Since the passing of my dog, I’ve tried to find lots of ways to occupy my time. Watching old cartoons, evening my tan, and making the perfect turkey sandwich. I also watched Pirate Radio with commentary, something I’ve never done but enjoyed more than watching the movie normally.
As I listened to the commentary on the film, it made me wonder what I would say if I were to watch my life and commentate it like a movie. What key parts would I explain to the audience? Which parts would I be totally embarrassed about? What characters would I love and what characters would I hate? That commentary could get kind of interesting.
Although, if there was a film of my life, it would be incredibly weird. I do more ridiculous and clumsy things than most people, so I know that a lot of the commentary people would be listening to would sound like, “Ooh, that really hurt,” and, “I am so stupid.” And you’d all laugh because to everyone else, it’s funny to see me look ridiculous.Read More
I am a huge film lover. I watch films like fat kids eat chocolate. And when I was 13, it was no different. Of course, I watched very different films from the Indie/Comedy/Biopic films I like to watch now. I was the girl sitting on the couch watching Disney Channel original movies for 6 hours a day.
I rarely remember the films I watched when I was younger, except for when I’m babysitting. I’m fortunate enough to be babysitting children who like to play, yes, but also love to watch movies. Not my films exactly (as watching half of my favorites could send them to therapy) but the good ol’ Hannah Montana-era films.
In the last two weeks I have watched a vast majority of films that were aimed for the 13-year-old mindset. And if you have a 13-year-old, this list is for you.
1. High School Musical This musical comedy about breaking out of your social groups and doing what you love is extremely cute. I must have watched it a million time when I was 13, getting to a point where even my dad could recite all the lyrics to “Get’cha Head in the Game”.
2. Minute Men A story of three high school Juniors as they discover how to time travel and decide to become nerds best friend, by going back in time and helping them out of embarrassing situations I watched this Friday and kind of liked it, with it’s good intentions and goofy cast.
3. The Karate Kid Not as good as the original, but any kid would enjoy this new take. Jackie Chan, a hero to many little boys, makes the movie worth watching and the moves are quite impressive. If you have a young boy (or even a tomboyish girl) this movie would be a good Saturday watch.
4. Shrek Ogres, princesses, and talking donkeys. If you have a child who has not watched this movie, well, you obviously have not been trolling the movie market hard enough. It’s a fun movie for the family and your 13-year-old will love it.
5. Spy School A cute story about a lying red-haired middle schooler who learns of a plot to kidnap the President’s daughter, while suspecting the wrong guys. Fan favorites Anna Sophia Robb (Bridge to Terabithia), Lea Thompson (Back to the Future), and Rider Strong (Boy Meets World) star, making it good for even the parents.
6. Camp Rock If your child wants to be a rock star, here you go! A story about standing out, telling the truth, and being proud, this film is an instant kid favorite and definitely makes me laugh. Great for all kids going through that awkward stage.
7. The Spy Next Door Yet another movie with secret identities and weird pets, this film was actually really cute and did address some real world issues. When a spy takes care of his girlfriend’s children…that in itself should catch your attention.
Those are all great films for the 13-year-old generation because they teach the lessons kids need to know (tell the truth, be yourself, stand up for yourself) and tell it in a fun way that catches your attention and teaches you the lesson without you knowing.
I’m always babbling on about movies, but it’s for good reason. Movies can teach lessons, relate to your personal life, and can just perk you up when you are feeling your lowest. And this year, 2012, lots of movies based off of books are coming out. And, well, I want to see them.
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. My absolute favorite book and I’m really excited for when it comes out. Expect it to be out in the middle of this year. So excited!
2. The Hunger Games. Based off the best-selling book, this action movie will be sure to keep you on your toes when it comes out in March. Going to be a big hit I can tell!
3. The Great Gatsby. Another adaption of the ‘20s classic, this one is sure to get all the glitz and glam of the era. Get ready for a Christmas treat when it comes out in December! Can’t wait to go to the premiere!
4. The Vow. An adorable movie to go with the adorable book of this true story, I know I’ll be crying when I see it. It comes out in February, so you won’t have to wait long!
5. The Lorax. We haven’t been disappointed yet with a Dr. Seuss film and I’m sure this one won’t either. Get ready for lots of tree-cutting fun with this one in March.
So, as I have made a list of the Top TV Couples you know there has to be a list of the top movie couples now. So, I have compiled a list of the top couples who have created the romance, the story, the beauty of coupleness in their movies.
