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movies i want to see

Posted in movies and television by Kaitlin on March 13, 2010

From repossessed organs to vampiric Shakespeare, from dark comedies to tearjerker dramas, these are the movies I’m excited to see this spring:

Repo Men March 19

The Greatest April 2

The Joneses April 16

Kick Ass April 16

The Good Heart April 30

I Love You Philip Morris April 30

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead May 21


white collar – a season finale

Posted in movies and television by Kaitlin on March 10, 2010

neal caffrey, matt bomer, white collar, out of the box, hat,    turtleneck, manThe USA show ended it’s season last night with the FBI’s resident con, Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer) discovering the location of a music box he can to trade to free his hostage girlfriend. No spoilers here, but I will say the last 90 seconds are a guaranteed surprise. You can catch the last episode now on hulu.

Even if you don’t regularly watch the show, this episode is a must for Matt Bomer fans (think skinny dipping and shirtless sculpting). If this episode leaves you all hot and bothered, don’t worry. “White Collar” will return this summer.

Fantatic Mr. Fox

Posted in movies and television by Kaitlin on December 3, 2009

Puppet animation and celebrity voices fantastically adapt Roald Dahl’s tale of an ex-crook fox who endeavors to stay on the legal for his family. Family and self-worth are essentials in “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” a morality tale with fairly lax morals.

I loved this film with it’s quirky characters and sunny art direction. A plus for me – The Beach Boys are on the soundtrack including my favorite song of theirs, “Heroes and Villains.”

movie roundup

Posted in movies and television by Kaitlin on November 10, 2009

Instead of separate reviews for all the movies I’ve seen over the past several days, I present to you a brief DIE (description, interpretation, evaluation) of four films:

Paranormal Activity – A young couple films the weird events that stalk them learning not to mess with Ouija boards in a horror flick that’s more suspense than gore. Watch at night on the big screen for optimum scare.

Adam – A young man with Asperger’s struggles with change and love realizing his own capacity to feel in this comedic tear-jerker. Great rewatchability for rainy cozy sweater days.

The Men Who Stare at Goats – Military hippies create a Jedi army discovering the magic power inside them in this tongue-in-cheek look at psychic warfare. Good, but not great – wait for the DVD.

The Hurt Locker – A bomb disarmer finds his place in Iraq accepting his adrenaline addiction in a realistic war movie. Awesome on a big screen and def Blu-ray worthy.

Garfunkel and Oates

Posted in art, etc. by Kaitlin on October 13, 2009

Garfunkel and Oates are Riki Lindhome and Katie Micucci. The two actress/singers spread their wicked humor and innocent sound in the growing genre of comedy folk music. The duo plays up the contrast between their naive appearance and decidedly NSFW lyrics. A perfect blend of civility and cruelty – Garfunkel and Oates sing what you what you’re really thinking. The recently released their first EP, “Music Songs,” on iTunes.

Below is their most PG song. “Present Face” is a Christmas themed ode to unwanted gifts.

fire helmets and banana suits

Posted in diary by Kaitlin on October 3, 2009

5 reasons why we’re children:

1. Firefighters think we need plastic fire helmets. And we agree.

1 vicky with fire hat copy

2. We go to the beach and howl at the moon. And people howl back.

3. Halloween is our favorite holiday. And we will try on costumes in Target aisles.

2 bridgette copy

4. We like Twilight. And we will preorder tickets to a midnight showing of Twilight Saga: New Moon.

5. We realize a spoonful of sugar does not make everything better. And we will continue try it.

for a flatmate

Posted in books and stories by Kaitlin on September 23, 2009

Singing Shoeman: A Poem

You there! Yes, you, you hope-killing hipster.

Who do you think you’re fooling with your too tight man pants, your disheveled range rover, your ron jon surf shop sticker and your singing shoes?

What do you think you’re doing with your wannabe crooning, your Weekend beat leeching,your pbr party throwing and your ironic logoed t-shirt designs?

You think you’re a jackal, but you’re just a jackass. Try to take a Zebra out, and you’ll be licking your wounds. Cause we’re a tight group, and we don’t let a filly down.

Paper Heart

Posted in movies and television by Kaitlin on September 19, 2009

Some friends and I went to see Paper Heart yesterday at the Carmike Wynnsong on Shawnee St. It is a quasi-documentary starring Charlene Yi as she tries to find out if love exists. She crosses the country interviewing friends, scientists, couples, workers of wedding chapels and divorce courts, and even kids on a playground. The film’s scenes are intercut with puppet shows reenacting important scenes from couples’ relationships.

I won’t say it was disappointing (I had pretty low expectations for the film after reading many a negative review), but, as a group, we did have a few complaints.

One, Michael Cera did not have enough screen time. If you were going to Paper Heart to see your favorite nerdy boy crush, you might be disappointed. Charlene Yi is the clear star of the piece.

Two, it felt really short. At 88 minutes, the film was pretty average in length, but a weak story arc left if feeling unfinished.

Three, the title was too ambiguous. What does “paper heart” mean? Is it a reference to the fragility of love? the fakeness of love? the presence of paper puppet reenactments? I really don’t know.

Finally, it wasn’t that funny.  Yes, there were some laughs, but nothing worth buying a movie ticket for. If you want to see it, I suggest waiting for the dvd.

If you are going to go, realize the best parts are the puppets and the kids. Be on the lookout for the boy with unusually insightful dating advice.

Tuesday Times

Posted in diary by Kaitlin on September 16, 2009

Tonight a few of the flatmates and I headed on safari in search of the elusive buff whiteout and the endangered sliced muenster. Our travels led us to Oprah’s favorite, Tarjay, and Staples, of easy button fame.

target shopping basketThe muenster was successfully captured! Along with smiling potatoes and a shower caddy. The shower caddy is slightly less interesting than the Shower Caddy!, but getting inanimate objects excited costs extra. (I was sorely tempted to buy a Basket!, but decided I could make do with the apathetic basket we already had.)

unneccesary punctuation2B browsed amongst the toilet seats while V hid her light under a basket. (The doctors advise we humor her.)bridgette and vicky shopping in targetBuff whiteout is truly a rare beast and completely extinct in the Target savanna, so we headed to the wilds of a ready-to-close Staples. Under the medical attention of cheery school supplies, V came out from under her basket and lived to shop another day.

vicky with bookbagsThe final task conquered we headed to the checkout and then onwards to IHOP. For surely only night breakfast could curb our raging appetites.

All About Steve

Posted in movies and television by Kaitlin on September 13, 2009

All About Steve is really all about Sandra Bullock’s performance as Mary Horowitz, the socially awkward crossword creator. In Mary, Bullock is willing to put herself aside and take on a quirky, annoying and yet lovable persona for laughs.

Some critics have said the film is a horrible romantic comedy churned out for Middle America, but they’re missing the point. All About Steve is not a romantic comedy. It’s just a comedy. In fact, it deserves praise for going out on a limb with a female writer, Kim Barker, and a female comedian, Sandra Bullock. Many producers don’t see an audience for films like All About Steve unless they are promoted as chick flicks and romantic comedies. But despite the title, this movie is not all about Mary finding a man. It’s all about Mary finding herself.

I’m not saying All About Steve is perfect. (The arc of the story was unbalanced and the last part of the movie felt like Ace In the Hole.) What I am saying is, just give it a chance. I guarantee it’s worth some laughs and really, what else can you ask for from a comedy?