The Game Changers

(Sundance Film Festival) There are plenty of movies about what you eat and how to have a clean diet so why this one?  And why were there so many men in the audience?!  Well, it takes a different approach.  There are no scare tactics like in What the Health (puss coming out of meat) or some of the others before it.  Yes there are statistics but there are no visuals of abused animals.  Instead they take a more athletic approach and one part of the film touches on virility in men. Don’t be surprised if after watching the film more men want to eat plan based meals before date night, if there is to be some hubba hubba involved (how’s that for a tease?!).  MAA fighter, strongest man in the world, Olympic athletes and make it an interested (if not eye pleasing) watch.  The goal isn’t to make you a vegan but to get you to think about what you eat, expressed through a positive journey of exploration.  Another intelligent date night worthy movie.

Seeing Allred

(Sundance Film Festival) If you’re like me, you probably only know about Gloria Allred from the news and the picture painted is she’s a tough as nails lawyer and opportunist.  And while you see her defending female victims you may not think they too are opportunists.  A reluctant subject, the director paints a different picture of this passionate woman.  You get to know and respect her.  She has been through personal tragedy which helps her relate to those she advocates for and the movie leaves you feeling glad there is someone out there like her who cares about women and their rights.  It also further strengthens the message I continually get from these trips to the sundance film festival, be passionate and stand up for what you believe in, whatever the topic, because you can make a difference and you can succeed.  Girls date night movie with martini’s.  (The film sold to netflix, expect it late Feb).

Chef Flynn

(Sundance Film Festival) You really have to admire a person with drive and passion – that’s 19 year old Flynn McGarry.  He started a super club in his house at the tender age of 13.  While I have no doubt he is amazing, the documentary falls a bit short.  Combining clips his mother – a wanna be director/writer – and the director shot it occasionally goes off track forgetting about his sister and possibly pitching his mother who “gave up her life for her child”.  It’s almost as if keeping focus on Chef Flynn either didn’t satisfy the director enough or he had to include the “look what I did for my kid” angle to satisfy someone.  As a result there are some great moments but also about 20 minutes that could be cut.  Might also have been nice to have waited, to include the kids grand opening in NYC which will be in February.  It’s a sweet documentary that boarders on being date night worthy.  Might be more of a girls night with drinks.


(Sundance Film Festival) Child Slavery.  This documentary is really well put together, even through the end of the credits.  Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi’s has an amazing story of saving hundreds of thousands of children from slavery and capturing the worlds attention to the issue bringing about a reduction in this shameful trafficking racket.  Rehabilitating and reuniting kids, some have gone on to do amazing things.  You’ll leave this movie wanting to have transparency about the products you buy.  This documentary is really well put together from the included animation to the music and storytelling.  Intellectual date night movie and cause for discussion and research after.

A Captured Woman

(Sundance Film Festival) Through this film you sadly discover modern slavery is alive and well.  The pictured woman is only a few years older than me and yet she’s lived beyond her years in constant emotional and physical abuse. Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, first time director hits a chord with what started as a character study that will no doubt rock the boat in Hungary and possibly begin a movement.   She shot the documentary alone and yet it has the feel of one that’s heavily supported.  Cinematography and music are spot on. Intellectual date night.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

(Sundance Film Festival) A film for an artist by a director who’s really a photographer, not quite my cup of tea.  His shots were gorgeous and he captured moments in time that when put together and thought of holistically form a sweet story but for me, it was like watching paint dry and seeing if it will curl.  His message is one that’s important, help the deep south even though they have found  contentment in what we perceive as what they don’t have.  If you are an artist who likes off beat, this is for you but for the rest of us, not for date night.


(Sundance Film Festival) What I admire most about Hal Ashby is that he did what he wanted to unapologetically as only a true great artist does.  How inspiring!   Put together by an editor about a man who began as an editor, it’s almost as though he left breadcrumbs to help her put it together.  Having lived through some of his history/films it left me with a thirst to see what he’s left behind and re-see some of his films with a “different lens”.   Speaking of which, it was great to see this doc. prior to the one about Jane Fonda as there was overlap.  They even had overlapping footage!  A really interesting watch over a glass of wine with your someone special, making it date night worthy!

Generation Wealth

(Sundance Film Festival) Lauren Greenfield’s documentary photography is fascinating and she’s done a GREAT job in finding a running theme in her life and her life’s work.  She does a really great job of weaving a story based on 25 years of subjects with  comments on materialism, body, culture, society, world effects along with are personal story and realizations.  Really well edited, great music and cinematography.  I now want to run out and see one of her shows and buy her book! Even better she is in line with the theme of this years Sundance – The Story Lives in You. Intelligent date night.

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

(Sundance Film Festival) At 76 this guarded woman gives us glimpses into her life…well, really more her fashion.

Vivienne Westwood was / is a driving force behind punk fashion, founder of the Sex Pistols, mother of two and environmental activist!  While you enjoy seeing all of her fun fashion, you’re left wanting to see more about her evolution, life and even her activism.

Got a little lost when they they discussed the men in her life and didn’t get the sense she’s as much of an activist as I’m sure Westwood would want you to know.  The director explained afterwards that she wanted you to fall in love with Westwood first but, in so doing she was almost too respectful, taking Westwoods comment of being bored talking about her history too seriously.  And missed emphasizing just how important activism is to her.

One does learn, it’s difficult to maintain control of your creativity as you expand – whether you want to expand or not!  It was interesting but I guess from a Sundance film, I wanted/expected more.  The theme this year is the story in you…Not sure I’d call it date night but more have fun with the girls and a bottle of wine.