Monthly Archives: January 2011

What I’m Diggin’

With the Oscars coming up, there are a million movies I’m planning to see, but movies are nearly the last thing on my mind right now.

The Prospect of Summer: I know that the summer months are far from here, but being a now second-semester senior in high school, all I can think of is graduation and the vacation lull before college. Even though I don’t know where I’m going yet, the general idea of college is hanging in the distance and I can not wait for it to get closer. It’ll be my last summer in North Carolina as a high schooler, and even though my sister won’t be attending this year (because of her stupid camp) I can not wait to get back to the Outer Banks–laying on the beach, island food at night, watching surfers, and reading. Please please come sooner.

Snow Days: And so comes the bitter irony. So far, we have had three snow days and they have been days of pure bliss and relaxation. While I detest the snow, here’s hoping for another day off.

Shakespeare: Ah yes, the master himself. Right now, we’re reading the tragedies and I love it. The rich, sensual yet formal nature of the diction, the classic characters and story-lines, and the beautiful prose make me swoon. Even though some I’ve read, included in this are Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, and Richard IV. I might throw in a few of my own, who knows!

Prom Dresses: Prom is months away, with the excitement is already building. Who doesn’t want to wear the perfect prom dress? I’ve begun the search, but only kind of in my mind. Ordering dresses online has never really worked for me, and so even though I search there, I’m going to have to drag my ass to a store and actually try them on.

The winter is slowly killing me, and these things are only barely pulling me through the icy days. Here’s hoping for something other than clouds and sleet.

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In case any of you missed it, last night’s SNL was solid–a rare occasion.

Check it.

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Overexposure

On Friday afternoons, I suffer through an hour of chorale at school and then rush home to rush through Entertainment Weekly before rushing off again to a saxophone lesson. This Friday, I got in my 3 series, BMW, swerving around corners, and skidding on the snow (why anyone owns a BMW in New England is beyond me), jumped through the front door, greeted my sister with a “where’s the mail?!”, swept up the magazine from the table, and made a face of disgust. What graces the cover of this least-trashiest of star magazines? The Oscars! Sigh.

I love the Oscars as much as the next person, and I love watching them–the dresses and fashion, rooting for my favorite movies and actors, eating popcorn while watching them make horridly boring speeches–but is there really that much to say about them? The noms came out a few days ago, and while a list is nice, an entire magazine isn’t necessary! Yes, Natalie Portman was fantastic in Black Swan, but is an entire page consisting of her age, her role, her Oscar History, and a few mangled quotes from her stating that her life post-hit is “hardly a constant chorus of praise”. Well, not to be rude, but who cares?! I also don’t care that David Fincher dreamed up some of the scenes in The Social Network, despite the fact that he is one of my favorite directors.

I like hype–but too much hype is this. Wanna know about the movies? Go see them.

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No Strings Attached

I went the other day to this film with a bunch of girlfriends with mediocre expectations, but I realized that I didn’t need them.

The movie stars Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher as two long-time friends who decide to add “with benefits” to the end of their relationship. It’s one of the best romantic comedies that I’ve seen in awhile, and lived up to it’s hype.

Portman is even better after seeing her in Black Swan–knowing the serious character she can play, her comedic role in this movie is even better. Probably my favorite moment of the movie is her screaming “You look like a pumpkin, bitch!” as a group of spray-tanned woman. Absolutely hilarious.

Kutcher lives up to his expectations too–he has an adorable personality, and although he plays the same character is almost every movie I’ve seen him in, it’s a matter of whether the role works for him or not and it definitely does in this flick.

Another thing that I always love, if when my car is featured in a movie. Although the car isn’t EXACTLY my model, he has a 1987 5 series BMW, and while mine is a 3 series, I still loved seeing a car that’s almost mine speed around on screen. At some point, Kutcher calls it “just an old BMW” and I wanted to scream at the screen, it’s not just an old BMW! It’s a beautiful, antique, reliable car! Just another bonus to this delightful movie.

As I am aware that this is kind of a fail post, because it’s kind of disjointed and all over the place, there isn’t much to say about the film. It’s very funny, and the plot-line makes sense and is at least a little bit original. I enjoy both of the main actors, and they do a fantastic job. Kevin Kline plays Kutcher’s father and does a simply hysterical job, probably one of my favorite characters in the movie.

So, here ends my schizophrenic blog post. Go see the movie.

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It’s almost that time again…

It is almost that time of year–the time of year that every movie aficionado waits for, every fashionista loves, and every one who likes to watch stars make fools of themselves adores–OSCAR TIME!

Although the Oscars aren’t until March, the nominations have been announced. You can see a full of list the nominees here! Imdb.com really has become one of my favorite websites, it’s fantastic.

I’m not sure who should win for anything to be honest. Social Network won best picture at the Golden Globes, but the awards don’t really correlate, and The King’s Speech has won best picture as some of the awards that are said to directly correlate to the Oscars, so who knows. Black Swan was a fantastic film, but I don’t think it will win. I think the fight is really between The King’s Speech, The Social Network and maybe True Grit, although, that would be a bit of an upset.

I think that Colin Firth will probably win best actor, but Jeff Bridges was terrific. James Franco was said to be very good also in 127 Hours, which I haven’t seen, but I feel as though he’s a bit of an underdog.

