Monday, March 28, 2011

It's Icing

2 movies I watched recently.
Oh wait, and LIMITLESS, too.
I'll just do a quick run down of these flicks.

How Do You Know: Classic Reese Witherspoon awesomeness, classic Jack Nicholson ridiculousness, classic awkward & adorable Paul Rudd and classic Owen Wilson being Owen Wilson. The plot was WAY WAY different than I had imagined in my head. I love Reese, she is simply amazing amazing amazing, and Paul is super adorable, I loved his character. It was funny and quirky. I'd deff see it again.

"Never drink to feel better; drink to feel even better."

The Fighter: What a fantastic movie. Christain Bale as I never expected to see him, he was BRILLIANT. And oh geez, Mark Wahlberg a) I will never tire looking at him and b) he did an amazing job. It was funny, the family dysfunction was believable and real and hilarious, the fights were oh so very intense. And holy smokes! Amy Adams-what a performance! (complete 180 from Enchanted lol) at first I didn't even think that it was her on the screen. So, um...."I don't take this crap from people." I loved it. This movie was claaaasic. The characters were done fantastically and I spent a lot of the time cracking up during this movie. It had a dry, quick humor to it that I wasn't expecting. Classic underdog, trying to make his town proud, just getting by to spite the world [cue the inspirational music] and best of all, it's based on real people and their real lives. It was great, simply great. I need to see this movie again, like asap.

It's icing,
Stop calling me an MTV girl....whatever that means. "Skank"
I'm Charlene;we just met, we're together, do we need to do this again? Hi, I'm Charlene.

Limitless: Okay, I was thinking this move was going to be a 10, it was probs a 6. So still awesome, but did not fulfill my expectations fully. Bradley Cooper was obviously amazing (I never get over how blue his eyes are). It was an interesting movie, made you think (not too hard though). There were some dramatic scenes, some "oh. my. gosh. Did that just seriously happen!?!" moments. A few funny lines and some some other big names. Robert De Niro, for example. Perhaps some unsettled questions, that were not clearly resolved enough for my liking, but overall, solid movie.

That'd be like Heff leaving the mansion.

If you don't know what any of these are about or want to get more info on them check out their IMDB sites :) It's a fav sight of mine for obvious reasons.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Lakes, Carlisle and Carthage High Schools

At a friends birthday party the other week someone posed the question along the lines: Would you go back to high school for $1 million? Some were like "eh, I guess for that much money." I on the other hand, with some others, said absolutely. I would go back for $1,000--heck, I'd go back for free.
Relive high school, espeically knowing what I know now, it'd possibly be better the second time around. I loved high school. Sure, there were difficult times, awkward times, even traumatic times--no one gets out of high school unscathed.
But, don't you remember Fallout Boy, Panic! At the Disco, and Hawthorne Heights. When Taylor Swift exploded onto the scene. When iPod mini's came out in 4 colors. When we walked everywhere because no one could drive. High school sport rivalries, spirit week, homecoming, playing soccer and lacrosse in the rain, running in blizzards, wearing your boyfriends jerseys to their games, sneaking out of your house, running from the cops, illegal fireworks. When you had teammates who had your back (playing sports is what I miss the most from high school, especially having teammates). Drive-ins. first dances, first dates, first kisses. Getting you car. Early morning seminary (alright, I hated that). Ordering pizza at 1 am & having it sent to the park where you'd sit on those swings for hours (in fact--I never ever saw kids at that park, always me and my friends). Homework you could finish in 5 minutes. Icees at the Shoppette. Bowling and movies because that's all there is to do. Back-roads. Not having to cook for yourself (even though I did eat more Ramen in high school than I do now). When you didn't have to read text books for hours from books you paid $100 for. Riding the bus. Gym class. Eating whatever you wanted. Sleepovers. Curfews. Team bonding, and you played laser-tag. Drama. Fights. Crying together, laughing together, not know what to do together. Being in trouble. Yearbooks & class rings. Teachers you hated. Teachers you loved. Coaches you hated. Coaches you loved. The people who made you homicidal. The people who only talked trash. The people you would do anything for. The people you did to anything for. The parents who "adopted" you. The houses you never had to knock on, you just waltzed right in. The people you defended from others. The people who defended you. I could go on for years-
So, yeah--high school was hard and traumatic sometimes, but I sure do miss it and my friends and all the stupid things we did. I miss playing soccer and lacrosse and frisbee and assassins. I don't miss being grounded. I miss how life was easier. I don't miss having to ask to do things. I miss my friends. I don't miss people I hated.
Sure, I still do a lot of things I mentioned and I have awesome friends--but it's not always the same. Now we talk about careers and internships [not summer-part time jobs]. Wedding dresses [not prom dresses]. Who we're going to marry [not who were going to date]. How we are paying for our college/apartments/food [not how we need 20 bucks for the movies this weekend--and we still need that too]. What we want to name our kids [not what should we name our dog]. It's great and life is good, but we all like to stroll down memory lane from time to time and it's just sad that, even when/if we go back home, it's not the same as it was in high school.
High school knocked me down...often, and it usually kicked me while I was down there too; but it never kept me down and I found myself on top plenty of times.

