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Enjoy my video review of David Wain’s Wanderlust.

The film was written by David Wain and Ken Marino (who’s also in the movie) and directed by David Wain. It stars Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd. The above photo and poster and were selected from David Wain’s blog. You can see more here on my Childrens Hospital tumblr.

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Since the 84th Annual Academy Awards takes place this weekend (Sunday, 02/26/12) I decided to choose some Oscar winning films that you can enjoy right now on Netflix Streaming.


If you are more of a watcher than a reader and/or just want to watch me fangirl out over some of these flicks you can watch me also explaining this post above, or you can just skip that and read through.

Brokeback Mountain (1995) (Available Until 12/16/14)

Ang Lee, Heath Ledger & Jake Gyllenhaal on the set of Brokeback Mountain


(Best Director-Ang Lee, Best Adapted Screenplay-Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, Best Original Score-Gustavo Santaolalla)

Brokeback Mountain is the story of two cowboys who fall in love but can’t be together except during a brief time when they are working alone on a mountain. The film stars the late Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway and Randy Quaid.

What Dreams May Come (1998) (Available Until 01/01/14)

Robin Williams in What Dreams May Come


(Best Visual Effects-Joel Hynek, Nicholas Brooks, Stuart Robertson & Kevin Scott Mack )

Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Annabella Sciorra star in a movie about a man who tries to find his wife in the afterlife after he dies. The problem is that while he was meant to reside in heaven she is damned to hell.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) (Available Until 10/01/13)

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's


(Best Original Song-Moon River by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer, Best Score-Henry Mancini)

Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard star in this movie that was loosely based on the book by Truman Capote. Hepburn is a wannabe socialite who meets a writer when he moves into her apartment building.

The Graduate (1967) (Available Until 03/01/13)

Dustin Hoffman & Mike Nichols on the set of The Graduate


(Best Director-Mike Nichols)

I finally watched all of The Graduate last year when I was able to see it as part of a classic film series on the big screen. It’s quite disconcerting. Dustin Hoffman is a guy who’s right out of college and drifting. So he spends his summer drinking and sexing up Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). Then he decides that he’s in love with her daughter. In homages to the movie Hoffman is usually portrayed as a sympathetic character but he actually seems totally sociopathic.

Good Will Hunting (1997) (Available Until 01/01/13)

Robin Williams & Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting


(Best Actor in a Supporting Role-Robin Williams, Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen-Matt Damon & Ben Affleck)


Matt Damon and Ben Affleck made their splash into hollywood when they wrote and starred in this Gus Van Sant flick. Affleck is a janitor at a college who is actually a genius. When he starts attending the college himself he butts heads with the yuppies. Robin Williams, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgard costar.

Girl, Interrupted (1999) (Available Until 11/01/12)

Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted


(Best Actress in a Supporting Role-Angelina Jolie)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKpibWkTBGg

This is the fantastic adaptation of the Susanna Kaysen novel (which I also recommend) about a depressed young woman. She ends up in a mental hospital during the interim between high school and college. The film stars Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy and Jared Leto. There’s no doubt that Jolie is great in this but I always felt like it must have sucked that the press on her performance overshadowed Ryder’s leading role. Ryder’s character is basically just misunderstood and being treated in a sexist manner (though she’s officially diagnosed with borderline personality disorder) while Jolie’s character is completely out there.

Boys Don’t Cry (1999) (Available Until 08/01/12)

Hilary Swank & Chloe Sevigny in Boys Don't Cry


(Best Actress-Hilary Swank, Best Actress in a Supporting Role-Chloe Sevigny)

Boys Don’t Cry is based on the true story of Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank) who was a trans man (a person who is born female but gender identifies as a man) who falls in love with the pretty Lana (Chloe Sevigny) and the hate crime that follows. Peter Sarsgaard and Brendan Sexton costar.

