Archive for May, 2009

It’s a small World…

May 31, 2009

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I wonder if people have any idea the power their movements have on people and their lives. PostSecret met one of the other movements I strongly believe in this week – TWLOHA

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Ladies of Action!

May 27, 2009

So after watching the season finales of 24 (season 7) and Fringe (season 1) today, I have realised not only that these shows really are two of my favourites on television today, but also that I have three new crushes! Hehe! I have to admit, the leading ladies outshone the guys a million to one this time around!! You have to love TV…

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(Elisha Cuthbert)

How amazing was Kim in the final episode of this season everyone? Out to prove she is not just a pretty face, Bauer not only thwarts attempts at capture, chases after the bad guys, saves the laptop containing all of the season’s secrets from a burning car, but also is set to save her Dad’s life. What would we have done without you?!

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Renee Walker – 24
(Annie Wersching)

The quiet star of the season for me was definitely Agent Walker. You saw through her character almost a parallel to how Jack Bauer started off himself, and how easy it is to make a decision that may save lives, but is technically against protocol and federal rules. After losing half of her squad and being shot in the neck, Walker kept fighting to the end …I truly hope she crops up in the next season!

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Olivia Dunham – Fringe
(Anna Torv)

Maybe I just have a thing for attractive ladies playing FBI agents, or maybe Agent Dunham was really on fire towards the latter parts of this season?! Now as a long time Dawson’s Creek fan, it was quite difficult for me to give anyone other than Joshua ‘Pacey’Jackson (Peter Bishop) my utmost attention. However, somehow Dunham managed to edge her way into my favourites in recent episodes …now I just can’t wait for season 2!!

Love is love

May 26, 2009

I am appalled to hear that California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8 today. For those of you that have not heard of this, P8 is the banning of gay marriage. Last May, the same California court had ruled in favor of gay marriage – a ruling that set off a stampede of same-sex couple seeking to wed before the November vote, and yet yesterday they changed this decision with 52% of the vote. Now being a Brit, I know very little about American politics, but I still can say that this decision is very wrong. The only small positive left from this 360 decision is that the state is at least upholding the 18,000 marriages that took place before the law took effect. At this point however, it seems too little too late to me.

After this (in my opinion) disgusting decision, there are now only 5 states where gay marriage is legal: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine and Vermont.

“Until we realise that love and marriage are a human right not a heterosexual privilege there is no hope for the world.”

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The end is nigh…

May 26, 2009

So the curtain seems to be falling on many of my TV shows at the moment. First there was The L Word, then Sarah Connor, Prison Break, Dollhouse and now 24 and Fringe …what am I going to have left to watch?! However, at least there is some good news: 24, Fringe and (most importantly) Dollhouse are all confirmed for another season, but out of the shows that were not so lucky, here’s a run down of what I thought of their final moments:

The L Word

So here’s the thing, the plots for this show were becoming so appalling, that if I hadn’t known that the sixth season was to be the last ever, I probably would not have bothered watching it. We were teased at the beginning of the season with the one thing that held hope for the show…the promise of Jenny’s demise! Yet, even that beauty is lost in the tangled web of poor story telling that has become this show. I mean, why would you centre a whole season around a ‘who done it’ and then leave the audience at the end, not knowing who or what (my vote is on Sounder – that poor dog!) killed the crazy lady? But then I suppose the important question to ask is – do we really care? In short, the season was a waste of all of our time, and I truly hope that some of the actors can salvage what little now remains of their careers… too harsh? Sadly, no.

Verdict: 4/10

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Prison Break

I’d like to keep this fairly brief, as the final season of arguably one of the clever dramas on television today turned out to be a real disappointment. I truly believe that this show is a perfect example of the money making machine of the television industry at its worst. PB had two great seasons…why did they feel the need for a third? The plot was truly shaky in points, and there were moments that were cringe worthy as the leads slowly became closer and closer to simple caricatures of their former selves. The one positive thing that I will say however, is that the final episode at least redeemed itself a little by having the balls to kill its lead character. Kudos to you! Plus, this means that the show is well and truly left at season 3, with very little hope of any kind of grasping spin off – phew! Let’s leave it while we can still hold onto the good memories that we have…

Verdict: 6.5/10

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Now there are two very good reasons to love this show:

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Now as easy as it is to be judgemental by my saying this, it’s so blatantly true! I mean, to quote Big Bang Theory“Why would Skynet bother to build a petite hot 17 year old killer robot? …Skynet is kinky?”
On the more serious note, I was actually pretty impressed by the way they decided to end the series. I don’t really want to say too much about it for those that are yet to watch it all, but it tried to shake up everything we know about the Terminator franchise and go out on its own terms …which I very much respect.