1. Aurelia and Jamie Even though the language barrier, Aurelia and Jamie end up having the most romantic relationship in Love Actually. They can communicate by emotions and not just by words, getting to know each other in an intimate way that is just too adorable. And when they each learn the other’s language, well, you never imagined a couple could be that cute.
2. Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley Every Harry Potter fan probably saw the coupling of Hermione and Ron early in the books. The term ‘opposites attract’ more than applies here. Brainy Hermione and slacker Ron create a couple that we know will stick through it until the end, will always be filled with love, and will always have their best friend Harry there to help them.
3. Andie Walsh and Duckie Dale Although Andie originally ended up with Blaine, all true Pretty in Pink fan know that she should have ended up with Duckie. This dynamic duo were good friends who were supportive and in their lowest moments (such as prom) were there for each other to have a nice night. Gotta love Andie and Duckie!
4. Sandy Olsson and Danny Zuko The best musical couple that ever lived, Grease made the bad boy/good girl couple into the coolest couple their is. Sandy with her sweater sets and Danny with his cigarettes, there wasn’t a single spot in the movie where the watcher doesn’t say, “Just get married already!”
5. Erica Barry and Harry Sanborn When you have a polished writer and a New York playboy, you know Something’s Gotta Give. This couple with their completely different lifestyles (and completely different mates) makes their eventual reunion in Paris the most romantic reunion I’ve ever seen. This couple, by far, know how to make old love into young love.
I know there are plenty more but, with the vast world of movies, we’d be reading this until I’m 24!
Sorry about the late night SS post, but here it is!
This lovely little GIF is from one of my absolute favorite movies, Almost Famous. Directed by Cameron Crowe, it actually tells of Crowe’s experiences touring with multiple famous bands such as Led Zeppelin and The Eagles. Although the film is fictional, it is completely based on Crowe’s experiences.
WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS SCENE? William’s (the boy) mother is extremely tight-laced and has this whole on-going thing about him not taking drugs. After his mother allows him to travel with Stillwater to California, William arrives at the hotel to find this lovely note waiting for him at the front desk.
WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS MOVIE? I’m sorry, but what is there not to like about this movie? I love how it’s based on true events, how it’s cleverly written, how Patrick Fugit is so adorable about everything, how they really capture the feeling of 1969, and the great music.
FAVORITE SCENE? All of them? I’m serious. Each scene brings something to the table. I really can’t choose a favorite.
And that’s all I really have to say about my Almost Famous SS (I’ve started abbreviating to be cooler). Please see this movie because it’s really an influential part of what I talk about here with movies.
You might know the world’s fascination with this vampire series. If not, I will give you a quick description of it. Because of this book, and the rest of the series and the films, teenagers are now wearing vampire fangs and thinking that vampires sparkle. Yes, it is that bad.
I remember the first time I readTwilight. My friend had just finished reading it and was obsessed with the series (which was before everyone else was) and was trying to force me to read them. She went on about them constantly and eventually I gave in. So when I went to Wal-mart (!) later that day, my mum bought me a copy.
Twilight was an interesting read for me. I’ve never been big on the whole real-people-as-mythical-creatures thing. Unless it’s Doctor Who. As I was first reading it, I liked it. I was 13, desperately single, and Edward didn’t seem as stalkerish as he does now. So I liked it. I will admit it, when I first read Twilight I liked it.
But it wasn’t until afterwards that I actually formed a true opinion on the subject, which wasn’t until the first movie came out.
I went to go see Twilight the movie with my then-closest friends. We made a whole event of the occasion. The only issue is that the week before I had gotten a serious head injury and had three staples in the right side of my head. But that’s another story for another time. Possibly later this week? So, I was a bit irritable with the pain in my head but was determined to have a good time.
My favorite part of watching movies at the cinema is always the audience’s reaction. In this case, every time Edward came on the screen, every girl sighed. And it was the girlish ‘Wow, he is so bloody hot’ kind of sigh.
After the film I figured that I hated Twilight/Twilight. The movie was utter crap because it had left out all of my favorite parts and Kristen Stewart is way too breathy. The book was terrible because 1) Vampires aren’t real. 2) Vampire’s don’t sparkle. 3) The whole vampire/werewolf thing was just not my thing. So yeah, as of November 2008, I’ve hated Twilight/Twilight.
That was my thoughts on the whole Twilight phenomenon. Feel free to say your thoughts on the same subject or my thoughts in the comments. If you’d like to know my thoughts on another subject, write so in the comments. And here is a video of Alex Day, a favorite YouTube vlogger of mine, who actually did a series where he read Twilight. I quite liked it and Alex’s thoughts on it.
