Monthly Archives: April 2011

A little update…

Well, it’s been a little while. No movies to speak of, but I thought a little update from my own life would be nice. You know, just… informative.

Last night I went to see the musical Spring Awakening with my good friend Maddi, and I am absolutely in love. Set in early 1900s Germany, it’s about teenagers exploring sexuality, about adults pressures and about the repercussions of being uneducated or not allowed to explore yourself fully. It’s a devastating musical, but a fantastic one and the music is absolutely amazing–absolutely recommend it.

In other lighter news, I found the perfect nailpolish color. Called “buy me a cameo” by Essie, I’m in love.

See? Perfect. Subtle, and spring, I’ve been going au natural for a while, but for this I’m paintin’ it up.

A shoe post is soon to come.


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As the days left in school dwindle down, I find myself more and more stifled by the surrounding atmosphere. I feel as though my very mind is slowly drifting away because of the redundancies and mundane nature of this town. I need to get somewhere, be inspired. I want to feel emotions deep and real. I want to be passionate and happy.

When I walked into St. Peters for the first time I cried, I was so astounded. When I first entered a mosque, my breath was taken from me. I want to feel something inspiring and overwhelming. I need to be jolted awake.

I want to be thrown back into living, instead of this day to day ghost-like state I find myself in. I need to feel, I need to breath, I need to live.

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Just as a side note, Michael Fassbender is pretty easy on the eyes.

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Jane Eyre

I’m not a huge fan of the English romantics and to be honest I haven’t read the Bronte novel. Despite my slight aversion to the literature of the period, it’s an observation made mostly from reading Jane Austen novels, and I have a feeling that this differs in perhaps slightly, but rather significant ways.

It begins as a movie made from an English Romantic should–with serious light imagery, sweeping shots of the English countryside and emotional drama. But it is not a typical stoic sort of romance. It begins with Jane (played by Mia Wasikowska) stumbling into the home of strangers, and flashes back to her childhood–filled with horrid instances lacking in love and overflowing with beatings and mistreatments. The story progresses to where she meets Mr. Rochester (Michael Fassbender), a man who at first appears surly and cold but soon warms to his mousy but pretty governess. Their love develops with twists and turns, and the plot is very much active and surprising, as you will not find in an Austen story. There are the general themes of propriety and withdrawal but they are kept at bay, and don’t overbear.

The cinematography is brilliant and each shot is simply gorgeous–which is all to be expected. The light and dark imagery, the Victorian clothing, furniture and home, the English countryside at dawn and dusk, combined with the stunning looks of both leads lends to the overall beauty of the film. Both are stupendous actors–reserved, yet emotional. Both play their roles perfectly. Rochester’s development from arrogant, skeptic wealthy man to joyful man in love is graduated and reserved, as it should be. Eyre’s personality never really changes, but her struggle between loving the man she knows she should be with and knowing his secrets brilliantly flashes just beneath the surface of her face. Wasikowka’s pale, flawless skin and wide-eyes give her an innocence all too apropos for the role.

The dialogue is stunning–some of the greatest and most romantic lines I’ve heard in all of film. Their courtship, which maintaining distance is not an aggravated affair of cat and mouse, push and pull. It is as it should be, slow, and in the beginning misunderstood, but moves with a momentum well attained and appreciated.

The entire film, which in actuality is about two hours, moves at such a pace that it feels as if minutes have passed when it ends. An absolutely stupendous rendition of Bronte’s work, a beautiful film is all aspects.

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Harry Potter World

This week is Spring Break, and as it’s the last vacation that my entire family will have at the same time, we packed up and headed off to Orlando to experience the Magical World of Harry Potter.

While it wasn’t my idea, I have to admit I’m pretty excited. My blogging will be limited, and I know that it’s been pretty scarce in the past few weeks, but I’ll catch up, I promise!

One disappointment is I overestimated the chic-ness of coming to Orlando, Florida, and as I’ve been restricted to long pants and sweaters, I packed up all of my greatest summer pieces. Tonight I rocked a backless black shirt, simple but classic, and a bright orange skinny cut jean skirt with my favorite pair of Nine West strappy wedges. Engorged in a crowd of shorts and sneakers I felt almost pretentiously overdressed, and while I tried to convince myself that it doesn’t matter, I may tone it down tomorrow. Perhaps sequins and flats? The two balance out, right?

Well tomorrow morning I will don a flowery top and jean shorts, with a pair of flats purchased in Vienna last year. Toned down and yet still a little on the chic side. And of course my newly acquired Versace sunglasses and a sprinkling of mascara.

In movie news, last night I went to see Source Code, which was fantastic. I’ll be doing a full fledged review later, but if you get a chance to, definitely go see it. It’s an action film with heart, and offers a really interesting ending. Jake Gyllenhaal is really good, and the director, Duncan Jones (who happens to be David Bowie’s son) went to College of Wooster, which is where I’m going next year!! So head out and see that. In the mean time….

I’ll be here, rockin’ out to some Harry Potter fanaticism. Oh, and also some intensive notes on Crime and Punishment, which is just some light reading on the psychological effects of a murder in modern Russia. No biggie.

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For Thy Sweet Love

I heard this song the other day and I am obsessed–the haunting melody with which it begins, and it’s transformation into something optimistic and yet still dark. Love.

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Mama, I’m a big girl now

Drum roll, PLEASE! I would like to announce the blogsphere that I am officially…….. a college girl! Well, to be honest I’ve been a college girl for a few months but now it’s definitive.

Next fall I will be attending a small, liberal arts college in Ohio called College of Wooster. Just in case you haven’t heard of it and you think that’s not a good school, I would like to direct your attention towards the article here (which ranks Wooster as one of the top five liberal arts colleges in the nation, above Williams! Take that, those who haven’t heard of it).

In addition, I am receiving a LARGEEE sum of money based on merit for my education there so, overall, I think a win-win, yes?

Pretty, no?

Their mascot is a fighting Scot–and, quite appropriately, bagpipes are a huge tradition. Not to mention, 10% of their student body is in the marching band, and as a current drum major and aspiring marching band member, I’m pretty friggin’ pumped.

What can I say, my school spirit abounds.

Well, that’s all for right now 🙂




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