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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

the year in review...

2008


The year started off with fireworks in the parking lot of Liz’s old apartment with two homo’s, Hannah, and of course Miss. Liz! The year got better as the hockey season continued on. School was a drag, mostly because online classes are not for me. Got a new job as a nanny. Had to take a class over the summer to bring my GPA back up, but I still have to wait to get my scholarship reinstated. Hockey season ended on a low note, as in last place in the league, while Baseball season started with a new name and a new logo. Went to opening day with Liz and continued to enjoy the season with her and who ever else decided to come to the games. Tried to have a good summer. Went to my first Red Sox game in which the they got whopped. Tried to have even a good birthday, but only half of my 21st was worth it. Favorite hockey player was traded on my birthday to a team who the day before I said would be my favorite west coast team. Continued to try to have a good summer. Lost a best friend on my own accord. Realized that the friends I have are worth more to me then anything and are worth keeping around. Hockey season started back up with a new favorite player, who is still only second to Dan Boyle. Took the semester off since I don’t have my scholarship. Went to a play off game. Continued to nanny. Got sucked into the world of Twilight. Went to Minnesota for a white Christmas. Got a new computer. And am hopefully going to have another great New Years Eve.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

why haven't i seen these yet...

Every year I always end up missing a few movies in the theatre, and I usually end up seeing them once they come out on DVD or at least sometime during the next year I'll make sure to see any movies I missed, but this year it comes to me that I missed more movies then I intended. So, here are the 10 movies that I wanted to see but missed.

10. Cloverfield


9. Australia


8. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


7. Choke


6. CJ7


5. Sukiyaki Western Django


4. Son of Rambow


3. Hamlet 2


2. Milk


1. Burn After Reading

Monday, December 29, 2008

oh how i love movies...

I could have had my lists all done with these, but I'm going to file all of them into the movie list blog portion of my 2008 year in review. Well, there are actually four lists, but one can wait till after the new year starts.


Favorite Movies of 2008

10. Sex and the City
Never saw the show, because I never had HBO and even when it was on regular cable I never watched it. But I went with a friend because I knew she really wanted to see it and so I went with her and I ended up really liking it. The entire time when I looked at my friend and would see her crying over something, I kinda laughed, because I had no idea why she was crying.


9. Twilight
I don't even know why I put this one on here. I mean I liked it, but since I've seen it about four times I figured it should be on here. But then I thought about this list and it wasn't last on the list, but I definitely liked it better then Sex and the City. Honestly though, I don't think this would have made it on the list if I hadn't read the books before hand, but that's a hole other story.

8. Wall-E
Nothing better then a movie that makes you all warm and fuzzy inside, yet makes you feel like going on a diet and go to the gym more. That aside, Wall-E was cute. Nothing like previous Disney Pixar movies I've seen, not that I didn't like the others, but this one seemed like it had a great message and story.

7. Pineapple Express
The best thing about this movie is that it reminds me of me and other people I know, well not entirely, since I don't smoke weed, but just the way Rogen and Franco act is almost exactly how most of my friends and I act. And the fact that in the end, these guys down guns like their Scarface and just throw down, but in a way that is believable. Not just these guys are all of a sudden ninjas or gun wielding Mafiosos, but like they actually just do what feels natural enough to throw down.

6. Iron Man
Thank you Robert Downey Jr. for making an awesome come back. This guy has always been cool, and it just makes sense for him to play a bad ass. I'm glad a suitcase full of blow and hookers haven't completely ruined him. Great comeback Robert Downey Jr. you are the man!

5. Wanted
Don't know why I didn't see this one in the theatre, but after watching it, man did I want to be an assassin. And seriously, James McAvoy did a good job from going to introverted, nobody to a bad ass mother fucker. And honestly, they ended the movie on such a awesome fucking note.

4. Tropic Thunder
I have to agree, Tropic Thunder is one of the best comedies in years. Robert Downey Jr. did such an outstanding job with this role and Tom Cruise absolutely stole the movie. There is nothing wrong with this movie, it is absolute hiliarity.

3. Zach and Miri Make A Porno
Now even though, thinking about it, Tropic Thunder was much funnier, but I'm a big fan of Kevin Smith and his style of comedy. Mallrats used to be my favorite Kevin Smith film, but after this one, I might end up switching my list around.

