Monthly Archives: May 2011

…and getting caught in the rain…

I avoided this post for a really on time. Partly because I think they’re boring sometimes, and partly because it’s been 40 degrees and rainy and hasn’t felt like summer at all. But today I got my first sunburn sitting my backyard (while I took an accidental nap….). So, here goes!

The Hangover II: To be honest I have very low expectations for this, but it’s supposed to be essentially the exact same movie as the first which I thought was hysterical, so we’ll see how that goes. This time the disaster takes place in Bangkok. I’ll probably see this this weekend, so look forward to that review.

The Tree of Life: I also will probably see this movie this weekend, so it’ll be a double post. This movie looks weird and very artsy, but looks like one of those must-see type of films. Starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, it’s very difficult to tell what this movie is about. As the first movie from director Maleck in some-odd 20 years, it had huge anticipations and seems to have gotten some pretty good press so far.

X-Men: First Class: Okay, I know I’m a dork, or whatever, but I could not be more exited for this movie. I LOVE X-men movies (it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure for me), and this one stars January Jones (love), James Macavoy (love) and Michael Fassbender (who in case you weren’t notified/don’t read my blog at all, IS my future husband because I’m so in love with him). Based on cast alone, beyond my sort of random love of X-men films I would see this.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:Part II: There really isn’t much to say on why I want to see this. This is the ultimate summer film, a coup rather. It’s so exciting, and yet extremely sad. Even though I’m a complete book fan of the series, the movie did elongate the ability to have that adrenaline feeling everytime there was a new one. Even though it’s ending, I’m SO beyond excited for this movie. Since the first part of the last movie was so good I hope that this one lives up to expectations. It’s possible I’ll be in Germany for this movie, which means I get to see it a week before everyone else in the States!!

Friends with Benefits: This movie is No Strings Attached which Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. Eh, whatever. Looks cute, I like rom coms, let’s do it.

Cowboys and Aliens: How can you NOT be excited for this movie? The drama, the hilarity, Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford!? To be honest the previews are a little serious for me, but I’m hoping that the movie has a sense of humor and is done tongue-and-cheek because otherwise it’s going to be horrifically boring.

Crazy, Stupid, Love: It doesn’t have a great preview, but it has an amazing cast and anything that involves Emma Stone I’m there for (major major girl crush). Another rom-com I’m hoping will come through. I’ve recently realized there aren’t a lot of great ones around…

The Change-Up: Again not a great preview, but I try not to let that influence my decision until reviews actually come out. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman, about two men that switch bodies, it could be good if done well, and could be horrible if even slightly off. We’ll see. It’s a risk.

There’s always a million more movies I end up seeing because I go see all of those indie films that no one else will ever see, ever and has never even heard of. But so far these are the big names that have caught my attention. What do you plan on seeing this summer?


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Cannes Do

Saw the new Pirates today. Horrifically boring–not worth it.

Here are some of my favorite looks from Cannes!

Love the long/short look here. Gives the dress both a formality and casual nature, at the same time.

It might just be my Rachel McAdams obsession that fuels my liking for this dress, but I love little white dresses, and even though usually flowers are a nightmare, I think these work nicely.

Dress. Pockets. ’nuff said.

This is absolutely stunning. The red with her blonde hair is amazing, and the whole dress is just… wow.

To be honest this is not a great picture of the dress, but I do love it. The lace and the sheer are terrific.

This is nice also. Nothing particularly special, but very pretty. I do like lace.

A production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is being put on this weekend at my high school and I’m the music director, so that’ll be fun (and a lot of work). Also a prom hairdo run through. Considering I don’t even know what dress I’m wearing yet this will be interesting.

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Movie Fest

As it’s been raining nearly perpetually since last Sunday, this past weekend was a movie-packed one. While I hope that the sun finally comes out and I get to sit out in my backyard reading for hours on end, it was a nice opportunity to catch up on some great new releases.

Everything Must Go: Starring Will Ferrell, this movie is based on a short story, and follows events after an alcoholic loses his job and his wife leaves him. Turned out to the street, he meets some new people, confronts some of his struggles and eventually sells all of his material possessions. Although we all know Ferrell as the hilarious man in Elf and countless others, he actually does a fantastic job in this movie, and plays the role entirely strait. If you’ve ever seen Stranger than Fiction, while the movie is completely different, his character is played rather similarly. The movie is a great little slice of life, and an extremely well done film. All of the characters are completely realistic and very well developed, and the ending is fantastic. Overall, definitely recommended.

