Come Chat with Me

Last Monday we aired the season finale of Monologue Monday (if you missed it, check it out below).

 

Today, in lieu of a monologue, I’ll be hosting a live Facebook chat to discuss the future of Monologue Monday and answer YOUR questions about the series. Come join me! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the series, what you’d like to see next, and any questions you were wondering about the series.

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Head on over to my Facebook page (Latrisha Talley) as I go LIVE….TONIGHT!

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New Year

Happy New Year!

Yeah, I know, I’m a little over a week late, but it has taken me that long to get back into the swing of things. I’m really excited about this year. 2016 was the year for facing my fears and stepping out in faith, and in 2017, I want to delve even deeper into that. I’ve already got some exciting opportunities that are pending (As Lin Manuel Miranda says as Alexander Hamilton, “Just you wait…”), but in the meantime, catch up on these two episodes of Monologue Monday (below). There are only two more episodes left until the season finale!

What are your goals for this year? What do you want to accomplish? When setting goals, make sure they are:

  1. Specific (“I want to lose weight”= general vs. “I want to lose 10 pounds”=specific)
  2. Time Sensitive (have a firm date/time to have the goal completed)
  3. Measurable (how do you know that the goal has been completed?)

Once you’ve created a goal that meets those 3 criteria, then make an action plan with specific steps that you’ll take in order to achieve the goal. Surround yourself with people who will encourage you and help keep you accountable. Take your time, and don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to accomplish too much. Just take it one goal at a time, one step at a time.

Wishing you a successful, prosperous, goal-achieving year. You can do it!

 

‘Tis the Season

Happy Holidays!!! In the spirit of the holiday season, Monologue Monday presents it’s Christmas episode, featuring a monologue from the classic holiday film, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. This is our 21st episode; let the countdown begin! Only 5 more episodes left until the end of Season 1 of Monologue Monday. Time really does fly when you’re having fun and pursuing your passion.

I wish you all a safe, fun, warm and Merry Christmas!

 

Monologue Monday

Hey y’all!! Once again, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. But to catch you up, in the past few months, I’ve quit my 9-5 (aw shucks!!!) and am acting full time. Last month,  I launched my new web series, Monologue Monday (www.monologuemonday.com). Monologue Monday is a weekly web series featuring tips about the entertainment industry, and a monologue performance (by yours truly). New episodes are released EVERY MONDAY!!! Episode 7 was released today. Check it out below, and subscribe to the series, to stay updated when new episodes are posted.

 

Holiday Film Favorites

These are a few of my personal holiday film favorites.

Home Alone

  1. Home Alone: This was one of my favorites as a kid and it remains as one of my faves in adulthood. This is definitely a classic. Scored by the iconic John Williams, the music in this film is extremely memorable.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/12-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-the-movie

  1. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York: I’m usually not a fan of sequels, but this one is an exception. It remains true to Kevin and the antics that we loved in the first film. John Williams also returned to score this film as well. http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/home-alone-2-is-one-of-the-most-disturbing-films-ever-made
  1. Last Holiday: When Georgia (Queen Latifah) is diagnosed with a terminal illness, she embarks on a journey to live her last days to the fullest. (P.S. Don’t wait until something happens to start living your life; live it to the fullest now with no regrets!)
  1. Elf: Will Ferrell is hilarious in this story of an elf who discovers he is actually a human, and thus embarks on journey from the North Pole (where he has been raised) to New York, to reunite with his birth father who never knew he existed. I enjoy the childlike innocence of Ferrell’s character and his huge capacity for love.
  1. This Christmas: Gotta love a good family film, filled with the requisite sibling rivalry, family secret reveals, and eye candy, with equal moments of drama, hilarity, and warm fuzziness.

What are some of your favorite holiday movies? Share in the comments below.

Let’s Go to the Movies (Part 2)

So my third day at the movies wasn’t as long as the previous two, and I only watched one movie this time. I attended a preview screening of the film, Let’s Be Cops starring Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson. This movie was the icing on the cake of a three day film binge.

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From the trailer, I figured the movie would be funny, but boy, did this movie exceed my expectations. It was hilarious! Of course, it had its predictable moments (but what movie following the age-old formula doesn’t?), but they were tolerable.

 

Jake Johnson attacked his character with such commitment, I would have a hard time believing that he wasn’t like that in real life. Damon Wayans, Jr. is definitely his father’s son. If you close your eyes and just listen, you would think it was Damon, Sr. And then when you open your eyes again, you would still think it was Damon, Sr.—about 20 years younger (and more handsome).

