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Bridesmaids

Yesterday I went to the movies (study break) with some girlfriends to see Bridesmaids. Even from the title, you can tell this film is not macho. However, producer, Judd Apatow is notorious for working with films that feature a majority of male cast members. These films include, Anchorman, The 40-year-old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad, and Pineapple Express.

 When I learned of this information I thought it would be quite interesting to see how he would deal with a mainly female cast and in what light they would be portrayed. After all, I think many men tend to lump all women together and fit them into stereotypes (not that women aren’t also guilty of this).

 The film focused on the main character Annie who was chosen as her best friend Lillian’s maid of honor. Annie is going through some financial and love trouble as she lost her business and her boyfriend all in one fell swoop. As many people know weddings are mad expensive and due to another one of Lillian’s friends, Helen, who has a lot of money to spend and keeps trying to “one up” Annie, Annie goes a little crazy trying to balance all of her maidenly duties.

 There were some really funny scenes (such as food poisoning during a gown fitting); however, I don’t think this film dug deep enough into the female psyche. There was almost a character for every female stereotype to be portrayed (the crazy one, the secret lesbian, the backstabbing bitch), but the development of these characters was lacking. For instance, I would have liked to see more of Annie and Lillian’s relationship when they were younger to get a sense of why they are how they are at present. I agree that the film was kind of like the female version of The Hangover but it seemed a little less realistic in my mind. If you’ve seen the film leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

 As an aside, I would just like to mention the numerous people I know who are getting engaged, including an old room mate (thankfully I won’t be in the wedding party, I don’t think I could handle that). I’m not sure why so many people are all set to get hitched but I would warn them that marriage is not something to just jump into and as this film shows, the process towards getting to the alter can be tedious and a little crazy.

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Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

extra point…

I need all the help I can get (and bulldog’s are fairly macho in the dog world). Happy Monday!

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Graduation

I am four days away from walking across that big ol’ stage and receiving my college diploma. It’s surreal to me that this time is here already. High school seemed to drag on forever, but college has been the fastest four years of my life. I feel as if in my time away at college, I have grown so much as a person. When I first arrived I was shy, scared, and naïve. I hadn’t experienced much of anything except for what was right outside my front door. I have met more people and learned so much it will be hard for me to leave this place, which has become my home.

In honor of this momentous occasion and in accordance with my macho movie theme, I decided to watch Back to School with W. Staring the classic Rodney Dangerfield, I hoped this movie would give me a few laughs to overcome the melancholy feeling that has enveloped me due to my looming graduation. This was just the comical anecdote I needed!

Thornton Melon (Rodney Dangerfield) is a successful business man who owns a chain of “Tall & Fat” stores. He is a self-made man who has earned his wealth and fortune, though he never attended college. When he finds his fourth or fifth (I can’t remember how many wives he went through) wife is cheating on him, he divorces her and feels compelled to reconnect with his son. His son, who is away at college, has spun a web of lies in convincing his father that he is on the diving team, in a fraternity, and basically a big man on campus.Thornton shows up and finds out these tales are false, so in order to convince his son that college can be a rewarding experience, he enrolls himself.

The events that follow provided me with a few words of wisdom to share with all of you as you graduate and make your way out into the real world (compliments of Thornton Melon and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090685/quotes):

  • [after snorkeling in a hot tub with four bikini-clad co-eds]
    “Now that’s what I call Marine Biology!”
  • “Bring us a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out. And then bring one every ten minutes.”
  • “Please, try to understand. I don’t have the background for this. I mean, the high school I went to, they asked a kid to prove the law of gravity, he threw the teacher out the window!”
  • “What lovely girls. How would you like a life of luxury and deceit?”
  • “I think I’m attracted to teachers. Yeah, I took out an English teacher. That didn’t work out at all. I sent her a love letter… She corrected it!”
  •  “Yeah, if that dress had pockets, you’d look like a pool table. You should try my Tall & Fat stores. No offense.”
  • [after answering 27 parts from one question of the final exam]

“No more! I feel like I just gave birth…”

So while I am heading out into “the real world”, and I may not have a plan (or a job) yet, I’m going to look on the bright side and realize all the opportunities that are now open to me. I know it doesn’t do me any good to be frightened of the unknown, so instead I will keep my head up, smile, and look forward to the future. Laughter is the best medicine so watch Back to School and be thankful for what you have!

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

cinco, seis…300.

I hope everyone had an awesome Cinco de Mayo (and a not too awful seis de mayo!) I spent the day at Chevy’s where I indulged in fajitas and margaritas. After dinner drinks consisted of José Cuervo and coronas! I think I may have Mexican descendents because these types of food and drink are certainly some of my favorites haha.

I got to spend Saturday with W, which was nice. We were planning on going to the inner harbor but when that plan failed we just had a lazy day swinging in the hammock. Well it was lazy, until he stole my phone and I chased him all over the house trying to recover it so he wouldn’t post something embarrassing as my facebook status.

To end our day we scrolled through his selection of movies and I narrowed it down to The Omen and 300. Since I had never seen 300 and it’s about as manly a movie as you can get, we settled in to watch. I had some basic background information about the film, and interestingly enough it is one of my close girlfriend’s favorite films. What I discovered was a lot of tanned, oiled, muscular men in….diapers. Haha I couldn’t get over that and even asked W if they went to the bathroom in those things.

