Obsession of the Week | United State of Pop 2012 (Shine Brighter)

It’s that time again…. time for a new mashup from DJ Earworm! Last year I posted about the United State of Pop 2011 which was good, but this year’s is even better! You can check out the download on SoundCloud here.

As much as I do truly love the audio versions of all of DJ Earworm’s mashups, the most impressive thing he does is creating the videos to go along with the mixes. To time the videos of each song so accurately is truly a work of art. To check out his video for the United State of Pop 2012, click on the picture below or here. (you may notice that I’ve taken a screen shot of my favorite band in the video: Fun)

Screen Shot 2013-01-02 at 6.51.03 PMI love these mashups because they’re always so upbeat and just make you want to dance. It certainly helps that I absolutely love all the songs that he included this year. I mean I blogged about three of them in the last few months alone!

Alex Clare

Lumineers

Adele

And in case you wanted to know, here is the full list of songs included:

Gotye and Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know
Fun. – Some Nights
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Maroon 5 – One More Night
Fun. and Janelle Monáe – We Are Young
Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa – Payphone
Ellie Goulding – Lights
Rihanna – Diamonds
Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
Ke$Ha – Die Young
Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)
Flo Rida – Good Feeling
Nicki Minaj – Starships
The Wanted – Glad You Came
Adele – Set Fire To The Rain
Lumineers – Ho Hey
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
Flo Rida and Sia – Wild Ones
Phillip Phillips – Home
Bruno Mars – It Will Rain
Katy Perry – Wide Awake
Alex Clare – Too Close
PSY – Gangnam Style
Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Flo Rida – Whistle

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Movie Adventures

I love movies. Going to the theater, throwing a DVD in, streaming on the internet. Doesn’t matter to me, I just love to watch movies. Unfortunately, the last few months have been very chaotic in my personal and work lives (yes, I separate those!) and I haven’t had much time to enjoy movies in my favorite form: the big screen.

Aside from worrying about being stuck next to a sniffler, screaming tweens, or perhaps the universally-feared chatterbox, actually GOING to the movies is almost always a great experience. This week I was able to see not one, but two movies in the theater!

So, what did I see, you ask? The top two grossing movies out right now — duh! Sunday was a espionage afternoon with Skyfall and today was a matinee full of vampires and werewolves in Breaking Dawn Pt. 2.

Overall my movie-going experience both days was fantastic. I thought I’d share some brief thoughts on the films in case you too are debating taking the $20+ plunge of going to the theater.

First up, Bond. James Bond.

I am personally not a huge 007 fan. I know, I know… that’s a crime! Well if you can forgive me for that, I will say that I REALLY enjoyed Skyfall. As a stand alone movie (for someone who hasn’t seen all the James Bond movies) it was easy to follow and just as intriguing as say the Bourne series (one of my favorites). I thought they did a great job at keeping twists and turns in the movie without simultaneously losing my interest by confusing me.

The most impressive part about this film: Javier Bardem. He played the most creepy, freakishly smart, and crazy ex-agent ever: Silva. Oh the goosebumps! His bleach blonde hair, removable face implant, and über freaky laugh really made you believe he’d gone off the deep end.

Second best part: Daniel Craig. Enough said. :)

Overall, I give the movie an ‘A’ for being intriguing, suspenseful, and having a very handsome leading man who can kick butt all day long without breaking too much of a sweat (even for an “old” guy).

Next: the end of an era Saga

I don’t know about you, but when I’ve invested time in a TV show, multi-movie franchise, book series, etc. I tend to stick it out even past its expiration date, just because. Prime example: One Tree Hill. I watched that show like it was my job from the first to last season because after the first few seasons I felt committed enough that I couldn’t NOT find out how it ended… it was hardly the same show after 9 seasons.

Same story with Twilight. I couldn’t give up after the New Moon debacle (that movie was a challenge to sit through!). It really was too bad that the movies didn’t do the books justice because they had so much to work with. Fortunately, these last two (Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 & 2) were both really well done. Although the acting of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson didn’t necessarily get better, I think the directors were able to help them out a bit.

So, I’ve now officially seen all 5 movies (and yes, read the 4 books) and can honestly say this last one was the best of them. The cheese-factor was far less than the prior installments. Even the visual effects were impressive — those wolves almost look real. However Renesmee’s (Mackenzie Foy) digital face on various ages of children was a little creepy, but they did the best they could given the fictional nature of the character.

Anywhoo, it was definitely a great ending to a so-so movie saga. They stuck to the book well enough that I didn’t see any major reasons for complaints, the acting was improved, and the overall feel of completeness of the series (and the characters) was there — something I can say is often lacking in long-lived television shows. I’d give it an ‘A-‘ and say it is definitely worth seeing if you have any remote interest in the story because it repents for the past films that were less than stellar.

There you have it folks, my take on the top two movies of Thanksgiving week. As for what else is coming out that I want to see, the list is quite lengthy after having seen about 10 trailers in the last few days. Costco movie tickets, here I come!

Obsession of the Week | Dating Rules From My Future Self

Anyone who knows me (or reads my blog regularly) knows how much I absolutely love The Vampire Diaries. Well, the actress who plays Caroline (Candice Accola) is this season’s main character on a new show called “Dating Rules from My Future Self.”

