- New Moon: I admit, I saw it. I'm somewhat ashamed. But you have to understand that my friends and I went for the sole purpose of laughing at it. And we did, because Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson (and especially Kristen Stewart) don't have any talent and, we've decided, singlehandedly (or... double-handedly??) ruined the movie. The director of this one was really, really fantastic. The direction was really creative, and whoever it was that played the bad guy was great, and Taylor Lautner was (besides very, very good looking) a decent actor. I have to admit that this one was actually an okay movie. Still not that great, but it was good (not that it can really get much worse than the first one).
- The Imposters: Really funny and different. Oliver Platt and Stanley Tucci are hilarious. And Tony Shaloub plays a Communist first mate on a cruise ship. Um, I don't really know what else to say about it. It's funny.
- Eagle Eye: I have to admit that this was actually a pretty good movie. I'm not usually much of an action movie person because they're all pretty much the same, but this one was decent. Shia LaBeouf is a good actor. I never knew, because I can only see him as the kid from Even Stevens on Disney channel (which was an awesome show). There was a lot of pointless explodey stuff, but it was an action movie so that was to be expected.
- Time Bandits: Wow, what a strange (but excellent) movie. It's Terry Gilliam, so of course it's wonderfuly different. It was one of those movies that leaves you thinking, "Huh. . . never would have thought of that." I love those movies. This one spoofs on different historical figures, like Napoleon (who lists every short conqueror in history) and Robin Hood (who is played by John Cleese so is automatically hilarious), and Shelley Duvall plays this really random character who keeps getting her romantic hopes dashed. I highly recommend it.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
- Psycho: Okay, so I know that this is by no means new, but I just saw it. WOW. What a fantastic movie. I think I spent the last twenty minutes of the movie with my mouth open. The ending was so unexpected. And the shower scene? Wonderfully frightening, even though I already knew that the blood was chocolate syrup. Hitchcock was such a genious. Definitely a must-see. But don't make the mistake of watching it while you're home alone at 10 PM like I did. Never again will I do that. I literally ran down the hallway and up the stairs to go to bed, and I left the hallway light on. I guess that just goes to show how good the movie was. Norman Bates is such a creepy, creepy guy. . .
- Max: Very excellent film. It's set just after WWI and it's sort of a thought-provoking "what-if?" movie. John Cusack plays a rich, Jewish art dealer named Max (hence the title of the movie), and Noah Taylor plays Adolf Hitler before he became anybody. Basically, Max tries to convince Hitler to express his anger through his art instead of his angry, anti-Semetic speeches. But there's another man who took notice of Hitler's ideas and talent as a speech-maker and tries to convince Hitler to give speeches. It's kind of about Hitler's struggle between the two. It has a horribly sad ending, but it's a really all-around great movie based loosely on a true story, and it kind of makes you think about what might have happened if Hitler had turned to art instead of speeches.
- Noises Off!: I had never, ever heard of this before, but my school is doing the play and I happened to find it on the Netflix Instant-Play thing (best thing ever) and so my mom and I watched it. It's really hilarious. It actually has some big-name people in it for being so obscure. It has Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, and Christopher Reeve, to name a few. It's about a traveling theatre group that has internal relationship issues that basically take over their performances. There's a lot of clever slap-stick and excellent timing involved, and it's a really, really funny movie. I hope the play is just as good!!
In unrelated news, Bert still shows up every once in a while. He's doing very well.In more unrelated news, my friend, Michelle, and I got to write and design the center-spread for our school's newspaper, which was both extremely exciting and a huge headache. The program that we use for layout is horribly frustrating and badly made. It took us many hours and many terrifying moments of "OH NO!!! We just added one comma and it messed up the entire thing!!!" But it turned out very cool. Perhaps the best page in the paper. But perhaps I'm a bit biased. What's fun is that it's the reason I watched Psycho. Only in classes as cool as newspaper does one get to watch a movie like Psycho to do an assignment. We wrote the spread about horror movies and why they're scary. We hadn't really seen any of the movies we used as examples, but we wrote it to make it sound like we knew what we were talking about. It's pretty awesome. I hope there are more days a lovely as today coming! I need my Sunday escapes!!! ~Snooty Crumb P.S. Here's a silly little story for you. So, in my English class, we have to write something for every Friday we have class, and then we have to read it to our "writing groups." It's very annoying. But anyway, I didn't really know what to write about, so I recycled a story from seventh grade and rewrote it to make it a bit better. I was almost positive that she was going to call me out on it, because it's a story about a middle school girl and it's pretty childish-sounding. But here's the kicker: She LOVED it. She gave me an 11 out of 10 on it. She complemented my character development and said that my style was "so engaging" or something ridiculous like that. I giggled to myself when I read her comments because I'd written it when I was twelve. She apparently had no idea. I wonder what she would do if I told her. Heh. Just a little chuckle for you.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
- Then She Found Me, which is this really random chick flick with Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick, and Colin Firth (we had to watch it because both Matthew Broderick and Colin Firth are in it). I really, really liked it. I usually don't like chick flicks that much because they're all the same. But this one was very different and particularly excellent.
