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So I went through all the episodes of TV I need to see, and I'm like 44 episodes behind. That's 2 complete seasons of TV! I am going to actually try to catch up on a lot of this stuff this week (although there's no way I'm getting to all of it, especially since right now I'm pretty obsessed with watching as many movies as possible, and I'm half-way through The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and I'm really liking it, so I'll want to spend some time reading that. Also, I probably should spend some time on schoolwork and stuff).

I finally watched the Psych finale, and lakjsf;lkj omg Hitchcock! They even included Frenzy, which while one of my least favorites of Hitchcock is one of his lesser known, so I liked that they didn't just stick to the major obvious ones. And Lifeboat! That's one of his I haven't seen (I've actually only seen half of all his films, but I have seen all his major ones and many of his minor ones). Spoilers for Psych 4.16 )

Chuck 3.11 )

How I Met Your Mother 5.18 )

Greek 3.18-19 )

I'm somehow already at 52 movies this year. This has never happened before for me. Even last year when I got super obsessed with watching movies in February, in March I only watched 3, so I barely got to 50 by the end of June. And of course I didn't even come close to getting 100 by the end of that year. At this rate, I'll be to 100 by the end of June, meaning that I will have reached my goal in half the time I expected. This is mostly due to getting Netflix, because before when I didn't feel like watching movies, I just wouldn't watch any for a month because it's not like it was costing me anything. But since I'm paying money every month for Netflix, I feel like I have to watch stuff (with instant watch, I'm at about 27 cents a movie, which I think is pretty good). Plus, they physically send me movies, so it's not like I have to go to any trouble to see something that I'm interested in. I'm still surprised I've managed to get so many in, though. In April and May it'll probably die down a little, though, since I have a lot of various projects and assignments this month, and in May I'll have finals and then I'll probably be driving from St. Paul to Orange County with my parents like we normally do which takes a week and a half and I'll have spotty internet connection and no permanent location to receive DVDs.

Anyways, on my last day at home I watched 12 Angry Men and Stalag 17 with my mom on TCM (both of which were very good, although neither are going to vault into my favorite films of all time or anything), and now I'm desperately wishing I had cable TV here if only so I could watch TCM whenever I wanted. (Not that I didn't know how much awesome stuff TCM played before, but when I was checking to see what they had to watch, I looked past Saturday afternoon and saw a bunch of other stuff they were showing, and I wished I was staying at home longer just so I could watch them.) Having Netflix does help, of course, but there are a good number of films that look really good that I want to watch that aren't on Netflix. I already looked at the schedule for late May (when I'll be back home for sure) and I have a list of stuff I want to watch that's airing on TCM.

I want to rec some more movies, like I did with Memento, sometime this week, but I'm debating whether I should do mini-picspams of them. I want to, but I don't know that I have the time. I mean... I probably could fit it in, and I've mentioned I don't have a lot this week, but I have so much next week and the week after that I should start now (although I do have a 3-day weekend starting April 2nd, so that'll help), and it might be hard to find caps of some of the films I want to talk about. But we'll see.
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So I totally didn't mean to disappear for a week, but... apparently I did. Anyways, I'm home on spring break right now, which is really nice. We were supposed to go to Mammoth to ski for 5 days (well, ski for 3 days and the other 2 days were driving up and back), but then my dad had to work, so now we're going tomorrow to Mountain High for just a day trip (it's only an hour and 15 min from where I live). It's disappointing that we don't get to go to Mammoth, but I suppose one day is better than none. It's also kind of lame since last year we went during spring break and beforehand I kind of... didn't really want to go to Mammoth because I wanted to spend my 1 week at home (although I did have fun once I went), and this year I've been really looking forward to this trip and now it's been canceled. Oh well.

Instead of spending most of the week skiing, my mom and I are going to see several movies. Nothing I'm like... super excited about, but we're going to see Crazy Heart today and then probably The Last Station and The Blind Side later this week. All films that got nominated for something at the Oscars (and 2 of which actually won awards) but none I've seen.

