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And, when my mother asked for prayers for universal safety on her Facebook, explicitly saying she wasn't looking for debate:

I don't know. I just can't anymore.
dramaturgy: ([Inception] Badassery.)
So I finally watched Inception while Kitty was here. I need to watch it again, but yeah. That was a mind screw but it was a brilliant mind screw which I enjoyed way too much. I'm so glad Leonardo DiCaprio was not just a good looking actor whose star flared out after Titanic, Joseph Gordon-Levitt... well, who thought the skinny little kid in 3rd Rock from the Sun was going to grow into all that talent. (Also he looks good in waistcoats. I want to costume him so hard. And that's not a metaphor for anything, I have a thing for getting a guy in a suit.) Tom Hardy's voice is like butter. Everyone else... I can't even.

So speaking of, and because I don't want to talk about what I'm doing in order to prepare for the semester and going back to New York, my thoughts on the Oscars:

I am not shocked (but disappointed) Chris Nolan wasn't honored with a directing nomination. Like I said to Kitty on Twitter, one day the Academy will realize how much fucking work science fiction is, but it is not this day. It was, however, nominated for Original Screenplay and I will be super happy if it wins. Chris Nolan wrote the script and by all accounts it was his labor of love -- the reason he took the Batman movies in the first place, so he would have experience with big budget films. So he has been recognized for his hard work and his creative leaps and bounds. It was an excellent film and it had beautiful effects and visuals and the ensemble was strong -- but the script was really where that all started. So I feel good about that nomination.

The King's Speech, however, was a phenomenal movie and could give it a run for it's movie. That said, for my money, the strength of that film was really the acting. Colin Firth AT LEAST deserves to go home with his award, as well as Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. The performances were delightful.

That said, I loved Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network (although I don't think he'll win -- too young) and Andrew Garfield was ROBBED, which is a shame because I was awed by that movie. It was also honored with a directing nomination for David Fincher and an adapted screenplay award for Aaron Sorkin. Aaron Sorkin is one of my favorite writers ever, so I would be pleased if he won. (That said, I wouldn't be shocked if 127 Hours snagged it. That movie is Oscar Bait.) For my money, Social Network deserves directing because that movie was so tight on every level -- the acting ensemble was phenomenal, the script was smart and it was relevant, and that is also why I wouldn't be upset if it took home Best Picture.

I don't know who'll take home Best Picture. Although this year I've actually SEEN some of them.

I know people get in a snit over the Oscars and I'll try not to, I promise. Maybe this year my cable company won't be a bag of dicks and I'll actually get to watch. \o/
dramaturgy: ([Misc] Reeve.)
Today my sister woke me up at 4:30 this morning to say good bye. :( She and Abby flew O'Hare to Detroit and now they're Detroit to Japan. It was nice having her home for two weeks.

I still need a bingo card for Christmas. Being with my family is exhausting in a way that I forget about when I'm in New York.

My brother's ankle is doing better. His surgery was okay, it's healing well, and he's not really in pain anymore. He's getting around better. Next week he goes back and if all is well, he'll get a removable cast -- he can take it off at night and to shower. After that might be a walking cast and there might be physical therapy. We don't really know, so we're taking it as we go.

My mom, Gretchen, and I went and saw The King's Speech on New Year's Day. I thought it was fantastic, even if Gretchen and I were literally the only people in the theatre under 45. Eh. Either way, Colin Firth was amazing -- if he doesn't get an Oscar I'll be miffed, but maybe at least he can nab a BAFTA. (I am somewhat pessimistic about the Academy's ability to recognize a great thing when they see it.) Geoffrey Rush was also great, but no question the star of the whole thing was Colin Firth.

When Gretchen asked what it was about, my mom and I looked at each other and were like, "... Colin Firth..." because that's all that matters. XD

And just now Joe and I found Doctor Who on Syfy. Allons-y!
dramaturgy: ([Misc] Wonka.)
Said it once (as you'll see) and I'll say it again:

If Katherine Heigl were to be cast, I would cry, and not in the good way.

