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Life Love and the Movies

While reading through the LAMB‘s retweets I came across many bloggers participating in a super awesome blogathon. The Life, Love and the Movies blogathon is fantastic. It reminds me of those surveys we used to do on Myspace that you now see pop up on tumblr or occasionally Facebook, except it’s all about movies and how they have related to your life and your love life, specifically. Get ready to learn a lot about me.

Life

1. What was the first movie you saw in the cinema and what do you remember about that visit?

Bob Hoskins in Who Framed Roger Rabbit

I saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit when I was 5. My older brother took me because my little sister (who was 2) had to be taken to see a doctor. We don’t remember what she was sick for or anything though. I was very excited to see a movie in the theater. I still love the film BTW.

2. Are there any movies you have very strong memories of which are not because of the movie (for example something which happened at the time you were watching it)?

simpsons movie

I usually give a movie my full attention. I have two memories from the theater that come to mind but they are due to the movies themselves. I saw W. with my sister when it came out. She wasn’t going to be in town for very long so when we realized that the movie was wasting our time together (we were so bored) we walked out. That’s the only movie I’ve ever walked out of. I also remember seeing that Heath Ledger fantasy film, The Brothers Grimm. It wasn’t very good but the reason that it comes to mind is that the theater was having a glitch and the film stopped about three times. We were not amused.

I also remember a few movies that were so exciting because they were like events. Titanic was exciting as a horny 14 year old girl. It was also the first movie that I saw that had an intermission. When the Star Wars films were re-released (and later the first prequel) we went to see them during a midnight screening. Waiting in line with all of the huge Star Wars fans (as I’d become once I saw them) was exciting and the original was my first midnight screening. As an adult my most anticipated movie that my sister and I went to see at midnight was The Simpsons Movie. It was awesome to be there with all of the other Simpsons fans in their tees. There was a problem with our theater’s projector though so we had to move after getting there early and picking out prime seats. It still rocked though.

3. Which movies had a big impact on you and changed a (small) part of your view on life?

marla fight club

“slide”

One of my dad’s favorite movies is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He was a big fan of watching it on Halloween when I was a kid. I think that helped with realizing that there were people out there who didn’t conform to social norms. As a little kid I didn’t get that it was so sexual.

Trainspotting, A Clockwork Orange and Fight Club are some movies I saw as a teenager that changed my outlook on life. They showed me that some people live outside of what society expects of us. Even though I can be materialistic I like the idea of materialism not making you happy as they mention in Trainspotting and Fight Club. A Clockwork Orange also appeals to that side of me that believes that people never fully change. Plus as an atheist I think it’s hilarious when he reads the bible for the violence.

4. Do you have any comfort movies which you return to because you are in a specific mood (for example if you are feeling down/nursing a heartbreak)?

showgirls

Showgirls is my favorite movie. If I’m in a depression it helps a little.

5. If a movie would be made about your life, what type of movie would it be and who would you like to portray you?

amanda seyfried

It would be awesome if it were a sex comedy. Since it would be about me though it would have to have my issues (not just my sometimes awesome sex life) in it. So maybe Amanda Seyfried. She’s a great actress with blonde hair (I’m not natural but I always go back to it) who has had IRL issues with anxiety and panic attacks. Plus she’s not naturally that thin so she could easily gain a little weight to look more like me. Acting wise I adore Nicole Kidman. I guess she could also do it since she can do anything.

6. Which existing movie best represents you?

the net

As someone who figured out that they have PDD-NOS (basically asperger’s, autism spectrum disorder) and was bullied a lot in school I totally relate to that part of Ben X, which sucks. I’m not a gamer though. As an adult in that regard it would be Adam, even though I am not a fan of Rose Byrne.

I don’t think any movie really represents me though. Maybe The Net? I know most don’t care for it, but I totally do. Ways Angela Bennett (Sandra Bullock) is like me: she works from home on a computer, orders pizza online, saves up money for vacations in which she dresses provocatively, drinks and sleeps with a stranger. She’s very alienated so it’s possible she suffers from a bit of social anxiety, especially since she is pretty paranoid even before everything happens. So yeah, that one.

7. If you knew you would die tomorrow, what would be the last movie you would want to see?

Showgirls

8. If you can spend your life working in the film industry, what would you be and why? (you know, director, producer, actor, cinematographer, costume designer, sound designer etc?)

I wanted to be an actor when I was young. I love clothes but I don’t think I could deal with the actors’ demands and weight concerns. I’d want to write/direct these days.

Love

1. Did you ever have a first kiss with someone while at the cinema and if so which movie was playing?

No. I’ve given hjs to a bf at the movies though.

