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."

Skins-y Skins-y Skins

December 29, 2010

Look what I’ve found!!! The brand new trailer and jazzed-up opener for Skins Series 5. Don’t know if I’m a huge fan of that music for the opener, but Arcade Fire? Oof. A show after my own heart. And while I’m at it, here’s a quick question/bit of intuitiveness – does anyone else think that short haired girl seemed a bit androgynous to anyone else? Meaning we might have a transsexual character?! Oh my, they haven’t gone there yet. How very Degrassi of them. Regardless, I will certainly be watching this. Don’t know if I can say the same about MTV Skins.

10 Things I Learned in 2010

December 27, 2010

The only sentimental thing I could think of.

I read a lot this year – blogs, articles, books, essays. I also did a lot of my own writing. Here’s a compilation of all that I’ve learned, and where I learned it from, with special thanks to coketalk, Atonement, the South, and, of course, The Arcade Fire.

  1. Human contact is crucial. Talk to someone – anyone – every single day. (Thanks, Sylvia Plath.)
  2. Keep in touch so that you have an excuse to travel. You never know where time will take people. (Thanks, Grace Rosen.)
  3. Books are like people, but better, because they never change. (Take, for example, Harry Potter. Also, thanks to The Social Network and True Blood.)
  4. It is better to observe from the shadows. (Thanks to Lisbeth Salander, Simon Bellamy.)
  5. Comfort zones are for wusses (Thanks, South Carolina.)
  6. Sleep is great, but a sunrise is better. (Thanks, Small World, Emmy, and South Carolina.)
  7. It doesn’t matter so much where the feeling comes from, but rather that you are experiencing it. (Thanks to The National, Vampire Weekend, Sufjan Stevens, the train from Penn Station to Princeton Junction.)
  8. If you don’t get moving, you’ll be stuck in the same place forever. (Thanks, Sookie Stackhouse.)
  9. Childhood never ends if you don’t want it too. (Thanks, Harry, Hermione and Ron.)
  10. Patience is a very rewarding virtue. (Thanks, various surprises I have experienced this year.)

Make Me Out Of Clay

December 24, 2010

Guilty pleasure No. 1 – Ellie Goulding. Seriously, this girl is amazing. Her voice is beautifully distinct, and can elicit a whole range of emotions in me, from bittersweet nostalgia to pure happiness. She writes amazing pop music (yes, it’s pop music) that isn’t too sappy and isn’t too coarse, and has released some of the most amazing covers that I’ve ever heard (and we all know I love covers.) I didn’t think that The Temper Trap’s Sweet Disposition could get any better, but she does the song more than justice. And her cover of Elton John’s Your Song is not only lovely, but also has a dubstep remix that I could listen to on repeat for days.

I can’t wait until her album comes out so it can be the only thing I listen to, and get up to 50 play counts per song on my iTunes. But she’s not the only femme I’m digging right now. There is a plethora of amazing female artists that are emerging who aren’t oversexed or overexposed, including Florence & the Machine and Marina & the Diamonds. I prefer the former – I actually received a hard copy of Lungs for Christmas today from Hannah – but both have vocals as thick and sweet as honey and make some of the most gorgeous music coming out as of right now. I went through a phase when I would listen to solely male-dominated groups, like Vampire Weekend and the Arcade Fire, and of course I’ll still love these groups and listen to them, but it’s nice to hear a female voice on my iTunes that doesn’t belong to a Glee cast member. Makes me proud of my gender.
And while I’m gushing, can I say that Kate Nash is pretty much the best thing that has ever happened to my ears? She’s like a sourpatch kid – caustic on the outside, but on the inside, sweet. Sometimes she’s even a bit vulnerable, but mostly she’s a very headstrong songstress. One of my favorite songs by her, Doo Wah Doo has the line that I live my life by – “I’ll just read a book instead/ I don’t care if we’re just friends.” How novel! Not caring about unrequited love, not even a complaint! (Except for the rest of the song, where she rips apart a girl whom she deems “everyone thinks [is] a lady…but I don’t, I think that girl’s shady.”) Her music is ideal for a pick-me-up, because she has a very optimistic outlook on life that doesn’t stray too far from what is possible. She is certainly a realist (just give “Foundations” a listen) but at the same time, like I said, has a very good sense of humor about life and love. I honestly think that everyone should listen to her, especially someone who needs a smile, and at the same time should get me tickets to see her because my birthday is soon and that’s all I want.


December 14, 2010

STOP THE PRESSES RIGHT NOW!!! They might have found a cure for HIV!! Holy mom…I can’t even fathom this… Can you say putting things into perspective? I don’t even care about a certain letter I received today that did not have the results I desired in it. I care about this – yes, it is a long shot from being a full out vaccine, but this is the best news I’ve heard in months. This is overwhelming…especially because it seems like the discovery is accidental. And yes, it has loopholes and such, but quite frankly a breakthrough like this overshadows anything anyone could say to try to put it down, even if it does involve not only HIV but also (gasp) stem cell research! Dun dun dun… Okay now I’m just being obnoxious. This is really amazing. They’ve got a long way to go when it comes to cures and vaccines for HIV/AIDS, but I really feel like this discovery is a kick start.

So College!!

December 11, 2010

OKAY so talk about calming my nerves… I woke up yesterday morning to a pleasant acceptance e-mail from Rutgers, my safety. I’m not going to be living with my parents next year! I’m in college! Oh, happy day… I’m so relieved right now youhavenoidea…