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When Boyfriend Is Away

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…the chick flicks dance on the dvd-player. This spring, Boyfriend has been buzy taking a math course in another town, leaving me alone a few days a week to spend some quality time with my TV. Although we’ve missed Boyfriend, the TV and I have had some jolly hoots together watching a bunch of romantic movies.

This week I’ve watched two rom-coms, one awesome and one awful. These are my reviews. Feel free to guess which is which.

Waiting for Forever

Short summary: When Emma’s father falls ill, Will follows his one true love back to their home town where they grew up together. Emma is a sensible, sweet somewhat-succesful TV-actress, whereas Will is a pajama-wearing drifter slash dreamer with a bowler hat, living and breathing only for Emma.

This is one of those sweet, quirky movies with that special indie sort of feel to it. The story line felt original and fresh, not following that typical rom-com recipe that we know all too well. I was actually surprised at some of the plot twists, which is rare. Will and Emma’s love story was adorably bittersweet, and I couldn’t help but root for them through it all. The story was strengthened by some great side plots with supporting characters that were lovable and layered, and not just exactly what they seemed at first sight.

My favourite character, though, was Will. Obviously. I loved him, absolutely loved him, from the moment he spoke his first sentence, while the screen was still black, rolling the opening credits. His quirky, positive, slightly insane outlook on life and love, although arguably naive, made this movie what it is: brilliant, funny, sad, sweet, adorable. Pick an adjective. Or just watch the trailer below.

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New Year’s Eve

This movie revolves around several separate love stories all set in New York on New Year’s Eve, following in the tradition paved way by the masterpiece that is Love Actually. The sad thing is, New Year’s Eve is not a masterpiece. In fact, I was disappointed to discover that it’s a steaming piece of something else altogether.

BEWARE! Some spoilers ahead.

How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways. First of all, I found the movie lacking in the charm department and overloaded in the cheese department. There were way too many love stories to really get into either one of them, and there were some really odd couplings. In fact, I found almost all of them odd, and moreover, completely lacking in chemistry. Katherine Heigl and Jon Bon Jovi had one of the most horrendously sucky story lines and chemistry in the movie, and instead of rooting for them, as I believe the audience was meant to, I kept hoping she’d stick to her decision to dump his sorry ass.

Second, why does Lea Michele always, ALWAYS have to sing?

Third, Hilary Swank’s character’s overly dramatic crisis when the big ball wouldn’t drop, annoyed the crap out of me. The parallell to a hysterical mother in the doctor’s office fretting about how her son’s junk just won’t hit puberty, is striking. I hate hysterical parents, and I hated Hilary Swank and her stuck-up ball. Predictably, the whole thing was easily fixed by her giving a cheesy speech on TV, making everyone not care about the damn ball anymore, which was even more annoying, because, jeez people, is it a crisis or is it not? Make up your minds and stick to your guns! Don’t let cheese and platitudes placate you! I was really hoping for an angry mob lynching scene, although I knew it would never come, because that might actually have been a surprising plot twist.

One of the few redeeming qualities about this movie, though, was Zac Efron’s character, who was actually likable and entertaining. His coupling with Michelle Pfeiffer was a little bit on the creepy side though, especially since I had the feeling she was going to kill herself at the end. I was a little disappointed that she didn’t. However, her dance with Zac Efron in the end made me glad she didn’t. Okay that was a lie. I really am a good person.

So, all in all, if you haven’t seen New Year’s Eve, then good for you! Keep it up. However, if you enjoy fun and quirky love stories, I definitely recommend Waiting for Forever. If you’ve already seen one or both of these movies, feel free to argue or agree with me below.

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Everything You Wanted, Everything You Don’t

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Hey, everyone, and happy new year. Yeah, yeah, I know, I hate new years too, but it’s considered rude not to mention it, and I’m a sucker for conformity. So, hope you’ve had a good 2011, and that your 2012 may be as wonderful as… blah blah blah. You catch my drift. Well, here we are again, back at square one, with a whole year ahead of us, to fill as we may with broken resolutions and the annually allotted five weeks of unpaid vacation we can’t afford to take. For me, the bright side is that I’ve now been a member of the work force for a whole year, so it’s only 39 more to go until I’m allowed to retire or drop dead from exhaustion. Yay!

Meanwhile, I have no choice but to begrudgingly find some means to pass the time, and as always, I choose to stand by the friend who’s always stood by me in return: the TV. January is that magical time of year when the TV execs in America deem us worthy of new episodes of our favourite shows, and thank heavens they let Vampire Diaries come back early this year!

