Ohhhhh, this has been a long time coming. OK, since my last PSA (two months ago?!), I quit my job, got another one, moved to Maryland, got my own apartment, and watched my life and career do a complete 180. It’s been a little hectic, and I’m admittedly not drowning myself in pop culture news as much as I used to, nor have I recently binge-watched anything (besides Stranger Things, which I’ll write about soon). I’m not watching much of anything actually. I did christen my new apartment with a brief re-watch of the later seasons of Boy Meets World in my first week (I didn’t have cable yet), but I’m trying to read more lately and have happily taken myself on a trip back to Hogwarts, something I haven’t done since 2011.
I’m also working on a new blog! I am now The Jaded Journo and you can read all about my career experiences as I tackle this new chapter of my life.
So, that’s what’s new with me. But I do want to show PSA some love and get back to discussing all things entertainment, particularly as fall sweeps draws ever closer and pretty soon, alllllll the shows will back on the air and I’ll be hardly able to contain myself as I’m reminded of oh-how-very-much I love television.
Anyway, as I mentioned in my last PSA, I knew I’d be wanting to gush over Wentworth Miller/Michael Scofield’s pretty face after I devoured Prison Break in about a month, because, I mean, come on. I loved the show, even though it didn’t always make sense and parts of it dragged (UGH, SONA). Imagine my surprise when I didn’t totally hate Sarah Wayne Callies as Sara Tancredi—even though in the pilot, I had a moment of “LORI‘s in this? Oh, crap.” I actually really grew to love her relationship with Michael and romances are the easiest target for lists like this, so here we go. (Stay tuned for seasons 2-4 and I’ll also probably talk more about the show itself as the upcoming reboot sequel gets closer.) Continue reading
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and ALL THE PEOPLE who apparently got engaged yesterday … thanks, Facebook, for reminding me that I am still single AF … I thought it was time to explore another trope of romance cinematography: weddings. Whether it’s the central focus of the plot or just a sweet scene in a saccharine will-they-or-won’t-they story, they’re abundant and extravagant across the board, cropping up in a vast number of films. When I started to compile a list, I realized how prevalent they are in quite a few of my favorite movies. Here’s just a small handful (and some honorable mentions). Enjoy!
1. Mamma Mia! (2008)
Just reading the title gets the song stuck in my head. (“Just one look and I can hear a bell ring!”) As a huge theater nerd, I love all the stage-to-film Broadway musical adaptations. While Hairspray and Rent are very high on my list, this one is my absolute favorite. It was our favorite show when we saw it our first time back in 2009 and remained our favorite when we saw it again, just this past summer before it ended its 14-year run on the Great White Way. ABBA’s upbeat songs set the tone for a story of a young bride-to-be searching for her father against a stunning Greek backdrop, which ensured a beautiful cinematic version. Then throw Meryl Streep in as your lead—SOLD. I love this movie. It’s just so much fun and I always have an urge to watch it before I go on vacation to somewhere tropical.
Despite all evidence to the contrary, I don’t mind a good cry every once in a while. When Valentine’s Day rolls around, if I’m not out with my girlfriends at a club, I’m in bed with a movie that makes me feel like my heart may burst out of my chest (see my prior PSAs). But you know, there are a lot of excellent emotional films that don’t revolve entirely around love. So I threw together a few of my top tearjerkers, because I like to torture myself by watching gut-wrenching YouTube clips during the day. My list is pretty short, so add your own in the comments!
Disney/Pixar comes into your
childhood adulthood like a wrecking ball (minus the naked Miley Cyrus on top AKA Disney gone wrong). It’s bad enough Andy’s going off to college (are we really that old already?) but then the toys get accidentally dropped at a daycare made of nightmares and boogers, their lives are turned upside-down by a homicidal teddy bear, and they wind up in an incinerator and they’re trying to get out and they realize it’s useless and they all commit to the fact that they’re about to die and they hold hands to face it together and—WHAT THE HELL, DISNEY. Pretend you don’t already have tears in your eyes over toy deaths (can they even feel pain?), because they get rescued (whew), but you don’t realize the conclusion of this film is a one-two-punch until Andy brings his pals over to Bonnie’s house and finds Woody at the bottom of the box. He never meant to give away his best bud, but he gives a heart-wrenching speech about what makes Woody special: “He’ll never give up on you, ever. He’ll be there for you, no matter what.” Kids will take the speech at face value, but adults—especially those who graduated college a month before this film’s release and have been thrust into the real world and are quickly realizing that it’s time to leave childhood behind—will take it for the lovely metaphor it is and may or may not find themselves ugly crying in a room full of strangers. So long, partner. ❤ Continue reading
I’ve been Single a while, but I don’t bow my head in shame when I say the word like most girls do. It’s a choice I made quite a few years ago to not tie myself down when I am undoubtedly still slugging through the best years of my life. I love knowing that I can pick up and move to a new state if an opportunity presents itself without worrying about who I’ll be leaving behind. I can go where I want when I want without having to check in with someone. It’s either a selfish or smart way to live. I choose to think it’s smart.
In college, my friends and I were too wrapped up in throwing epic parties to even bother finding significant others. This suited us just fine. I love looking back at my college days knowing I made the absolute most of those four short years without someone holding me back from doing whatever my heart desired in any given moment. It was liberating, and when it finally came to an end, I had a sinking suspicion that the career I was trying so desperately to launch would ultimately be my top priority over finding a date for Friday nights. Online dating? Noooo, thank you. The few horrifying hits I got from my first foray into that nightmare turned me off the whole thing pretty strongly, even though I have friends who have found boyfriends, fiancés, and husbands on sites like OKCupid, Plenty of Fish, Match, eHarmony, etc. I still have time. I’m not worried.
Anyway, whether single by choice or by circumstance, V-Day is still a tough one for us single ladies to grin and bear each year. (My fellow single girlfriends and I are planning a night out this year—tearing up a dance floor, drink in hand, sounds like the perfect escape from the sight of the chocolate boxes and red roses that pop up everywhere.) I expressed my disdain for this holiday last year with a look at three of my favorite romance movies to drown my sorrows in—and since my outlook hasn’t changed in the past 365 days, here we go again with three more movies. Continue reading