Verdict: 7/10

Post those secrets!

May 25, 2009

The one that stood out:

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Also, there were two references to redheads this week which you just have to love 😉

Where I Stood

May 20, 2009

I don’t know what I’ve done
Or if I like what I’ve begun
But something told me to run
And honey you know me it’s all or none

There were sounds in my head
Little voices whispering
That I should go and this should end
Oh and I found myself listening

‘Cos I don’t know who I am, who I am without you
All I know is that I should
And I don’t know if I could stand another hand upon you
All I know is that I should
‘Cos she will love you more than I could
She who dares to stand where I stood

See I thought love was black and white
That it was wrong or it was right
But you ain’t leaving without a fight
And I think I am just as torn inside

‘Cos I don’t know who I am, who I am without you
All I know is that I should
And I don’t know if I could stand another hand upon you
All I know is that I should
‘Cos she will love you more than I could
She who dares to stand where I stood

And I won’t be far from where you are if ever you should call
You meant more to me than anyone I ever loved at all
But you taught me how to trust myself and so I say to you
This is what I have to do

‘Cos I don’t know who I am, who I am without you
All I know is that I should
And I don’t know if I could stand another hand upon you
All I know is that I should
‘Cos she will love you more than I could
She who dares to stand where I stood
Oh, she who dares to stand where I stood

~ Missy Higgins

Guess my secrets…

May 18, 2009

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This week, I found PostSecret particularly interesting. Now call me lazy, but I don’t usually look at the typed messages, as I have a tendency stick to the pretty pictured secrets (think of me what you will…). This week however, I noticed that the large written area was from Frank himself, and about the fact that he had been invited to speak at a College graduation. Having graduated not that long ago from University, this speech really hit home, and made me seriously wish I’d had Frank as my guest speaker! Here is what he said…

Twenty years ago, I was sitting among a sea of white folding chairs, just like you are today. I was graduating with my friends from UC Berkeley. I can’t recall who the commencement speaker was that day, or what he or she said. So, in some ways — even though this is the first commencement address I have delivered — I feel very little pressure. But in other ways I feel unprepared and undeserving of this great honor you have given me.

Five years ago I started collecting secrets for an art project I call PostSecret. I invited strangers to write their secrets on postcards and mail them to me, anonymously. Today, I still get about 1,000 every week from all over the world and share them with people on the web and in five PostSecret books.

These secrets can tell a funny story, expose a sexual taboo, describe someone’s most humiliating experience or reveal hidden acts of kindness. Each secret is unique just like a fingerprint. But collectively they remind us how connected we all are with friends, and strangers, and how precious those relationships can be.

From the nearly half-million postcards that have been mailed to me, I brought one example to read to you. This is a postcard that I carry with me every time I travel to talk about PostSecret. Like so many of the secrets, if you truly open yourself up to them at the core there is a kernel of experience or wisdom that we can learn from. This secret reminds me to always treat the people I meet during my frequent travels with the kindness and respect that we all deserve. And once I read you this secret I think you will understand why.

My home address is on the back of the card along with a stamp and a cancelation mark, this postcard was mailed from Seattle Washington. On the front are six RUSH stickers from an airport baggage handler. The secret reads: You called me an idiot so I sent your bags to the wrong destination. WHOOPS, I guess you were right.

In the same spirit as PostSecret, a month ago, I asked each member of your 2009 Class to write down a brief message on a postcard. I didn’t ask for a secret. I asked instead for a response to the following question: What do my classmates, and I, need to hear on Graduation Day?

I did not know what to expect by tapping into your collective wisdom, but I was soon thrilled by the insight, humor, and inspiration I felt in your earnest one-sentence commencement speeches. Here are just a few.

Be wise enough not to be reckless, but brave enough to take great risks.

It’s okay to fail – learn from it and you will succeed.

It’s better to be pissed-off than pissed-on.

These next three all offer solid advice about making the transition from St Mary’s to the real world.

With the increased prevalence of multi-drug resistant bacteria and the increasingly epidemic worldwide outbreak of swine flu, WASH YOUR HANDS . . . RELIGIOUSLY.

In the real world, you must wear shoes.

I know some of us are going to walk off this stage today with no idea about what comes next – embrace it, find something that makes you happy, and follow it wherever it leads.