I know chances are slim this is even going to happen, but this is what I WILL say: I don't really trust this in the hands of anyone. MAYBE the BBC. Just. Leave my story alone, k? :\
dramaturgy: ([ASOIAF] Benjen Stark.)
Film industry people who think ten best picture nominees are going to "cheapen" the award:

dramaturgy: ([Heroes] Sandra + Mr Muggles.)
My stomach hurts and I wish I could say I didn't know why, but I'm pretty sure I know why.

I saw HBP with the family last Friday and it was pretty good. I like David Yates as a director, I think he knows how to take the important bits and be faithful to the piece as a whole, which I like. I think someone finally told Emma to stop acting with her eyebrows because they didn't distract me as much as they have previously, I will have to see when I take [livejournal.com profile] roseanna in August. Jim Broadbent was excellent but I knew he was going to be, and Dan and Rupert were both great, and I have to say that Tom Felton blew me away. Also he looks good in a suit and I feel really dirty for saying that but SUE ME.

My last day at the store is August 1. And that makes me nervous.
dramaturgy: ([QAF] BFFs)
Today I officially mailed my acceptance of admission and assistantship to SUNY, which means I'll be starting there in the fall. *dies* I am nervous and scared and all that. It's the same feeling I had when I went to Europe, but this is more permanent. I am going to be living on the east coast.

That was today's big news, that, and Neil Gaiman once again proves that he is awesome.

I love Castle and honestly I love Nathan Fillion so I didn't think there was a possible way that I wasn't going to like it. But I have to say? One of my favorite parts is Castle and his daughter. ♥

I need a new layout and I'm thinking Castiel because, seriously. But I want to wait for the finale because augh. I'm dying.

ETA: Oh right, sorry. I forgot that I got a free movie from Movie Gallery (system generates it when you haven't rented for awhile), so I went and rented Frost/Nixon. I wanted to get Doubt, but it was all gone. And omg, Frost/Nixon. That was such an amazing movie. I don't think you can really get spoilery considering the fact that it's based on a historical event, but as all good plays (or, you know, movies) based off history, it's not really about the event but the people in it. Frank Langella and Martin Sheen are both spectacular, and Oliver Platt does a killer Nixon impression. I think you should all see it.
dramaturgy: ([DW/T] Harveywallbanger.)
1. Having had several chances to see Twilight repeatedly (that's right, someone finally went to Movie Gallery and picked up her copy) I've had the chance to see some of the subtle and not so subtle things that were done. XD I can't wait for New Moon when they go to Volterra. Because my family hates it when I go I'VE BEEN THERE and points. (It's like the only thing that I can point out in the OotP film is the Swiss Re building.)

2. Speaking of Harry Potter films, Ciaran Hinds for Aberforth Dumbledore probably made me happier than it should have.

3. I'm into the 4th season of Queer as Folk. Just thought you'd like to know.

4. My dad is home in the middle of the day because we bought a ~*new washing machine*~ and it is being delivered today. My mother is more pleased than anything.

5. Last Thursday another CSA worked with me in my four and a half hours (my only four and a half hours) to "make sure something got sold." We did not sell shit. We have just decided not to stress about it. Except this week, I have NO hours -- about only four people do. I.e. the people who work peak hours, like Friday and Saturday night. If I was still working Friday and Saturday nights, I'm sure I could sell Powerplay too.

6. Today two BIG ENVELOPES came in the mail. I was hoping against hope that they were for me, but no.

7. And now my dad is in here watching Twilight. With me. He is strangely intrigued. I can't wait until we get to the SPARKLY VAMPIRES part.
dramaturgy: ([Buffy] Wesley/Fred.)
So my brother and sister's friend Cat came by (the three of us have roughly the same social circle from high school -- or a lot of us at least have mutual friends) to show off her baby pictures! And when I say baby pictures I mean a sonogram. It has a birth defect where the intestines are outside of the body, but if he gets surgery right after he's born he'll be okay. There's a lot of drama surrounding this baby (the boy's parents want a paternity test, and now he does too, among other things). I just hope it turns out okay.