2. The Dark Knight
How amazing was this movie? No that isn't a question, that's a fucking statement! Oh how amazing was this movie! Seriously, this was actually a better remake then the original Batman movie with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. Kinda wish they didn't do KO on Maggie Gyllenhaal, but I guess it was needed. But that really is besides the point since Heath Ledger was beyond outstanding at this role. Words can not describe what he did for the Joker. And it breaks my heart to know that they he won't be able to continue with his work.

1. Mamma Mia!
This was hard. I'm sure everyone will disagree with me on this one, but I had to make Mamma Mia my number one favorite for 2008. I don't even know how it happened, but I absolutely loved this movie. When it came out all I wanted to do was go to the theatre and see it over and over again. Only got to see it twice, once on opening night and the other on opening night of sing along version. I'm glad I can still actually really like a chick flick. It seems like I try to stay away from them now, but it's good to know that an actual chick flick can be a great movie that has a chance to great things.

Honorable Mention: Funny Games I wish I could have liked this movie more. It just seemed to slow for my tastes. It had plenty of great scenes, but it took to long to get to them and I think it really slowed down the movie. But then again, I like the fact that it was more of smart horror movie then just gallons of blood and tons of gore. Sure it was violent, but it wasn't like it was pointless, the movie had a great story. If it hadn't have been so slow, it would have definently made the list.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

coming to the end my friend...

I figured I would start doing my blogs which consist of favorites of 2008...

Don't know what they all will consist of, or what the lists will even be, but I've got four days till the New Year, so that is four lists and four blogs to get my 2008 in order or at least parts of it in order. I have a couple ideas of what I want to do, but I figured I would start this thing out with music.

It seems like I bought a lot more music this year, especially with the help of itunes. But most of those are just single songs, so what are the albums that I had to buy and fell in love with? What band amazed me with their new sound or who surprised me from what I've already known?

Honorable Mentions: The All-American Rejects When the World Comes Down, Kevin Rudolf In the City, and Miley Cyrus Breakout. And the only reasons why the Rejects aren't on here is because I have yet finish the whole album and I don't think that would be a fair list.

10. Katy Perry
One of the Boys
Favorite Song: Hot N Cold

The album has grown on me. I liked it the first listen thru, which is important for me, but it didn't seem as amazing as people were making it. But I love this girls voice more every time hear it. Her voice doesn't seem at all fake and honestly she flat out sounds better then most singers out there.

9. Jason Mraz
We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things
Favorite Song: Love for a Child

I bought his first album when it came out in 2002, don't know why I didn't get the second one, but now I have his third album. I feel like I've kinda grown up around his music. Don't know if his first album inspired my teen years, but I feel like this album is different as in it has a more adult sound to it, but it still reminds me of his original album.

8. Fall Out Boy
Folie A Deux
Favorite Song: 20 Dollar Nose Bleeds

This album is still growning on me, which is dissapointing to me personally since Fall Out Boy is my second favorite band of all time. There music shouldn't grow on me, it should be amazing the first listen thru and then continue to surprise me every time I listen to it. But it just seems like this album is so far from where they began that I don't feel like it's the same band. That seems like a lot of egativity thrown at the album, but I still like it.

7. Flight of the Conchords
Flight of the Conchords
Favorite Song: Bowie

Music + Funny + 2 Kiwis = Flight of the Conchords. Fact...Everything they sing about is funny, and if you can't crack a smile even during Business Time you need to learn to lighten up and enjoy life a little bit. Getting to watch these songs performed on their show makes things even funnier. Watch it!

6. Britney Spears
Circus
Favorite Song: If U Seek Amy

Don't know how this one made number 6, but it did. But I have to admit, the album is catchy. The only song I skip is the one she sings about her kids, but other then that, the rest of the album is just fun to listen to. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

5. The Hush Sound
Goodbye Blues
Favorite Song: Not Your Concern

I'm so glad I stumbled upon this band. You think I would have heard them earlier being a Fall Out Boy fan, but I just stumbled upon them on an iMix one day and have kinda been hooked since. I know all the words to this album and the previous one, and was ready to sing along to them too when they came to the State Theatre, but because I caught what ever sickness was going around, I only got to see two bands perform before I got to weak to stay and I had to bounce. Still have yet to see them live.

