To Another Plane

January 23, 2011

Sometimes I get the feeling that life is going to be nothing but a disappointment. I feel like my future’s already set, and I’m not going to end up getting what I want. My art teacher always tells us that we already have mortgages – we already know exactly what will happen within the next ten years. As much as the future freaks me out, this thought scares me too. I don’t want to have to follow a certain path. I don’t want to just go to school for four years and then call it quits on life and learning. I want to read and study and learn things that high school didn’t allow me to learn, like just how many stars there are in a desert sky, or how to paint a house, or how to take care of sheep. I want to study art and books and religion and then write about them once I’ve formed my opinions, or once I’ve learned something. I want to critique while secretly getting to indulge in what I love to do – observe. See things, read things, watch things, hear things. The only thing that I know I want for sure, and which I will go out of my way to accomplish, is to end up in this city. I want a flat in the East Village – but I’m not picky about placement, really. I want to be able to walk to work every single day. I want to be able to hop on the train and be back home for dinner in Jersey whenever I feel like it. I want my night skies to be lit up by artificial lights and fluorescent bulbs instead of the stars. Every night I pray to be transported here, some way or another. New York City is the center of the world and I’ll be damned if I can’t be a part of that. The numbers and the crowds and the streets lined with people and stuffed with cars, that’s not overwhelming. It’s comforting.


Le Sigh

January 19, 2011

Ever wish you could use “I got bored” as an excuse for your actions? Well, Ryan Murphy can. Turns out, Ryan Murphy can do whatever the hell he wants. He announced today that he’ll be having the golden couple (literally!) call it quits during the second half of this season, and that it would also give Sam and Quinn the chance to make out with other New Directions members. I’m not particularly heart broken over this. Sam was trying waaay to hard. He was just too kiss-ass for her, and Quinn needs a challenge. Plus, you can totally tell that she wasn’t as into him. Oops. As annoying as I found Quinn and Sam’s relationship to be, the fact that his only excuse was that he “got bored” pisses me off. Even if you have the power to make decisions like that, it’s not okay to admit it! It makes him look lazy and has given him, in my eyes, a bit of a divinity complex, like he’s totally indulging in the fact that he gets to play God to this show. It’s cool that he gets to make the plot changes and what not, but it almost sounds like he’s bragging about it. Bragging about what, your show that has zero continuity and has lost any sort of character development this season? Give Quinn time to be single, tap into her feminist core (which we all know is there), and stop preaching that relationships are the only way people can ever be happy. What Glee needs are some independent women (I’ve got my fingers crossed for Rachel) and some more realistic men. There is no such thing as Sam, he doesn’t exist, nothing about him seems remotely plausable. But what they could do to make him more real is delve further into his manorexia/body image problem that they scraped the surface of earlier this season. Now that would make for an interesting storyline.

This decision probably wouldn’t bother me so much if Ryan had just kept his mouth shut, or thought before he spoke. Perhaps admitting that Sam wasn’t actually right for Quinn would have been better, or even blaming it on the fact that high school relationships just don’t last.

Here’s another cool idea, Ryan. Try having them date OUTSIDE of the Glee Club. This is all getting a bit too incestuous for me.


January 12, 2011

I know this is a bit late, but better late than never, right? Oh, and it’s still a talking point. Don’t let it escape your conscience.

This is important. All I’ve wanted to do this week is curl up under a blanket and watch Wall-E. We can play the blame game all we want once the wounds have started to heal, but for right now, wouldn’t it be best to mourn, reflect, and pray for the injured, the deceased and their families? People still talk about Columbine and Virginia Tech, Kennedy and Malcolm X – this will certainly have an equally lasting impact, so why don’t we all stop dwelling on the technicalities and work on trying to become peaceful again. When I got wind of the news, through the Daily What, no less, I immediately navigated over to Gawker to see what the commenters had to say. Sure enough, they were all pointing fingers, and that sickend me. I know where my political loyalties lie, yes, and I do have my beliefs on who influenced what, yes, but it has to be understood that there are crazy, violent, evil people out there with no comprehension of humanity who will act some way or another if they are given the chance. And this kid somehow grasped the chance. There are influences from all over who will contribute to that crazy, but ultimately it’s THEIR actions, which THEY chose to make. So why don’t we all save the arguments and debates for later and focus on stopping hate. Like these people, who are doing an upstanding job of it. In other news, Queensland, Australia is getting flooded, so lets show them some relief as well. It’s much nicer to soothe a wound rather than pour salt on it.

“I’m CEO, Bitch” – A “Social Network” Appreciation Post

January 11, 2011

The other month, my mother showed me an article that discussed the lack of good one-liners found in contemporary films – especially the big budget ones. I disagreed with her at first, citing Brokeback Mountain’s heartbreaking “I wish I knew how to quit you!” which I use quite often. But then I came to the realization that a.) that’s just me and b.) people really don’t quote movies anymore. That is, unless they are enthusiasts or Mean Girls fans.

So, off of that, I got to thinking. Again, maybe it’s just me, and also the fact that it’s probably my favorite movie of 2010, but quite honestly, I thought that The Social Network was full of great one-liners. The film, which comes out on DVD tomorrow (which is also my birthday) (wink wink, hint hint) circled around outstanding Harvard students – the lines were bound to be witty. And I mean, this is on top of everything else I liked about the film, including Andrew Garfield/Eduardo Saverin (that poor, doe-eyed creature), the setting (especially the dorm life, which made me even more excited for college than I already am), and the way it was told through flashback/flash forward (this is just a personal thing. Flashbacks are my favorite.)

But those lines man. The writers did an amazing job with this film. If anything, they deserve the Academy Award for best original screenplay. Yes, I did go see the film opening night, and yes, I was excited for the film (the trailers for it were ingenious), but I was not expecting to be so enthralled with the film. I left the theater with my jaw scraping the floor. I still can’t really begin to explain what it was that made me love it so much, but I do think it has something to do with the screenplay. I wished I had thought of half of it myself.

For example:

“I’m sorry! My Prada’s at the cleaners! Along with my hoodie and my fuck-you flip flops, you pretentious douchebag!” – Eduardo Saverin. I have the overwhelming desire to get into an argument with a certain friend of mine so that I’ll have the excuse to scream this at the top of my lungs.

“Lawyer up, asshole.” – Eduardo Saverin. Also this. Except not so much an argument – I want to issue this as a threat.

“I like standing next to you, Sean. It makes me look tough in comparison.” – Eduardo Saverin. Another great threat.

“You are going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. And I want you to know from the bottom of my heart that that wont be true. It’ll be because you’re an asshole.” – Erica Albright. What a whammy. The snide comment about Erica not having to study because she goes to BU made the whole audience gasp during the screening I went to, but that’s because it was full of Princeton students. This line, however, sent shivers down my spine. I wanted to stand up and pump my fist and yell “You go girl!” but I was in the front and that would have been obstructive and I hate the kinds of people who do things like that anyway.

Mark: I need you.
Eduardo: I’m here for you.
Mark: No I need the algorithm you used to rank chess players.
This part always just cracks me up.

“I’m six-five, two-twenty, and there’s two of me.” – Cameron Winklevoss. I also liked when Mark called them the Winklevii – classssic!!!

So what I’m really getting at is, If you haven’t seen the movie, rent it ASAP. It’s about to become my new Mean Girls.

"I was your only friend."