Honorary Girl Crush: Nora Ephron

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How sad, how sad. Nora Ephron, writer extraordinaire, passed away on Tuesday. She was responsible for some of my most favorite movies of all time. She was hilariously brilliant and all-around amazing. This article written by Lisa Belkin honors Ephron and makes me want to curl up with a good movie and a box of Thin Mints like old times. She was a trailblazer and helped us fall in love over and over.

When Harry Met Sally

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“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

You’ve Got Mail

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“Matthew is my father’s son, Annabelle is my grandfather’s daughter. We are… an American family.”

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$ELLEBRITY

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There comes a time when you read and/or hear something that brings up a darker part of your bad habits. That time when you’re forced to look at what you do and question it. No one really likes it. It means you have to admit to something that you thought was pretty harmless before, but now have to re-examine because it kind of makes you feel like you have a 20-lb. kettleball in your stomach. This happened to me while I was noshing through my lunch and my Bloglovin feed. I came across a particularly interesting video featured on Refinery 29. I’ll admit that what really caught my eye was the “SJP” in the headline. I’m a sucker for anything SJP, obviously. (Maybe she’ll end up in one of the Girl Crush posts) (Who are we kidding? She will, duh)

I read through the intro to the video, which I found out was actually a trailer for the documentary, $ELLEBRITY, and it roped me in even more. Buzz about this documentary is cruising through the internet as we speak. I urge you to watch it and then read my thoughts.

Since I am a self-diagnosed identified celeb follower, I feel that I may appropriately comment on how I feel about the touchy/toxic love/hate relationship of celebrities and the paparazzi. I will try to bullet out my thoughts so they won’t seem as jumbled as they are in my head.

1. I love celeb gossip as much, if not more, than the next person. Those magazines don’t make it into my arms as I board the plane because I believe what they say just like those two girls from the video (I hope I don’t sound as dumb as they do, but, dang it, I probably do). I’m in it for the pictures showing what people are doing in their everyday lives. Point well made, Trailer. I think my life is boring and I want an outlet to see into the lives of other people that I’m lead to believe have more a more interesting existence.

2. I am still debating on the whole argument behind “celebrities need to get over the paparazzi because that comes with the job.” Yes, being in the public eye is part of their job, but is being hounded part of their job? I understand that when they’re at a sanctioned event, like a charity or an awards show, they should accept the paps. But when they’re out with their kids, that’s a different story. I would go all mama bear on someone that got too close to my (presently fictional) child.

3. Now I know why celebs wear sunglasses at night. It’s not because of the song or because the sun never sets on being awesome. It’s because the flashes from the cameras are so bright they can’t see. Can you imagine how you would be able to see after you emerge from the basement after ending hour 3 on The Sims and someone shone a strobe light in your face? (Don’t ask me how I thought of that question)

4. The #1 of 2 biggest kicker in my gut was when I glimpsed what’s on the other side of these photos.

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It’s not just one or two people tagging along. It’s a ton. In their face. Constantly. And again, when there are kids around, it’s no wonder that we see outbursts from certain celebrities.

5. The #2 of 2 biggest kicker in my gut was hearing that it took Napoleon his lifetime to become famous and it took Charlie Chaplin a month. Or how people think that posting a video to YouTube will make them famous. I detest the Kardashians, but they’re not the only offenders. It sucks to look in the mirror and remember that we’re the ones that are watching their TV shows, perpetuating their infamy fame. If you are going to complain about people like them, make sure that you’re not an active participant in their antics.

I don’t mean to be a preachy, Debbie Downer. Am I going to stop buying gossip magazines or watching reality TV? No, not completely. I mean, yes, I can stop watching reality TV because I don’t have cable, so check that off the list. But I will double take when I feel the urge to buy that magazine or jump over to the number of celebrity news sites I check.

Do you think you consume too much celebrity? Will you watch this documentary when it comes out?

To end on a lighter note, there is a 6th thought.

6. Was anyone else a little Awkward Turtle when they saw Marc and J.Lo interviewed together? Guess there was no re-shoot post-divorce.

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It’s O-s-c-a-r

The nominations are in…as a result, there are so many movies I have to see. Yes, people, we have our Oscar nominations. I greatly appreciated the brevity of the nominees announcement yesterday morning on Good Morning America. It was quick, to the point and afterwards I made my way to work. My only complaint goes out to Jennifer Lawrence’s outfit seen in the video arriba.

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Now before I get too excited about the red carpet arrivals and the actual telecast itself, I have complied a list of the remaining movies I need to see in the Best Picture category. Mostly I like to feel well-informed on all the nominees in that particular category. The boy equivalent to this is watching a football game and not knowing anybody’s name. What’s the point of watching if you don’t feel invested? (This example is actually how a lot of girls feel while watching a football game.)

Here are all the nominated films and my feelings about them (if you care).

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TO SEE: The Artist is a black and white film with French people. When I saw the preview for the first time, my inner movie critic that judges whether or not I will see it was all, “Psh. No thanks.” Time passed and I started to detect a low humming noise in my ear. It was buzz about this movie. I am resolved to see it now, especially after it won a couple Golden Globes and is nominated for 10 Oscars.
 

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SEEN: I feel as though I am missing something in The Descendants. Overall, I came away a little disappointed. Though it leaves out a few things, the trailer pretty much sums up the whole movie. George Clooney won a Golden Globe for his performance so maybe this is proof that I should keep my day job and forego the dim limelight of a professional movie critic.
 

