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The Roommate = worst movie ever

Ok. Let’s just be real here. I officially saw the worst movie ever made last week. Have any of y’all seen “The Roommate?”

Let me save you the $10 (and 90 minutes of your life you’ve kissed goodbye) and break it down for you.

WORST MOVIE EVER.

These directors must’ve thought that throwing two super hot chicks into the mix would make it all ok. Granted Minka Kelley and Leighton Meester are gorgeous, but I’d rather BOTH of them just never talk again. The acting was HORRENDOUS.

I also immediately lost respect for the movie because of all the ridiculous sexually charged scenes. For 5 minutes we have to watch Leighton Meester spend some “alone time”  in her dorm room. CREEPY! Unless your names are Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis; you are not allowed to focus 10 minutes on this aspect of your movie.

Then the climax of it all (poor word choice there, sorry!) is a big fight scene at the end. It’s super hot chicks pulling each other’s hair and whining. SO lame.

My recommendation? Save your money. Walk down to the video store/goodwill/Target and pick yourself up “Single White Female” (circa 1992 starring Bridget Fonda). Be prepared to be legitimately super creeped out by the friendship obsessed roommate stalking that occurs.

Then realize that “The Roommate” is this EXACT movie just set in current time.

  • Your sweet new roommate turns out to be obsessed with you? Check
  • Creepy Roommate begins pissing off all your friends; who try to warn you she’s bought a one way ticket to crazy-town? Check
  • Creepy Roommate pretends to be you and then hooks up with you boyfriend? Check
  • Creepy Roommate foreshadows her murderous rampage by hurting a poor innocent animal? Check

The original is WAY better. Trust me on this one. Sorry Leighton/Minka. The 90’s win out big here!

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Weekend Wrap-Up

This weekend was fantastic. Friday night we had a little date night and saw The Town with Ben Affleck.

That movie was AWESOME. Perfect for a date-night. First off, having now been to Boston; I love all things about that city. The movie was based there and I loved everything about it. The hard-working, family driven city definitley plays a major role in the movie. I was also super impressed with Blake Lively, who plays Ben Affleck’s ex-girlfriend. It’s crazy to see her as a drug addict when you’re used to seeing her in more soft, feminine roles. If you like movies like The Italian Job, or The Departed, you will love this film. Plus, Ben Affleck wrote and directed it; major talent there!

Saturday went by super fast; I was so excited that one of my old girlfriends in college came back to visit Minneapolis for a few hours. When she was the President in our sorority, I was her Vice President (I know; try not to gag if you can 🙂 We got together at Starbucks and I got to meet her beautiful little daughter. She’s a little fashionista just like her momma. We went back to our sorority house and got to see the beautiful redecorating that’s they’ve done over the last few years. Dana is the only brunette below and currently lives in North Carolina; it’s been five years since we last saw each other!

I love how in this picture we are wearing the pretty typical sorority girl outfit; skinny jeans tucked into our boots. Pretty standard for Minnesota sorority girls! Jenny (on the left) was my big sis in the house and still is one of my best friends. Love that we had an amazing four years together in school and still talk every week.

Sunday was also nice and relaxing. My girlfriend Kelly and I had a day of domestic ridiculousness planned. She was excited to help hand out candy in our neighborhood, but we also wanted to attempt some fun fall cooking. (More on this to come later). Overall it was a little disappointing; we probably had 15 kids stop by? the fun part was the oldest one was probably 5 years old. We had TONS of little guys that came by which was adorable.We opened up a bottle of Riesling and also managed to thorougly impress ourselves with our domestic capabilities!

Lots of recipes to come this week considering Kelly and I had such a productive Sunday. Hope everyone had a fun weekend!

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Movie Review: The Social Network

Yesterday the mister and I went to see The Social Network; the newer movie that documents the launch of the website Facebook.

This movie was fascinating. It’s set starting in 2003 to more recently and takes viewers through the very beginnings of the website that has forever changed our culture. I remember when I was a sophomore in college and this new social-networking site came out. At first I thought it was the wierdest idea, then it became a part of the college culture. Everyone was on the site, spending hours each day checking out their friends and reconnecting with one another.

The movie documents how the CEO-Mark Zuckerberg launched the site, but also the courtroom drama that followed. He’s been in and out of courts battling those who say that Facebook was their idea; and has lost many friendships along the way. I have to admit that I was a little put-off by his character in the film; he seems like an arrogant, ego-tistical slime ball..
 
Regardless of how he seems in the film; you cannot deny that Mark Zuckerberg truly a genius. He developed a platform for social media that is totally unique from blogging, myspace, or similar photo-sharing sites. Helped along by Shawn Fanning (inventor of music-sharing site Napster) his growth strategy is truly remarkable. The film does a great job of depicting the process that Mark/Shawn and team go through to launch their site, but you’ll find yourself emerged in the inter-personal turmoil that strikes Mark and his friends. It is a must-see, especially if you are unfamiliar with the background of the site.
 
Has anyone else seen this one yet?

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This week I ventured out to see the new film Shutter Island. AMAZING movie. Craziest, most creative story-line I’ve seen in awhile. Here’s the summary from IMDB.com

“It’s 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston’s Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He’s been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn’t been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. Teddy’s shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals “escape” in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything – his memory, his partner, even his own sanity.”

The storyline is absolutely amazing. Leonardo DiCaprio is a great and really shows how great of an actor he is.  Michelle Williams makes a few small appearances as his wife and her role is really interesting. She doesn’t have much actual screen time but when she does appear pay attention. Her character and relationship with Leonardo is a little confusing at first but throughout the movie you start to understand their relationship a bit more. Mark Ruffalo is also great; especially since I’m used to seeing him in cheesy romantic comedies. Makes me think he could have some definite potential in drama.

There’s actually nothing about this movie that I didn’t love. There were no slow parts, every character was fascinating, and you never knew the direction the movie might go. The ending is amazing, and is one where you feel like you need to see the movie again just to see if you ever could have predicted how it would wrap up.

If you liked The Departed, or The Sixth Sense, you will like this movie. It’s dark and edgy, but has an intense mystery woven through the whole film. The ending definitely throws you for a loop, but not to the point that it’s ridiculous or unbelievable (anyone remember Signs with Mel Gibson? None of that)

Check it out! My recommendation is Leonardo will finally get his Oscar win with this guy!

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