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Long time reader, first time writer….

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Retro Recaps: The O.C. – 1×01, 1×02 & 1×03

I’ve really enjoyed doing recaps of old episodes of One Tree Hill over the past few months and the plan has always been to recap other old(ish) shows as well. The O.C. is and will always be one of my favorites. I try to watch all 94 episodes at least once a year and I quote it out loud at least once a week. Even to people who have zero idea of what I’m talking about. The characters and the music of The O.C. have become a part of me and I look forward to sharing that with all of you! Enjoy!

1×01 – “Pilot”

Most Quotable: Sandy: “… Have you given any thought at all to your future?” Ryan: “Modern medicine is advancing to the point where the average human life span will be one-hundred, but I read this article that said social security is supposed to run out by the year 2025, which means people are going to have to stay at their jobs until they’re… eighty. I don’t want to commit to anything too soon.”

“Welcome to the Darkside.”

“Way to salt his game Mr. Cohen.”

“Welcome to The OC bitch!”

Sweet as a Balboa Bar: WhenMarissa has one too many, Ryan lifts her off of the sidewalk and carries her to a safe place to sleep.

Ryan Atwood Saves: Even after Seth blows his cover, Ryan rushes to the beach to save him from the ever oppressive Water Polo Team.

The Best of Death Breath Seth: “Why do they even need a fashion show? Every day’s a fashion show for these people.”

Orange colored thoughts: This is one of few shows that I watched from the very beginning and never missed. This Pilot, to this day, is one of my favorite episodes of television EVER. And I have watched a lot of TV. Everything about it is iconic and memorable and burned into my brain better than if it had actually happened to me. It’s moving and sexy, fun and smart. I keep this episode on my iPod at all times and take it with me everywhere I go.

On My iPod: “Into Dust” by Mazzy Star, “Honey and the Moon” by Joseph Arthur & “California” by Phantom Planet

1×02 – “The Model Home”

Most Quotable: “I think the black turtleneck in August tipped her off.”

You know what I like about rich kids? Nothing!”

“We’re from different worlds.”

Sweet as a Balboa Bar: Marissa is so disturbed by Ryan’s lack of music knowledge that she makes him a mix CD. Love letter of the turn of the century.

Ryan Atwood Saves: He stands up for Seth and punches Luke in the face. Again.

The Best of Death Breath Seth: “Yeah, because everyone wants a brand new teenager.” “You know what I like about rich kids? Bam, nothing. Hey, Ryan, you wouldn’t consider me rich, would you? I’d be more upper middle class?”

Orange colored thoughts: This episode was the first great view at how the Cohen family actually functioned. All of their own neurosis and intricacies were laid out for us to see through not only our own eyes, but through Ryan’s as well. His face at the Cohen dinner table told the story. He had never had such an experience. Spending time with Ryan helps Seth find a place where he finally belongs: outside of the nonsense he was born into while still swimming chest deep in it.

On My iPod: “California” by Rufus Wainwright, “I’m A Terrible Person” by Rooney, “Caught By The River” by The Doves & “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley

1×03 – “The Gamble”

Most Quotable: “Well, I should be off. Got to find the next kid to jeopardize the community. Maybe a black kid. Or an Asian kid. Bye, ladies.”

“I never knew you to be an impulse shopper.”

“Ryan’s gonna stay with us now.”

“I’ll unpack later.”

Sweet as a Balboa Bar: Luke is mostly a dick but he does try to help Ryan’s mom off of the floor.

Ryan Atwood Saves: When some juvenile delinquent (hello Weevil from Veronica Mars) goes after Kirsten, Ryan jumps in to protect her.

The Best of Death Breath Seth: “Star Wars convention? I’m sorry, her top was off. You couldn’t at least have said X-Men for me?”

Orange colored thoughts: I was in love with this show from the very beginning but this is the episode that lays the first sturdy bricks on the already poured foundation. There are so many moving and emotional scenes that it’s hard to know where to start. We get to meet the Newpsies and see just how out of place Kirsten feels in her own community. We are privilege to exactly the kind of mess Ryan’s mom really is. Most importantly, this episode gives us our first Ryan/Kirsten moment. And, as a true O.C. fan knows, those moments come few and far between, each one more precious than the last.

