Movie Review: The Lost City


I caught an early screening of The Lost City starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, and I loved it! The movie is full of great adventure, charm, laughter, escapism and Tatum’s booty—you’re welcome. The Lost City plays homage to old school adventure romance films and novel—i’m looking at you Fabio. Did I mention the chemistry between Bullock and Tatum is incredible?

The Lost City hits theaters this Friday, March 25th and it’s hands down my favorite movie that has come out not only this year, but favorite rom-com that’s come out in a really long time.

The Lost City review

If you know me, you know I love a good rom-com. Throw romance, comedy and action into a blender, and you’ve got a movie that I want to see—The Lost City does just that. The Lost City has a solid pace and is just under two hours at one hour and 52 minutes. There’s unexpected moments of laughter and Brad Pitt even makes a hilarious cameo.

After losing her husband Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) kind of loses her way. She’s a middle-aged author who is primarily known for writing romance adventure novels that center around the fictional hero Dash who is played by cover model Alan (Channing Tatum). Loretta and Alan are on tour to promote the newest novel when Loretta is kidnapped by Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe), a awkward billionaire who believes the lost city in Loretta’s new book isn’t fake and that she knows where it is. Despite having no survival skills at all Alan sets off on a mission to rescue her. Also, no one messes with a girls bestie—and that’s the vibe we all could use in our lives.

The chemistry between Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum in The Lost City is unreal and kind of reminds me of Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock in The Proposal. Their chemistry definitely makes the movie and speaks volumes to the quality actors they are. Tatum and Bullock go on an adventure that you wish you could be part of.

If you’re looking for a good laugh, romance, adventure and everything in between—I can’t recommend The Lost City enough! It’s definitely one of those movies you can watch over and over again.

The Lost City Synopsis

Brilliant, but reclusive author Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) has spent her career writing about exotic places in her popular romance-adventure novels featuring handsome cover model Alan (Channing Tatum), who has dedicated his life to embodying the hero character, “Dash.” While on tour promoting her new book with Alan, Loretta is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) who hopes that she can lead him to the ancient lost city’s treasure from her latest story. Wanting to prove that he can be a hero in real life and not just on the pages of her books, Alan sets off to rescue her. Thrust into an epic jungle adventure, the unlikely pair will need to work together to survive the elements and find the ancient treasure before it’s lost forever.

DIRECTED BY
Adam Nee and Aaron Nee 

SCREENPLAY BY
Oren Uziel and Dana Fox and Adam Nee & Aaron Nee

STORY BY
Seth Gordon

PRODUCED BY
Liza Chasin, Sandra Bullock, Seth Gordon

EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY
JJ Hook, Dana Fox, Julia Gunn, Margaret Chernin

STARRING
Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Oscar Nuñez, Patti Harrison, Bowen Yang

The Bad Guys – Activity Kit

Have you heard the news? There’s going to be some new bad guys in town, and you’re not going to want to miss out! The Bad Guys comes to a theater near you April 22, 2022. While you wait for the adventure to arrive I have something fun for you and your kiddos. The Bad Guys themed activity kit is packed with everything from word searches and spot the difference to crack the code, coloring pages and more!

Download The Bad Guys Activity Kit

THE BAD GUYS: Nobody has ever failed so hard at trying to be good as The Bad Guys. In the new action comedy from DreamWorks Animation, based on the New York Times best-selling book series, a crackerjack criminal crew of animal outlaws are about to attempt their most challenging con yet – becoming model citizens. Never have there been five friends as infamous as The Bad Guys – Dashing pickpocket Mr. Wolf (Sam Rockwell), seen-it-all safecracker Mr. Snake (Marc Maron), chill master-of-disguise Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson), short-fused “muscle” Mr. Piranha (Anthony Ramos), and sharp-tongued expert hacker Ms. Tarantula (Awkwafina), aka “Webs.” But when, after years of countless heists and being the world’s most-wanted villains, the gang is finally caught, Mr. Wolf brokers a deal (that he has no intention of keeping) to save them all from prison: The Bad Guys will go good.
Starring Sam Rockwell, Marc Maron, Craig Robinson, Anthony Ramos, Awkwafina, Richard Ayoade, Zazie Beetz, Lilly Singh and Alex Borsetein
Directed by Pierre Perifel
(Universal Pictures)
Rated PG

Restaurant Review: The Congregation Detroit

Community, coffee and connection in a repurposed congregation. Anyone else a fan of unique places to dine or grab a coffee? Last weekend a friend was in town for a yoga retreat and asked if I wanted to meet up. I of course agreed and she mentioned going to The Congregation Detroit. I take pride in knowing about fun spots—especially ones that repurposed buildings. But I had to admit, I had never heard of The Congregation before.