Yesterday my mom took me to Barnes and Noble and I bought 4 books: Little Dorrit, Bleak House, The Way We Live Now, and The Woman in White. I've had a great urge to go to a bookstore for the past few weeks since I've been all obsessed with reading 19th century British lit. I had some other books at home that I also wanted to read, and so now the stack of books I want to read is ridiculously tall since most of them, particularly those 4 I just bought, are rather long and hefty. Still, I'm excited about having all these books to read.
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Today is Academy Awards Nominations Day! I adore the Academy Awards. I can't even explain why. A lot of the time they make stupid choices (well, in my opinion; film taste is, of course, subjective), and most of the time several of the films I consider best of the year get little or no attention. But, I don't know. It's just so much fun! I can't really describe it. I like award shows in general, but I greatly prefer movie award shows because for TV award shows, even fewer TV shows I love get any attention, and they nominate the same crap year after year and the same stuff wins and it's just horribly boring. But at least with movies, if there's something I hate, it's gone the next year. And for the past 3 years, the movie that won Best Picture at the Oscars I've really loved, even if it wasn't my favorite of the year (let's not mention 2005, which was one of the greatest movie award injustices in history, in my opinion).

Anyways, enough about that. Here are my opinions on the nominations, and what my ideal nominations would have been (for the 8 major categories: picture, director, the writing categories, and all the acting categories; despite taking a film class and looking online, I still don't know the difference between sound editing and sound mixing, I barely understand Art Direction, and I don't have much of an opinion about the other categories most of the time. Although I do enjoy score and cinematography typically. But I didn't feel like discussing them).

Academy Awards Nominations Thoughts )

Ideal Academy Awards Nominations )

(omg I spent way too much time in Dunn Brothers putting this together. At least there are some open tables so I don't feel like too much of a douche.)

I didn't mention in my last post because I had so many things to complain about, but hey, it's February! January always goes by so quickly. Probably because most of the month I don't have school. Anyways, in January I watched 261 episodes of TV (which is crazy because that's way more than I usually watch in a month, 30 more than last January, and I'm like 1 1/2-2 weeks behind on TV due to not having internet), 11 movies (more than I expected considering I only watched 2 from 01/01-01/14), and read 2 books (! crazy! I don't know if I said this before, but my goal this year is to read at least one book a month. I hope to actually read more than 12 books in the whole year, but I tend to go in phases where I'll read like 7 books in a few weeks and then nothing the rest of the year, so reading at least one book a month should actually boost the number of books I read all year. Actually, I already finished one book in February, and I'll probably get to a few more what with the stupid internet not working for another few days, so that's good. I love reading, but it's too hard to work in while I have classes because even if I have time to read, I get too sucked in to whatever I'm reading and then neglect everything else so I can finish the book, and it's just easier not to read anything).

Not being able to watch the most recent episode of Chuck is physically hurting me. Okay, not really, but it does suck. Most stuff I can deal with having to wait 1-2 weeks to watch, but not Chuck. The same is true for Greek, actually, but it just came back so I'm more used to it not being around and so it doesn't seem as tragic that I haven't seen the last episode. Also, the fact that I'm going to miss the Lost premiere sucks. Although I suppose it's easier to delay watching that when I've already been waiting months and months than to delay watching something I'm used to seeing every week. I really hope I don't get spoiled for Lost, though. =/ I suppose the fact that I'm being more productive than normal (especially at this point in the term) doesn't suck. It is weird though. And I don't have enough work to take up my whole night, so I still end up with time left over with nothing to do.

Ok, time to go back to my apartment since I've been in here for like an hour and a half now.
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Ok, so a few days late, but here are the movies and TV I watched and books I read in 2009! I have short reactions/reviews of the movies followed by a rating out of 10. I'm just going to link to the TV I watched here on my listography because it's way too long and I don't know that anyone actually wants to look through it. I watched a total of 69 movies, 1823 episodes of TV, and read 17 books.

Books in 2009 )

Movies in 2009 )

And, if you're interested, here is my ranking of movies that came out in 2009:

2009 Movies in Order )

A couple weeks ago I was thinking of actually posting a review for every movie I see when I actually see it here and then linking to all the reviews at the end of the year, but now that it's actually the new year and I've seen 2 movies already, I'm feeling lazy. I don't know, I don't need to decide this second. I can always try it out and change my mind. I mean, whatever, I'm probably thinking too hard about this.
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Ok, so I managed to finish one "End of the Decade" picspam. Here are my favorite movies of the decade! Best Movies of the 2000s )
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Oh hey, it's totally October. In September, I watched 1 movie, read 5 books, and watched 101 episodes of TV. Not too bad considering the first week of September I spent moving into my apartment and the rest I was busy with school.

