Monday, October 31, 2005
There's a lot of other trouble with this video, too. First of all, the dress is hideous - it has the craziest neckline and it's purple and yellow. Ick. Also, there's lots of screaming and crying and pounding of hands on walls. Double ick. Finally, Little Lohan makes an appearance, playing... her older sister! I'll admit, the resemblance is staggering, but please, please, Little Lohan, don't turn out like your sister. Redheads everywhere are begging you. The video is pretty trite, but Lindsay directed it herself. Truth be told, it's not bad for a first attempt by a 19-year-old. The song itself is also mediocre. We all get that Linds and her dad don't have the best relationship, but that seems like the sort of thing they should be working out in therapy, not on MTV.
I'm wrapping up today's post with a little game for us to play. Lindsay appeared in the movie "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen." Her new song is "Confessions of a Broken Heart." What do you think Lindsay's next confession will be?
"Confessions of a Broken Heart" video - C -
City of Lost Children - D+
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Wedding Singer on Broadway
According to the New York Times, the producers of Hairspray will be bringing New Jersey of the 1980's to the stage with a musical adaptation of the movie "The Wedding Singer." The movie, released in 1998, starred Adam Sandler as a wedding singer who is stood up at the altar. He then finds the love of his life, but she is engaged to someone else. The movie is very funny, but much of its nostalgic charm, for me, is from its '80's soundtrack with songs like “99 Luft Balloons,” "Der Kommissar," and "Too Shy." Sadly, the musical will be getting original lyrics and music. At least they are leaving the original songs from the movie, "Grow Old With You" and "Somebody Kill Me."
Mamma Mia was a good idea - fairly original at the time, taking pop songs and turning them into a musical (I haven't seen it, but I've heard there's an actual plot). Then came Footloose, using the original music from the movie and making it a musical. And then there was Movin' Out, and a John Lennon musical that seems to have fallen through, and a Producers musical based on a movie, and now that musical is being turned into a new movie. And now The Wedding Singer: The Musical? You must be joking. Are there no original plot ideas any more? Are we going to end up with Rambo: First Blood: The Musical? All those budding musical theatre composers are going to be out of work if we keep borrowing ideas from pre-existing sources. And The Wedding Singer wasn't even that great! Why? Why?
The Wedding Singer: The Musical - D+
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Aside from amazingly great taste, there's something else special about Krispy Kreme doughnuts - their ability to bring people together. Once you've had a Krispy Kreme experience with someone, you share a bond that can never be broken. Ashlee in Memphis? Sara in Oklahoma City? Dustin, Paul and Ashley in Atlanta? Scott in Flint? Lifelong friends. Maybe not entirely because of Krispy Kreme, but I would be lying if I said a doughnut didn't play a role in those relationships.
Krispy Kreme - A- (why the minus? no KK in AA)
Friday, October 28, 2005
Amanda - "Wow, she is making love to that radio."
Nate - "Oh, she's not making love."
Madonna totally humps a stereo in this video. Super grind and super hump. I'm telling you what. But that's not all! She wears a sweet '80s dance outfit, has amazing back-up dancers, and samples an ABBA song. I love ABBA, more than I love Madonna, so this is super exciting for me.
What I like the most about this video is that it's not super-formulaic like most of the other videos I see in the morning. Sure, she dances with hot younger guys, and there's a shot of Madonna walking in rhythm to the music, but that's okay. I can handle that. And the song is good, too. It's nice when song and video line up in goodness.
"Hung Up" video - B+ (sure, it's good, but it's no "Like A Prayer" or "Express Yourself")
Los Galanes - A-
Thursday, October 27, 2005
My thoughts on today's events: had we been a class of phtographers, it would have been an amazing day - I saw so many things beautiful and interesting places that I wanted to take pictures of. The in-classroom experience, however, was minimal and I think my professor just did that part because she had to; you could tell that getting to Mexicantown was the most important thing to her... but more on that later.