The Congregation is located at
9321 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48206

The Congregation was previously used as a church, and today it’s still used to gather, but in a different way. With a coffee, food and bar menu, The Congregation Detroit is offering a unique experience with fun vibes and great food and drinks.

The tagline of The Congregation is coffee, cafe, cocktails, community and let me tell you it reads true. If you’re looking for a unique place to grab a drink or some food while in Detroit I can’t recommend The Congregation enough. Whether you’re visiting Detroit or looking for something to do, head over to The Congregation for a unique and gorgeous experience.

What I ordered at The Congregation Detroit

I always love seeing what people order, so you know I had to share with you what I enjoyed eating and drinking.
To Drink: London Fog Tea Latte
earl grey tea with house made lavender simple syrup and steamed almond milk.
To Eat: Ricotta Toast
toasted sourdough bread topped with ricotta, seasonal fruit compote, toasted almonds and orange zest.

The History of The Congregation

The Congregation sits within a regular Detroit historical neighborhood, and is packed with history and culture. The structure was built in 1924 after a small chapel for the congregation of St. Luke’s Evangelical Church had a fire and burnt to the ground in 1917. It took a number of years after the fire for the congregation to secure financing due to the high prices during the war period.  

Eventually the property fell into the hands of the Home Mission Board and Church Extension Society of the United Lutheran Church in America. From there, they worked towards securing the funding to erect the church structure that is standing here today.  It was built by Spier and Gehrke Architects to become the Unity English Lutheran Church.

This church stands the true test of time. One block North of the origination of the 1967 Rebellion, the church remained intact and undisturbed.  At some point between the 1950s and 1960s, the original stained glass feature window was removed and blocked up. The goal when restoring and renovating the structure was to install a modern interpretation of what once was there. The new feature window installed in early 2020, is a stainless steel art piece built by The Nordin Brothers of Detroit.

While the interior of the building has remained structurally the same, The Congregation has put their focus on preserving the integrity, historical detail and finishes of the space. Great efforts were taken to restore all original stained glass double-hung windows, original maple flooring, and a 150 year old organ to ensure the interior space maintains its original feel of a church. 

The Organ at The Congregation

The organ, a major focal point of the interior, originally built by Samuel Russell Warren around 1870 for St Thomas Belleville, Ontario and rebuilt by Casavant in the early 1900’s, still stands tall in the Northwest corner of the main room. It made its way to this Detroit building sometime in the 1940’s or 1950’s.  

Coming to Detroit: Anastasia

Anastasia made it’s Detroit-debut in 2019, and people couldn’t get enough. If you missed seeing Anastasia the first time it was in town or you want to see it again, you’re in luck! Anastasia will be returning to Detroit for a limited engagement May 3-9, 2022 and I can’t wait. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 11 and start at $39.

Anastasia
May 3-9, 2022
Fisher Theatre, Detroit

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 11

Broadway In Detroit announced today that tickets for the Fisher Theatre engagement of ANASTASIA, May 3-9, 2022, will go on sale Friday, March 11. Tickets start at $39 and will be available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office.

From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime and inspired by the beloved films, ANASTASIA is the new Broadway musical that’s “one of the most gorgeous shows in years!” (New York Observer). This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

The cast includes Kyla Stone as Anya, Sam McLellan as Dmitry, Brandon Delgado as Gleb, Gerri Weagraff as Dowager Empress, Bryan Seastrom as Vlad, Madeline Raube as Countess Lily andTaya Diggs and Marley Sophia as Little Anastasia.  The ensemble includes Mikayla Agrella, Lance Timothy Barker, William Aaron Bishop, Harrison Drake, Thomas Henke, Dakota Hoar, Veronica Rae Jiao, Evin Johnson, Ceron Jones, Madeline Kendall, Lizzy Marie Legregin, Victoria Madden, Christian McQueen, Elizabeth Ritacco, Taylor Stanger, Sarah Statler and Lauren Teyke.

ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush, new score by the Tony Award® -winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics), and tour direction by Sarah Hartman based on original direction by Tony Award®-winning director Darko Tresnjak.