For those of you who don’t give a crap about VD, the rest of this post is going to be less than exciting. Feel free to skip ahead to the music at the bottom. For anyone who’s still with me, and have yet to see the newest episode, go see it! Now! And then come back. For those who have already seen it, well, you know what I’m about to say, so I’m not even going to say it. Let’s just say, it’s disturbing how invested a somewhat grown-up human being can get in a fictional teenager’s love triangle with two 150-year old vampire brothers. I’m way more excited about this storyline than anyone with fully matured frontal lobes should be. I can’t even decide between Team Stefan and Team Damon, even though I’m usually very loyal to one side in these kinds of situations (I consider loyalty to one’s TV friends to be of utmost importance). This time, though, I can’t choose. So I say, slut it up, Elena! Go for them both. Katherine did, why shouldn’t you?

Oh, and that song that you’ve already googled, from that scene we’ve all replayed seventeen times, can be found below. It’s called “Holding On and Letting Go” by American singer-songwriter Ross Copperman, who I’ve actually heard of and listened to before, and who is now going back to his rightful spot on my playlist.

Follow up questions for you:
–    Team Stefan, Team Damon or Team Why-the-Hell-Choose?
–    What did you think of Meredith showing up as an adult, a doctor nonetheless, looking suspiciously like Crazy Nanny Carrie?
–    If you don’t give a crap about vampire drama, how was your new year’s celebration? Are you happy to be one year closer to the sweet relief of death retirement?

I Wish I Had Children, Just So I Could Do This to Them

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Merry Christmas, everyone!

Gossip Girl Is Back (And So Is My Shame Spiral)

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Yeah, this is gonna be another TV related post. Sorry, but all I do lately is sleep, eat, work (yeah, I got the job, if you can believe it) and watch TV. Rinse and repeat. So I don’t really have anything else to write about this week, unless you want to know what I had for lunch today (two halves of a roll, with cheese and cucumber on one half and bologna on the other. I didn’t care for the sausage, but the cheese was ok).

So anyways, Gossip Girl is back, you guys! Is anybody still watching this show? You know, except me? For the life of me, I can’t figure out why I keep watching it. It probably has to do with my slightly OCD-like inability to leave something unfinished. I don’t know. All I know is, Gossip Girl and I are stuck with each other until The CW decides to put us both out of our misery.

This season picked up with Serena in California, working on some movie or other. There was a “previously on” in the beginning of the episode that tried to explain this all to me, but I seem to have forgotten (or repressed) a few things over the summer. Anyways, Serena is apparently working as some sort of assistant now, and totally impressing her bosses with her fetching skills. Naturally she’ll be moving upwards quickly. And naturally there is a new guy in the picture, only this one doesn’t like her very much. Can you believe he finds her annoying? Quite a shocker. I give it two episodes before he and Serena figures out they’re soul mates and then one more before he’s out and replaced by the next soul mate in line. So as not to kill the suspense for those who haven’t watched the episode, I won’t say any more about what Serena’s up to this season… I’m lying, I would totally say more if only I could remember. (Un)fortunately I seem to have a specific lapse in my attention span, causing my mind to drift off whenever Serena speaks. Maybe if I try really hard… nah, can’t even pretend I care. Moving on.

In this episode Chuck and Nate are also in California, because when they dramatically spun the globe in last season’s finale to let the fates decide where to take their bromance adventure, the fates apparently decided on L.A. Isn’t that convenient? In the beginning of the episode, we find Nate and Chuck on a yacht together along with a couple of girls (a.k.a their beards). Nothing new there. However, over the summer Chuck has taken up a new hobby of extreme sports. And before you get excited, I should tell you I’m using the Bella Swan definition of extreme here. Basically, he misses Blair, and now likes to drive motor cycles really fast. And fling himself of the occasional metaphorical cliff. Why? Because he’s Chuck Bass.

Also, at some point during this episode (and I don’t remember why exactly, Serena was speaking) Nate decides he no longer wants to be the Matt Donovan of this show, and decides to be interesting instead. Good choice! Here’s hoping it’ll last (spoiler alert: it won’t).

Meanwhile, back in New York, Blair is prepping for her wedding, and hilarious as ever, she expresses her discontent about following the royal traditions of the country whose prince she’s marrying (hand-me-downs are for charity and second children). Watching the Queen Bitch wield her powers, suddenly I remember why I watch Gossip Girl in the first place. I like Blair; she is the one redeeming quality about this show. And also, I’m a bit of a Dair-fan. There, I admitted it. Now, get rid of that prince already and bring on the Dairmance!

Wake Me Up When September… Starts?

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Not even 30 minutes ago, my best friend called me complaining about the terrible autumn weather we’re having, and how awful it is that summer’s over. I couldn’t agree less. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy sweating and burning in the sun as much as the next girl, but come September, there’s finally something on TV again! Last week, my favourite shows finally started showing up on the screen again, one by one. Also, a few new ones came along and more is on the way! The following were the highlights of my past week on the couch (beware, some spoilers ahead).