 

I was pleasantly surprised to see Keegan-Michael Key of the comedic Key & Peele duo in the film. He was up to his usual antics, which further contributed to the hilarity of the film.

 

The movie was sprinkled with a few racial stereotypes masquerading as jokes—who am I kidding? There was no masquerade—they were blatant. But that didn’t make them any less funny.

 

Let’s Be Cops is an amusing film of courage and friendship with memorable characters, and I definitely recommend you go see it (leave the kids at home, though).

 

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Spoiler Alert!!!

 

Raise your hand if you think that Damon Wayans, Jr. and Keegan-Michael Key look alike. Now, if your hand is raised, slap yourself with it. Come on people! Really? In one scene, these two switch places to allow Wayans’ character to infiltrate the villain’s hangout spot. Wayans enlists the help of his makeup artist girlfriend to transform the clean cut Wayans into Key’s heavily tattooed, dreadlock-wearing “gangsta” character. The villain got almost nose to nose w/ Wayans, even hugging him, and still didn’t notice that he wasn’t Key. Man, those must be some potent drugs the villain was on! Or maybe it was just that dark inside. Oh, no wait…this is a movie—now it all makes sense.

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Source: imdb.com

 

Spoiler Alert #2: Beware of the scene involving a sumo wrestler’s ball sac and one of the character’s faces. I had to stop in the midst of eating my popcorn during this scene, for fear that I might vomit.

Let’s Go to the Movies (Part 1)

I’ve spent three days this week in a movie theater, and in those three days I’ve watched a total of 36 films. No joke.

Days 1 and 2 were screenings of short films from the 2014 Nashville 48 Hour Film Project, that ran the gamut of genres (romance, horror, film noir, inspirational, comedy, sci-fi, etc.).

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Perhaps some of the most notable entries were (in no particular order):

 

  1. Because I Could Not Stop for Death, Three Twenty Pictures: Funny story with a gutsy experiment with 3D! That has to be a first for the 48 Hour Film Project (at least in Nashville). Correct me if I’m wrong.

 

  1. Contrary to Likeness, Paper Ghost Pictures: great cinematography, great acting, great graphics. When talking to a fellow movie-goer I asked them which films they enjoyed, and of course they mentioned this one. I responded with, “Oh, they don’t count…their films always (strangely enough) look great.”

 

  1. Your Move, Troop 615: a silent film that was witty and nostalgic, as the two main characters challenged each other in a series of board games to determine who would put the twist-tie back on a package of bread. I loved the opening sequence w/ Pornstache….uh I mean “Detective Andrew Loper”.

 

  1. Delivered, JBrant Films: a chilling story depicting child abduction/sex trafficking with solid acting and amazing visuals.

 

  1. The Extraction, FCM: I loved the narrator’s voice! A beautiful yet deceitful leading lady, two bumbling siblings, great writing and a cute dog, all made for a thoroughly enjoyable film.

 

6. And of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge our team’s horror film (Not an Exit, Team Perfection) as one of the notables. True, I may be biased, because it’s our film, but I think we did an awesome job at conveying our story. While it was screening, I observed others in the audience gasp and jump at one of our film’s startling moments. I also heard people whisper-yelling at the screen, “Run! Oh, no! She fell!” They seemed to be really caught up in the film. My heart was beating so fast the entire time, but I was very pleased with the outcome.

 

The parody, #Brain Ded from Walltie Films tickled my funny bone, along with others such as Epic Media’s Autoshop Mysteries, The Undead Noire’s The Player, Popeye Productions’ Free Range, and Flatrock Films’ E Flat Harmony.  The romance conText (Pirate Unicorn Productions) and the inspirational film, The Day Death Died (Collision Pictures) tugged at my heartstrings. Moonshine (Bar Sinister Films) nailed the dark comedy genre right off the bat. Seven Strangers Productions’ time travel film, The Sparklers was endearing, comical and had some beautiful ending shots. There seemed to be a lot of bloodshed this year, even in films where horror or thriller/suspense weren’t the genres. There were also a lot of child actors used this year.

 

There’s no way I could discuss every film I saw (There were 35 films for goodness sake, and my mind started to become a blur—it’s a blessing I’ve even remembered this much), but congrats to all the sleep-deprived, film-making maniacs who submitted their films this year (and who are probably adamant that this was their last time in the competition…until next year rolls around, and they change their minds 🙂  ).

 

CLICK HERE to read Part Two.