Today I did one of my favorite things. I went to the cinema.
My mother approached me this morning to know if I wanted to go to the cinema with her to go see the new film Crazy, Stupid, Love. Not only was it a cute film, but it entertained me to no end.
Crazy, Stupid, Love is about Cal Weaver, who has recently been told that his wife cheated on him and wants a divorce. He is devastated and throughout the film is trying to get over the hurt feelings. Cal’s 13-year-old son Robbie, meanwhile, is in love with his 17-year-old babysitter Jessica, who does not return his feelings. Robbie is obsessed with Jessica and goes to no limit to show her his love. Jessica, however, is in love with Cal, who has no idea. But this love triangle really doesn’t come into play until later in the film.
Cal, in his anger and depression over the divorce, ends up going to a popular bar, where he proceeds to complain to everyone about his misery. Overhearing Cal’s complains, Jacob Palmer, a known ladies’ man, decides to help Cal out. He dresses Cal in a new way, changes his behaviors, and helps him get his manliness back. And it does wonders for Cal. But while Jacob is helping Cal, he meets recent law school-graduate Hannah, and ends up falling in love with her.
I won’t ruin the ending for you, since I hate when people do that. But I will indulge you this: it has a happy ending. And that’s what makes a movie usually worth watching. Especially when it has to do with love.
I really loved this film. It had so many actors and actresses that I adored. Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, and Kevin Bacon. Yeah, even though he doesn’t appear in the trailers, Kevin Bacon is in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling make a very cute couple, even though his facial hair was probably very scratchy. Steve Carell leaves behind his usual acting behavior for a more serious man that I happened to like more. And Kevin Bacon was just adorable, as usual.
Movies about love aren’t always as cracked up as they are promoted to be. Valentine’s Day with Ashton Kutcher and Hector Elizondo seemed like a really good movie about love, but ended up teaching you nothing really, even though I enjoyed it. But Crazy, Stupid, Love taught more then just how to be in love and stay in love. Actually, you learned that love comes in many shapes and sizes and that you can be in love at any age. And it was so cute. Watching Robbie trip head over heels for Jessica at 13, seeing Jacob realize he was in love with Hannah, and even with Cal standing in front of a bunch of 8th grade parents telling them he knew who his soul mate was. It was beyond cute.
So, if you want a cute film to watch with your loved one(s) or your friends or even your family, I would definitely recommend Crazy, Stupid, Love. Even look at the title of this post. ‘Crazy, Stupid, Phenomenal’. That has to tell you something 😉
Pirate Radio: My absolute favorite film ever! It’s filled with raunchy jokes, creative personalities, fantastic music, and some of the best one-liners you will ever hear. I love it with every fiber of my being. It captures everything about British radio in the ‘60s, but with an interesting and fun story line. And nothing is better than fun history! To know more, I wrote a post a while back about the film, so click that to really get the nit and grit of it.
Peter Pan: This film is the reason I love acting. There is nothing I can say bad about it. The youth, the creativity, the complete lack of limitations make Peter Pan just the best film ever. I’ve always wished that Peter Pan would swoop down and fly me to Neverland. I want to stand on the clock tower overlooking London. If I could choose one place to live, it would be inside Peter Pan’s world.
Pretty in Pink: Andrew McCarthy and James Spader in the same film. How could I not enjoy it? A film about people from different sides of the tracks becoming romantically involved while their friends are trying to keep them on their appropriate sides just makes my feet tingle. It’s wonderfully romantic and the costume design is impeccable. I love this film and it’s fantastic love triangle.
Grease: My second favorite musical (my first being Broadway’s She Loves Me) Grease is the epitome of realistic ‘70s high school musical. If you loved High School Musical but wished that it wasn’t by Disney Channel, that it was a bit more raunchy, John Travolta had played Troy Bolton, and that their was actual kissing, then watch this. Because it is amazing!
Moulin Rouge: A new film on my top 10, there is no doubt that I adore it. The set design is breath-taking, Ewan McGregor is very cute, and the costumes are beautiful. The tragic story of a man falling in love with a dancer and having to fight for her against a duke, while a play that is parallel to that storyline is being put together, is just beautiful and will make you cry. I love it!
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: My favorite Matthew Broderick role, this is the perfect film for a sick day off of school. Ferris will bring you on a trip of breaking the rules and taking advantage of life. Who wouldn’t want to take a Ferrari out on the town instead of going to school? The best film for a sick day, or any day actually!