Something Borrowed: I saw this movie on Saturday night after a few hours of birthday shopping and hanging out with a friend who then had to leave, after not wanting to go home immediately. I had very low expectations, so it actually was better than I expected, but it still wasn’t good. It follows the ridiculous plot line of Kate Hudson’s best friend sleeping with her fiance, them being in love, and the deceptive situations they have to create. Although it’s a comedy, there isn’t really anything truly funny about the situation, and even though they try to make you forget about the cheating and lying with some laughs it’s not actually that funny of a subject. Kate Hudson’s character is absolutely awful, and you wonder why anyone would want to be friends with her, never mind marry her, which they seem to want you to forget because she’s played by Hudson, but her annoying qualities persist. Jon Krasinski plays one of Gennifer Goodwin’s friends and he’s actually hilarious, really the only good part of the movie. If you’re bored on a rainy day, I’d say why not, but definitely not on the top of my list.

Bridesmaids: Kristen Wiig is hysterical. If you’ve never seen her on SNL then you’ve really missed some extremely funny sh….stuff. A movie that is written AND stars her? Fantastic. The movie is laugh out loud funny start to finish. Wiig does an absolutely fantastic job, her peak probably when she becomes drugged out on an airplane for a good fifteen minutes, ending in her screaming that there’s a Colonial woman on the plane’s wing and that there’s something that “they’re not telling us”. Jon Hamm plays her asshole boyfriend and does it absolutely perfectly, making you realize how great he really is on Mad Men as Don Draper. The movie is absolutely hysterical and if you’re looking for a great comedy I would turn to this one first.

If the weather is as awful as it is here, I hope that it improves, and go hide from the rain in a movie theater. If not, go outside and read a book, take a walk. Then rent it later.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

I love you, mom.

Haha Tess, ruining the picture as usual.

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Fast Five

Although I do love films like Jane Eyre where softly spoken English chase each other in the British countryside, struggling with their emotions and relationships, I also have a boy-side to me which loves car chases and explosions and loud music. Which is why today I headed out in the pouring rain to see the fifth Fast and the Furious with my dad.

Paul Walker and Vin Diesel return in the fifth installment in the series, both of them as jacked as ever. Right off the bat, there’s a car chase, depicting the gang breaking Diesel out of a bus headed off to jail. And the movie continues from there. Rotating around the fact that they are all fugitives now, running from the law and in need of cash, the film actually morphs into a high action heist film, along the lines of Ocean’s 11. Dwayne Johnson plays the federal agent, more like bounty hunter, chains them through Brazil as they attempt to take down the head of Brazil’s crime and drug ring. He plays the role well, a mix of tough but good humored, and is more built up than I’ve ever see him before in a film.

The movie is completely car chase based, and so this on a small screen is a big no-no. The characters are static as best, and the movie works because the sentimental and emotional moments are kept to a minimum. The car chases aren’t too long, and the final one (which I won’t spoil) is extremely worth-while. Overall, a very solid car chase/heist film.

So, I look forward to the future and Fast Six, which after the credits they set up nicely with the return of Letty (Diesel’s girlfriend, or something like that, who can remember what happened in the first movie…) who was presumed dead.Vroom vroom.

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I’m all about songs that empower, especially girls, right now. Maybe it’s my own insecurities and connections to the songs, but I feel that there are a lot around and I am completely for it.

Born This Way – Lady Gaga Mash up of I Feel Pretty/Unpretty – Glee Cast Firework – Katy Perry Fuckin’ Perfect – P!nk Who Says – Selena Gomez

As my one of my favorite tweeters says: “HOW TO SUCCEED IN LIFE: believe in yourself so strongly that the world can’t help but to take notice and start believing in you too. #SGP

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Do you ever wonder what it’s like to go through life absolutely stunningly beautiful? I wonder how that feels.

I love Marilyn, and in so many ways I idolize her, but perhaps it doesn’t matter. Her insecurities and self-doubts abounded, and she was gorgeous and fabulous. I would just like to have a moment of pure beauty.

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