Yesterday was such a nice end to the week. I mean, most of this past week was just horrible and stressful, but something I was worried about for Directed Research went just fine, and when I got back to my apartment after German, I found an e-mail from my Cog Psych professor saying that he wasn't feeling well, so class in the afternoon was canceled. So I got the rest of the afternoon free, which was awesome. I got to catch up on all the TV I had missed over the week. And then I decided it would be a good idea to add to the ridiculous amount of work I already have for next week by watching all of season 1 and 2 of Fringe. I'm smart. I enjoyed the pilot more this time solely because there's German at the beginning! When I first watched the pilot, I hadn't taken any German classes, but now I've had over a year, so I actually could understand what they were saying! The most amusing thing about it was that in my listening comprehension homework in German this past week, there was a dialogue between a man and a woman who were on a flight and it was the woman's first flight, and the man mentioned a plane accident in Hamburg! And on the show, the woman was like "This is my first flight" (in German) and the flight was from Hamburg to somewhere (or maybe to Hamburg? I don't remember) and they were in an accident! Really random coincidence.

Anyways, I'm through episode 4 of the show, and last time I think I watched up through the first scene of episode 4 and then I was like "I'm bored, I really don't care about this show, I'm not going to watch anymore." It's better when marathoned (and when you're bored and want something to entertain yourself with). I'm still not in love with it, but I'm interested in The Pattern and where this is all leading to. And whatever, I can suffer through the more boring stuff for Joshua Jackson. It's a good think I'm not too hooked, though, because I do have a lot to do this week. I have to revise my Discrete Math HW #1, I have a Discrete Math exam on Tuesday, I need to revise my Introduction for my research project, write up a draft of my Methods section, and fill out my IRB form so I can get my research approved. So mostly the work is just in Directed Research, and my other major stuff is in Discrete Math, and since I'm now taking that class pass/fail, I really don't need to focus too much on it. And my parents are coming for Family Weekend next Thursday! That'll be fun. Although it means I need to get the Directed Research stuff due Friday (the IRB form and Methods section draft) done with much sooner. Oh well. I should be able to get it all done.

My volunteering got moved from Saturday to Sunday, so I got to sleep in this morning! It's been awhile since that's happened. But now I don't want to get up and actually get anything done. blah.
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I forgot to mention it in my last post, but in August I watched 120 episodes of TV, 1 movie, and read 8 books (which seems like a lot of books, but they were all the Sookie Stackhouse books, so for some reason it feels like it shouldn't count). I'm going to end up getting so behind on watching movies. I don't think I'm even going to make 100 this year. Oh well.

More details from the trip: I went to the Grand Canyon for the first time. I have some nice shots of it. More importantly, there was the most adorable squirrel there who just came right up to us and started eating a berry or a nut or something and I got a lot of awesome pictures of it. Also, in the afternoon, it started raining (it rained nearly every day of the vacation. It stopped once we got to Missouri and Iowa) and as it moved through the canyon, the sun was shining, and there was a double (almost triple!) rainbow that arched into the bottom of the canyon. It was ridiculously amazing. I sadly didn't have my camera with me, but my parents got some nice shots, so I'm going to beg them to send me them.

Also, we visited my mom's uncle for the first time in 20 years. My mom's cousin, who I had never met, and she hadn't seen since she was 4, who lives in the area also came by, so I met him as well. It turns out I have a lot of random family I didn't know about. My great uncle gave my mom a bunch of pictures of her mom, his sister, who died when she was 12, and of her grandmother. There were also two letters, one from 1920 from my great uncle's uncle (I have no idea what that makes him to me) which described being in the Civil War and his living situation as a kid and stuff about my great grandfather (I guess that would make his brother my great great uncle? I have no idea), and another from 1840 or something from... someone I forget but some relative as he arrived in California, describing what it was like at the time. I found that stuff pretty cool. My uncle was very nice, although I always feel awkward in those situations. It was fine, though. He's 87, but he's super energetic. He and his wife are pretty hilarious together, too. She smokes, which he hates, and she was like "Well, I don't want to live to be 103 anyways," and he was like "Well, you better, because otherwise I'll be really lonely when I'm 113" (he's 10 years older than her).