Michigan Central Depot - B-
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
This is Oprah's latest Book Club selection, which means that in about three months, there are going to be thousands of copies in used book stores. If you can hold out, you'll save a few bucks, and we can talk more about the book then.
A Million Little Pieces - A-
As fall turns fall-er and winter starts to seem like a real possibility, millions of girls across the country put away their flip-flops and get out their Uggs (or Fuggs, if you can't afford the real ones) - and with this weather-related fashion switch comes the inability to pick up one's feet when one walks. You know you're getting old when shuffling feet really annoy you; in that case, I am really, really old. As one who has tried on the real ones and owns some fake ones, I can say that they're not that heavy. They're not like, say, cement blocks wrapped in sheepskin. They're just boots! Pick up your feet when you walk! PICK UP YOUR FEET! I know I'm not alone out there. This annoys lots of people. They just don't say anything about it. Instead, they silently fume and curse the good folks at Ugg and the celebrities who sparked this trend (as you can tell, I silently fume when I'm in public - I just rant to you, my fine readers).
However, with that said, I am SO in love with these orange Uggs, and all for the low low price of $105 on eBay. Does anyone out there owe me a really great Christmas present? I wear an 8.
Uggs - B (I heard they're out of style); the Ugg Shuffle - D
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Here are some details for you non-video watchers: Fergie and her dancers are showing off their "ice," label-dropping and waving their long and nasty fingernails all over the place. Periodically, the BEP guys sing about spending, and then Fergie replies with "I'm-a get get get get you drunk, get you drunk, off my hump, my hump my hump my hump..." and so on. Not pretty. There's writhing and dancing hoochies and it's just lame, and it comes on every morning. Worst of all, it's catchy. I sing it in my head all the time, and then I feel bad about myself.
My Humps - C-
Okay, this is great - I'm all for extended scenes and deleted scenes and director commentary and all that. There's just one thing that bothers me - an alternate ending. Um, James Cameron? There can only be one ending. The ship sinks. The end.
New Titanic DVD - B+
Monday, October 24, 2005
This is Giada De Laurentiis, host of Behind the Bash on Food Network. Giada has the biggest mouth I've ever seen. She scares me a little. Sure, she's beuatiful, but damn, that mought is huge. It's not surprising that she's a foodie - she must have more taste buds than the average human. I can't watch her show. Even the commercials are frightening - she flashes those pearly whites and I cringe.
Giada's big smile - B-
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Car accidents - F
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005
You all know that I love Desperate Housewives, but even I didn't know how much I loved it until I saw the first four episodes (I was a late joiner and didn't start watching until mid-season). It's so good! So many things happened in those first four episodes that influenced later episodes that I was completely unaware of - Edie's house fire, those demon Scavo boys painting that little girl, the assault of the gay cable guy, that awesome dinner party, evil Mrs. Huber... and many, many more. I already rented the next four episodes and can't wait to get crackin' on them.
Also, I'd like to give a shout out to the creator of TV series on DVD, and perhaps the creator of DVDs in general. There is no better way to watch TV than to watch it on DVD. No commercials, no waiting, streamlined episode length. Good job, fellas.
Desperate Housewives DVD - A
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Come and look as skanky as you can. Get the skankiness out of you before many of you head home for a wholesome family Thanksgiving. As usual, we will have some snacks like cheese doodles and basic booze options, but bring your favorite beverage to share. Can't wait to see all you nasty hos!!!
Dictionary.com desribes a skank as "One who is digustingly foul or filthy and often considered sexually promiscuous."Think: Taradise, Xtina, B Spears and K-Fed, Lil Kim, Janice Dickerson.
Skanksgiving, along with gay-hosted theme parties in general - A
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
"The background: I have accepted a position as "Dining Room Attendant" at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, where I will be washing the dishes of National Science Foundation scientists. I will join about 1,000 other people on the station, where we'll live in dorm-like rooms, eat from a cafeteria, and share the same 24-hours of Antarctic sunlight. My first day will be October 1, where I'll fly from St. Louis to LA to Christchurch, New Zealand. After a one-day orientation, we'll all head down to McMurdo on a 7 hour flight. I won't leave again until February 28, 2006."
