how she juggles her career and family.

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But first here are the details about this exciting new series “Killing Fields”.  It’s on Tuesday nights at 10/9c PM, and is Discovery Channel’s first-ever true crime series.   I don’t know about you but I’m a huge fan of Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” HBO’s “The Jinx” or “True Detective” so this is definitely a series that I will be checking out.  It is uniquely Discovery with an exploratory feel tracing the criminal investigation in real time.

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Close up of Retired Detective Rhodes Sanchez and Detective Aubrey St. Angelo at burning sugar cane field.

The story follows homicide detectives as they reopen the case of a young woman found in the Louisiana swamp lands, a body dump site, where the forces of nature often erase evidence of a crime. Tormented by an unfulfilled promise to solve the 1997 homicide investigation, Detective Rodie Sanchez comes out of retirement to rework the case that has haunted him for the past 18-years. Armed with cutting edge investigative technologies, Rodie puts together a top-notch team including Detective and forensics expert Lori Morgan.

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Originally a stay-at-home mother, after her children were in school, Lori sought a new challenge and went on to earn her degree in forensics.  Lori is often first to hop into her vehicle to attend to a crime scene in the show. She is the liaison with the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab and is tasked with the job of finding a piece of evidence that can be used in conjunction with modern day forensics to help solve a case.  We had a chance to catch up with her and ask her about what it’s like to be chasing killers, while balancing life at home with her family.  Here is what she had to say:

What drew you to the field of Forensics?

I was always interested in the field of Forensics – even before I even knew what it was. When growing up, my brother and I would read stories about crimes and serial killers.  While most kids shy away from that kind of stuff, or be a little afraid, that wasn’t in our case.  But interestingly enough, even though I was so interested in that as a kid, I didn’t go into this business when I first went to college.

Was it hard making a career switch later on in life?

The challenge was finding a degree program that would work into my life with my family. I never wanted to take away too much time with them to study or be in class. The hardest part about studying was that I usually had to study late at night, after my children went to bed. Some nights I was so tired that I would just have to throw in the towel and wake up super early to study. I also tried to get as much studying done while my kids were at school.

What is it like to have a full-time job as detective and a busy family life at home?

My days are packed — working full time and then going home to try and have quality time with my three teenagers and a husband. That in and of itself is a big challenge.

Are your kids interested in following in your career footsteps?

So far, no. None of my children have expressed an interest in Forensics. They see how much I love my career but they also see the late nights and long hours that doesn’t have very much monetary compensation. I tell my children that their career choice should be something they have passion for because the money aspect of it will only keep them happy for a limited time.

Was it strange to have a TV crew following you around in your daily routines?

When we first began the project, I don’t think any of us realized the magnitude of it all. In the beginning, it was strange but now we’ve all gotten used to the crew. And we’re actually going to miss them when they leave.

Is working as a DNA detective just like CSI, True Detective or those other shows on TV?

Not exactly.  We don’t always get that perfect DNA profile to give a lead that will end up with an arrest or a suspect. There aren’t machines yet that draw up this beautiful fingerprint every time. A lot of times we have to deal with very small partial fingerprints that yield nothing, and the same goes with DNA. It’s only a 50-50 shot that you’re going to get that DNA profile, and then when you do get it, that person has to be in the national database system for you to even get a coded hit.

 Anything else you’d like to add?

The mystery deepens each week and the clues keep coming in.  Be sure to watch Tuesdays at 10/9c PM on the Discovery Channel.

Get to know Lori even better by watching YouTube Clip – Featuring Lori:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpLokB6MOr4

“KILLING FIELDS” reached a new high with 1.84 million viewers last week and has grown consistently each week across key demos. The series continues to build not just a large male audience but last week’s episode set new ratings highs for women as well as younger viewers. The series also has cemented Discovery as the #1 unscripted cable net in the 10/9c PM hour across key demos. Shot in real time, the season finale is on February 9 at 10/9c PM on Discovery

Sneak Peek Clip: Killing Fields – Episode 4 airing Tuesday, January 26 (FOR POSTING ONLINE)

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZK_OOw8PWg

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Real Posh Society Presents: Most Romantic Movies

Most-Romantic-MoviesFall has arrived and so have the rainy days and cool nights. This means one thing, updating our Netflix List with some of our favorite movies and discovering new ones. It is no secret that we are hopeless romantics, and movies can capture some beautiful moments of storytelling. We experience the pleasures and pitfalls of courtship, the embarrassments and the successes of declaring our feelings and what “happily ever after” can be. Take a look at our list of the most romantic films ever made, and let us know if there’s anything we missed in the comments below, so we can add them to our Netflix List.