2. What is your favorite movie relationship and why?

in her shoes

When Harry Met Sally is definitely up there. It actually sucks that they wasted years just hanging out when they could have been dating when you think about it but I end up going back to it often. A completely different example of onscreen love that I adore is Secretary. BDSM and fear of commitment! If you mean a movie in general, not just a romance, a great family dynamic is played out between the sisters in In Her Shoes. If I watch that I have to be prepared to cry and call my sister.

3. When did your love for movies start and how has it grown?

I’ve been watching movies since childhood as a result of my father being really into movies. I didn’t really think about the reality or impact of movies until I was in junior high. I think that’s when I started truly appreciating and studying them. Although when we were kids we still did really like watching movies. The local video store had a one day rental on new releases so if we loved something we had to re watch it the next morning before it went back.

4. If you have to choose one film to watch with your loved one, what would it be and why?

maximus tangled

This depends on the day and what’s happening. Tangled is awesome and family friendly though.

5. If you can choose one character from a movie to be your significant other who would it be and why?

indy apple

Either Indiana Jones or Christian from Moulin Rouge. Christian from Moulin Rouge as played by Ewan McGregor (sighs) is super sweet and I think he’d always be there for you. However Indiana Jones is fuckin’ Indiana Jones, I mean he reads, he travels and he’s played by Harrison Ford at his sexiest! Sure, he’s emotionally unavailable but I bet he’s great in the sack!

6. What was the first movie that made you fall in in love with film and cinema?

beetlejuice

I can’t really pinpoint this. The Wizard of Oz has always loomed large though. I also remember being really excited when I got to see Beetlejuice when I was 6, not just because it looked awesome but because it was rated PG!

7. How did your passion for movies turn you into a movie blogger?

I’ve been writing since I picked up a pencil (age 4). I used to write fiction but as I grew older I started writing outside of that. When I was a teen I had a psych class that forced us to keep a journal. I was at a point when I didn’t have that much going on so I would often write a short review of a movie I’d seen over the weekend on Mondays.

8. What is your favorite date from a movie?

before sunrise

This is a tough one. I’m going to go with Before Sunrise though. It’s great how they seize the moment and feel that immediate connection.

Click here to answer these questions for yourselves fellow movie lovers!

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Regarding the movies:
Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Showgirls
Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Moulin Rouge
6 Films Starring Nicole Kidman
Movie Quotes: Disney’s Tangled
Top 1990s Movies about Twentysomethings on Netflix Streaming-includes Before Sunrise (which is no longer available but you can still read my thoughts on it)
Top Oscar Winning Movies on Netflix Streaming-includes Beetlejuice (also no longer available but ditto what I wrote above)
Top Romantic Comedies on Netflix Streaming-includes When Harry Met Sally (again, no longer available, see above)
Shirtless Beefcakes of the 90s-includes Ewan McGregor and Harrison Ford
When They Were Young-includes Harrison Ford
Super Links Plus: 2/09/12-includes Amanda Seyfriend looking gorgeous

Regarding me:
Mary’s Somewhat Excellent 2010
Style File: Video Store Interview
My Father: TV Star aka “It’s okay to stay”
Style File: The Red Badger
Style File: 2011 Bday All Pink Everything
Snakes…in the mall

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3 out of 5

Note: This a review of the deluxe version. Some of these tracks are not included on the standard album. If you will be buying it I recommend spending the couple of extra bucks but hey, I am a completist.

britney jean cover

TRACKS
1. Alien
2. Work Bitch
3. Perfume
4. It Should Be Easy (featuring will.i.am)
5. Tik Tik Boom (featuring T.I.)
6. Body Ache
7. Til It’s Gone
8. Passenger
9. Chillin’ with You (featuring Jamie Lynn)
10. Don’t Cry
(deluxe tracks are as follows)
11. Brightest Morning Star
12. Hold on Tight
13. Now That I Found You
14. Perfume (The Dreaming Mix)

Work Bitch 1

Work Bitch 2

Britney Jean is the 8th original album (not including the best of or compilation discs) from Britney Spears. I went into this baby with high hopes. After all, the first single is Work Bitch. That song is just fuckin’ fun. Fun to listen to and dance to, whether it be at home or in the club. Unfortunately I feel as though the album itself is a let down. At first I thought I was being too hard on it. Then I took a trip through many of her videos on Vimeo and realized how amazing even some of her lesser tracks from other albums are in comparison to those on “Britney Jean”.

