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Movie Review: Bachelorette

20 Jan

I’m not gonna lie; I’ve been very unproductive with my time lately. School has started but the workload hasn’t kicked off yet, and with my new-found obsession with Adam Scott, I thought, ‘you know what I’m going to do? I’m gonna watch every movie Adam Scott’s been in that’s available on Netflix’. So far I’ve gotten through two, and in order to give me the slightest, false sense of productivity, I’ve decided to write a completely random compilation of my thoughts. Note that I’m in no way an experienced reviewer or have the slightest idea of what I’m talking about.

Via wikipedia.org

The first movie I watched is called Bachelorette, and it has quite an all-star cast backing it up. That doesn’t mean, however, that a film will instantly be fantastic. To give it a straight up, numerical rating, I would say the film is 3/5 stars (and that could even be a bit generous). The movie is set up as a fast-paced adventure; a crazy stupid thing leads to a million other crazy things to keep the plot going quickly, and ideally there’d be enough characterization pieced in that by the end everything has been fleshed out and amazingly delivered.

A brief synopsis is that Becky (Rebel Wilson) is getting married, and her three high school friends are a bit jealous that their ‘fat friend’ is getting married before them. After a small attempt at a Bachelorette party in a hotel room goes awry, the three friends Regan (Kirsten Dunst), Katie (Isla Fisher), and Gena (Lizzy Caplan) get high and accidentally rip the bride’s wedding dress. They then spend their night trying to repair it while occasionally interacting with the men at the groom’s Bachelor’s Party. The movie ends with a relatively saved wedding and new-found, or rekindled, romances for each of the girls.

The plot certainly does keep it going, and a lot of crazy things happen one after another, but that isn’t enough to make the movie fantastic. In the beginning we see the three women not reacting very warmly to Becky getting married soon, and it paints the picture that she in the odd one out in the group of ‘popular girls’, as they were all friends in high school. By the end, there is no development on this; we only ever see a friendship between Regan, the perceived head-b* in charge, and Becky. Becky barely even interacts with her other two so-called friends.

The romances that develop are sweet, but again there isn’t enough characterization to make me feel like they were anything other than rushed. The only one that felt a bit more developed was with Katie, the ‘ditz’ of the group, who doesn’t know how to pursue men in non-sexual ways. The guy who has a crush on her refuses to sleep with her while she was high/drunk, because he wants it to mean something. By the end, she agrees to try a relationship in a genuine manner, and they really do seem sweet together.

The romance between Gena and her ex-high school sweetheart (Adam Scott) is a tad messier. Gena got an abortion when she was younger (he was the father), and they ceased contact because he didn’t go with her to the clinic when she needed him. The big dramatic turning point was just that he admitted he was ‘too sad’ to go with her, and then in a fit of passion they have sex. Then at the wedding he admits that he loves her and wants to be with her, and that is their ‘big happy ending’. I’m sure they had much to discuss off screen about real issues and lingering hurt, but the problem with focusing on too many storylines is that you can’t properly focus on all of them. I’m not saying you have to hand things to your viewers, but that’s also not an excuse to under-develop your character’s stories.

The last romance, with Regan, is the most implied and subtle of the three. She has one relatively deep conversation with a guy who is a complete douchebag for the entire movie, and at the end there is a slight possibility that they will date. The guy (James Marsden’s character) is too much of a jerk for one deep thought to redeem his character, and there was definitely not enough time spent on their relationship for me to really care if they eventually get together.

The girls themselves are reasonably fleshed out, but more as archetypes than three-dimensional people. You’ve got a strong leader, a sarcastic rebel, a ditzy party girl, and a bullied, nice ‘fat girl’. They do each come out of their boxes a little, but again, it wasn’t enough for me. I realize I’ve been focusing more on the characters then the overall story, but I think the characters can make or break a movie.