I'm ridiculously excited for Glee. When I saw the Glee pilot back in May for the first time, I liked it, but I didn't get quite why everyone was going crazy over it. I think part of it was I saw the 10 minute (or 5 minute, whatever. I can't remember how long it was) preview and the show didn't really show me much that the preview didn't. And the show wasn't quite what I expected. I mean, I was still looking forward to it, but I just wasn't quite as crazy over it as everyone else. But I randomly decided to rewatch the pilot today and I think I'm loving it a lot more. Matthew Morrison in that last scene is just amazing. He looks like he's totally about to break down at the beginning, seeing them singing together, and then there's this moment where he's like "Yeah, ok, I'm going to do this" and then he walks forward, and ugh. He was one of the few things I totally adored the first time I watched it (in addition to Emma and him with Emma), and I somehow loved him even more this time around. I also didn't really care for Rachel/Finn for most of either time I watched it, but during Don't Stop Believing, the way Finn looks at her (not that I think there are even any feelings on his end. I can't really explain it. He's just so into the song and the performance!) kind of makes me ship them. I'm ridiculously excited for the new episode on Wednesday. It's going to make getting through the first day of classes so much easier knowing I have a new episode to look forward to.
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Well, February's over, and I've manage to watch 17 movies (I have no idea how I managed to watch more than in January. I didn't feel like I was watching that many movies, either), 91 episodes of TV (not nearly as many as January, but still kind of impressive to me considering a lot of stuff hasn't had new episodes, or at least not all month, and I didn't go out of my way to watch anything like 7 seasons of Scrubs like I did in January), and 0 books (oh man am I failing at reading more. I managed to get 2 1/2 chapters of one book in! ...but I haven't finished anything. Or read anything else. ugh. Maybe I'll start reading more when I get over my movie-watching phase).

Anyways, today was kind of horrible. I had my test in Multivariate Stats, and it was terrible. It wasn't just me, though, thankfully. We were supposed to be done by 3:20, but at 3:40 nearly all the class was still working on it. And then we had to turn them in, and I didn't even have an answer for the last part of the last question, and for the rest of the questions my answers were just like half-answers. And I realized I screwed up for pretty much the entire last 3 questions, but I had no time to fix them, so I just wrote a note explaining what I would have done if I had more time. =/ And the problem is that the first part I'm not even sure about, either. I spent too much time on it, but I wasn't totally sure of my answers, so I just put down some stuff and was like "Well, I'll come back to it later." Except, of course, I couldn't. The professor said she'd grade on a curve, but I'm just afraid that one or two people will have done really well. I don't know, I feel like I would have done really well if it was a take-home test, but I make too many mistakes when I'm just going through that stuff the first time, and I really need more time to think about everything. ugh.

Afterwards Li and I met with the professor to go over our data set for the research project, and apparently the data we have won't work. I seriously felt like crying when she started explaining to us that we'd have to find another data set. I have enough this week as it is; I really don't have time to add finding another data set to it. And I feel like there aren't going to be any data sets that will work that deal with out topic. And what kind of irritates me the most is that I was concerned with the data set originally, so I went to talk to her, and she told me how I had it set up would work. I don't know why she didn't bring up these issues then. But I feel like we're going to look for a data set and find nothing and have to change our topic, which means doing another research proposal, and finding more articles (and it took forever to find what we did), and I really don't have time to do that this week. The data set is due Friday. I was planning on finishing my research paper for RIP by tomorrow night, going over it with the professor Wednesday morning/afternoon, revising the paper Wednesday night while studying for my Differential Equations quiz (because I really need to get perfect scores on basically every quiz we have from now on), turn the paper in Thursday, and then study for my German test Thursday night. There really isn't any time to add finding a new data set and reworking our entire research project in the next few days.

