Taxes Can Be Off The Map And Stranger Than Fiction!

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EmilyMedvec Santa Fe Tax Time Movies

Taxes can be off the map and stranger than fiction.  Why? First, they are due in a week. Second, this is when I watch my two favorite movies about IRS agents. Yes, I’m serious. Both films change my perspective with a positive attitude and my focus to just get them done.

One of movies takes place in northern New Mexico. The film title is Off The Map. Often like the experience of doing taxes. The story begins with an unpredictable visit from an IRS agent who eventually manages to find a family’s clearly off the grid home to perform an audit. The cast includes Jim True-Frost (IRS agent), Valentina de Angelis (11 year old storyteller), Sam Elliott (a father struggling with inner demons) and Joan Allen (a northern New Mexico free spirit). The film is a story that becomes a journey of self-discovery about taxes and people and the way unexpected new people become a catalyst for change.

The other film title is Stranger Than Fiction. It is all about death and taxes. It is strange and about fiction but not in the usual way. The IRS agent is Will Ferrell. His life is beyond mundane and as predictable as his watch until it is transformed by a voice narrating his life played by Emma Thompson. She is a writer with a decade of writer’s block. Since our IRS agent has become a character in someone else’s novel, he seeks the help of a literary professor (Dustin Hoffman) to help him determine if he is living a tragedy or comedy. In between, he discovers there is more to life than IRS and falls in love with the anarchist baker (Maggie Gyllenhaal) he is assigned to audit. In between, Queen Latifah adds connections to the reality of writing about death and taxes with style.

I encourage you to take a break from the data and numbers and all the stress doing taxes and practicing real estate can bring by renting either one of these gems. If you have seen them, do you give them a thumbs up?


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Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Mitch, love your comment! Thanks for stopping by this morning. Glad to hear you have seen these gems!

Deanna, given your story you will love these two films, especially from the IRS experience.

Karen, you are so right! Thanks for stopping by and welcome to ActiveRain!

Apr 15, 2012 03:28 AM #26
Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Dana Point, CA
Veteran Friendly Realtor®

>>There are two more days left, what's the rush?

Rugg's comment made me laugh.

This is the first year I've had to pay - the IRS will take the money from my bank account on the 17th, electronically.  Feels kinda weird having the IRS take money from me like that, but it's the most efficient way nowadays.

Apr 15, 2012 03:59 AM #27
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Thanks for the movie suggestions, Emily. In my current empty-nest condo lifestyle, my husband and I often download and watch movies, something new for me.

Apr 15, 2012 04:20 AM #28
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Emily,  My wife gets these things done early and we already have our refund.  Just wish I could pay them knowing there was some fairness in the tax code.

Apr 15, 2012 05:23 AM #29
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Not being much of a movie buff, I've never even heard of these, but now I'll have to see if the library system or the local rental place has either of them.

Apr 15, 2012 06:28 AM #30
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi  Emily, Ok if you suggest.  A break from doing taxes to watch movies reminding me they are due?  lol

Apr 15, 2012 09:05 AM #31
Cari Dandy
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Homes for Sale - Scottsdale AZ

Hi Emily, both of those sound great! Somehow I am not any more motivated to finish up my taxes than I was before reading your post, though, lol.  Now I just want to go rent those movies!

Apr 15, 2012 09:35 AM #32
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Raymond, I sent everything on paper. Just another way to keep our local Post Office open!

Lottie, let me know what you think about these two films. I'm just addicted to them at tax time!

Bill, it sounds like your Mrs. Gillhespry knows how to manage time and money. As for fairness, no comment other than I lived on Capitol Hill in Washington DC for a quarter of a century and fairness never seemed to make it to the political table.

Bob, I'm LOL with you as long as you got an extension. Now make some popcorn as these flicks are winners.

Cari, like I reminded Bob #31, you most likely will be safe with an extension and once you see the films you may have a different take on those IRS agents. After all, they buy and sell homes in their off hours. Welcome to ActiveRain!


Apr 15, 2012 10:08 AM #33
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: / cell: 334-494-7846

As usual this year I'll wait til the last day to file for en extension....even tho EVERY year, "THIS will be the year I get'em in on time......"

I'll check out the movies. Never heard of weither one. Thanks!

Apr 15, 2012 10:22 AM #34
Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay

I'll have to look on Netfix, I hadn't heard of either movie. thanks for the tip.

Apr 15, 2012 10:33 AM #35
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Emily,

Sounds like a good recommendation.

Apr 15, 2012 11:10 AM #36
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

Emily! Always sharing something new-thanks!

Apr 15, 2012 11:19 AM #37
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Travis, do what you need to do to make sure you are on the good side of IRS agents. And for a different take on them see these flicks!

Elisa, great! Movies are important just like taxes but differently. I hope you enjoy both of them. They are a good break between real estate!

Dorte, welcome to ActiveRain. I give these both a thumbs up!

Marie, there are so good "staging" hints hidden between the lines of these films. I'll be curious to know your take on them.

Apr 15, 2012 12:27 PM #38
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I have seen both of those movies and they are both very good.  Anything with Sam Elliot is good.

Apr 15, 2012 01:52 PM #39
Anita Day
Coldwell Banker Lake Chelan Properties - Chelan, WA

Great article, taxes are a fact of life and I am thankful to have an income to have to pay taxes.  I just wish we had more responsible leaders spending our tax dollars.

Anita Day, Coldwell Banker Lake Chelan, Chelan, WA 98816

Apr 15, 2012 02:18 PM #40
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Gene, like you I thought Sam Elliot was priceless in his role off the grid in northern New Mexico!

Anita, taxes are taxes and the only way I know to make a difference in how they are spent is to vote in every election... Local, Congressional and Presidential.

Apr 15, 2012 02:43 PM #41
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thank you Emily, its nice to start a task on a positive spin rather than the negative anticipation we so often approach this task with.

Apr 15, 2012 05:19 PM #42
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

I haven't seen either of these movies, either, but will add them to the list! I always do my taxes right away so that I don't have to think about them.

Apr 15, 2012 10:10 PM #43
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Bob, how we respond to "what is" can make all the difference in the world. I think you will enjoy these films. They shed a different light on more than taxes.

Sylvie, I look forward to seeing these films again every March which is when I can get everything to my CPA. Now take a break from real estate and find these very different "sleeper" films.

Apr 15, 2012 11:04 PM #44
John DL Arendsen
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor

Boy! I knew there was a reason I don't read posts after hours. I didn't realize until I had almost read your entire post that you were talking about TAXES!. I thought you were talking about TEXAS! Talk about Dyslexia. LOL!!

Apr 18, 2012 01:46 PM #45
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