Adventures of the charmingly odd

Side Notes

My life has been so crazy that two months have gone by since I last blogged! So here is a dump of 10 things that have been going on that have kept me from blogging:

1.) I busted up my tire!

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Look at this. Look at this majestically destroyed tire. Last Thursday I was driving on route 287 going home after my shrink appointment and suddenly my little Mini started SHAKING. I immediatley pulled over to the shoulder on an overpass and called my dad. I told him what happened and that I didn’t think I had a flat tire because my low air pressure light didn’t come on. Plus I didn’t hear it blow or anything.

He told me to check anyway so I hopped over the stick shift and low and behold, I basically ripped my tire from the wheel. Thank god my wheel or my car (or me) were damaged. Just the stupid tire. Thankfully my dad is a goddamn hero and came to my rescue!

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He drove to where I was and put on my spare tire. He then dropped me off at work and went to three different tire shops before finally finding the best deal on TireRack.com. My dad went above and beyond and had my tires put on for me while I was working Saturday! My darling little Mini Copper now has kick ass wheels and make it even easier to drive around Jersey like I just stole some Italian gold.

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2.) Life Inspiration: Dita Von Teese

I have natrually brunette hair that I have always loved. But one of the best impulsive decisions I’ve made this year is dye my hair black. I must admit that one of my inspirations to do so was style icon Dita Von Teese. I love how vintage, classy, and sexy she is.

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For the holidays I’m determined to perfect her tight curls and old Hollywood glamour.

3.) Roller Derby

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Next month I start boot camp for the Central Jersey Vixens! This year I overcome one of my biggest fears and

4.) What I Want for Christmas

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My parents are awesome and still ask for what I want for Christmas! This year my list is short and only includes the Kate Spade Wellesley Planner in Rose Gold, Mini Cooper merch, and Dita Von Teese’s new book “Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour“.

 

5.) Deal Casino

My brother is involved with the Asbury Park music scene and lets me know which local bands I should pay attention to. My absolute favorite of the year is Deal Casino, whom I’ve seen live three times! I have all of their EPs on my phone and they’re my latest favorite band. Below is my favorite song of theirs, “Red”. Listen and then run to iTunes to download all of their music!

6.) Mastering Make Up

Let it be known that age at the ripe age of 25, I finally learned how to do full face makeup without looking dried out/like am amateur drag queen/theatre kid.

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My everyday products are: Kat Von D’s tattoo eye liner, Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, Lock ‘N Load Makeup Setting Mist, Immortal Mascara / Too Faced’s Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer / Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Concealer, Colored Clay Bronzer Blush, Lipsurgence Skintuitive Lip Gloss, Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel /BareMinerals’s Complexion Rescue Gel Cream Marc Jacob’s Honey Perfume. (Uh, holy crap I can’t believe that I use ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS EVERY DAY.)

7.) Writing

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One of the main reasons why I haven’t been blogging is because all of my creative energy is going into the novel I’m writing. It’s going very well but super slow and ugh-I-don’t-want-to-talk-about-it.

8.) Working at an Animal Hospital is Crazy

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It’s no secret that I work full time at an animal hospital by my house. I know on Twitter that I mention how hard it is (the death of pets and seeing wounded animals on a daily basis is fucking miserable). But I also get to play with puppies and kittens and am never ever bored. Last week I even met a monkey named Zoey. It was weird for everyone involved.

9.) Star Wars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I cannot wait to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 17th at 10:15pm!! My brother and I have always wanted to get Star Wars tattoos together and we plan on getting them in the next couple of weeks! JonErik is getting his next week but I have to wait a bit to get mine because all my money has gone to Christmas shopping. *cries* Unless Santa comes early and drops $150 into my bank account. *hint hint bag man in a red suit*

10.) My P.O. Box!

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Attn Letter Writers! My PO Box is open! Send me letters, art, musings, postcards, novel chapters, anything! Everything that is sent to me will be responded to with a surprise!

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7 Things of Late

Hey guys!