4. Everybody Else
Everybody Else 1 1/2 Acoustic Versions of Songs
Favorite Song: Alone in the World

Another band I stumbled upon and sorta fell in love with since. I got to see these guys in Ybor over the summer and they have a great sound. The way you listen to them on the album is how they sound live, which I have a lot of respect for. This acoustic version of the first album is just a great as the original, some songs even better! An according eve makes an appearance!

3. Safety Suit
Life Let to Live
Favorite Song: Annie

There is nothing really new about their sound, but they have lyrics that definitely make me happy. Their music has a rock feel to it, but also has a great melody, but it's their lyrics you have to really listen too. There is nothing wrong with this album and I can listen to this on repeat all day.

2. 3 OH! 3
Want
Favorite Song: Starstrukk

I heard these guys late one night on the local radio station, even before they were put into mainstream rotation. And I am so glad that I was up that late driving home on a Sunday t get to hear them! They have so many different sounds in this album, even though it doesn't seem like it's two white guys making some of the music it all still goes together.

1. Death Cab for Cutie
Narrow Stairs
Favorite Song: You Can Do Better Than Me

My favorite band of all time, that never fails me when it comes to their music. I never used to believe people when they would say a band changed their lives, but after being introduced to Death Cab, I can whole heartedly say that they have not only changed my life, but also the way I listen to music. I would never really pay much attention to the lyrics in a song, but after listening to them enough and really listening to the lyrics did my eyes really open up to how important their music really was. And even if the lyrics weren't there, the melody could never fail when it came to revealing what you were feeling at that moment in your life.

Next up...Favorite Movies of 2008...

Friday, December 26, 2008

on the new computer...

That I got for Christmas! Yep, new computer, my own computer! One that I don't have to share either! I get to put what ever I want on it, get to play with it whenever I want and I don't have to worry about giving it back to my mom when she asks for it! Yep, my computer, which I think I will call Pillow Pants. Why pillow pants, well that's because I've been wanting to name something that, and now I actually can name something. So this new computer's name will be Pillow Pants. And I finally got it to my liken too! All my stuff from my moms' computer is on here, I just have to worry bout buying or somehow getting a copy of Microsoft Word and possible Photoshop? Actually there is no question about it, I NEED photoshop! I miss is it dearly. So those are two things I definently need to make this computer even more amazingly me.

Today, we all went snowtubing. Can't remember the name of the place (I should probably google it and get back to you) but I did have a lot of fun! Went out for about to hours, all bundled up, trying to stay warm. Not much to really say about snowtubing, except that it was a lot of fun! I mean all you have to do is just sit there and enjoy it all. My brother said next year he would like to try and go snowboarding since the place also had a school and a few slopes to ski and snowboard on. I figured I could go to Bill Jackson's back home since they teach you down there too, they have an indoor ski ramp and I heard it's not that expensive.

Snowtubing


And I'm gonna end this one with a video that I didn't get to see on tv because they don't play Lightning games up here in Minnesota...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

kicking your kids crafts ass...

I'm in the Christmas gift mood! Well, only a little, I just finished my friends birthday gift and my brother's fiances Christmas gift, so I just need to start and finish about five more. Oh gosh, Christmas is next week and I honestly need to have them finished by Sunday since I'm leaving for Minnesota on Tuesday. But, no worries, I'll have it all done by then and I'll be ready for the cold ass weather going on up in Minnesota. and honestly, I don't even think cold ass weather even really gives the correct definition of what the weather is like up there! I've been looking at the temperature for the past month and a half and I think the highest I've seen was like 38 and the low was like negative 2! Seriously, I don't even think I can actually comprehend out cold that really is. I'm a full blown Florida girl, I enjoy the fact that I can still hang out at the beach in the middle of December, I like that I can wear my flip flops ALL YEAR, I like the fact that I don't have to pay out the ass for winter clothes either! Ok, I'm just ranting now, but the point is that Minnesota will be unbearably cold to someone like me.

Kathryn's Virginia Tech Picture Frames...
Virginia Tech Gift


Rachel's Lightning Building Blocks...Lightning Blocks...


Bringing back good memories!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Oh, what the...

