Thursday, October 29, 2009

(#16) This is (almost) Halloween

Halloween is one-and-a-half days away! As you can tell, I'm excited. I already told you I was planning on going as a mod, but here's all the stuff it'll take to 60s-fy me.

All of this is going on my face.

These are the lovely cheap-o accessories I got at Forever 21 and Claire's (why yes, I am a classy lady, how did you know?).

And this is my four-dollar dress that decided my costume for me back in July.

Cute mods (and Sienna Miller dressed as one):

Okay, so that kind of devolved into a showcase of how adorable The Who was back in the early '60s. Sorry.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

(#15) Whip it good!

So I saw Whip It with a couple of my friends tonight, and fell in love with it, for several reasons. (I'm pretty much spoiling this all over the place, so if you haven't seen it and plan to, beware.)

1. It made me want to move to Texas.

2. It also made me want to strap on some skates and beat the heck out of someone (by this I mean participate in roller derby, not just roll out there and start punching random passerby).

3. It had the always lovely Alia Shawkat (Maeby from
Arrested Development) in a great supporting role.

4. Come to think of it, all roles, both supporting and main, were amazing.
Kristen Wiig in particular shocked me. I'm so used to watching her act ridiculous (albeit hilarious) on Saturday Night Live every week that her performance as a mom/derby doll/real-life-woman impressed me to no end.

5. Bliss
didn't end up with the guy.
This was actually my favorite part about the whole movie. Yeah, there was a cute boyfriend-girlfriend part to the movie, but the boyfriend turned out to be a jerk (as all 19-year-old boys are capable of from time to time). And instead of going the teary forgiveness route and throwing herself upon him, Bliss kissed him, then slapped him a good one and that was that. I have so much respect for the screenwriter's decision to represent the part of the teenage girl population that doesn't feel the need to have a boyfriend to validate their self-worth. (Not that there is anything wrong with having a boyfriend; it's just nice to see a girl onscreen who's able to detect the worthy from the worthless. Also, he had gross hair.)

6. Girl power, baby. A hundred and eleven minutes of it.

7. The whole darn movie was great.
I liked the pageant-princess-turned-derby-darling twist on the coming-of-age tradition. Bliss and Pash were super-close best friends, and Ellen Page and Alia Shawkat really nailed that kind of relationship. The whole mother-daughter element to the story felt real and honest. Marcia Gay Harden can act, y'all. She's always compelling to watch, and just felt so believable in this frustrated but loving mother role. Daniel Stern was great too, as the slightly confused but supporting father Also, I will make sure to pay attention to any more Barrymore-directed films, because she's got a great style. The setting was perfect, the soundtrack was spot-on, and you know, I could go through every name involved in this production and talk about how much I loved them, but how about you get on down to the movie theater and support them yourselves?

7. I almost forgot -- it was truly hilarious. This is a must in my entertainment choices. If there's no humor and joy in something, what's the point of wasting my time? This film was funny, but intelligently so - the best kind.

This has nothing to do with the movie, but we were talking about rockabilly in my rock 'n' roll class on Monday, and the professor put up this picture of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks and asked if anyone had ever heard of The Band.

Can you believe that I was the only person out of an auditorium at least 250 that raised their hand? He said, "well, then you know about The Hawks, right?" and I agreed and that was that. But that just made me sad for the kids I go to school with. Their loss.

I am going as a mod for Halloween and am in the process of perfecting that ridiculous amount of makeup that goes along with it. It's actually a lot of fun. What are you going to be this 31st?

I don't own any of these pictures, obviously.

Friday, October 9, 2009

(#14) La-La-La Lies

These are actually truths, but I couldn't think of a song title or lyric with "truth" in it off the top of my head. Here we go:

I will never be able to finish a milkshake/Arctic Rush float/McFlurry/Frosty/etc. Not even small sizes. And I definitely will never be able to sit through that song. (Now it's in your head, isn't it?)

I have a huge crush on Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs. I mean, how can you not? He's hilarious and manly and smart and...yes please!

I tend to define myself (and others) by my and their taste in entertainment. Not entirely; I don't refuse to be friends with someone because they like Nickelback or Family Guy (although quite honestly, that's two strikes), but it's a lot easier to get to know someone when they share my love of Stephen King and The Who.

My dream job is to be an animal behaviorist and train dogs. I would love that so much.

I would so rather listen to music from forty years ago than anything made today.

(How cute is that picture of The Hawks? Robbie Robertson looks about 15.)

I cried at Pam and Jim's wedding.

More of these later, I'm sure.

Monday, October 5, 2009

(#13) I Need You

I'm going to have to get this for Christmas. I love Elliott Landy.

Friday, October 2, 2009

(#12) Fall is here, hear the yell, back to school, ring the bell...

It's October! I am not a big fan of cold, but I do love the few in-between days where it's still summer-warm and fall-crisp.

I wish the leaves turned different colors here...

On the less-seasonal side, I made two mix CDs yesterday. One was mostly comprised of Basement Tapes/Last Waltz songs, but the second's theme was less clear.

1. Annie - Ronnie Lane & Pete Townshend
2. Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
3. Blackbird - The Beatles
4. Catmelody - Ronnie Lane & Pete Townshend
5. Don't Stop Belivin' - Glee cast
6. Goldigger - Kanye West
7. Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
8. Hold Me Tight - The Beatles
9. The Lemon Song - Led Zeppelin
10. Martha My Dear - The Beatles
11. Michelle - The Beatles
12. Poker Face - Lady Gaga
13. Push It - Glee cast
14. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

In my defense, "Poker Face" and "Goldigger" are the kind of virulently catchy songs that once you hear you can't help but put on a CD so as to rid your brain of their choruses. And Glee is a darn good show. Ridiculous, but good.

This isn't in my defense, because they're awesome, but the Ronnie Lane/Pete Townshend collaborations come from Rough Mix, which is a fabulous album. I favor the Lane parts for the most part, but all of it is great, which kind of goes without saying. Duh. It's Ronnie Lane and Pete Townshend! Together!

Anyway, Happy October! Allison has some cute pictures of fall over at One Glad Morning, if you're interested (and you should be).

Thursday, October 1, 2009

(#11) Deuce and A Quarter

If you haven't heard this song covered by Levon Helm and Keith Richards, I suggest you do so right now.