Things have been full of busy life things lately, and I since I’m feeling under the weather & couch bound, I thought I’d give you guys an update!

1.) My new year’s resolution this year was to simple take care of myself. The last couple of years I hadn’t been doing that and I was not where I wanted to be mentally or physically. So I bit the bullet and went out on a quest to find doctors that I liked. Thankfully a friend referred me to an amazing psychiatrist (which is incredibly hard to find), who diagnosed me with an anxiety disorder (no surprise there). She put me on the correct cocktail of medications that actually lets me function like a normal person, such as sleep without nightmares & not have daily panic attacks. Most importantly, the nausea I had been feeling for over a year was due to stress and once I was not having attacks everyday, I stopped feeling sick all the time. Between that and the ability to not stress over every single detail in my life made an incredible difference. I’m able to focus on eating healthy and not just to curb my nauseousness.

Plus I’ve always had bad headaches, but they’ve increased in the past year so I saw a chiropractor, which did not help. However I did see an ENT who asked for a CAT scan of my sinuses and low and behold!- I have a severely deviated septum, a bone spur, and turbinate dysfunction. Meaning my nose is all crocked and the glands surrounding them are so swollen that they are putting a ridiculous amount of pressure on my face thus, sinus these migraines so bad I can’t see out of my right eye. I’m having surgery this Wednesday to correct all that nonsense which means weeks of recovery but years of no more migraines ahead of me.

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Things on my CRPS nerve disorder front are not going nearly as well. I’ve tried a few new pain management doctors since moving back to Jersey and none of them offer treatment I’ve agreed with. They want invasive procedures such as spinal cord stimulators and monthly epidurals to curb my nerve pain, which are not happening in my lifetime. They also refuse to refill my narcotics prescription, which I understand from a legal & medical conservative point of view. But now I’m currently on nothing for my nerve pain and sometimes it’s quite unbearable. But I have to get my nose surgery done before I can actually get anywhere for my nerves so blah blah blah. My health isn’t perfect but I’m much better than where I was five months ago!

2.) I love driving! Never in a million years did I ever think I would love driving! I’ve had my license for 2 months and 2 days now and I absolutely love it. I love my yellow mini cooper, Chuck, with my entire heart. When I told my mom this last month she replied with, “Good, then that car will take care of you.” I love that car and I love driving and I love how badass driving a manual transmission makes me feel. Sure, driving a stick shift is still frustrating at times, but I have to remind myself I have ONLY been driving for two months! And a stick nonetheless! Nobody masters a skill overnight. But I do love shifting gears and the sound of a revved up engine. And when random guys at gas stations and supermarkets remark on how badass I am for driving a manual coop, it does wonders for my confidence. I always thought I was too clumsy to learn how to drive (and had multiple people in my life tell me this for the last ten years) so being able to prove myself and them wrong feels amazing. Plus my car is way too cute for me to handle. <3

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3.) I turned 25 on April 25th, 2015! (gotta love numbers). I have had notoriously bad birthdays in my life, it kinda of felt like a curse. But Steve made sure I had the most wonderful of days. We drove into Manhattan to go to my favorite spots including breakfast at Zabar’s and a walk through Riverside Park.

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We also stopped at Tatyana Boutique, which has 40s & 50s inspired bombshell clothing for women of ALL SIZES. I walked in, told the gorgeous salesgirl (dressed as a pin up Little Mermaid) what I was looking for: a dress that covered my upper arms but showed off my ample cleavage and gave off a bombshell look. The girl’s eyes lit up and told me to wait in a dressing room. She brought me the most GORGEOUS dress and I looked like such a bombshell in it. It’s quite revealing so for my own sanity I won’t post a picture of the whole thing. But Steve certainly loved it <3

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He took me out to dinner to this stunning restaurant called 90 Acres. Even though we had dinner reservations, I asked to sit at the bar. My reasoning is that as soon as we walked into the place, I realized “Sabrina” with Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart was playing behind the bar, a movie I love. Plus, the bartenders were super nerdy and awesome and we all had great conversation. By the time we were supposed to go to our table we just asked to stay where we were, and everything was perfect.

