Obvious Child: Q + A

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Grace asked Mia:

1. When and how did you first get interested in this movie? Did you know ofthese actors before this movie?

I watched the trailer for it and recognized Jenny Slate as “Mona Lisa” from
Parks and Recreation. Also, it being billed as an “Abortion Comedy” spiked
my attention despite the filmmakers’ aims to disassociate from that
tagline.

2. How did the movie make you feel? Did it impart any feeling or message
upon you?

I appreciated that there wan an absence of message. The film, in my
opinion, was really about the struggles of a woman in her late twenties and
this “thing” happens to her and we follow this emotionally charged journey on how
she deals with life’s obstacles.

3. Do you feel the movie was trying I send a message?

No.

4. Are you familiar with this screenwriter? What other works of
theirs have you seen?

The filmmakers behind this indie hit are all first time, feature length
writers, directors and producers. Obvious Child was based on a short film
(which most full length films are these days) and collaboration between
these professionals

5. How do you feel about abortion? How do you feel about how NY was
portrayed in the film?

I “feel” that abortion is a choice. New York, or rather, Brooklyn
was fairly represented. I enjoyed the subtle comedy of Brooklyn vs.
Manhattan, rent, independent bookstores, and obscure comedy clubs in
Williamsburg.

Mia asked Grace:

1. Describe the audience where you saw this film.

I viewed the movie at the Tivoli Theater in St. Louis. We walked in right as it was starting so I don’t remember the other movie goers. I think there were 6-8 other people plus us three. My friend Kelsey remembers two older ladies behind us. I remember seeing a young couple in front of us.

2. Was it difficult to find a theater where this film was showing?

Yes! The AMC in KC said they would have it but kept changing the date. The Tivoli here did have it but only offered 3 showings and only one I could make after I got off work at five in the afternoon. Also the Tivoli in KC is pretty far from my house in suburbia so I have to make a serious effort to get out there.

3. What was your initial reaction to the abortion scene?

There was a palpable tension as we were watching. I kept expecting something, I am not sure, more unpleasant but it was so matter of fact and Donna and Max were so cute that it relaxed the whole situation. The scene where she is sitting with all the other women after the procedure is interesting though. I felt ambiguous about it. I think I was waiting for the characters reactions and she didn’t seem to feel strongly any one way.

4. Did your perspective change at all after seeing this film?

About abortion? Not really? Maybe I feel more comfortable about it if I have to have one? I am not sure I will know how I really feel about abortion until I am in that situation where I have to make a decision.

5. What is your biggest praise and complaint on Obvious Child.

OMG! (yes, I just oh my god-ed) Max and Donna were super cute! I love their quirky relationship. She kept doing strange bizarrely hilarious things and he liked her more for them! My biggest complaint was all the awkward jokes in her comedy routine. I am terrible with awkward humor. It makes my chest hurt with awkwardness.

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SKY ICE a la Brooklyn

 

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetSky Ice is a flavor paradise located on 5th Ave. in Brooklyn, NY. When you walk in the kitschy little corner shop the vibe is shabby chic adorableness. The ice cream freezer counter is not unusual but all the flavors are written across the glass are. The flavors are all creative and intriguing.

We got a sampler tray with five flavors:

Roasted Thai Coconut – Light texture but rich flavor with a flavor reminiscent of the leftover milk after a bowl of sugary kids cereal and coconut.

Black Sesame Seaweed – This was also light on the tongue but rich in flavor. It reminded me of a Chinese dessert my dad makes, zhi ma tang yuan.

Lychee Rose – Very rich for a sorbet, a sweet strong lychee start with a very rose finish but not getting soapy like some rose flavored things tend to do.

Honey Ginger – Very subtle start, all honey, with a HUGE spicy ginger kick that really lingers on the tongue.

Belgium Chocolate Brownie – Creamy full texture and full flavor, like eating melted chocolate with little bits of chewy brownie evenly mixed in. This was the most traditional.

This place was adorable and fun to sit in. The signs along the wall to the bathroom were hilarious. The mood in the place was of pleasant camaraderie as there were five women working in the kitchen while we were there. Everyone seemed in good spirits and worked together well in such a small space. The restaurant no longer just serves frozen desserts but also Thai food – I can’t wait to go back!

Here is a great video about the place and some photos we took:

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Street Style: A Weekend Hashtag Project

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When it comes to Instagram, I’m a huge fan. Every day I try to photograph the interesting people and places that cross my path. Whether it be while riding underground on the subway in Brooklyn or walking pretty on the High Line in Chelsea, I’m always on the lookout for my next insta-photograph.

Every weekend Instagram has a Weekend Hashtag Project and every Friday the Instagram blog details the current assignment. This past weekend: Street Style.

In order to participate, you actually had to interact with the subject of your photograph, something I do .01% of the time. The very thought of approaching a stranger, complimenting them on their style, posing and then photographing them scared the shite out of me!

Luckily, after walking out of a showing Obvious Child at BAM in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, I had my friends in tow for emotional support. As we crossed the street in search of a cafe for light dinner and drinks, I spotted this brother and sister duo looking rather stylish. The rest is history 😀

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