April is a time for spring cleaning, April Fool’s pranks, and eating chocolate bunnies, but it’s also a time to appreciate that special someone in your life. April is officially Couple Appreciation month - it’s like Valentine's Day for thirty straight days.
Making a relationship last years or decades takes time and work. One of the biggest complains of couples in long-term relationships is that it’s lost the spark, and one party or both feels under-appreciated. After spending thousands of dollars on your wedding and honeymoon, some (men) may feel that all that needed to be expressed has been, but some (women) want more. Consistent and spontaneous signs of affections are key to keep a lasting, loving relationship.
From the simple morning rose or cup of coffee to romantic getaways, the range of affection and cost varies greatly. It’s often the simple things that have the greatest meaning. In pop culture, music and movies have celebrated the little things, like laying on beds together while shopping at Ikea (in (500) Days Of Summer), singing karaoke together (When Harry Met Sally), or giving jewelry as a gift (as in Pretty Woman). In Ways To Live Forever, young Kayleigh (Ella Purnell) takes Sam (Robbie Kay) to see the starry night sky from the local lighthouse, fulfilling one of his wishes to “go up and see the stars”.
There’s nothing like thinking about losing your loved one to make you hold on just a little tighter. In our modern society, technology has taken over our attention and taking the time to put them away and focus on your loved one is one of the easiest things to do and yet so hard to do. Television shows, movies, video games, social media and work are a few things that we put ahead of our loved ones’ needs. Take the time to love your special someone, and remember it’s the little things that count.
Take some on this World Health Day to further educate yourself on healthy diets. That Sugar Movie, directed by Damon Gameau, or Super Size Me with Morgan Spurlock are two eye-opening documentaries that show how unhealthy diets can affect your life. Income level affects what types of foods are around you and what you can afford. In the documentary Welcome to Eden you see the struggle of the poorest among us trying to live a healthier lifestyle but are being forced out by greedy individuals. After watching these two movies you will think twice about what you consume. Cheers to living a healthier lifestyle!
“The question has gnawed at humanity for centuries, how not to die.” This quote, from the film Ways To Live Forever is thought provoking, but unfortunately there isn’t a blueprint to actually Live Forever. However, there are plenty of ways to increase your quality of life and health. On this World Health Day take time to implement some simple healthy habits.
Drinking water right after waking up before eating anything can be beneficial to your health. This habit will increase your metabolism, rehydrate your body and flush out toxins. Your body is 72% water and is dehydrated when you wake up. Drinking a big glass of water when you wake up will get your body and mind ready to take on the day.
Along with water, having healthy eating habits is important. For most people this has ingrained in our brains since we were children but sometimes it is just to hard to resist a hamburger or the sweet chocolate Easter bunny. Perhaps if we really understood how our body uses different types of food we will be more likely to eat healthier.
A.D. The Bible Continues follows upon Downey and Burnett’s success with the miniseries The Bible, which was shown on The History Channel in 2013. The new series carries on from the historical events in the the previous miniseries, by highlighting the first ten chapters of the Book of Acts and continues the story following the Crucifixion of Christ. The Bible Continues was filmed in Morocco with a very diverse group of people. Producer Downey said they wanted people to be able to turn the television on and see themselves in the story.
A.D. The Bible Continues premieres Easter Sunday, April 5 at 8 p.m on NBC.
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions” -Thomas Edison
Happiness. One could define it as an emotion, and another could define it as a lifestyle or a certain thing that brings joy to oneself. Whether it be your favorite song playing on the radio or a day at Disneyland, we have all felt happiness in our lives in one way or another. Happiness is not only a genuinely amazing feeling, but it has its own day during the year. The United Nations granted March 20th International Happiness Day. The UN defines happiness as economic growth and equity, but others could perceive it as a day to feel great about something. Being happy comes from within, and if a person allows him or herself to be happy, the world around them becomes a bit brighter. According to statistics, waking up with a smile on your face will boost your mood by 30%. According to a recent Harris Poll, happy people tend to be more active, feel more energized, and have a bigger social circle.
In the film Ways to Live Forever, two boys are diagnosed with cancer and yet they still seem to have a smile on their face and find something in life to be happy about. The main character, played by Robbie Kay, sets out on an adventure to figure out how not to die - in other words, how he will leave his mark on the world. His character makes his life count and make sure happiness was at the forefront.
Make your mark on the world by spreading happiness wherever you go. Fulfilling your dreams are soon to follow.
This year’s Richmond International Film Festival featured Ella Purnell’s new film Wildlike on the homepage and it was declared Best Feature Film of the festival. The film follows a troubled teen girl, Mackenzie (Ella Purnell), who was sent to live with her inappropriate uncle (Brian Geraghty) by her unstable mother. Rene Bartlett (Greenwood) is a hiker wanting nothing more than to be alone; however, an unlikely friendship bonds the girl and the hiker as they both explore Alaska’s beautiful terrain. While traveling together, their friendship helps them heal their past. The film is a multi award-winner, having also garnered six Best Narrative awards and two awards for Best Director.
Justin Lowe from The Hollywood Reporter stated, “By turns both tough and vulnerable, [Purnell] conveys Mackenzie’s inner turmoil and frequent desperation with both empathy and economy, skirting the ever-present pitfalls of over-emoting.” It’s no surprise that Purnell is a rising star in the movie business.
Ella Purnell has played minor roles in other major films and they have garnered several awards and nominations, including the recent Maleficent, where she played the evil queen from Sleeping Beauty as a teenager. The movie won Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film at the International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA). Maleficent was also nominated for Best Achievement in Costume Design at the Academy Awards and Best Feature Film at BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts). In Ways To Live Forever, distributed by World Wide Motion Pictures, a film about a young boy named Sam who is discovering and searching for information about his battle with leukemia. Kayleigh (Purnell), Sam’s love interest, helps him complete items on his bucket list off and find the answers he looks for. The film won Best Picture at the Toledo Film Festival and Audience Award at the Heartland Film Festival. If these awards and nominations continue for Purnell, it will undoubtedly help her film career and we’ll likely see her more on the big screen.
“The British are coming” to US TV audiences and the public is going wild. More and more Americans are enjoying British TV shows such as Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, and Sherlock, and have fallen in love with talented actors like Benedict Cumberbatch and Hugh Bonneville. Another of these TV show treasures is the crime drama Silent Witness, similar in style to Bones, which has been on the air in the UK since 1996 and has a loyal following. While the program hasn’t aired yet in the states, it is just as compelling and deserves to find a new following.
The great Emilia Fox plays a complicated character with a difficult past in her role as Dr. Nikki Alexander. The talented cast of the show also includes William Gaminara, who plays Professor Leo Dalton, and Tom Ward playing Dr. Harry Cunningham, a humorous Forensic Pathologist who solves crime in an unconventional way. While US audiences are no strangers to crime drama, the British crime shows have a style all their own, oftentimes being more realistic and well-crafted. Emilia Fox states in a Digital Spy article that the last two episodes were “the hardest scenes I've had to do.” The episodes are stand alone stories with new detail being revealed about Dr. Nikki Alexander’s personal life. Silent Witness is ending its eighteenth season and its twentieth anniversary, and the cast and crew have grown into a family so much that even Rose, Emilia Fox’s daughter, has a special place on set. Emilia Fox says that she enjoys having her on set and being a mother. Her parental role wasn’t a far stretch from her role as the mother in Ways to Live Forever, distributed by World Wide Motion Pictures, where her character takes care of her son with leukemia.