Category Archives: Movie Theatre

Watching Lena Dunham on Girls

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It’s been quite a while since I could really sink my teeth into a comedy – drama TV series (other than the barrage of reality TV that always seems to suck me in). And I wasn’t disappointed when I picked up season one of Girls on a whim. Having seen previews of this show numerous times on TV (but not having HBO), I actually didn’t think it would be easy to get my hands on a copy. But lo and behold, my public library to the rescue with seasons one to three available and commercial free (woohoo!). Needless to say, two nights later and I’d already devoured season one.

The show is practically an anecdote for my own young adult own life. The lead character Hannah (played by Lena Dunham), with her poor self body image, obsessive, slightly narcissistic (but unintentionally) personality, is believable and like-able right from the start. Finally a leading female character with an ‘average’ figure whose body doesn’t have to be the butt of all jokes (read: Melissa McCarthy), who hangs out with attractive girlfriends and bemuses her sexy, quirky boyfriend Adam (Adam Driver).

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At a birthday dinner the other evening, friends and I discussed the appeal of Girls. John and Elisa shared my enthusiasm and we recalled our favourite memorable quips. They warned me that the plot begins to lag in season two but quickly heats up again by season three. The show is currently airing season four on HBO.

I can’t wait to delve into season two of Girls to see what happens to this eccentric band of friends. I wonder if Hannah and Adam will stick it out. I’m also curious what awaits the rest of the “girls” as they navigate life, love and relationships.

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Following the success of Girls, creator, producer and star Lena Dunham published her autobiographical book Not That Kind of Girl: a young woman tells you what she’s ‘learned.’ If you’re looking for a light read full of humourous ‘slice of life stories,’ request a copy at your local Vaughan library!

Have you read the book or watched the show? Let us know what you thought in the comments section below! (rhyming is encouraged hah!).

Fine Cuppa Tea Series: Heat things up with Licorice Spice

AntonioBanderas photoTea of the Week: Licorice Spice

Fine Cuppa Tea Actor: Antonio Banderas

Bold. Daring. Exotic. Full bodied. Aromatic. Unique. Dark. Smooth aftertaste. Incredibly tasty.

Intrigued? Bet you are.

Try something a little different this month to prepare yourself for the onset of blanketing  snow. Your regular go-to teas are well enough but sometimes you need a little something off the beaten path to put that spice back into your day.

That is where Licorice Spice comes in.

Naturally sweetened with the finer things in nature this wonderfully aromatic tea is the perfect fit for that moment of down-time between work and the long drive home.  Being stuck in traffic never tasted so good with this blend of black licorice root, cinnamon, orange peel, star anise, clove, vanilla, cardamom, and sarsaparilla. Do not be fooled by the luxurious taste of this well-balanced tea. Though it may seem all dark and mysterious it is naturally caffeine free. So indulge in as many cups as you crave with a generous splash of coconut milk creamer and a drizzle of orange blossom honey. It is everything you would want in a rich dessert but Licorice Spice will not add to your calorie count.

After all, this is not your grandmother’s brew.

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Yes. Fine. I like Keanu Reeves movies too…

Man of Tai ChiSome time ago I posted a confession of sorts: I have become a real, honest-to-goodness fan of Tom Cruise. Specifically, I have become a fan of his movies. Well, to be even MORE specific, I have really become a fan of his later (say Mission Impossible 1 and onwards) movies.

My thinking here is that Cruise – within these later years of his career – is focusing on more genre-specific films (your action flicks, sci-fi adventure yarns, and what-not) and this focus fits my tastes nicely.

I seem to be on a similar fan trajectory with the films of Keanu Reeves. You see the day after watching  (and enjoying thoroughly) Reeves’ latest film John Wick, I began to reflect that …you know, I REALLY LIKE A LOT OF KEANU REEVES MOVIES.

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