Favorites: Part I

Over the weekend, I saw The Artist. As it came out at the end of last year (in limited release), I know I may be a little bit late to catch on here, but it was an absolutely breathtaking movie. Engrossing story, captivating actors, and a unique presentation? Win-win-win. (For those of you who are unaware, it’s a silent movie done in black & white.)

The plot of this movie in particular, set in the 20s around the debut of talking films, reminded me a lot of my favorite movie of all time (can you already guess what it is?). So, taking into account how incredibly narcissistic I am, I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorites — and hear all about yours too, of course! Today I’ll keep it simple and just stick to movies though. It was hard to narrow them down to my top five, but these, as of this point, my favorite movies. Try not to judge me too harshly. 😉

Favorite Movies

#5. Sky High

This might be bordering on guilty pleasure territory, but hey, I like what I like! And being the huge, total, all-encompassing nerd that I am, I love a good superhero story. Sky High is a bright, funny take on your typical high school story… with a superheroic twist. The movie gives you plenty of clever nods to comic books and the superheroes of old, and as a bonus stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (aka Ramona Flowers) in one of her first major roles!

#4. Pride & Prejudice

I’m sure I will get a lot of flack both from men and Colin Firth fanatics alike for listing this, but I lovelovelove the 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice staring Keira Knightley. It is simply a breathtakingly beautiful film. The cinematography, the music… I just love it. Once, during my freshman year of college, I watched this movie from start to finish, let credits roll until the DVD menu came back up, pressed play, and watched it again. True story.

#3. The Little Mermaid

What, you don’t have a classic Disney movie listed as one of your favorites? The Little Mermaid beats out all the others for me: Beauty & the Beast, The Lion King, and yes, even Mulan. Though I did have a pretty serious Cinderella addiction when I was in elementary school, you just can’t beat this sassy little redhead. I love the romance, the music, and the total throwback to my childhood that comes with this particular movie. “Part of Your World” is pretty much my go-to shower song, too.

#2. Garden State

Ahhh, Garden State. Maybe it’s cliche to list this as one of my favorites, but oh well. It’s a fantastic movie. Moving, subtle, has a bangin’ soundtrack… and oh yeah. It was written by, directed by, and stars my boyfriend Zach Braff. Done and done.

#1. Singin’ in the Rain

Yep, Singin’ in the Rain is my favorite movie of all time (thus far, at least!) The plot follows Gene Kelly (swoon!) as a famous silent film actor who finds himself thrust rapidly into the onset of “Talkies” (you can see why I found the plot of The Artist similar!) and is peppered with wit, charm, and of course, tons of musical numbers! If you haven’t seen the movie, you need to. And if you need convincing, just watch Donald O’Connor do his amazing thing in the video below… and thank me later.

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So yes, I realize that these may not all be movies that will go down in history as the greatest films of their time. But I gave it some though, and while I fully acknowledge that there are many “better” films that exist out there, these are my sick-in-bed-on-a-rainy-day, what-I-would-bring-to-a-desert-island-that-has-a-TV, never-gonna-get-old favorites. So there.

What’s your favorite movie of all time? Or a few of your favorites?

The End of an Era

First off, thank you all so, so much for your supportive and encourage comments in response to my doldrum-dwelling, pity-party post yesterday (alliteration FTW!) Yesterday was indeed a much better day, and I know it’s mostly due to the fact that you guys are all so awesome.

Of course, in terms of lifting my spirits, it didn’t exactly hurt that this happened:

I know. Sometimes I shock even myself with my coolness. 😉

That’s right. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 midnight showing. It happened.

Fair warning: I was petrified about them forcing me to put my DSLR back in my car (like I’ve had happen at the movies before) so I didn’t bring it with me, even though once I got there tons of people had huge cameras and nobody seemed to care. Sigh. So that’s the explanation for the poor-quality iPhone pictures that follow. Ah well.

My fellow nerds were out in full-force, and it was glorious.

While I went the subtle route and merely donned a Gryffindor track jacket I procured from Hot Topic roughly 6 billion years ago (on which I received many compliments, thankyouthankyou) and a scar (natch), some people really went all out. I couldn’t get pictures of all the creative costumes since I already felt like a creeper (what with being at least 5 years older than everyone around me, as well as lurking by myself, haha) but there were some really great ones! Lots of people went the traditional route with the school robes, wizarding gear, etc, but there were plenty of people dressed in pillowcases who came as house elves (cute!) and a few Golden Snitches hovering about too. I also had a very interesting encounter with a Luna Lovegood in the bathroom — she pulled a Gnargle out of my hair. Quite considerate of her.

I got to Tysons around 8 PM, for which my brother teased my mercilessly but I was grateful. I only waited in line for a little over an hour before they let us into the theatre!

I got a boss seat, too. Huzzah! Granted, I still had 3 hours to kill at this point, but at least I could do it in comfort. Much, much better than the huge cluster that happened at the last movie’s midnight showing.