On My iPod: “Rain City” by Turin Brakes

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Retro Recaps: One Tree Hill – 2×11, 2×12, 2×13 & 2×14

Welcome back to OTH Wednesdays! Thanks for being patient with my absence as I traveled the country over the last few weeks. While I had a wonderful time, it feels great to be back on the job of recapping one of my favorite shows! And, not only is it OTH Wednesday, it’s also the birthday of both Nathan Scott himself, Mr. James Lafferty and the beautiful Shantel VanSanten!! Happy Birthday James & Shantel!!!! Let’s celebrate all this goodness by sobbing our eyes out, shall we?

2×11 – “The Heart Brings You Back”

Overview: Jake is back for Peyton and who knows who Haley’s sister Taylor is back for…

Random Observations:

  • I swear to GOD when I thought that first flash to Haley on the bus was real I almost kicked a hole in my TV. Thank the heavens it wasn’t. But she still kissed Chris Keller. Again. DAMN IT. And all the while, her husband is waiting at home with a romantic dinner. DAMN IT ALL TO HELL.
  • Taylor is trouble from the word GO. Wanted to punch that face the moment I saw it. I have good instincts sometimes.
  • I think I had always missed the part where Jakes says that Lucas called him for Peyton. That was pretty sweet of Lucas.
  • I’ve told y’all about my thing with the way James says “comfortable,” right? I just LOVE IT SO MUCH!! It’s like seriously a thing I have that I will never get over.
  • Aaaaaaaaaaand Jake spills the beans about Chris Keller & Haley.
  • Scott brother bonding!! My favorite! I literally laugh out loud every time I watch Nathan launch that ball into the river. And then laugh harder when Nathan tells Lucas about losing the V-card to Haley’s sister. It’s just too damn much.
  • “Usually I get them first.” Poor Nathan. He is a wreck.
  • Peyton is SO great. I get Anna being confused and everything but she doesn’t deserve a friend like Peyton. I don’t really care for Anna. I’ve said that, right? And I care for Felix even less. WANT TO STAB HIM MANY TIMES!!!!!
  • This Nathan and Taylor thing is a giant mess. GIANT MESS. But it’s good for Nathan right now in a way. He has someone to talk to. I guess.

Best Bit: “Hey, do you need some help?” And then Nathan joins Haley in the kitchen and they share that little kiss. And it’s hardly anything. But at the time, it’s everything.

Ugh! Moment: Every time Felix is on screen. That guy is beyond help at this point, no matter how many sweet things he says to Brooke.

Fave Quote: Lucas: (voiceover)”Tennessee Williams once wrote…When so many are lonely…as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish…to be lonely alone.”

On My iPod: none

2×12 – “Between Order and Randomness”

Overview: Nathan has a secret to share with Haley but Haley has secrets of her own.

Random Observations:

  • “We’re family now, we shouldn’t have secrets.” I am pretty sure I would be just fine never knowing how my brothers in law ever lost their virginity. Gross. Nathan’s recovery is AMAZING! “Whoever my first was wasn’t nearly as important as my last.” PERFECT MAN IS PERFECT!!!!
  • I love Brooke but I could not be less interested in her crab job story line.
  • Dan is such a sleaze bucket. Haven’t these people learned yet that they should question every single one of his motives?
  • HALEY IS A LIAR!!!!! Damn it Haley. Don’t be emailing Chris! UGH!
  • Nathan is VERY hot when he’s threatening but it doesn’t seem to be having any effect on Taylor who is a giant slut bag. It must be hard not to hit a girl in his situation.
  • Oh Lord. Poor Nathan. Most awkward convo ever. He’s so brave and adorable. I understand Haley getting upset that it was her sister but can she really hold against him what happened before she came along?
  • I mostly hate Taylor but I love her for calling Haley out on the Chris stuff. Someone needs to.
  • Of course Haley forgives Nathan. She really kind of has to after what happened between her and Chris. But either way, it warms my heart.

Best Bit: Haley and Nathan walking along the water, hand in hand, stopping to share kisses. Such a sweet moment. And knowing what comes next, a moment I wish I could trap them in forever.

