If Dixie can blog about Twilight, then I can add my two cents on some good films. As anyone who knows us realizes, we love, love, love movies. Now that the decade is coming to a close, here are, in my opinion, the highlights:
10. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 9. Big Fish
8. Garden State 7. Batman Begins 6. The Prestige 5. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2. Donnie Darko 1. The Dark Knight
As many of you know Ben applied to law schools this fall and we are eagerly waiting to hear from them. This week we got acceptance letters to our two safety schools, Stetson Law- in Tampa, FL and Franklin Pierce Law School in Concord, New Hampshire. Stetson's acceptance letter came with a 10,000$ scholarship offer and just today Ben got another scholarship offer from Franklin Pierce - the Dean's scholarship, for 28,000$ a year! We are still waiting to hear back from University of North Carolina, Penn State, Wake Forest (NC), South Carolina U, Quinnipiac (CT), and Buffalo State. Am I married to a smarty or what?!
Rarely do we divulge from news about Alex, and why would we want to? Here's a review I wrote for school though - a movie I'd highly recommend. More news on Alex soon enough.
Review: 500 Days of Summer
The romantic comedy is a genre that has been heavily criticized in the last few decades, most critics wondering why the classic brilliance of films like “His Girl Friday” and “The Philadelphia Story” is absent. Ironically, it is “500 Days of Summer”, a romantic comedy that warns in the opening credits that “it is not a love story”, that might rejuvenate the genre.
“500 Days of Summer” examines 21st-Century American love, a love that is a hybrid between romance and the products of the entertainment industry. Tom Hansen (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is the pop cultural-guru average joe – a man raised on the unrealistic ideals of love presented by movies and pop songs. Like so many other men growing up in today’s media-centered world, true love is about soul mates and fairytale endings.
Summer (played by Zooey Deschanel) is a 21st-century gal – a product of an emotionally-crippling divorce culture, full of cynicism and bitterness towards love. Summer crushes Tom’s pop song notions of romance, while Tom tries to validate storybook love to the non-converted Summer, claiming, “It’s love, not Santa Claus.” As opposites, Summer and Tom naturally find interest in each other – a romantic comedy cliche. But as the credits forewarned, “it is not a love story;” the cliches end as quickly as Summer and Tom’s relationship, and that’s when things become most intriguing.
Through unconventional story-telling methods, Tom’s 21st-century ideals on love are analyzed. With non-linear storytelling, the tale of Summer and Tom travels back and forth, exploring the initial sparks of romance to the beginning of the breakup. Perhaps most innovative is the way the film reveals Tom’s inner thoughts. A daydream with a song and dance number is played for laughs; a split screen approach, one side of the screen showing Tom’s expectations while the other side shows reality, is more heartbreaking.
The story‘s focus is not Summer, nor Summer and Tom – it’s just Tom. It’s a reflection on the effects of a nation fed unrealistic expectations of love by MTV and Hollywood. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a brilliant up-and-coming actor, is magic as he tours the laughs of a new romance and the soul-harrowing void of loving someone who no longer loves you back. And maybe, in the end, he’s even the optimism that true love isn’t a complete farce, regardless of the heart-breaking “Summers” of the world.
Well the time is getting closer and closer and yet feels SO far away. We went for our usual check up this week and the doctor estimated that the baby would weigh 9-10 lbs if I go full term! Yikes! Apparently I've been measuring quite large for a while. We're hoping that I will go into labor early on my own but I haven't had any contractions (no not even one!!). I am scheduled for an ultrasound to get a more firm estimation of the size and I may have to be induced early. In the meantime...Ben and I are busy painting, hanging curtains and moving furniture (and I'm doing LOTS of sewing) to finish getting ready for baby Alex to be here. We just recently got a Moby wrap (a baby carrier/sling) and I had Ben try it out since it didn't quite fit me. Loki played the part of baby Alex. He had me laughing pretty hard.
A couple of weeks ago I turned 22! I had a wonderful, relaxing day. Ben brought me breakfast in bed and took me to the movies. My mom and dad had flowers delivered to my house and my mother in law sent me a box FULL of wonderful gifts. I included a picture of my favorite one :-)
This was me on my birthday (31 weeks) but now I'm 33 weeks and only getting bigger!
For our anniversary, we went to New York City. Well, not really New York, New York, but New York, Idaho Falls. We visited Desination's Inn, a hotel full of themes and cheesecake (Dixie was way excited about the prospect of cheesecake). We had a really great time, but pictures are more meaningful than words. Okay, maybe not, but without further ado:
Ben's birthday was yesterday. I think he had a great day. We stayed up until midnight the night before so he could open his presents. I woke up with him that morning and made him pancakes while he got ready for school. When he came home he had his confetti cupcakes with purple frosting, as requested and Little Caeser's Pizza. We also played X-Box together and snuggled with the doggies. Everyone did their best to do whatever Ben wanted all day. He got a ton of phone calls too, which he loved!
Ben wore one of his new shirts from his mom and his new watch from me!
Left for Dead...a zombie game for x-box where fat zombies puke on you and "smoker" zombies strangle you with their tongues. Sounds fun, right?