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A shoebox of lies…

This post is to all you boys, on behalf of my friend who cried on my shoulder today. If you are going to break up with a girl, could you please grow a pair and have the decency to call her instead of texting her you have “had enough of this and think you should just be friends”.

thanks.

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grrr.

I am so sick of reality tv. Have we lost the ability to script anymore?

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Unnessary Realizations of my life:

1. I think I may have figured out why I am not typically drawn towards action movies. Whenever the protagonist (or really anyone with significance to the story line) is being attacked it takes waaaaay longer than necessary. Seriously? ADVANCE THE PLOT. I do not need to see him/her attacked by thirty ninjas, who seem to never die, especially when two or three would have done the job.

2. I forgot how much I love the Phantom of the Opera. But as much as I love it, it makes me so sad because the poor Phantom is so misunderstood. He can’t help that he is creepy and stalkerish and did I mention creepy? He is lonely and sad and I fall in love with him more and more each time I watch the movie and listen to the soundtrack. I want to hug him! By the end of the movie I am tearing up…but the true sobs come when the Phantom sings “Masquerade” while he is just all alone. If you do not know what I am talking about, because for some reason unknown to me you have not seen the movie, then for pete’s sake, go rent it and watch it. Because it is that amazing.

3. I miss my roommate.

4. How to annoy me: Think that just because I am an English major you should be able to correct my every single grammatical error, loudly, in front of everyone. I am human. I make mistakes, god forbid. I don’t correct you all the time. And believe me, I could.

5. John and Kate Plus Eight is quickly becoming my favorite show ever.

6. I do not know what I would do without TLC channel. Go wedding shows!

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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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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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