Ugh, I was stressed out enough as it was before all this, but now it's just made everything worse. I really can't wait until Spring Break. Actually, I can't wait until this semester is over. I like the subjects for the most part, but all the classwork is insanely stressful and time-consuming.
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ajksdf ok addendum to previous post: So Li also happens to be in the group for the differential equations project, and we were all supposed to meet at 8 tonight. Well one of the guys was in Wisconsin over the weekend and didn't get e-mailed about the meeting until today because I didn't have his e-mail, a different guy did, so we were expecting him not to show up. But Li said 8 would work, and then she e-mailed me at 7:30 to ask me when we were meeting and I told her 8, and guess who didn't show up again? ugh I don't understand what's going on! I feel like I'm not asking that much! I wouldn't even care if she was 15 or 20 minutes late, as long as she shows up. But by 9 she still hadn't shown up, and her phone was off. gah. This is why I hate group projects! It's better if I'm the only one responsible for the work so if I screw up, I have no one to blame but myself. At least the other guy showed up. But 50% of a group doesn't quite work. And I have a better understanding of what's going on in the class than he does, so we basically wasted an hour doing nothing but waiting.

And the thing is, when stuff like this happens, I just want to try to relax and forget about it and bring my mood up, and right now that means watching movies. I did end up watching The Apartment earlier (which I really liked, even though it wasn't quite what I expected), and now I want to watch another movie, but I really can't or I'll be wanting to shoot myself on Wednesday and Thursday. Except I think I might still do it anyway because I really can't focus on work right now. I know I'll end up getting everything done, anyways, because I always do. Apparently my study habits aren't going to be better this semester like I had intended. Whatever, I'll get up early tomorrow and be productive. And I was kind of productive earlier, anyway. I finished my German homework and I memorized all my German vocab for the next test which is the majority of the studying I have to do for the test and I usually do it the night before, so at least I'll have a little more time on Thursday if I need it (which I'm sure I will) to finish up the research proposal for stats. So I think I'll go take a shower, watch His Girl Friday, and then wake up early tomorrow and work on my stats lab and whatever else I need to do. (I mean, I'm done with all the work that's due tomorrow, it's more just whether or not I should start getting stuff done that's due later in the week so I won't go crazy when the work starts piling up.)
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ugh so I was supposed to meet with Li to work on our stats project research proposal that's due Friday at 1 PM yesterday, but at noon she calls me and is like "Can we postpone? I just woke up and my friend called me and he's visiting and I have to show him around campus but he'll leave in the afternoon. Could we meet at like 8?" And I didn't really want to meet at 8 because that kind of ruins my night, but whatever, I wanted to get as much done for this as possible since I also have a project in Differential Equations due Thursday and a German test on Friday, so I said sure. Anyway, fastforward to 8 PM, and she doesn't show up. At 9 I finally call her and her phone is off. I really don't like group projects. =/ I just don't understand why people can't be responsible. I don't feel like it's too much to ask to show up when you say you're going to. Or if you can't show up, call me and let me know so I don't just sit around waiting for an hour when I have other things I'd rather be doing.

On a slightly happier note, the Academy Awards are next Sunday! I'm very excited. I know everyone complains about them and hates how long they are and all the montages and don't think they have any value and all that, but... I don't care. I love them anyway. I just have a thing for award shows, but movie award shows most of all (even though I tend to like TV more than movies, I don't like TV award shows because the same things get awards every year and the shows that I love the most that I feel deserve nominations the most never get them. And at least with movies, if there's a movie you hate that's getting a lot of awards, it's only for one year; TV shows you hate can get nominated and win year after year, and it just gets really old). And the Academy Awards are like the pinacle of movie award shows. And yeah, most of the time their picks aren't the absolute best of the year. But most of the time I still really like most of the nominations. And whatever, it's fun. And I never understand other people's complaints because I like how long it is. Actually, each time it ends, I'm like "Oh man, now it's another whole year before the next one!" I'd almost like if they were longer. And I absolutely love the movie montages. It's fun how every year I recognize more and more of the movies in them.