Don’t get me wrong; Bachelorette is funny at times, but also offensive at times, and slightly over-the-top at times. I do think that the actors and actresses do a great job, but the way the story is framed and written is what detracts from that. Overall, I’d say it’s enjoyable if you don’t want to look too hard into it, as long as you promise to not try and take any life-lessons from it. Or if you want to stare at Adam Scott’s face for the, I’d say, 20 minutes he’s on screen. That’s always a good enough reason.

 

Also I realize that this movie is several years old, but as I said this review is kind of selfish in that it’s just a way for me to process my thoughts rather than attract views. But speaking of views, I hit 30,000 views several months ago and kept forgetting to mention it! I can’t thank my followers and even random passerby’s enough, it really is incredible that people have been reading these random thoughts I’ve been peddling out for nearly three, crazy years now. All my love; thank you thank you thank you.

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One Year Anniversary!

18 Mar

So a couple days ago it was Klaine’s (Kurt and Blaine’s, from Glee) anniversary. Which made me realize that I’ve also had my blog for over a year! Woohoo! So thanks to everyone who’s been reading my posts, whether you’re following me or just stumbling across something that interests you. I’ve had a great time writing things for this blog, and I hope that I’ll be able to keep posting things regularly (:

Speaking of posts, I have one coming today! It’s going to be very awkward and uncomfortable, but that’s the point. See you then!

Darn you Glee, you’ve spoiled me and my stats >_>

By the way, almost 10k views guys! Thanks a bunch!

Honeysuckles?!

3 Nov

Let me tell you two different tales that have nothing to do with one another.

 

As a child, my friend and I would go out in the spring and summer time and find honeysuckles. They would grow along bushes and trees next to our playground. It was so much fun to pick each one individually and see how much honey you could get from each one; as kids, it was very exciting to find a huge blob of honey from time to time. Ever since then I have loved honeysuckles and they are a reminiscent part of my childhood.

Fast forward to my current life; several months ago my mom bought a plant. It was like a mini-tree; it had a huge sturdy stem, large leaves, and not much else. But for a week or so, I’ve been noticing an odd odor through my house; particularly the middle floor. Then one day as I opened the door when my dad came home, it hit me; the plant was flowering! I sniffed and sure enough, that’s where the smell was from! But it wasn’t until just now that I took a closer look at the flowers, which looked vaguely familiar. I looked even closer and got suspicious as an idea began to form in my mind…

Forget eloquence. HOLY AFGJSAHGDH THERE ARE HONEYSUCKLES GROWING ON MY HOUSEPLANT!! You guys have no idea how cool this is; however even I don’t know why I’m getting so excited over it. But you have to realize that every year during the spring, I never stopped being on the look-out for honeysuckles. Whenever I got a whiff of honey, I would literally stop walking home and look near the bushes. One time I tried eating one but the honey blob fell before I could get it 😦

This is like a piece of my childhood coming back. No more looking for honeysuckles, the brief and glorious revisits to those childhood days! I literally have an unlimited supply to them inside my own house! Even as I type this, I realize it’s not that big of a deal…but I got excited so before I could stop myself, this post was born 🙂

 

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed a brief glance into my brain filled with insanity. Please don’t call a therapist.

Napping?

30 Apr

Via sleepzine.com

 This has to be the most insignificant thing I’ve ever discussed.

Yesterday I took a nap. Normally I don’t take naps; I don’t really like them. You wake up and it’s suddenly dark outside, you’re completely disoriented, and very groggy. At least, that’s how I am whenever I take them. And yet for some reason yesterday, I was laying on my bed and reading a book when I just got kind of bored of it, so I turned the lights off and then I fell asleep. As soon as I woke up I took a shower, and it was practically 8 by then. But for some reason, I suddenly felt more productive. I went downstairs straightaway and got all my homework out. I got almost half of my Spanish homework done (although granted, it was only two pages of a workbook) and…well, that’s it. So conclusion? Naps kind of suck, because I couldn’t fall asleep again until 11:30 last night.

Short and sweet post? Maybe too short. Here’s a personal update: AP exam in 2 weeks, no studying has been done so far. Wish me luck, I’m doomed!

Public Speaking

22 Apr

Via greatpublicspeaking.blogspot.com

I terribly hate talking in front of people.

