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4 (out of 5 stars)

This post is for the LAMB Director’s Chair #26: Ang Lee.

I just rewatched The Ice Storm for two reasons, it’s been a while and I never could get a handle on what I enjoyed so much about it. I mean I remember thinking that it was fantastic back during the original release and watching it at least a couple of other times since then. I even have The Ice Storm: The Shooting Script.

Upon this viewing I think that I finally got it. It’s not just the talented cast, the attention to period detail and the inclusion of swingers. It’s the awkwardness. Every character in the film seems incredibly, realistically awkward in these situations (aside from Sigourney Weaver, who is wonderfully strong).

The Ice Storm is set during a Thanksgiving holiday in the 1970’s. Joan Allen and Kevin Kilne have two children, 16 year old Tobey Maguire (returning home from a fancy schmancy boarding school) and the impulsive 14 year old Christina Ricci. While Allen seems to be going through a type of midlife dissatisfaction owing to different issues that include (but probably aren’t limited to), a need to find some type of spirituality and the niggling suspicion that her hubby is cheating on her.

She’s correct. Kline is banging Sigourney Weaver. Weaver and Kline are sooo hot in this. He spends much of the film walking around all clueless and shirtless. She’s outgrowing their arrangement though. It seems that their affair which was once sizzling is now losing the thrill and he’s acting more like a second husband, which she says that she doesn’t need. When she just up and leaves, without telling him, when they are about to fuck it’s fantastic.

key party in The Ice Storm

Kline and his wife and Weaver and her hubby attend somewhat staid dinner parties. However they eventually end up at a key party, which is all the rave now, awesome! An interminably young and hot Glenn Fitzgerald even makes an appearance at the party as some chick’s son that she brought to swap, whoa! The party seems to cause many of the main characters turmoil instead of fun though.

The children are also exploring their love and lust lives. Ricci has an on again off again fondling type relationship with a super spacey Elijah Wood. At the same type his younger bro is in love with her but not really ready to experiment yet when she makes a move.

Maguire is more shy and reserved. He has the hots for assumed poor little rich girl Katie Holmes. He worries that his roomie David Krumholtz might snare her instead as he apparently always does with Tobey’s crushes. The face that Krumholtz is portrayed as some kind of player in this tickles me. The three of them end up awkwardly boozing it up before he returns home one night to escape a scary situation.

Without totally giving away the ending, some things are resolved and something soul crushing happens. The ending is, afterall, set during an ice storm.

Sources for the above photos (in order)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

You may also enjoy my other LAMB posts:
3 Films by Sam Raimi
3 Films Starring Samantha Morton
Movie Review: Dario Argento’s Jenifer
Don Cheadle as Buck in Boogie Nights

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This post brought to you by Chili’s Grill & Bar. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Can you guys believe that the temperature is rising and it's almost time for Cinco de Mayo?


You know what would be a totally fun way to celebrate this May? A night at Chili's, of course. Call up a group of friends for some tasty apps and drinks.

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You can currently get the new CoronaRita at Chili's . In fact my sister recently told me how neat these look while she was dining at her local Chili's. It's essentially a margarita (made with Jose Cuervo) and a closed Corona beer sitting in it. It looks neat and it keeps the beer cold until you are ready to drink it.

I would pair the CoronaRita with Classic Nachos (man are those good!). What says Cinco de Mayo better than nachos? These babies are loaded. They include melted cheese, jalapenos, beans, queso and a bit of seasoned beef. You can dip them in Chili's house-made pico de gallo and sour cream. Plus I would get a Triple Dipper platter for everyone to dig in and share. A Triple Dipper lets you choose from a variety of appetizers to create your own favorite medley. I would go with Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Loaded Potato Skins and Boneless Buffalo Wings.

Some other delicious drinks that your party might want to indulge in include the Sangria (Barefoot Merlot, Presidente Brandy, OJ & fruit flavors), the Platinum Presidente Margarita (Presidente Brandy, Tres-Generaciones Anejo Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice & agave) or the Milagro Margarita (100% blue agave Milagro Silver Tequila, agave nectar and lime juice).

If you really want to turn it into a celebration go all out. Wear a fun outfit that combines the colors of the Mexican flag, green, white and red. That's what I did last year. I recommend breaking up the green and red and including plenty of white to avoid looking like a Christmas present. You could also get psyched with a playlist of popular Tejano songs. Some great artists to include are Texas Tornados, Intocable, Selena, La Mafia, La Tropa , Ramon Ayala and Grupo Limite.

A cocktail and some snack sized food always go well together and are super fun to share as a group, especially during warmer weather. I'm definitely intrigued to see that CoronaRita in person.


Do you think that you will try it soon? It seems like a great beverage for this time of year. What would you pair yours with?

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missemmamm’s Favorite Covers from Emma_moon on 8tracks.

My favorite covers includes tracks from Hole, Johnny Cash, Fred Durst, Jack Ingram, Chris Isaak and Lindsay Lohan.

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The Music of Mad Men Playlist
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Music of the 90s: Alternative (with playlist)

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This post is written by new contributor Hot Donna. I added the screencaps for fun.



1-8 I Will Remember You
This is my all time favorite episode (as I like to induce crying while watching Buffy and Angel). Buffy comes to L.A. to confront Angel about visiting Sunnydale to watch over her without letting her know he was there. In this tear jerking episode Angel is made human and gets to spend one perfect day with Buffy.


1-14 I’ve Got You Under My Skin
In this creepiliscious episode Angel and the gang must perform an exorcism on a young, twisted boy. Did I mention it’s creepy?



1-16 The Ring
Awesome episode about an underground demon fighting ring. Think cockfighting but with big, pointy demons. For any special effects fan, this is a wonderful display of Joss Whedon’s monster style at its best.



1-18 Five by Five
Faith comes to L.A. to wreak havoc. The demented vixen tries her hand at tempting Angel into a showdown, torturing Wesley in the interim.



1-19 Sanctuary
Angel tries to rehabilitate Faith. However Buffy isn’t buying her “seeking redemption routine”. Crossover wackiness ensues.

You can watch Angel on Netflix here, Hulu here or Amazon (below).


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Hot Donna’s Top 5 Season 2 Angel Episodes
Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Bring It On-starring Eliza Dushku
Top Halloween TV Shows on Netflix Streaming-includes an episode of Angel
Best TV Shows of Fall 2011-includes David Boreanaz’s current show Bones and Sarah Michelle Gellar’s current show Ringer

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She walked briskly, keeping her head down. It was in sight now and she was almost there. It always seemed an odd jaunt but it’s not as if she had other pressing tasks at hand, the apartment was clean.

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