Monthly Archives: July 2008

Random thoughts I feel like expressing.

I saw The Dark Knight again today with my mum and brother, and it was just as good as the first time… perhaps better. Except for the guy who talked on his cell phone. But the beauty of Christian Bale’s face certainly made up for Mr. talk-on-my-cell-phone-during-a-movie.

I also watched Back to the Future for the first time in my entire life tonight.

The new Harry Potter movie looks amaaaaaazing.

And I can’t wait to see The Spirit.

I really really really hate politics. In my own opinion no matter who is elected, our government is still going to be corrupt. Yes! I think our government is corrupt and crooked and our country is pretty much screwed. As well as most police. I really dislike cops.

My blog. I can say what I want and sorry if anyone disagrees with me.

Pretending to be intelligent really doesn’t make you smarter. Wanting peace and happiness and all of that, then turning around and saying you want to marry a guy who kills people defeats the whole peace/happiness idea. Deciding to become a vegan, then going out and buying a leather purse makes you a hypocrite.

oh there are so many things that annoy me.

sorry. had to get that out there.

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look!

I added a new page for the wedding pictures!!

Please, try to contain your excitement.

These are just a few of the ones I liked so far… these were all taken on digital cameras, but once I get my 35mm pictures developed I will be uploading those. And I think those (being the 35mm) are totally better, so there will be a lot more.

The pictures of the ceremony were taken by my mom (because I was actually in the wedding…) as was the first dance picture, the picture of us in the limo, the picture of me and my uncle, and the picture of my sister (the second picture shown). BUT!! I did edit them all.

All of the others were taken by yours truly. So enjoy. And get excited for the rest!!

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Oh, it is love…

I want to marry Corny Collins.

the end.

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Them weddin bells are a ringin…

Last Wednesday my family traveled to Ohio for my cousin’s wedding. My sister and I were bridesmaids, and my brother was an usher/ walked my Aunt down the isle. My mom was there to help keep my Aunt’s sanity in check and my father? He was just there for the show.

When we got there we ate lunch then helped fold napkins, which was no easy task, because the person who made them decided that it would be silly to sew a straight seem, and why not sew the most crooked seems EVER? That way, when you want to fold them for a wedding, you can’t get the napkin to look neat to save your life. Oh those meanies.

That night was the bachelorette party (woohoo) but my cousin is very reserved so we didn’t do anything crazy. We played a few games then she opened presents. My sister and I put our money together and got her a really nice, really expensive gift (which she loved) but the real fun came when she opened my card. I wrote a little song and a short little message, which I will not be posting on here, and it got a better reaction that I thought. Because she is so very reserved and doesn’t talk about things discussed at bachelorette parties out loud (unlike my other cousin) I thought “caution be damned, I’m going to make that girl blush” and boy did she. However because of her reaction I was forced to get up in front of everyone and not only sing the song but read the message. Fun times I tell you. After our gift Audrey opened the rest of the pile which only led to more shocking comments and revelations that made every single person in the room blush. But that is the whole point of bachelorette parties, so I suppose it served its purpose. After all the gifts were unwrapped the party died down and those who had to go to work early the next morning left to go to sleep. The rest of us sat around and talked for a few hours then got ready for bed. Because we are wild and crazy like that.

The next day Audrey went to go pick up the groom from the airport and go to the courthouse to do all that paperwork stuff. Courtney (my other cousin) moped waited around all morning for her boyfriend to come, and once he did she dragged us all over town, getting her paycheck and going to cash it, blah blah. He was very quiet, but seeing how we have never met before, I can understand why. That night we went to see Mamma Mia! and about ten minutes into the movie this group of kids came in and started talking and it seriously took them about fifteen minutes to decided who would sit by who. Once they were seated they still kept talking and even though I was on the other side of theater I could still here them. Which was very annoying. A couple people in the theater told them to be quiet and they were for a whopping total of about fifteen seconds. Then three girls from the group moved over to my side of the theater because apparently their friends were annoying them too. So the movie went on and the kids kept talking and leaving and coming back in and talking and moving to the other end of the theater and leaving and talking and on and on and on. Well if there is one thing my mother and grandmother can not stand it is people talking in the theater. So my mother tells them to be quite and sit down, and they do…not. By the time Meryl Streep begins The Winner Takes It All my mother has had quiet enough and gets up to get a manager. I have never seen kids move faster. The manager comes in and tells them to be quiet, but that really did nothing because as soon as she left they continued talking.