- Murder by Death, a murder-mystery spoof by Neil Simon. It had a bunch of really old comdey actors in it like Peter Sellers (he played a Chinese guy, true to form), James Coco, and Peter Falk, and it also had Maggie Smith (whom you might recognize as Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter.), Elsa Lanchester (who was Katie Nanna in Mary Poppins; my mom and I had quite a debate over who she played. I was right.), and Truman Capote, who is a very, very strange man.
- Ed Wood, which I've been dying to see for quite a while, because I'm a HUGE fan of both Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. It was a very strange movie, but then, it was Tim Burton. I had no idea that Ed Wood (or Edward D. Wood, Jr.) was a real person, but he really was called "The Worst Director of All Time" and he really did have an obsession with angora sweaters. It was much darker than I expected, because Ed was good friends with Bela Lugosi and Lugosi had serious problems. But it was very, very excellent. I liked how Johnny Depp played Wood; think of how he played Willy Wonka and you've pretty much got it, only I liked Ed Wood better than Charlie. But he talked in a very similar way and he had that same sort of attitude.
So. That's what I've seen so far. Now I'm waiting on Psycho, because I have to watch it and write an article about it with my friend for the school newpaper. Hardship, I know. But seriously, I'm probably not going to feel safe in my shower for a while. But, anyway, I am very much enjoying Netflix.
So. . . That's really all I can report as of right now. ~ Snooty Crumb P.S. Sorry once again for the lack of pictures.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Last week on Dancin' A Little Smidgeon, Bert found himself a new girlfriend, Bernice. They had just begun a new life together on the deck... So, the pigeons are, obviously, still here. Still nothing from the owners. Bert and Bernice have made themselves comfortable, spilling food and pooping all over the deck. But, as you know, things can't be perfect forever. Yesterday we looked out at them and noticed that Bert was panting heavily. Even if you don't know anything about animals, seeing one pant sends an alarm to your brain: Something is not right! (Just like Miss Clavelle in Madeline.) Eventually somebody went outside to give them some more food and scared him enough that he flew to the railing, where we noticed that he only stood on one foot. The other, his right foot, hung limply over the railing. We didn't know what was wrong with it, but he couldn't seem to stand on it at all. He eventually came back to the table, where he laid down and panted tiredly. Bert still seems to be hurting; he has difficulty standing on his other foot, like he's not strong enough to lift himself on just one leg. It takes him a few tries to stand up, but he can eventually stand and hobble to his food. He's been eating and drinking, which is good, and he hasn't been panting. We're not really sure what's wrong with his foot. We think it might be broken or sprained, because there's no blood or anything. Bernice has been adorable. It almost seems like she is protecting him. She stands close to him most of the time and sometimes looks like she's talking to him, comforting him. She'll look at him for a little bit and then start eating messily, as if showing him what he should do. Yesterday, when they were scared up to the roof by my dad (who was barbecuing), my mom saw that Bert was sitting a little farther up on the roof and Bernice was sitting closer to the edge, like she was standing guard. Whether she's really protecting him or not, it's really cute. I can safely say that I never thought I'd be this interested in the well-being of a couple of birds, especially pigeons. But when Bert started hobbling around, I honestly can say that it made me extremely sad for him. It's just so distressing to see an animal in pain like that. What makes it worse is that we don't have any clue what to do for him. We're just going to have to wait and see if it heals. Somehow we've actually grown kind of attached to Bert and Bernice. I know it's best that they go home, but they seem so happy here, and I almost don't want them to leave. Um, anyway, on a happier note: If you're looking for some great movies, you've come to the right place. I've seen three:
- Julie and Julia- EXCELLENT movie. Meryl Streep is absolutely perfect as Julia Child, capturing her spirit and personality perfectly, and Stanley Tucci is perfect with her. Amy Adams played her part wonderfully, as she always does. The two stories blended flawlessly, which I was a little apprehensive about. An all-around wonderful film.
- Never Been Kissed- Okay, I know this one's a little out of date (1999, to be exact), but I just saw it for the first time and thought it was very cute. The film depicts the high school horrors of being a nerd, which is a concept that I always find particularly relatable, and also the ever-important concept of second chances. This movie was about the nerds of every high school, and how there's more to them than people realize. Movies like these are precious and few ("'Cause precious and few are the moments we two share. . ."), and this one was excellent.
- All About Steve- I never thought I'd say this, but this was a chick flick that wasn't predictable!! If you ever see it, don't go into it thinking you know what's going to happen. Not only was it extremely different, it was also really hilarious (another movie about someone who's a little bit of a nerd.), and my mom and I found ourselves laughing our ways through the film. It was very refreshing to see Sandra Bullock (whom I am very fond of as an actress) let herself go and play a character besides her usual uptight businesswoman. Another excellent movie to add to your must-sees.