The creative team also includes Peggy Hickey (Original Choreographer), Bill Burns (Choreographer), Alexander Dodge (Set Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Peter Hylenski (Sound Design), Aaron Rhyne (Projection Design), Charles G. LaPointe (Hair/Wig Design), Joe Dulude II (Makeup Design), Tom Murray (Music Supervision), Jeremy Lyons (Music Direction), Doug Besterman (Orchestrations), David Chase (Dance Arranger), and casting by Jason Styres, CSA.

ANASTASIA began performances on Broadway in March 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre with critics exclaiming “Ahrens and Flaherty have chosen the right moments to musicalize, and their score here sounds complete and full — one of the season’s strongest! (NBC)” and “Smartly adapted by Terrence McNally, Anastasia is a sweeping adventure, romance and historical epic whose fine craftsmanship will satisfy musical-theater fans (Time Out)”.

The show played to sold out audiences on Broadway for more than 3 years before expanding it’s global “Fanastasia” community with productions on tour across North America and in Japan, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. Globally, the show has been performed more than 2,500 times and sold 3.4 million tickets. Additionally, the show has garnered more than 15 major international awards, including Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards and Best New Musical in Spain, Germany and the Netherlands.

The original Broadway cast recording is available at BroadwayRecords.com, Amazon.com and iTunes. The 75-minute album includes the Academy Award-nominated favorite “Journey to the Past” alongside new numbers from the show such as “In My Dreams,” “Still” and “My Petersburg.”

Connect with ANASTASIA online at:

www.anastasiathemusical.com

Twitter: @AnastasiaBway      

Facebook: AnastasiaBway

Instagram: @AnastasiaBway

Performance times for ANASTASIA appearing May 3-8, 2022, at the Fisher Theatre, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd., in Detroit are:

  • Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday evening performance at 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday matinee at 1:00 p.m.
  • Open captioned performance on Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for ANASTASIA start at $39 (includes facility and parking fees) and go on sale Friday, March 11, 2022. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office. A limited number of premium seats will be available through Ticketmaster and at the Fisher Theatre Box Office.

For group sales (10 or more) please email broadwayindetroitgroups@theambassadors.com or call 313-871-1132.

Tickets for the open captioned performance may be purchased in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office or by phone at 313-872-1000, ext. 0.

Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.

Broadway In Detroit uses Ticketmaster as its sole, authorized ticketing agent. Individual tickets purchased from a ticket broker or “third party” ticket reseller involves risk and may not be authentic, sold at box office prices, or with correct performance and venue information. Broadway In Detroit box offices cannot verify tickets sold through a third party or ticket reseller. Broadway In Detroit is also unable to contact third party purchasers with pertinent updates or changes regarding performances.

Following the lead of Broadway and concert venues across the country, Broadway In Detroit theatre patrons will be required to show a photo ID and proof of a negative Covid test within 72 hours of the performance date or proof of full Covid-19 vaccination before they will be admitted into the venue. Additionally, all patrons will be required to wear a mask while inside the theatre regardless of one’s vaccination status.

All ticket purchasers will receive a Broadway In Detroit Health & Safety Guide via email in the weeks prior to their performance. This guide will also be posted on the company’s website (BroadwayInDetroit.com) and available at the Fisher Theatre box office. It will have the latest information on the company’s health and safety protocols as well as information on what to expect when you arrive at the theatre.

For more information on Broadway In Detroit, subscriptions, group sales and more, please visit www.BroadwayInDetroit.com.

Review: STOMP

STOMP is a cacophony of sounds produced by common objects in lieu of musical instruments. A mishmash of music, dance and street theater, STOMP is the type of show that you can’t just watch and sit still—you want to clap your hands and stomp your feet. And the good news is you can, throughout the show STOMP provides opportunity for the audience to interact.

STOMP is like no show you have ever seen before. I mean where else can you see brooms, garbage cans, sinks, hubcaps, matchboxes, wooden poles and even Zippo lighters being used to create such strange and beautiful music?

When you look at the set alone, you just know you’re about to have some fun. STOMP is a prop-heavy show and each scene had a distinct, unspoken theme. My favorite scene and probably the most mesmerizing sequences involved cigarette lighters–in the dark. Hands down I could have watched that scene over and over again without getting bored.

STOMP is madness, but organized madness you can’t help but stare at. From rhythmic stick fights to newspaper tearing by-the-beat, trash can stomping, and even multi-performer cross-stage juggling. STOMP offers a show like you have never seen before.

Catch STOMP in Detroit now through Sunday, March 6th, 2022. Or when it comes to a city near you.

Runtime: STOMP is an hour and 45 minutes and does not have an intermission.