Monthly Archives: June 2011

Bon Voyage!

Well, I’m off! Wish be a good trip (or not, but you know, I’d prefer if you did…).

I am donning a black strapless romper for the airplane, which I think is fairly appropriate with a bright pink sweater thrown over for good measure. Yes?

ALSO I have discovered the power of rolling your clothes to pack instead of folding. oh. mah. gawd. Believe it people, this is the future of packing. And by future I mean I hadn’t discovered it before even though it’s been around for years and so it is the future of MY packing. Maybe yours. Shrug.

Well, I go now to Berlin. Home of techno and the wonderland of clubbing. And the Berlin Wall and all of that nonsense. Just kidding. I’m excited for it all.

Then to Nuremberg. There were some trials there but mostly I’m excited for the cookies that they make there. We eat them at Christmas.

Then to Munich where the beer gardens abound. I’m visiting family there. I’m pretty excited.

I’m taking German next year! Just got back from College of Wooster and I LAHHV it. Got a very funny t-shirt which exclaims that Wooster is not in Massachusetts (idiots). I’m a fan. I actually placed out of language (WOOT WOOT) so if I want/start to fail/hate German beyond belief I can drop it and not worry! I’m also taking an Intro to Global History, an English 120 course called Life as Narrative, as well as a freshman seminar that’s basically an art history class. Science? Math? What are those? …but really.

Wish me luck not killing myself on the plane after an 11 hour drive back from Ohio. Why would anyone ever let me apply to college there? It’s so friggin’ FAR AWAY.

Oh well. It’s pretty.

And they’re hiding all the cute straight boys in the midwest, in case you were confused about where they all are.

GERMAN MEN, GET AT ME.

Oh by the way, vaguely related to movies,media, blah whatever, the UK versions of Skins is absolutely incredible. I highly recommend it. Not that US trash, that’s nonsense. But go watch teens with British accents drink and have sex. It’s the accents that make it okay, I promise.

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Bad, Bad, Blogger

I’ve been possibly the worst blogger in the world for the past few weeks. …. or months.

I would like to be able to tell you I’ve been busy, or that I’ve had some really threatening illness, but… really I can’t. I got–wait for it–LAZY. So here’s a little catch up on my life… that has nothing to do with movies whatsoever.

So… I GRADUATED from that horrible institution that we call High School. See?? We threw the hats and everything:

(Yes, that is actually my high school, not some random picture I pulled from the internet… I’m one in from the left… You can kind of see my hair, it being very blonde and all).

Other than that, I’ve been reading, shopping, sleeping (I may or may not have slept until two in the afternoon today) and prepping for my upcoming fabulous (and rather hectic) summer.

Tomorrow I leave to drop my sister off at camp, which will be the worst experience of my life because I wont’ see her again until October so I will probably break down in tears and embarrass the absolute bejeezus out of her. I think that’s my job though, right?

THEN on Saturday, we drive to Ohio to not only visit my grandparents, but so that I can choose my classes at the institution of higher education that I will attending next year named the College of Wooster. I will be picking classes, staying in dorm rooms and taking my placement tests (which will me a menagerie of humor if I do say so myself, because the language of Spanish has quite escaped my grasp and that test will produce mostly hysterical results, I’m quite sure of it). THEN we return on Wednesday… I think.

On Thursday, my mother and I leave for the country of GERMANY. We shall be landing in Berlin, the world’s techno capital. Oh yeah, and home to other stuff like the Berlin wall, but what’s an old Cold War era wall when compared to the thrilling promise of clubbing in a foreign country??

After a few crazy nights we head off, on a train, to Nuremberg. Where those pesky trials were.

And then to round off our trip we head to Munich, the home of the beer garden! And the BMW museum! And a few other things, but hey, I’ll be drinking beer. Just kidding. Not. But I am.

I’ll be visiting some family in Germany that I’ve never met before and I’m uber excited (see what I did there?)!! Some aunts and uncles and cousins (one of whom I was named after). Yes, my blog readers (which probably is none of you now that I haven’t blogged in so long), I am German! I look German to the core so I’ll probably be able to confuse some German citizens pretty well by NOT SPEAKING GERMAN!

