Twilight

14 11 2008

Twilight the movie. It’s being talked about everywhere. It’s splashed all over the cover (or should I say covers) of Entertainment Weekly. Author of the book, Stephenie Meyer, has been named one of EW’s Entertainers of the Year. I was introduced to the book by my sister who called me up one day and said, “I just read this book, and you have to read it!” I trust Kelsey’s judgment, so I picked up a copy. And then I picked up the succeeding books of the series. While it is billed as a young adult novel, it isn’t written as one. The characters are well spoken. I’ve read other adult novels, and I find that most authors write young adult novels as if the young adults are…six or seven years old. They don’t seem to be able to find the right conversational styles for people of the age 16. Albeit, Meyer’s characters probably have conversational styles at a level higher than that of normal 17 year olds. But, one of them is technically 109 years old, so she gets a pass. Anyway, I am counting down for this movie. I don’t count down to thing very often, unless it is a holiday, or a time that I get to go somewhere. But I am ready for this movie to come out. So, it is being released at midnight next Thursday (technically Friday, but whose counting.) Well, I had a lot more to say about this topic, but I can’t remember it at the moment, so more for later!

Chase (is pretty excited for Twilight)





Stop-Loss

30 03 2008

I saw the movie Stop-Loss this weekend. I haven’t heard great reviews about the movie so far, but I’ll have to say the movie was horrifying, but an excellent example of free speech. It’s about the stop-loss in the US military, which is an involuntary extension of a service member’s enlistment contract in order to retain them beyond the normal end of service term. It was created by the US Congress after the Vietnam War as a part of title 10 of the US Code. It is included in (fine print) in an enlistment contract signed by service members, stating that “in the event of war, my enlistment in the Armed Forces continues until six (6) months after the war ends, unless the enlistment is ended sooner by the President of the United States.” I agree with Senator Kerry when he says this is a “backdoor draft.” First of all, this movie just served to remind me that how much we need to get out of Iraq. As we were exiting the theatre, I heard a conversation between a few people discussing whether the movie was “anti-American” or not. My personal opinion is that it is the exact opposite of anti-American. The movie, which was produced by MTV Films, is supposed to be informative about stop-loss, but it has underlying tones of resistance. Ok, more than underlying tones. The movie follows the journey of one staff Sergeant who was stop-lossed and his struggle to avoid going back into combat. There are alot of people in the country who are against the war in Iraq (myself included) and are ready to bring our soldiers home. This movie is an expression against the war, specifically against the stop-loss that is being imposed on soldiers who’ve already done their tour. And as for the anti-American comments, the movie is an example of free speech. One of the reasons we’ve been dragged into this battle is because in this country we can get away with expressing differing opinions without punishment opinions that differ than that of our government without fear of retribution. An organization that I strongly support has done alot of work in opposing the stop-loss, and I would suggest to anyone who is curious to visit their site and learn more about the work that they are doing. Sign up to receive their emails, because Iraq Vets Against the War really is a great organization.





AshK Dupre movie?

14 03 2008

An article this morning in the LA Times is implying that Miz Dupre’s MySpace profile may be less than reputable. One of AshK’s close childhood friends was interviewed for the article, and she claims that she never heard or saw any evidence of the drug use, abuse, or poverty that was on AshK’s MySpace page. While she saw Ashley infrequently after she left their idyllic hometown, she believes that they were close enough that Ashley would have clued her in on something if there was trouble. A peek into Ashley’s past life reveals that she grew up as a normal teen who enjoyed cheerleading and singing kareoke. Several of the homes in the neighborhood where she grew up retail for $1.5 million. AshK has led people to believe that she grew up in a rough and tumble neighborhood spotted with shady characters and poverty-stricken inhabitants. Far from that, this neighborhood is an upscale development with manicured shrubs and long, winding driveways. Unfortunately, the spotty past makes for a better screenplay. Is this was little Miz AshK has in mind? (She hasn’t done a very good job of hiding it, if it was supposed to be a secret.) Granted, I suppose we could just blame Eliot Spitzer. He’s the one who got caught, anyway. Read the full article here.





Valentine’s Day playlist

14 02 2008

First, the answers to the movie lines quiz.
10) Love Story
9) The English Patient
8) City of Angels
7) Casablanca (sigh)
6) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
5) Jerry Maguire
4) Moulin Rouge
3) Lord of the Rings
2) As Good As It Gets
1) Dirty Dancing (I think we might be watching this movie tonight. Or perhaps When Harry Met Sally.) Well, here is my own personal Valentine’s Day playlist. I know I said I was going to list the top ten most romantic songs, but I just didn’t like those songs. Mine are much better.
My ♥Valentine’s Day Playlist♥
1) I Need You, LeAnn Rimes
2) I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Frank Sinatra
3) The Luckiest, Ben Folds
4) Valentine, Martina McBride (of course this one has to be on there, it isn’t Valentine’s Day without Martina)
5) Have I Told You Lately, Rod Stewart
6) Yes!, Chad Brock
7) Once In A Blue Moon, Sydney Forest
8) Awful Beautiful Life, Darryl Worely
9) Come Away With Me, Norah Roberts
10) Rhymes With, Lila McCann
11) Always You, Sophie Zelmani
12) The Way You Look Tonight, Tony Bennett
13) Hey There Delilah, Plain White T’s
14) Your Everything, Keith Urban
15) The Time of My Life, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warners

