Archive | November, 2009

An Education: Everybody wants to be French

23 Nov

Just saw An Education, a coming-of-age story about a 16 year-old girl in 1960’s England who jeopardizes her chances of getting into Oxford by letting Peter Sarsgaard get into her.

I quite liked it, especially Carey Mulligan as the aformentioned 16 year-old and Alfred Molina as her father. Peter Sarsgaard was sweet at times and creepy at times, though I felt his character could have been a bit more interesting (why was I hoping Cary Mulligan would dump him for his friend played by Dominic Cooper the whole time? Oh yeah, because he had a personality). The first half was enjoyable and moved along quickly, but once it got to the last third it sort of lost steam and became a bit formulaic. I also felt there wasn’t a very big pay off at the end, as it was less of an education as an you can do whatever you want and still (spoiler) get into Oxford.

Oh, and one more thing: the banana. Dear God the banana.

The Cat Piano

18 Nov

Nick Cave can do no wrong…

Who’s hoping for a feature-length already?

Bright Star: Marry me

14 Nov

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Bright Star, directed by Jane Campion, starring Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw, tells the love story between poet John Keats and Fanny Braun in early 1800’s England.

I LOVED THIS MOVIE.

I absolutely adored it on so many levels. Acting: brilliant! Direction: inspired! Music: lovely! Storyline: perfect! My friend thought it was a little slow moving (try watching Campion’s Portrait of a Lady, then you’ll know just how slow she can get), but I thought it moved at the perfect pace for the characters to fall in love and become so attached to one another. Throughout the movie I heard so many awww‘s it was insane. 

And I have to say it was refreshing to watch a love story onscreen to truly root for, in a time when we are bombarded with the likes of The Ugly Thruth and The Accidential Husband. Ugh to that, give me Keats any day!

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Be forewarned though, Bright Star may require some (a lot of) tissues! And the insatiable need to read Keats!

history repeating

13 Nov

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Since I skipped last week’s episode, here’s a brief recap:

It was Stefan’s birthday (he turned 162 years old, for those of you keeping track) so his BFF Lexi came to visit, who is a blond hottie vamp who likes to takes showers and walk around in a towel when Elena comes to visit. Then Damon stakes Lexi in front of the blond lady cop (also Caroline’s mom) to prove he is a good guy, and get the hunterz off his back. Stefan gets all pissy about that for some reason, and stakes Damon in return, but just in the tummy, so it doesn’t actually do anything. Oh, and Elena continues to be like “stay away from me Stefan,” and then go visit him five minutes later. Because she is a dummy.

BACK TO THE PRESENT: Bonnie is being haunted by her 150 year old ancestor witch! That olde time beeyatch is totally playing mind games with her, like making her look stupid in class and have dreams (oh the horror!) and wake up in the middle of the woods in her pajamas! HOW COULD YOU GHOST WITCH? YOU ARE LIKE TEN TIMES MORE SCARY THAN THAT ONE GHOST IN THAT ONE MOVIE*!

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Going to stand up and run away in 5...4...3...2...1

In other news (much more important news), there’s a new history teacher (the old one was eaten by Damon a couple of episodes ago, remember?) and guess what? HE’S A HOTTIE YAY!!!!!!!!:):):):):):):):):):):)

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Serve me up a slice of that!

See that gibberish written on the chalk board behind him? That is his name (his name! this show and its names!), which I am pretty sure is code for ‘I am vampire’, but maybe I’m just being an asshole and its perfectly believeable for a normal person to be named Alaric Saltzman**. Elena is too busy getting worried about Stefan because he didn’t come to school to even notice how hot Alaric is, and Bonnie is too worried about having a ghost ask her for help again (helping people (even dead ones) is for losers) to notice either, so I have to do all the noticing for them.

“Yes, he is a hot man.” –Me

Back at the vampire mansion, Damon apologizes to Stefan for killing his only friend by saying he isn’t going to eat a human “for at least a week” because that is the amount it takes to atone for killing your brother’s only friend. Stefan is unusually sassy and he annoys Damon about his ‘real’ reason for coming back to Spookyville (I still don’t know the actual name of this place) and he also has a lot of abs.

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Alaric calls Mini McQueen into his office and calls him a jackass (not really, but one can dream) and then he tells him he has to write an essay about the town’s history in order to pass the class, which Mini accepts because he is all about school now and not drugs. Then they shake hands, and if you stop looking at how soft Alaric’s skin looks, you’ll see that he is wearing the same ‘lapis lazuli’ ring that the brothers vampire wear in order to not burn up in the sun.

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Because he is a vampire.

Later, Stefan goes to school to tell Elena that he isn’t going to go to school anymore, because of how he can just stop going and no one will notice. “Don’t worry Principal Figgins, he accidently forgot he passed high school 147 years ago.” And Elena is like “are you backing off from school, or from me?” and then she caught sight of her reflection in Stefan’s abs and she wouldn’t move or eat or think until she died of  starvation.

Damon shows up at school also, but only to molest Bonnie.

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"You have coffee breath, please get away from me."

On the drive home Elena decides its the perfect night for a slumber party, and Bonnie tosses the necklace into a field because of how that is the best way to make a ghost leave you alone. 

Elena goes to Stefan and tells him about the ghost and how Damon wants the necklace, and he is like “I knew Bonnie’s ancestor, her name was Emily and she was Katherine’s handmaid,” and then he is like “what does the necklace look like?” Elena is like ,”It um–” and Stefan is like, “I know it, it used to belong to Katherine, which means that…” and then he leaves abruptly to make sure that he is being cryptic enough.

While all this is going on, Mini and Cool Aunt go out for dinner. Betcha can’t guess who they run into…

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"Me?"

Yes! They so run into you! And guess who Cool Aunt has the hots for now?