These last two thoughts mention a part of the St. Mary’s experience that several students wrote about — The St. Mary’s River.

Perfection is something that everyone strives for, yet no one achieves; let the memory of the perfect sunrise over The St. Mary’s River drive your inspirations when you doubt your abilities in the future.

Regardless of where the future takes us, we will still all have one commonality; the river and our time together here.

This final inspirational thought came with a little back-story that I would like to include.

So, I thought of this as I was getting breakfast at 8:30 this morning, after pulling an all-nighter. Yes, an all-nighter on the last night before the last day of classes ever in my undergraduate career. And then, parenthetically, I am still not done with my work, by the way; but I wanted to stop and write this . . .

. . . I might be over the all-nighters in Baltimore Hall, the shower shoes, the no-soap-or-paper-towels-in-the-dispenser, and even the annoying Great Room hours of St. Mary’s College of Maryland; but I will never – EVER be over how each of those circumstances, at this fine institution, allowed me to meet the most fascinating and awesome people I have ever met in my life; I am humbled to call them friends!

I really hope that person was able to finish up and be here. Are you out there? If you are please stand so we can recognize you. [Enthusiastic Applause]

About 100 days ago I visited your special campus for the first time. I had a chance to appreciate the surroundings, the woods, The St. Mary’s River. And I got to know students, professors and staff. During that visit, I asked students if they had a favorite secret they had seen on the PostSecret website. One young woman recalled a secret that she had seen last year. It read: My friend believes they will change the world, and I believe them. She pointed out the classmate she was thinking of. I have forgotten the student’s name, but I believe they are here, right now, sitting in a white chair.

My talk is almost over but before I close, I want to confess one of my secrets. It’s not a happy secret and I have never said it out loud before. . .I have lost contact with all of my college friends from Berkeley.

In all the excitement of this special day, I hope you will not overlook the lasting value of the people you have shared this meaningful journey with. The friends, who decades from now will remember your face and character just as clearly as The St. Mary’s River.

Don’t wait another minute to ask your classmate, professor or campus staff member for that email address, telephone number, or if you are old school like me — mailing address.

Twenty years from today, you probably won’t remember who your commencement speaker was or what he or she said. But I pray that each of you will never lose the important relationships formed in this extraordinary place with the old friends and new, who believe in you, and surround you, now — in white folding chairs.

The opposite of secret…

May 11, 2009

So this weeks PostSecrets all followed the theme of ‘mothers’. Now many would argue that this is a fairly relevant theme seeing as, you know, mothers – everyone has one… For some reason however they just didn’t inspire me in any way. I don’t have any grudges with my Mum and yet I don’t really feel the need to shout her praises from the rooftop either. I finally looked through the selection again today however, and decided that there is one that reminds me of an aspect of my life – just replace the word Mom with Dad, school with work, and it’s me!

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Forever…

May 6, 2009

We thought we had it all
We thought we’d go unscathed
We thought our love
Would border on infinity

We thought that we were free
The world would disappear
We left ourselves wide open
And we had no fear

But forever came and went
Forever stumbled through
Forever had poor sense of time
And made a mess of me and you

Forever had us fooled
We fell for it again
Now time is standing still
Forever

Lying next to you
But you’re already gone
Too much has been said
And it can’t be undone

It’s so hard to comprehend
When ashes fade to dust
I touch your water
And the iron turns to dust

So forever came and went
Forever stumbled through
Forever had poor sense of time
And made a mess of me and you

Forever had us fooled
We fell for it again
Now time is standing still
Forever came and went

We thought it had it all
We thought we’d go unscathed
We thought our love
Would border on infinity

Forever was a shame
Stole a little piece of us
To live up to it’s name
Was really just too much

Forever came and went
Forever stumbled through
Forever had poor sense of time
And made a mess of me and you

Forever came and went
Forever stumbled through
Forever had poor sense of time
And made a mess of me and you

Forever had us fooled
We fell for it again
Now time is standing still
Forever came and went

(Forever, forever, forever)
Oh, I thought we had it all
(Forever, forever, forever)
Oh, oh, oh

I thought we had it all
(Forever, forever)
Every day ’til the end
(Forever, forever, forever)
(Forever)
You and me, oh, oh

~ Idina Menzel – Forever

Girl on film!

May 6, 2009

So, working in a cinema has one definite advantage for a film buff – free films! In ode to this fact, here is a mini kinda review on all the magic motion pictures I managed to see in April (and one that was May not April, but was too good to leave out…!).