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4.) The day after my birthday we went to Six Flags Great Adventure to activate our season passes (kindly given to us by Steve’s best friend Dave for Christmas) and we rode all the best roller coasters. Steve hadn’t gone in a long time and I was able to tell him which ones were the best (Kingda Ka and El Toro) and though he questioned how I could have good taste in high thrill rides, afterwards he admitted I knew my shit. After all, I’ve gone skydiving before: I’m actually an adrenaline junkie, which not many would guess.

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5.) That Monday my sister Maya and I saw “The Age of Adaline” starring Blake Lively. (even though I want to hate her for breaking up ScarJo’s marriage to Ryan Reynolds, my Gossip Girl heart will always adore Ms. Lively.) The movie was amazing!!!! A complete fairy tale with elements of magic, romance, tragicness, and overall wonderfulness. Maya and I cried buckets and I can’t wait to buy it when it comes out.

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6.) I updated my Big Dipper tattoo! I didn’t like how the yellow originally healed; it was more of a brown than yellow. As much coworker Sarah described, it looked like a coffee stain hahaha. So I went back to Amanda to EvolvInk and told her I wanted some more color, and boy did she add some! Amanda is a wonderful artist and a great person to talk to while she tortures you slightly. I’m defiantly going back to her for all my future tattoos.

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7.) For my birthday Steve gave me a new lens for my DSLR, a 35 mm that’s supposed to be the best for taking astrophotography. He also gave me an astronomy laser pointer, which I really really wanted! *heart eyes*

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The past few nights the skies have been clear so here are the results of our efforts!

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So that’s basically what’s going on in my life recently. All this plus working at the animal hospital, which I love tremendously however emotionally draining at times. Life is good my friends. Life is so good.

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Guest Hosting on The Missfits Talking About Pushing Daisies!

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Last night I guest co-hosted on the all geek girl podcast The Missfits! I’ve been on twice before talking about Studio Ghibli movies as well as The Lord of the Rings movies. When Stephanie, Mara, and Melissa asked if I wanted to return to talk about my FAVORITE SHOW OF AL TIME, Pushing Daisies, I couldn’t say no.

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Unfortunately Stephanie and Melissa were too busy to be on the show. However Mara is my bestest friend of all, so basically I just got to talk to her about random things for an hour, including my favorite show and it was fantastic. If you’re curious/bored/need this in your life, take a listen below!

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“The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring” At Lincoln Center!

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Last night I dragged Steve with me to see The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring in concert at the famed David E. Koch theatre at Lincoln Center! I just had to attend, seeing as how LOTR is my first true love. The tattoo on my ribs that says “Shire” in Quenya isn’t there for nothing, you know.

Thanks to StubHub I was able to score 4th row seats! Any seats really would have been amazing, but being so close to the orchestra and seeing everyone perform with such vigor was overwhelming. Especially during “The Bridge of Khazad-dûm”, it shook the entire theater and made the fight with the Balrog more intense than ever.

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I wore my scarf that has a map of Middle-earth on it, and my prized Lothlorien Leaf necklace/brooch I bought from Weta, made all the way over in New Zealand!

They even had a Weapons check in for people who came dressed up and brought swords and axes!

Steve was SUCH a trooper! He had never seen any of the LOTR movies before we met, and one rainy summer afternoon last year he agreed to watch Fellowship with me. However, I only had the extended editions on my iPad (because who the hell still watches the theatrical versions these days?). He sat through the whole thing like a champ then! When I got my hands on tickets for this one, he was perturbed I didn’t pick a movie he hadn’t already seen. But Fellowship is my favorite of the three, so he was just going to suck it up and put up with the fact that his girlfriend is a huge nerd.