#1. Casablanca (1945)
Favorite Quote:
“We’ll always have Paris.”
Romantic Moment: Bogey tells Ingrid Bergman to get on the plane with her husband, or she’ll regret it. Maybe not today…

#2. Vertigo (1958)
Favorite Quote:
“Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere.”
Romantic Moment: Judy finally gets the hair right and “Madeleine” lives once more.

#3. Princess Bride (1987)
princessbrideFavorite Quote: “As You Wish.”
Romantic Moment:When Buttercup realizes that her long-lost love, whom she believed was dead, is actually alive and holding her in his arms.

#4. Say Anything (1989)
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“I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.”
Romantic Moment: Come on, like you don’t know. Window. Trenchcoat. Boombox. Peter Gabriel. Drop mic.

#5. Beauty & the Beast (1991)
Favorite quote:
“I love you.” With those three little words, Belle breaks the spell.
Romantic Moment: Belle teaches the beast to dance.

#6. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
last-of-the-mohicansFavorite Quote:
“Stay alive. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.”
Romantic Moment: Declaring undying love against a thundering waterfall.

#7. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Favorite Quote: “When I met my wife, it was so clear. I just knew. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home, only to no home I’d ever known. I was just taking her hand to help her out of a cab. And it was like… magic.”
Romantic Moment: Young Jonah schemes to get his dad to New York to fulfill her wish to meet atop the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day. They almost miss each other—but of course, this is a movie, and as they take each other’s hands for the first time, the entire city lights up.

#8. Romeo & Juliet (1996)
romeo_julietFavorite Quote:
“A plague on both your houses! They have made worms’ meat of me.”
Romantic Moment: DiCaprio and Danes making loved-up eyes at each other through the glass and water of a fish tank.

#9. Titanic (1997)
Favorite Quote:
“Where to, Miss? To the stars!”
Romantic Moment: Oh, where Leo claims to be the king of the world, and just for a moment we all believe him. 😉

#10. Chocolat (2000)
Favorite Quote: “Life is what you celebrate. All of it. Even its end.”
Romantic Moment: When Roux he returns unexpectedly to Vianne.

#11. Tuck Everlasting (2002)
Favorite Quote: “If there’s one thing I’ve learned about people, it’s that many will do anything, anything not to die. And they’ll do anything to keep from living their life.”
Romantic Moment: Young Winnie dancing by firelight.

#12. Love Actually (2003)
Favorite Quote:
“To me, you are perfect.”
Romantic Moment: The WHOLE movie because it intertwines together multiple tales of love gained and lost. Everyone will have a favorite tale, and they will not always be the same.

#13. Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (2004)
eternal-sunshineFavorite Quote: “I’ve never felt that before. I’m just exactly where I want to be.”
Romantic Moment: That final conversation in the hallway, in which the repetition of the simple word “ok” means so much more than just “I love you.”

#14. The Notebook (2004)
notebook-003Favorite Quote:
“Do you think our love can make miracles?”
Romantic Moment: That moment they meet again just after Allie learns about the 365 love letters from Noah that she never received.

#15. Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Favorite Quote: “You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.”
Romantic Moment: Darcy’s love confession to Lizzy. Both of them. 😉

#16. Once (2006)
onceFavorite Quote:
“What’s the Czech for “Do you love him”?”
Romantic Moment: In a local music shop, an impromptu jam session between the two near-strangers shapes the gorgeous, Oscar-winning ballad “Falling Slowly.”