Dating Rules is a web series created by Alloy Entertainment (the same creators of great things like Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, etc…).  There are two “seasons” of the show, which is comprised of 10-ish minute episodes. I’ve officially watched all of them and am quite anxious for new ones to come out.

The premise is pretty funny — the main character of each season communicates via text and FaceTime with an older version of herself. Grown up versions of the characters provide advice about how to navigate the crazy world of dating.

The first season, the main character was actress Shiri Appleby, who a few people may recognize from the CW show Life Unexpected (another show I loved, that unfortunately met its demise after only 2 seasons).

So far, season 2 has been pretty funny with Candice as the main character.  From her “margarita maker” (a blender) named José, to her problematic addiction to Cheetos, Candice’s character Chloe is simply hilarious.

Overall, Dating Rules from My Future Self definitely has some great humor written into it, particularly because they include some of the comical aspects of living life in the modern age where having “The Jimmy Song” posted on your Facebook wall is thought to be the most humiliating thing that could happen to a 20-something!

To watch Dating Rules from My Future Self go to Hulu http://www.hulu.com/dating-rules-from-my-future-self

Twitter Love | Joel McHale

If you are a regular watcher of the E! Network (like I am)– home to the Kardashians, Mrs. Eastwood & Co., Chelsea Lately, and Fashion Police you are probably quite familiar with The Soup.

The Soup is a show hosted by Joel McHale that satirizes current events and pop culture.

While watching a recent episode this afternoon I felt the urge to tweet about just how funny I thought Joel was — turned out, this was a great idea! Why? Because of this…..

That’s right, Joel McHale direct messaged me back on Twitter after having seen my posting about how hilarious he is on the show.

In case you can’t read it… I wrote “watching @thesoup and can’t stop laughing. love @joelmchale … he has great #comedictiming

He responded with “merci. merci”

As Rachel Zoe would say… I die.

This was not the first time I’ve been lucky enough to have  a celeb respond on twitter. If you’ll recall I previously bloggedabout the response I received from Giada De Laurentiis

Obsession of the Week | Ho Hey

2012 is a great year for Internet-related commericals apparently.  First we had the IE9 commercial with Alex Clare’s Too Close (which I already blogged about) and now we have a Bing commercial with an awesome song by The Lumineers.

 

Ho Hey” is definitely a feel good kind of song.  The lyrics for this song almost act as background to the melody, so I’ve yet to really listen to them — I have absolutely no idea what this song is about — time for a little Googling later this afternoon.

The marketing team at Bing did a great job timing the song within the commercial, not to mention including all those wonderful pictures of Hawaii. I mean who doesn’t like Hawaii?! :)

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In other news… I’m in the midst of packing like a wild-woman. This was how I caught up on some TV shows this morning over coffee.

Hulu. On top of a box.

Yep, that’s my life.

The 1st Quarter Quell: The Twins of District 10

Hunger Games fans out there, would you like to see a short film that delves deeper into the days before Katniss and Peeta?  Well then you have to check this out.

My cousin Nicole and her team of movie-lovers are going to create a short film called “The 1st Quarter Quell: The Twins of District 10.”

Nicole is an absolutely amazing artist who has not only created other short films (parodies of the Twilight and Harry Potter movies can be found here) but does some amazing drawings.  Here’s one she did of Peeta & Katniss from the hunger games.

Anyway, in order for this idea to become a reality, Nicole needs some minimal funding.  If you’d love to see an amazing fan film, check out her kickstarter page and watch her video to learn more!  Even the smallest of donations can help!  Even if you can’t donate, be sure to go like her Facebook page.

N.M.A. Original Artwork

Movie Review | The Lucky One

“How do you explain something that you can’t even understand yourself?”

click the picture to watch the trailer

As promised, I went and saw “The Lucky One.”

For starters, here’s the plot summary (from Apple trailers):

U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive-a photograph he found of a woman he doesn’t even know. Learning her name is Beth (Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.

Overall, the movie was pretty good (I’d say a 7 out of 10).  Zac Efron did a great job playing the sexy, sensitive guy.  Question, do those actually exist?  Doubtful….darn you Nicholas Sparks for setting my expectations so high! Anyway, the chemistry between Efron and his co-star Taylor Schilling was a little less than spectacular.

For those of you who have a love of all things Nicholas Sparks (like I do), you probably think love should be as amazing as Noah and Allie in the Notebook.  Beth and Logan (Schilling and Efron) just don’t possess that same, gotta-have-one-another magnetism.  I personally think that Schilling is just a little old for Efron. I can’t recall from the book, but I don’t believe that the character of Beth was supposed to seem older than Logan.

As always, the characters are relatable and have great back stories.  Beth is a teacher with ex-husband issues, who is a loving mom, and caring granddaughter.  Logan is a marine who feels every day is a gift and simply wants to make everyone’s lives better.  An added bonus in this movie is the mass number of adorable doggies, including Logan’s dog Zeus.

I would definitely recommend this movie to those who are interested in seeing your average rom-com, and who happen to love the overly-perfect endings of a Nicholas Sparks book, but if your expectations are still on Notebook and A Walk To Remember levels, then you might be a little let down.

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