Can A Song Save Your Life? (Begin Again): Movie Review

Can A Song Save Your Life? It’s a rhetorical question that we all wonder at some point throughout our lives. Music is powerful, but does it hold the power to save you?

Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine and Catherine Keener star in this heart-warming story about an undiscovered young artist and a washed-up producer who find themselves brought together by music. Directed by John Carney this musical romance-drama is breathtakingly beautiful and a must see.

Greta (Keira Knightley) travels to New York with her boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) after he scores a record deal at a major label. His new-found popularity tempts him to walk away from the dreams they once held together and causes a heartbroken Greta to get a one way ticket back to Britain. Greta’s best friend (James Cordon) drags her with him to an open mic night, jokingly worried that she might try to kill herself if he left her in the apartment alone. She has every intention of leaving the city in the morning but not before Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a indie record label executive comes into the picture by stumbling about Greta’s musical talent in a bar. Something about hearing her sing makes his music-producer brain start spinning as he imagines all the instruments that could be added to make the song a hit. The film then follows the pair as they embark on a journey to make an album together all while trying something that’s never been done before; recording every song live throughout different parts of New York City.

The music is without a doubt the best part of this film. Like an actual Broadway musical the lyrics in the songs actually help tell the story in a way words never could on their own.

With its catchy soft melodies, great cast and an ending that isn’t predictable in the obvious sense Can A Song Save Your Life takes you on ride that you won’t want to step off.


TIFF 2013 Day #7

Taking a break from movie premieres and celebrities I got to attend my third TIFF movie this festival, How I Live Now starring Saoirse Ronan and George MacKay. Knowing that I was only seeing a film I didn’t drag my slr camera with me, only a lousy point and shoot. Of course it would be the only non premiere where the actors show up for a Q&A. Besides be frustrated i’m just thankful I had some sort technology to capture them in front of me.

TIFF 2013 Day #6

Things generally begin to slow down around this time at TIFF. Most celebrities come into town the first weekend and then they slowly dwindle during the week. Today I had the opportunity to sit through various interviews including ones with Nicholas Cage and Jay Baruchel. After my class ended I ran with a friend over to the Kill Your Darlings premiere hoping to catch a glimpse of Danielle Radcliffe and Dexter (Michael C. Hall). Unfortunately showing up late doesn’t give you the best spots so the pictures I attempted at are all but a blur. Dane Dehaan who people may recognize from A Place Beyond the Pines ended up being really sweet as he came out a second time to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. Last but not least I got to see Saoirse Ronan, who I’d been waiting for since I found out she would be here for the festival. I actually met her at the exact same location two years ago when she was here for Violet and Daisy. Originally we were scared that she wasn’t going to come over to the side of the street that security puts barricades at, the place where fans are actually supposed to stand although it’s extremely inconvenient. Thankfully, after fans screaming, she did. I had a little problem with my camera, I ended up knocking the setting to focus on aperture without realization and my pictures came out almost completely black. But with a little help from my friend photoshop the photographs are visible, although a little grainy. I actually think it adds character. It’s like they were taken with film rather then a digital camera.

TIFF 2013 Day #5

Today was pretty rough. I originally wanted to get some shots of Meryl Streep at her premiere but she fell sick and didn’t attend. The two other people I hoped to see was Mila Kunis and Taylor Swift. The problem was Mila Kunis had two red carpets to be at in little to no time in between. Therefore I thought it would be smart to wait at the back of the theatre because both Mila and Taylor would be in the same place at the same time. Win, right? Not so much. I’ve also learned that Ms. T Swizzle is only friendly and nice to fans when the cameras are rolling. Luckily when following her later in the night because I wanted a photograph with her more than anything, I ran into Abigail Breslin, who I might add really is Little Miss Sunshine. Abigail took pictures with fans as she left the SoHo House last night. I also had the chance to meet Jessica Chastain earlier in the day at the Elgin Theatre, who was very polite taking photographs and signing autographs for fans at the exit.

TIFF 2013 Day #4

Today has been the longest day I’ve experienced in a while. I attended the 12pm showing of Can A Song Save Your Life? and fell in love with the film (review to follow). It was the same feeling I had after seeing Silver Linings Playbook last year at the festival. Basically I thought it was absolutely brilliant.

