Monday, November 30, 2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009


I went to see "The Proposal" last night. I needed a pick me up after a long week, and this movie did the trick. It had the classic ingredients of a good girly movie, and it made me feel like I was at a family gathering in Sitka, Alaska (or Rockport Massachusetts, where the movie was filmed). I think Sandra Bullock is so beautiful. And Betty White is an adorable Gammi! I have loved Ryan Reynolds ever since "Definetly Maybe". If you are looking for a fun romantic comedy, The Proposal delivers the warm fuzzies and a few laughs.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A recap of epic proportions

It’s been a while since I have posted about movies (hello! the original purpose of this blog!!), so I thought I would catch up on the movies that I have watched in the past little while. I love movies, so there's quite a few.

Some of my favorites in the past few months:
- I Love You, Man – This is my favorite movie of the past year!!! Many thumbs up!!!
- Happy Go Lucky – This is my exact philosophy, made into a movie.
- 17 Again – I did not have a crush on Zac Effron before this, but I now join with the throngs of females willing to throw themselves at this man/boy.
- Star Trek – Good space fun! Live long and prosper!
- Coraline – This movie is great to begin with, but it was amazing to see in 3-D. Check out a nice poster series here... And the dolls I will be purchasing on ebay.
- Monsters vs. Aliens – Seth Rogan was born for this role.
- The Fall – I saw this one a long time ago, but it is a MUST SEE. It’s beautiful and vibrant, with naturally charming acting by a pint sized lead actress.
- Slumdog Millionaire – Who wants to be a Mill-a-naire!
- Pineapple Express – Super Fumados in Spanish!
- The Wrestler - Touching

Some good movies:
- Adventureland
- Wolverine – Deadpool is scary. Wolverine gets shiny claws, that aren’t quite rendered properly.
- Yes Man

Some movies that weren’t my favorites, but served their purpose of entertaining me:
- Angels & Demons – I read the book a while ago. Everyone loves an ancient mystery movie.
- The Spirit
- 7 pounds –This was good, but I only watched it because it was playing on the airplane. This movie is too depressing to make the ‘girly movie’, cut, but there are some moments in it.
- The Dutchess – Ditto.

Movies I am looking forward too:
- UP
- Extract
- The Promotion
- T3
- Enlighten Up
- The Ugly Truth
- Disclaimer: I will try and keep myself from seeing this movie in the theatres, as it is bound to be B-A-D, but I can’t help but crack up at this trailer every time I see it (which has been surprisingly a lot at recent movies) I am referring to ‘Dance Flick’.

So, there it is, a giant list of movies to catch up on if you haven’t seen them already. And that doesn’t even include all the good things of TV these days… but that’s a whole other blog.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Catalina Estrada

On a recent trip to Barcelona, I had the chance to get a glimpse of some work by Catalina Estrada (I think this is her). I love her current work so much! She is bringing really great angular shapes and new pattern design into her work. I really want this t-shirt!!! If you are in Barcelona in the next few weeks check out her exhibition at Iguapop gallery! Or if you are there on July 4th, you MUST check out the opening for the Tim Biskup exhibition!

On a side note, you can check out photos from my trip to spain on flickr:)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


He's Just Not That Into You!!! I received this book as a gift from my step-mom, when I first started "dating". It seemed harsh initially, but I know she just wanted to save me excess heartbreak. The movie showcases different relationships which correlate to chapters in the book.

FUN FACT: I saw this one in the theatre, and 99% of the audience was female. I think that automatically classifies it as a Girly Movie Monday feature movie.

Girly breakdown: Ginnifer Goodwin, GiGi, totally made the movie. Justin Long was great in his role, plus he is just so cute:) Ben and Jen have a nice apartment and boat, and I think Jen is beautiful. I have expressed my love for Drew Barrymore in previous posts and she continues to make me happy. I could not stop looking at Jennifer Connelly's eyebrows or ScarJo's boobs. I totally forgot this guy was in Wedding Crashers, and I enjoyed his hosting on SNL recently.

I was surprised at how much I liked this movie after I saw it. But then I remembered... I am a believer in movies promoting smart, funny, confident, and strong women. Even if there isn't a typical montage makeover sequence accompanying it.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

It's "that" time again

Yay! It's ANTM time:) This means a new cycle (12) with a new crop of girls. I couldn’t be more excited and looking forward to it all. I have a feeling these girls will be good. I am doing a co-post with The Cherry Journal on this “event”, as she is equally excited and ready for the action. BRING ALL YOU GOT TYRA, we are READY for MAMA!


STEPH: A little squirrly looking, which I have no qualms with… I love the furry little creatures. She is an artist, which could mean some creative posing from this one.
AMBER: Super pretty eyes and nice shaped lips, I think she'll do pretty well. I could see Mama Tyra making her hair a lot darker for the makeover episode.