Ugh! Moment: Dinner with the elder Scott brothers. Horrible. Uncomfortable. Cringe-worthy. Dan is really THE WORST.

Fave Quote: Nathan: “All right, Haley. We got married so quickly, we never really had the talk that most people have when they get engaged. About past relationships… sexual history.” Haley: “Ah, that’s probably because I can give you mine in under ten seconds, while yours is catalogued in the Library of Congress.”

Biggest Question: “Does this mean you didn’t wait for the ring to give it up either?” “I waited until I was in love.” Is Haley saying that she and Nathan did THAT before they got married? This statement has always confused me.

On My iPod: “Glad” by Tyler Hilton

2×13 – “The Hero Dies In This One”

Overview: Chris Keller is back in town and Haley must make a choice. Lucas makes a choice of his own that upsets everyone except Dan.

Random Observations:

  • If Nathan had to find out about Haley emailing Chris Keller at least he did it in a towel. No reason for it to be ALL torture.
  • HALEY STOP LYING!!! Taylor is definitely to blame for some of it but NOT ALL OF IT!!! DAMN IT!!!
  • LUCAS STOP LYING!!! My GOD these people are all idiots. Lying is never the answer!!
  • Dan is such a shit head. His double meaning is hidden in everything he says. What an ass. And he is SO GROSS. Was he really hitting on Taylor? Ugh!
  • Nathan is wearing a Celtics shirt. And wearing it SO WELL. I want it. GO BOSTON!
  • I love the way Peyton introduces Chris Keller. Hilarious. Like she’s touching something dirty as she says his name.
  • Chris Keller the character is the devil but Tyler Hilton is so talented. I love this song he does so much.
  • Angry, threatening Nathan is SO HOT you guys!!  But I cannot handle his face as he watches Haley watch The Wreckers on stage. He’s so afraid of losing her. OUCH!!
  • GAH!! Nathan!! She was wrong to kiss Chris Keller! Of course she was! But ultimatums are NEVER EVER GOOD EVER!
  • This Keane song makes me cry without fail every time. The flash back to their first time there at the dock does not help at all. This is horrible.
  • *SOB* Will I ever make it through the end of this episode without bawling my face off? GEEZE LOUISE!

Best Bit: There really is no best bit of this episode. The whole thing is painful. But the live music is great. Love both songs.

Ugh! Moment: Must I say it? It just hurts SO BAD!!! The yelling! The fighting! The keyboard throwing! The look on Nathan’s face when he knows that Haley is gone! I JUST CAN NOT!!!!!

Fave Quote: Peyton: “A kiss always means something.”

On My iPod: “When It Comes” by Tyler Hilton, “The Good Kind” by The Wreckers & “She Has No Time” by Keane

2×14 – “Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows”

Overview: Everyone is struggling with loss. Nathan is a wreck after losing Haley and Karen after Lucas has moved in with Dan.

Random Observations:

  • Oh God. Poor Nathan. He’s such a mess. It hurts my soul just looking at him.
  • Erica Marsh is a bitch.
  • Nathan rocking bed head while drinking in class would be hilarious if it weren’t so damn tragic.
  • Jake and Peyton and Jenny are SO DAMN CUTE. I just love them. And whitey babysitting? ADORABLE!!!!!
  • “You got it right Peyton. People always leave.” Break my heart some more why don’t you?
  • Mouth is the sweetest. I just love him. I would totally vote for Brooke after that speech alone.
  • Damn it Haley! GO HOME! Or at least call your effing husband! GAH!
  • Brooke’s scene from the series finale!! SO MANY FEELINGS!!!
  • I absolutely love, love, love this scene with Karen & Nathan. They never get a lot of screen time together but this moment is so perfect. They are both so heartbroken. It’s so painful but so lovely.
  • “Sometimes they come back.” Awwww!! Thank you Peyton!!!

Best Bit: Another super painful episode but watching Nathan punch Dan in the face feels pretty damn good.

Ugh! Moment: Um, every single scene where I have to see the hurt all over Nathan’s face. IT’S SO DAMN HARD!!!!!

