Comm & Pop Culture Post. Deux.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Taylor, daughter Birthday, Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter tea party

I know Real Housewives is easy to pick on, but is this for real?!?!?

Taylor Armstrong from the newest season, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, threw her daughter a Mad-Hatter/Alice in Wonderland tea party for her birthday, did I mention she was only turning 4? This little gathering of 35 adults an 25 kids cost a $60,000. I’m not sure if thats counting the Barbie diamond necklace party favors at $999 a pop? Who is Taylor throwing this party for? Her daughter won’t remember her 4th birthday! It’s clear Taylor is in it for herself when her daughter refuses to take pre-party-professional-photos and would rather spend time with her nanny. What does Taylor do? Get on top of the table and goes photo-nuts!

Beverly Hills is all about marked woman. Who buys $1,650 Barbie necklace for a 4 yr old? We are literally witnessing the next generation of women being marked, or branded more like it! Does a little girl really need to see her mom parading around on top of a throw-up-pink table for a camera?

Beverly Hills is just waiting to consume the next generation of little girls into its “marked-ways.” The consumerism and high couture designer clothes, the botox, the plastic surgery, the houses, the hair, the cars, even the help! Each one of those things will in some way make its mark on the girls that they will carry around for everyone to see. In Beverly Hills the mark women carry is magnified x100 and insanely examined. There is no way for the generation to escape the mark and the mindset that their moms and Beverly Hills push on them.

Barbie Necklace

 

Charlie St. Cloud

Charlie St. Cloud Movie Poster

Just from watching the trailer I am already reaching for the kleenex, there has been quite a few Drama Romances out there lately but I really think this one is going to be special. I don’t think I can wait until July 30th. So I think I may just have to read the book.

Zac Efron, Amanda Crew, Donal Logue, Charlie Tahan, Kim Basinger, Ray Liotta

Based on an acclaimed novel, Charlie St. Cloud is a romantic drama starring Zac Efron as a young man who survives an accident that lets him see the world in a unique way. In this emotionally charged story, he begins a romantic journey in which he embraces the dark realities of the past while discovering the transformative power of love. Accomplished sailor Charlie St. Cloud (Efron) has the adoration of mother Claire (Oscar® winner Kim Basinger) and little brother Sam (newcomer Charlie Tahan), as well as a college scholarship that will lead him far from his sleepy Pacific Northwest hometown. But his bright future is cut short when a tragedy strikes and takes his dreams with it. After his high–school classmate Tess (Amanda Crew) returns home unexpectedly, Charlie grows torn between honoring a promise he made four years earlier and moving forward with newfound love. And as he finds the courage to let go of the past for good, Charlie discovers the soul most worth saving is his own. [apple]

Charlie St. Cloud Trailer


Good Will Hunting

★★★★★

(yes, that is six stars – reserved for only for my top 3 movies)

Some people can never believe in themselves, until someone believes in them.

“So what did I think? I’m holdin’ out for somethin’ better. I figure fuck it, while I’m at it why not just shoot my buddy, take his job, give it to his sworn enemy, hike up gas prices, bomb a village, club a baby seal, hit the hash pipe and join the National Guard? I could be elected president” – Will

“I have a bullshit answer for everything” – Sean


“I think I got some of your pickle” – Skylar

“Does this violate the doctor-patient relationship?” – Will
“Not unless you grab my ass” – Sean

“You’re my best friend, so don’t take this the wrong way. In 20 years, if you’re still livin’ here, comin’ over to my house to watch the Patriots games, still workin’ construction, I’ll fuckin’ kill you. That’s not a threat; now, that’s a fact. I’ll fuckin’ kill you” – Chuckie

If you haven’t seen this movie, you seriously haven’t lived yet. It’s incredible that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were nobodies and wrote this incredible screenplay. It changed their lives forever. Every time I watch this movie, I interpret it differently. It changes your philosophy on life, and impacts you differently every time. The intensity of it is almost scary, and the good ending is the cherry on top. If you don’t grow as a person after watching it you have some serious disconnect issues. When I say this is one of my favorite movies I actually mean it. It falls in at No. 2 right behind Gladiator. This is a classic, worth watching once a year to do a little soul searching, with some great actors Minnie Driver, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Robin Williams. Love them, (and the amazing soundtrack)!

“I have to see about a girl… Son of a bitch he stole my line”

“You’re legally allowed to drink now, so we figured the best thing for you was a car” – Billy

An Education

Simply Amazing! My new favorite! ☆☆☆☆☆

It’s no wonder Carey Mulligan won the “Best British Actress of the Year” award, she more than deserved it. Starting this movie I wasn’t sure what to expect, I had only seen the previews for it on TV which reveal nothing about the movie. I was expecting it to be good considering all of the Oscar Buzz, but wow I was blown away! The movie is just so well done! The screenplay by Nick Hornby, who wrote another favorite About a Boy was plain and simple brilliant. I just thought it was very applicable, maybe it’s because I’m in college, but I thought wow school is important and it almost slipped between her fingers. It translates to a large audience, there is actually living and discovering, living how we think we should and trying to be mature, and then doing the smart and invaluable thing – learning even if the lessons are hard.

Sure dating a man that much older isn’t common, but it was so well done it seemed realistic. Sitting there watching this movie I felt as though I was standing right behind her shoulder yelling “NO” don’t do this! Jenny is smart and that is what makes this movie worth watching, you aren’t witnessing a airhead teenager who wants to rebel. You are seeing an educated, smart, young girl, who just wanted to live. Can we blame her for wanting to live life?

The cast was perfect. Who doesn’t love to see Emma Thompson. Even though it made my skin crawl Peter Sarsgaard was still a charmer. Dominic Cooper – hello bad boy, loved his mysterious role. Rosamund Pike’s second movie with Carey Mulligan, they were in Pride & Prejudice together, and she is a sophisticated fashionista in this movie, almost idol like.  Love to see Olivia Williams in anything. To top it off no one could have played the father role as well as Alfred Molina. Not to forget Carey Mulligan, my new icon, in the lead role.

Not to mention an amazing soundtrack!

The Last Song

☆☆☆

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The movie was suprisingly good! I was expecting good, I wasn’t expecting to cry like a baby one minute, sigh like a sissy, and then laugh out loud. I can’t say it beat The Notebook or A Walk To Remember, but it was good!!!! Nicholas Sparks knows how to write books, that women will fall apart with – whether watching it as a movie or reading it as a novel. I guess we can watch and find out how long Liam and Miley will stick together?

Bonus- A good soundtrack! OneRepublic, Eskimo Joe, Miley Cyrus (duh…), Ra Ra Riot, Jose Gonzalez, Iron & Wine, Maroon 5, Edwin McCain,

Click below to see stills from the movie!

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Step Up 3D

Step Up 3D

If it isn’t clear, I am not a fan of 3D, I normally go to the 2D version. However, this looks good! It looks corny, seems like it will have a great soundtrack, and the 3D could be cool, not to mention the cool dancing and hot guy! Tentative release day Aug. 6, 2010