I became a casual fan of Brit with her first single “Baby One More Time” all the way back in ’99. I own all of her albums so, yes I did eventually become an avid fan. Her first two were a bit sappy for me. I think my real obsession began when “I’m a Slave 4 U” came out in ’01 on her third album “Britney”. Even though I still don’t rank “Britney” up there with her best albums it got her going in more interesting directions. Her next album, “In The Zone”, was on repeat for me once I got it. Since then I’ve felt just as strongly about every album of hers: “Blackout” (my absolute favorite), “Circus” and “Femme Fatale” (well almost as strongly about this one).

britney spears bw

Don’t get me wrong, “Britney Jean” isn’t bad. It’s just not amazing, which is what I’ve come to expect. As a Spears addict any new songs from her are greatly appreciated. I remember when she scrapped an album a few years back and there was a Brit drought. Yes, I heard the bootlegs (some were surprisingly good). Back when that happened though it certainly made sense for her not to release her best work. I’m not sure if someone is editing her as well as they should be at this point.

If you don’t have to have everything by Brit then I truly believe that you need only buy the singles “Work Bitch” and “Perfume” from this album. “Work Bitch” isn’t deep but it’s a necessity.

perfume video still

“Perfume” on the other hand is so freakin moving. I mean it’s about not feeling secure in a relationship. Basically she feels like her boyfriend is still seeing his ex. You also just get that overall sense of anxiety that comes with many relationships, “I wait for you to call, I try to act natural”, this could describe so many calls I’ve waited for.

There are some other songs that are enjoyable if you don’t put too much pressure on them. “Alien” and “Now That I Found You” are sweet. “Alien” is also very catchy. “Tik Tik Boom” is hot. “Body Ache” is a good dance tune.

“Chillin With You” is a decent, easy going tune. The lyrics (ex. “I drank some red wine and now I’m walking on the sky”) combined with the fact that her sister guests on the song reminds me of my sister and puts me in a good mood.

“It Should Be Easy” is one you may catch yourself singing along too but it’s really not that great and wreaks of too much auto tune. “Til It’s Gone” has an angry vibe and also falls into the just okay category.

I honestly have nothing to say about the other four tracks (“Passenger”, “Don’t Cry”, “Brightest Morning Star” and “Hold On Tight”), as they are that bland and forgettable. Hmm, maybe that’s why two of them are only bonus tracks.

Do you want this album? That’s up to you, considering how much of a fan you are. Do you need it? Probably not.

You can purchase Britney Jean on Amazon here (Note: This is an affiliate link. Making a purchase after clicking through it may yield a small profit for this site.)

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photo is by Laura Lewis

I’ve been meaning to write this for years. It originated with fashion blogs. I see many plus size bloggers and straight sized bloggers, but I don’t fit in with either. I’m a 10-12 or 11-13 (juniors’s) and a whole myriad of sizes depending on the designer. I have clothes from XS to XL.

Recently I’ve been more into sex bloggers, I still don’t fit. I’m an in betweener. I see very thin sexy bloggers, sizes 00-6 and then plus, 20+. I just don’t fit.

As a pre-teen/teen in the 90s I was considered average to fat. I was called fat so much that I have a complex.

I have disordered eating. I don’t even like people (even MDs or nurses knowing my weight, but it’s on my MM profile, go figure). I’ll eat so healthy and then veer the other way. I have suffered from exercise bulimia. In case you are unaware, that is bad, very bad, psychologically. I won’t drop dead, probably, like my late uncle, that I never met, who had a heart attack after a starvation diet. But..that possibility is always there.

I hate myself. I don’t want to, I know it’s irrational, but I still do. I want to be thin, I want to be beautiful, I want to be the archetype of my youth, sized 6, 130lbs. I was so close once, but alas, I freaked out, with reason, I mean, I exercised a minimum of 4 hours per day.

Yes, that’s bad. I don’t want to back slide. This is my cry for help, I guess, NEDA week/month is in Feb. I want to be better by then. I want to be healthy, not scared.

I don’t want to count calories, I can’t, it’ll fuck me up. I just want to be me.

I was vegan for a period of time, as a hobby, to occupy me. It helped to teach me about new foods, but it didn’t “FIX ME”. I really don’t think anything ever will. I feel even worse for the current generation. (from this 80s BABY)

Ideas? Suggestions? Not if you are super skinny or if you don’t know or don’t understand what I’m going through. If you think overexercise is good then don’t fuck with me, I will try to help you. If that doesn’t work I will dismiss you.

Are you with me on this in between crusade? Let me know. I’d love to interview you, regardless of your blog (or lack thereof)-fashion, sex, what have you, I don’t discriminate.

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This poster is completely accurate. He distracted me into watching this.

This poster is completely accurate. He distracted me into watching this.

Upon seeing I Give It A Year listed on Netflix I almost bypassed it. Unfortunately, I did not. I spotted the deliciousness of Simon Baker and my hormones added it to my queue.