Post Secret from this week--see this tangent wasn't completely random.

Friday, March 18, 2011

All I Have Are the Choices I Make

The other night I went to eat at JCW's [it is dang good] with Kirstin, Johnny, Carly and Holly; after BYU finally beat New Mexico during the MWC Tourny and Jimmer "erupted" with 52 points my group (+ David, Tara and Aubrey met us there) went and saw The Adjustment Bureau. It was glorious.

For those living under the metaphorical rock and haven't heard/don't know what this movie is about-from my dear friends at IMDB: Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Matt Damon stars in the thriller The Adjustment Bureau as a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue the only woman he's ever loved across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York. On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt)-a woman like none he's ever known. But just as he realizes he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself-the men of The Adjustment Bureau-who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path...or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her.

Matt Damon is, as always, amazing and to die for ;) And I LOVE Emily Blunt, she is such a talented and funny actress [and her clothes and dresses were amazing]. Plus, we got Jon Stewart and his comedic genius in this movie. This movie is intense and so easy to get into. The dialogue was classic and quick. The action was realistic (minus the whole thing about there being an Adjustment Bureau and the powers they have) and gets your blood pumping. Several times there were exclamations from viewers in theatre (yes, including me).

EVERY character was so great and done so so well. I deemed it worthy of my money and actually went to the "real" theatre and paid the regular price for a movie because I could not wait for it to go to the Provo Dollar Theatre. The characters are real, they grow over the years this movie takes place (which I thought was so amazing how much time this movie spans), it makes you think--really think about your choices, your dreams. Plus The Adjustment Bureau guys, they are craazzzyyyyy. I don't even know, this movie just blew my mind and I want to go see it again. The choices we make, the ripple effect of them on everyone in our life. So amazing, I truly loved every second of this movie.

And I need to get me one of them hats.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I Get High Sometimes, Man

For my Communications class we had to pick from a list of movies to watch, I know what you're all thinking-some lameeeee movie that we'd have to sit through to write our paper. Wrong! I watched ABSENCE OF MALICE with Sally Field and Paul Newman. It was fantastic and intense. Courtesy of IMDB: "Michael Colin Gallagher [Newman] is the son of a long dead Mafia boss who is a simple liquor warehouse owner. Frustrated in his attempt to solve a murder of a union head, a prosecutor leaks a false story that Gallagher is a target of the investigation, hoping that he will tell them something for protection. As his life begins to unravel, others are hurt by the story. Megan Carter [Field], the reporter, is in the clear under the Absence of Malice rule in slander and libel cases. Knowing nothing to trade to the prosecutors, Gallagher must regain control of his life on different ground."

"I'm free every night but Friday."
"How about Friday?"

It's a great and interesting movie that takes a hard look at the ethics in criminal investigations, reporting, and the relationships between all involved. Side note--this movie came out in 1981, and it's still awesome. Sure, no HD and no epic amazing special effects, but they aren't needed. Plus, it's freaking Sally Field and Paul Newman; it's quite dramatic and I loved it!! It's epic-go find it online [it wasn't too difficult to find] and watch. You won't be dissappointed, I sure wasn't.

I also recently watched It's Kind of a Funny Story, a drama-comedy. Craig (Keir Gilchrist) is a depressed teen who checks himself into an adult psychiatric hospital where he meets fellow patients, Bobby (Zach Galifianakus) and Noelle (the lovely, Emma Roberts). His parents are George (Jim Gaffigan--My Boys) and Lynn(Lauren Graham--Gilmore Girls [love]).

I'd just live

I enjoyed this movie, it wasn't rolling-on-the-floor laughing, there were some pretty funny parts (I mean Zach Galifianakus IS in this movie) and it was interesting and I really liked it. Sometimes we just need help and it's okay to ask for it.