I didn’t mind the film though. The odd looking creatures, massive fights scenes, and attractive men kept W from falling asleep and me from losing interest. However, as I have seen a history channel film on the historical background behind the Battle of Thermopylae, I knew that there were some major deviations from the film and the real thing. Apparently King Leonidas died like the third day and there were more than 300 warriors though their numbers were incredibly less than the Persian army.

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

The Rules

You may not associate scary movies with being macho, but there are definitely some masculine favoritism (I may have just made that up) undertones in many of the horror films I’ve seen. Most of the villains are male, the victims are female and the sexism is evident. A trend I’ve noticed in many horror films is the predictability. I can usually call out immediately when something bad is going to happen (the crescendo of music in the background also helps). It amazes me sometimes when the characters in these movies seem to do the worst possible thing in a situation which will obviously get them killed.

This is where “the rules” come in. First brought to my attention by the first Scream film, “There are certain rules that one must abide by in order to successfully survive a horror movie”. These rules are the accumulation of years and years of horror films, to clarify the errors that get many people killed. I found websites listing over 100 rules, but below I’ve listed some of my favorites. I based them on information I compounded from urbandictionary.com. There are also cites such as http://slashermania.tripod.com/html/guidebook.html that list some of the same basic rules.

If you are in a horror film and want to have any chance of survival, please take note:

  • If you think you have killed the monster, run away as fast as you can, if you go to check if it’s really dead, in most cases, it won’t be.
  • Don’t ever buy or live in a house that is near a cemetary, built on an indian burial ground, or was the scene of a murder.
  • Don’t ever read aloud from a book that involves the calling of demons or spirits, you will end up summoning some scary baddies you would rather not have to deal with.
  • If your children suddenly start speaking another language of which you have no knowledge of them ever learning (such as latin), drop them off with a priest (who can perform an exorsism) and leave the country.  
  • When you are in a group, stay in the group! Never decide to pair off or be a hero and go off by yourself. You will be killed.
  • If all your friends have a significant other and are going to a party at a creepy abandoned mansion, and you are single or the class clown of the group, please just stay home.
  • When your electronics start moving and turning on and off by themselves, it’s time to go house hunting.
  • Never take anything from the dead, it is with them for a reason and to remove will only bring bad consequences to you.
  • When running away from a monster, don’t look back, you will inevitably trip and fall. If you do trip and fall, just get up and keep running, crawling away will not get you very far.
  • If your friends start to show creepy behaviors (zombie, werewolf, or vampire-like) dump them like yesterday’s trash, you can always make new friends, but not if you’re dead.
  • Avoid areas such as “Amityville, Elm Street, Transylvania,Crystal Lake, Haddonfield, any hotels such as the Bates and the Overlook, the Bermuda Triangle, or any small town in Maine or Massachusetts.”
  • If your car breaks down or runs out of gas, just stay in there in the car, especially if it’s at night. DO NOT walk to the creepy mansion on the hill, or the deserted town hidden in the woods, trust me.
  • Go by the rule: stranger danger, and avoid any sharp objects (chainsaws, knives, hooks, etc.).
  • Be aware of the music and the audience. They are far better predictors than you when it comes to determining danger.
  • Play it safe and never do something because someone else dares you.
 
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Posted by on May 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Water For Elephants

I had to tell everyone about a truly excellent movie I saw last night! Unfortunately, (fortunately haha) it’s not really a macho movie. But it is still in theaters so everyone can go out and see it today if they feel so inclined! The movie, Water For Elephants (WFE) had everything I could possibly want to see in a film and was exactly the kind of movie I value highly. It had a Titanic, Pearl Harbor, Romeo and Juliet type feel to it.

I went with a couple of my girlfriends because God knows W would never go see a romantic movie with me. But WFE was more than just romance; it was also a period piece that took place during the Great Depression. I loved seeing all the animals in the film as well, the elephant Rosie, pulled at my heartstrings. Why is it that the ugliest of creatures e.g. the ones with all the wrinkles, seem the most loveable?

This film, based on the historical novel by Sara Gruen, which one of my friend’s had read previously to watching the film and highly recommended, centered on the memories of Jacob Jankowski. In the retelling of his life (without giving too much of the plot away), we find out he has experienced a great tragedy that compels him to drop out of college, where he was studying to be a veterinarian. Whether luck or fate, he jumps on a moving train that just happens to be carrying the Benzini Brothers Circus. He is taken on as the circus vet and when the head trainer, August, acquires an elephant that he believes will be a star attraction and finally start bringing in some money, Jacob is in charge of training her. Jacob cannot help falling in love with August’s wife, Marlena, who is a star performer and rides the horses, a major plot line in the story.   

Even though I’ve been feeling old lately, with my college graduation only two weeks away, watching this film which centered on the circus reminded me of times past. The circus will forever hold some kind of magic for me and though I haven’t been to one in some time, just like Jacob, who at age 90 “came home” to the circus, I can see myself going back or even taking my children one day.    

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

I’m on a roll…

Being a University of Maryland student, albeit, only until the 19th when I graduate, I feel compelled to share this video I just saw with everyone.

All I could say after viewing it was wow. Just wow. I’ve seen drunk people in College Park but this is ridiculous. Comments?

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2011 in Uncategorized