Lily Collins shined in her latest role as Ellen a depressed 20 year old artist whom is battling anorexia. The film began with Ellen returning home to her father and stepmother’s home after failing to make progress at an impatient program. Ellen’s father is never around, leaving her preppy, can do anything stepmother Susan( Carrie Preston) to suggest Ellen to get help from a new, confident specialist named Dr. William Beckham( Keeanu Reeves). At first Ellen declines, yet changes her mind after talking to her younger and trustworthy sister Kelly( Liana Liberto).
Ellen moves into the home and meets her six housemates. There are six other women plus a strange, yet optimistic British ballet dancer named Luke( Alex Sharpe). Luke was a positive person among the group and is fond of Ellen, because of her infamous art. As the film ventures forward we learn about Ellen’s backstory. Her parents abandoned her in separate ways and a piece of her art from Tumblr lead a teenaged girl to commit suicide. Ellen promises to try harder, yet continues to fail and lose an enormous amount of weight.
Terrible events began to happen which forced Ellen whom had changed her name to Eli, to flee the house, although Luke presses her to stay, because he needs her support, but she leaves anyways. Eli ventures to Arizona to see her mother while her condition is getting much worse. Here an uncanny scene happens between Eli and her mother whom rocks and feeds her with a bottle like she’s an infant. This leads to a near death experience when Eli goes on a walk later in the night. She had a peculiar fantasy where she kisses Luke, sitting on a tree. Luke reveals to Eli her illness, staring at her naked, failing body on the ground and gives her a piece of coal that is her courage. Eli eats the coal and soon wakes with a much brighter outlook on life. She returns home to embrace her stepmother and her sister, determined to overcome her disorder.
To the Bone was an inspiring film. Truthfully I do not know much about anorexia, so this was a solid film to witness how the illness affects individuals. FYI Anorexia is a life threatening eating disorder. Being someone with a mild, yet rare disorder I can understand the emotions these characters felt. Lily Collins was outstanding in this role. At first her character seemed like a negative person, yet we come to find out she was somewhat insecure and depressed about things that had recently happen to her. This story brought many positive people into her life which changed her attitude and direction. Luke was a charming character, yet he felt a little fabricated. I felt like, having him fall in love with Ellen or Eli was a bit instalove and ruined his demeanor to me at least. Still I must applaud the actor who portrayed his role. Keanu Reeves was more of a minor character, yet he did the role of Dr. William Beckham justice. His appearance actually displays him well in a doctor role.
I appreciated the message of this film. We can go every day worrying about our issues and allowing them to hold us back or we can look fear straight into the eye and tell it who is boss. The disorder doesn’t control you. You control the disorder.
Hello guys! I came across this furry tag from ADANCEWithBooks> https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/91800747/posts/18751. I love dogs and books, so this is a perfect tag for me!
1 What was the name of your first dog?
When I was born my dad had a Golden Retriever named Annie. Annie was a sweet dog who loved to swim. She lived for nearly fifteen years. Around the age of seven or eight Sammy, an Italian greyhound mix entered my life and became my first dog. Sammy will be turning sixteen this December. She’s an incredible dog. She isn’t the brightest pup, yet she’s loyal and always makes me smile. She likes to act like a young pup on certain days. My second dog is Jack aka a Jack Russell Terrier. Jack is about a year or so younger than Sammy, yet being a JRT he’s hyper as freak. Little J is a curious dog. He enjoys chasing things and causing trouble, yet he’s a good listener when he choices to be and always seems to be happy and content. Sammy and Jack were both adopted from a local shelter and I’m thankful they found me.
What is Your Favorite Breed of Dog?
I don’t really have a favorite breed. I guess I prefer dogs who are friendly, humorous and joyful. I’ve mostly had smaller dogs around me, so I don’t know much about larger breeds.
What is your Favorite Canine Theme book?
As a child I enjoyed Scooby Doo and Clifford the Big Red Dog.
Who is your favorite fictional dog?
I’d say it’s a tie between Rimshot, Fang, and Toto.
What is your Top Movie Choice, featuring a few canines?
My choices would be between 101 delmatians, My Dog Skip, and Air Bud.
Do you consider yourself a dog person or a Cat Person and Why?
I’m positive I’m a dog person. Dogs are amazing animals. I find it so cool how dog spelled backwards is God. Dogs are so loyal and true. They’re so happy and pleasant to be around. They comfort us and make excellent friends. I wish humans were more like dogs except for the sniffing each others butt part.
Once when we had relatives over Jack got a hold of a stuffed animal. As he ran across the room while everyone tried to get it away from him Sammy pounced on top of Jack like a Lion and growled at him until he finally released the toy. Sammy is an excellent big sister although she does try to starve him sometimes 🙂
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
The way people treat you doesn’t truly matter. What matters is how you decide to treat them.