I have to watch Pineapple Express tonight before I get it returned tomorrow. I saw it before, but I wanted to see it again. Sue me. :P

I caught up with SPN. I have to say that if Dean had been my gym teacher I probably wouldn't have minded gym as much as I did in high school.

I had a lot of stuff that I was going to write down and tell you guys, but I totally can't remember any of it. Blargh. XD

OH OH OH the blog that I recap/review for now has a LJ comm that you can friend and get daily links to the blog -- or at least it will once we get with the program. It's [livejournal.com profile] thetwocents.
dramaturgy: ([SA] Hymns upon your lips.)
I feel SO much better with the antibiotics. I swear, I literally FELT myself getting better. Of course that might have been suddenly being able to breathe through my nose again. \o/

Tonight after I got off work I didn't really feel like going home, so I went to the movie theater in Davenport to see a late show of whatever. I ended up going to see Taken, because a) Liam Neeson kicks my ass, your ass, and everybody else's ass too, and b) there were no more Inkheart showings and Frost/Nixon didn't start until 10:25 which would have made me stay out a little later than I wanted to.

So I saw Taken. Was it over the top, maybe? Absolutely. Was it awesome? Fuck yes. The fact that Liam Neeson basically dwarfs EVERYONE ELSE IN THE FRAME makes him about twenty times more awesome. I could continue my list of why Liam Neeson is awesome but honestly, it would probably start to look a lot like Chuck Norris facts and it's late. It was a fun movie.

ETA: Okay, I should go to bed since I'm going to Iowa City with my mom tomorrow to meet my grandparents \o/ but I had to share this YouTube video of Christian Bale's freakout... remixed.

dramaturgy: ([Misc] <3333)
I haven't updated since before Christmas, so happy belated Christmas/Winter Holiday of your choice.

sal;kfj sorry watching series four Doctor Who and Rose just appeared on the screen behind the Doctor. (Watching Midnight. It also has Colin Morgan being a woobie, as he does.)

Christmas was good. The food was delicious, my family was great, and gifts were a hit. I got some DVDs that I'd put on my list, a computer game called Mystery in London that's unraveling the Jack the Ripper mystery (so naturally I am on board). I got a new straightening iron for my hair, jeans, and a gift card to Lane Bryant that I can use when our 60% Fashion Week rolls around. \o/ My grandmother also got me a Snuggie. Yes. Those fleece blankets with sleeves in it. Those things that my dad and I make fun of on late night TV. We found many alternative uses for it, including a bathrobe, being a monk, and playing Fruma Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof. I got a lot of books too! Inkdeath, and A Lion Among Men (which means I'll actually have to read Son of a Witch), and Tales of Beedle the Bard, as well as a book about Venice, and Mental_Floss's History of the World, and books two through four of the Temeraire series. I bought the first book at the same time as I bought Game of Thrones, and we all saw how that turned out.

The one thing I didn't get was Spring Awakening tickets, so I will probably find the dough to go, if by myself. I don't really want to go by myself but I can't really pay for someone to go with me and I wouldn't ask somebody else to cough up that money just so I wouldn't have to be alone. :\ Because there is no way I am missing the tour. :|

I wasn't supposed to work today but Lane Bryant called me in. Bah. But since I'm taking a week off for Kitty to be here, I should probably be taking all the hours people can give me.

One more chapter of [livejournal.com profile] fathersandsons to go. I was working on some icons for [livejournal.com profile] valyrian_forged but I don't think that the set is going to be done before the first game is done. I'll probably just have to post as many as I have done and then post the finished set later.
dramaturgy: ([Twilight] Jasper/Alice. <3)
My sister and I went to see Twilight tonight after I got off work. Man, that was great. If liking that story is wrong, then I don't want to be right.
dramaturgy: ([GA] George and the Syph)
I just got spam mail from someone named Rob with the subject line, "Why have 2 jobs when all you need is one?"


