October 31, 2010

1. Happy birthday Jessica!!!

2. Happy Halloween!!


Bless My Soul

October 29, 2010

Today, for Halloween in school, I dressed up as Columbia from Rocky Horror, inspired by my love for the movie and this weeks episode of Glee, of course. Which, by the way, they did a great job with. The guest appearances of Meat Loaf and Barry Bostwick were minor enough to be enjoyable – Glee really needs to lay off the guest appearances. Except John Stamos. He can stay. Well, only if it doesn’t mean that we wont be seeing anymore Mr. Schue with no shirt. “Touch-A Touch-A Touch-A Touch Me” basically made up for all of the times that Mr. Schuester has rapped.

Moar, pleas

Glee shed a lot more skin than usual this week, which I have no problem with, but I must adress something before I go on. I learned this week that a young girl who I do gymnastics with – she’s maybe eight or nine years old – watches the show with her mother, which I really don’t find appropriate. I watch the show with my parents and I don’t feel comfortable watching certain scenes with them. My point here is that Glee is an adult show, with very serious and mature themes. It’s not really meant for 10-year-olds. So people shouldn’t be getting into such a huff about this month’s “inappropriate” GQ spread with Corey, Dianna and Lea. First of all, is your tween child really reading GQ? Aren’t they still into Seventeen and Teen Vogue at that age? Not only that, but it’s a magazine for men. I really don’t think parents should be concerned about their children wandering towards that section of the magazine rack. Second of all, if you’re so upset about some twenty-somethings posing in their underwear, maybe you shouldn’t be letting your kid watch the show in the first place. Lea Michelle can’t show a little skin, but teen pregnancy is perfectly fine to expose your child to? Leave GQ and the cast members alone. They’re old enough to make their own decisions, and quite frankly I think that this decision was a great one for both the magazine and the stars.

Moving on. This week’s episode was frivolous amusement, and done just right. Though I personally think that they should have covered “Rose-Tint My World”, the song selections were solid. Giving Emma and Carl a chance to sing was a breakthrough. I love the girl, but Rachel Berry’s pipes need a break. I’m getting kind of sick of hearing the same people sing all of the solos. It’s been a while since we’ve heard any Artie…or seen any development into Artie at all. He didn’t even wince when Carl put Mike’s arm around Tina during “Hot Patootie”, which was also my favorite number.

Also interesting was the male anorexia storyline with Sam that they just barely tapped into. I’ve been waiting for them to address eating disorders, and I really hope that they develop more into the disease with Sam, because “manorexia” and boys having body-image issues is not something that the media confronts at all. That would make for a good plot line.

Can We Get Much Higher?

October 24, 2010

I love Yeezy. There. I said it. Right now, I’m weighing the pros and cons of wasting my life watching his 35-minute long music video, narrated by Nicki Minaj with a bad British accent. I probably will watch it. Maybe not all the way through, maybe just in intervals. I should be writing my art history paper. This is so much more interesting. The only thing that would make me anticipate this album anymore would be if he changed the title from My Beautiful Dark Twisting Fantasy to Jogging in Lanvin. The first one is too wordy.

“First rule in this world baby: don’t pay attention to anything you see in the news.”
HAHAHAH! Yes, Kanye! Please! Enlighten me! Five minutes in, and it’s really a beautiful work of art. You have to hand it to Mr. West, he really is one of the hardest working artists out there. Wow, I’m having a hard time pulling myself away from this.. This video is reaching new heights in the How Close to Naked Can My Clothing Make Me Look category. Is that a Michael Jackson head? I have an overwhelming urge to incorporate pyrotechnics into my floor routine all of a sudden… But this song is really amazing. Where can I get those gold talons? I think I know what I want to be for Halloween. Aha, 14 minutes in, we hear signs of the song that the video is for. These ballerinas are beautiful but bad for my attention span. Phoenix turned to stone? She’s a phoenix? At least they’re getting their phoenix facts right. Bon Iver?!?!? Honestly, choosing to collaborate with Bon Iver is one of the best career choices that Kanye has made yet. “Woods”, the most beautiful song… This video is a very interesting mixture of aesthetics. Naturally, Kanye has a good eye. He has good taste in everything. I also like the tone of the film, it reminds me of certain episodes and scenes from Skins. Just the colors of everything is so pleasing. Well done, director West.

I don’t care what none of y’all say, I’m Team Kanye. Taylor Swift is running out of steam; Kanye is immortal.

The U.S. Can’t Handle This…

October 22, 2010


I’m trying really hard to like what I’m seeing of the new MTV Version of Skins, but I just can’t! It’s just not the same! The fact that they’re replicating the original so closely is almost offensive to me. It’s actually the same exact thing, except not done as well. And I mean, the original is available to fans in the states, so why would we bother with this re-make? Could they have chose an actress who looked any more like Michelle? It’s giving me the creeps. Sid looks even more dowdy. I want to punch that actor who plays Sid – can he make any other facial expressions? Part of Sid’s appeal is that he’s adorably pathetic…this kid just looks sad. He’s butchering one of my favorite fictional characters of all time, so, no, I’m not okay with it!