Fave Quote:

Ms. Hand: “Okay, please tell me you are not drinking beer in my class.”

Nathan: “Technically, it’s malt liquor…”

Ms. Hand: “Nathan!”

Nathan: “It’s okay, I brought enough to share.”

Ms. Hand: “Come with me, please.”

Nathan: “That’s a nice skirt, Ms. Hand. You know, if more teachers dressed like sluts, attendance in this place would skyrocket.”

On My iPod: “Flying High” by Jem & “Club Foot” by Kasabian

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Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises

*** Very Minimal Spoilers***

It’s hard to know where to start with a movie I loved so much. I’m not sure exactly what I hoped to get out of the final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy but I do know that any expectations I had were met and exceeded. Overall, it was an intense thrill ride, filled with heart crushing tragedy while still exuding overwhelming hope. It was a film that finally cemented Batman as my favorite of all the comic book super heroes.

The action and story in this film were both supreme but, I find myself having the most to say about the characters. Each one was so beautifully crafted, their thoughts and motivations resonating bone deep.

I have always loved Alfred. His love and care for Bruce is better than any parent-less person could hope for. Only because it is the love and care that he CHOOSES to give. I have those kinds of relationships in my life and there are none better. Alfred makes two very poignant speeches in this movie, both of which moved me to tears. Michael Caine is amazing.

Tom Hardy’s Bane was terrifying from start to finish. He gave me chills of the very worst kind, in the very best way. Every movie villain should be this scary. Bane seems to fear nothing while having nothing to lose. My only complaint is that his mask made it tough to hear what he was saying at times. I had to lean over to my husband asking, “What?” more than once. Maybe he should have subtitles?

In all honesty, growing up, I loved Michelle Pfeiffer’s Cat Woman. She was seductive and scary and completely unpredictable. And while her portrayal as the ultimate feline will go down in history, Anne Hathaway is by far the sexiest, smartest, most bad ass Cat Woman that has ever worn leather. She has redefined everything I ever thought Selina Kyle could be. She surprised me and thrilled me in every way I thought I could be thrilled. She made me so very angry. And then she made me smile.

There is also Blake. I’m not a regular comic book reader. I knew nothing of this man, of this character, before this movie. I do know that I loved him from the word go. He was strong when others were weak. He believed when no one else had the balls to. He tried when no one else wanted to try. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was flawless. He portrayed his character so perfectly. A man filled with dark tinted idealism. A man looking for a hero when he had one within himself. I never expected to be taken so fully by anyone other than Batman, but Blake took me. He took me for an emotional ride I was unprepared for and then so much further.

There is something about Batman that has always intrigued me. He doesn’t come from another planet. Nothing special ever bit him. He is a man. A man with a mission. A man filled with anger. An almost ordinary man except for his inheritance. It’s easy to relate to anger and his helplessness.  But he strengthens himself. And with all of his power and all of his might, he chooses true justice over personal gain. He always works for the greater good over the worst of wrongs. In the true Batman style, there were points of the movie that felt like overwhelming despair. And there were parts that felt like breath giving hope. Other than the incredibly human characters, it is the twists and turns and impeccable transitions that give this movie its life.

One thing is for certain: if ever anyone should brave the Batman helm again, they will have quite an empire to face. The world so beautifully built by Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale and their team will be next to impossible to beat. Good luck!

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Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man

It’s hard not to compare this latest Spider-Man movie to those that came before it. Especially since I stupidly watched the 2002 version just this last week. There are definitely parts of this latest film that I liked more. Definitely parts I liked less.

Less? The science (F**k you science!) and the back story dragged a bit. It felt like forever before we really got into the super hero stuff. I appreciated everything that was told, I just think they could have told us faster. I never expected so much of the movie to take place inside a classroom or a lab.

More? Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker was incredible. He was vulnerable and unassuming and absolutely darling with his dishevled hair and constant stammer. His emotions were raw and so perfectly etched on his face. You could really feel all of his insecurities and tough choices. A job very well done.

Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy was sweet and funny. Peter’s perfect match. I’m glad they didn’t go the Mary Jane route again, despite that being the comic book way. I also thoroughly enjoyed Denis Leary as her father, the chief of police. He’s hilarious in everything he does though the funniest part is that the native Bostonian is always a New Yorker!

