April 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
Just found out that about 75% of my hits are from my dear friend Krista. She locked herself out of Facebook for awhile and has desperately wanting an update from my blog. So I’d like to dedicate this post update to you, Krista.
If you know me, you know that I have a
mild large obsession with Audrey Hepburn. She’s been such an inspiration to my life as an independent woman, strong actress, fashion icon, and philanthropist. All you ladies are probably familiar with Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I feel so cliche choosing this movie to spotlight because everyone knows about it. But do you know why it’s such a famous and influential film? Doubt it. I’ve been reading Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. by Sam Wasson which tells the story of the making of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Audrey Hepburn. It reads like a novel so it’s a very interesting read – if you’re into this kind of topic I definitely recommend the book.
Audrey Hepburn plays a call girl, Holly Golightly, living in New York trying to find a place where she belongs. This character paved the way for women, fashion, and film. A woman living on her own, a call girl even, providing for herself was absolutely unheard of in the late fifties and early sixties. Women got married and catered to their husbands. That’s how it was. But when women saw Holly Golightly on the silver screen and strangely wanted to be like her, things changed. She blazed the way for the independent woman.
Everyone’s heard of the little black dress – fashion experts recommend every female closet to contain a little black dress. In the 1920s, women took the look of black from a meaning of mourning to a meaning of modernism. “It was hip to be square”. But as the decades went on the look of everyday black went out of style. It was more of a man’s look. This is where Audrey comes in. In the movie, Holly wears a little black dress most of the film. She made black look practical and classy again. Women working “in the man’s world” started to wearing black more often, putting off a stronger vibe. Thus, the little black dress is born.
Sex in movies? We see it everyday. It’s so normal these days. But during the time of Breakfast at Tiffany’s it was such a taboo topic. So having a hooker as the leading woman in a movie was completely unheard of. But they did it. And people loved her. The public responded so well to the movie it changed the way film makers produced movies. It opened an entirely new side of cinema.
I highly recommend you to pick up the book Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. if you want to know more about this. I’m sure you all will be reading plenty more on Audrey Hepburn from me, considering I’m in love with her. Check out some of her other films like Roman Holiday, Funny Face, and How to Steal a Million
March 10, 2011 § Leave a comment
Hello, friends. Yesterday marked the first day of a season traditionally known as Lent. It is usually a time of sacrifice, where those who observe it give up something that they use or do on a daily basis. My family and I never observe Lent, but this year I thought I would try something out. No worries, I will not be giving up movies for the next six weeks – so you can rest easy. I was noticing, however, the ungodly amount of time that I spend on Facebook. I mean, I am on it all the time. Why? I don’t know! I am looking at the same things over and over, clicking through pages and pages of absolutely nothing. So, I’m making it a Sundays only activity. I could be doing something much more useful with my time – read a book/magazine, meet up with a friend, read my Bible, watch a movie (because, let’s be real, that’s very important), pray, call a good friend a catch up, study. I’m very excited to see how this goes – I’ll be honest, it’s much tougher than I originally thought. Nevertheless, I’ve been able to resist.
Meanwhile, back at the farm…(and by farm I mean my movie obsessed life) I have not suggested a comedy yet. Crazy, because I really like funny movies. Not so crazy, because there are so many types of humor and it’s often difficult to suggest funny movies to people. Let’s see how this one goes: Be Kind Rewind. First, this film is definitely funnier if you’re semi-familiar with most of the famous films (Ghost Busters, Carrie, Driving Miss Daisy, Boyz n the Hood, King Kong, Lion King, etc.) Jack Black and Mos Def make a hysterical pair in a very heartwarming comedy.
Jack Black is perfectly quirky and conjures laughter in the greatest ways. Their remakes of these famous movies are perfectly parodied. This movie will have you in tears – tears of laughter that turn into tears of joy from an ending that will melt your heart. Put it on the queue my fellow movie obsessed, you won’t be disappointed.