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TO SEE: My Kindle tells me that I am a mere 15% into the book, but I have told myself that I cannot see Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close until it reads 100%. This was a bit of a surprise nomination, but I’m glad it squeaked in there as it looks incredibly promising. Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock are just icing.
 

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SEEN: This is one of the best books I’ve read. I couldn’t put it down and recommended it to anyone that would listen. The Help, as a movie, is a pretty good adaptation of the book. Both mediums are perfect on a lazy afternoon. I would truly like to see it again.
 

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TO SEE: Another sneak attack to my radar, Hugo, appears to be a must-see. It’s directed by Martin Scorsese, so maybe that should have been my tip-off. Though I don’t have any dependents (I’m not even a pet parent), I still want to give this one a shot.
 

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SEEN (& OWN): Good golly this movie was great. Midnight in Paris has quite an ensemble cast, including one of my most faves, Rachel McAdams. Directed by Woody Allen, this takes you on an unexpected journey through Paris, which is just goregous. If you’re a lover of the arts you’re going to eat this one up.
 

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SEEN:  I saw Moneyball with two guys who really liked this movie (kind of a “duh”). I enjoyed myself and thought the producers had a good balance between the actual sport and the drama that surrounded this particular story. I know enough about baseball to understand what’s happening and didn’t feel like this movie excluded me from the audience.
 

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SEEN: This movie…is hard to describe. The Tree of Life is something I think I can one day say I saw. Brad Pitt also stars in this one, as does Jessica Chastain, who co-starred in The Help.  It was very…artsy sci-fi. I can’t really give any other opinion than that because it was rather challenging to follow or discern any concrete plot. So…good luck with it.
 

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SEEN: My roommate and I were the only ones in the theatre for War Horse. It was nice because we could chit-chat while the movie was happening. This is a long one, but overall a worthwhile movie. The intertwining stories during World War I give it a more robust plot line. While it seems like Director Steven Spielberg steered it in a more Disney-like feature, I do enjoy horses.
 
My prediction you didn’t ask for? I think the winner will ultimately be The Artist. Find out by setting your alarm clock for Sunday, February 26 at 7:00 pm ET to watch it all go down. These types of broadcasts are the only times when I am jealous of the Pacific coasters- they don’t have to stay up as late!

Reading vs. Seeing

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There exists an eternal argument about whether or not the book was better than the movie, or vice versa. Teachers constantly warned you to “not see the movie in lieu of reading the book!” Well, maybe they weren’t so eloquent, but the underlying truth is there.

I was never one to risk skipping the actual reading of the book; I was the person that used Sparknotes as a study tool, not as the study material. My overwhelming need to be prepared usually prevented me from cramming the night before. But those days are over. Now reading is just about enjoyment.

My roommate and I decided to read the two above books before the movies debuted. Upon completion, we would “reward” ourselves with a movie date. In my opinion, I Don’t Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson fell short in movie form (although the book was a little drawn out for my liking, but that, as they say, is another story), while The Help by Kathryn Stockett was fulfilling in both versions.

In my brief experience as a reader following books to the silver screen, I have always been hesitant. I end up loving the book and subsequently walking out of the theatre disappointed. Either something was left out or changed entirely and I can never understand why. Some books are more difficult to adapt from book to movie, like IDKHSDI (I just can’t type it out in full again). A lot of that book is an inner monologue. But then the movie cut out a few characters and a few sub-plots. The biggest offender of this kind of “editing” was in The Devil Wears Prada movie (a good read, by the by). Written by Lauren Weisberger, Andy’s boyfriend in the book is Alex. In the movie his name is Nate. Seriously? Why?

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Two book/movie series that did not disappoint were Harry Potter by JK Rowling, and Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (J initials of authors coincidental?). On behalf of all the nerds out there, I extend a big thanks to all parties involved in creating the movies we already adored as books.

After much deliberation and worrying I’m spoiling the book/movie for myself, I end up reading the book before seeing the movie, unless I am unaware of a literary edition (had no idea Forrest Gump was a book first). That seems to be the only option. I don’t believe that one can see the movie and then read the book; no matter what, one usually ends up not doing justice for the other. I refuse to read The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks or P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern or Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. Sorry, but the movies were so wonderful for me that I wouldn’t want to change them in any way.

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Up next, I’m working on finishing The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (did I mention I’m a sucker for hype surrounding books?) (P.S. to all future books, please give up the tagline “the next Harry Potter” because there will never be anything better). This is one scenario that I think the movies are going to be better than the books, or at least I hope so. Great concept, a little lackluster in the delivery.

I’ve been scanning this link trying to think of others books-to-movies: http://www.nextmovie.com/blog/upcoming-book-adaptations/. I’m flirting with a couple, while some of them I’ve already read and may have to re-read pre-movie (I’m looking at you The Host). Unrelated to that list, I want to add Lev Grossman’s The Magicians to my books-just-staying-books list. I just can’t resist a good sci-fi fantasy.

Where do you stand on reading vs. seeing? At present, I don’t know if there is a side to choose. For me, the movie just seems to be the manifestation of the visuals the book provides. The root of the problem is wrestling what you saw in the book with what someone else saw. That other person just happens to be able to put his or her vision to film. If we could all be so lucky…