On to the next order of business.

I was lucky enough to be graced with the presence of James Lafferty. I have loved this boy since One Tree Hill began airing in 2003 and wanted nothing more then to get my photograph with Nathan Scott. Back in 2009 I took a trip to Wilmington, North Carolina to visit the set with a best friend of mine. Unfortunately we didn’t get to meet any of the main cast and arrived at TRIC just two minutes after James left set and I was devastated. You can read about the trip here. And apparently Toronto is the best place for a One Tree Hill reunion as Tyler Hilton, who played Chris Keller on the television show was also in town. This was the second time I was able to get a picture with him.

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto weren’t as fan friendly as I would’ve thought/hoped. I spotted them leaving press meetings and although they looked over they didn’t seem to give anyone their time of day.

Afterwards I made my way over to the Night Moves premiere. Before I grabbed a spot on the red carpet I waited to snap some pictures of Jake Gyllenhaal leaving the Ryerson Theatre after his film Enemy ended. Dakota Fanning took a couple pictures before heading in claiming that she was running late but didn’t even stay for the movie. On top of that, Jesse Eisenberg followed but had no problem with taking pictures and singing autographs for those who asked.

TIFF 2013 Day #3: Spotted

My day started off  at the Princess of Wales Theatre where I saw Prisoners featuring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. Then in the afternoon I met the very handsome Chris Hemsworth and Paul Giamatti and had the opportunity to see Adam Levine and Keira Knightly at the Can A Song Save Your Life? movie premiere.

TIFF 2013 Day #2

It’s that time of year again… TIFF is here! And I celebrated it in the only way I know how, by taking pictures of celebrities I love at premieres. I decided to kick off the festival with The Railway Man and Parkland (at Roy Thomson Hall). I had the joy of seeing Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Kelly Rowan, Colin Hanks, Tom Welling, Zac Efron and Jacki Weaver.  On top of that, I got a photograph with both Kelly and Zac.

Silver Linings Playbook: Top 10 Favourite Scenes with SPOILERS

This is your warning, there are SPOILERS below.

Sidenote: This is more me talking about my favourite parts then a review… for my review that won’t ruin any part of the movie and to see pictures of the cast members on the red carpet go here. To see pictures of Jennifer Lawrence on the red carpet go here.

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BlackBerry People’s Choice Award Winner: Silver Linings Playbook

As predicted by myself and various others who had the chance to see David O’Russel’s Silver Linings Playbook (in some cases twice) at the Toronto International Film Festival it won Blackberry’s People’s Choice Award this year making it a a serious Oscar contender for Best Picture. Films that have won this award in the past have been Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech. Jennifer Lawrence’s performance in the film leaves your jaw locked open way after the lights have turned on. People are quickly realizing that by February we may be able to refer to Jennifer Lawrence as Oscar winner. For those unaware Lawrence was Academy Award nominated back in 2010 for her role in Winter’s Bone. In fact she was the second youngest actress to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. While Bradley Cooper’s performance may not be Oscar worthy it’s definitely one of his best, if not the best.

Click here to read my review and to see pictures from the Silver Linings Playbook red carpet.
Click here to see pictures of Jennifer Lawrence on the Silver Linings Playbook red carpet.

Silver Linings Playbook has a release date of November 21st 2012.

It’s a movie you don’t want to miss!

Sources: 1/2/3


“You have to do everything you can. And if you stay positive, you have a shot at a silver lining.”

TIFF Day #4 & #5

Yesterday was more of a movie day rather then a searching for celebrity one. As you can tell by my previous post I saw Silver Linings Playbook but I did get a quick glance of Bradley Cooper and Chris Tucker (both actors from the same movie) leaving their hotel.

Today I spent about 3 hours in Yorkville when I went out for lunch with my mom. When I was outside one of the hotels I saw someone who looked very familiar step on the driveway for a smoke break with a friend. I quickly recognized him as Chris O’Dowd. He’s officer Rhodes in Bridesmaids for those of you who don’t know. Right before he walked back inside I called his name and he walked over and asked if we wanted pictures. Of course we said “yes!” He was really sweet and his accent is to die for in person. It made me swoon.

Chris O’Dowd is in town for his film The Sapphires.