Knowing
Ok, a big budget, end of the world thriller starring Nicolas Cage. Any good..? Well, it was ok. In the end though, it wasn’t quite the running through fire, ‘I’m going to save the world’ performance I was expecting to come Cage’s way. In a nut shell, the film can be summed up by saying – Noah’s Ark, with Aliens. Think about it, you know it makes sense…

Monsters vs Aliens
The latest brainchild of Dreamworks sees a team of monsters try and hold back an evil alien horde from planetary domination …in 3D! What more could you ask for? I was expecting alot from this film, and let me tell you, it delivered! Forget being a movie for kids, this film was smart, funny and at times surprisingly topical and observant. If you are yet to see this film, and you are an animation fan, please make the effort to watch this one …it is worth it!

The Haunting in Connecticut
For ‘just another haunted house’ movie, this one was actually pretty good. There is a decent story line (for once), and despite some of the horror scenes being more than a little obvious (why pick the creepy basement to be you’re bedroom?!), this one did give me more than a few scares. It’s definitely one to watch with a group of friends …you can mock each other as you jump and squeal!

17 Again
I know what you’re thinking! “Really Laura, why did you let yourself get sucked into seeing such an abomination of a teen flick?”  Well..to be honest with you, I wanted to see how they explained going from looking like Zac Efronin High School to Matt Perry as a 40 something. Turns out, quite believably. All in all, you know how the story is going to go. Perry is a washed up divorcee who has zero relationship withhis kids, whack him into the body of a 17 year old for a while, and boom, an hour and a half later all is well with the world and not only does he have his kids respect, but also his wife back. Granted there were a few pretty decent moments in this film (and no I’m not including Efron and his sweaty body), but it’s not exactly one to rush out for.

Fast & Furious 4
Surprisingly, I actually liked this one! Now I’m not a huge fan of the F&F franchise (I only own the first one due to the appearance of the beautiful Jordana Brewster), so when I heard the 4th installment would have the original cast returning, I was all for it. To be fair, the film didn’t really dissapoint, because it was exactly what I was expecting – cars, women, cars, Vin Diesel withhis top off, cars… If you like the others, it’s more than worth a watch, if not, then I can’t imagine it being your cup of tea. I guess I also have a soft spot for this one ’cause I kinda saw it on a date …Brewster probably stole the limelight off of that mind! Hehe!

State of Play
Now this one was really a jewel in the bunch. It’s a look into how journalists can uncover stories better than the police can unravel them. Starring Russell Crowe (as the lead reporter), Ben Affleck (as the corrupt politician), Rachel McAdams (as Crowe’s HOTco-reporter) and Helen Mirren (as the newspaper editor and chief), this thriller really does keep you guessing right up until the end. It’s a difficult one to review actually without giving too much away, but trust me, it really is one to watch, and I’ll be surprised if you’re not a little shocked by the ending!

I Love You Man
Is there much to say about this film? Truth to be told…probably not. Paul Rudd’s character has no male friends, is getting married, and so needs to find a best man. In steps Rob Huebel (this man is a genius), to teach him the ways of being a duuude. You could guess how the story will go from those two sentences I’m sure, but it did have some truly laugh-out-loud moments, and is definitely one to rent …or pick up in the bargain bin in a years time!

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Well, well, well, now we’re getting onto the big ones! This film had been long awaited for me, and I have to say, for the most part – it lived up to my hype. Jackman was amazing, Schreiber was scene stealing, and the supporting cast were fantastic (big thumbs up to Ryan Reynolds!). The use of most of the mutant extras was brilliant – loving Gambit esp, and the plot line was all I’d hoped. There was of course one small problem, and all the X-Men fans out there know what I’m talking about …Deadpool. I don’t want to rant too much as many of you will probably just switch off, but they ruined him – complete character assassination. End of. To end on a jolly note – otherwise…it was rather splendid.

Star Trek
Drum-roll please ladies and gents, for this truly is the big one of the year (…or until Harry Potter comes out anyways!)! To be honest with you, I always feel that when films are built up too much by someone, then you are naturally inclined to feel let down when you watch them. For this reason I have to be very careful about what I say for this film, as I don’t want to make anyone feel like this film is less than what I say it is. Oh screw it! IT’S IMMENSE!! Go see this film! Best thing since …sliced bread ..or you know, something equally amazing! Star Trek rules …and I’m not even a Trekkie – go figure!