So I made myself comfortable and yes, I did go for the full movie experience with popcorn and a diet sodie. I am not ashamed! Can you believe that’s a MEDIUM soda though? Whoosh.

I did a little light reading…

I had brought a veritable cornucopia of entertainment for myself, including a book, shows loaded on my iPhone, etc, but I didn’t actually end up dipping into anything other than the magazine. It was fun just observing the other fans (I felt SUPER old. Teenagers were EVERYWHERE.) and texting my fellow fanatical Harry Potter friend, Jeff, who was up in Maryland, things like:

Me, 11:47 PM: I am actually starting to hyperventilate.
Jeff: I’ll ask Madame Pomfrey to stop by.

Because yes, in fact, we are that cool. (If you don’t get the reference, well, that sounds like a personal problem that needs to rapidly be rectified.)

The group of teenage girls sitting next to me were pretty entertaining, actually. Though a little on the evil side, it would seem. After all, this was happening:

Which resulted in them all getting branded with the Dark Mark:

I politely declined, of course. I ain’t no Death Eater, yo!

The time actually passed very quickly, and before I could say “Deluminate!” the lights were down and it was time to don my 3D glasses and get the party started!

I don’t want to go into too much detail here, because I know that there are people reading this who haven’t read the books. So if you saw the movie, be sure to keep your comments spoiler-free! That being said, I will sum up my opinion of this film in one word:


Was it different than the book? Of course it was.

Were there things left out that would have been nice to have included? Of course there were.

Would I change a thing? No.

It was perfect. It was the most exhilarating, emotional, action-packed 2 hours I’ve had in a while, and I loved every second of it. I laughed, I cheered (always the best part of seeing a midnight showing), I cried (um, duh.)

It was so good. So, so good. So good, in fact, that I felt drunk when the credits started to roll. Drunk on Harry Potter. Sounds about right.

On my drive home, I did get fairly somber though. The entire ride was spent thinking about the movie I had just seen, and how it really felt like the end of an era. I’m sure that this won’t really be the last thing Harry Potter-related to ever be released, but it is the last movie of the original saga, and that means something to me. It’s okay if you think that’s cheesy. I embrace my cheesiness with pride, as all true Potterfiles should.

I envision many, many more viewings to come. I want to be there to witness other people drawing this epic adventure to a close, to soak in every last detail, to give justice to the story that has been my constant companion and the character that has been my friend as I’ve grown.

Mischief managed.

The God of Thunder


So I suppose you can guess what I did last night, eh?


Roar. Also, rawr:

Chris Hemsworth Thor Abs

Don’t mind if I do. Helloooo, Chris Hemsworth!

I finally went to see Thor with my papa last night! I know, I know, we’re slow on the take. But in his defense, he was in South Korea for work, and in my defense, all of my friends hate me and saw it without me. Hmph. One good thing about waiting over a month after a movie comes out? There were literally 5 people in the theatre, and that’s including us!

In fact, there were so few people headed to the movies on this rando Wednesday night that we ended up getting to the theatre waaaaay early. So, naturally, I told my dad I had to explore the grounds of the totally not ghetto at all (uh… false.) Ballston Mall in Arlington (our normal movie theatre is Tysons, but we had to use up his Fandago Groupon.)


Pretty sure this should be my next car.


Yep. Definitely should be. Hahahahaha.

The movie was really good! Not as good as X-Men: First Class was, but still very entertaining. And the PREVIEWS! I seriously think the best part about going to see any big budget action movie is all the previews for OTHER big budget action movies coming out. I’m pretty sure every single preview was for an upcoming superhero movie, and the nerd inside me is ECSTATIC. 😀

I tried keeping this post short & shweet (heh) for you guys since I know the last few have been quite a doozy, and I clearly failed. So I’m cutting it off now! Plus, I’ll be back later on today with a sponsored post reviewing a fun iPhone app (and tons of pictures of the puppers, natch.)

So in the meantime, I leave you with this: Where my (fellow) comic book nerds at? Let’s hear it: favorite superhero? Favorite superhero movie? And while we’re at it, what superpower would you choose if you could have one? My favorite superheros are, and always have been, the X-Men. I grew up watching the cartoon (still one of the best animated TV shows EVER) and my pop is a huge Marvel comic book geek, hehe. I even went as Jubilee for Halloween two years ago!

X-Men Jubilee for Halloween

NO SHAME. Well, maybe a little shame for how big I was back then… sigh. As for a superpower, well, no surprise here. My extraordinary laziness lends itself to me wanting to be telekinetic, a la Jean Grey. But then again, never having to get up to get anything if I can move objects with my mind probably wouldn’t be too conducive to losing weight, huh?

PS: Got my 20 Minutes in today with a long dog walk in the blistering heat!

PPS: There’s another deal for 2 movie tickets for $9 through Fandango and Living Social. Get up on it!