But before I leave you, let me teach you the most important word in the German language: Einhorn. What does it mean you ask?

Unicorn, of course.

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Prom!

Last Thursday night was my high school’s prom. It was a really fun time, and I just wanted to post some photos from the event. I went my with good friend Eddie, who was nice enough to be my date 🙂


I wore my my mom’s absolutely stunning amethyst jewelry, which I could not love more, it’s amazing. This last photo is of me and my best friend Hannah, who looked spectacular!

Here’s to senior year. These next few weeks are filled with graduation parties. Class day is tomorrow and then graduation on Monday. Farewell, Needham!

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Anticipation

Drum roll please!! The first trailer for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has been released! Although it rather vague, it is loud and intense, and builds up much excitement for the film based on the book I love. My expectations are decidedly low because otherwise it would surely fall beneath, but look anyway.

Click here to be pumped!

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X-Men: First Class

I don’t have a super long review for this one, but I have to say, I am a big X-Men fan. I’m not a fanatic, I don’t read the comic books, and some of them have been a little iffy, but this one definitely hit it spot on.

A prequel to all of the X-Men adventures, it follows the lives of Charles Xavier, played by James McAvoy and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto), played by Michael Fassbender, from small children to the fouding of Professor X’s academy. Each one of them does a terrific job in their own characters, and the movie is surprisingly character driven. Even though there are of course the given special effects of things blowing up, people with fantastic super powers (such as having dragon-fly wings, or being able to shape-shift), the movie moves along as the characters progress, which makes it the good movie that it was.

Kevin Bacon plays a bad guy of rather unknown origins (all we know is that as a young man he sided with the Nazis, although wasn’t German or Eastern European of any sort…). He helps along the Russians in the Cold War, prompting them to place nuclear weapons in Cuba after the US dares to place them in Turkey. The movie follows the progression of the Cold War as if it was truly directed by the existence of mutants. Beyond the details, the actual overarching themes are rather historical, which is kind of nice.

Overall, a very entertaining, character-driven film that reached it’s potential. Throughout the film there are some pretty funny jokes are Xavier’s hair, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Given where they end this one, there is a definite possibility of fitting in another pre-quel, from say 1963 to 1982? I vote yes!

By the way, I know that I’ve said this before, but Michael Fassbender IS my future husband. So back off.

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The livin’ is easy

The hot weather has FINALLY arrived, and with it an entire slew of Summer movies! To escape the heat I headed off to the theater twice this weekend…

The Hangover II: There isn’t much I can say about this one other than not funny. I didn’t have high expectations, but it still sank below them. The storyline is essentially the same, only this time the guys head off to Bangkok instead. Frequently, it crosses the line from funny into sad or just kind of frightening. Even though each of the main guys is very good at playing the character they have inhabited, the overall story doesn’t really work at all, and it’s simply not well written. Definitely not on my list of things to re-watch.

Midnight in Paris: Woody Allen has reached a point in his career where making a movie that was as good as his greats is probably impossible, but this film actually might come pretty close. A very light-hearted film starring Owen Wilson about a couple who goes to Paris on vacation. Wilson, a man who is stuck in the past, finds himself every night at midnight in 1920s Paris, surrounded by such literary and artistic geniuses as Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Picasso and many others. The movie explores the ideas of a “golden age” and wanting to live in another time period. Wilson plays the role that Allen would have played himself twenty or so years ago, and does it actually very well. The historical figures are done very well, and are portrayed as characitures of themselves (Hemingway being one of the best). The movie itself is quite beautiful, exploring Paris in all different lights, and makes you really want to live in Paris in any decade. The movie as hosts a great cast, including Rachel McAdams as Wilson’s stuck up wife, Michael Sheen as a pretentious intellectual, a cameo by Carla Bruni, Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein, Adrien Brody as a crazy and eccentric Dali, as well as quite a few others. The movie is light-hearted, and comedic, and leaves you wishing of 1920s Paris and all of the beauty it held. A perfect getaway from the humidity.

Any other movies that you plan on seeing this Summer?

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