Daily Archives: June 24, 2016

The Devil Wears Prada

June 30th is 10 year anniversary of The Devil Wears Prada.

Based off the best-selling book by Lauren Weisberger of the same name, Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) is a new college graduate whose professional goal is to be a journalist. But a job in journalism is out of reach. The only job she can find is as an assistant to the notoriously difficult and demanding Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), editor of the fashion magazine Runway.

Andy initially is like a fish out of water. She does not fit in, especially with her fellow assistant Emily (Emily Blunt), feels overwhelmed by her job and has little to no social life due to her demanding job. Then something clicks and Andy finally starts to feel like she is fitting in and getting the job done. The problem now is that her personal life is being pushed to the side. Can Andy find that balance again and will she stay at Runway?

I saw this film during its initial release in theaters. From the moment the film started, I got the story and I got Andy. First, it is a very New York City story. It sounds cliché, but New York City was another character. Second, Andy is an every woman. She represents the millions of kids that graduate from college, have a dream career, but are forced to take a totally different job to survive.

At the time the film was released, I was in my early 20’s, only a few years out of college and working in my first long-term full-time job. I understood Andy and her struggles. Especially living in New York City, where dreams are well and good, but the rent has to be paid.

If there was ever a film to highlight Meryl Streep’s talent, this film is it. Miranda Priestly did not need to yell and scream if she was unhappy with her underling’s work. She only had to speak softly and raise her eyebrow. Even with stars like Streep and Hathaway, the MVP of this film is Emily Blunt. Not only does she have some of the best lines, but she steals the show from her co-stars.

I have nothing but good things to say about this film and I absolutely recommend it to anyone who has not seen it.

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Flashback Friday- Timeline (2003)

Time travel has been a major component of science fiction since the beginning of the genre. But, like anything else, there is drawback.

In the 2003 film, Timeline, a team of archaeologists and military experts travel back in time from the 21st century to the 14th century. Their goal is to rescue Chris Johnston’s (the late Paul Walker) father. The issues they face are equally thorny: a time crunch to return to the present in one piece and the knowledge that Britain is going to invade France.

Can they accomplish their mission and return home in the same condition that they left and can they retrieve Chris’s father without affecting history?

This film is interesting. It is not completely science fiction, but it has elements of the genre. It is not a historical film, but a large portion of the film is set in 14th century France.

While Timeline is not the best film I’ve ever seen, it’s not the worst film that I’ve ever seen.

Do I recommend it? I say maybe, but someone else might say yes.

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