I wasn’t always this way. In elementary school I was fine giving presentations and speeches, and all that. Even in middle school I had no problems; I was shy but never had a problem going up in front of the class. And then one day in English class in ninth grade, I was giving a presentation on a book. I didn’t even have to stand up; I was just sitting. I didn’t really have anything exact prepared, and then it happened: my voice started shaking. It got really bad and awkward and I couldn’t think of anything to say. As I rambled, I realized I hadn’t breathed in a while. I had to stop talking, pause, and take a deep, shaky breath. It felt like every second was dragging by; every moment I wasn’t talking, it was a deathly long silence when in reality it was only 2 or 3 seconds. My cheeks felt like they were getting hotter, and my voice was wavering and wobbling. I ended with a weak ‘and…yeah.’ and so it began. Ever since then, I’ve had the same problem: my voice starts shaking while I’m giving a presentation. It’s led to me having anxiety whenever I’m told we have to present, and nerves days in advance. Sometimes if I know I have to give a presentation soon, I have a hard time sleeping because I become so preoccupied with it. About twice since then, it hasn’t happened to me while I was presenting. I’ve been so relieved every time it doesn’t, but I have no idea how to stop it every other time.

Anyone else inflicted with the agony I have when I know I have to give a presentation? I’d love to hear your stories and how you cope with it. I wish I wasn’t like this, I need to find a way to fix it! Why can’t I go back to how I was before? D:

Brand Names

19 Apr

Via coach.com

That bag pictured above? Yeah, it’s $1,400. It is also made of some poor animal, who was killed just so some rich lady can stuff more expensive things and gadgets into its cleaned up carcass.

What brings people to buy things that they don’t need? I mean, obviously sometimes the high quality of a good is nice, and luxuries never feel bad. But you reach a point where something purchasable goes beyond ‘pampering yourself’ and into ‘you simply do not need this’. It goes back to my post about manicures; people with a lot of money use it in frivolous ways. And like how I mentioned one of my relatives falls victim to that trap, she does to this one too. She buys tons of pointless, expensive things simply because they are brand name items. For my birthday, she gave me a Tiffany’s bracelet. Let me say, of course I appreciate the gift and I do like it. But honestly, I don’t wear much jewelry, and the bracelet is just a boring silver chain with a heart on it (which advertises itself, might I add). Nothing worth $250; it wouldn’t be anywhere near that price if it just hadn’t been made by Tiffany’s.

The same goes for anything. How about clothes? Some plain white shirt, six dollars at Walmart. Make it out of thinner and worse material, put a bird symbol on the top corner, and bam. That Hollister shirt is now 26 bucks. And people don’t care; they lap it up. They’d willingly pay more for the same thing so long as it’s made by a famous company. It’s pretty sad.

It’s equally sad how high name companies use this to their advantage as they squeeze money from willing patrons. They’ll overprice all their items because they know people will pay that much for it.

I can’t really think of a good way to wrap this up; just don’t fall too much into a necessity for brand name items. Sure, they’ll make you feel good; but your wallet isn’t gonna like it.

On a side note, Glee is on today! I’ve been anticipating this for so long; they’ve made me wait more than a month since their last episode! This one better be good >_<

That also makes me consider how long I’ve had this blog; longer than a month, it seems. Wow, that’s crazy. But awesome at the same time since I’m about to hit half a thousand views 🙂 Thanks to all my faithful viewers, I hope to never disappoint you!

No Views?

11 Apr

From wiki-how.com. By waterlily716 on youtube, go watch her amazing videos! Image is link to her channel

So after blogging for a couple weeks, I got more and more views each week and day. The highest was 60 in one day; but then I stopped for only a few days and now I have about 5 views daily. I see that blogging needs constant upkeep, so tomorrow I will be delivering another post to everyone! It will be about curly hair, and the curly girl method. So stay tuned, and maybe you should subscribe so you won’t forget to read it 😉

But as for now, I have a ton of homework which I didn’t do until now. Sigh. So much homework….yet so little views! GAH