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) (Available Until 07/01/12)

Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire


(Best Makeup-Greg Cannom, Ve Neill & Yolanda Toussieng)

I do believe that Mrs. Doubtfire was the first video tape that I ever begged for (and received!) as a birthday gift. Robin Williams (how is he in this post so much anyway?) is a man whose wife (Sally Field) is divorcing him. He’s a struggling actor who is desperate for both a steady job and a way to see his children more often. Of course the best idea is to dress as an elderly woman and become their maid, duh! I rewatched this again not long ago and it’s still great. Pierce Brosnan and Harvey Fierstein costar.

Dirty Dancing (1987) (Available Until 07/01/12)

Jennifer Grey & Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing

Franke Previte


(Best Original Song-(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life-Franke Previte, John DeNicola & Donald Markowitz)

I wish that I could be nonchalant and say that I don’t even like Dirty Dancing but alas, no, not true at all, I have one of the special edition DVDs and eveything. The late Patrick Swayze stars as the older dance instructor that teen Jennifer Grey falls for, while developing her dirty dancing skills.

The Fly (1986) (Available Until 06/01/12)

Chris Walas


(Best Makeup-Chris Walas & Stephan Dupuis)

This David Cronenberg horror film stars ex-married duo Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. It’s about a scientist who accidentally merges his body with a fly.

Misery (1990) (Available Until 05/01/12)

Kathy Bates in Misery


(Best Actress-Kathy Bates)

Kathy Bates stars in this horror movie based on a Stephen King book. She’s an obsessive fan who snaps when her favorite author (James Caan) has stopped writing his huge hit book series that she loves. So she kidnaps and cripples him to force him to write a new book in the series. Lauren Bacall costars as his literary agent.

All About Eve (1950) (Available Until 04/01/12)

Anne Baxter in All About Eve


(Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role-Anne Baxter, Best Actor in a Supporting Role-George Sanders, Best Director-Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Best Costume Design-Edith Head, Charles Le Maire, Best Screenplay, Best Sound Recording)

This drama stars Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm and Marilyn Monroe. It’s about an aging actress and a young actress who usurps her popularity.

The Age of Innocence (1993) (Available Until 04/01/12)

Michelle Pfeiffer in The Age of Innocence

Gabriella Pescucci


(Best Costume Design-Gabriella Pescucci)

This is a such a good costume drama. Michelle Pfeiffer is fantastic as woman who is considered to be scandalous because she’s left her husband. Daniel Day Lewis starts seeing her on the side despite being engaged to the adorable young Winona Ryder.

Death Becomes Her (1992) (Not Currently Available)

Meryl Streep in Death Becomes Her

Ken Ralston, Doug Chiang, Douglas Smythe & Tom Woodruff Jr.


(Best Visual Effects-Ken Ralston, Doug Chiang, Douglas Smythe & Tom Woodruff Jr.)

Death Becomes Her is definitely a favorite of mine. The stunning Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep star as vanity obsessed women who fight over Bruce Willis. They will do anything to stay young looking, even take a magical potion from Isabella Rossellini. It’s awesome that this movie won for visual effects because they still stand up today.

Beetlejuice (1988) (Not Currently Available)

Alec Baldwin in Beetlejuice

Michael Keaton & Steve LaPorte on the set of Beetlejuice



(Best Makeup-Ve Neill, Steve LaPorte & Robert Short)

Yes, Beetlejuice! A married couple (Geena Davis and an adorabley young/faux nerdy Alec Baldwin) die and discover that they are still trapped in their home. When some annoying yuppies (Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara) and their gothy teen daughter (Winona Ryder) move in they hire a bio-exorcist to scare them away. They don’t realize that this guy, Betelgeuse, (Michael Keaton) is worse. You don’t know how cool I was when I played a copy of this PG masterpiece at my 6th birthday party.

Toy Story 3 (2010) (Not Currently Available)

Tom Hanks & Lee Unkrich


(Best Animated Feature Film of the Year-Lee Unkrich, Best Original Song-We Belong Together by Randy Newman)

Toy Story 3 is cry worthy even for adults. When Andy grows up his favorite toys, Woody and Buzz, end up accidentally being thrown out. They arrive at a daycare center with some scary, stern toys and then must escape.