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"Me?"

Duh! Who doesn’t? So Alaric comes over and gets all flirty with Cool Aunt, but only after she mentions that all of Mini’s family heirloom stuff is in acloset at their house. Poor Cool Aunt! All guys ever want is to get into her closet! And steal historical shit! Anyway, Mini leaves eventually, and Al and Aunt have a heart to heart about thier respective relationship drama. Cool Aunt is like, “I dated this douchey newscaster who I went back to like 20 times, but he always left me. Pretty sad, huh?” And Alaric is like, “my wife was murdered and no one knows who did it” then Cool Aunt looks like she wishes she could disappear from the booth they’re sharing.

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"My douchey newscaster problems seem so small compared to actual problems."

 Then Alaric follows her home and looks at the doorway very obviously because he can’t pass through it unless he’s invited, which Cool Aunt decides not to do, but only because Jeremy is standing right there.

 Meanwhile, Stefan pretends to be all buddy buddy with Damon, just so he can find out his secrets. It doesn’t work though, and we find out that Damon seems a bit more attached to Katherine than Stefan, and also that he would ‘rip [Stefan’s] heart out and not think twice about it’. Give it a whirl Damon, you can’t knock something until you try it, right? And then Damon is like, “I’m going to bring [Katherine] back” and then explains that he made a deal with Bonnie’s witch ancestor to protect Katherine back in the day, and when everyone thoughtshe was burning up in a church she was really sealed in a tomb underneath it. So now, 150 year later, Damon has decided its the perfect time to let her out (he also mentioned some nonsense about how the comet in episode two had to pass over in order for the necklace to be powerful enough unseal the tomb or something…whatever).

GUESS WHAT TIME IT IS? IT’S SLUMBER PARTY TIME! Everything is very typical slumber party shit (maincures, confessions to being a witch) until Caroline finds the necklace in Bonnie’s purse (how’d that get there? sneaky little ancestor witch!) and she decides the best thing to do is have a seance!

Oops, things don’t go so well when Emily takes over Bonnie’s body and walks out of the house! Elena figures it out when Bonnies is acting all polite and speaking in proper English (you know, like they used to in the old days?), so she calls Stefan to tell him what happened and of course Damon overhears it and knows exactly wheres she’s going (to the church where Katherine is). Damon finds Emily and tries to take the necklace by force, but she uses her witch powers to throw him into a tree, which stabs his tummy. Then this happens:

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Apparently, every person who was  in the church was a vampire, and Emily had to save them all in order to save Katherine, so now she doesn’t want Damon to open the tomb because they will all come out most likely be very angry. So she tosses the jewel into the air and blows it up with her mind, like so:

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This makes Damon very mad, so he bites Emily, except it isn’t Emily anymore, it’s Bonnie, and Stefan has to make her drink his vampire blood in order to not die. Damon is all sad now and says he is going to leave, and Elena decides she wants to be with Stefan after all, but he says he has to leave now too because too many people have died. Then he turns and starts to walk away into the dark forest, and Elena is like, “don’t walk away!” but he does anyway and it is very emotional because if he leaves they will never see each other again and they won’t be in love forever! 😦

Then it ends with a montage of Stefan throwing a pillow angrily onto his bed and crying, and Elena telling Bonnie about vampires as she cries and then Bonnie starts to cry too.

Oh, and the newscaster comes back and I’m pretty sure he is somehow a vampire now.

NEXT WEEK: The tagline is “The only thing more painful than death is goodbye”…sure, if that goodbye ends with you getting stabbed. Also, Elena and Stefan sex it up and the douchey newscaster kills a bunch of people.

*There are no ghosts less scary than Bonnie’s ancestor.

**It isn’t.

The Vampire Diaries recaps: on hiatus :(

9 Nov

So I’ve come to terms with the fact that I simply do not have enough time to do a recap for last Thursday’s episode, or next. It’s really very sad for me because last episode was aces and I was looking forward to writing about it, but school, work and moving from one apartment to the next takes precedent.

If anyone reads this and is disappointed, I’m sorry and I wish I could apologize with a Twilight notebook journal for everyone, but I bet you already have one because I know how important it is to have a place to keep track of your dreams and cupcake making.  

So in consolation, remember Ryan Gosling? You know, he used to make movies? C’mon, I know you saw The Notebook like 20 times, so quit pretending like you don’t know who I’m talking about.

Anyway, he’s in a band now. And he sings. Um. Well, I guess he was always a singer (I know the embedding doesn’t work, but its worth a watch on youtube):

Haha. Good one, Ryan Gosling.

Now, he’s in a ‘real’ band called Dean Man’s Bones and you can tell how serious he is by all the black he’s wearing.

Is it weird that I kind of like this? (ps: that skeleton baby is adorable!)

So hopefully the recaps will be back on soon, and I promise to a quick overview of whatever epidsodes I skip.

V for very decent

3 Nov

I just watched the premiere of V, the latest alien invasion television series (because there are so many of those) and I think it has potential. Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet from Lost) was good as usual, and that guy from Death at a Funeral and Firefly was in it too, you know, this guy:

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And I think I like it so far because they didn’t insult our intelligence by explaining every little thing, but instead they are leaving loose threads to be tied later, like a show with potential is supposed to do.

There were also some gross out moments involving under-the-flesh scales and ridged crow bars, which no sci-fi (or syfy?) show is complete without.

One thing: please don’t have every male instantly fall in love with a V just because they have a smokin’ hot bod. I know it is a proven fact that boys like sex more than girls (duh), but c’mon! I’m sure they think about other things, not just pop-pop. Right?

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Whatever.

But overall, good job show! I’m looking forward to more! (Until it goes off the air in December until March. AFTER ONLY FOUR EPISODES! Bad move ABC! Boo!)