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Once a fangirl, always a fangirl - and this time, a bit of a hypocrite. [17 Jul 2009|12:58pm]
[ mood | chill ]

Long familiar with my rabid HP fandom all through childhood, a relative made a comment to me at the latest get together,
"I bet I know where you'll be midnight on the 15th."
My (ever so eloquent) response; "Huh?" He looked at me, dumbfounded. "Oh! Harry Potter!...Actually, probably not. I've never done the whole 'midnight showing' thing and I've kinda gotten away from them."
I've come dangerously close to eating my words, as I was invited on the 14th to a matinee showing with a friend, her fiancee, and some other people the next day and came dangerously close to a regressive experience. But I guess the books were such a big part of my childhood that they'll always hold a special place in my heart.

Review time!
All in all, very well done. There was one scene that was 10 minutes of complete fabrication (see; bullshit, waste of time) which is only going to complicate things for the rest of the movies (Deathly Hallows is going to be split in 2 films) Aside from that, no MAJOR complaints, but as always there were things cut out that really shouldn't have been.
Directors love to add their own twist, and there were a few other small additions, but I let them slide because they didn't depart from the book, just illustrated it further - and were damned funny. It also has to be said that this movie does have a lot more laugh out loud moments than the others, though also it's fare share of intensity.

I also have to say that I was more impressed than usual with the acting. Michael Gambon seems to have finally TRULY 'gotten' Dumbledore (I've had some issues with his portrayal before, none this time).  Emma Watson may have at last learned to act with subtlety - she's always had a tendency to go over the top much to the chagrin of my mother. XD Rupert Grint got to show off his (considerable) comedic abilities far more effectively than before and was, as Ron would say, 'Bloody brilliant!'
and then there's Alan Rickman...brilliant in everything I've seen him turn his hand to, the Harry Potter movies have never been an exception. But in this film especially, I was awed. With so many complex emotions to portray at this point in the series, and to portray in such a way as to go over the heads of those who don't know exactly what they're supposed to be seeing - the only word for it was perfect. His first scene (one of the most crucial for Snape's character) I watched him and felt like, for that scene at least, I could read his mind. Without legilimency. ;)
In a nutshell: go see it, folks.

IN OTHER HP NEWS: Check out what Jimmy Fallon has been up to.
http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/blogs/2009/07/robert-pattinson-v-daniel-radcliffe/

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Rabid Asphalt and Badass Batman Bandaids! [13 Jun 2009|02:05am]
[ mood | amused ]

I know I know, it's been ages since I updated. I'm a horrible human being. XD Anyway, now that we've gotten THAT out of the way, I'll fill you in on what happened tonight.

 My best friend works at Rosetree Park during the summers and I hardly ever get to see her, so tonight I went out there to see her - and the free live show. XD
We talked, I met her coworkers (who all seem pretty cool) and got to hear Charlie Grace play. Apparently he taught/hung out with Clapton and...oh, I dunno...THE BEATLES?! Fo' shiz.

So, yeah, it was a cool show. I got to hang with my friend, chat with her coworkers and all. After the show ended and they finished for the night, we all went back to their secret lair. XD Anyway, chilled there for a few minutes, until it was time to meet my ride. Now see, it was dark, and there weren't many lights. I kinda ran into a stone partition. XD I hit my right leg, which got a tiny cut...and a badass batman bandaid. (Are you awed by by my amazing alliteration? XD) Why batman you ask? Mainly because the little bro picked them out, and there weren't any other kinds in the house. And because yeah, Batman is pretty hardcore.


Anyway, so the right leg hits the partition, I almost literally kiss the asphalt, and scrape up my arm. It looks like I was attacked by a small vicious animal. I told another friend it was about squirrel size. Definitely no bigger than a raccoon. XD But yes, I was attacked by rabid asphalt. My bag like, exploded, and half my stuff went flying and I couldn't even see where it went. I hit the ground, and shouted; "SHIT!"