The English Patient (1996) (Not Currently Available)

Ralph Fiennes & Kristin Scott Thomas in The English Patient

(Best Picture-Saul Zaentz, Best Director-Anthony Minghella, Best Actor-Ralph Fiennes, Best Actress-Kristin Scott Thomas, Best Actress in a Supporting Role-Juliette Binoche, Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published-Anthony Minghella, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration-Stuart Craig & Stephenie McMillan, Best Cinematography-John Seale, Best Costume Design-Ann Roth, Best Film Editing-Walter Murch, Best Original Dramatic Score-Gabriel Yared, Best Sound-Walter Murch, Mark Berger, David Parker & Christopher Newman)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr_xAhg_qV4

I haven’t watched this in forever, despite it starring the delicious Ralph Fiennes, because it’s depressing. You’re going to want to check it out at least once though. Plot: “At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.” (via IMDB.com) The film also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe and Colin Firth.

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Uno Dos (Songs for Learning Spanish) by Sing with Señor is a really neat album that you can use to teach your family to speak Spanish. Children will love these melodic tunes. I took many Spanish courses in high school and as I listened to Uno Dos I felt like it could also be a great way for me to brush up on my Spanish speaking skills.

Songs on the album are as follows:
1. Uno Dos (One Two)
2. Las Vocales (The Vowels)
3. Pie De Arcoiris (Rainbow Pie)
4. Los Deportes (The Sports)
5. Los Animales (The Animals)
6. Los Días De La Semana (The Days of the Week)
7. ¿ Cómo Te Llamas Tú) [What Is Your Name?]
8. Al Lado De… (Next To …)
9. Once Doce (Eleven Twelve)
10. La Familia (The Family)

In addition to the songs themselves Sing with Senor includes lesson plans and the lyrics to the tracks on their site. These would make great teaching tools.

Sing with Senor definitely offers a fun way for you to interactively teach your family Spanish. I also think that this could be a very neat way to spend time if you teach children in a pre-school environment or babysit sometimes.

Great, basic words could easily be picked up from these songs. My favorite songs on the album are Los Animales, Uno Dos, ¿ Cómo Te Llamas Tú and La Familia. So make sure to preview the songs above and then go here to buy Uno Dos.

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SingWithSenor.com-official site
Buy Uno Dos (Songs for Learning Spanish)
Sing with Senor on Facebook
Sing with Senor on twitter
Sing with Senor on Soundcloud
Sing with Senor on YouTube
Buy Sing with Senor shirts

This post is brought to you by Sing with Senor. This doesn’t affect my thoughts or recommendations on the product.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt recently posted these beautiful photos on her twitter feed. I don’t know what they are for. She’s shooting a television series reimagining of the TV movie The Client List The (trailer is below, premieres in March) so they could have something to do with that. They kind of look like shots you’d seen in a perfume campaign. Ooh, I bet she has great taste in scents. Umm, fingers crossed.


really digging these photos of Amanda Seyfried from Glamour’s March 2012 issue


Woot, the trailer for the musical How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song is out.


The awesomely uninhibited blog The Girl’s Guide to Depravity is now a show on Cinemax. (premieres February 24th)


Elizabeth Banks’ directed and stars in this short film that aims to make women aware of their risk of a heart attack and what it feels like.


Yes, while promoting Ghost Rider 2 Nic Cage read the lyrics to LMFAO’s Sexy and I Know It. Super duper!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7c1NjWjf8sg


“It’s not actually a cheesecake, it’s all just a big lie”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnqfyCKXZPs
I assume this is supposed to be funny but it’s just awful. So awful that I had to share it. And that’s actually coming from someone who is a fan of Kate Walsh and wants to try these perfumes.


a cute purple makeup tutorial from xsparkage

outtakes from the wonderful film The Artist

Dream Big by Nakia
One of my favorite singer’s from the first season of The Voice, Nakia, has released this catchy song, Dream Big, and it’s free!

Madrid museum finds copy of Mona Lisa by da Vinci pupil-wow

DIY Haus of Price Bedazzled Shoes!-These shoes are to die for. If you are crafty you should so make a pair.

