Weekend Diversions: Flying Cars, Werewolf Pop Stars, Photshopped Beauties & John Mayer Entertaining on TV

It’s a car it’s a plane, it’s… a Terrafugia? Apparently we are a lot closer to the world’s first flying car than I would have anticipated – just watch the video below for more information and see this bad-assed vehicle in action – it’s pretty great.

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Speaking of nothing related to flying cars, apparently Vanessa Hudgens really wants to be in the next Twilight movie, New Moon. Hudgens auditioned for the part of Leah Clearwater – can anybody see her in this role? This might be mean to say, but she seems maybe too pretty to be Leah – or maybe cute and bubbly is the right phrase? Either way, I don’t personally see it, but it would add another big name to the cast, which isn’t a terrible thing for a teen flick. I just hope people realize that New Moon is not a funny, cheesy romantic comedy at all – at least, I don’t remember it being that way, but maybe I’m wrong. ::shrugs:: Wouldn’t be the first time.

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Has anybody else seen these ads that were “adbusted” in a Subway in Berlin? I think these are pretty terrific:

Gizmodo comments:

“Messing with ads in subways is becoming an artform, but this “Photoshopping” of ads in Berlin takes things to the next level by creating a Photoshop interface with stickers. This is pitch-perfect adbusting right here.”

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Okay one last thing – some of you may have heard rumors about John Mayer getting his own tv show gig awhile back – well according to this article on People.com, it looks like the rumors are true. Johnny is going to have his own variety show on CBS with the goal to simply entertain people by using music to communicate and engage the audience. Whether the CBS project will evolve into a series or will be a one-time broadcast remains to be seen. Personally, I’ll take any opportunity to add more John Mayer to my day – I think he is truly an entertainer and that this could be awesome.

Subject Lines Are Boring

My blog is boring. I was flitting through the first page of my blog, looking back on the last handful of posts and I almost yawned from sheer boredom. Of course, I kind of want to yawn from the sheer boredom of my life. If my life today were a blog post it would read:

  • Only did 3 loads of laundry today, hurray!
  • Got those pictures printed, now to assemble frames and wrap
  • My son’s poop makes me want to vomit now that morning sickness is here in full force.
  • What good is it to take vitamins to ease morning sickness, when I puke them up?
  • Do the calories still count when I can’t seem to keep them in my body? Should I eat a second breakfast?

I know you are all totally riveted by that. The snow has stopped but now we have cold, cold, cold to make ice, ice, ice and WIND to blow everything around and F with our visibility. So I’m all worried about dh’s morning and evening commutes for the next two days until the weather warms up a bit. I need more things to worry about. Yesterday, in a fit of selfishness, I made my husband and two year old watch Gone With The Wind with me, which you know, they just loved. MM kept whining, “Can we turn it off?” “I wanna watch George,” and I was all, “Bite me – I’m watching a movie!” or something. I think dh actually started to like it, but towards the end when all Scarlett’s children and friends and family have died horrible deaths, he was like, “Why did YOU want to watch this again?” because you know how I feel about books, movies, and tv shows where a family member dies – I should be banned. I bawled like a baby and then said, “BECAUSE IT’S GOOD!!!” or something. Then we watched Extreme Home Makeover for a slightly more optimistic end to the evening. (And to be fair, I watch MM’s tv shows and movies on repeat 24/7 every day for like forever, I think I deserved 4 hours of me time).

So once again I’ve written the world’s most boring post because John Mayer isn’t being scandalous enough and all my tv shows are in reruns and although Christmas and my birthday are mere days away and we’re having friends over tonight who moved out of state and we’re super stoked to see them tonight / I’m super excited to eat pizza tonight that I don’t have to cook, today – right now, it’s just laundry and puking and gift wrapping to attend to if MM naps today. And snow. And boring. Remind me when it gets above 30 to play in the snow if it hasn’t all melted yet just to spite me.

The End.

Aloha Friday: Christmas Movies

It’s time for another Aloha Friday, the day that you take it easy and look forward to the weekend, in Hawaii and blogland anyway. As you should know by now, over at An Island Life, Kailani decided that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting and ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life’s blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

So I decided that it would be fun to rent a couple Christmas-themed movies every week and watch them on Friday nights, as a cheesy way to celebrate the season and also to expand my repertoire of Christmas movies – Each week I’m planning to rent one aimed for kids to watch with my son and another more grown up movie to watch with dh. So my question this week is:

What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

Movie Madness: Twilight (the Cliff Note’s version?)

Has anyone seen the Veggie Tales dvd, Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry? In the beginning of the movie Larry goes to his book club where they are talking about Huckleberry Finn. It is discovered that the whole group has been reading the “Norm’s Notes” version of the books for their club and to be honest are more interested in the desserts they’ve brought for the meeting. A pretty typical description of a lot of book clubs, I think, not discluding my own. Except that I’d never read the Cliff’s Notes version of a book, unless of course it was for a college course. That’s different. But a book that was meant to be read for pleasure? Nobody wants the condensed version, as we all know it will not be able to contain all of the genuine emotions and delicate plot details that we know and love in the full version. It won’t have the true essence of the story.

This is the problem with movies based off books. It’s no surprise – we’ve seen a million of them, going in anxious and optimistic, leaving with a grumble of complaint about the butchering of an amazing work of fiction, and how could they leave this out and really what were they thinking and will they ever learn?

