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from Madison, WI

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    • Guess what?! more movies....what a shock

      8 years ago


      Okay, so here is yet another installment of my attempt to make it through this list before I go back to school.
      I'm going to keep this short because I have a lot more movies that I will be going through, and these were not my favorites... not that they were bad, just not the most intriguing as some of the others on the list.

      Rocky (hated the script/dialogue, but overall I liked it better than I thought I would)
      2001: A Space Odyssey (fantastic movie when there was actually something going on, but it kind of dragged on a lot in places)
      Forrest Gump (cried like a baby)
      Platoon (obviously a challenge to see how many times they could play Adagio for Strings in one film)
      A Night at the Opera(my first Marx Brothers movie, and loved every minute of it. Harpo is my favorite)
      The Birth of a Nation (it took me so many tries to actually get through this movie)

      I really need to pick up the pace if I want to get through these in time.

      47 down
      76 to go

    • 12 cabins, 12 vacancies

      8 years ago


      I am a little wiped out at the moment because I have watched 8 movies over the past 2 days (to be fair one of the movies was X Men: First Class which is not on the list) and so I thought it was time for me to share my thoughts on what I have seen while it is still fresh in my mind.

      Goodfellas (I've never been a huge fan of mobster movies, but I actually liked this one)
      Some Like it Hot (a movie with cross dressers and a man in spats is an amazing, hilarious movie)
      Casablanca (I am ashamed at myself that it took me so long in my life to see this movie)

      and then the other four that I watched over the past two days I watched in marathon form because they were the four movies on the list by Alfred Hitchcock. I absolutely am in love with all of the movies that I watched. First was Psycho, and all I can really say is that in this day and age, especially with things like the internet around, it seems impossible not to have things spoiled, and yet somehow I survived nineteen years of life without having the ending of this movie spoiled for me, and I did not see it coming. The second movie I watched was Vertigo which was definitely not as scary as the first, but still as awesome. The third was Rear Window which did not have a dull moment in the entire film. And finally North by Northwest which was just spectacular. I wish I could be more descriptive in my reviews of these movies, but to be honest they were so good they left me mostly speechless.

      Anyway... I think it's time for me to read a book for a little while

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    • One Flew over the Godfather?!

      8 years ago


      Okay, so I figure it's time for me to make a bit of an update with what movies I have seen continuing on my list of AFI's top 100 movies (or 123 in reality).
      So here it is, my updated list of descent into insanity, with a few word review from yours truly:

      The Godfather (Marlon Brando is a god)
      Lawrence of Arabia (kind of slow moving)
      The Graduate (awesome, but extremely awkward)
      On the Waterfront (I repeat, Marlon Brando is a god)
      Amadeus (definitely not what I was expecting, in a good way)
      All Quiet on the Western Front (not a huge fan of war movies, but really good)
      MASH (since I grew up watching the TV show, I actually didn't like the movie that much)
      Annie Hall (actually didn't really like it at all)
      One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (I'll get back to this one in a minute)
      The Grapes of Wrath (better than I thought it would be)
      Silence of the Lambs (so good that I couldn't sleep for a few days)
      Pulp Fiction (not my favorite, but I can see why some people love it)
      The Godfather Part II (where did Marlon Brando go?!)

      Anyways, so back to "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". I am taking the time to write a longer review of this because honestly it is my favorite so far. The cast of the movie is fantastic, I mean not just Jack Nicholson, but everyone. That movie seriously has an all star cast, and I loved every minute of it. I think that this movie is my favorite from the list so far because no other movie so far has made me laugh and cry so much at the same story line, and I love that. Not that I love crying, it's just that this movie is so brilliant at playing with your emotions, giving you that feeling of redemption while tinged with a bit of depression. And of course this movie is fantastic due to magnificent Will Sampson, because even when he doesn't talk, he steals the scene every time.
      In sum, amazing movie. the end.

      Okay, so the running total is now up to:
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    • 8 years ago

    • Movies Galore

      8 years ago


      I have always had a love for movies, the good, the bad, and the downright hilariously awful. And not just for the whole 'wanting to escape from reality' type shtick that a lot of people attribute to why they like movies, but also for the beauty of the thing. Movies are works of art, from the craft of the cinematography to the swell of the music at those perfect moment and everything in between.
      So, seeing how I am a bored college student home for the summer, I decided to take on an interesting challenge, completely by my own doing.
      I have decided that by the end of this summer (hopefully) I will have watched all movies off of AFI's list of the best movies of all time. After all, if I want to increase my knowledge of movies, why not start with those that are considered the best. And since there are two versions of this list, the original and the 10th anniversary, I intend to watch all of the movies on both lists bringing the total number of movies to watch at 123 movies
      To see the complete list visit here

      Now of course some of these movies I have already seen, and so I have decided not to repeat those movies (due to time issues and not due to movie quality) Those titles include: "Singin' in the Rain", "The Wizard of Oz", "Star Wars", "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial", "To Kill a Mockingbird", "Dr. Strangelove", "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", "The Sound of Music", "West Side Story", "Jaws", "The Lord of the Rings", "Fantasia", "Raiders of the Lost Ark", "Saving Private Ryan", "The Shawshank Redemption", "Titanic", "12 Angry Men", "The Sixth Sense", and "Toy Story"............. sorry for the long list.