I have zero expectations for this show, and I’m getting really pissed off by the preview, which is trying so hard. It’s the exact same thing! They just took the script and assigned the parts to worse actors and filmed it in the US using an SUV instead of a station wagon. Is it weird that I’m getting so upset by this stupid previe? From the music, to the fast paced shots, it’s giving me a headache. Skins is known for it’s amazingly beautiful soundtrack, not it’s annoying one. It’s not ever going to be the same, no matter how hard they try, so they might as well have just taken it and made it their own – with their own storyline, original characters, and different problems. This is just going to turn into another “Coupling” fiasco, it needs to be more original. Sure, it’s sensational, but everyone knows about it on this side of the pond. And, mark my words, no one will ever replace Kaya Scodelario and Nicholas Hoult.

Am I an asshole for being such a loyal fan to the original? A part of me is really afraid because I know that this show is so aesthetically pleasing and will probably do well…and a part of me will consider all fans of this show absolute posers. Complete jerk move on my part, I know, but this has actually been my favorite show and a huge part of my life for the past four years…It’s like they’re ripping one of my favorite things to shreds. And part of the appeal of Skins is it’s setting and the mannerisms of the characters and their dress and taste in music and accents…all which American teens tend to lack. And the school system in England is so different from the one we have here, a lot of the plot wont be able to fit in because of that.

I’ll probably give at least the first episode a shot…anticipate a review, and possibly a very nasty one. I know I’m extremely biased, but obviously this show has had a very profound effect on me if I’m getting so upset over this. It probably says something about the beauty of the first one. Any imitation is going to be an imitation, I guess. I’ve been annoyed about this since they announced that it would be moving stateside…and onto MTV, no less. Can’t they just air the originals? I’m going to go stew some more.


October 20, 2010

Call me a fangirl, but basically all I did today was watch “A Very Potter Musical” and stare in jaw-dropping awe at the latest GQ spread…that’s right, the Glee one.
1. Sexiest Voldemort ever. Funniest Draco ever.

2. I’m so excited for Darren Criss to be on Glee.

3. It’s high time I re-read Harry Potter as a whole.
4. GQ still reigns supreme as my favorite periodical. It’s just CLEARLY the best magazine out there.

I highly doubt that it’s appropriate to be posting that photo, but it’s so cute that I just couldn’t resist. One week until “Rocky Horror Glee Show” – so excited to hear Emma sing “Touch-A Touch-A Touch-A Touch Me”!!

Just Noticed

October 19, 2010

It’s pretty cool how American Apparel has crafted their featured Halloween costumes so that they require purchasing the most expensive items that the store sells. This cupcake costume requires that one buys not one but three of their “multi-layered reversible petticoat” – an item priced at $70 a pop. Oh, how I long for the days when a $300 costume will seem like nothing but spare change to me!

Hey, American Apparel, get a clue – people who shop at your store are college students and high schoolers who don’t exactly have any sort of income. Being more buyer-friendly is a very good way to boost sales. That is, unless you’re trying to bankrupt your customers as you have done to yourselves. But seriously, not cool. I would totally buy that petticoat if I had a trust-fund to fall back on, but for now I rely on eight weeks of working at a day camp and sneaking twenties from my father’s sock drawer to fulfill my unquenchable desire for clothing/material possessions. I really wish you wouldn’t stroke my addiction like this, because deep down I really dig everything you make, and it’s just getting way too out of my price range.
Also pathetic-I own every item needed to dress up as a “slumber party girl” a la American Apparel.

Body Watch

October 16, 2010

All my life, I’ve felt disproportionate. Well, I haven’t just felt it, I’ve known it. Call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure that I’ve figured out everything about my body by now, I mean, I’m a teenager and a gymnast – of course I’m going to spend a good amount of time scrutinizing my form and my posture in the mirror. After years of staring, I’ve started to come to conclusions about my stature, and these few things I know for sure.

My legs are disproportionally longer than my torso. This is not just an observation based on what I’ve seen in my reflection, but also one that I’ve noticed because it affects me in the gym. Because of this slight abnormality, piking in gymnastics has always been weird for me. I just don’t pike when I tumble, which means that I’ve shot right from tucking to laying out. This could have impaired my layout because piking provides a nice segway between levels, and gets one used to not curling up into a ball in the air and keeping ones legs straight and tight – the key to a layout. (Aside from squeezing your butt, which is ultimately what keeps you straight in the air.) Also, it sometimes hurts to stretch my pike, but I can also credit that to landing on my tailbone when tucking onto the beam ages ago. Honest to god, I don’t know how I’ve gotten through six years of competitive gymnastics with only a broken nose.

But that’s beside the point. My theory here is that years of tumbling has compressed my spine and my height has been affected because of this, as well as my proportions. It also makes me wonder if, when I quit tumbling next fall to go off to college, I’ll start to grow. I don’t know how I feel about that thought. Yes, being short is a pain in the butt, but it’s something that I’ve gotten used to. I don’t know if I could deal with another change in my life at that time.

Why I’m thinking about this right now, I’m not sure. I should be finishing up my calc homework or my Rutgers app, but instead I’m measuring my legs, because I’m pretty sure that the left one is shorter than the right one. Or maybe it’s just that my sweatpants were made disproportionately-nevertheless, I should probably stop procrastinating and finish work before practice. At least I managed to get my leotard on already. Ugh, putting in contacts is such a chore.