He Named Her Malala

Not long ago the new school year started for us across the United States. For my family and I know for many, schedules were shifted meaning earlier wake up times and cranky kids. My Inara, now in second grade in Laguna Beach, California, sighed heavily and expressed her annoyance at both the early rising expected of her in the morning and the interruption to her summer social life. I brushed her hair and told her a story about a girl on the other side of the world who was forbidden to go to school, but risked her life to do it anyway. I told her the story of Malala Yousafzai.

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A week later, I was honored to learn more of the young woman’s story at an advance screening of He Named Me Malala, by documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman), opening October 9th across the country. The Fox Searchlight film is a portrait of the teenager’s life back in Pakistan and now in the UK, and it depicts not only what happened the day that a Taliban gunman shot her for speaking out and defiantly attending school, but also the evolution of her family, culture, country, and personal mission. Despite obvious opportunities to be preachy, the film stays on course about the central unifying issue: the importance of raising and educating strong girls to become powerful independent women, and the positive effects that this has and could have on the world.

There were moments, as I suspected there would be, that moved me to tears. The tears didn’t come from shock, sympathy or devastation, but rather from gratitude. Gratitude for a father who broke tradition by celebrating and sharing the birth of a daughter, gratitude for parents who instilled a passion for education in their children, and gratitude for a family that has every right to spread hatred and fear but instead spreads inspiration and strength to all who will accept it.

#HeNamedMeMalala #FoxSearchlight #RealPoshMomThere were also moments of laughter. Malala is a teenager with two little brothers to torture. To them she’s the annoying big sister getting too much attention and making them do their homework, not the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and an international hero. Still the love in the family is evident and heartwarming, especially between father and daughter. Even when you wonder why this man willingly made his daughter a target, you begin to understand the long-term goal: ensuring that in the end she would get the education she is entitled to and the platform she longed for. When she was asked during a conference call last week what it was her father did to make her this person, she explained, “It’s not what he did. It’s what he didn’t do. He didn’t clip my wings. He allowed me to move forward, even though I am a girl.”

Wanting an even deeper understanding, I have been reading the memoir I Am Malala, choosing passages to read to Inara before bed at night. She and I cuddled on the couch to watch Stephen Colbert interview (and do card tricks with) the young woman last week on The Late Show, and we were both jealous when a friend in New York watched our young heroine speak live at the Global Citizen concert in Central Park. I am proud of my daughter’s interest and have even used Malala’s story in discussions about inequality around the world, including in our own country. It has all been a learning experience for us both. I intend to take Inara to see the film when it is released on October 9th and she is looking forward to it. Because the subject matter can be disturbing the film is rated PG-13, but as we’ve discussed it at length and are reading the book together, I am confident that my 7-year old can handle it. Other parents should take appropriate precautions, but know that it is told from the perspective of a very intelligent and peaceful young woman, and it is at no point unnecessarily violent or disturbing, beyond what it should be in order to be truthful.

The evening after the screening was back-to-school night for my daughter, whose public elementary school overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by a state park in southern California. The principal boasted that all classrooms had less than 20 children, and the teacher showed off the iPads and laptops available to each student, all thanks to all of the generous support from the parents and community. While I am grateful that my daughter and her friends have the opportunities they do, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with sadness at the inequality of education. Even within our own country there are children lacking basic school supplies and quality teachers due to lack of funds and interest. As a mother with one daughter and another one on the way, my heart aches especially for the 60 million girls around the world who should be in school today but do not have access to education. It doesn’t have to be this way. It shouldn’t be.

#HeNamedMeMalala #FoxSearchlight #MalalaYousafzai

With the release of this film comes the opportunity to create and spread the #WithMalala movement in support of the Malala Fund. The goal is to enable all girls, everywhere, to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities. They work with partners all over the world helping to empower girls and amplify their voices; they invest in local education, leaders and programmes; and advocate for more resources for education and safe schools for every child.

“Do I speak for myself?” Malala asked during our call, “Am I going to use my voice?” She did. Let us join her, and start by visiting the sites, seeing the film, and spreading the word.

#HeNamedMeMalala

#HeNamedMeMalala #FoxSearchlight #MalalaYousafzai