All posts tagged: Favorite

27 Songs

Tomorrow I turn 27 (yikes!), and since I’ve been doing a birthday post every year since my 24th birthday, I decided I should keep the tradition going strong. In the past I posted 24 Lessons in 24 Years, 25 of My Favorite Things, and 26 Goals for my 26th Year, and this year I’m sharing 27 of my favorite songs. This doesn’t come close to showcasing all of my favorites, but it does cover some of them! ūüôā This list is very random and in no particular order. If we share any favorites let me know in the comment section below. ‚̧ 1.¬†Let Me Roll It¬†– Wings 2. Zodiac Shift¬†– Flying Lotus 3. Riders on the Storm¬†– The Doors 4. I Am Woman¬†– Helen Reddy 5. Femme Fatale – The Velvet Underground & Nico 6. Where I Wanna Be¬†– Shade Sheist 7. Feel it All Around¬†– Washed Out 8. Dock of the Bay¬†– Otis Redding 9. I Follow Rivers – Lykke Li (The Magician Remix) 10. Modern Love¬†– David Bowie 11. Don’t Let Me Be …

The Best of Broadly

Today I wanted to post some of my favorite videos from Broadly’s YouTube channel. Broadly is a feminist offshoot of Vice, and¬†it’s great source for interesting and informative women-centric content. From an interview with a trans porn star,¬†to a¬†piece on how women will suffer if Britain leaves the European Union¬†– Broadly’s features are¬†as diverse as those¬†who contribute to the site and utilize¬†it. Although I’ve only selected six videos to link below, all of Broadly’s short documentaries are worth watching, so be sure to check out their channel! ¬†Radical Life of The First Lady of New York   This Cult Nail Artist Has the World at Her Fingertips   The Land Where Women Rule: Inside China’s Last Matriarchy   Inside the Weird World of an Islamic ‘Feminist’ Cult   The Land of No Men: Inside Kenya’s Women-Only Village   Virginie Despentes on Killing Rapists

25 Things

Last year I shared 24 things I’ve learned in 24 years. Now, exactly one year later, I’m turning 25, and I’d like to do something just a little different! Below are 25 things – feelings, thoughts, moments, and emotions – that I love.¬†Enjoy, and let me know about a few of your favorite things! Rediscovering a forgotten song When my mom calls (Hi Mom!) Walking in the desert Discovering a place that’s new to me When an idea just *clicks* Sharing a moment with a stranger When I get to be lazy Getting to the end of a beautiful film and thinking “wow, I’m so lucky to have had the experience of watching¬†that” Walking on the beach; watching kids playing with their parents and siblings; feeling the ocean breeze; and listening to the rhythm of the waves When hard work pays off Connecting with an animal Knowing that I’m free to be me Watching kids¬†just be kids Learning something new about a person I’ve known forever Sharing space, love,¬†and my hopes and dreams with my …

A Few of My Favorite Films From 2014

There are¬†soooooo many films from 2014¬†that I desperately want to see, but haven’t had¬†the chance to. Some of those films include¬†Selma, Whiplash,¬†Goodbye to Language, Inherent Vice, and Citizenfour –¬†among countless others. I decided against doing a Top 10 list this year because there is no way that my¬†picks¬†will be representative of the¬†work that¬†premiered in 2014.¬†Instead, I’ll share a list of movies¬†I liked¬†and discuss my #1¬†film of the year. Under the Skin¬†(Jonathan Glazer) Chef¬†(Jon Favreau) Guardians of the Galaxy¬†(James Gunn) Top Five (Chris Rock) Interstellar¬†(Christopher Nolan) Happy Christmas (Joe Swanberg) The One I Love (Charlie McDowell) Life Itself (Steve James) Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy) The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson) They Came Together (David Wain) Wild¬†(Jean-Marc Vall√©e) Now on to my absolute favorite film of the year,¬† Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),¬†directed by¬†Alejandro Gonz√°lez I√Ī√°rritu. It’s¬†difficult for me to put into words exactly why I love¬†Birdman¬†as much as I do.¬†It’s magical – magnetic – deep – dark – wild – wonderful, and everything in between.¬†I sat in the theater and experienced an¬†entire spectrum of emotions, …

