Happy New Years everyone! I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and take a look back at my favorite memories of 2013 with a Flipogram 30sec. picture video! Most of my pictures are from the past semester, because I have a bad memory and can't remember anything past like 2 months ago, and also it has been the best semester I've had a JMU so far!
As for the New Year I thought I would share some inspiration I hope to follow for the next 365 days!
This past weekend my family took a trip to the Greenbrier. During the beginning of the trip I started planning for my trip to Europe this summer, but got really car sick. I put on my new headphones (check these out: Oil Slick) and listened to music for 4 hours there, and 4 hours back to only two bands: Mumford and Sons (bet ya didn't see that coming) and The Kooks. If you haven't heard of them, you're missin' out.
sometimes VEVO doesn't let videos play here so… sorry.
Everyone in the blog world is coming up with all these lists of bests of 2013. Most are memories and I can't even remember what I did yesterday, so that's not gonna happen. Therefore, of course, I am choosing to write about my favorite subject, movies! I had to google all the movies that came out in 2013 and had to write down all the movies I have seen in my pocket notebook. (Yes I have a pocket notebook, they're so handy.) After I went through all the ones I saw in theatre, tried to stop my mind from tallying up all the money I spent at the movies, and then I made my list of my top favorite movies released in 2013!
1. Mental directed by P.J. Hogan
2. A Place Beyond the Pines directed by Derek Cianfrance
3. The Wolf of Wall Street directed by Martin Scorsese
4. Mud directed by Jeff Nichols
5. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty directed by Ben Stiller
6. About Time directed by Richard Curtis
7. This is the End directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen
8. Prisoners directed by Denis Villeneuve
9. The Butler directed by Lee Daniels
These didn't make the top, but were still great films:
Warm Bodies, 42, To the Wonder, The Great Gatsby, The English Teacher, Monsters University, Despicable me II, The Way Way Back, The Conjuring, The To Do List, The Spectacular Now, Lovelace, Insidious II, Bad Grandpa, The Hobbit, American Hustle, Anchorman II
Pain and Gain, Identity Thief, Safe Haven, Spring Breakers, Now You See Me, The Bling Ring, The Heat, Only God Forgives
I also wrote down a list of the movies I haven't seen. I'm thinking tomorrow might be a movie day for me!
Hi Hi Hi! I hope y'all had a fantastic Holiday, and good luck to everyone on NYE! My break has been pretty uneventful! I have basically watched tv, worked a couple shifts at Anthro (and spent double my paycheck), and saw a couple films! I don't have a lot of patience and when a movie comes out that I want to see. I can't seem to wait around until someone want to see it with me, so I just go by myself. I get a lot of crap from people for doing this but I DO NOT care! Going to the movies alone is the best! No one talks to you or distracts you from what's going on. All of my friends seem to be very ADD and vocal when we go to a movie, they are either texting (Kelly), talking (everyone), or obnoxiously chewing on huge smuggled sourdough pretzels so I can't even hear what's going on (ERIKA).
If you don't want to read all this: all these movies are good.
My first film I saw this break was American Hustle. This film was not really what I expected. I enjoyed it overall but it was much too long for me being over two hours long, when I expected a nice 80 min. Jennifer Lawrence was great in it, not surprising but she did not have a large part in the film despite all the advertisements. Amy Adams, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper did as well as predicted. They are all fantastic actors and really deserve all the oscar buzz this film has been getting.
Film two: I dragged my siblings to see a 10:30pm showing of Anchorman, when we stopped in Harrisonburg on our way to the Greenbrier. I have no problem seeing a movie that late due to my college sleep schedule, but Hagen wasn't too thrilled about going. The movie was absolutely hilarious. It was so bizarre and you can tell they literally just threw everything out the window, turned on the camera, and started filming whatever the hell they wanted. It was slightly long, but it makes up for it at the end with a scene too weird for words, but very funny. There is also a heavy list of cameos including: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jim Carey, Marion Cotillard, John C. Riley, Harrison Ford, Kanye West, Kirsten Dunst, Will Smith, and the beautiful Vince Vaughn. Also, Steve Carrel is so awesome and hilarious, he is a genius.
Third film: The Wolf of Wall Street. Okay everyone is way too uptight about this movie! This movie was so awesome I could see it 100 more times! Everyone was talking about how disgusting, and inappropriate it was, but I don't see the big deal. It's rated R, so there's that reason not to take your whole family on Christmas Day. Also, its called research. I always look into the films I'm about to spend $11+ on before I go and see it! Read other viewers thoughts and if you think you're going to be offended, don't go. You can't get mad at a movie for depicting what was written in the book, and what actually happened. I thought the movie was fantastic and people who got so offended need to relax and not take it so seriously because its a great movie! 1/2 the theater walked out mid way. Whatever, they missed out because this movie was great. Martin Scorsese, is just the best there is, and the same goes for Leo and Jonah. GREAT MOVIE go and see it.
Next Up: Inside Llewyn Davis and Her. I can't seem to drag myself out to the indie theatre, Angelika Film Center out in Fairfax to see these movies, I tell myself I am going to go every day but I just never get around to it! Its the type of theatre you want to go with someone, instead of going alone. But, I am dying to see these movies. I will probably cry through the entire film of Llewyn Davis film. The Coen brothers directed this, I love them more than anything (aka Big Lebowski). It also has John Goodman in it, who is an AMERICAN TREASURE according to Kevin Smith. He is right I am weirdly obsessed with John Goodman. Also, my boys Mumford and Sons did a lot of their soundtrack. So this is MADY in a movie.
I feel like I want to write an entrée post on John Goodman, but there's already a lot of words in this post so far, and I don't think people care enough about what I have to say to read that much. If you want to join me in my Goodman obsession. WATCH: The Big Lebowski and Saturday Night Live. Also he was just on Jimmy Fallon
Her is the movie starring Joaquin Phoenix also with Amy Adams, Kristin Wiig, Scarlet Johansson, and Rooney Mara. What drew me to this film was the gorgeous poster that is so dramatic and just pretty.
Here is the final product of me messing around on photoshop trying to create a neon sign effect! Definitely could use a little more time, but is such a fun thing to create!
Tonight we will dance.
I am sure many of you have heard of the awesome website, Society6. If you haven't it is a website for artists to upload and sell their products. I am addicted to this website and always have a full shopping cart whenever I search threw the new things from artists I follow! It is great because it requires minimal effort for artists because society6 does all the work. They do, however get a large portion of the profit, but I don't have to do any work except upload my art to the website! I really recommend you check it out! Here is my page!
I have been home for just about 24 hours, and it has been a struggle to keep myself entertained. The rest of my family has holiday parties and things to do, while I am just sitting around, waiting for my friends to get home from school! Tonight, I binged on season 8 of Dexter, and fooled around on photoshop. Here are some simple type prints I created which you can find on society6!
The other day, instead of studying for finals, I took a trip to target for paper towels, of course I came out with everything but that! I got these little calendar prints at the Paper Source over break and wanted to find a good way to display them! I plan to change them out each month… we will see how that goes. I found the wall stud from Nate Berkus at target, and this white and gold frame (which I already have in black.) Nate has the best collection at Target and I have a very hard time leaving the store without something of his! Finally, I found this frame that was on sale for $4.00! I could not believe it! Target is literally the best place ever. Not gonna lie, I bought some super soft pajama pants with skulls on them from the mens section. My roommate Kelly has cookie monster ones… of course.
In honor of me signing up for my first photo class in a few years I thought I would post some throwbacks
Thanks to my lil sis for being my awesome model and putting up with all the ridiculous projects!