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I cried through so much of it. I did warn Steve ahead of time though. He didn’t believe me, silly guy. I cried at the opening, when the Shire was shown for the first time, when Sam took the farthest step from home he had ever been, when Aragorn turns down Frodo’s offer of the Ring (“I would have gone with you to the end, into the very fires of Mordor.” Oh, an arrow into my heart every time), and basically the last twenty minutes I was just bawling. Especially during the credits when a little boy performed “In Dreams”, I was sobbing. And when Howard Shore came out at the end, I cried even harder because I was standing in awe of a man who had brought such important music to my life. Thankfully a girl behind me was also bawling her eyes out and tapped my shoulder to share her tissues. Steve couldn’t stop laughing at how emotional I was getting, but I think he was laughing out of how stupid adorable his nerdy girlfriend is. (right?)

Back in December 2004, I had begged and begged my dad for weeks to take me to the THE LORD OF THE RINGS SYMPHONY with The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at the NJ PAC center in Newark (which is the ghetto). He was such a good dad, driving all the way there on a Friday night in traffic for his 14 year old daughter! My dad had fallen asleep during the performance then, so I told Steve the only thing he had to do was not fall asleep and fake enthusiasm. To his credit, I think he honestly had a good time.

In the lobby they were selling Doug Adam’s book “The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films: A Comprehensive Account of Howard Shore’s Scores” (you can purchase yourself here) and gorgeous programs! I already own the book (it’s incredible, you should own it) so of course I bought the program SO FAST without even asking how much it was. ($25, which was totally worth it.)

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I haven’t watched the theatrical version in probably ten years, sticking with the extended editions (duh), but I do think the concert trimmed some of the movie itself down, but I can’t be sure. There were also subtitles during the show, which I understand due to the music being so loud, but not all the subtitles were %1000 percent accurate which slightly bugged me. But whatever, #NerdProblems.

I still had the most brilliant time! And it was worth every penny of the tickets. I mean, they were pretty expensive for a movie I’ve seen a hundred times hahaha. But the experience was 100% worth it! If any of you are lucky enough as well to see LOTR in Concert this weekend, let me know what you thought of it! Tickets might still be available at the website http://www.lotrlincolncenter.com/tickets.html or on StubHub.com.

If you want to gush about LOTR feel free to tweet me anytime, my handle is @Bookishbelle!

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6 Year Twitter Anniversary Giveaway! (Updated)

Since March 2009 I have been tweeting incessantly about everything from comic books to dating to my misadventures to live tweeting the Oscars (drunkenly) or getting stuck in celebrities’s basements. March 8th marks 6 years with the blue bird and to show my appreciation for sticking around with this nerdy college student turned New York journalist turned Mini Coop driving (fake) adult, I’m doing a big giveaway!!!

The wonderful Thom Zahlertalented artist and mastermind behind the ever popular Love & Capes comic, has partnered up with me to give away this STUNNING piece he did of Kitty Pryde and Colossus from The X-Men!!! Below is a scan of the original 9×12 hand drawn image (minus the watermark), which will be mailed out via USPS to the lucky winner! (unfortunately only USA participants only)

 

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If you are a fan of Thom’s (which I assume you are because who DOESN’T love his work?!) you can also use the promo code “BOOKISH” when emailing him to purchase his other finished work or your own commission, which you can read more about here.  His commissions are usually $30 for a black and white per character and $60 per character in color. Using this special code gets you $5 off!!

Thom does everything from comic book characters to My Little Pony to Doctor Who to Star Wars and more! He did the most incredible piece of Princess Leia for my best friend Mara (view here) and I fell so hard in love with it that I had to buy one for myself too.

However, my personal favorites are his Disney/Marvel mashups such as Meeko and Rocket!

More can be found over at his Tumblr.

In the widget below you can enter to win Kitty and Colossus many different ways. The contest ends this Sunday, March 8th at midnight so tweet, follow, and like to your heart’s content and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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Update: 3/9/15: The official randomized winner is Marcus! Thanks for entering everyone!B_qKuw-UsAALgBm

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What to Wear to See The Hobbit: TBOTFA

After work today I’m finally seeing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies!