Well, I'll keep you posted with news of Bert, and if I see any more excellent movies, I'll be sure to let you know!
~ Snooty Crumb
P.S. Sorry there are no pictures.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
- Hollywood is only fun if you're a tourist or a movie star, and if you are the former, it's really only fun once.
- The mountain that the Hollywood sign is on are NOT as pretty as they look in the movies and pictures. I don't know what they do to them in photoshop to make them look so nice, but they are really ugly. The entire landscape of Los Angeles is brown, scrubby, and hilly. Not exactly the most beautiful place ever.
- The cities you see in movies are usually on a backlot of some movie studio, in which there are no built-in doorknobs, benches, lightposts, or newspaper stands, because these are things that change over time. They get put in when filming starts.
- If you ever want to go to a movie premier with any remotely famous person, get there at least two hours early and be prepared to shove people out of the way to get pictures.
- Brad Pitt needs a shave. Badly.
- George Hamilton is just as tan and dapper in person.
- The Judge Judy set is made of plywood that's been stapled together with a staple gun.
- Lots of stars drive black Range Rovers.
- The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a several-day task.
- There is a dress code for seeing a taping of The Family Feud: no white shirts, no shirts with logos, and no shorts. Interesting. And when you clap, you have to clap up by your face so the people watching at home can tell you're clapping.
- 1/2 hour Sitcoms take 5 1/2 hours or more to tape but are very entertaining because they hire a comedian to keep you laughing between takes. If you ever go, expect your face to hurt a lot when you leave.
- The Kodak Theatre has a MASSIVE stage.
- When watching the Oscars, no seat is ever empty because the Kodak keeps a line of extras in fancy clothes to fill in seats whenever someone gets up.
- The Oscar is named such because some woman that worked for the Acadamy in the '30s or '40s thought the statuette looked like her Uncle Oscar.
- Stars' Homes Tour busses are extremely tacky and have annoying guides. Never take a tour. Get a map and find the houses yourself.
- Hollywood is not actually a very nice place to be if you leave the middle of Hollywood or Sunset Blvd., and Sunset Blvd. does not have much to do unless you're extremely rich.
- US 101 (the highway) is extraordinarily useful if you're driving from Universal City to Hollywood Blvd. Also, if you ever get lost, chances are you'll end up on Cahuenga Blvd. We did. Every time.
- Road signs are not very clearly labeled in Los Angleles.
- Madame Tussaud's is awesome (if not a little creepy), and the Hollywood Museum has tons of interesting movie trinkets.
- John Wayne's feet are not actually as small as people like to joke. He was wearing riding boots, which make your feet look smaller, so his feet appeared to be very small. John Travolta, whose spot is right next to John Wayne's, bought the biggest pair of boots he could find just to make fun of John Wayne.
- There are a lot of interesting trees in Los Angeles.
- A cemetery in the middle of a city actually exists. It's between a parking garage and a bank or something.
*Just a note about this cake.* My friend Suzy's mom had made the little chocolate cookies that you see on it, and Suzy thought that they looked like cow pies, and she had the brilliant idea to make a cow pie cake. She was extremely excited when she found out that they were throwing me a party, so she made me a cow pie cake. And yes, we know that the 1 is backwards, but we didn't realize until after we took the picture. 6) Surprise Party- My friends are the coolest ever, and they threw me a surprise sweet 16 party! We had been trying to get together to have a party celebrating our AP scores all summer, so naturally I assumed that that was what we were doing. But when I got there, all of my friends were there and had a lovely party for me! We had a cake and everything! I still can't believe that I have friends awesome enough to throw me a surprise party. We played all kinds of games that have kind of become traditions in parties of ours, like Balderdash and Apples to Apples, and we also played Catch Phrase (which is very entertaining to watch) and Scene It, in which we learned that we do not know as much about movies as we thought. We watched the end of The Dark Knight, because the last time we had had a party we never finished it, and one of my friends had never seen the end. Apparently everybody kept telling her different endings. I don't know why anyone would do such a cruel thing as that... It's not like I did, or anything. Anyway, we had tons of fun and it was a great way to end the summer.
There's still one more week of summer left!!! We just had our Vikingfest, where we got our schedules, and most people that aren't anyone I'm friends with went to the football game and had tailgate parties and such the like. Believe it or not, the SCA actually scheduled tailgating into the Vikingfest timeline. Anyway, I mentioned that we got our schedules at Vikingfest. But what I didn't mention was that there were no teachers on the schedule. I think that everybody was extremely angry about this, because a lot of people already knew their schedules and just wanted to know who their teachers were. So it was really a waste of time and paper. Sometimes it amazes me how stupid our school system can be.
Anway, that's about it. Pretty amazing summer, no? I'm still digesting it all, so to speak. It all went so fast, and now school's starting and I have to go back to my boring routine. But I guess it's all for the best.
~ Snooty Crumb
P.S. I don't think that I'm ever putting this many pictures on here ever again.