At the end of April, I fulfilled a lifelong desire of mine by embarking on a trip to my dream destination – London, England. Taking a cue from my favourite independent female icons from British History (I’m looking at you, Queen Elizabeth I and Jane Austen), I took the liberty of traveling across the pond and conquering my first trip to England as a solo adventuress.
The musical-comedy Pitch Perfect 2 earned $70 million during its opening weekend, making it the biggest movie musical opening of all time. This comes as no surprise considering the original pitch-slapped the world and became a pop culture phenomenon. The song “Cups” became a chart-topping hit, catchphrases were born, and a new spotlight was shone on the world of a capella.
Directed by Elizabeth Banks in her directorial debut and written by Kay Cannon, the sequel follows the Barden Bellas in their final year of college. After a humiliating wardrobe malfunction (with Fat Amy bringing new meaning to the term, ‘thunder from down under’) at their Lincoln Center showcase, the girls find themselves stripped of their performing duties and potentially disbanded for good, unless they can restore themselves to their former glory by winning the World Championships. The Bellas must band together and rediscover their sound to beat their biggest competition yet in the form of German a capella powerhouses, Das Sound Machine.
Together with my fellow Pitch Perfect enthusiast, Katherine Hernandez, we review the sequel to the smash hit original, discussing the new stories and characters, what was on-key and off-key, and how it stacks up to its predecessor.
***Warning: this movie review contains spoilers.
Eva Bourne’s talent was born out of the loving encouragement of her eccentric parents, along with her own knack for creativity and her driven nature. To turn her dreams of becoming an actress into a reality, she made the bold move of dropping out of college in Cranbrook, B.C. and moving to Vancouver to pursue acting. Bourne booked her first role on the TV series, “Psych”, and since then, has guest starred on “Emily Owens M.D.”, “Motive”, and “Falling Skies”, and had recurring roles on “Caprica” and “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour”. She is best known for her portrayal of Princess Eva on ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”. Beyond television, Bourne has ventured into the big leagues with appearances in the films Words and Pictures and The Big Year, working alongside notable actors such as Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, and Rosamund Pike.
Bourne will be next seen as a series regular on Hallmark Channel’s original series, “When Calls The Heart“, in which she plays Clara Stanton, the widowed sister-in-law of Abigail Stanton (played by Lori Loughlin). In an exclusive interview with The Hudsucker, the rising star talks about her new television role, her time on “Once Upon a Time”, and her admiration for Emma Watson.
Image by James Branaman.
On TUNESDAY, I share some of the songs, music videos, and live performances I’ve been groovin’ to. Here are some of my favourite music moments from March…
“You’ll never be lonely if you learn to befriend yourself.”
I used to live religiously by this adage. Now, I’m not so sure I believe it’s wholly true.
I find comfort in solitude. I thrive in moments of self-reflection. I don’t mind going to concerts, movies, and dinner solo. I am an independent woman to the core. But as at ease as I am and empowered as I feel when I have myself as company, I don’t desire going through life completely alone. I believe you need conversation, laughter, and shared experiences with people in order to feel fulfilled, content, and alive.