Category Archives: Film

PSA: Starved for entertainment?

Netflix, the savoir of well, everyone, but especially the Funemployed (once you have the SOAPnet daytime schedule memorized, you realize it might be time to back away from the 90s soap reruns). It has introduced me to Breaking Bad, The West Wing, and Scandal; and helped me relive my girlhood crushes on Pacey Witter and Matt Saracen.

But for those of you aching for more current fare, I’m here to tell you The Hunger Games has now made its way to the streaming site.

This might be old news, I’ve been busy working 14-hour days, but I’ve was pretty excited when I  saw it just now.

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Upward,

S

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smells like marshmallows and promises.

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Back in college, my roommates and I were obsessed with this little show on UPN-turned-CW. It revolved around a spunky, crime-solving blonde who, in the first season, dedicated her life to investigating her best friend Lily’s murder. 

The gal’s name was Veronica Mars. After three seasons of debating Duncan vs. Logan (Logan, obviously), becoming addicted to soundtrack songs (Regina Spektor // Mike Doughty), and trying to wrap our heads around a grown-up Jonathan Taylor Thomas as an undercover FBI agent (okay, that was only one episode), we were all so sad when the show was canceled too soon. But now VERONICA IS BACK, Y’ALL. And in a big, big way.

This morning, Rob Thomas launched the Kickstarter project that sought to fund a feature-length Veronica Mars film. The goal: $2 million dollars. The catch? It had to be raised in 30 days so it could film this summer during star (and lovely human) Kristen Bell’s summer break from her current television show.

And here were are, a mere 11 hours later, and IT’S ALL HAPPENING.

The 22-year-old me FREAKING OUT. Maybe this go ’round V&L can get some more romantic closure. Warner Brothers has resisted making a follow-up film for years. YEARS. They attributed it to expected lack of interest from the fans. But they finally let Rob & crew gage interest by starting this project; offering to distribute the film if the Kickstarter fund could fund the production. I have a feeling this won’t be the last TV-show-that-ended-too-soon movie project we see on the fundraising site.

But don’t let me tell you all about it. Go to the page! Watch the hilarious film! Donate! The more they raise, the better the movie will be.

In the 20 minutes or so since I’ve started this post, the project has raised $75,000 more. Crazy, y’all. Good to know me and my roommates weren’t alone in our fandom. A fandom that drove us to steal borrow for an extended period of time a HUGE bus stop advertisement for the show, which we hung up in our apartment for two years. …That’s a story for another time. And maybe a less public forum.

Upward,

S

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the past few days were a little (Argo)nuts.

These last few days, I’ve found myself over and over and over again telling people how much I’ve enjoyed blogging on this here little site. And then immediately realizing my failure to actually… blog.

Let’s catch up a bit, shall we?

Thursday, I… met a couple of friends I haven’t seen in far too long for lunch.

The summer after my junior year of college, I went on a three-week study abroad trip to Salzburg, Austria. It was a global media literacy course, and the students came from schools all across the world. I met some incredible friends, learned so much about other cultures through wonderful conversations (genrally in the Bierstube over way too many Steigls). Two of those people were I, a fellow U-Maryland student, and A, a fabulous man from Chile. A is now writing soap operas in Santiago, and was sent to our nation’s capital to do some research for an upcoming political drama. Seriously. What a great life.

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After lunch, I decided it was time for a little culture. A had to be in Dupont shortly after so I dropped him off close by at the National Portrait Gallery — of course with the recommendation to relax a while in front of the Great Picture. Then I ventured down to the Mall to meet C at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden.

Everyone had been recommending I check out According to What? An exhibit on Ai Weiwei, a Chinese artist perhaps most famously known as the creative mind behind the Bird’s Nest / Bejiing National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics. It started outside, with a series of bronze sculptures all representing animals from the Chinese Zodiac. The tiger was fierce, y’all.

Inside, you can see the man has a distinct, politically charged voice, and it was interesting to walk through and see his sculptures, photographs, and videos he took around the city. He also controversially painted ancient Han vases with bright colors, and captured himself dropping one of them in a series of three photos — all of which were also on display. Today was its last day at the museum, otherwise I’d definitely encourage you see it

Exhibits around the rest of the museum were also lovely — including a huge glowing golden cube, a floor filled of graphic quotes and words, and a painting called Canuck Yankee Lumberjack. Who knew my dream man was so close by… and made of oil paints?

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The weekend meanwhile has floooown by: Friday was spent having lunch with my parents. No pictures, but a midday meal at Great Falls’ famed Old Brogue is always a true delight. The night ended with buckets of cheap beer and great friends. Saturday, I ventured back out to NoVA for a GORGEOUS bridal shower for one of my best friends, K. Her maid of honor did such an incredible job with decorations, food, and good times; I’m so, so excited to be a part of her wedding in a short 6 weeks!

And now I’m wrapping up the weekend praying for the Oscars to end so I can finally get some sleep. I also made hush puppies — a family favorite, as the Southern treats from Gary’s BBQ are a staple of our family’s summer vacations. I made them in honor of Beasts of the Southern Wild, obviously. I’m pretty proud.

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Hope everyone’s Oscar parties or celebrations were (Argo)nuts! Gotta love Ben Affleck.

Upward,

S

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happy Galentine’s day.

To all my beautiful spinsters and rule-breaking moths (and Parks & Rec fans who understand those references), Happy Galentine’s Day!

My gal, the infamous roommate H, and I are spending this rainy evening seeing an advance screening of the latest Nicholas Sparks novel-turned-cinematic-treasure, Safe Haven.

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Mmmmm…

We got here super early — here’s to being Funemployed …and/or a teacher. The crowd, unsurprisingly, was about 97% female, 3% boyfriend.

Here’s hoping they end up together in the end… and that we all find our Josh Duhamels (and/or Jason Segels).

Upward,

S

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