Oh, Liam, How I’ve Missed You!

In the land where summer never ends and everybody’s pretty, we’ve already seen our favourite cast of tan people go through love triangles, teen pregnancies, fame, blackmail, fraud, murder and some seriously insane schemes worthy of the likes of Blair Waldorf. I’m sure this season won’t disappoint in the drama department! Two episodes in and we’ve already got a bitch that needs to be brought DOWN, a proposal, and a newly purchased bar where I suppose they’ll serve Yoo-Hoos with funny straws. Oh, and young papa Winchester is guest starring! I’m not afraid to admit (anonymously here on my blog) that I’m happy 90210 is back! It’s been a long summer with no Liam to rest my eyes on. Seriously.

Vampire Whiplash

Ah, I can’t even describe all the ways in which The Vampire Diaries is awesome. It’s such a roller coaster ride of twists and turns that I sometimes fear I’ll get a whiplash from all the drama. This show is in a league of its own. I’ve read the books, and they don’t even come close (seriously, what was with the flying foxes?). Finally, they’re back and as dramatic as ever! Stefan is sort of evil this season, only not really, I don’t know, but I like it. Matt’s finally got a clue, but is still a big dull dud, and hopefully a certain funny-as-hell vampire chick will realize and move on to the smoking hot werewolf (racial feud be damned). That is, if she even survives till the next episode! So exciting! Now, if only Ian Somerhalder would please drop the MacGyver hair-do, I’d be the happiest fan they ever had.

Honorable Mention

Also starting this past week, was newbie show The Secret Circle, based on the book series by L. J. Smith, the same author who wrote The Vampire Diaries. I haven’t read the books, so I don’t really know what to expect. Judging by the pilot, though, it looks promising! The pilot wasn’t great, there were some weirdly scripted scenes, like the one where one supposedly bad-ass witch uses her incredible powers to turn out some lights and make it rain. Kind of anti-climactic, no? However, the actors were good, at least the ones that matter, and the plot was exciting enough to make me tune in next week.

This Week’s Moment to Re-watch!

How hot was Barney & Robin’s dance on the season premiere of How I Met Your Mother? I was absolutely transfixed during that entire scene, it completely blew my mind! I vaguely remember my boyfriend saying something about Robin’s hair being weird, but seriously, I wasn’t even looking at her! Ah, it’s too bad NPH is gay, not to mention married to Scooter, with children, nonetheless (otherwise I’d totally have a shot, right?). If you have yet to see the hawtness overload, take a peek below! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a clip of the dance scene in its entirety on the interwebs, so if you want more go see the episode already!

Of High School Traumas and Nemeses

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Bored out of my mind and sick of bugging my boyfriend about it, I decided to watch a movie today at one o’clock in the afternoon (ah, the beauty of the weekend). I carefully selected a comedy I hadn’t already seen, You Again, starring a lot of famous people, including Veronica Mars and that old lady from that show about old ladies in the ’80s. Anyway, the movie was about facing up to your high school traumas and putting all that shiz behind you. Marni (Mars) has to face off with her old high school nemesis when her brother is getting married to said nemesis. Only, her brother doesn’t know that his fiancée is the one who made life a living hell for Marni in high school, so of course, Marni has to stop the wedding and save her brother from the evil witch (duh!). A lot of hilarities ensue, I’m cheered up, and Boyfriend is relieved I’ve stopped whining about how bored I am. Everybody wins! If you want in on the winnings, I recommend watching this delightfully entertaining movie.

After the movie, or actually during, I started thinking about my own high school experience. I couldn’t help it, especially when the song ”Toxic” by Britney Spears was played. Hearing that song took me right back to high school along with the characters in the movie. I don’t have a huge dramatic story from high school, but I did have a guy who picked on me. This is the story of how we made up, and eventually came to be declared ”friends of the year”.

So this guy, let’s call him Guy, didn’t like me very much (can’t possibly imagine why, as I’m lovely and not conceited at all). All through 11th grade, whenever we had to make contact with each other, he would bug me or yell at me or hit me with a ruler. Presumably, this was because I was somewhat of a geek in middle school (I was closeted by the time I reached high school), and he just wouldn’t let me escape it. Luckily, even though we were in the same class, our paths didn’t cross too often. I avoided him most of the time.