Considering how many movies I see, there is usually at least one scene in them that make me say “what the fuck!” or “what the fuck?” or “what the fuck?!” or “OH, WHAT THE FUCK!” Either the scene is amazing and I’m honestly trying to figure out if I really did just see that or the scene is absolute garbage and I’m wondering how the hell that is even possible to do. Some of these scenes, like Amy Smart ripping her own jaw off in Mirrors get me all excited and I say “awh, what the fuck, that’s fucking sweet” but then the rest of the movie I’m just kinda like “really? I just witnessed a woman rip her jaw of and everything around it is just eh!” Those movies won’t make this list. The movies on this list on the other hand are movies that I like and have no problems with at all. Some of them, the entire movie I’m going “what the fuck” but in a good way, while other’s I’m being entertained and all of a sudden…”what the fuck!” PS…Spoilers…

Please Keep All Hands, Feet, and Other Parts of Your Body Inside the Vehicle at All Times…
10. 11:14 I really liked the way this movie was put together, it had a great concept. Plenty of moments where you are being thrown different pieces of information that ultimately lead you to this one event happening at, 11:14, awh shit! During one of the segments though, a group of guys are in a van driving around causing trouble when…well I found the description on Wikipedia because I’m a little to lazy to write it and I kinda forgot a little what led up to the moment, but all I remember is the kid from Flash Forward (some show I used to watch as a kid on the Disney channel) got his dick cut off because he was pissing out a window and the window slammed shut on it!

Teenagers Tim (Stark Sands), Mark (Colin Hanks) and Eddie (Ben Foster) are driving around causing trouble by throwing things out of the windows of Mark's van, including a book they have set on fire. Mark, distracted by Eddie peeing out the van's window, hits and kills Cheri, who was crossing the road. They stop, but flee the scene when Duffy comes toward the van with a gun. As Duffy fires on the retreating van, Tim realizes that the accident also caused the van's window to snap shut, cutting Eddie's penis off. Tim insists that Mark stop, and Tim goes back to find it. Tim is accosted by the paramedics, Leon (Jason Segel) and Kevin (Rick Gomez) at the scene, but manages to escape and get the severed penis back to Eddie.



Don’t Drink the Water…

9. Cabin Fever See people, water is not that great for you! Especially if some hermit is infected with a flesh eating bacteria, you and your friends light him on fire, and he ends up falling the water supply, the same water supply that has a pipe that runs to the cabin you’re renting, the same water you use to drink, take showers in, and brush your teeth! Eli Roth has a sick mind, but he can do no wrong in my book. I read an interview that he wrote Cabin Fever based off his own experience. Obviously what happened to him wasn’t as bad as what happened in this movie, but I’d never seen anything like this before. I didn’t even know that flesh eating bacteria’s existed till I saw this movie. So, getting to watch Jordan Ladd deteriorate in front of my eyes was painful. Poor girl, and poor guy too, who knew Cory’s best friend from Boy Meets World be in a movie where he trying to get some alone time with his crush and ends up having to kill her, getting the flesh eating shit any way, and deals with a kid who can only yell “PANCAKES!” Again I saw Eli Roth is very creative when it comes to how people suffer and die in his movies.


Tylenol is to Headache as Anal is to…

8. Zach and Miri Make A Porno Fill in the blank kids. I remember these from my SAT’s, to bad this one couldn’t be on there, I wonder how many people would get it right. So, have you gotten it yet? Well, the answer is constipation. And if you have it, a little anal can clear it right up. Good for Katie Morgan, bad for Jeff Anderson. PS…totally called it, just didn’t expect to see it happen to Randal.


An Ode to Tarantinos’ Ball’s…

7. Grindhouse Planet Terror Grindhouse is my third favorite movie of all-time! The fact that four of my favorite director’s are involved in one movie makes me squee (not sure if that is a good word or even a word at all). It would have been another topping on ice cream cone if Kevin Smith had been involved too. Any way, the Robert Rodriguez portion of this double feature probably has the most “what the fuck” moments for me in them (not saying Deathproof doesn’t, but to me Deathproof is nothing but those moments, because it amazes me every time I see it, it’s just too fucking good in my eyes) and the one the stood out amongst the go-go dance’s machine gun leg, the guy from Lost having a fascination with cutting guy’s balls off, and even that whole puss break shit, was Tarantino, a total bad ass, having his balls fall off. And they don’t even just fall off, no they like puss up, burst, ooze, drip, ultimately turning the man himself into this walking, talking blistery looking thing that ends up turning his ass inside out and puking it out onto the floor. I can I hear a “what the fuck!”