After posting a picture on Instagram of my outfit, a few people asked where I got what I was wearing. Well, here you go!

 

The One Ring Script skirt

My skirt was made by Rooby Lane over at Etsy and it is GORGEOUS!!

 

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You can purchase your own here for $67.74 + shipping.

 

 

My Elevn Leaf Brooch/Necklace

This is all the way from new Zealand’s Weta Workshop! It’s such high, incredible quality and even comes in a pouch made from the same material Weta used to make the Fellowship cloaks in the movies.

 

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You can purchase your own here for $199.99. (Completely worth it!!)

 

Do you have any favorite Lord of the Rings pieces in your collection?

 

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Coffee & Gchat: “What Kind of Day Has It Been?”

Here are the things we would talk about over a cup of coffee while on Gchat at work! (catch up on the last post too!)

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Dating a Non-Nerd

Internet, we need to talk.
I have something to tell you.

I’m dating a non-nerd.

Yes, it’s true, my boyfriend has never seen Star Wars. He’s never been to a comic con, and as far as I know he has never read a comic book. Weird right? I’ve never dated, let alone have been friends with, someone who has never seen Star Wars.

It’s extremely refreshing. My whole life I havefunny-pictures-auto-696085 dated and have been friends with people solely because they spoke my language: the shared love of the same movies and books was enough reason to date someone. However, I’ve never been happy in a relationship. There is a Roger Ebert quote I lived by: “Never marry someone who doesn’t love the same movies you love. Sooner or later, that person will not love you.” So I spent my life dating people not by their core values but by their interests, which I can’t believe it took me 24 years to realize how bad of an idea that really is.

When we first started talking, it took 10 days for him to convince me to go out on a date with him. I was convinced we were TOO different. He rides motorcycles and drinks beer and watches football on Sundays. He had never seen Lord of the Rings and I was president and founder of both the LOTR and the short lived Star Wars clubs in high school. There are pictures of me all over the internet dressed up as nerdy characters (which he gleefully likes informing people of). I was so worried: what would we talk about? Would he think I was too weird? (He still totally thinks I’m weird.)

You know, not once have we ever run out of things to talk about. He listens to me rant about movies, he sat through the extended edition of The Fellowship of the Ring in one shot, and though we don’t always like the same movies or Tv shows, we have found ones we both nerd out over (namely The Newsroom, So. Fucking. Good.)

I also have now watched football games, plural. Before we met I had never seen an entire game, and I was still calling touchdowns “goals”. Now I pretty much understand how the game works and I even have one or two teams that I prefer slightly above the rest. (Peyton Manning is pretty cool, okay? Get off my back.)

But it’s still strange that when I say something like, “Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper” he’s like, “What’s a stormtrooper?” and I have to put my head between my knees and breathe. I’ve asked a thousand times for him to watch Star Wars with me but he has too much fun watching me freak out over his lack of knowledge over The Force. (Granted, I do look adorable when I rant angrily over movies, so who can blame him?) However, I think I can convince him to watch the movies before the year is out.

Being a nerd sometimes comes with this great fear of being misunderstood, so we shy away from people who are different than us to avoid being made fun of. But here is some good advice from Chloe Moretz pre-Hit Girl:

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Who would have thought my favorite person in the world would turn out to be someone who didn’t know what a “scruffy nerf-herder” was? (And though his friends who totally stalk my blog will give him grief for this) I love him to pieces.

And now I will be the one to introduce him to the amazing life changing event known as Star Wars and he will be eternally grateful to me! (A girl can dream, okay?)

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Obviously we aren’t so different though =)

UPDATE: On December 13th I finally got Steve to watch Star Wars with me! Details on the mini party I threw for the occasion here!

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Okay Guys, Let’s Discuss ‘Interstellar’ *Spoilers*

Hey, hey you, listen up, there’s going to be spoilers in this post so don’t bitch to me on Twitter if things get spoiled for you.

