Movies: Adventureland

The downside to being a movie buff is that the more you watch, the harder you become to please. I’ve been pretty disappointed with most of the movies I’ve seen lately, aside from a couple good documentaries. Adventureland is the only thing I’ve seen in a while that I would actually watch again. And that’s saying a lot for me, because there are some movies I’ve seen so many times I can quote them from beginning to end — accents included. This is also a significant statement due to the presence of Kristin Stewart.

It’s not really that I don’t like her. I think she seems like a cool person, and I would not mind hanging out and having a beer with her. Wait, she’s probably not old enough to have a beer. Anyway, I just feel like her acting is the same in everything. I guess that could be said about a lot of Hollywood celebrities nowadays. I suppose that is part of their marketability. I actually didn’t mind her in this because there were enough other good characters to prevent her from being the sole focus for two hours. She is definitely better as part of an “ensemble cast” rather than STAR!  I love Jesse Eisenberg — he is definitely the kind of nerdy-yet-adorable boy I would have had a crush on back in the day. And his acting is not half bad either.

Besides the fact that it’s set in the 1980s (and that’s pretty entertaining in itself), what I really loved about this movie is the period in life that it highlights — the time when you are just killing time due to unforeseen circumstances preventing you from progressing to the next phase, and trying to enjoy yourself while also feeling like you have no idea what the hell you’re doing, and you’re  into Lou Reed when the rest of the world is obsessed with WHAM! I’m not sure everyone goes through that stage in life. But it’s definitely something that I identify with. In fact, I would say I feel like that most of the time. Just trying to figure things out.

Two thumbs up. And great soundtrack.


Random Survey

Tough Questions.

If you were paid a million dollars to spend the night in a supposed haunted house, would you do it?

If you could trade places with any person living or dead, who would you trade places with?
Reese Witherspoon. Although I could probably answer that differently on a daily basis.

If you could shorten your life expectancy by 10 years to become more attractive, would you do it?

Whom do you admire and why?
I admire people who are full of positive energy, kindness, and humility, who are nonjudgmental and a bit unconventional. People who are able to accomplish great things without having a meltdown before they get there.

What was your favorite bedtime story as a child?
Alexander and the Magic Mouse by Martha Sanders. “The Old Lady, her Magical Mouse, a Brindle London Squatting Cat, a Yak, and Alexander, the smiling alligator, lived together on a hill without any friends until the thirty-day rain endangered the town below them.”

You’re walking down the street. You come across a burning building. A woman says her baby is trapped inside. What would you do?
Find out if the fire department had already been called. If not, call them. If so, try to keep the mother calm until they got there.

If you could choose the future profession of your son or daughter, would you?

What was your best experience on drugs or alcohol?
Feeling like the universe allowed me to exist in a bubble of happiness and euphoria for a few hours, with a complete lack of insecurity or sadness.

What was your worst experience on drugs or alcohol?
Going to the emergency room with a friend who was having a panic attack.

As your walking down the street you find a suitcase full of money sitting next to a parked car, would you take it?
Probably so. I might not keep it, but yeah, I would take it.

If you found that a close friend has AIDS, would you still hang out with them?

In front of you are 10 pistols, 5 of which are loaded. If you survive you’d receive 100 million dollars. Would you be willing to place one to your head and pull the trigger?
Probably not.

Do you believe in ghosts, werewolves or vampires?
I believe in ghosts…or at least a form of existence in some other dimension that we sometimes encounter. As for things like werewolves and vampires…doesn’t seem likely, but a lot of things don’t. I’d say possible but not probable.

If you could live forever, would you want to?
Dear God, no.

Which fictional movie character most resembles who you are?
Tie between Bridget Jones and Nora Wilder in “Broken English.”

If you could go back in time, which time period would you visit?
Early 1800s.

If they were to televise a live execution, would you watch it?
No, and I don’t get people who would answer yes to that question.

If you could be the president of the USA, would you be willing to do it?

If you could choose the sex of your unborn child, would you want to?
Not really.

Would you rather live longer or be wealthy?
Give me the money now and a year to travel with it, and we can call it a day.