Anyway, even though this week is going to be rather hellish and I'd really love it if it were Friday already, I'm probably not going to do anything to make it less hellish today. I already watched Touch of Evil earlier, and I think I'm going to watch The Apartment tonight after dinner. I have a meeting with my group in Differential Equations to work on the project (I better not be stuck with the entire write-up this time like last semester in Multivariable Calc. My group is exactly the same as last semester, though, except there's one extra guy), but that's not until 8, so I should have time to watch it before then. I guess so I feel a little less guilty about that I'll try to get some work done now before dinner. sigh. Why is it that now that I'm getting back into watching as many movies as possible, I have no time to do it? I had so much time in January, but I wasn't nearly as interested even though I was getting really bored there at the end of the month. Oh well.
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I was doing reading for my Research in Psych class and the chapter I was reading is about the internet and research and it's just very amusing. It starts off my discussing how the internet is an indispensable tool for researchers, especially for communication via electronic mail and then in parentheses it says ("e-mail") and it's like, yeah, thanks, I really didn't know what you were talking about. But then what was even more amusing to me was it started talking about discussion groups on-line where you can discuss psychological issues of interest to you, and it's like "Some are open to anyone who wishes to take part in the discussion, including those who only want to participate passively ("lurk")." And for some reason that just totally cracked me up. And from the way this chapter was going I was like "Was this book written in like 1997 or something?" But then I checked and it was written in 2006, so I don't understand why it's treating the internet like no one reading the book has ever used it.

Anyway, I was ridiculously productive on Saturday and really proud of myself, and then I did absolutely nothing on Sunday. I should have at least started my lab for Multivariate Stats (I'm starting to increasingly regret taking this class. I mean, yeah, it's interesting, but it's going to be way too much work in comparison to how good the class is and now that I think I'm just going to minor in math, I totally didn't need to take it. I should have stayed in Linear Algebra. Or come to this decision a month ago. Or never come to the decision to double major at all. I'm far too indecisive. :( ), but instead I watched the BAFTAs.

And then I started arranging a list of every movie I've ever watched from favorite to least favorite. Rambling about movies in general. )

Yes, I realize I'm probably taking this too seriously or spending too much time think about it. But I'm on a serious movie kick right now. I don't know why. It goes in phases. The Academy Awards coming up certainly helps that, though. I always feel like watching more movies before and after them. And I also just really felt like doing nothing yesterday. Which is exactly what I accomplished. Now I just have to hope that I understand my stats homework better than I think I do so it doesn't take forever. Anyway, I'm still fiddling with the list of all the movies ranked, but I'll probably post a link to it once I'm done. (ugh I really need to stop procrastinating and do work.)
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My birthday was ok. I guess I've had worse, but I've also had better. I really loved seeing Slumdog Millionaire a second time, anyways. My mom really liked it, too. I didn't notice as much the first time I watched it, but that movie is really gorgeous. I hope it gets nominated (and even wins) an oscar for cinematography. And the end credits are amazing.

For my birthday, I got White House Ghosts by Robert Schlesinger (it's a book about the presidents' speechwriters since... FDR, I think? The guy went on The Daily Show when the book first came out to promote it and he was really funny and sounded smart, and I absolutely love this kind of stuff, so I've been wanting this book for ages and finally got it), some movie passes, and another set of Hitchcock movies. This one includes Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, Foreign Correspondent, Suspicious, The Wrong Man, Stage Fright, I Confess, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and North By Northwest. I've seen Strangers on a Train and North by Northwest before, and I like them both, especially North by Northwest. The only thing that sucks is that I still don't own Notorious, which is my favorite Hitchcock film so far and one of my favorite films ever. I think I'm going to end up just buying it for myself. Oh, I also got gift cards to Barnes and Noble and iTunes, so I could by it with the Barnes and Noble card.

I forgot to mention this the last time I posted, but on Monday morning I got woken up at 5 AM by the power going off. It was still off when I got out of bed. It turns out that I'm really awful at coming up with things to do that don't involve electricity. The electric company said it wouldn't come on again until 2 or 3, so my mom and I decided to go out shopping to pass the time. I got some new clothes and I got The Watchmen at Barnes and Noble because I decided that I wanted to read it before watching the movie. I'm about two chapters in and so far I'm not that into it. I've heard that it's brilliant, though, so I'm hoping I start liking it more as it goes on. It's not bad, it's just... I don't know. It hasn't really captured me.

I need to stop buying books though and actually start reading them. I have so many books right now I've never read. Everytime I go to a bookstore I just have to buy something, but then I never read anything. I'm going to try to start reading more I think.
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So I did manage to get to 100 movies this year! I only got to 14 books, unfortunately, but oh well. Anyways, here's a list of everything I saw/read with ratings and short reactions for the movies.