No Longer A Man of God…

6. Dead Alive Well that would be because he is no longer a man at all. Peter Jackson created this gem. Yes, the same Peter Jackson who brought us the Lord of the Rings, the Return of the Kings 20 some odd endings, and the King Kong remake the tried to make Jack Black somewhat serious. Possibly one of the best zombies I’ve seen, this movie oozes with moment’s that really do make you say “what the fuck.” And it’s funny too, cheezy in it’s on way, but still really funny. But the one scene I can’t get out of head after seeing it was the priest having sex with one of the other zombies. Don’t worry though, the priest was already a zombie at this point, but still it was disturbing to watch, funny, but disturbing.


One Word…Kakihara…

5. Ichi the Killer It was hard for me to watch this movie, first I watched it with subtitles on, but found it hard to read everything that was going, keep up with the story, and still get to see all these bad ass ways people were being killed. So then I went against my better judgment and put on the dubbed version, where is sounded like Kakihara was being voiced by Clive Owen, which was cool, because I like Clive Owen, but I still liked it (even though I knew what I was being told wasn’t exactly what was being said if I could understand Japanese). Any way, Kakihara is bad ass, and he has such a presence when he is on screen I was always kept wondering “what the fuck is man going to next?” He’s insane and he’s not even the main character. I don’t even knowhow to explain this, but if you look at a picture of him, you see these scars on the sides of his mouth, well, there not just scars, no if he takes out the pins holding the scars his mouth looks like an anacondas ready swallow a person. Not just the way he looks, but some of the shit he gets into and does is out there. I really need to watch this movie again.


The Amount of Penis in this Movie and a dictionary example of what karma is…

4. Cannibal Holocaust I thought this would be higher up on my list, but then I had to really look at the other movie’s and realized that compared to the scenes I plan to talk about, I’d say this isn’t as bad as it seems. So to the first part, the penis, there is a lot of it in this movie. Don’t get penis shots like this now, so ladies take it in. Only reason why I mention it though is because of the circumstances it is seen. Not like Jason Segel’s penis in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, no like dude is gonna get his penis cut off and then the rest of him his going to be ripped a part and eating because he was some dumb ass American douche bag. Which leads me to the next part, how sweet karma really is. The first half of this movie, we have a group of people trying to locate what happened to the crew of documentarians’ that have gone missing. When you find out what happened to them, your kinda thinking it’s awful, but then the second half the movie, your watching the film that was found, and you find out that these people got what they deserved! The what the fuck moment comes around during the second half, actually no, everything you watch in the second half is basically a big “what the fuck!”


Uncomfortable Maybe…

3. Re-Animator I couldn’t really think of anything to name this one, I was gonna go for “sexual favors from a head” but then thought it’s not really sexual favors, more like some guys sick fantasy and it just being he sicker because he is using his head to do it. Note that the guys head has been separated from it’s body, so it’s just the head doing this shit.


This Shit Ain’t TiVo…

2. Funny Games Ok, I literally yelled “WHAT THE FUCK!?!” in the theatre when I saw this movie. One minute one of the kids who is torturing this family actually gets what’s coming to him. Way to go Naomi Watts, that what I’m talking bout, finally, vendica…wait…what the hell just happened? Oh yeah, apparently the other mother fucker doing this shit can rewind what just happened. So yeah, the kid never get’s shot. Seriously? Seriously! Oh I was pissed, but I still liked the movie.


Ass to Ass and the Arm…

1. Requiem for a Dream I was mad at my self after watching this movie to have waited so long to watch it. I could really get into how amazing the film was and why, but I won’t, because if you have seen it, you know just how great it is, and the word “great” doesn’t even cover it! But it seems like every time I talk about this movie, I always start it off with “Jennifer Connelly went ass to ass!”, then I go into what happened to Jared Leto’s arm, and then that’s when I can actually get into discussing the rise and fall of the characters and how amazing the movie was. Even the arm and the whole ass to ass thing can’t define this movie, but they definitely are scenes that make your jaw drop and wonder.

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