Then I looked up and saw my friend's dad parked in his car not 6 feet in front of me. >_<

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Not me! [02 Apr 2009|08:39pm]
[ mood | exhausted ]

We watched a short video on her life in Brit Lit on tuesday before discussing  the first three chapters of 'A Room of Her Own'  We scared the boys in the class with all our feminist talk. XD I hadn't had time to really read most of it, but it seems pretty good, and funnier than anticipated. Might be worth checking out the whole novel, since today we moved on to James Joyce.

Speaking of writers and writing, I'M GONNA BE PUBLISHED!!! So, okay, it's just my college literary magazine, but not everyone makes it in. The one guy I know who is really involved with it told me before that he was pretty sure I was in, "Yours was one of the first stories I voted 'yes' for.' But the letter making it official came today. I'm excited.

It was a prompt for Creative Writing class last semester. Prof. gave us a list of tabloid headlines, and we had to pick one to be the title of, and inspiration for our story. I posted it online:
www.fictionpress.com/s/2635606/1/Heaven_is_a_Dump

I'm beginning to think maybe I should be taking this writing thing seriously. XD

My modern 'Much Ado About Nothing' has been getting really good reviews, though not many. It's not exactly the most well known of  Billy 'Shake Master' Speare's plays. It should be though. I haven't read all his plays, but I've read enough to have a pretty good idea of his work, and it's hands down the best of the ones I'm familiar with.

So...the weather's been weird lately. Mother Nature has gone Bipolar. Like f'reals. Or, as I said on facebook, she forgot to take her Midol. Mornings have been chilly, but then it warms up in the afternoon. Or it gets cloudy and rainy. Windy either way though. Over the weekend we had hail. As in, 'What the hail?!' Bizarre. We were in the car going home from dinner when it started pelting the car. Josh thought it was hysterical. Mom didn't. But at least Josh wasn't stressing. Would have made it worse for her if he had. But the hail switched to rain after a few nerve wrecking minutes. Come to think of it, we've had a few rainstorms recently, too. Riding the trolley during one of the last storms I pumped LEN's 'Steal My Sunshine' on my iPod. Purely for the irony.

So, aside from all that not too much going on. I've really  gotten into the movie Penelope. Watched it online again, and fell in love with it even more than the first time I watched it months ago. I just got so much more meaning from it that I hadn't before. I mean, a lot of people can relate to the whole 'accepting yourself for who you are" message, but it's somehow deeper for me. I guess because of all the stuff I've dealt with I can really relate to what Penelope goes through.

And ZOMG, James. McAvoy. <3 He and John Krasinki (more specifically, Jim Halpert) give me hope for the males of this species. It's nice to know that funny,smart, sweet, adorable guys DO actually exist. I hope Mrs.McAvoy knows she's one of the luckiest women in the entire universe. I truly do not have words for him...aside from 'Do you have a younger brother?' XD
But, right, Penelope. It's an absolutely beautiful movie. The sets are awesome, the music is amazing, and I wanna raid Penelope's wardrobe. Like for srs.  It's given me some inspiration for new outfits, and being able to wear the clothes I have in different ways helps lessen my desire to go shopping. Which could not be appeased anyway, as I have no cash...and no job.

Yeah, Picture People let me go. It was a load of BS, they haven't been scheduling me, and I knew it was coming. But now I seriously need to get moving with my job search. I just wish there were more places around here that I'd actually, you know, like to work at. Mom would have me take whatever I can get my hands on. And it's true, in this economy beggars can't be choosers. But, I guess I'm a bit of a snob. XD I'll work something out...somehow.

Wow, this has gone on way longer than I meant to. I'm a notorious rambler. So, in a nut shell, aside from that things have been relatively uneventful. Relatively. 'The Fleece' (DCCC's resident creeper, who has taken a shine to me >_<) has struck again. But that's a story for another day. Probably tomorrow.

Peace! (but not...literally.)





Yes, I seriously did just close with a quote from Dr.Horrible.You know you wish you'd thought of it first.

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'Shut Up and Let Me Go' ...see the Ting Tings! [20 Mar 2009|08:53am]
[ mood | cheerful ]

'I ain't freakin I ain't fakin' this', the concert was AMAZING!! XD, Okay, I'm done working their lyrics into the entry. But yesterday was fabulous.

I had lunch with a friend and her bf at this new Panera out in Lawrence Park Shopping Center. Asian Chicken Salad = <3  It was a great time, goofing off and whatnot. Then we hit up Barnes and Noble around the way. Didn't buy anything, though. It's hard to find classic lit as funny as Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde. I mean, c'mon. How do you TOP that? Most of the Classics are WAY too serious.  And serious things, like medicine, should only be taken as needed. Both are dangerous if overdosed. But anyway, I'm thinking I will borrow Vanity Fair from a library and then decide if it's worth buying. Same with Candide. There was a book of Jane Austen's letters I saw that interested me, but it was a little pricey so I decided against it. Another time...when I have money. XD The ride home was insane. There was no swerving and intentional bumping on the road like the last time those guys drove me home, but it was no less memorable. ABBA's 'Dancing Queen' and 'It's Raining Men' were blasted. With windows down. We all kept bursting into laughter at random intervals. Dance moves were busted. It was epic.

And then it was home, chillax for a bit and get ready for the concert. We stopped for grub at this itty bitty little Mexican joint a block or two away from the venue. I swear, it had all of 5 tables. It seemed a little seedy at first glance, but it was cool. Right across from the police station. XD And the food was good. I was brave and tried a chicken quesadilla for the first time and it was delicious. And you can't go wrong with Mexican soda. Uncle Greg and I had the grapefruit flavor.

Then it was time for the show! The opening act was this band from California called Hot Tub. The only way to describe their music is Girl Punk Rap. The only words I could understand from their songs were curse words. XD But midway through their set they pulled me onstage! Just me. I felt so awkward, but it was funny. I'm pretty sure Uncle Greg texted the entire family to tell them. XD Hot Tub's outfits were crazy. One chick had Native American facepaint, a shirt with a weed pattern, and leggings with a stained glass design. Another girl had her hair in poofs, one on each side of her head, then she had a tan one shoulder drapey top with an egyptian pattern. The third girl wore a white, sparkly sequined dress  with satin and tulle that kinda looked like a little girl's bride halloween costume. A very pretty one, granted. But that's what came to mind. And, oh yeah! It was cut to the length of a gogo dancer's skirt. XD



And then The Ting Tings came out!!  >_< They opened with 'We Walk' and 'Great DJ'. They threw 'Fruit Machine' in there mid show and  'Shut Up and Let Me Go'. They finished with 'That's Not My Name'. It was loud, but not as eardrum shattering as Horrorpops, so noisy enough to be fun, without having to worry about permanent hearing loss. XD  Lights were cool, and the music was great. They rocked out, and  the crowd jammed. They performed really well. I've seen them on Craig Ferguson, New Year's Rockin' Eve, and just 3 nights ago on Jimmy Fallon and was a little worried that I'd be disappointed. They haven't sounded so great on TV, but there was no need to worry,  they were fantastic! And did I mention how seeing them on TV so much made seeing them in person kinda...surreal?  The whole night was absolutely amazing. And I got home in time to watch President Obama on Leno! XD


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Happy Hangover Day! [18 Mar 2009|04:26pm]
[ mood | Irish ]

Yeah, that's right., I said it.  What else would you call the day after St.Patty's? Pretty sure there is a patron Saint of Hangovers, (there is seriously a patron Saint for everything) though who it is I have no idea.

Ah, yes, St.Patrick's Day. When we celebrate being Irish by confirming every negative Irish stereotype! And okay, seriously; turning beer green does NOT make it taste any better. >_<

And yeah, the emote thing looks depressed. I only used it cause it's green. But it does look hungover, doesn't it?

The holiday is actually a bigger deal here than in Ireland. I mean, c'mon, in Ireland everyday is St.Patrick's day. XD As Craig Ferguson said, 'When have the Irish ever needed a REASON to drink?'


I'm part Irish so I'm allowed to say stuff like that. XD So's he, actually. So it's all good!

My ideal St.Patty's celebration would be wearing green, eating ham & potatoes for dinner, Irish potatoes for desert. (yeah, the cinnaminny, sweet as hell, you can feel them rot your teeth kind) listening to U2, and watching Waking Ned Devine. And once I'm 21, having something with a shot of Bailey's Irish Cream.  In short, everything SO Irish it's become cliche.

Oh, yeah I know how to party. XD

I would also like to share something else I learned from Craig Frerguson last night...err...this morning. XD

St.Patrick did not 'drive' all the snakes out of Ireland. He sent them out. On a plane.  



With Samuel L. Jackson.

ON ANOTHER, COMPLETELY UNRELATED  NOTE: THE TING TINGS CONCERT = TOMORROW NIGHT. It's gonna be awesome.

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The Obligatory Bday Entry (With Tangent on Austen's Emma) [09 Mar 2009|11:20pm]
[ mood | amused ]

I am officially 20. Should I be mourning the loss of my teenage years? Eh, Perhaps. But I'm not. It's been a rather quiet, but a very nice birthday. Had fam and friends over on Saturday. It was great to see everyone, and I had a fun time. There was chit chat, goofing off, some lovely presents, and 2 kinds of cake! XD I didn't get to talk to some people as much as I would have liked, but that's to be expected with a crowd, a shame though.

Also, there were a handful of people who weren't able to make it. I was sort of disapointed, but these things happen, and it was a lot of fun, regardless, especially towards the end of the night when the crowd thinned out, and things got quite a bit...sillier. I think it had something to do with it also being rather late. Sleep deprivation is often directly related to silliness.  Particularly when cake is also involved.

Then today I went to class, then caught the bus home. Mom took off today, so we were gonna go out to lunch with Aunt Mary. I ended up detoured for a bit in this shopping center, so I popped into Barnes and Noble and picked up a lovely notebook with cherry blossoms on it, and a paperback of Emma. My huge hardcover collection of most of Jane's novels is too big to be practical. Then it was home, lunch at this asian noodle joint, and then wandering around Media before heading home, tidying up and then chilling out. Exciting, huh? But it was really great all the same.

And my Facebook is full of lovely birthday spam. Life is good.

But anyways, I warned of an Emma rant. I've really gotten into it recently. I've read all of Jane Austen's full length novels, and saw all the BBC adaptations last year on MASTERPIECE. Best 3 months (?_? give or take) of my life. XD BBC's Emma is quite disappointing, especially when compared to the Gweneth Paltrow version. It's like Elton vs. Knightley: No contest.

I had seen the Gweneth one AGES ago, when I was little.  I have a vague recollection of falling asleep during it. It was a bit over my head at the time. Well, before the holidays I had found it on youtube, gave it a shot, and loved it. So I bought the DVD with part of a gift card from Christmas back in January.

It stayed stashed with my collection of Jane DVDs until about 2 weeks ago when I had the urge to pop it in. I absolutely love it. It's well acted, and though it softens all the characters (except possibly Mrs.Elton, but that's pretty much impossible) it remains as faithful to the book as it is possible to be with just under two hours to tell the whole story. Gweneth's Emma is frustratingly adorable, and Jeremy Northam is absolutely brilliant as Knightley. It's dangerous to say it, but some of the dialogue is better in the movie than in the novel! (le gasp! Heresy!) There are some lines added that totally killed me:

"The most incomprehensible thing in the world to a man is a woman who rejects his offer of marriage." -Emma

K - "Emma, you didn't ask me to contribute a riddle."
E - "Your entire personality is a riddle, Mr.Knightley. I thought you overqualified."

K - "I can think of nothing less agreeable than spending an evening watching other people dance."
E - "Then you must dance, yourself."
K - "I've no taste for it. I'd rather fetch that stick!" (referring to the stick he was throwing to his dog)
E - "I'll be sure to bring it to the ball, then."

All this talk about Jane reminded me. I found out Marvel Comics is making...a comic of Pride and Prejudice. I don't know whether to laugh in amusement or cry in horror. Or both at the same time? Decide for yourself!

www.marvel.com/news/comicstories.7021

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That Entry with the Random Lists. [28 Feb 2009|03:26pm]
[ mood | flippant ]

Random things discussed this week:
1. Angry Mofo Platypus - A friend drew a platypus. She told me about it saying she "drew an angry mofo platypus". I told her that should be a band's name. Can't you just see it?
"Hey, what are you listening to?"
"Angry Mofo Platypus. Wanna listen?"
They would be a heavy metal or scream metal band with lyrics like kids songs. Only with 2000000000x the profanity. Hits would include "Don't Take my Cookie, B*tch." and  "Shorty Wanna Ride my Big Wheel?"

2. F*cking horses - Thursday someone just  randomly used that phrase in conversation out of nowhere. Which immediately changed the subject to: "Did he really just say that?"

3. Facebook+MySpace = FaceSpace? or  MyFace? - Pretty self explanatory. Basically, it would be yet another social networking site. You'd upload a picture of your face, and anyone commenting/writing on your wall (yes I am fluent in MySpeak AND Facetalk) would literally write on your face. I'm gonna be rich! 8D

4. Santa Dreidel -  A friend linked me to the pic online.  failblog.org/2008/12/20/hanukkah-fail/#comments The Santa Dreidel - Essential to any Judeo-Christian Holiday Gathering! (Turban to make Santa muslim not included) And thank you failblog. You WIN.

Random Theory:
        Aunt Jemina and Uncle Ben. Ya know, the food mascots? Totally married. Same with the Quaker Oats guy and Mrs.Butterworth. And then of course there's Burger King and Dairy Queen.

CDs I am More Excited for Than Whatever the Hell Guns N' Roses is Putting Out:
1.  U2 - No Line on the Horizon: 'Get on Your Boots' is teh shit.
2. MC Lars - This Gigantic Robot Kills: Came out on...the 25th? It's MC Lars. Awesomeness is guaranteed.
3. Superchic[k] - Stand in the Rain EP: Okay, this already came out, but I only found out yesterday.

On a totally different note, I have discovered that Dickens depresses me.

Novels I Have Started , but Left Off Halfway
1. Bleak House - Dickens
2. A Tale of Two Cities - Dickens
3. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte
    That's 2 out of 3. : /

The Only Dickens Novel I Have Finished: Nicholas Nickleby. Sorry, Charlie. I'll keep trying, I promise. I'm thinking I might have more luck with Pickwick Papers.

And on that note I'm gonna peace out. 'Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day' is calling my name.

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To love Oscar Wilde is the beginning of a lifelong romance. [26 Feb 2009|04:46pm]
[ mood | giddy ]

Okay, Oscar said it, not me. I just put his name in instead of 'oneself'

When I got into Brit Lit today, I thought we were gonna cover Tennyson's 'The Passing of Arthur." That's what was on the syllabus, but we're behind schedule cause prof. missed last class. This is her second absence this semester, and last sem she missed 5. I smell a new record!

But anyway, I hadn't read Tennyson (yay procrastination!) so, I was on the lappy trying to read the poem online, but it's insanely long and I was only halfway when she came in and told us we're gonna skip it to save time, since we already did "The Coming of Arthur".

Which meant we were moving ahead to Oscar Wilde!  I had volunteered to present for him, cause I'm a nerd like that, so she asked If I had my powerpoint. Thank god I had been so excited (again, nerd) that I had started on it way ahead of time. I had whipped up a fabulous powerpoint (if I do say so myself, XD) each slide headed with a quote. The man had a comment for everything. Like, f'reals. Often more than one! 

I had been messing around with it for like, two weeks so it was as good as it was gonna get. I went through the whole thing with a HUGE knot in my stomach, but a bigger grin on my face...and I kicked ass. Then we got to watch the movie of 'The Importance of Being Earnest"! Well, half of it, anyway. We'll finish it next time.

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Reinventing myself...again. [22 Feb 2009|04:13pm]
[ mood | blah ]

                     Welcome to my journal, where I ramble even more than in my profile! I was on here before as Sakurastar89. Why bother making a new account, you ask? Because basically, the old one kinda lost it's awesome. Which reminds me! This journal owes it's awesomeness mainly to it's kick ass layout, and chi-bi (loli_fied) who made it for me! <3 Thank you!!!

                    Really, I just needed a change.

                 

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