Movies in 2008 )

Books in 2008 )

Last year I was attempting 150 movies, but that was clearly going to fail a few months into the year. I think I'll just go for 100 again, since it's still somewhat of a challenge. I think I'll try for 20 books. And I think I'm going to keep track of all the television episodes I watch in the year because I'm curious as to how many it'll actually be. I might get bored of that or forget about it after a little while, though.

Hope everyone had a happy New Year's Eve! Mine was pretty fun. Didn't get back home until 5 AM, so I just woke up like 30 minutes ago (around 1:15). That isn't really that late, but I'm pretty sure it's the latest I've ever slept in, which is kind of weird since I've totally stayed up later than that before. But whatever. It was kind of creepy driving home because it was ridiculously foggy and I've never driven in the fog at night before, and there was no one around. It was actually kind of pretty, though, too.
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Just barely making it in under the wire! I wanted to do more (especially with the TV stuff), both with pictures and extra sections, but I kind of waited until this morning to start, and it took me 6 hours to get this far, and I'm leaving in an hour or so to go to a New Year's Eve gathering, so I figured I'd leave it at that. Anyways, here are my top books, movies, and TV of 2008:

Best of 2008 Picspam )

Hope everyone has a Happy New Year!
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So I left all my purses/bags at school brilliantly and I've been borrowing one of my mom's whenever I go out, but I felt bad about it since I was pretty sure her purse would end up disappearing in my room never to be seen again if she kept lending it to me. So I went shopping with her yesterday and I got this awesome purse that I'm totally in love with. It's by Michael Kors and it was originally $498 but it was only $230 because it was on sale and I had a $200 gift card to Nordstrom from like 2 years ago that I never used because I never go there, so I ended up paying $30 for a $498 purse. Two pictures of it: here and here. After that we went to Old Navy and I got three new shirts. Shopping makes me very happy. :D

Then I went to Emma's for Secret Santa. I got Scrubs season 1 on DVD from Richard. I asked for a bunch of stuff but I knew that if I asked for that I'd get that no matter who drew my name since all of my friends love that show and I figured they wouldn't be able to resist. Anyways, it should be fun to watch it, although I'll probably wait until at least after New Year's to watch it.

I only have 5 movies to watch to get to 100! The DVD box set of Hitchcock movies I got for Christmas is definitely helping. I'll probably watch another of those tonight.
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So I spent yesterday reading Hero by Perry Moore and oh man, I just kind of want to live in this world forever and read about Thom's adventures and about him and Goran and yeah, I just really loved it. And the reason I bought the book is that it's being developed into a TV show for Showtime and it sounded like something I would really love and now I desperately need this TV show, like, now. Also, I read that Perry Moore is definitely planning on writing a sequel and maybe more, and that makes me very happy. Of course, all this is a ways off, unfortunately.

I realized, though, that out of 14 books I've read this year, 9 have been for school. That's kind of awful for me. I love reading and I used to read so much more, but I just didn't have time for it during school. I don't really have any excuse for reading only one or two books over the summer, though. blah. I also realized I've only seen 82 movies this year. I'm definitely not going to make 150 like I was thinking back in January, but it shouldn't be too hard to reach 100. I'm still disappointed in how few books I've read this year, though. I need to work on that next year.

Anyways, I made Christmas cookies with my mom earlier and I'm going to dinner with my parents tonight, but before that I think I'm going to watch a movie.
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I'm starting to fail at updating again. blah. Nothing much has been going on this week. I've been kicking ass at school so far. I got 20/20 on the first two quizzes in Multivariable Calculus (we have a quiz every Friday and no tests except a mid-term and a final. We'll see how that goes), a check plus on my Research in Psych homework (...ok, that doesn't sound very impressive, but whatever. It's the only thing we've done so far, so it means I have 100% in the class. I'm sure that won't last, though.), and a 98 on my first German test. Haven't done anything in Developmental Psych, though. We got assigned into groups for these projects that will be presented from the first week of October until late November. I, of course, got put into the first group which is presenting in three weeks. sigh. Oh well. It'll probably be good to get it over with before the end of the semester. I have a lot of projects in that class, which kind of sucks. I mean, they all seem really interesting, but a pain to have to deal with. =/

I've been sucking at watching 150 movies in 2008. I had just about caught up at the end of July, and then I saw like one or two movies during August. I mean, I was pretty much just watching the Olympics 24/7 and working until I left for school, and then I was basically on vacation for a week. So I guess it's not without reason. But yeah, anyways, I need to watch more movies. I'm at 72 which is still pretty impressive for me considering two years ago I was only at 67 by the end of the year, and last year I got to 100 just a few days before the end of the year. But I would like to get to 150, so I'll attempt to watch more.

