Two posts today! I have so much to say!!! I couldn’t let a Sunday go by without talking about something to watch… I mean, I have let Sundays go by without giving you guys a pick for something to binge watch, but not today!
As anyone who lives in the United States could tell you, today is one of the biggest days in the sporting world: The Super Bowl. It’s the final championship game for American Football, and it’s kind of become a pretty big event here.
To be perfectly honest, I don’t really like sports. Unless it’s my hometown baseball team (Win Twins!!), and I am actually at the ballpark, I just don’t follow it. For some reason, I always watch the Super Bowl. I think maybe it’s because I used to watch it when I was younger, and it was kind of a fun day. My parents and I would make something delicious like chili, watch the game, and enjoy the hilarious commercials and fun half time shows. The commercials aren’t always that great anymore, and the half time show isn’t always that fun either, but it’s tradition. Many people throw huge parties, but my husband and I tend to stay home. We both like it that way, I think.
This year, we placed a bet on who would win so that we would be more invested in the outcome of the game. I am making a traditional Super Bowl food: pizza, but am putting our own little touch on it by making a pizza with Kale, Tomato, Pepperoni and Ricotta. Much healthier than the average pizza, I think!
The halftime show this year is Coldplay, who used to be my favorite band. I don’t really like their new music nearly as much as I used to, but I am still a little excited to see them perform and see how it goes. Last year’s halftime show was Katy Perry, and it was ok. People were focused more on the two people in shark costumes (anyone remember Left Shark?), than on her performance. So, I am pretty interested to see what kind of show Coldplay puts on today. If that doesn’t sound like a good time, Animal Planet has the Puppy Bowl, where you watch a bunch of puppies run around a pen, and it has a football theme, with a referee and all. During halftime, they bring out some kittens, which is also adorable. The point of the Puppy Bowl is to raise awareness on adopting dogs and cats, and it’s so cute. It’s also a really good alternative to the Super Bowl halftime show for those lucky people with cable tv.
I pay more attention to the commercials, which are sometimes pretty creative. Companies pay a lot of money to put their products front and center during the Super Bowl. Many times, the commercials are longer than normal, more awesome, and funny. Most of the commercials are for beer and trucks (since the intended audience of the Super Bowl are the people who drink beer and drive trucks). But, there are sometimes good commercials for other goods and services.
So, today, I’ll be curling up on the couch with my husband, cats, a drink and slice of pizza, and enjoying my first football game of the year.
Happy Sunday, everyone!
This week, I am picking one of my favorite movies: Scott Pilgrim vs the World. This movie is a few years old; it was released in 2010, but I still watch it often. It was adapted from a series of six graphic novels, written by Bryan Lee O’Malley. I have read them, and the movie is actually really close to the way the books were written, down to some of the illustrations being brought to life.
Scott Pillgrim vs the World follows the somewhat pathetic Scott, as he navigates relationships, being in a band and some really interesting life events. When we first meet Scott, he is dating a high schooler (Knives), which is really scandalous, since he is in his twenties. He is in a band, and his girlfriend thinks that he’s the coolest person. We quickly learn that he has recently had his heart broken by a girl. Soon after the story begins, he meets another girl (Ramona), who is mysterious. He wants to meet her so bad, and soon ends up in the precarious situation of trying to choose between two girls, one who is way too young for him (but not complicated), and one who is complicated (but his age and more interesting).
Soon after meeting Ramona, Scott starts getting into battles with people he has never met. It turns out that, in order for him to date Ramona, he has to defeat her seven evil exes. He doesn’t always know when a battle is going to happen, and doesn’t know who the person he is going to be fighting will be.
This movie is really great for people who have played video games, because there are tons of video game and pop culture references throughout the movie. It is still a fun movie even if you don’t understand all of the references. It’s still really funny and have excellent comedic timing. It has a great cast, including Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman, Anna Kendrick, Kieran Culkan, Mae Whitman, Chris Evans and Brie Larson. All of these people together are really funny, and make the movie really fun to watch.
Another fun thing about the movie is the music. Since Scott is in a band, quite a bit of the movie involves music. In the making of the movie, they got help from Metric, Broken Social Scene and Beck. The Blu-Ray has a behind-the-scenes special about not only the bands that helped with the music in the movie, but also went over how the actors learned the instruments they played. It was really impressive, because most of the actors has to learn how to play an instrument that they had no prior experience with in the past.
This is a great movie for anyone who loves nerdy references, and for those who are looking for a genuinely funny and quirky movie. It has an interesting story and the performances are great.
Let me know: have you ever seen Scott Pilgrim vs the World or read the graphic novels? Did you love it or hate it?