Once we left we met up with Courtney and her friends at the bowling ally and hung out there for a while, then came back home. The next day was the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. That morning we (the four bridesmaids and the bride) all went to get our nails done. We came home, changed and went to the rehearsal where we met the groomsmen for the first time, and may I just say, I had the handsomest groomsmen of the all. All of the bridesmaids were hoping they would get to walk down the isle with him, and when they lined us up I was the lucky chosen one. So fun! Then we went to Smokey Bones for the rehearsal dinner (which is a long story in and of itself… oh Smokey Bones) and that was a lot of fun.

The next day was the WEDDING!! We started off the morning going to the hair salon to get our hair done.  After the hair came the makeup, which we went Macys to get done. The woman who did my makeup was an absolute doll and I wish she could do my makeup every single morning. By the time we got back to the house it was time for the limo to pick us up and take us to the church so we could finish getting ready and take pre-ceremony pics. We sat around and I took a bunch of pictures which I will be posting later, and we laughed and talked and got excited and nervous and anxious. Before we knew it, it was time for the wedding to begin.

The ceremony was beautiful, and my grandfather was the minister. This was very special and something all the granddaughters hope to have at their wedding. The best thing was how well my grandfather did. A few years ago he had a stroke and he has good days and bad days, so of course we were hoping for a good day. He messed up a total of two times during the whole ceremony so I’d say it was an awesome day. Audrey and Chris also chose to write their own vows. Actually Chris really wanted to write original vows and Audrey wanted to do something other than the unity candle, so they compromised. Chris’ vows were sweet and funny and really special. When Audrey finished her vows there was not a dry eye in the room. It was really beautiful. After the ceremony while the guests had cocktail hour the bridal party took pictures, which was a lot of fun. There were some craaaazy poses. Then we came back to the reception where the best man (Chris’ brother) and the maid of honor (Courtney) gave their toasts. The best man was really nervous and gave a nice speech, whereas Courtney was right at home. The kid is a natural in front of an audience because she loves attention and loves to act. Plus she is a Speech Communications major. The first half of her speech was basically all about her, but then she got into it and the second half made everyone cry. It was actually an awesome speech; I was very surprised. Next was the first dance and the father daughter dance, then the dance floor was opened up to everyone. The groomsmen were annoying because they did not dance but that did not stop us from having fun. I even got my 70 year old grandfather out there.

As the night rolled on, and alcohol was consumed, we got very fun and we brought the photographer’s beautiful son on the dance floor and had a great time dancing. The next morning we had a brunch with the family and Audrey and Chris opened the rest of their gifts. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful week. I do plan on doing at least one or two posts just of pictures I took, because there are some really funny ones in there.

I got closer to my Aunt this trip. When I was younger for some unknown reason I was terrified of her. I would never ask her a direct question unless forced, and now I talk to her with ease. We joke and play pranks on other family members and it is just a totally different relationship. I really am happy that things have changed for the better. They are planning on coming up for Christmas, so I am totally ready for that.

Overall the entire week went well. There were a couple of times I wanted to slap some of my relatives, but that is to be expected. At least with us. There was some yelling and some screaming, and some total bitchiness, but we didn’t let any of that get in the way of celebrating why we were really there- Audrey and Chris. Ever since I was little we knew Audrey would be the first to get married, and it turns out we were right. We also said I would be the second, so I suppose I should get started on that. First step: find a groom. That always helps.

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And so it begins…

Just a quick update on the family reunion… tonight there was yelling. No wait… it just elevated to screaming and crying. I am down the hall, behind closed doors, and I can hear the words just fine.

Now it is the bride and three of the bridesmaids (including myself) barracaded in the room, helping the bride pack, while two other members of the bridal party hash it out.

I’m tellin you… these shindigs are rough.

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On the Road Again…

Tomorrow (rather, today) my parents, brother and I will depart our house at the early hour of 7am and head to Ohio for my cousin’s wedding. 