February 13, 2011 § Leave a comment
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Some of you reading this thrive on this day, others of you despise it with all of your being. As a single woman, I’m not the biggest fan of this “holiday” – I never really was. Couples kinda gross me out, and all the mushy love, candlelit dinners, bouquets of red roses, chocolates and cliche professions of love (“you’re the sunshine of my life”) kinda makes me gag. Alright, leave the chocolate but take everything else. Luckily, I can provide some insight to your evening whether you’re a disgustingly mushy couple or a proudly single individual (and everyone in between).
For those of you with a better half
If you’re going out to the theater with your significant other, the key is to pick a film you both will enjoy. Men, don’t play the martyr and pick a chick flick – this day is for you too (although, it’s a very a sweet gesture). Women, don’t guilt your men into a sobfest love story. Comedies are usually a happy medium: Just Go With It with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston is a great funny movie for you both. Hot chicks for him, a little romance for her.
For the couples that prefer something a little more serious: The King’s Speech. Award winning movie, spectacular reviews, and an all around great film. Can’t go wrong with an inspiring, well-done film, with a star studded cast.
If you’re staying in and renting a movie, the possibilities are endless. It’s Sunday, so it’s a little late to be getting anything from Netflix. So, here are a few movies you can put on the instant queue. Since you are staying in, chances are your man made you dinner – which means he’ll probably watch a romance movie. Again, men – you don’t need to settle for tearjerkers. A few classic love stories on the instant queue include, Sleepless in Seattle, Jerry MaGuire, Notting Hill. Between the three of those you cover just about every single romance one-liner you’ve ever heard. When in Rome, Chaos Theory, and Zombieland could also do the trick. If you’re lucky enough to have a rental place near by – well you’re quite lucky and I honestly could not narrow it down to just a few. I’d advise you leave a comment about what kind of thing you’re in the mood for and we’ll go from there.
For those sulking in their singledom (or rejoicing in their independence)
You wanna pick one of two genres: sobfest romance or good looking men. There’s nothing better than an old film – black and white or color, movies from “the olden days” just do it better. Funny Girl or Roman Holiday will give you the tears, the love, and the independent women all in one package. An Affair to Remember is just beautiful and heartbreaking. If you’re looking for good looking men – anything with Matt Damon or George Clooney or own celebrity crush will do it. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is my personal favorite. The Ocean’s series gives you Matt Damon, George Clooney and Brad Pitt all one screen. Good Will Hunting has Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. 10 Things I Hate About You has Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt – old school, but very fun. I gotta suggest The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – This movie is very weird. However, before you dismiss it you must know that Andrew Garfield, Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Ferrell are all included in the cast. If anything you should put it on and have it playing in the background just so you have something pretty to look at.
If I had more time to evaluate more movies I would be able to suggest a much better selection. If none of these motion pictures fit your fancy don’t hesitate to leave a comment and ask for something else!
January 10, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’ve set three (fourish) new years resolutions that I can actually keep this time. And so far, I’ve done remarkably well. 1) Take more pictures 2) Send snail mail 3) Be more spontaneous 4ish) Work out more. The first three have been successfully met. The fourth has as well, but well all know how that goes.
I’ve posted on facebook that I want to send mail out this year and if anyone wants a letter they should send me their addresses. It’s been incredible the amount of addresses I’ve received. What’s just as incredible is the people who have asked for a letter. Side note: I’ve made a rule that whoever sends an address gets a letter, no skipping it just because I don’t want to write to them. There are people that I’ve only said hello to, people I haven’t spoken to in years, people I never thought would enter my life again. What their motivations are I’m not sure, but I can tell you it’s been interesting writing these letters.
I’m trying to make these as thoughtful and meaningful as I can. Not just a short little note full of small talk. It’s forced me to learn to be genuinely interested in the other person’s life. It’s difficult; your first instinct when writing to someone is to update them on your life. I don’t want these letters to be the annual Christmas card. Sure there’s a small paragraph, but this letter is more about the receiving end; let the person know what they mean to me, how they’ve influenced my life, encourage them. It’s not easy, but incredibly so it’s drifted into my everyday life. It’s amazing what you learn about people when you actually stop focusing on what you have to say.