STEPH: I love the fro. What will they do to it??? She is reminiscent of Dani, the winner of Cycle 6.
AMBER: I get this feeling her name was really Tanima, but to sound more unique, she wrote it backwards. Little did she know this season (oops, sorry, CYCLE) is all about uniquely-named model wannabees. Back on topic though, I think she's gorgeous. Although I could see Tyra deciding to let the 'fro go. I hope not though, yo. ;)


STEPH: Mmmmmm, she has nice hair? This hair actually reminds me of your hair Amber, before the switch to the dark side :)
AMBER: What?! I'm offended that she reminds you of me in any way. She looks like she's 47! I'm going to feel really bad for writing that if she ends up being the nicest, most wholesome person on the show. But that leather jacket makes me think she's gonna have a major attitude. Don't all people with leather jackets have that?


STEPH: Oooo – I like this one:). She has adorable freckles, she is wearing a nice vest and she has a tiny tattoo. I want to hear the story! I just hope she has enough attitude to stand out in this competition.
AMBER: I like her...and can definitely see her being versatile and a good Cover Girl. She looks like she might be a bit of a troublemaker.


STEPH: She’s pretty and I do like her haircut. But she can’t coast on pretty.
AMBER: Too pouty. She looks like she's going to be the whiney one. And she's an aspiring model, so she may possibly be whiney AND think she's better than the rest.


STEPH: “Sexy bedroom eyes” or “I will kill all you skinny beeyotches with my laser glare”? Hmmmm she has long flowing hair which can only mean on thing… a pixie cut a la mia farrow might be in order?
AMBER: Noooo! No pixie cut! I think maybe they'll do chin-length bob. This girl is really pretty, but she needs to lay off the eye squint. She'll learn. Tyra will show her the ways. I think I'm impartial though, because Jessica was always my favourite twin from the Sweet Valley days.


STEPH: I have a beef with this girls name. Kortnie, pffft! Two things which may work in her favour, or be her demise… BOOBS. I can’t do up my vests either Kortnie.
AMBER: Guaranteed her name is really spelled Courtney, but she's going the unique road like Aminat too. She's cool looking though - I think she'll either the the bitch or the really laid-back one of the group.


STEPH: Amanda Bynes knock-off.
AMBER: Nicholas Cage knock-off. I don't like her. First one off, even before Celia. I hope. And are those pleather pants I see?!


STEPH: This one slightly reminds me of Jaime-Lynn Sigler. She looks sad.
AMBER: You're right Steph, way too sad though. Smile, Natalie! We're so proud of your not changing the spelling or letter order of your name


STEPH: Stunning. I like her. I hope she isn’t the crazy one.
AMBER: Ooooh, fierce. Look at that look! And I love that she's from Rancho Cucamonga - because I like saying it. Sounds like cowabunga - but better. She looks like she could be the season's Big Bitch though, orrr crazy.


STEPH: She has very strong features, but I am having trouble getting past her “Troll-inspired” hairdo.
AMBER: This girl is stunning. I can get past the hairdo, although I don't think we'll have to for long, I'm sure Tyra will have it cut right down to almost nothing.


STEPH: She looks “nice”, therefore I am thinking she is heading home sooner rather than later. I’m not sure if she stands out, but she has lovely curly hair, and blue eyes (They are blue? It’s hard to tell.
AMBER: Ahh, the "plus-sized" girl (also known as not plus-sized at all). She does look super sweet, and her eyes are gorgeous. I hope she's got confidence, I think that will help her stick around.


STEPH: Ty-ty picked Tey-tey. Fancy job you have there, Teyona.
AMBER: Teyona scares me.

Top 2 picks for the win?

STEPH: My top 2 girls that I am betting all the marbles on: Nijah and Fo
AMBER: As if I'm gonna spill those beans! I'm holding off my bet decision until I see the first episode.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Girly Movie Gold Collection: Enchanted

Disney ruled my childhood. I bought into the idea of princess's, sparkly dresses, and cuddly forest animals. I didn't know it at the time, but I was being influenced by the art and design of Mary Blair, among many other talented animators/illustrators. And it has stuck with me to this day. I recently caught up on two that I missed when they came out.... Anastasia and Lilo & Stitch. I will have to save the gushing about Lilo&Stitch for another post.

But today I would like to kick off the "Girly Movie Gold Collection" with Enchanted

Enchanted starts out with a classic disney style animation, but changes to real life when Giselle is sent to "a place where there are no happily ever afters". I love the way scenes from past disney movies are woven into the storyline. Also, keep your eyes peeled for appearances from the actresses who provided the voices for past disney princess's!!

Amy Adams is PERFECT in this role. She plays over-the-top cuteness so well. And no modern day fairytale is complete without McDreamy (or James Marsdan).

Disney aside, this movie has some slapstick humour that makes me giggle just thinking about it. Watch a clip here of "Happy Working Song". Ah ah ah ah ahhhhhhhhh!

Oh, and did I mention that there is a talking chipmunk?