GRANDMA

   

 

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"Time passes...That's for sure"

Eileen Myles

Sage (Julia Garner) and Elle Reid (Lily Tomlin) in GRANDMA Photo Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Time is passing very slowly for Elle Reid (Lily Tomlin) who has just lost the love of her life after more than 38 years.  Elle chooses to pass time with a younger, less interesting version named Olivia (Judy Greer).  However, when Olivia asks for more of a commitment Elle vindictively calls her a footnote.

Elle isn't allowed to grieve the old and the new for very long when her grand-daughter Sage (Julia Garner) shows up on her doorstep needing $300 to terminate her pregnancy.  That's when the adventure and the antics begin.

The performances in this film are exquisite!!!  Lily Tomlin is on a roll this year!  With this potential Oscar nomination coming down the pipe for this breathtaking performance, Tomlin also has a hit on her hands over at Netflix with old friend Jane Fonda with "Grace & Frankie".  The scene between her and ex-husband Karl (Sam Elliott) was one of my favorites simply because it's a master class from two cinema's finest.  Lily Tomlin reminds us all why she is force to reckoned with.  She gives Elle such complexity, vulnerability and humor that you forget Tomlin is acting and in character.

Marcia Gay Harden as Sage's Mom Judy is hilariously evil...you love to hate her with a smile on your face!  Last, but certainly not least, Julia Garner as Sage turns in a star making performance and I predict this will hardly be the last time we hear from her.  Laverne Cox is heartwarming as Deathy and it was great to see one of my favs Elizabeth Pena in one her last film performances before passing away earlier this year.

After having very successful screenings at the Los Angeles and Tribeca Film Festivals, GRANDMA will be released into theaters  by Sony Classics on August 21st and trust me you really don't want to let this one slip by.

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After Words

IMG_1009 What does a librarian do when budget cuts take her lifeblood away and send her into a deep depression?  What does she do "after words"?

Like John Wilkins says, "A good book is the perfect lifeblood of a master of spirit..."

Jane takes a trip to Costa Rica planning to take her life.   She views this job loss as her life flashing before her eyes and is using Costa Rica to plan some pretty memories for "the end".

Upon arrival, she meets a younger man (Juan) who watches her transform from a woman whose assortment of books consumed her life into a woman who begins to see life full of adventure, romance and a journey she never saw coming.

Marcia Gay Harden is almost unrecognizable as Jane and conveys more emotion through her presence than any dialogue could ever convey.  Of course, that comedic side pops in every once in while, which reminds one why we fell in love with her on-screen in the first place.  Harden is having a great year in film, as she is also playing a overachieving Mom in Tribeca and Los Angeles Film Festival "Grandma" with Lily Tomlin (ironically enough "Grandma" opens today as well

Oscar Jaenada as the island gigolo Juan makes your heart-break as he gains a conscience while dealing with Jane.  His realization that nature has an uncanny way of making her pain dissipate makes you fall in love with him - just like Jane.

Jenna Ortega as Anna is just adorbs...in a very precocious un-annoying way.  She was just scrumptious!!!

After Words is a perfect example of how two people can enter one's life not necessarily when we want them, but when we need them to nourish our soul and our spirit.

The way this film is shot makes you want to book the next flight to Costa Rica and experience your very own tropical adventure! Kudos to Cinematographer Salvador Lleo De La Fe for making us feel like we are on this fantastic journey with Jane.  That ziplining scene is the best!!!

My favorite line is Remember This Is Now...live it! This film made my heart smile and reminded me how the simple things in life can make a difference in how you see yourself, others and the world around you.  Pura Vida!!!

In addition to its theatrical release TODAY, After Words will be available  on Amazon, CinemaNow, Blockbuster, Comcast, Direct TV, Dish, Google Play, iNDemand, iTunes, Playstation, Vubiquity, VUDU and Xbox.

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