Erin, friend of my friend Tim, I salute you. In fact, I kind of want to be you.
Read The Bottom of the World - link from my blog coming very soon.
The Bottom of the World - A
Check back for soup updates in the future.
Petit Red Lentil Soup, Natalie - A
Petit Red Lentil Soup, Amanda - B+
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
I have added a site meter to my blog. I think I'm only going to leave it up for a week or two, but it will be fun to see how many people visit my blog a day. Of course, I know some of you are visiting more than once a day, so the numbers will be skewed... but that's okay!
Site Meter - B- (really, I'm sort of ashamed that I'm doing it)
Monday, October 17, 2005
Point to ponder: if I come across celebrity blogs, does that mean that celebrities might come across MY blog?
Celebrity Blogs - B
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Some guys with too much time on their hands put this together and they created a masterpiece. You know you've hit the big time when you make Entertainment Weekly's Must List.
Take a few minutes and watch the trailer for Shining - and bring the kids!
If you're looking for something a little scarier, check this out - http://www.angryalien.com/0504/shiningbunnies.html - The Shining in 30 Seconds, re-enacted by bunnies. My favorite is the Scatman Crothers bunny.
Shining - A
The Shining Bunnies - A-
Friday, October 14, 2005
Nuns at EMU - A
Kinsey was pretty good. I was really surprised by how many "people" (I mean "stars") were in it - during the opening credits, I caught myself saying "Tim Curry! John Lithgow! Oliver Platt! Timothy Hutton!" I had no idea all those people were in the movie. Other things in the movie were surprising as well. I knew it was about sex, of course, but I really wasn't expecting to see Peter Saarsgard's junk, so that was a surprise. Also, there was an unexpected make-out scene - seriously unexpected. Like, Liam Neeson slipping the tongue to Peter Saarsgard unexpected. Nate and I both said "Whoa! Whoa!" It was crazy.
I can't really find any faults with the movie, other than maybe it glossed over some of the more unsavory parts of Alfred Kinsey's life. Actually, that kind of bugged me. The movie would mention things, like Kinsey's "dependency on barbituates," and then they'd just sort of go away. I'm not one of those movie watchers who does research afterwards if I'm left with questions, so I guess I'll never know.
Kinsey didn't really move me - it was fine. I'm glad I saw it, but it doesn't instantly jump to the top of my "all-time favorite movies" list. Oh well.
Kinsey - B-
Thursday, October 13, 2005
I'm not saying that Daniel Craig is unattractive - I just always think of James Bond as being a brunette, and more dashing. Craig looks sort of haggard.
My choice for the new 007 - Clive Owen. That man is DREAMY.
Daniel Craig as James Bond - B
By MELISSA NELSON, Associated Press Writer
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Michelle Duggar just delivered her 16th child, and she's already thinking about doing it again. Johannah Faith Duggar was born at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and weighed 7 pounds, 6.5 ounces.
The baby's father, Jim Bob Duggar, a former state representative, said Wednesday that mother and child were doing well. Johannah's birth was especially exciting because it was the first time in eight years the family has had a girl, he said.
Jim Bob Duggar, 40, said he and Michelle, 39, want more children.
"We both just love children and we consider each a blessing from the Lord. I have asked Michelle if she wants more and she said yes, if the Lord wants to give us some she will accept them," he said in a telephone interview.
The Discovery Health Channel filmed Johannah's birth and plans to air a show about the family in May.
The Learning Channel is doing another show about the family's construction project, a 7,000-square foot house that should be finished before Christmas. The home, which the family from the northwest Arkansas town of Rogers has been building for two years, will have nine bathrooms, dormitory-style bedrooms for the girls and boys, a commercial kitchen, four washing machines and four dryers.
Jim Bob Duggar, who sells real estate, previously lost his bid for the U.S. Senate. He said he expects to run for the state Senate next year but isn't ready to make a formal announcement.