It would appear not. Now I understand that movies can only be so long – that the book Twilight for instance is not a short book, even if many of us devoured it in one sitting – it’s an experience – things take time in this book, as Meyer’s carefully constructs each detail working hard to not make Bella’s love story seem trite or typical and prone to the fleeting feelings of most high school girls. This story is different and it’s complex and heavy – and it’s a story about so much more than Edward and Bella – it’s a legendary vampire history, with amazing new twists on an old favorite genre – it’s about the inner workings of the mind of Bella, who was never an ordinary teenager in the clichéd sense. It’s about what a person becomes when they can live forever. It’s about family dynamics, small town dynamics, small town high school dynamics and on and on and on with rich characters that we grow to care about – each and every one – even Jessica and Mike Newton.

But this movie? I don’t want to insult the good work of many actors and actresses, but could this script have been any more fast paced? In one second Bella has just arrived and she’s easing into her new school and questioning her body odor (I’ll admit that scene was funny and brilliant) – and in practically the next scene she’s confessing love to Edward. And while their love story was not necessarily a long one per say, it was not that quick and we all know it (we who read the books). We know what an agonizingly long process this was for Bella and the movie seems to make light of that which irked me. All of the so true feelings of Edward and Bella seem almost mocked as if to say, “Don’t worry, no one is taking this serious.”

And while I don’t mind laughing at some of it, this movie seemed to be laughing at all of it – and rushing through the story in a very cliff notes fashion. You get the basic plot with very little of the essence. It felt very forced to me and I don’t think anyone was given a chance to do their characters and stories justice. Which is unfortunate, because every now and then when they slowed down a bit, I saw some beauty in this story come to life – the baseball scene was so absolutely stunning and well done that it literally blew me away. The Cullen’s house was more beautiful than even I had imagined it – so beautiful that my husband practically drooled on my shoulder and now we both want to live in Forks if only for that house, those mountains… That scene with Edward catching the apple was so brilliant and well done that I’m still visualizing it as I type this. The vampiric actions were deliciously fun to watch, even the bad guys, maybe especially the bad guys.

So I’m not saying I hated it – it would be hard to hate anything related to Twilight – and some small parts I really really loved. But a lot of it… felt… like how people see Twilight from the outside looking in, which I found very sad. I hope Stephenie Meyers likes this movie as it’s her baby really at the end of the day – her vision come to life. I’m just a fan who saw many things differently and was disappointed with how rushed and chopped a lot of (most of) the book was. I thought Bella and Edward were played well, but really neither were exactly how I picture them – the only person who was perfect, like spot on brilliantly perfect was Alice, who had maybe five lines in the movie sadly.

I feel like I might regret saying this, but I do hope they make movies for the other books, because as disappointed as I was, I enjoyed parts of it and it got me craving the rest of the story, wanting to see more – the amazing stuff to come in the next books that I had to use so much restraint to keep from blabbering to my husband about. And really this series got better with age, maybe the movies would, too? Or maybe each movie would leave me saying, “When will enough be enough? When will I learn?”

Grade: C

So did you see the movie? Did you like it?

Give Me 5 Monday @ The Movies

Another cute meme my bestie @ Red Knows How stumbled across. It’s Called Give Me 5 Monday and it’s hosted @ Becca’s Buzz. This week’s theme is: movies!

Give Me Five recent movies you’ve rented.

According to ye old Netflix queue, that would be…

  1. Cinderelmo: I’d give this movie 4 stars. MM liked it a lot and despite being the world’s cheesiest movie ever, it wasn’t terribly annoying. And Keri Russell was in it! Love her!
  2. Batman Forever: FIVE STARS easily. We’re smack dab in the middle of an ongoing Batman marathon. So far this has been our favorite Batman Movie, with the newest one, The Dark Knight being the exception, but let’s face it, that was The Joker: The Movie and not really a Batman movie…
  3. Iron Man (we got this from Red Box but I remember we got it recently): I’d also give this 5 stars. I really didn’t think I’d like it at all, but it was so good, honestly one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time and I like a lot of movies, so that’s saying something.
  4. Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: 4 Stars. This movie was not even a little bit what I expected and for about 10 minutes I was seriously ticked off, but man they made it work. I really loved it in the end.
  5. You Don’t Mess With the Zohan: 3.5 stars. In some ways I’d tell you this movie was awful. It was also wonderful and brilliant. It’s mindless comedy at it’s best but it’s also Adam Sandler and HE’S the best! I love the whole point of the movie, the whole idea that nations should be able to get along and coexist, especially in America where that’s supposedly the whole point.

What movies have you rented recently?

BTT: A Couple Of My Favorite Couples

This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:

Name a favorite literary couple and tell me why they are a favorite. If you cannot choose just one, that is okay too. Name as many as you like–sometimes narrowing down a list can be extremely difficult and painful. Or maybe that’s just me.

Well obviously I have a couple of couples in mind. The first which comes to mind is Scarlett & Rhett from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind:

They are like my classic favorite. Their love is absurd and messy and real. They aren’t perfect, they don’t get it right, but it doesn’t make their love any less intense and brilliant and wonderful. The other favorite from classics would be Lizzy Bennet and the infamous Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice:

It takes these two a while to realize they are perfect for each other but the chemistry is obvious. Two people so similar but in varying ways, you can see how it took them so long to get their acts together but gah.

A less classic literary “couple” I adore would be the couple-triangle of Stephanie Plum, Joe Morelli & Ranger in Janet Evanovich’s Plum series. Their love story never gets old, thank goodness. Fourteen books in and I’m still hooked on them, still unsure myself which “bad” boy Stephanie should end up with although I think we all know… It’s just the other one is so…

Who are your favorite literary couples?