Anyway, this was the year I met Boyfriend (yes, the same one that I’m still bugging today, he has a LOT of patience). He went to a different school than me and lived all the way across town, and thus didn’t know I was a closeted geek. How lucky! Well, after a while we got to the point where we started needing contraceptives, because, you know. So I went to the doctor and got my hands on some birth control pills. My doctor told me it was of utmost importance I take the pills at exactly the same time every day and never ever to forget it. So, I randomly decided to take them at night before bed, at ten thirty sharp. When Boyfriend spent the evening at my house, this was not a problem. However, when we were at his place, my strict ten thirty pill time combined with my eleven o’clock curfew, forced me to take the pill during the hour long bus ride home from his place. Obviously I had not thought this through, but by the time this inconvenience became apparent to me, it was already too late. I had to keep taking the pill at the same time every day. Even when my family went on a road trip vacation in America (I’m European), I made up for the time difference and took my pill at about one thirty in the afternoon, which was awkward because my parents weren’t supposed to know, and on vacation we were usually on outings, or in the car, or otherwise spending time together at this time of day. Anyway, I’m getting off track. The vacation went fine; my parents never knew or at least pretended not to. All was well.

What I was going to tell you was that my badly chosen pill time forced me to bring my pills to school on days that I was going to Boyfriend’s house in the afternoon. I kept them in my backpack, very cleverly hidden in the outer pocket along with my keys and wallet. And this is where I get to the point. One fateful day in the autumn of 12th grade, I was hanging out in the school cafeteria with a friend of mine, when Guy showed up and joined us. Friend and Guy were friends, so I suppose that’s why he could stand sitting with me. I, however, needed to get away for a little while and declared that I was going to the bathroom, leaving the two of them and my backpack behind. Yeah, I was that stupid. So when I came back I found the two of them laughing, Guy with my pills in his hand. I was mortified, but laughed good-naturedly along with them, ensuring I got my pills back. I spent the rest of the day wishing fire and sulphur would rain down on the both of them. It did not.

I quickly forgave Friend, because what else was she supposed to do when I was gone than ransack my backpack, right? However, I was worried that Guy was going to spread the news of his exciting finding around school, ’cause you know, I watched movies; I knew how these things went. I was very surprised when instead, Guy started acting friendly towards me and sitting next to me in class. I know what you’re thinking, but no, I knew he was not interested in me in that way, he had a slutty girlfriend of his own. I was mystified. What did he want with me? Why was he acting so friendly? I was wary, expecting a backlash or a ruler slap across the back of my head every time he was near. After a while, when nothing happened and no news about my newfound sluttiness spread across school, I started to relax around him.

One day, as we were walking to the bus stop together after school, the mystery unravelled. Turns out, Guy needed someone to talk to about his troublesome love life with Slutty Girl, and now that he knew I was active, apparently he figured I was the best person for the job. So he told me all about how his girlfriend got her period at irregular times, and how this affected their love life. He poured his poor little heart out to me, and I listened carefully and tried to sympathise. Apparently, I was no longer geeky girl to him. Instead, through the rest of the year, I was his friend and confidante and sometimes masseuse when his neck was aching (don’t know how he tricked me into that one). Our issues were resolved, our classmates mystified (I like to think they cared), and Friend declared us friends of the year. After high school, we went our separate ways and I don’t know how he’s doing now, except every once in a while I receive a poker invite from him on facebook.

The message? I don’t really have one. Except, given the choice, take your pill in the morning.

Apparently, I’ve Been Living in a Cave

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I don’t know how I could have missed this, and almost for an entire year! I’m talking, of course, about the Hunger Games short videos directed by John Lyde from Mainstay Productions. They’re all available on youtube, in fact the oldest one has been out ever since November (!) and yet I just stumbled over them this morning.

The videos are NOT footage from the upcoming movie, nor are they your typical fanmade videos (which I generally dislike). These shorts were made by a real director with real actors, and are really worth the watch!

Katniss and Rue were made with actresses Danielle Chuchran as Katniss and Savanna Kylie Lewis as Rue, with the intent of getting them auditions for the official movie. Danielle got an audition and made it to the final five, but the role ultimately went to Jennifer Lawrence. However, talented as she is, I’m sure Danielle will get her big break soon.

The Katniss and Peeta cave scene was shot as a chemistry screen test between Danielle and actor Ben Urie, because director John Lyde wants them for an upcoming movie.

The newest video, The Second Quarter Quell was apparently made just for the hell of it. The Hunger Games is an awesome series, everybody knows it, and so why not have some fun, right? The second Quarter Quell, as we all remember from the second book in the series, Catching Fire, was the year Haymitch won the games. Actor James Gaisford does a great job in making young Haymitch come to life. Hopefully we’ll see more of James in the future!

If you enjoyed these videos, you might be pleased to learn that director John Lyde intends to make more! Lots more! Seven more, in fact! This will be a small web series depicting the relationship between Finnick and Annie, which is something we didn’t really get to see in the books. I must say, I’m intrigued! To learn more, check out the interview John Lyde did with movies.com.

Meanwhile, we’re all counting down the days until the feature film hits the theatres. It will be out on March 23, 2012, and I’ll be first in line for tickets. Who’s with me?