The film itself was beautifully shot. I didn’t see it in 3D but I don’t think that could have added a whole lot more. One scene, a sea of black umbrellas in the rain, actually took my breath away. And while the action was slow to start, once it did, it was exciting and fun and driving.

This Spider-Man was a little slower moving but so much less silly or hokey. Just dark enough to be great. Definitely one for the collection. And I can’t wait for a 2nd helping of Andrew as my new favorite Peter Parker.

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Home is Where the Heart is

I was beyond shocked to wake up to news of a shooting at a movie theater in my former home town of Aurora, CO. A theater I used to frequent often. I still have the ticket stub from the last movie I saw there (Fahrenheit 9/11) the summer before I moved to Massachusetts.

On Tuesday night I returned to Boston after 2 weeks in my home state of Colorado, a state already devastated by raging fires. And as I was walking home from the Salem farmer’s market last night, I saw a columbine blooming in front of my house and felt homesick for the mountains, despite just getting back from there. As I mentioned in my previous post:

Colorado is where I grew up. It’s where I became the person that I am. And it is filled with my family, the people who helped to make me who I am.

I spoke with my Denver based  sister this morning to make sure that everyone we know and love was safe and healthy. “It feels just like Columbine all over again,” she said. “Get out of the house. Don’t sit and watch the news all day.” We were both living at home with our parents in Aurora, CO on that day in April 1999. Sitting on a sofa, glued to the television, just 6 miles from this morning’s terrible shooting. And she is right. This feels very much the same. Only this time my mom isn’t sitting next to me, holding my hand.

It’ all so very surreal. And senseless. And it makes me want to zip up my still unpacked suitcase and get on a plane, back to my friends and family in the Centennial State. I just wish there was something I could do. Something that would help.

If you are in CO and can, please donate blood. You can find more details here.

To all the victims and their families: my thoughts and prayers are with you and with everyone back home. God bless.

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The World’s Oldest Teenager

I was on the plane yesterday, heading home to Boston after 2 weeks in Colorado and I was feeling a little sad about it. So, I was doing things that were comforting. I was reading my Comic Con TV Guide with the cast of The Vampire Diaries on the cover, drinking Diet Coke and when I wasn’t listening to Carly Rae Jepsen I was watching season 1 episodes of The O.C. When I bent down to scratch where my knot tied anklet was itching me, it occurred to me: I am the world’s oldest teenager. And I don’t even care.

The parts about my trip (aside from spending time with friends and family) that I loved the most also made me feel a little young for my age. I loved that staying in my aunt’s big, beautiful house meant that I could blare my music all day and night and dance around like a fool without worrying about neighbors who might be sharing a wall or a floor. I loved that drinking at high altitude meant no hangovers (Sogrape Gazela Vinho Verde is my current fave).

My main job for two weeks, besides the occasional baby sitting,  was just making sure the house was taken care of so I was free to read as much as I wanted and watch as many Channing Tatum movies as I could find. It was pretty magical. I loved going for pedicures with my sister and my CO bestie (of course we all got flowers painted on our toes) and then doing handstands in the pool for an entire afternoon.

I have since come home to a pile of mail that needs dealt with, tons of unpacking that needs done and several messes that I made before I left on my trip. All will need to be taken care of but I made myself a CO trip playlist that should help me make it through the not so fun stuff.

I was super excited to see my husband and my MA bestie and I am really looking forward to the upcoming trip to Ohio with the rest of my Boston friends. But there are a lot of things I am missing as well. Like drying off after a shower. The humidity out here on the East Coast makes that impossible. And the July temperature really never drops here at home, even after dark. I’m also missing the two little girls who loved to color with me and thought that I was the COOLEST EVER!

Colorado is where I grew up. It’s where I became the person that I am. And it is filled with my family, the people who helped to make me who I am. The house where I stayed is surrounded by petunias. The flower that my mother always filled her gardens with. Every time I smell them, I think of her and miss her so much. At night there, the air is so calm and comfortable. And so very quiet. The only sounds were the crickets and the lake water lapping on the shore. I’m really going to miss that.

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