      And since starting this challenge I have watched "Citizen Kane" and "Gone With the Wind" and I must say, in the former I teared up a bit and with the latter I cried like a baby.
      I really hope there are some happier movies on this list.....

      And so I am going to be posting journals to keep a running tally of how I am doing.

      21 down
      102 to go

    • Went to Hell

      8 years ago


      And had a fabulous time
      Hiked about 12 miles into and out of Hell
      Had some fabulous ice cream

      It was a little colder than I would have liked it though...

    • The Search

      8 years ago


      I am currently in the midst of my "relaxing" spring vacation, and no, I did not fill the cliche of going someplace warm and tropical for a week of boozy shenanigans. Instead I am home in cold, snowy Michigan, slightly ill, and doing the ever responsible thing JOB HUNTING
      On my list of places to apply: just about every local drug store, movie theater, department store, that I could think of at the time, and many more added just about every second.

      But I really have no spite against applying for jobs, except that I am a fairly humble person, and that is not what is needed when applying for jobs. See, I don't even like calling myself humble because that draws attention to something about me that may or may not be construed as good. Wow, I really need help with this selling myself to others thing, without sounding like I'm prostituting myself.
      Time to practice
      Okay, here goes nothing: I am a nice person, I mean others seem to think that I'm nice and I've never been told to the contrary. I am a people person, I have no problems whatsoever working with others, but I will get frustrated if they do not put in equal effort, but whatever, I would end up putting in most of the work anyways because I like getting things done early, most of the time.... I am detailed oriented, almost to the point of a perfectionist from time to time, and I "have an eye for aesthetics"...I can't think of a different way to say that.
      ...that all sounded super cheesy, I don't think I'll ever find a job!!


    • Happy Single's Awareness Day!!!

      8 years ago


      So, with me being a highly romantically challenged person, I have come to loathe Valentine's Day and all of the Hallmark-y goodness that goes along with it. But I don't really want to sound like one of the extreme pessimists who just hates how commercialized holidays have become (even though I fully indulge in other holidays...) I decided to make a list of things fun things you can do on Valentine's Day if you are single:

      1) Eat as much chocolate as you want until you puke
      2) Actually do your work without too many distractions
      3) Wear super suggestive clothes to make people in a relationship jealous (for either men or women)
      4) Hang out and party with your other single friends and have an amazing time
      5) BE AWESOME

      okay, so I know that this list actually sounds pretty lame, but I just thought it would be nice to give some attention to those of us out there that may not have that "special someone" to share this holiday of lust with.
      Anyway, Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

    • Michigan Barbecue

      8 years ago


      So I have to come out and say that I like food. A lot. And I am always up to trying new things and new flavors, but I have never been a huge fan of barbecue, but to be fair, I have never really had good barbecue, until today.
      When you think about food from Michigan, you probably think about cherries and a ton of Coney Island restaurants, or at least that's what I think of, and so today when my parents said that we were going out for barbecue before I take the train back to Rochester tomorrow, I was a little bit hesitant.
      But I really have to say that this place had the BEST food I had ever tasted. The highlights of the meal for me were definitely the deep-fried pickle and the burnt ends appetizer, the mac & cheese, the in-house made hot dogs, the homemade fries, and of course the salted butterscotch pudding (so basically the whole meal). I heard from the rest of my family that the ribs, the brisket, and the chicken were all to die for as well, and of course you couldn't forget their handmade ice cream. I was even brave enough to try one of the 6 hot sauces that they provided, the Hell, Michigan hot sauce made with ghost chili peppers, capsaicin extract and maple syrup (my tongue is still a tad numb). This delicious food along with the home-like ambiance and the wonderful service would definitely make this among my top eating experiences in my 18 years of life.
      What is this place called you might ask?
      Union Woodshop in Clarkston, Michingan
      so if you ever head up that way, I would highly recommend it :)

    • Finals Time

      8 years ago


      So, I'm almost done with my first semester of college, which means that it's that magical time of the year that makes you question where you were when all of this information was actually taught: FINALS TIME.... joy
      And so in my procrastination attempts of epic proportions, I resorted to the internet, namely listening to my favorite playlist on Pandora, playing Robot Unicorn Attack, Wikipedia surfing, and constantly questioning why I ever decided to take courses like Biology and Chemistry
      Now don't get me wrong, I love biology, it's just that I seem to have a professor that does not seem to be capable of actually teaching the material. It kind of blows.
      And as for chemistry, I wouldn't go so far as to say that I hate it, but it's not my favorite subject in the world, mainly because I don't understand it and it uses up all of my sticky notes, as shown in the picture below (I'm still not sure if I was actually studying chemistry or just making modern art):


      and as I'm sure this journal is kind of boring (I mean it's mainly just me procrastinating more from studying by describing all of the ways I've been procrastinating...) I will share with you an amusing little poem.
      Not my poem, I should say, my poems are way too personal and angsty for me to share on the internet like this (yes I am one of the stereotypical teens that vents through angsty poetry), but it is an amusing little limerick that I came across through one of my many random Wikipedia surfs:

      There was a young rustic named Mallory,
      who drew but a very small salary.
      When he went to the show
      his purse made him go
      to a seat in the uppermost gallery.

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