Fashion Icons can get CARRIED away…-some of Carrie Bradshaw’s great fashion moments

Cupid’s Arrow Cupcakes-I’m so not a Valentine’s Day kinda gal but these look terribly yummy. She even includes a PDF file for the hearts that she designed.

Ring This… Drinking Games-This is great. It’s a listing of TV and movie drinking games that includes the links to where to stream the shows online (ex. Netflix, Amazon Instant Video).

Meet The Man Behind “Parks & Rec” Paintings, Forks In “Twilight”

The 5 Stupidest Habits You Develop Growing Up More-yum frozen chicken dinners

Kickstart my Heart: Fucking James Franco
“Fucking James Franco” Review
So there’s a book for sale called Fucking James Franco. It’s a satirical erotic anthology involving fantasies about James Franco. He’s not actually involved with this. I was surprised not just because of the title but because it seems like he’s always juggling like 50 different things.

Ask Courteney Cox: My Tips To Fight Sun Damage, Keep Your Lips Moisturized and Your Hair Conditioned-very cool

Fake Criterion Collection Covers-includes Dude, Where’s My Car? and Dark City-very neat indeed

Andy Warhol’s Unseen Polaroids-If you live in San Fransisco be sure to check out this exhibition, The Andy Warhol: Polaroids / MATRIX 240, at UC Berkeley Art Museum.

Want to eat a BIG bowl of cookie dough?
Cake Batter Ice Cream
I just discovered ChocolateCoveredKatie.com so I haven’t had time to try these recipes yet but they look so good. Plus they include healthy ingredients..

Fashion On Film: 9 Movies With Inspiring Style-This is great because it highlights some less famous films that you (and I, xd) may not have seen. Plus some of the films are currently available on Netflix Streaming, score!

keeg’s birthday KISS-someone posted photos from their Kiss themed birthday party on the Kiss Facebook page, check ’em out. Yes, I’m a big Kiss fan and have also donned Gene Simmons’ makeup before.

My Breakfast with RuPaul….and why grudges are like CHICKEN TACOS WITH HOT SAUCE.“What did you want to be when you were a kid?: FAMOUS.” “Who is your dream guest?: CHER, she is the ULTIMATE DRAG AUTHORITY.”-cool intervew

Keith Richards, cheating death, my fear of camera phones and Vanessa Paradis: A surreal evening with Johnny Depp“If someone is being bullied or feels like an outsider and they relate to something that I’ve done, even if it’s just igniting a spark, that’s great. I had that feeling as a kid. I was messed with no end. And then you fight back – and that’s the rage that’s just under the surface, and in the end it comes out.”-a good, long interview. Plus his grandfather bootlegged moonshine, so did mine!

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photo by Taylor Herron

Today I’d like to introduce you to folk pop musician Thom Van. He’s a native of California who started playing guitar at age 13. That’s right he sings and plays the guitar. Thom writes his own songs and often does so in the park, where he’s inspired by the beautiful scenery.

You can listen to three demo tracks by Thom above, So In Love, When I’m Weak and Just In Your Head. The final version of these tracks will be featured on Thom’s upcoming EP, Volume 1. The songs are heartfelt and melodious. I could totally imagine them being played in the background of a dramatic scene on a show like Grey’s Anatomy.

These songs are so powerful that I must issue a tissue warning. They deal with the issues of love and heart ache and all of the men who’ve done me wrong. Okay, not that last part but that’s how they make me feel. And isn’t it great when music elicits that type of visceral emotion from you that you can instantly relate to your own life?

Thom’s EP Volume 1 will be released on May 1, 2012. You can pre-order it here for only $5. If you pre-order the CD you will also receive a limited edition autographed poster. That’s pretty neat.

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pre-order Volume 1 by Thom Van
listen to Thom Van on YouTube and Thom Van on SoundCloud
like Thom Van on Facebook
follow Thom Van on twitter
ThomVan.com
Interview with Thom Van

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