words kill, words give life

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.”

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wag-o-ween

Posted in diary by Kaitlin on October 26, 2009

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My flatmates and I weren’t the only ones celebrating Halloween early. Wag-o-ween is Savannah’s Halloween for dogs. On Saturday, furry best friends could go into a wide array of shops downtown for a doggy version of trick-or-treat. Turns out adorable animals look even cuter in costume.

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early halloween

Posted in diary, movies and television by Kaitlin on October 25, 2009

We celebrated Halloween a little early at a costume party last night. The flatmates and I wanted wow-able costumes group style. After much brainstorming and a little thrifting we came up with this:

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In case, you don’t recognize our rad duds here’s a hint:

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We three are Buster Baxter, Muffy Crosswire and Arthur Read. Don’t get it? Then you’ve never seen Arthur, a wonderful pbskids’ cartoon that’s still running. It comes on weekdays at 5 and 5:30 – you should def catch it if you can.

wintergirls

Posted in books and stories by Kaitlin on October 11, 2009

Wintergirls is a novel by Laurie Halse Anderson (the author of reading list favorite Speak). The story follows Lia as she deals with anorexia, self-mutilation and her ex-friend Cassie’s ghost.

It’s hard to know what’s real and what’s not in Lia’s world, but this doesn’t hurt the book. Instead, Anderson’s ambiguity pulls you deeper into Lia’s world where she is her own most dangerous enemy.

If you want insight into the mind of a troubled young woman, Anderson is an expert guide. But beware. Wintergirls will stay with you.

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.

Vampire Ex

Posted in art, etc., diary by Kaitlin on October 6, 2009

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My friend recently dumped her boy-toy. From our knowledge of The Lost Boys and Twilight,  we concluded he was a vampire. So that you can avoid the misfortune of dating an undead blood-sucker, I have listed warning signs below.

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If he’s very strong, fast and skilled at combat, without the typical¬† jock attitude,

if he uses old fashioned phrases and SAT words in everyday conversation,

if he hasn’t really changed even though you’ve known him for years,

if he has a European accent, but he says he’s from South Carolina,

if you had to invite him to come through the door,

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if he likes taking risks, but doesn’t want you to,

if spending money means nothing to him,

if his eyes change colors with his mood,

if he likes biting your arms and neck,

or if he’s pale and avoids the sun,

then he’s probably a vampire. Break it off quickly, or he’ll protect (stalk) you forever. The only cure for unwanted attention from a vamp is to befriend a werewolf. I don’t know any right now, but when I find one, I’ll let you know.

These marvelous photos are by Vicky. Thanks, ducks!

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.

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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.

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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.

a pole, some cards and scrabble

Posted in diary by Kaitlin on September 29, 2009

5 things I learned this weekend:

1. Despite appearances, a long curtain rod does not a stripper pole make.

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2. Do not mess with the psychics tarot cards (especially if you have a pushy aura).

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3. Tarot card readings will be eerily accurate.

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4. Chinese fortune-telling sticks not so accurate (but good for impromptu log cabins).

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5. Scrabble Slam is infinitely better than the original version. Seriously.

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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.