Michelle Duggar, 39, had her first child at age 21, four years after the couple married.
Their children include two sets of twins, and each child has a name beginning with the letter "J": Joshua, 17; John David, 15; Janna, 15; Jill, 14; Jessa, 12; Jinger, 11; Joseph, 10; Josiah, 9; Joy-Anna, 8; Jeremiah, 6; Jedidiah, 6; Jason, 5; James, 4; Justin, 2; Jackson Levi, 1; and now Johannah.
I was with them until "Jinger." (okay, no, I wasn't)
Naming your child "Jinger" - C-
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Tea's bad picture - C+
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
As I was walking from my class to the parking lot yesterday, I decided to count the number of people I passed that were talking on their cell phones. These folks were walking to or from class, too, at about 10:50 AM on a rainy Monday morning. Grand total? 18. This may not strike you as that many, especially those of you who live in New York, LA, Chicago, Austin or Miami, but you have to remember that Eastern's population is just under 24,000, and I can't give you a statistic on how many people are walking on campus at 10:50 AM. Let's just say that 18 struck me as high. People, it's time to hang up the phone. Look at the world around you. Do something less constructive with your time - daydream! People-watch! Recite the 8 times table in your head! I imagine that none of the people I saw were so busy and important that they had to field a call during peak daytime hours. They're just into putting up a barrier. Or looking cool. Whatever. I'm guilty of it, too, of course, but I've been thinking about extreme cell phone usage the past few days, so I'm going to try to curb my extraneous public chatting. Lets engage with real live humans, shall we?
Annoying campus cell phone users - C
Monday, October 10, 2005
I love this song - it's one of the ones I mentioned in my much earlier post about Kelly's Breakaway album, and the video doesn't detract from the goodness of the song. Taken independently, however (and we all know that Kelly is MISS Independent), the video just doesn't stack up.
"Because of You" video - B-
Being scarred by Bennigan's so much that I still dream about it over three years since I last worked there - C-
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Big Boy Radio - A-
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Running With Backpack - C-
DRUMLINE yoga pants: B+
Friday, October 07, 2005
David Banner - "Play" - D-
Thursday, October 06, 2005
This video is fierce. Seriously. Kanye looks great, and the slutty dancers are awesome, and Jamie Foxx totally kicks ass. It doesn't hurt that the song is ridiculously catchy, so by the end of the video, you can sort of hum along. The "ad graphics" behind the dancers are perfect for the idea of "no golddiggers," and Kanye's profile shots against the red/pink background are really aesthetically pleasing; then, when it switches to more of a white/tan color scheme and full body Kanye, it changes the whole thing into less sexy, more classy. Not that this video could be anything but sexy - those girls are wearing next to nothing! Back to Jamie Foxx - he's totally milking the Ray Charles impression, but it works. He sounds spectacular and looks pretty hot, too.
Golddigger - A-
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Here's a quote from teenmusic.com: The A Cinderella Story star, whose mega-watt smile has attracted intense speculation, resorted to having veneers after damaging her enamels during energetic stage shows. Duff explains, "My teeth aren't the strongest, and I kept chipping them on the microphone. One show, I literally spit half of my two front teeth out.
"Why is it people's business?"
SICK! That's not supposed to happen! You should have brushed better, darlin'!
Hilary Duff's New Teeth - D+ (points because lots of people are making fun of them!)
Spartan brand - B+
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Nate trivia: Nate is my third boyfriend whose name is spelled "_a_e..." can you name the other two?
Nate - A
Um, what? I think it would have only been weirder to hear the bell tower version of "Cat Scratch Fever" or "I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts." Why in the world did they pick "On The Street Where You Live?" Sometimes, this place amazes me.
Halle Library bell tower - B-
Monday, October 03, 2005
Jen is super, super cool. She owns her own business, dresses better than anyone I know, has a smokin' hot husband and a smokin' hot body, sings and dances incredibly well, and is one of the nicest and kindest people I've ever met. To top it off, when you're talking to her, you can tell that she's actually listening and cares about what you're saying. I love that!
