Category Archives: Pop Culture

I wish that you knew when I said two sugars, actually I meant three

Today I realized I have a month until graduation. I am neither excited nor upset. It’s something that’s been creeping up on me, but I’ve known all along. I’m getting to the point that I can accept change a lot better than I used to be able to. I’m also stressing out less about planning things. Both good.

The other night over $1 drafts at 149, Marie and Meg told me about a great plan they have for this May: we are going on a trip up north to Michigan. We will spend a few days in Charlevoix, visit Mackinaw Island, and see the dunes at Sleeping Bear. I’m so excited.

This past weekend, Meredith catered an event in Toledo for the Toledo Arts Commission, and a few of us who had waitressing experience (this does not include me, but I did go) went to help out at the event. It was at a cool space downtown Toledo, and it was very crowded. We worked very hard all night, but the hard work payed off for a successful event, and it was a lot of fun. Not that I want to make a career out of it, but I could handle being a caterer. I also met a member of the Toledo Filmmakers group, who also is a tatoo artist. Networking? Yes, plz.

Steve built a pretty crafty 35mm adapter for his HD camera, and we’ve been shooting with it. I shot my Film 3 final project using it; I think it looks really nice. And, well, it looks almost like film, so, I like it. When I play with it, I’ve been knocking it slightly out of focus, and it looks like Super8. Here is test footage from that:

I saw Funny Games last weekend. While I was totally disgusted with myself, I really enjoyed it. Also, Michael Pitt? Yes, plz.

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inability to use time wisely, feeling good again, films

Last semester I tried to account for every hour of my average week. I just tried doing that again, and was overwhelmed by the amount of time that I have free and am unable to be productive with.

Right now I am at the point in the semester when I don’t have too much work to do,  so I  have a little more time for recreational activities (Degrassi benders, searching out recipes, reading comics, union sitting) and can enjoy them without guilt.

Thursdays are busy days. Tomorrow looks like this:
9:00AM: Meet with Brett at Kohl Hall
9:30AM-12:45PM: Sync sound scene exercise
1:00PM: Track down Jose on campus
2:30PM-3:45PM: VCT 204 (vomit!)
4:00PM-5:15PM: Stage makeup

Even though that is my busiest day, I still have a huge chunk of time (5:15-until I go to sleep) that I could be doing something.

I’ve been slowly easing back into some production through my film 3 class. It’s sort of forcing me to do so, but it is starting to feel good again. For this week’s class project, I am assistant director, and I’m enjoying it. For the past month or two, I’ve felt like I’ve really ended up on the wrong trail as far as where my career is going to take me, and that production was the wrong way for me to go, but I am feeling better about it. The same thing used to happen to me when I would take time off from swimming. I would regret going back, but once I was about a week back into a regular schedule, I would remember that I really did love to swim–almost more than anything. (note: I should start swimming again, I really enjoy it.)

My new glasses finally came in the mail. I really like them, and my eyes are finally used to them. Now I can see things up close and far away–it’s wonderful.

In the past week I’ve seen two films in the theater: Cloverfield and 27 Dresses. I enjoyed both films a lot, and obviously for different reasons.

Cloverfield

To be blunt, Cloverfield was pretty badass. After I got over the initial headache from the jerky camera movement (I’m going to mention here that I was also running a fever that should have kept me at home, but was too excited to miss the midnight showing) I was pretty enthralled with the film. I had little to no emotional attachment to any of the characters, and felt little when any of them were offed (either by the monster, something falling on them, or the parasites dropping from the monster.) While most of the time I need some sort of investment in the characters, the overall story of what was happening outside of the character’s persons was what kept me interested. While I was baffled at the willingness of Hud to continue to document their travels through the city, as well as the length of the tape and the impressive battery life of the camera, I was impressed by how real the film felt. What the heck would I do if a giant sea monster attacked my town? Good thing Bowling Green is landlocked.

27 Dresses

27 Dresses, on the other hand, was a lighthearted and very enjoyable film. While I find most films about weddings are a little too sugary sweet for me, 27 Dresses had a great sense of humor, and while it did have a happy (and almost fairy tale-like?) ending, I found it to be totally believable. Katherine Heigl’s performance seemed so honest. She brought a natural humor to her character that was extremely endearing.

2007 Things

The following lists are not ordered (unless ordered) and are a few of my favorite things about 2007.

Films I enjoyed in 2007:
-3:10 to Yuma
-Mr. Bean’s Holiday
-No Country for Old Men
-Lars and the Real Girl
-Waitress
-Hairspray
-Juno
-Grindhouse
-Superbad
-Rescue Dawn

Television I enjoyed in 2007:
-Pushing Daisies
-30 Rock
-Lost

Albums I enjoyed in 2007:
-Grand Ledge by Paul Baribeau
-The Reminder by Feist
-Magic by Bruce Springsteen
-Neon Bible by The Arcade Fire
-Beyond by Dinosaur Jr.
-Four One Five Two by Sundowner

Songs I enjoyed in 2007:
-Johnny Appleseed by Joe Stummer and the Mescaleros
-Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors by Editors
-D.A.N.C.E by Justice
-Fa-Fa-Fa by Datarock
-Grace Kelly by Mika
-The Underdog by Spoon

Books I enjoyed in 2007:
-On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
-Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti
-There’s a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell by Laurie Notaro

Places I enjoyed eating in 2007:
-Myles Baker Street in Bowling Green, Ohio
-Boscos in Kettering, Ohio
-Mrs. Watson’s Salad Bar in Century City, California
-Ashley’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan
-Whole Foods Market
-Myles Dairy Queen in Bowling Green, Ohio
-Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills, California
-C&Os Trattoria in Venice Beach, California
-Burger King, specifically for Cheesey Tots
-Baja Fresh

New people (or people I got to know better) I enjoyed in 2007:
-Lauren D.
-Shelby R.
-Travis F.
-Colleen F.
-Justin R.

