words kill, words give life

an education

Posted in books and stories, Uncategorized by Kaitlin on March 16, 2010

lynn barber, an education, book, cover, american, us, inspiration, adaptation, memoir, nonfictionLynn Barber’s memoir is a quick read – I read it in an afternoon.  I’ll admit, the only reason I bought this was because I had heard good things about the movie, but Barber’s voice makes it a must. She is succinct, but knows when to dab an extra bit of description.

The movie, “An Education,” is based on an article published in “Granta,” which Barber later expanded into the book. Her memoir starts with her earliest memories and continues into 2009. She has led a fascinating life.

Barber worked for “Penthouse” and published the revolutionary book “How to Improve Your Man in Bed.” She also worked for “Vanity Fair” and wrote “The Heyday of Natural History” chronicling how Darwinism affected Victorian natural history books. Barber is a dryly witty Scheherazade, an incredibly versatile new journalist and all this young writer could ever hope to be. lynn barber, smoking, author, photo, writer, black and white, woman, interviewer, journalist, an education, bookGay Talese step aside, this writing major has a new idol.

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

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.

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.”

a little twilight

Posted in books and stories, diary, movies and television by Kaitlin on December 1, 2009

I was planning on posting a review of  “New Moon,” but I’m a tad busy and there are so many really good articles (and parodies) about the Twilight phenom, I thought I’d just link to some.

If you were wondering who “wears the pants” in Bella’s relationships, check out Team Edward, Team Jacob: New Moon’s Gender Revolution.

To read how “New Moon” might be a good thing for women in Hollywood, see New Moon Brings a New Dawn in Hollywood.

And if you want to write a bestseller just like “Twilight,” read Twilight: A Follow-Up, and a Promise.

My favorite “Twilight” parody ’cause “I’ve got like a black belt in fangs.”

Get a look at Peter Facinelli (Carlisle) getting in on the parody action.

 

PS – In case you were wondering, I am still writing. I’ve got about 10,000 words so far. Check out the wordle I made with the first chunk of my book – My wordle

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

whip it

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.

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.