Speaking of two jobs, it looks like Lane Bryant's need is my bounty. I am basically working every day for the next three weeks except for Thanksgiving. I need to ask if they plan on keeping me after the holidays, because if they aren't I need to start thinking about job searching again, and if they are (which hopefully they will, because my manager thinks I'm a good worker), I have to tell her there's a week in January I won't be working because YAY KITTY WILL BE HERE AND I HAVE TO KEEP HER ENTERTAINED. >_> Although I suppose if worse came to worse Kitty could hang out at Barnes and Noble while I worked, but anyway it's still a long ways away.

I have no idea when my sister and I are going to see Twilight. Probably a late night show.
dramaturgy: ([Twilight] E/B.)

I think he gets it. I do.
dramaturgy: ([Merlin] Someone with a brain.)
Grad school freakout. )

So I'm freaking out. I'm going to end on good stuff. Good stuff. Hm.

Well I'm watching The Lazarus Project (third season Doctor Who) and the Doctor just said "We need to turn this up to eleven." I'm always good for a Spinal Tap reference.

HBO gave a production order for A Game of Thrones, which I'm excited about. I'm also contemplating the merits of going to see the new James Bond after work on Saturday.

I work tomorrow 2-5 here at the movie store and then 5:30-9:30 in Davenport, which I'm not really okay with. Boo. My first Stafford Loan payment is due at the end of the month and that's okay, I get paid again before it's due and it'll be okay, but I'm just nervous about future months when I'm not sure if I'll be able to pay. I told you, I'm shite at this adult crap.

(Doctor, you can show up and whisk me away in the TARDIS any minute now...)

Hm. Good... ... ... Jared Diamond is going to be at Coe on February 3rd, and I might actually be finished with Guns, Germs, and Steel by then.

I'm going to stop there before I go back into a freakout.
dramaturgy: ([Misc] Hipsters for Obama.)
I got up and voted today, yay. \o/ I was the 320th person to vote in the precinct, and I know that a lot of people were making a BFD about voting early, but to do that I would have had to drive to Clinton to the auditor's office and at my age, there's still something exciting about standing in line and waiting my turn to vote. Er, not that there was a line, since it was in the middle of the morning.

I would love to hang around the house tonight and watch network television, but unfortunately I have to work in Davenport. Which is, you know, okay. My brother is riding down with me because he and his ~*girlfriend*~ are having dinner.

So on the order of my boss I took some horror movies out of the store. I watched Saw last night and. Ew. I also took out Saw II and Hostel.

I had something else I was going to say, but I forget. :(
dramaturgy: ([House] I'm proud of you.)
So I haven't updated much because honestly it's been kind of low-key around here, but today I finally have good news, so here's what's been going on in the last week.

1. I worked two days in a week for the first time in a long time. I love pretending like I'm going to be a contributing member of society.

2. I joined [livejournal.com profile] westerosorting and am working diligently on finishing AFFC so that I can get my app in so I can find out what great house I belong to. \o/

3. I am taking my second GRE on Saturday and I have been relearning how to do algebra, geometry, fractions, and learning about statistics and probability so that I can do better than I did originally. I also wish that I could somehow inherently improve my essay writing skillz like a mofo but alas I don't think it's going to happen. I'm just going to have to make sure that I'm doing my best.

4. On the TV front, my mom has started watching Dirty Sexy Money with me, and my dad has taken to watching Heroes with me so that he can make fun of me when I make noises and yell at the TV. I also finally finished Angel (I liked it, but not as much as I liked Buffy -- it had its moments, like Smile Time wherein Angel becomes a puppet). Joss always kills my favorites, though. The bastard. :( With Angel behind me I no longer have an excuse for not writing Reneesme Cullen/Connor Angel-slash-Reilly I can now watch Doctor Who and Torchwood, which I have started to do -- Doctor Who, anyway. I'm making myself wait for Torchwood (WAH). I think I secretly adore Christopher Eccleston and I want a TARDIS for Christmas.

