Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
- (Obviously) Alexis Denisof appears in Buffy, Angel and HIMYM.
- Alexis Denisof is married (and having a baby!) with Alyson Hannigan, who played Willow in Buffy and plays Lily on HIMYM.
- Alexis Denisof and Alyson Hannigan are godparents to Joss Whedon's son. Whedon created Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Dollhouse.
-Neil Patrick Harris plays Barney on HIMYM and played the title character in Doctor Horrible, Whedon's made-for-the-web musical.
-Amy Acker was a regular on Angel (And the last season of Alias. Not relevant, but just saying), guest starred on HIMYM, and is now a cast member of Whedon's new series Dollhouse.
-John Cho, who guest starred on HIMYM, played Harold in the Harold and Kumar movies, which also featured Neil Patrick Harris. And Kal Penn, who played Kumar, had a small role in a season four episode of Buffy.
And I'm out of connections.....for now. Mainly, because I'm too lazy to do any internet research.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
A Superman moment with my Comme des Garcons "Play" t-shirt (Which I am obliged to point out, I did not get at full price. Not at that $120 t-shirt stage of my life quite yet). Just one of the many things that I have in common with Kanye West. Others include: an off-key singing voice, an appreciation of Takashi Murakami, and a blog that we both update regularly. Oh, wait. That whole thing.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
"When I read it I was convinced Stephenie was convinced she was Bella and it was like it was a book that wasn't supposed to be published. It was like reading her sexual fantasy, especially when she said it was based on a dream and it was like, 'Oh, I've had this dream about this really sexy guy,' and she just writes this book about it. Like some things about Edward are so specific, I was just convinced, like, 'This woman is mad. She's completely mad and she's in love with her own fictional creation.' And sometimes you would feel uncomfortable reading this thing."That and the fact that the author is already claiming that Pattinson's performance is Oscar-worthy (and I don't think the actor would take that compliment seriously either), and I'm starting to think she's a wee bit off her rocker. So in the interest of celebrating movies that don't feature clumsy self-absorbed damsels in distress, here's the new trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
An extended Watchmen trailer has also been released. There are a couple of things that I find a little odd (in particular Roschach referring to the Watchmen, even though that term is never spoken in the book), but I'm still optimistic. And the reviews from the pre-screen earlier this fall were extremely positive. If you haven't read Watchmen yet, I cannot recommend it enough. Considered a literary classic, this Alan Moore-penned graphic novel is one of the best works of fiction of the 20th century. So if you're still trying to get past the comic book stigma, this critically acclaimed graphic novel is a great introduction to the genre.
And if you just want to watch pretty perfume commercials, here's a link to the video for the Miss Dior Cherie television spot shot by Sofia Coppola.
For those not yet on the Monyette Paris bandwagon, this cult fragrance is a perfect escape for cold winter days. Just close your eyes and let the creamy tropical scent transport you to a beach in Tahiti. The whole experience is very Calgon, Take Me Away, but with more sophisticated notes and much cuter packaging. The fragrance has just the right balance of gardenia and vanilla orchid, creating a romantic blend that's soft and feminine. I receive a compliment on this fragrance almost every time I wear it. And if no one says anything, it's probably because I'm wearing it in the privacy of my apartment. In my bathing suit. In the middle of winter. Drinking a Chi Chi with the radiators cranked.
Note: I totally don't regret picking up that beautiful and completely unnecessary bottle of Opium.
Another Note: A Chi Chi is a Pina Colada, but with vodka instead of rum. Delish.
Last note: Jessica Simpson named her fragrance "Fancy?" Really? Is it supposed to be ironic? Some sort of throwback? So many jokes and snide comments in brain. Can't pick just one. Head is going to explode.
All the birds were out in Loring Park afterwards. Canadian geese, mallards, swans, seagulls. The geese and the ducks were the most friendly. I wore my favorite old corduroy coat that I found in a thrift shop on Nantucket back in high school. Whenever I see it in photos, I'm reminded of how totally shapeless it is, but I wear it all the time nonetheless. It makes me think of the 90s: flannel shirts and Skin Musk (when it was still made by Bonne Bell). And I totally wore a turban. Kind of a desperate Prada Spring 07 throwback, but I love wearing it and it kept my ears warm.
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army came out on DVD last week, so an embarassingly large chunk of my weekend was spent watching the special features. The special edition cover features a hologram that shifts from a close-up of Ron Perlman as Hellboy to one of Mike Mignola's comic book images. It really makes you appreciate how committed director Guillermo del Toro is to honoring the look and feel of Mignola's original art.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
And on a slight tangent, I recently had a conversation with a friend who wanted to understand why I love fashion so much. She raised a lot of good points about why the fashion industry is something to be feared or scorned. It preys on our insecurities. It promotes unrealistic standards of beauty, not to mention label snobbery. It can be the most acute example of rampant materialism and consumerism. And considering that the majority of us wear clothing every day, it's not exactly the easiest thing to avoid. It's universal. But that's actually kind of why I love fashion. It can be universal in such a positive way.
A wealthy celebrity can assemble an expensive outfit, carry the it-est bag, and employ an entourage devoted solely to maintaining her hair extensions. And yeah, she probably looks good. But there are also high school girls in small towns who shop at consignment and thrift shops, and their style is often just as interesting, if not more so. I mention this because I really appreciate that for every Thakoon or Narcisco Rodriguez dress that Michelle Obama wears, there's also a Gap or H&M sundress that she's worn during public appearances. She can take something that is available at the mall (like that White House/Black Market dress that she wore on The View), and make it look like a thousand bucks. It's inspiring and a great reminder that fashion and style can be accessible to everyone, whether you're carrying a Balenciaga motorcycle bag or your mom's old purse from the 1970s.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
It should be noted that McQueen's collection for Target will be a version of his lower-priced McQ line, as opposed to an interpretation of his high fashion looks. McQueen's line will launch in March, so Thakoon will have to satisfy our discount designer cravings for now.
Additionally, the first pictures of I Heart Ronson, Charlotte Ronson's new line for JCPenney, have been trickling onto the internet. The looks are definitely in step with Ronson's rock girl sensibility, and that floral one-piece paired with shiny black leggings has me rethinking my stance on rompers. By the time the collection is released in February, the Minnesota winter will have me desperate for these flirty floral numbers.
Friday, November 7, 2008
This inconsequential little thing lingered in my mind, burrowing into my brain like some sort of weird alien movie knowledge parasite. I know that with the internet, questions like these can be addressed within seconds. But my weird sense of K-Horror pride insisted that I figure out the mystery for myself. And I rolled it over and over in my brain for days, people. Eventually I realized that although I'd never seen the Korean film The Uninvited, I had certainly seen the classic A Tale of Two Sisters, also released in 2003. And folks, the American film is a remake of the latter. I don't know why they insisted on changing the name, especially giving it a title associated with a different Korean film. But I can finally give my brain a rest.
trailer for the American version of The Uninvited
trailer for the Korean film A Tale of Two Sisters
and for the original and unrelated Korean film The Uninvited (sorry, no subtitles)
It's quite summery for a collection that's being released on Christmas Day, but just take that as an excuse to take that long-delayed trip to Jamaica. Or, more reasonably, have some fun with layering. Especially if you're in Minnesota, where it is currently snowing. Layers, ladies. Many many layers.
And a quick flashback to Michelle Obama at the DNC: