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gift guide no. 1

Posted in movies and television by Kaitlin on December 5, 2009

The holiday gift-giving season is here, so I thought – why not blog a gift guide? Because I believe different types of people need different types of gifts, I’m splitting it into different posts. Gift guide no. 1 is for the person who knows everything about movies (aka the film buff).

For $5 and under

True movie snobs only want to see films in their original format. Show them you’re proud of their snootiness with the “this button hasn’t been modified to fit your clothing” pin (that’s the name of the button – the button actually reads “If you truly cared about a movie, you wouldn’t watch in in fullscreen.”).

What person who knows everything about movies doesn’t want something that was in a movie? While this Peppermint Fight Club novelty soap wasn’t made by Tyler Durden, it reportedly smells like “a punch to the face.” Fun fact: unlike the soap in “Fight Club” this homemade product is not made from human lipo leftovers.

Almost every film buff considers “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” a classic and Audrey Hepburn an icon. Celebrate the Academy Award winning actress with the Scrabble Tile Pendant “I love Audrey”. It’s simply marvelous, darling.

For $15 and under

Directed by the master himself,  George A. Romero, “Dawn of the Dead” is a must-see zombie flick.  Your favorite horror lovers can see zombies everyday with the Dawn of the Dead print.

You know those film snobs who think they can do it better? Give them the Hollywood slate board and watch them set the scene. Director attitude included. (although you might want to include some chalk)

Piles of movies getting your pal down? No organization system? The DVD Storage Box 2-pack will solve all that with room for over 50 DVDs!

For $25 and under

Provoke some deep musings with this quote by a renowned filmmaker, “If it can be written or thought it can be filmed.”  The Stanley Kubrick limited edition art print is perfect for the dramatic friend.

Does the person who seems to know everything about movies really know it all? Shed some light on the behind the scenes with the book “50 Designers/50 Costumes: Concept to Character”. So you’ll pay attention to the Costume Design category at the Oscars.

Speaking of behind the scenes, what about a year subscription to “Creative Screenwriting” magazine? Because the writing’s what really determines a movie’s quality (yes, I may be a tad biased).

For a gag

As a joke (or if you don’t like the person) give them them the action fiasco that is “Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.” Making it worse than such horrors as “The Hottie and the Nottie,”  “Gigli” and “Glitter,” Rotten Tomatoes named this Lucy Liu/Antonio Banderas disaster the worst movie of the last ten years.

For those willing to drop some serious cash

If you have a couple grand lying around loose, pick up a Classic Chaselite Cinema Identity Sign. It’s the perfect addition to any home theater. (These are custom made so you can change the finish and color).

And for just a few hundred more you can give “The Birds” an original oil painting inspired by the similarly titled Hitchcock masterpiece. Beware: this is just one of many in Ginette Callaway’s Vintage Hollywood Series: once they own one, they may want to own them all.

Stay tuned for gift guides for the person who: reads constantly, is fashion obsessed, is really weird but interesting, has everything,  has nothing,  doesn’t have everything but you still never know what to get him, and has everything because she made it all herself.

If you send out holiday cards, why not send one to:

A Recovering American Soldier

c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center

6900 Georgia Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20307

Because no matter what you feel about our government and the war, soldiers are people who deserve way more than a card.

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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.”

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.

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.

James McAvoy

Posted in movies and television by Kaitlin on October 15, 2009

Yesterday, after class, some friends and I went James McAvoy searching. He’s in Savannah for the Robert Redford film, “The Conspirator.” And, we found him (fan girl shriek)!

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In case you, like many in the crowd who gathered by the set, do not know who James McAvoy is (blasphemy), allow me to explain. Mr. McAvoy starred in “Wanted,” “Atonement,” “Becoming Jane,” “Penelope” and my personal favorite, “Starter for Ten.” We have been slightly obsessed with him for the past three years. So, seeing him, less than 20 feet away, was basically a dream come true.

For the edification of those not equally McAvoy crazed, Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long and Robin Wright Penn are also in “The Conspirator.”

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Whip It!

Posted in movies and television by Kaitlin on October 7, 2009

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Ellen Page finds her bliss in roller derby encouraging millions to buy skate gear they’ll wear once. Whip It! is funny, warm and predictable grrl power that’s worth watching.

If you live in the 912 and are interested in real derby action, Savannah Derby Devils take on the Low Country High Rollers 7pm Saturday at Supergoose Sports.

Surrogates

Posted in movies and television by Kaitlin on September 29, 2009

In the Surrogates world, humans live from home through robots. With surrogates, people can look perfect and be safe. Sounds great, right? Not so much.

The isolation  limits true personal connections and two humans are killed when their surrogates are destroyed. Bruce Willis is FBI Agent Tom Greer who must investigate those who refuse to accept the robots.

The story was straightforward and easy to follow but still had enough twists to remain interesting. Overall, Surrogates is a fun action film that is worth watching.

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.

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?

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.