With Oscar Sunday on March 2, 2014, Hollywood is buzzing with 9 Best Picture candidates. To help you with your Oscar Polls, below are our favorites, in order of priority. Our top 4 picks are “12 Years a Slave,” “Dallas Buyers Club”, “Captain Phillips” and “Her”. We love “Her”! Who do you think will take home the gold?
1. 12 Years a Slave – “12 Years a Slave” is by far the Best Picture of the year IMHO. The masterpiece has great depth, and is based on a true story that will make you think deeply about US history. We were fortunate to hear Chiwetel Ejiofor (Solomon Northup), Lupita Nyong’o (Patsey) and Director Steve McQueen during an Oscar Screening Q&A hosted by The Wrap that you can watch in our Q&A VIDEO: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Steve McQueen. Chiwetel won at the BAFTA Awards, and Lupita won top honors at the SAG Awards.
From Bridesmaids to Midnight in Paris and Cedar Rapids, Hollywood brought us these Top 10 Romance Movies of 2011. We were fortunate to attend an Oscar Screening for Bridesmaids, and watched Midnight in Paris three times in the theater (is that crazy?) Cedar Rapids starring Ed Helms(The Office) was actually our favorite Sundance 2011 film, and there were many more romantic moments captured on the big screen this year. As we approach awards season with Golden Globe Nominees announced, below are our Top 10 picks in order of preference for your consideration. We’d love to have you comment on your favorites and/or share your picks on our Facebook book page http://facebook.com/greatlifegreatlove.
IIf you want a great summer escape to the most romantic city on earth, Midnight in Paris with Owen Wilson (Gil) and Rachel McAdams (Inez) is your Woody Allen ticket! From the Eiffel Tower to the Notre Dame Cathedral and Louvre Museum, this Cannes Film Festival hit will make you want more. It’s a combination comedy and fantasy that lights up the screen with Paris magic. When Gil declares that he wants to stay in Paris in response to his fiance Inez’s dream to have a house in Malibu, it’s your first hint of the romantic disconnect that gets bigger as the story unfolds.
Great Life Great Love put together the Top 10 best movie quotes for you to bring out some of the most romantic moments and love lessons from the big screen. These love quotes share some of Hollywood’s most romantic scenes, and yes we admit to watching the top movies for way too many hours. We write Great Love Reviews and watched hundreds of romance movies, including the classic Pride and Prejudice, When Harry Met Sally, Eat Pray Love, and even The Hangover. Hollywood really knows how to write the best love quotes that trigger an emotional reaction and make us think about our own relationships.
Great Life Great Love shares love lessons from the big screen. To celebrate the Oscar nominated films that will be honored on February 27, 2011 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, we created an Oscar Poll and Love Lessons for the Top 10 Best Picture Nominees for you. From The King’s Speech to The Social Network, Directors, Actors, Writers and entertainment industry teams brought us great relationship advice and stories. Click here to vote in our Oscar 2011 Poll.
f you’re ready for a refreshing comedy, check out the Sundance 2011 hit, Cedar Rapids about a group of insurance agents who travel to the big city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa (in theaters Feb 11, 2011). You’ll love the chemistry and laughs with this all-star cast: Ed Helms, John C Reilly, Anne Heche, Sigourney Weaver, Isiah Whitlock Jr (The Wire) and Stephen Root (24, Seinfeld.) When Ed Helms (Tim Lippe) gets asked to represent BrownStar Insurance at the annual convention by his boss, he bravely prepares for his big city adventure and competition for the 4-Star Award. Tim’s naïve about life and love, which makes for great comedy.
If you’ve ever struggled with a long-distance relationship, Like Crazy is for you. In this entertaining Sundance 2011 hit, Drake Doremus (Director), Anton Yelchin (Jacob) and Felicity Jones (Anna) capture the heartache involved in long-distance love. This young couple has extraordinary circumstances with a 6,000 mile distance between London and Los Angeles, and you can feel every emotion that they’re going through as they text each other, deal with time zone differences, and wonder what the other person is doing all the time. Jennifer Lawrence (Oscar Nominee for Sundance hit, Winter’s Bone) works with Jacob, and plays a much different role as Jacob’s distraction when the couple spends months separated. Many congrats to Drake Doremus for winning the Grand Jury Prize Drama at the festival (same prize Precious won.)
