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5 movies for martians

Posted in movies and television by Kaitlin on March 14, 2010

If aliens from Mars crash-landed in my backyard (assuming I had a backyard), I would make them watch these movies before taking them to my leader (assuming they didn’t kill me first).

“Thank You for Smoking” to show the weird way our government works.

aaron eckhart, aron, erin, eckheart, ekhart, ekheart, thank you for smoking, nick naylor, nailor, nailer, microphones, press conference, interview, lobbyist, movie, film, audrey hepburn, breakfast at tiffany's, film, movie, blake edwards, holly golightly, lula mae barnes, little black dress, lbd, givenchy, cat, crates, window, toast, heels,

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” for appreciation of glamour, love and all else that Audrey Hepburn embodies.

“Singing in the Rain” to illustrate the wonderfulness that is random breaking into song.

gene kelly, gean, jean, kelley, singing in the rain, movie, film, comedy, classic, don lockwood, dancing, hat, umbrella, puddleveronica sawyer, winona ryder, heathers, funeral, movie, film, teen, murder, suicide, kim walker, heather chandler

“Heathers” because even Martians should be afraid of teenagers.

Update: I removed “Mars Attacks” from this list after a Martian told me it was an¬† inaccurate and offensive depiction of the species, “We look much more like that cute little boy from ‘Martian Child’ than we look like those big-brained fiends.” My deepest apologies to any offended aliens.

style inspiration – Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Posted in fashion, movies and television by Kaitlin on November 11, 2009

Holly Golightly’s (Audrey Hepburn) little black dresses in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” have long been lauded as a fashion staple. Unfortunately, other items in her wardrobe are sometimes overlooked. Below I pick out my favorite non-LBD Golightly¬† looks.



1. Never has sleepwear looked so chic. With a tuxedo shirt, turquoise eye mask and tasseled earplugs, Holly Golightly epitomized the glamorous morning after.

2. Even the glamorous need to relax. A gray sweatshirt and jeans were Holly’s go to leisurewear. Simplicity keeps this look far from neon Juicy Couture.

3. Ms. Golightly definitely wasn’t afraid of color. She dared to steal in an orange coat and successfully pulled off wall-to-wall pink.

Maybe we would all benefit from letting go and not taking ourselves to seriously. And the easiest place to start may be with our wardrobe.

undiscovered gyrl

Posted in books and stories by Kaitlin on September 10, 2009

Undiscovered Gyrl is composed of fictional blog posts by a seventeen-year-old girl using the alias “Katie.” Her life is pretty much a mess – even her blog readers know and email her about it. When Katie takes a year off before college, she’s left almost friendless at home with her mom and her mom’s annoying boyfriend Mike.

Katie’s boyfriend, Rory, is needy and sometimes mean to her and she doesn’t really even like him. Despite this, she won’t break up with him because she doesn’t want to be even more alone. She’s really in love with Dan, a thirty-something film professor. Katie and Dan spend their time together watching movies, getting high and pretending their relationship is not about sex.

Despite Katie’s realistic and sad troubles, Allison Burnett’s book is easy to read. He convey’s her as a confused girl simply looking for her bliss in the real, often blissless, world. Picture Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets Wetlands.

I normally don’t like trailers for books, but I think Undiscovered Gyrl‘s isn’t that bad:

What I did not like about the book was the ending. Burnett’s conclusion was soap operaish and seemed to grab desparately at a seriousness greatly at odds with the tone of the rest of the book.

Perhaps, as with the adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s the movie will get a new ending. The leading contender to play promiscuious and borderline alcoholic Katie in the film is Miley Cyrus. Can she carry it off? I have my doubts.