#TBT Sideways

sideways Some years back when I was celebrating a milestone birthday, I decided to take some of my dearest tried and true girlfriends to Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley for a little wine tasting tour.  Needlesss to say it was adventure I shall not soon forget.  Picture this...a hummer limo with about 15 black women wine tasting at 5 locations...enough said...LOL

The locations we visited were all the wineries featured in the film Sideways.  My God sister and I even tried to watch the film before the trip...lol

So what was all the rage about Sideways?  Oscar winer Alexander Payne wrote it and was married to Grey's Anatomy star Sandra Oh at the time.    What was it about? Two men (Thomas Haden Church and Paul Giamatti) reaching middle age with not much to show but disappointment, embark on a week long road trip through California's wine country, just as one is about to take a trip down the aisle.

It was brilliant, funny and worth every bit of the hype.  Take a small movie clip to to wine country now by clicking on the trailer below...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pqbz8yojxBY

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

Review: NEBRASKA

Would you drive hundreds of miles to redeem a sweepstakes ticket for a million dollars?  Bruce Dern's character Woody Grant attempts to do just that in the Alexander Payne's NEBRASKA with the resistant help of his youngest son David Grant (Will Forte).  Although this is the main theme of the film, NEBRASKA is about so much more.  it takes the veil off of how complicated, loving and painful one's relationship with family and the past often colors who a person can be, as well as who they ultimately become. The performances are brilliant!!!  Bruce Dern as the aging, boozing, on his way to dementia Woody Grant is the role of a lifetime for this award wining actor.  Will Forte as David Grant reminds you of that inner child still longing for the approval of the parent you think could care less whether you lived or died. Stacy Keach, as old neighbor and former good friend. comically and with much disdain gives you a glimpse of that person who wants to get in on the good fortune whether he honestly deserves it or not.  However, it is the performance of June Squibb as Kate Grant that has you howling and talking to the screen.  She is so deliciously despicable and lovable simultaneously.

Payne also sheds light on how the "vultures circle" when they believe that putting up with bad behavior over a lifetime entitles them to monetary compensation.

If you liked SIDEWAYS or THE DESCENDANTS, you will adore NEBRASKA.  NEBRASKA is in theatres now...

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!