 

Am I looking forward to it? 

 

ha. 

sure. bring it on. 

 

I am trying to have a happy attitude, but every time our families get together it is one big competition (to them) and nothing I, my sister, or my mother do is good enough. Now that I am over the whole drama-in-the-family-thing I have no problems telling my cousin just exactly what she can do with her opinions. I’m sure I will have lots of interesting stories to tell when I return, as well as a few battle scars to show. I usually do. I was really excited a couple of months ago, but now I am just ready to get this over with. Every time I try and put myself out there to make them happy I get burned, so to hell with it and to hell with their selfish controlling, belittling ways. As my mother says, “it is what it is.” I am going to plaster a smile on my face, say and do the right things, and when I come home I can smile knowing I will be out of this country soon enough; away from all the family crap. 

 

 

 

On a (somewhat) lighter note, my father and I went to see The Dark Knight tonight. Totally worth the ten dollar admission price; in fact it was worth more than that. I am extremely tired so I am not going to go in depth to my thoughts etc, at least for right now. 

And speaking of right now, there is a tremendously scary thunderstorm occurring. I love love love thunderstorms and rainstorms, and that is one reason I loved Florida so much. All that rain. But tonight’s thunderstorm is the wake-you-up-from-a-deep-sleep kind of storm. And the lightning totally just lit up my entire room. 

If you haven’t seen the movie Charlie Bartlett go rent it and watch it right now. That is very very quickly becoming one of my favorite movies and my brother and I plan on watching it during the car ride tomorrow THAT IS HOW GOOD IT IS. I am going to bond with my ADD brother over a 6 hr. car ride. 

And I’m trying to make my way through Pulp Fiction, which is good so far, but things keep happening, pulling my attention away from it. I must say, prematurely as I haven’t seen the entire movie yet, that I much prefer Kill Bill to Pulp Fiction. Maybe it was because I was tired, but the beginning of PF is moving a little slow for me. 

 

And I still have the Mamma Mia! soundtrack on repeat. After giving it much consideration I still hold the same views of Pierce Brosnan that I did before. Sorry to his devoted fans… I just don’t like his singing. I am seeing the movie again on Thursday so I will be giving his acting one more shot, but the only reason I continue to listen to him butcher his way through the soundtrack is because S.O.S. is quickly becoming one of my favorite songs. 

 

I am also missing Gilmore Girls lately. That was such an awesome show; so sad it got cancelled. 

But now it is time to go to sleep. 

7am comes way to quickly.

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Take A Chance: A really long description of my thoughts about MAMMA MIA.

Today I had the pleasure of seeing Mamma Mia and it was everything I hoped it would be. 

 

 

The Plot.

The musical takes place in Greece, and is about a girl, Sophie, who is getting married in two days. She wishes to know who her father is, so she finds her mother’s diary and mails invites to three men who could be her father. The musical was written with ABBA songs in mind. Having listened to ABBA before, I knew a lot of the songs that were in the movie, though I never saw the stage show. I was very interested in seeing how they fit into the plot without being really awkward songs. With regular show tune songs, like in Wicked and RENT, etc., the songs are created for the musical so the characters ease into the songs. I really felt Mamma Mia didn’t hit an awkward moment; the cast moved gracefully into the songs and made it seem as though the songs were created specifically for it.

 

The cast. 

Sophie- the daughter- played by Amanda Seyfried (dumb girl in Mean Girls)

Donna- the mother- played by Meryl Streep (if you don’t know who she is, you should get out more)

Harry- possible father #1- played by Colin Firth (known for being oh so yummmmy. oh and he was in Bridget Jones Diary, Love Actually…)

Bill- possible father #2- played by Stellan Skarsgard (Bootstrap Bill Turner in the Pirates trilogy) 

Sam- possible father #3- played by Pierce Brosnan (Bond. James Bond)

Tanya- Donna’s BFF/ multiple divorcee- played by Christine Baranski (Mary Sunshine in Chicago

Rosie- Donna’s BFF/ book writer- played by Julie Walters (Molly Weasley in Harry Potter movies)

Sky- the fiance- played by Dominic Cooper (various tv roles)

Pepper- Sky’s friend- played by Philip Michael (Fair City) 

Lisa- bridesmaid #1-  played by Rachel McDowall (her first movie)

Ali-bridesmaid #2-  played by Ashley Lilley (her first movie)

 

My thoughts. 