LAST OF ALL: I want to wish my good friend,
Jacqueline (aka Whacko-Jacko)a VERY happy
birthday! Love you & miss you :)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

BYU Basketball

I have participated in a flash mob. We did this during a timeout in the student section at our basketball game today, where we won our conference championship and scored over 100 points. GO COUGARS!!!!!!!! Final 4 bound! And we are going to miss you seniors, Logan Magnsusson, Jackson Emery and JIMMER FREDDETE. Here are the vids. I TOTALLY found my self in them, watch both! It's a flashmob they taught us before the game and we just broke out when the music started. The crowd (non student) and players loved it lol They taught us for like 20 minutes. It was great.

In this one you also see us at the end crowd surf our mascot (Cosmo the Cougar) and this is where it's easiest for you to probably find me I think. At like 1:50 you see this big guy in a navy T go over to help and there is a guy in a royal blue shirt behind him in the same row, go up diagonally to the left, there is a girl in a blue hoodie and I am to the left of her. The 4 girls right there are me and my friends that camped outside the arena together with a BUNCH of people. It was glorious and SO much fun. I got like 3 hours of sleep and slept on concrete in a 2 person tent with 4 girls; and my back hurts but it was fantastic and an amazing day.

Here we are practicing before the game too.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

I'm An Excellent Shot, Sir

A few years ago I started seeing these commercials for a new movie coming out, The Spirit, I couldn't figure out for the life of me what is was about from these previews and I didn't see it.
Also, I love IMDB telling me everything my favorite actors are in. Who knew AJ Cook was in Out Cold and the lead in Final Destination 2??! I didn't realize. Plus her dark, short hair in FD2 was so disguising. I've re-watched Out Cold recently-ish. I even watched Cyxork 7 because Paget Brewster was in it. That movie was.....not good, it was bad; but hey-it did get a few laughs out of me and Paget was kinda funny. Not at her best, but hey, they filmed the whole thing in 16 days. I got a list of movies to see with my favs in it. I love seeing the small parts, other roles, and appearances on TV shows they had before they became who we most know them as. [PS-did you know Tom Hanks started on TV too? True story]
Anyway, so The Spirit has Stana Katic (and she's in Quantum of Solace-who knew?) in it, as we all know, my newest celebrity idol. IMDBed it, figured out the plot, downloaded it, and watched it. So, it's interesting. Eve Mendes, Scarlett Johannson, and Samuel L. Jackson are all in this movie-so I mean, they all ROCK. I'm slightly confused.
It's odd, it's a comic book movie, The Spirit (Gabriel Macht) is a 'dead' cop, that didn't quite stay dead with Death lingering nearby and heals at alarmingly fast rates. Well he's trying to the thwart The Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), his assistant (Scarlett Johannson) and henchmen. Toss in a commissioner as the only one who knows The Spirit's true identity, and an eager, spunky beat cop (Stana Katic), lost loves and a few girls to have a nice Love Triangle (or octagon more-like) and you've got yourself a classic comic book plot!
It's set in "Central City," kind of a cross between Chicago and NYC maybe....equivalent to Batman's Gotham. I'm not entirely sure what era it was supposed to be. I mean they had cell phones, computers and police helicopters and tricked out guns---but it was still set back in the day with how they actors behaved, the clothes they wore, the way they spoke and the cars they had and the way they lived. Plus, the whole movie is in--not black and white and not sepia--but kind of....I don't really know how to describe it. Just muted colors, but it had this cartoon aspect thrown in too.
It's a comic book movie, it wasn't going for epic drama, most realistic action/adventure, funniest comedy or cutest love story. It's not the best movie, it's quite ridiculous actually, but I sort of enjoyed it quirkiness. I'm confused how it got this sorta star-studded cast and didn't turn out better or got them all to do it. The characters are kind of weak and the plot and story wrap up pretty quickly and it wraps up the characters way too bluntly and insufficient for my taste. It just sorta ended with only one thing accomplished really. This movie was just odd and the characters were strange. Also, I didn't understand all the cats. Maybe fans of the comic book liked it more than the general public. 9th in the Box Office :/ but it fared better as a DVD. I don't even know-it was interesting, it was fun, I kind of liked it. I thought it could have been better though, much more potential then actual product. The characters could have been more dynamic and were odd but not unlikeable.

Stana Katic's character (Officer Morgenstern) was funny to me because she's a beat cop, all excited and everyone keeps making comments that she'll become a detective in no time......she's a great NYC detective in ABC's Castle coincidental. These characters are in no way similar. She can do a wide range of acting. The way she talks in this movie is priceless after watching Castle. However, there may have been one, maybe two, looks that I would deem Kate Beckett worthy :P
(And we also now know how Stana and
Louis Lombardi know each other)