Monthly Archives: October 2011

Real Human Being

After going to see the movie Drive, definitely check out the soundtrack (or just check it out without seeing it… also a valid plan of action).




Although not actually from the 80s, there is something very reminiscent of that period about the music. I like it anyway.


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It’s been a very long time since I’ve done an actual movie review so please excuse me if I’m a little rusty.

As the opening song states, there’s something inside of Driver which is hard to explain. A lot of mystery and an intense emotional divide within his compassion that splits between extreme violence and a sweet love makes up what is Driver, played by Ryan Gosling. His name and past are void from the film, his inner workings complicated and intricate. But this is vaguely true of all of the characters in this high speed drama.

The opening twenty minutes Gosling doesn’t even speak. He’s the driver of a get away car for a pair of robbers. The pace is perfect, the music apropos and the camera angles spot on. The movie quickly progresses from this to a combination of a violent thriller and a love story. Driver lives in LA, his next door neighbor a mother (Carey Mulligan) whose husband is in prison. Their romance quickly progresses as he helps out around the house, growing close to her son. As fate would have it though, the husband returns. While Driver does make amends with the husband, he quickly gets wrapped up in a crime ring in order to try to help the family. Everything goes wrong.

The movie progresses from there. The film is extremely violent in a no bullcrap kind of way–the bad guys feel no remorse and aren’t screwing around when it comes to their kills, which I find quite refreshing. In addition to Gosling, who is fantastic as a stoic and yet distantly sad man, Albert Brooks plays a gangster, dead straight, and is perfect. He’s still Brooks, but there’s a subtle change in his demeanor and mannerisms that evolve him from the funny man to an asshole gangster, out to make a profit. In addition, Bryan Cranston perfectly plays the owner of a garage who had previously been involved in the crime circle. Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) does a great job playing a role completely different from that which she plays on Mad Men.

The film moves quickly and with purpose. The emotions are real and to the point. The realizations throughout are devastating, and the music, which is slightly reminiscent of that from the ’80s, some how perfectly contrasts the modern feel of the film to bring out the emotional tensions.

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City Life

Although I love my college, I essentially live in a cow field. For my fall break I took a very long bus ride to New York City to visit my best friend Hannah. I didn’t even realize how much I missed city life until I got here. Forget the shopping and the abundance of varieties of coffee shops (which I don’t mind at all) I miss the energy and hustle and bustle of people, the ability to meet random strangers who aren’t fellow college students, and the immersion of one’s self into a sea of complete strangers. Growing up in Boston I feed off of this energy. While I adore Wooster, it is seriously lacking in almost all of these qualities. So what have we been doing for the past three days? Hmm… let’s recap.

Coffee at The Bean: If I lived here, this would be my go to coffee place (and it already is Hannah’s). The atmosphere is terrific and lends itself perfectly to getting work done. It’s small enough that we ended up having a lengthy conversation with the guys sitting next to us, but not so tiny as to necessitate eaves dropping on your neighbors (although it’s always a fun thing to do). My personal favorite? The Dirty Chai: a chai latte with a shot of espresso. Maybe it’s a good thing I don’t live here… who knows how many of these I would consume a day…

Insomnia Cookies: It’s one am in New York City on a Sunday. You go to try to see Rocky Horror Picture Show but the guy at the box office lied to you and it’s actually not showing. What do you do? Obviously you get cookies.

Hipsters: We’re in New York. Hannah goes to NYU. They’re unavoidable.

Shopping: Okay, so I lied when I said I didn’t really miss shopping. I’m a fiend for sales, and I had the best time rifling through sale racks and poking through street vendors for the past few days. I did have to make up for the past three months of the only store being Kohl’s…

The Strand: I have never been in this bookstore before this trip but it is a reader’s heaven. I’m sure many of you have been to this glorious place, but I’m pretty sure it’s an English major’s mecca. Hannah bought be a shirt with The Great Gatsby on it and I will probably wear it every single day of my life.

Sequins and Sushi: If you add in leopard print, this statement kind of defines my life. We headed out to a Japanese restaurant, and had some delicious food while fabulously dress (my skirt may or may not have been entirely covered in silver sequins…). Despite the fact that my toes hurt the entire night following, it was such a great way to spend a Saturday night catching up with my best friend!

Even though I love New York, I do love having a campus, but there are positives and negatives of every college campus. I wish I lived closer to a city, but I will always be able to take the bus to visit Hannah or scoot into Boston during my breaks at home. While I have not quite exhausted my desire to be in a city for now, it was an incredible break from the fields of Wooster. I can’t wait to get home to Boston to walk around Newbury with complete strangers, sit on a park bench in the common and people watch and sit in coffee shops around the city with my laptop switching between Facebook and a paper. I will always be a city girl, and although I love my college I can’t wait to move back into a city environment.

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Let’s the bass kick it

I’ve been having some serious problems blogging lately. Lack of material, perhaps? Simply writer’s block? Partying until the early hours of the morning? Being in college? Being addicted to watching episodes of Desperate Housewives on Netflix? Hmm… it really could be anything.

In other news, I’m reading Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and I am in love. His stories are so beautifully crafted, and actually, some of the few plays I enjoy reading the scripts of instead of watching (although watching them always a good time…). I have not watched the full movie yet, but I did begin to watch the movie with Paul Newman (sigh…) and Elizabeth Taylor and the casting is genius, absolutely spot on.

I watched Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist today. Hmm… it was… long? boring? uninspired? oh, I take that back. It inspired me to play Angry Birds Rio through a good portion of it. …..not exactly sure that was the inspiration that Roman was going for. Sorry, bud.

Can someone hit me up with some music recommendations? Not that I don’t love my perpetual playlist of Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor and various dubstep remixes, but I feel like I need a little bit of a change-up.

Oh, but if you ARE in the mood for dubstep go check out Bass Cannon by Flux Pavilion. It’s heavy.


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