 

So last night I went to go see the new Christopher Nolan film, ‘Interstellar’ with my childhood friend Mark (we technically met at a Harry Potter workshop when we were 12). I was very meh about this film beforehand and hadn’t rushed to go see it over the weekend.  Mark really wanted to though and I was curious to see it in theaters since everyone seems to agree the best part are the visuals.

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I like most of Nolan’s films actually: I loved ‘The Prestige’, ‘Inception’ was ground breaking in cinematic storytelling and ‘The Dark Knight’ is a phenomenal movie. However, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ has so many goddamn plot holes, I can’t take that movie seriously at all. I also vaguely saw the Internet all up in a huff about ‘Interstellar’ being weak so I went in with no expectations, just wanting to be entertained.

Here are 10 random thoughts on the film:

1.) Mackenzie Foy as young Murph was fucking fantastic. Not only does she have the wide eyed, beautiful look about her, but her acting chops were on par with Matthew McConaughey’s Cooper in every scene they shared. I wish a time hole could have quickly made her older so she could have played older Murph as well (no hard feelings Jessica Chastain).

2.) Give McConaughey every role he wants, ever. After he proved his acting chops in ‘Dallas Buyer’s Club’ and ‘True Detective’, just let this former Kate Hudson rom com partner do whatever he pleases.

3.) Anne Hathaway as Dr. Brand was not as annoying as I expected her to be. I used to LOVE her: her roles as Mia in ‘The Princess Diaries’ was crucial to my adolescent years and I idolized her. But when she gave that obnoxious, fake as hell acceptance speech for her Oscar (“It came true!”), I was immediately turned off and continued to be turned off by her obnoxious demeanor. She still had an air of self importance in this movie, but thankfully it died out a bit.

4.) Noaln is a good writer. He did a great job of not shoving information about this future Earth down the throats of audience members. He could have easily opened up with a crawl a la Star Wars explaining the circumstances. Instead he hinted at loss of food, some grave human mistakes, and how we are now teaching kids that the moon landings were all fake. Technically that saved him a lot of time, but instead of saving that time, he drew out every…single…scene…. for much longer than he needed to. It shouldn’t have taken Cooper 45 minutes into the film to get into space. And all those landing and take off scenes were sooooo looooong. Mark thought all this was in homage to ‘2001: Space Odyssey’, which I agree. I also hate that movie with a passion.

5.) I’m a fan of robot sidekicks: R2D2, Jarvis, Johnny 5 I love them all. But something about these TARS  and CASE robots just made me laugh, in not a good way. The way they moved just reminded me of a drunk spider. Mark and I laughed at them way more than we should have. Plus their human voices were really throwing me off in the action scenes: I had a hard time deciphering if one of the humans were talking or the robots were, and at one point one of the robots sounded exactly like Matt Damon and it threw everything off for me. They didn’t need to have a cliche “robot voice” but a little differentiation would have been great.

6.) The 5th dimension library scene? I wanted to LOVE THIS. Love traveling through space and time, using a BOOKSHELF to communicate, her father being her ‘ghost’ -> everything about this should have been full on Zoë Porn. But it wasn’t. It was a little too far fetched, a little bit too visually weird. I didn’t feel it. Wicked cool concept, not executed as well as it could have been.

7.) I did cry during this film, 3 or four times. Once when Murph was begging her father not to leave (all credit goes to Foy & McConaughey for this), I teared up a bit during Dr. Brand’s speech about love and gravity, definitely some tears at the end when Cooper and Murph meet for the first time in decades. But I cried ugly tears when Cooper and Dr. Brand got back to the Endurance and Romilly says they’re been gone for 23 years his time/the Earth’s time vs the mere 3.5 hours their time. The isolation and loneliness Romilly felt, just broke my heart. And then when Cooper sat down to watch 23 years worth of videos from his kids- oh man, I cried a lot. I love stories with themes of time and love and sadness, so this really shot an arrow through my heart.