I then proceeded to watch it despite my intense hatred of Rose Byrne. She’s a bad actress. I’m sorry, she just is. It’s true that I never noticed her until Adam and some think that I’m basing my dislike on that character but no, that’s not it. I’ve seen her in so many good or great films and she is always a blight on the picture. Okay, she was funny in Bridesmaids but I attribute that to the writing.

i give it a year movie poster

So what we have here is a romantic comedy about a couple who meet and marry quickly despite reservations from their friends. Byrne stars as Nat opposite Josh (Rafe Spall) who is so awkward that he’d make me seem debonair in comparison.

Anna Faris plays Chloe, Josh’s best friend, which was what kept me watching until the end of the film, to be honest. I’m a huge fan of Faris. Here I got to see her in a more insecure, less silly role. She was fantastic, as usual. If you are also a big fan of hers you probably have to watch this even if it’s just to see her funny threeway scene. Guy (Simon Baker) meets Nat at work and falls for her. I wanted to see more of him in the film but I understand that it’s not his movie. Minnie Driver has a supporting role. At first I thought her character was funny but I quickly changed my mind. I mainly just got excited about seeing her as an actress.

The couple see a marriage counselor and decide to give their marriage a year before calling it quits. During this time both find each other more and more annoying and become more drawn to the objects of their attraction. At one point the main couple set up the two people that they are attracted to and basically order them to date. The whole thing just seems like a huge waste of four people’s year.

I did get a few laughs out of this but, no, save yourself. I’m sure you have better things to do or watch for an hour and a half.

Don’t give your time over to “I Give It a Year”.

You can watch I Give It a Year on Netflix Streaming or rent it on Amazon (This is an affiliate link so if you make a purchase through this, it may earn a small commission for this site.).

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Olivia Wilde at the Drinking Buddies premiere

If it weren’t for social media I’d have no idea that Drinking Buddies existed. This is one of those times I’d be totally okay with that. This seems to stem mainly from the perceived attractiveness of the lead, Olivia Wilde. Wilde’s a decent actress but I guess she’s just not my type.

I believe the first time I heard about the film was in the fall when a writer on XOJane blogged about how the eating habits of Wilde’s character in the film are completely unrealistic. Ya know, that whole men want women who eat like men but look tiny thing. It was an interesting post but I then forgot about it.

In the following months I’ve seen tweets from various movie reviewers espousing the virtues of the film, including how hot Wilde is and that she gives a great performance. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve watched many a film for the hot actor (or actress) in the starring role, so that’s not an insult, just an observation.

What all of this leads up to is that despite not knowing much about the film I ended up watching it within one day of finding out that it was on Netflix Streaming. I had to know what the fuss was about. Well, for me, not much.

Olive Wilde and Jake Johnson in Drinking Buddies

The movie focuses on a pair of best friends played by Wilde and Jake Johnson. They both work at a beer bottling plant. He has a blue collar job while she seems to be an event planner of sorts. They are the type of friends who hang out incessantly. It even seems to outsiders at times that they are a couple. You yourself will wonder why they aren’t.

Drinking Buddies

Well it turns out that both of them are already dating other (hot) people, Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick. Neither seems particularly suited for their counterparts, but Livingston in particular. Being that they are so close, Wilde and Johnson arrange a couples’ weekend away. This is when it really becomes evident that things aren’t going smoothly in their relationships.

There are funny moments and sweet moments but they don’t add up to much for me. It’s a good cast. The hugely funny Jason Sudeikis even has a supporting role (though he’s underused in this flick). The cast is not the problem for me. They seem suited to their roles. Anna Kendrick does great at playing a bit of an introspective girl, which is quite a turn around from how I saw her in Rapture-Palooza. She definitely has range.

Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston in Drinking Buddies

Some things about the film are very real, which I appreciate. Yes, there’s a friend zone element and a “don’t slut shame me” speech (I do appreciate the latter). Oh and there’s a shit ton of drinking. They work in a beer plant, they drink there, they drink at bars, they drink in the woods, they drink at home, basically, they rarely stop drinking. This does seem plausible in their world.

Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson in Drinking Buddies

The fact that the actors seem so real in their roles is what leads me to say you may want to give it one viewing if you are a big fan of any of the leads. Otherwise I’d skip it. It’s meandering and at only an hour and a half, almost boring. I must say that I did enjoy the soundtrack though.

All in all, cast and crew, I am not impressed with your lackadaisical movie.

You can watch Drinking Buddies on Netflix Instant Streaming or rent it from Amazon (this is an affiliate link so if you make a purchase through it a small commission may be generated for this site).

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*Photos are via the Official Drinking Buddies Facebook.

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