After coaching both men and women how to increase their self-esteem as a Life and Love Coach, the celebrity panels for Miss Representation and Women in Film at the Sundance Film Festival hit close to home. My latest project, Great Life Great Love, is about helping singles build a Great Life to attract Great Love. If you love yourself first, it’s much easier to attract great relationships. We all want to feel good inside, and it’s important that media images fuel confidence over fear. With 51% of the US population being female, Miss Representation is a call-to-action for both men and women to change the media perceptions of women.
Great Life Great Love is happy to share the 2011 Golden Globes Awards Winners and Survey Results based on feedback from movie lovers on the best films, actors, actresses, directors, screenplays and songs who voted thru Facebook and Twitter in our poll. We write Great Love Reviews with love lessons from the big screen from our Los Angeles-based home, and awards season is our favorite time of year!
If you’re ready for an entertaining film that’s based on a true story and is all about relationships, you’ll love The Fighter with Mark Wahlberg (“Irish” Mickey Ward), Christian Bale (Dickey Eklund) and Amy Adams (Mickey’s girlfriend Charlene Fleming.) When Mickey gets beaten badly in the opening fight by a boxer who is 20 pounds heavier, the film turns into a powerful comeback story with many conflicts between love and money. Everyone wants a piece of Mickey, and there is a clear divide between who really cares, and who’s there for their own personal gain in this very small town story.
If you want to see a fun and light-hearted romantic comedy, How Do You Know with Reese Witherspoon (Lisa), Owen Wilson (Matty), Paul Rudd (George) and Jack Nicholson (George’s dad, Charles) is the ticket this holiday. Lisa plays a professional softball player, who finds herself in the middle of a career crisis and love-triangle twists while searching for her “regular plan.” Everyone in this movie is actually going through a self-discovery struggle, making How Do you Know the perfect title.
If you want to see a truly unique love story and Sundance film, check out The King’s Speech with Colin Firth (King George VI, “Bertie”), Geoffrey Rush (Lionel Logue) and Helen Bonham Carter (Queen Elizabeth.) You’ll be captured by the true insider’s story about a man who unexpectedly becomes the King of England, and his support team who help him overcome his fear and challenges with public speaking. (Some studies have shown that fear of public speaking ranks up there with the fear of death – and most do not struggle with speech stutters like this king.)
Great Life Great Love is all about helping you attract the Great Love that you deserve, and the holidays are the perfect time to get out there and take more chances. If you’re one of the 97 million singles in the US (ages 18 and older), here are 10 Holiday Pickup Lines plus 5 Flirty Bonus Questions that can help you find great dates this season. For the best results, deliver these icebreakers with a big grin and confidence (It’s all about the delivery, and confidence is the sexiest part of your wardrobe! And if you’re sad, leave your glum at home or these lines won’t work. Take my advice in the pickup department, “fake it until you make it.”)
If you’re looking for love online, you’ll get more first dates if you avoid these 10 internet dating photo bloopers. When I was talking to a Dating Coaching client, he shared, “I can’t believe the number of women who post photos with a fish,” and my reply was, “I thought only guys do that.” Your photos are the most important part of your profile because it’s the first place everyone looks. If you don’t pass their “Kiss Test” with the photos, let’s face it, they are going to hit delete. To increase your chances of finding Great Love online, below are brutally honest comments and photo bloopers to avoid.
If you’re ready for some great laughs and romantic comedy, check out Morning Glory with a 5-star cast: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum, Ty Burrell and Patrick Wilson (aka Rachel’s great love interest.) When Rachel (Becky) gets fired from her Good Morning New Jersey producer job, it’s the best thing that ever happened to her. When knocked down, Becky’s career comeback is truly entertaining and inspirational.