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In honor of the awesomeness that is Anna Kendrick, and the tweet above about her Netflix habits (binge watching!), today’s pick for Lazy Sunday Binge Watch is Pitch Perfect.
Note: I have not yet seen the second one. I am pretty slow in catching new movies, because I really don’t like going to movie theaters. I think they’re expensive, and most of the time I get motion sick, so it’s pretty pointless. But, I digress. Let’s get to talking about Pitch Perfect!
Recently, there seems to have been a huge trend in shows and movies about Glee Clubs and acapella groups (obviously made popular by the show “Glee”). For some reason, I like Pitch Perfect the most. There are quite a few reasons why I really enjoy watching it (over and over again).
First, it’s hilarious. The character “Fat Amy”, played by Rebel Wilson is just amazing. I think most of you know how I feel about fat shaming, so having a character named “Fat Amy” would normally not be something I would appreciate. However, this is addressed early on in the movie, when she is asked why she goes by that name. She states that she calls herself fat so that no one else can. While I am not sure that I agree with her logic, I do like that she is one of the best characters (not just the funny one). Along those lines, I think that this movie does a pretty good job of having diversity. Definitely not as much as I wish they would (the male acapella group does not have many men of color, especially not ones with speaking lines). The women, however, are really diverse, not just racially, but also in body shapes. They are not all stick thin, blonde and supermodel beautiful. Some of them are short, some of them are somewhat awkward. The vision of the acapella group is that they have that “perfect” look: all thin, beautiful, etc, but they end up desperately recruiting a rag-tag group of women who end up working really well together.
Secondly, this movie never really takes itself too seriously. Even the “serious” parts are funny and charming. There are some gross teen comedy parts (mostly involving vomit), which I think are a little over the top. Even though this movie does have a moral (mostly a “don’t judge a book by its cover” lesson), it gets to that point with plenty of laughs along the way.
I also love Anna Kendrick’s character, Beca. She has that outsider, misfit attitude. She basically only joins the acapella group so that her dad will allow her to work at the college radio station (which is what she wants to do for a career). She loves music, and loves making mashups of songs, which ends up coming in handy for the group, even though her suggestions for how to change their tired routine comes with some opposition. She is especially sarcastic and witty (just like Kendrick is in real life). She meets a boy named Jesse (played by Skylar Astin) who becomes a part of their rival all-male acapella group. He obviously likes her, and she obviously doesn’t really want to give him the time of day, but just like every other teen romantic comedy, this turns out just the way we want it to. On an interesting side note, Skylar Astin ended up dating fellow co-star Anna Camp!
Finally, the music is really fun. It really should be, since it’s basically all about music and performing acapella versions of songs, but some of the songs are so catchy! One song in the movie that is not a cover is “Cups”, performed by Anna Kendrick. It was actually played all the time on the radio the summer that the movie came out. Kendrick is a really good singer, and for some reason that was really surprising to me. The whole song isn’t in the movie, so you should go find it if you haven’t heard it. Such a fun song!
I’m sure a lot of you have seen the movie, since it was so popular when it came out. If you’re looking for a fun movie to pass the time with, however, this is a great choice! Let me know what you think in the comments! And, have a great week!
The Oscars were very interesting last night! I am so glad that I watched. I am also really glad I was in a competition with some friends of ours to see who could guess the most winners. No, I wasn’t in first place, but I was in close second behind my husband. I’m so proud of him and his predictions! Even moreso than the predictions and competition, I was really impressed with the show and the acceptance speeches. Here are some of the highlights for me:
1. Every year, the songs nominated for Best Original Song are performed. It breaks up the speeches, and is always really fun. This year was especially good! The performance that really stood out for me was “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie. There were tons of stars in the performance including The Lonely Island, who does the digital shorts on SNL. It was entertaining! Of course, the performance of “Glory” from Selma was incredible as well! I’m so glad they won the award! It was a moving song, it definitely deserved it, in my mind!
2. Speaking of songs, the opening song with Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick and Jack Black was hilarious! Especially with the dancing stormtroopers! I am SUCH a nerd…
3. Lady Gaga’s performance of a medley of songs from The Sound of Music made me tear up. Her voice is incredible. It’s hard to remember that sometimes, even though she is a great performer.
4. There were some amazing acceptance speeches this year. The one that stood out to me the most belonged to Patricia Arquette, who brought up wage equality and equal rights to women. It got a great reaction from the audience, especially the women! I loved it! Another amazing speech was given your Graham Moore, who won Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game. He talked about how he attempted suicide when he was a teenager, because he didn’t fit in. His message was to “stay weird”, which I think was a really wonderful message to put out there. I loved it!
I wonder what amazing Oscar-worthy movies are going to come out this year!