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Someday I Hope My Daughter Is This Awesome

6 Nov

I know Halloween is so yesterday’s news, but I couldn’t resist posting this little cutie. According to her dad, the conversation went like this:

Dad: What do you want to be for Halloween honey?

Most Awesome Daughter Ever: I want to be Darth Vader… but PINK!

One mask, a sewing lesson, and some pink spray paint later….

I give you Princess Vader!!!


Trailer Park: In the Land of Blood and Honey

1 Nov

This upcoming film marks the directorial debut of Angelina Jolie. The plot takes the typical star-crossed lovers storyline and throws it against the backdrop of the Bosnian War.

Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, re-encounters Ajla, a Bosnian who is now held captive in his camp. Soon they discover their once promising relationship has become ambiguous as their motives have changed.

Jolie shot the film in both English and Serbo-Croatian. The obvious attention to detail and authenticity already has the film garnering Oscar buzz… Oh and it doesn’t even come out until December 23.

Hipster Ariel

22 Apr

I LOVE clever tumblogs. I wish I had a reason to have one, but as I’ve demonstrated lately, I’m having a hard time keeping up with a regular blog. Anyways, here is an awesome tumblog I’ve found that is always good for an LOL.

Put hipster glasses on a Disney princess. Insert clever hipster-mockery. Laugh a lot.

I Finally Saw the King’s Speech

30 Mar

And now I know what all hype was about! What a fabulous movie- great acting and storytelling. The film is a newbie- made in 2010- and directed by Tom Hooper. It stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter and was nominated for 12 Academy Awards (winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Original Screenplay).

The film follows the story of Prince Albert (aka Bertie) as he struggles to overcome a speech impediment that has plagued him since childhood. At first his stutter is frustrating in his very public position as a Prince and the Duke of York, but when his father dies and his brother Price David abdicates the throne, Bertie become King George VI and his determination to overcome his handicap is all the more important. His speech therapist, the unconventional and hilarious Lionel Logue, is there to support and guide him until the very stressful and nerve wracking climax, when Bertie must give a radio broadcast to declare war with Germany in 1939. My favorite scene was his rehearsal for this speech (sensitive ears, consider yourselves warned!):

The characters were brilliant and perfect. At the end of the movie my goosebumps had goosebumps. The costumes and scenery were beautiful. I highly recommend this movie to all movie-lovers and heartily agree with the Oscars for giving this one best picture.

*It should also be known that I saw this movie with my best friend, Brennan Patrick O’lena*

Anyone Want to See this Movie?

21 Feb

I’ve heard good things about Cedar Rapids. It’s a comedy starring Ed Helms and John C Reilly. It was one of the selections at Sundance and is doing well in its limited release. The film opens at the Oriental on March 4th. Any takers?

Optimus Prime Gets A Parking Ticket

16 Feb

Just because you’re an Autobot doesn’t mean you’re exempt from parking restrictions!

This life-sized Optimus Prime replica was illegally parked in New York City during Toy Fair 2011, and some ballsy parking attendant gave him a ticket (do you think he/she thought twice about it though? lol).

Personally, I’ve always hated the meter maids and have always suspected that those stupid little jeep things were really of the Decepticon race, but that’s just me and one of my crazy theories (nerd alert).

Zing! TV Pundit Burn

28 Jan

Obviously, coverage of the tragedy in Tucson has been extensive. The Onion took the opportunity to poke fun at the TV pundits who are almost always mocked for their zealousness and ridiculousness.

“It’s strange, but when it comes to getting inside the mind of this human being who seems to possess no empathy, sense of morality, or hold on reality, and who is motivated only by personal animus and self-glorification, the nation’s major political pundits have been amazingly adept”


Pac-Man Might Get His Own Reality Show

25 Jan

The bulbous little yellow man is joining the likes of Heidi and Spencer, the Gosselin crew, and the entire state of New Jersey by getting his own reality TV show. The new unscripted program will not actually star the Mr. or his Mrs. or their various spawn, but instead will probably feature contestants in a life sized Pac-Man game.

Here’s what the creators, who claim the show will be similar to the hit show Wipeout, have to say:

“The idea we have is to take what Pac-Man is and bring it to life, to bring what is essentially the world’s biggest game of tag to television.”

Watching people run around a maze getting knocked around by “ghosts” sounds fairly entaining to me… so sure why not!

It will basically be this:

Plus this:

And will hopefully equal this:

A Ken Doll Reality Show

20 Jan

Yep. Mattel is filming a reality show to search for the “Next Ken.” You know Ken, as in Barbie (a doll)’s boyfriend (also a doll). Whitney Port is the host. I can’t even write anymore. I think my brain has died and went away. Just read about it here please.