Natalie Portman should win for Black Swan, hands down. There really is no one else who I would put ahead of her at all.

I also think that Christian Bale should win the Oscar for The Fighter. He won the Golden Globe, and I think the race is between him and Geoffrey Rush, although Rush has already won some Oscars and I think overall Bale did give a better performance.

Director is up in the air… no idea, as are the screenplay ones. As far as best animated film, I have to say Toy Story 3 has to win, I’m not really sure how it can’t.

I guess those are really all the ones I have opinions about. The makeup ones are always kind of random, and the music ones seem to always be given to those who I think they shouldn’t be, so I won’t even go there.

Alright, well, get excited! I’ll be keeping you updated on all things Oscar-related. And to those of you who are award show haters, why?? I don’t understand why people get angry or upset when the movie they want to win doesn’t–obviously I’d rather have the one I like to win, but it doesn’t really matter. It’s all about the clothes, the hosts and the hype.

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Red Carpet

So here’s a random smattering of dresses. I always did think the clothes were better than the actual awards.

Angelina’s dress was beyond perfect. From the backless-ness, to the color, to the sparkle, I could not have been more in love. I can not emphasize enough how perfect I think the color is. Such lust.

 

Halle Berry’s body is to DIE for, and this dress does a great job showing it off. I like the multiple fabrics, and also the bodice. Overall, gorgeous.

Claire Danes. How perfect did she look. The dress was flawless–simple, yet the color completely popped. The style was so elegant, and yes sexy with the back, or lack there of. Her hair was simple, but complimentary, and the her cuff was beautiful. Probably in my top 5 of the night.

All I have to say is Tilda Swinton is an alien.

Tina Fey! Her dress was very normal, and pretty and I was proud of her for wearing something that didn’t look like an umbrella (coughcoughLASTYEARcough). Overall, good job, Tina.

I think Christina Hendricks is gorgeous–from her voluptuous body, to her fiery hair, and fierce personality on Mad Men, she’s absolutely fabulous. This dress, however, is not. It completely takes over her body and looks like it’s wearing her. That thing on her shoulder?? Take that away and we’re in business. I definitely admire when red heads wear red dresses–who said they clash?

Michelle Williams is beautiful but this entire look is a disaster. I don’t like the pixie cut–I think she looks far better with long hair. And the dress is a nightmare. The color flushes her out, the print is far too cutesy for me, and the ruffles on the side make her look wide. Fail.

I’m not the biggest fan of Meghan Fox, actually I kind of hate her, but I have to admit this dress is really pretty. The color is really nice, and the bodice of it is great–the stripes and sparkles make it really different and yet not quite funky. Good job.

Yikes! Yikes yikes!! Christina Aguilera looks like she’s gained a lot of weight, and absolutely no judgment, but it also looks like she hasn’t really compensated for it with her dress. Her boobs are falling out, she looks uncomfortable and squished–overall not good.

Sandra Bullock’s hair was a NIGHTMARE MESS, but her dress was so pretty. Love the embroidery, the fall and the color. Terrific.

I have the biggest girl crush on Emma Stone, but I think she looks really weird with blonde hair. It looks far better brown or red. And to be honest, this dress doesn’t help. With the hair, flesh colored lips and flesh colored body she is so washed out in this dress. I love you, but this was not good.

My biggest question of the night: why is your dress in your necklace? That’s all.

Okay, so my mom thinks this is the sluttiest dress ever, and I have to agree that it’s not the classiest, but January Jones is the most perfect looking person on the planet. If anyone can pull this off, it’s her. So maybe it’s not the BEST dress, but her hair is perfect, her body is stunning, the color on her is fantastic, and to be honest? I love it.

The star of the night! Natalie Portman looked stunning. Her dress was perfect–the flower is beautiful and a great accent to her baby bump (so cute). Her hair is perfect, her necklace gorgeous–overall, beautiful.

Helena Bonham Carter is one of my favorites. I think she was hysterical. Obviously, it was a complete hot mess but it is the funniest, most Carter-like thing I’ve ever seen and I fully approve.

To be honest, I don’t know how I feel about Olivia Wilde’s dress. I love the sparkles–sequins are my calling, but I don’t know about the full skirt. I guess I will side with the good, though tentatively.

Overall, the show would have been better if Jon Hamm had been on screen the entire time. This is the goofiest picture of him and I love it–he’s my man.

Despite the fact that he is engaged to this woman (….), Armie Hammer is my future husband and I want to announce it here so that everyone is aware that he is mine. Clear? It better be.

I wasn’t aware that Jesus had been invited to the Globes. Who knew.

And on that note of Christian Bale needing a haircut (and I love him and think he’s gorgeous he just needs a little (big) trim), I shall leave this post be. It’s been a long one, but a fun one. Look forward to the exact same posts for the Oscars!! Get ready.

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Interlude

In between my posts on the Globes, I thought I’d treat you to some very fine film scores:

The probable 7/8 time signature gives this score the choppy and yet on edge nature that it needs to match the film perfectly.

Just beautiful, carefree and lovely.

When the violins hit their climax, it’s impossible not to tear.

Beautiful and melancholy, yet seemingly so simple, it embodies the film so well.

Striking, and beautiful the rushed chords produced by the cellos, so low and defiant makes your heart throb.

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