If you know me then you know I am completely obsessed with Broadway and musicals and plays and all of that theater stuff. So naturally, I could not wait to see this movie. I have always wanted to see the stage version but there are other shows I would rather see first. Because Broadway is not known for being affordable. So when I found out about the movie version I was delighted. 

When Hairspray came to theaters in 2007, I was concerned about the casting choices. I knew some could sing and others I was unsure about. However, while researching this movie, I was quite unsure of pretty much the entire cast. I knew the moviemakers would not pick people who would cause the movie to flop… that would just be silly. But I still had my doubts. 

Acting wise, each person played their character brilliantly. Meryl Streep shines in every role she takes on. At the beginning of the movie I felt her character could easily get annoying, but Meryl eventually eased into the role and made it rather enjoyable to watch. Her two best friends served as the comedic relief and they were very funny. I must admit I did not know Rosie was played by the same woman as Molly Weasley from Harry Potter. And you really can’t tell in the movie; she completely remakes herself. And I love Christine Baranski. Love love love her. She was (of course) amazing in this movie, and her character actually sings one of my favorite ABBA songs, Does Your Mother Know.

Amanda Seyfried was great too; very talented. And of course Colin Firth did not dissapoint. He was funny, charming, lovely, and his character has a bit of a twist at the end, which makes him even more amusing. I’ve never been a true Pierce Brosnan fan, but I thought he did a good job in this movie. Though I must say, I am still not a fan. And I figured out halfway through the movie why Stellan Skarsgard looked so familiar… he was in the Pirates trilogy! I haven’t really seen him in anything else, but he played his character so well, I was very impressed. All of the other actors were great. Dominic Cooper did a good job of being in love, and Ashley and Rachel played devoted bridesmaids quite well. 

Singing wise, there could have been some different choices made. The biggest being Pierce Brosnan. As said previously, I am not a fan. But I gave him a chance and he fell short for me, for the most part. I think he did well enough, and through his duet with Meryl, SOS, I found him bearable. Plus I just really liked the song. Out of the three fathers Pierce has the most solos. I think there could have been other actors, big name actors, who could have fit the part just as well, if not better. Ewan McGregor, Gerard Butler, Antonio Banderas… and the list goes on. Like I said, Pierce did ok (enough for me to listen to the songs on the soundtrack) but you should never really cast an actor for a role in a MUSICAL without even hearing them sing first. 

Yes, all three fathers were cast without ever giving a singing audition. CRAZY, I KNOW. I don’t know if they were going for big names or what, but I would really like to know the reasoning. Colin and Stellan really only have one big solo in the movie, though it isn’t even for a complete song. I think they did a good job singing what they were given, and given recasting options I think it is ok to keep them on. With the big part that Pierce played, I just think they should have gone with someone better suited in the singing department. Dominic also sang beautifully, though he didn’t have as many songs as I thought he would, which is a shame. 

Amanda was simply SPECTACULAR. I really think she could transfer to Broadway in a snap. I can see her in something a little rougher, like RENT or Spring Awakening, though she could be Eva Peron from EVITA in a heartbeat. I can not get over how amazing she was. I do hope she does another musical down the line. And Meryl did a fantastic job as well. I must admit I had my doubts, but she pulled through. She added a spunk to the character and did not disappoint. Julie Walters was great too. Not my favorite of the females, but she didn’t drag the cast down at all. And having seen Christine Baranski in Chicago, I knew she would be her usual, talented self. As stated earlier, she sings one of my favorite ABBA songs, Does Your Mother Know, along with Philip. They blew that song out of the water; it became one of my favorites all over again. 

 

Final thoughts. 

I really really really enjoyed this movie. It was funny, heartwarming, sad, happy, silly and totally girly. Which is just my kind of movie. I bought the soundtrack right after I left the theater and have had it on repeat the whole night it is that good.  I encourage you to go see it and I DARE you to contradict my opinions. Only kidding. About contradicting. Go see the movie. Now.

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