I shiver from my core; winter’s made it.

Today has felt the most like winter. I could hardly drag myself out of bed to go to work this morning, and in the 20 minutes before I left the apartment, I dreaded the initial step outside. The first step is the worst as the cold wind rips me from the warmth and safety of our heated home. It’s awful. There was a lot of frost on my windshield, and I can’t even fathom where I’ve put my ice scraper. It’s time to face the facts: Fall is on it’s last dying breath, and soon will come the five months of tundra in Bowling Green, Ohio. I’ve started eating oatmeal again. It’s warm and it’s hearty, and I’ve found my favorite flavor again (carried at Kroger rather than Meijer)

Cousin Emmy

Yesterday evening in my theater class I realized that next week is the final week of the semester, and a panic fell over me. Because I’ve let myself fall so far behind, I am practically buried in my schoolwork, and I have very little desire to dig myself out. The harsh reality is that if I don’t snap out of this–and quick, I’ll fail History of Film.

I’m at a very different place than I was at this time last year. That’s strange. Things have stagnated for the most part, which I don’t mind. Stability is very important to my well-being.

Recently I’ve been looking forward to working and living–and not going to school. How lame of me.

Over Thanksgiving break I saw some films. Enchanted was fantastic, as was No Country for Old Men. Lots of people have been saying that it’s the best Coen Brothers film so far, but I don’t know if I agree with that yet. (There’s just such a special place in my heart for O, Brother, Where Art Thou?)

A very nice trip to Ann Arbor

Steve, Dustin, Sarah, and I went up to Ypsilanti to visit Corey yesterday. After showing him the 48 Hour Film Project we had slaved away on all weekend, we went into Ann Arbor to walk around for a bit, get some dinner, and see Lars and the Real Girl.

We ate dinner at a restaurant called Ashley’s, which was around the corner from the Michigan Theater. It was a nice pub with an overwhelming amount of beers to choose from. I got one by Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, and it was tasty. For dinner, I had a Caprese sandwich, which was also tasty. With a nice beer and a good dinner, my bill came to $12, and I would highly recommend the place.

Lars and the Real Girl, (2007)

I enjoyed the film a lot. It was sweet but not sappy, funny but not too absurd. It also painted a pretty appropriate picture of a Midwestern town. No one had a slow, lazy Southern drawl, and no one drove a tractor into town. The characters were beautifully developed, and the performances did each and every one of the characters justice. Anyway, I liked it a whole lot. I highly recommend it.

I don’t like TV.

I have to fess up: I don’t completely mean it when I say “I don’t like TV.” I actually like television shows a lot. There are quite a few shows that I could even say that I love. The problem is, I don’t like having my time dictated by a show time for me to watch my episodes. I also can never be bothered with remembering what time and what day shows are on. (The last show I can remember being home on the dot to watch was the Ashlee Simpson Show on MTV in 2005-2006. RIP Ashlee Simpson Show.) Because of this new TV on the internet thing, I am finally able to watch the shows I want to watch when I want to watch them without waiting for the pricey DVD release.

So, now that I have come clean, there are quite a few shows on right now that I really like.

Pushing Daises.
I think this show is lovely. It’s sticky-suggar-sweet, and by the end of every episode, I have teared up at least once. I laugh, I cry, I sigh out loud at the cuteness and sadness of the characters. The scenes are over-produced, in the best way. Dare I say this is the best show on television now? I do. It’s part Scooby Doo, part Wonderfalls, and I love every colorful second of the show. Hopefully this show will last at least last through a second and third season, because it has one thing that Wonderfalls did not: a great time slot.

30 Rock
30 Rock has what most shows to not: something I am interested in. That’s unfair. But, really, this show is about the entertainment industry. What is has that Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip did not: it’s funny. (No one believes that people who work as comedy writers are not funny.) What it has that Entourage does not: a spot on network TV. What it has that both of those shows to not: Tina Fey, Tracey Morgan, Alec Baldwin, Jack McBrayer. I think this is the most amusing show on television right now.

And, I’ve been watching Lost. This is a show that I knew I should have never gotten into. I’ve been swept up into thinking about it almost constantly, and I am only on the first season. (I’m letting myself watch the two part finale tonight if I get my film homework done early.) I’ll be onto the second season by Monday (day off…Lost all day? Possibly.) In the third by Thanksgiving, and foaming at the mouth for season four to start by January.

Well, anyway, hopefully I will still have my newfound TV shows and the WGA gets their contracts all fixed, and compensated for internet TV, etc, etc, etc. Otherwise, I’ll be back to hating TV, feeling like movies lackluster, and wishing I had majored in Middle Childhood Education.