8.) The whole movie Murph and Cooper are trying to find their way to each other. SO WHY THE HELL WOULD THEY ONLY WANT TO TALK FOR TWO MINUTES WHEN THEY FINALLY SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN. “I have my kids”, she says. Girl, you’ve had your kids and your huge family for decades, how about you shoot the shit with your dad with for a few days at least? Ask him about his favorite color or what sports he likes or WHAT WENT DOWN ALL THAT TIME HE WAS GONE. This was so dumb and unnecessary, Nolan. At least give us a scene of them talking for an ambiguous amount of time while Hans Zimmer’s beautiful score make us feel all the feels.

9.) Continuing on with that, I love Hans Zimmer. He’s done everything from ‘The Lion King’ to ‘Cool Runnings’ to ‘Pearl Harbor’ to the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies to the Sherlock Holmes franchise to Nolan’s other films. I love his work and I have quiet a few of his soundtracks on CD. The music for ‘Interstellar’ was amazing and I was thoroughly amused by the organ usage. I didn’t think it was weird, just unexpected.

10.) I love the actors that surprised me. I didn’t know that a lot of people were in this movie going in, especially Matt Damon, Topher Grace, and Casey Affleck. As soon as the body bag was opened and Matt Damon breathed, I knew it was him (like a weirdo) and when he started crying Kim Kardashian tears in McConaughey’s arms, I couldn’t help but giggle a little. I like seeing Damon go crazy in movies so this was a treat. Even Topher Grace! Good job Nolan, for putting him in a role that virtually anyone could have done. Just because Topher played the worst Venom of all time, it doesn’t mean he should be punished forever. I also liked seeing David Oyelowo as the principle for two seconds (he played MLK in the new film “Selma” out soon). John Lithgow and Michael Caine are all always a pleasure to watch; this cast was solid.

Overall, I gave this movie a B+ on Twitter: some of the story elements were weak and it could have been heavily edited down: at nearly 3 hours long, it was too much. But I enjoyed the performances, the writing was fresh, and the visuals are stunning. What did you guys think? Did you totally love it, absolutely hate it, or somewhere in between?

Stuff I Love: Peggy Carter Color!

I’ve never been one to wear a lot of makeup. In high school I somehow went all the way until the end of senior year wearing no makeup and not using hairspray.These days I don’t use much more than some eyeliner, mascara, and concealer because I feel fake in anything more.

However, sometimes I feel like channeling my film heroine, Peggy Carter.

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Back in 2012 I attended the ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ movie premiere at San Diego Comic Con dressed as Peggy Carter, and then again at New York Comic Con that fall. I received many compliments on my costume, most humbling from Chris Evans himself. I adore and admire and obsess over all things Peggy for her no bullshit attitude, WWII kick assery, and insanely gorgeous appearance.

IMG_7934So when my best of friends, Mara, sent me what she dubbed “Peggy Red” lip stain for my birthday earlier this year, I freaked out. It’s the most long lasting, no mess, all around stunning lip color I’ve ever had. I have been wearing it to work lately and every co worker & countless students have complimented me on it.

It’s called Lime Crime lip stain in ‘Red Velvet’. Mara bought it from Modcloth, but it’s currently out of stock there and practically everywhere on the Internet, EXCEPT for Amazon where you can purchase it for $35 including shipping. Even though that’s more than the usual $20 price tag, I would pay the extra because I love it so much.

 

Peggy’s other signature look is her red nail polish!

 On October 22nd, Hayley Atwell tweeted a picture of Opi’s Cinnamon Red nail polish, saying it was the official Agent Carter that she wears on the show! Of course I immediately needed to have it. It’s part of Gwen Steffani’s 2014 Holiday collection, but you can buy it individually on Amazon for $6.75 + free shipping. It got to my house pretty quickly, so the seller is reliable.

  Do you have any accessories that remind you of her? Please share! I need more to hold me over until her Agent Carter show premieres in January!!

 

Zoe

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