Cultural Cortisone Shot

6 Jan

To restore my faith in humanity after the discovery of a Snooki book and Kardashian music career, I’m posting movie trailers for films I would like to see. Some of these are proving to be box office hits, which shows there is a glimmer of hope for society!

True Grit

I’ve posted the trailer before and discussed my excitement for a new Coen Bros. film. No need to rehash.

The King’s Speech

Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, and Geoffrey Rush. Yep sign me up.

Blue Valentine

This film debuted at the Milwaukee Film Festival!

127 Hours

People have been fainting at screenings. I wanna see if it’s really as crazy as everyone says.

The Fighter

Another star studded love fest. Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams are all tops in my book.

Rabbit Hole

WOW Aaron Eckhart is one attractive man…

Black Swan

Yeah I saw it already. It was just that good.

Snow White Remixed

5 Jan

They should go back and do this for every Disney movie. Such a chill urban modern sound. Love it!

And in other Snow White related news, there are currently two live-action remakes in the works, and both of them have Hollywood megastars slated for the evil witch! One has Julia Roberts (meh) and the other has Charlize Theron (yay!!! one of my chick crushes!!!). Snow Whites have yet to be cast, however Natalie Portman is rumored for the Julia Roberts version. I like all of this. Every syllable. Almost as much as I like Charlize in this:

Trailer Park: Pirates 4-On Stranger Tides

2 Jan

This one looks like it will be better than Pirates 3, so I’m kind of interested. Also- Penelope Cruz!!!!

Recap of 2010 (Movies)

31 Dec

Here’s a video montage containing 270 movies that came out this year. How many did you see?

Recap of 2010 Through YouTube

30 Dec

I am so thankful that the world has so many social networks that automatically do end of the year recaps. All I have to do is a little control-c, control-v and bam! we’ve got a blog post!

Anyways- here’s YouTube’s recap video for 2010 featuring the most watched videos of the year.

And here’s the lists (Thanks Mashable!):

Most-watched videos globally, excluding major label music videos:

Most-watched major label music videos:

Star Wars/ Adidas Mash Up

28 Dec

How have I never seen this before?

The Epic Sequel: C3PO Swimwear!

23 Dec

Awhile back I was ridiculously excited to find an awesome swimsuit inspired by R2D2!

Well now the same company has designed the cute suit’s counterpart, a C3PO version! Thank the maker! Fashionable Nerds Rejoice!!!

I think I like the C3PO version best. Or maybe Artoo? Oh man, it’s like Sophie’s choice…

Netflix Fanatic: Meet Joe Black

23 Dec

It’s an oldie that I’ve never seen. The 1998 film was directed by Martin Brest and stars Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins.  It is loosely based on the 1934 film Death Takes a Holiday.

Anthony Hopkins is Bill Parish, a media mogul about to turn 65. Bill begins hallucinating and finally comes to the conclusion that he doesn’t have much longer to live. Soon the grim reaper (Brad Pitt) appears and confirms Bill’s suspicions, but he also comes with an offer. If Bill agrees to show Mr. Reaper a good time for a few days, his death will be delayed. Bill agrees and introduces him to his family and associates as Joe Black. Joe follows Bill to work and explores the city. He also becomes close with Bill’s two daughters; the elder daughter Allison who is enthusiastically planning Bill’s 65th birthday extravaganza, and the younger daughter Susan, a doctor who is the apple of her father’s eye. Joe and Susan eventually fall in love, complicating the situation and Joe’s deal with Bill. Meanwhile, Bill’s right hand man stages a coup d’etat and attempts to undermine Bill’s business. All comes to a head at Bill’s birthday party, but I’m not into spoilers, so you’ll have to watch it yourself.

I loved the concept for the movie and I think I could have really loved it, but it just didn’t go where I wanted it to. It was very long but not a lot happened. Also, I hate when endings are predictable or too simple. This one was both. However, the chemistry between Brad Pitt and Clair Forlani (Susan) was awesome. Brad was charming, as always. And I did enjoy Bill’s discussion with Susan in the very beginning about falling hopelessly in love. Here’s the cute little quote:

Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. If you don’t start with that, what are you going to end up with? Fall head over heels. I say find someone you can love like crazy and who’ll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart. I’m not hearing any heart. Run the risk, if you get hurt, you’ll come back. Because, the truth is there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love – well, you haven’t lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.

In conclusion, I liked it but meh. My Netflix Rating: 3 STARS

(fyi- 1 star I just wasted a couple hours of my life. 2 stars meh I didn’t really like it, but it was OK. 3 stars I liked it, but probably won’t see it again. 4 stars I liked it and would definitely see it again, 5 stars OMG I need it on DVD now)

Netflixs Fanatic: How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

17 Dec

After my crazy week of school ended on Wednesday, I plopped down on the couch and treated myself to the Netflixs movie that had been sitting in my mailbox for days. That movie was How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, a 2008 film that was directed by Robert B. Weide and stars Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Bridges, Gillian Anderson, and Megan Fox. It’s based on the memoir of the same title by Toby Young.