5. There were many lolz to be had in RP last night. LOLZ are the only reason I do anything anymore.

6. I was contemplating doing NaNoWriMo because I really, really want to and I have an idea and everything, but I'm just not sure. I don't want to start it and be on track only to not do anything for three days in the middle of the month and then boom get behind and discouraged. I might do it anyway, since I don't have pile of homework and three term papers like I have in years past. >_>

7. One reason I love my Movie Gallery job: I get to talk about movies and be paid for it. My co-worker and I last Saturday talked about scary movies with basically every customer who came in and wanted a copy of The Happening, which we can't seem to keep on the shelf. She can't do them at all, and my problem is that I can never seem to find one that's scary enough. The last one I saw that I was truly scared by was The Blair Witch Project which -- okay, say what you want about that movie, but when you're twelve, watching it in the middle of the night because you know your parents wouldn't let you, and watching it in the dark lest mom and dad become suspicious... that is a fucking scary movie. I did not want to get up off the couch to turn off the TV. Maybe I'm too cynical for scary movies, I just end up thinking, "Man. That's lame," and I inevitably get bored.

8. Friday we were all ready to go to my brother's play(s) and then BAM my sister called my mom and asked if anyone was going to come get her. It was her fall break, except she had neglected to tell anyone this until that point. So we changed our plans and went to Cedar Rapids to get her. I took her back yesterday, and reminded her to tell us the next time she wanted to come home. I'm glad that we got to go to CR, though, I love road tripping with my family because seriously. Some of the stuff that happens when I'm out with all of them I could not make up if I tried.

9. Finally, I got that job I interviewed last week for and I am going tonight to do paperwork. \o/ I am going to go crazy but you know what, at least I will be paid. Not particularly well paid, but still paid.
dramaturgy: ([Misc] Some Trace of Her.)
Thanks for everyone who gave me birthday wishes, either here or on Facebook. ♥ I am OLD.

My interview was at Lane Bryant, and if you don't have one of those they sell plus-sized women's clothing. So I like to shop there. Which isn't really the point. I applied there back in June when I was doing my big job search, and they just called me because they were hiring for the holiday season. Which is okay with me. But I went today for the interview and I told them my availability (basically wide open, for the last few weeks I've only worked on Thursdays and he has me working this Saturday), and the manager said maybe they could give me a part time position, which would mean that I wouldn't have to go back to job searching after Christmas. And that would be awesome. I have concluded that job searching is one of the most soul-killing activities that man or woman can engage in. It's in Davenport which means a drive, but that doesn't bother me much.

Mom, dad, grandma and I went to dinner at Chili's. Dad asked me if I could feel God in this Chili's and I said I CAN. Obligatory Office references followed. It was pretty great. I like spending time with my family. Joe was sadly unable to join us, because he's currently in tech for his play which opens this weekend. Like I told him, the only thing worse than tech rehearsals is being in charge of tech. Ba-dum ching.

We also went to Wal-Mart and grandma bought me my present. >_> Sleeping Beauty on DVD! I am stoked, I love that movie. It was one of my favorites when I was little. I got some money from my other grandmother and grandfather, so I put some in the bank and some in savings (see, I can kind of do this adult thing >_>) and then I bought myself the "Fail" shirt from Threadless for my present to myself. :)

Otherwise... it's business as usual.

ETA: OH THERE IS ONE MORE THING. [livejournal.com profile] thinkatory wrote me HAMLETFIC for my birthday. She is AWESOME.
dramaturgy: ([SA] Moritz.)

Sorry, finally saw There Will Be Blood. >_>


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