Rocky Horror Picture Show: I love watching this with my friends. Tim Curry is at his element and the music has created a revolution. My parents, when they lived in Pasadena, California, used to live near a theatre and every Saturday they’d have Rocky and transvestites walking by their house. One of the best cult films I have ever seen.
Driving Lessons: Rupert Grint and Julie Walters play a phenomenal duo in this inspirational film of becoming your own person, standing up for what you know is right, and just having fun. Julie Walters is definitely playing one of my favorite roles as a retired actress who never truly retired as she teaches Rupert’s character to forget his cheating mother and actually enjoy life.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: My favorite Harry Potter film as stated here. As according to Entertainment Weekly this week, it was polled to be the second most popular Harry Potter film. Between the introduction of a new villains and some memorable creatures, it is the only Harry Potter film that I watch as itself, not as part of the series.
Something’s Gotta Give: I love all Diane Keaton films, and this is no exception. She plays as an incredible playwright who learns she can let go as she plays hostess to her young daughter’s boyfriend, ladies’ man Jack Nicholson. And of course the addition of Keanu Reeves as the adorable doctor just puts you on the edge of your seat.
I’ve been watching quite a few films lately, and between them I have decided the jobs I would like the most. They are as follows:
From The September Issue, I would like to have Anna Wintour’s job. She’s the head of everything. She is fashionable and has great taste, and the entire world knows that. She is smart and knows how to make something profitable. I would love to be the editor-in-chief of a magazine.
From How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, I would absolutely love to have Sydney Young’s job. Sure, I wouldn’t be as…obnoxious as Sydney, but I want the chance to go to parties with the celebrities and write about the amazing interviews with them. It sounds like something that not only would I love, but I would never, ever quit (no matter how terrible my boss is.)
From The Devil Wears Prada, the third job I would love to have is Andy Sach’s job as an assistant to the editor-in-chief. I’ve always been good at getting coffee, making appointments, and taking notes. I’d be the perfect assistant. And I wouldn’t be as unfashionable. Being an assistant sounds great.
As I posted a few hours ago, I went to go see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 today. I laughed, I cried, I grabbed for my friend’s hand, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I have waited 5 agonizing days to see this film, but the wait was definitely worth the while. I even curled my hair. It was so incredible to see the ending of an amazing era of films and novels.
First off, I’d been wondering all year how they were going to really start off the beginning of Part 2. They couldn’t do it in that television show way with “Previously on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” like The Secret Life of the American Teenager or something. But the beginning, with just showing the very last minute of Part 1 was the perfect way to start before launching into what was going on at Shell Cottage. I guess my one mistake before seeing it wasn’t watching Part 1 before I went to the cinema. It would probably have made me not ask myself a thousand times, “Wait, what happened in the last movie?”
Now, I’m not a action fan in the least. Give me an action movie and I will drop it in the waste bin. But the battle scenes and running (which I believe qualifies as action) were absolutely thrilling! At the end, during Voldemort and Harry’s final battle scene, when a thick green jet of spell is propelling towards Harry and a blazing red jet of spell is speeding towards Voldemort, you can almost feel the tension as Voldemort is losing his temper. It’s like watching a football game, for you sport fans, when your favorite team is down by 3 points with only 30 seconds and then all of a sudden, they score an unexpected touchdown! Your pulse is racing and you still are hoping that your team will win, but in your gut you know that there is no way they can rebound and get their points up. It was just like that.
To sum it up (and not give anything away for those who haven’t seen it) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is one of the most amazing films of this year, and the best way to end the Harry Potter series. It goes beyond all the boundaries we believed we had in the film industry.
The only sad part of this all is how I feel. I feel like my childhood is ending. I’ve grown up, ever since 1st grade, knowing that there will be a new Harry Potter film coming up every year or so. I lived off those books. Sometimes I even go around, talking about something, and I make a reference to either a Harry Potter film or book. This phenomenon has taken over my childhood to the point where I don’t know what to do now that it’s all over. It kills me knowing that we will never see Ron doing another stupid thing again, or that we’ll never know if Hermione goes to college or not. That ’19 Year Later’ at the end of the book/film is not helpful. We just know that they have children. And it’s things like those that made me cry when it was all over.
Basically, now that the whole experience is over, I look back at the last 10 years and think, it’s been a good time. And I hold true to that.
Thank you for reading. If you loved Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 as much as I did, feel free to say so in the comments or ‘like’ the post. I seriously love other Harry Potter fans.