I was going to go see Burn after Reading yesterday, but it was raining all afternoon, and I didn't really want to spend 20 minutes in the rain walking to the movie theater. Especially since my umbrella is screwed up. And today I have homework to do and my room is still a mess and I really need to fix that. I might go next weekend. We'll see.

For some reason lately I've really been in the mood to watch 40s movies. Over the summer I was more into late 50s, early 60s movies, but now it's shifted more to 40s and early 50s. Don't really know why. I've also found that I'm totally in love with both Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart (Cary Grant I knew I loved over the summer, but Jimmy Stewart is a more recent discovery). But yeah, anyways, does anyone want to rec me any movies from that time period? I've seen like less than 10 from that time period, so you don't need to worry about if I've already seen the movie before because I probably haven't. I want to see more movies from that period, but there are so many to choose from that it's hard to know where to get started. So yeah, I'd really appreciate it.

Ok, homework time.
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So, um, I think I got the job at the movie theater? The interview went ok, and at the end he gave me Reference Check Sheets to give to my references to fill out (because apparently they're too damn lazy to actually call their references themselves. ugh. So annoying. It's not like I see these people very often. It's going to be a pain to figure out how to get it to Mrs. Bentley) and said to turn them into him as soon as possible because he can't offer me a job until then. But from how he worded it, I assume he's going to give me the job? I just have to get those sheets in. I think I'd be a lot happier about getting the job if I didn't have to go through this. I keep wanting to say "SERIOUSLY. IT'S A MOVIE THEATER. DO YOU REALLY NEED REFERENCES TO TELL YOU THAT I CAN MAKE CORRECT CHANGE OR GIVE PEOPLE TICKETS OR SWEEP FLOORS?"

The questions at the interview were kind of ridiculous, too. He asked me what my favorite movie was, which... ok, reasonable. But after I told him, he asked me to describe the plot. I mean, I guess it makes a little sense because someone could try to be all pretentions and be like "Citizen Kane" without ever having seen it, and then not know the plot. ...but still. So I said my favorite was Moulin Rouge just because it really got me into watching movies and looking for other great movies and a lot of it was nostalgia, and then I was describing the plot and I said the courtesan died of tuberculosis and he kind of frowned at that and shook his head and I was like "WTF?!" in my head, but I just said "I think it was that. They called it something else in the movie, but it's tuberculosis. She coughed blood a lot!" And then (he took notes every once and awhile based on what I said), I kid you not, he wrote down "coughed blood a lot" under where he wrote down "Moulin Rouge" for my favorite movie. Just... what? What does that note even TELL him? Good lord.

Anyways. Panic at the Disco/Motion City Soundtrack/The Hush Sound/Phantom Planet concert in Anaheim is only a week from today! I'm so excited. :D Is anyone else going? And does anyone know the venue/band's policy on digital cameras? I want to take pictures, but I don't want to get my camera confiscated or have to waste money on a disposable when I already have a digital.
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I watched As Good As It Gets last night for my abnormal psych group, and after watching this and A Beautiful Mind last week, I have an issue with the way movies seem to portray love as a cure for psychological disorders. Rambling About These Movies )

Anyways, I finally got Paintshop Pro! And, of course, I have no time to use it. bah. I told myself today that I'm going to start being productive because my parents aren't paying $30,000 every year so I can watch movies and make icons. I need to stop bitching so much about the workload and the stress and just get things done. I wouldn't be half as stressed out about everything if I just did it rather than agonizing over everything for days and weeks. So, I'm going to do my homework for tomorrow, work on my English paper, go to Wind Ensemble, and if I finish everything, I can play with PSP or watch Company or watch a movie or just do nothing at all, but not until I do everything else. I really need to be thinking about school more positively than I have been.

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