So, who saw the Tiffany’s Valentine’s Day ads? I thought these ads were great! So so cute. And there are several different version of the ad that I have come across in my perusing of the the web, however I cannot seem to find them at the moment. They are clever and encorporate the pieces of jewelry. And of course it’s Tiffany’s, what woman doesn’t want to click thru to the Tiffany’s website?
Here are the ads:
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This one is my favorite, and I found it at the NYT website.
There are two different banners that I have seen, both are good.
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As a part of my job I habitually note ads that I see that are clever. I must admit, however, that a friend pointed these out to me. For the occasion, these are some of the best online ads I have seen floating around. Anyone else seen anything interesting out there? I got an email today from Planned Parenthood. It was…well, it caused quite a stir around my office, I’ll say that. If anyone is curious, let me know and I will write about it. I am just not sure how to put it into words….





Sweet Nothings

13 02 2008

Greetings on this the eve of ♥Valentine’s Day♥, the day when those in love shower each other with flowers, chocolates, kisses, and other various and assorted goodies. A little quiz for you lovebirds out there, or movie buffs, whichever you deem yourself as. I promised in an earlier post a list of the Most Romantic Movies Ever and it is coming shortly. But first, the top ten most romantic movie lines ever. And you get to figure out where they come from. I’ll post the answers either tomorrow during the day or Friday (as I have plans myself tomorrow evening♥).
And drum roll please here they are…the Top Ten Most Romantic Movie Lines.
10) “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
9) “I promise I’ll come back for you. I promise I’ll never leave you.”
8) “When they ask me what I liked best, I’ll say it was you.”
7) “We’ll always have Paris.”
6) “I want to tell you with my last breath that I have always loved you.”
5) “You had me at hello.”
4) “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”
3) “I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone. I choose a mortal life.”
2) “You make me want to be a better man.”
And the number one most romantic movie quote of ever (from one of my all-time favorite movies, nonetheless.)
1) “I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.”

And my personal pick for most romantic movie line ever is:
“I love that you get cold when it is 71 degrees outside. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle in your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” -Billy Crystal, When Harry Met Sally
What’s yours?
There you have it. The top ten most romantic movie lines ever. Any surprises? I think there are a few things missing. But who am I to argue with random sampling?

Well, if your plans include staying in and cuddling up with someone special (or getting together with your girlfriends, eating ice cream and burning photos of your old boyfriends), here are some movies to add to your must-see list.
Top Twenty Most Romantic Movies of All Time
20) When Harry Met Sally, 1989
19) You’ve Got Mail, 1998
18) Moulin Rouge, 2001
17) Dirty Dancing, 1987
16) Love Actually, 2003
15) Somewhere In Time, 1980
14) An Affair To Remember, 1980
13) Serendipity, 2001
12) City of Angels, 2001
11) Love & Basketball, 2000
10) Romeo & Juliet, 1996
9) An Officer and A Gentleman, 1982
8) Gone with the Wind, 1982
7) Love Story, 1979
6) Sleepless In Seattle, 1993
5) A Walk To Remember, 2002
4) Pretty Woman, 1990
3) Ghost, 1990
2) Titanic, 1997
1) The Notebook, 2004
And I’ve added 1A because I think it was mistakenly left off this list!
1A) Casablanca, 1942

You can probably find most of these at Blockbuster for your movie night!





The pen is mightier than the sword…but is a picket sign mightier than both?

12 02 2008

♥Happy Valentine’s Day♥ to all you couch potatoes telefanatics out there! The Writers Guild of America’s strike is over!
The strike, which began November 5th, 2007 ended today after the governing board of the unions unanimously approved a tentative three-year deal with production companies. This was the first industry-wide strike in ten years, the last being in 1988. That strike lasted 5 months and cost the industry $500 million dollars.
This strike was focused on the writers’ demand for a pay increase for movies and television shows released on dvd, and a larger share of revenue from shows streamed over the internet. What shows will be returning? How many of us are going to have to go without Grey’s Anatomy until next September? I have been personally missing NCIS and Criminal Minds. Someone on another blog, one that I was just perusing brought up an interesting point. The increased interest in politics may very well be because that has been the most interesting thing to watch in a while! Now, I can’t say that this is particularly true, it certainly isn’t for me, but as I have been reminded again and again, I am “weird” (in quotes because I am quoting a friend), and it is “never good to be a sample size of one.” So will the unusually high interest in politics drop off when these television shows come back? Especially among young voters? Surely not, but it is a theory worth mentioning.
Speaking of television, who has plans to stay in on ♥Thursday♥ night? Stay tuned for a list of the Top Ten Most Romantic Movies Ever which are sure to make your evening a little more ♥loveable♥!
*EDIT* You can visit the TV Guide blog to see when your favorite shows are coming back! And I found the link at this blog!