Good Lyrics: Bob Dylan

Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
by Bob Dylan

It ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
If’in you don’t know by now
An’ it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
It’ll never do some how.
When your rooster crows at the break of dawn
Look out your window and I’ll be gone
You’re the reason I’m trav’lin’ on
Don’t think twice, it’s all right

It ain’t no use in turnin’ on your light, babe
That light I never knowed
An’ it ain’t no use in turnin’ on your light, babe
I’m on the dark side of the road
but I wish there was somethin’ you would do or say
To try and make me change my mind and stay
We never did too much talkin’ anyway
So don’t think twice, it’s all right

It ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal
Like you never done before
It ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal
I can’t hear you any more
I’m a-thinkin’ and a-wond’rin’ walkin’ down the road
I once loved a woman, a child I’m told
I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul
But don’t think twice, it’s all right

So long, Honey Babe
Where I’m bound, I can’t tell
But Goodbye’s too good a word, babe
So I’ll just say fare thee well
I ain’t sayin’ you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don’t mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But don’t think twice, it’s all right


Favorite Passages: Love Heroin


I find this passage from Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert quite hilarious:

“Addiction is the hallmark of every infatuation-based loved story. It all begins when the object of your adoration bestows upon you a heady, hallucinogenic dose of something you never even dared to admit that you wanted — an emotional speedball, perhaps, of thunderous love and roiling excitement. Soon you start craving that intense attention, with the hungry obsession of any junkie. When the drug is withheld, you promptly turn sick, crazy, and depleted (not to mention resentful of the dealer who encouraged this addiction in the first place but who now refuses to pony up the good stuff anymore — despite the fact that you know he has it hidden somewhere, goddamn it, because he used to give it to you for free). Next stage finds you skinny and shaking in a corner, certain only that you would sell your soul or rob your neighbors just to have that thing one more time. Meanwhile, the object of your adoration has now become repulsed by you. He looks at you like you’re someone he’s never met before, much less someone he once loved with high passion. The irony is, you can hardly blame him. I mean, check yourself out. You’re a pathetic mess, unrecognizable even to your own eyes.

So that’s it. You have now reached infatuation’s final destination — the complete and merciless devaluation of self.”


Tasty Tuesday: Pumpkin Cheesecake


The perfect dessert for fall. So much better than plain cheesecake or plain pumpkin pie. And super easy to make. I make this almost every Thanksgiving. My family always requests it now. The first time I ever met Robbie’s family was for Thanksgiving a few years ago, and I made this the day before traveling to north Alabama. It made the trip just fine, and his whole family thought I was amazing. They had never heard of pumpkin cheesecake before. His granddad didn’t talk the entire time I was there, except to say my cheesecake was really good. 🙂

Pumpkin Cheesecake

16 oz Cream cheese; softened
16 oz Pumpkin puree
5 Eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Frangelico liqueur (optional)
3/4 tsp Cinnamon, ground
1/2 tsp Ginger, ground
1/4 tsp Nutmeg, ground
1/8 tsp Cloves, ground
1 tsp Vanilla extract

Beat everything together. Pour into graham cracker pie crust. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes.


Good Lyrics: Jimi Hendrix


Wind Cries Mary
by Jimi Hendrix

After all the jacks are in their boxes
And the clowns have all gone to bed
You can hear happiness staggering on down the street
Footprints dressed in red
And the wind whispers Mary

A broom is drearily sweeping
Up the broken pieces of yesterday’s life
Somewhere a queen is weeping
Somewhere a king has no wife
And the wind, it cries Mary

The traffic lights they turn up blue tomorrow
And shine their emptiness down on my bed
The tiny island sags downstream
‘Cause the life that lived is, is dead
And the wind screams Mary

Will the wind ever remember
The names it has blown in the past
And with his crutch, it’s old age, and it’s wisdom
It whispers no, this will be the last
And the wind cries Mary


I Don’t Get It…


More disturbing to me than the existence of adult dodgeball leagues is that there are people in the world made happy by this fact. I…just don’t get it.


Musical Monday: Funkadelic


I haven’t done a Musical Monday post in a while, because I’ve been stuck on a rotation of Phish-Reggae-Phish-Reggae-Phish. But I recently discovered the 1971 album Maggot Brain by Funkadelic, and I’m seriously digging it! George Clinton always makes me smile, and this album made Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Albums of all time list. Not that they know everything, but sometimes they get it right!


Books: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle


Just finished over the weekend. Highly recommended! Normally I’m not all that impressed with Oprah’s taste in literature, but this was a good pick.

Read the NY Times review here.