Jen - B+ (still has to prove herself - I give points for longevity)
Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper ad - A
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Here's what I love about Ashlee: she's hilarious and she knows it. If she weren't so pretty and didn't have such an amazing voice, she could be a stand-up comedienne, but alas, it is her lot in life to be an opera diva. With Ashlee, everything is an inside joke. You're either in or you're out. She has a mind like a steel trap, and once something has made an impression on her and she's connected it to a person, that thing and that person are forever linked. I really like this about her. It makes me (and everyone else lucky enough to be Ashlee's friend) feel special.
If Scott's my childish friend, then Ashlee is my up-for-anything friend. Here's a short list of things we've done together: auditioned for a movie; went riverboat gambling; went to Graceland; attended a church service led by the Rev. Al Green; cried at the Art Institute of Chicago; went to the Friendship Tea; toured the state of Arkansas with performances of Schoolhouse Rock Live... and there are many, many more. She's rad.
Ashlee - A+ (for those of you who are wondering about my grading system, let it be known that Ashlee is the ONLY one of my college friends to visit me in Michigan, so she got some extra credit)
Skittles and I met about four years ago. We were in a show together, but we didn't really talk or hang out... until one day, Scott come up to me and said," I saw you driving twice this weekend. I think I'm your stalker now. Let's be best friends." And I said, "Okay!" If you think I'm making this up, I'm not. That's pretty much exactly how it went. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Skittles, whose real name is Scott, said that he had always wanted a friend named Cricket, so was it okay if he called me that? I said it was fine, as long as I could call him Skittles. Cricket and Skittles... what are we, guinea pigs?
We all know that our friends fit into categories. You can have go-out-drinking friends, intellectual friends, party friends, people you were good friends with when you were young but now don't have anything in common friends, one-upsmanship friends (otherwise known as friends you don't really like), friends who are like family, and countless other categories. I think Skittles is my "be childish" friend. We play a lot of mini-golf together, and he once gave me a Chuck E. Cheese lunchbox as my tip when I waited tables. Also, Skittles is my stage whore friend. Most of my friends have some sort of performance background, but Skittles is the only one who admits to loving the limelight. His goal in life is to be famous. Picture it - a reality show starring a guy who's a veterinarian by day, karaoke star by night. I'd watch it.
Read Skittles' blog - equippedtofascinate.blogspot.com - and you'll want to be his friend, too. Maybe he'll even give you a nickname!
Skittles - A-
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Christy decided she wanted to be my friend after she saw me sing my version of Rubber Duckie at the high school talent show. She came up to me and said "Your song was awesome - we're gonna be friends." Okay, maybe that's not exactly what she said, but that was the gist of it. So we started hanging out. Her friends becane my friends, at the expense of some of my other friends. I spent the night at her house all the time. We went to Prom in the same group - Christy and I were best friends, Christy was dating Joe, Joe and Trent were best friends, I went with Trent. Still with me? Christy and I and all of my new friends hung out all summer. It was so much fun - we did all the fun things that non-drinking high school kids in the suburbs do, and I still say the time I was friends with those folks was one of the most fun times I've had.
Then, at the start of the new school year, EVERYTHING CHANGED (melodramatic, yes, but true). I called Christy after the first day of school to ask her how her day was, and she totally blew me off. We barely talked all week, and then, when I met up with her at a football game, she said hi to me and that was it. Thus ended our friendship. We literally never talked again. She stayed friends with all my new friends and they all ditched me. It really, really sucked.
Years later I found out that Christy had become a lesbian; when I told my mom this, she said, "Oh Amanda, you were Christy's girlfriend." Think about it. She went out of her way to befriend me, she made me mix tapes and jewelry, we spent basically every waking minute together for about four months, and then she dumped me.
Christy - D- (I give her some points, because I can now say "Did I ever tell you about my high school girlfriend?)