Simon Pegg stars as Sydney Young, a small time British journalist who runs his own radical gossip magazine, until one day, he is hired by Clayton Harding (Jeff Bridges) to come write for his New York City magazine, Sharps. Sydney’s transition to America is a rough one, and he quickly annoys his co-worker Alison Olsen (Kirsten Dunst), his boss Lawrence Maddox (Danny Huston), and big-wig publicist Eleanor Johnson (Gillian Anderson). His crass ways and inappropriate sexual advances alienate every woman he comes into contact with, especially budding starlet Sophie Maes (Megan Fox). Eventually Sydney caters to Sharps’ way of doing things and his life turns around, but will he stay that way? (No spoilers here!)

I got a number of laughs out of this movie. Simon Pegg is a physical comedian who keeps it from going into silly-cheesy territory. Even when he was an asshole, I was rooting for him. And I’m becoming an increasingly big fan of Jeff Bridges. His part in this film was small, but awesome. Megan Fox played a ditzy starlet, which should probably be the only  role she’s ever allowed to play. This was either a self-deprecating role, or they just brought her on set and said “OK Megan today we’re changing your name to Sophie. But other than that just act like it’s any other day.” And I really like Kirsten Dunst (who went to rehab? How did I miss that?) so it was nice to see her too. All in all I’m giving it: 4 STARS

(fyi- 1 star I just wasted a couple hours of my life. 2 stars meh I didn’t really like it, but it was OK. 3 stars I liked it, but probably won’t see it again. 4 stars I liked it and would definitely see it again, 5 stars OMG I need it on DVD now)

Trailer Park: Black Swan

6 Dec

I posted this trailer on my Facebook profile ages ago… but I’m reposting it because I really can’t wait to see it. The film stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as rival ballerinas. Now that may not sound appealing to you, but it has a dark/thriller side that should pique the interest of those who are skeptical. And if you’re still holding out- well Portland and Kunis have sex in the movie. Oh now you’re interested? Nice….

So here’s the synopsis (thanks Wikipedia!):

A New York City ballet company is producing Swan Lake, and director Thomas Leroy decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre with ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman). Nina lives with Erica, her overbearing mother and a former ballerina. Nina finds competition in new dancer Lily (Kunis). Swan Lake requires a ballerina who can play the innocent White Swan, which fits Nina, and the sensual Black Swan, which fits Lily. The dancers’ rivalry changes into a bizarre friendship, and Nina begins exploring a dark side of herself.

And the trailer!

It technically debuted this weekend on only 18 screens nationwide, but still raked in $1.4 million (that’s about 77k per screen!). The movie will be available to more cities this Friday, and will be widely released on the 17th (at a Landmark theater in Milwaukee!!!). If there’s a midnight showing, I’m going… If there isn’t I will be there first thing (after work…) on Friday!!! Who’s with me?!?!

Netflix Fanatic: District 9

1 Dec

Over the weekend, I watched District 9, the 2009 film directed by Neill Blomkamp and starring Sharlto Copley, a South African producer and director who went on to star in A-Team after his breakout performance in District 9.

District 9 was adapted from the short film Alive in Joburg, and was nominated for four academy awards (including best picture). The film begins and ends in the style of a documentary- following the story of Wikus van de Merwe. Wikus lives in South Africa, where an alien race has been living in what is essentially a concentration camp called District 9 for the past 20 years. It is his job to evict the aliens and move them to a newer more regulated camp to be called District 10 (can you smell a sequel on the horizon?). However, while in District 9, Wikus is infected by an alien substance and begins to transform into one of the creatures (called “prawns” in the film). Obviously he becomes an outcast in society and is deserted by his family and friends and hunted by his former employers. He befriends a prawn named Christopher and together they journey to reverse Wikus’ transformation and send Christopher back to his home planet. All does not go as planned, but I’m not about to spoil it.

You should see this movie, if you haven’t already. The CGI work is great, the storytelling is great, the acting is great. I honestly would see (and probably look forward to) a sequel. The story has a lot of potential and depth, and sci-fi as social commentary is an interesting concept for me (the film is a metaphor for the apartheid) . My Netflix Rating: 4 STARS

(fyi- 1 star I just wasted a couple hours of my life. 2 stars meh I didn’t really like it, but it was OK. 3 stars I liked it, but probably won’t see it again. 4 stars I liked it and would definitely see it again, 5 stars OMG I need it on DVD now)

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