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Friday Fun! (Irene Update aka Help Out Vermont)

September 2, 2011 2 comments

Hello my lovely readers!  What a busy week it’s been.  There’s just always something to do in Boston, and I love it. 🙂

Hurricane Irene got downgraded to a tropical storm before hitting us.  Boston didn’t fare too badly with mostly downed trees/branches/billboards, etc…  The worst was loss of power for some.  I was not one of them.  As of this morning there were still people without power in Mass though.

However, I’m going to get serious for a moment and talk about my home state of Vermont.  Vermont is a very wet state.  It’s full of official wetlands and rivers, which means when a lot of rain hits, it doesn’t have anywhere to go.  Vermont suffered horrible damages from Irene with entire villages cut off from assistance for days due to washed out roads.  Vermont’s a rural state so farmers lost crops as well.  Even worse, Vermont depends a lot on tourism and some of the historic covered bridges were washed away.  Thankfully everyone in my family is fine, but I really feel for the Vermonters.  Since I grew up there, I know that a lot of the people there are poor, working class folks who will really struggle to recover from such a travesty.  If you have any spare change and have ever found my blog useful or amusing or a light in your day, I’d really appreciate it if you’d help with the relief efforts in my home state.  Many options may be found here.

My week was busy full of friends and karaoke and gym and general other awesomeness.  This weekend is a three day weekend, and I’m super excited!  I’ll just be in town with my girls being generally epic.

Happy weekends!

Friday Fun! (People Who Have Fevers Probably Shouldn’t Blog But I’m Going To Anyway)

August 26, 2011 2 comments

Hello my lovely readers!  Goodness, it’s a good thing I had posts queued up and scheduled as I seem to have dropped off the face of the planet the last couple of days with a random high fever and sore throat.  Not sure what that’s all about.  Planning to apply whiskey and soup to it tonight.

Also this seems to be weird weather week here in Boston what with the tremors from the DC earthquake shaking our high rises and Hurricane Irene supposedly arriving Sunday.  I get slightly irrationally excited over storms.  This is quite possibly because they were one of the more exciting events around when I was growing up in Vermont.  In any case, when the weathermen and the media are all “SHIT’S ABOUT TO GET REAL” and then it doesn’t, I get majorly disappointed.

*shakes fist at sky* You promised me loss of electricity and storms and rain slamming into my window and comforting my kitten and hiding under a blanket with my kindle and secretly laughing at my new-found right to eat everything in my fridge before it goes bad!

Yeah.  Girlfriend has a tendency to get irritated when instead of that everything is sunny and normal.  Although I suppose I still could hide under the blanket with my kindle and kitty.

In any case, my preparation for  Irene is going to consist entirely of acquiring alcohol and a flashlight since I don’t own one.

Side-note: if anyone knows any sore throat cures I would massively appreciate it.  It hurts to talk.

I think it is still obvious I have a fever.

Oh!  Also, fellow east coasters, what’re your hurricane preps consisting of?  My work has already hid all of our picnic tables somewhere.

Movie Review: Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963)

Man handing heart-shaped key to a woman.Summary:
Robin is a sensible college student who firmly believes a successful marriage is about the science, not the emotions.  She convinces her boyfriend David, who just wants to get married already, that they should live together without sleeping together first to see if they are emotionally compatible.  Her aunt is not only her college professor, but also a recent divorcee, and Robin and David move into her old apartment.  Unbeknownst to them, Aunt Irene moved out due to a messy break-up with the lecherous landlord, Hogan, who lives across the hall.  Hogan is determined to craftily break up the couple so he can sleep with Robin himself, and David and Robin struggle to determine the right way to have a modern relationship.

Review:
Some in the modern audience would find the entire concept of this movie too laughable to be viewable, but if you’re aware of the situation of the sexes in the late 1950s and early 1960s, it was actually quite a progressive movie for the time period.  Divorce is acknowledged via Robin’s aunt, Irene, and she is not demonized as a slimy divorcee.  She is a woman who has learned that relationships are not always simple, but also what is important to bring to them.  In fact, she gives the climactic speech of the film about relationships.  Then there’s the fact that Robin’s and David’s sexual feelings are acknowledge, and David even questions how much it would actually hurt their future together if they were to sleep together before getting married.  Robin worries that young people are rushing into marriages due to “glandular urges.”  These are quite sensible concerns voiced in a climate in which “proper” people did not engage in premarital sexual relationships, and the characters’ feelings are actually highly relatable.

Of course, the film is not entirely a serious one.  It address what was then a modern concern under the guise of slapstick.  It also utilizes one of my favorite comedy techniques wherein one room has multiple doors and windows, and the characters come and go either just missing each other or only briefly encountering each other.  One particularly delightful scene features a drunk Robin reciting e. e. cummings in an attempt to seduce David.  If any of these types of humor are favorites of yours, you will find yourself laughing at this movie.

I should also mention that this film features Jack Lemmon in an early role, as well as Dean Jones, who frequently does push-ups.  Talk about your old-time eye candy.  It also has an opening sequence, used frequently in 1960s movies, wherein a young lady and man dance around to a song written for the film together.  It’s cute and really sets the tone for the movie.

Also, cat lovers should be aware that there is a cat in this movie who plays a rather important role both to the plot and the slapstick humor.  I love how older movies insert cats into the storylines in a way in which modern films just don’t anymore.  Cats weren’t the props to crazy cat lady jokes.  They were part of the story.

If you enjoy old movies, the questioning of society’s sexual mores, or slapstick humor, you will definitely enjoy this film.

4 out of 5 stars

Source: Netflix

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Movie Review: Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law dressed in 19th century period costume.Summary:
Detective Sherlock Holmes’ faithful companion, Dr. Watson, is retiring from solving cases to settle down with his soon-to-be fiancee, Mary.  He just needs to finish up one last case.  Lord Blackwell murdered five young women in occult ceremonies.  Watson pronounces him dead at his hanging, but then he seems to come back to life.  Watson and Holmes spring into action to solve the case, but things become more complicated when Holmes’ ex-girlfriend, Irene, shows up.

Review:
I’d be hard-pressed to not enjoy a movie Robert Downey Jr. is in, particularly one in which he does a bunch of fist-fighting.  Toss in Jude Law, and you’d have to do an awful lot wrong for me to not enjoy sitting through the movie.  When the mystery first came up, I found myself rolling my eyes at yet another Illuminati plot point.  However, the resolution of the mystery made the entire story worth-while.  It was actually a surprise and yet all still managed to make sense.

The feel of the movie reminded me a bit of Moulin Rouge, minus the music parts.  So if you enjoy that sort of tongue-in-cheek period piece, you’ll enjoy the feel of this movie.

The only part of the film I really didn’t enjoy was the bit about Irene.  It wasn’t explained well at all.  I couldn’t understand her character’s motivation or really exactly what was going on with her at all.  I like Rachel McAdams, but I felt that her appearance in this story was simply jarring.

That said, Sherlock Holmes is an enjoyable period piece romp with a brain-tingling mystery attached.  If you enjoy mystery or period pieces with wit, you will enjoy this film.

4 out of 5 stars

Source: Netflix

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