Standout Performances of the Year

In no particular order, here are a few of my favorite performances of the year based on what films and television¬†shows I watched in 2014.¬†What performances stood out to you this year? Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up)¬†‚Üí Although¬†Get on Up had its flaws, Chadwick Boseman’s performance as James Brown was practically flawless. I believe he deserves an Oscar nomination, but¬†unfortunately that’s not likely to happen. Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)¬†‚Üí Ralph Fiennes is delightful as Mr. Gustave H. I could watch¬†The Grand Budapest Hotel¬†an infinite amount of times and never get tired of his dapper and charming character. Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”)¬†‚Üí Kevin Spacey is Kevin Spacey, so he’s basically amazing in anything and everything, but there’s something special about his role as Frank Underwood. When he breaks the fourth wall and talks to you in that smooth southern accent, it’s awfully¬†scary and spectacular. Reese Witherspoon (Wild)¬†‚Üí Reese Witherspoon is a great actress and truly¬†takes the audience somewhere deep and personal in¬†Wild. Matthew McConaughey (“True Detective”)¬†‚Üí Rust Cohle is possibly the most dark …

My Top Five Favorite Christmas Movies

The Christmas season is in full swing and it’s time to make some hot chocolate and catch up on a few classic holiday films. Here are my five favorite Christmas movies – what are yours? 5.¬†A Christmas Story:¬†Somehow I did not see¬†A Christmas Story¬†until about five years ago, which I still don’t understand¬†considering TBS runs a 24 hour marathon every Christmas Eve. Anyways,¬†this movie is so bizarre and fun that it had to make the list. A Christmas Story¬†is an 80s classic, and Ralphie is the absolute best! 4.¬†The Original Christmas Classics:¬†The claymation Christmas classics make up more than one movie, but I can’t pick a favorite between them so I’m including them all in spot #4. From¬†The Year Without a Santa Claus,¬†to¬†Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer¬†and¬†The Little Drummer Boy, I am sure that¬†these films¬†are going to continue to be popular for decades to come. Although the claymation classics¬†have not aged seamlessly,¬†there is something so timeless about them that makes¬†each generation of children love¬†them as much as the generation before. 3.¬†Christmas Eve on Sesame Street:¬†I may …

Roger Ebert Reviews – A Few of My Favorites

I may not agree with Roger Ebert’s ratings of all of the following movies, but I thoroughly enjoy reading his¬†analyses¬†none-the-less.¬†Be sure to click¬†the titles of each film to read the full reviews! Citizen Kane “Rosebud is the emblem of the security, hope and innocence of childhood, which a man can spend his life seeking to regain. It is the green light at the end of Gatsby’s pier; the leopard atop Kilimanjaro, seeking nobody knows what; the bone tossed into the air in ‚Äú2001.‚ÄĚ It is that yearning after transience that adults learn to suppress. ‚ÄúMaybe Rosebud was something he couldn’t get, or something he lost,‚ÄĚ says Thompson, the reporter assigned to the puzzle of Kane’s dying word. ‚ÄúAnyway, it wouldn’t have explained anything.‚ÄĚ True, it explains nothing, but it is remarkably satisfactory as a demonstration that nothing can be explained. ‚ÄúCitizen Kane‚ÄĚ likes playful paradoxes like that. Its surface is as much fun as any movie ever made. Its depths surpass understanding. I have analyzed it a shot at a time with more than 30 …

My Top 5 Favorite Ryan Gosling Performances

5.¬†Crazy, Stupid, Love Though Ryan Gosling is most well-known for his dramatic roles, he proves to be¬†a great comedic actor in Crazy, Stupid, Love. As Jacob Palmer,¬†Gosling perfectly portrays a¬†shallow hunk who re-discovers his heart after falling in love with someone other than himself. His¬†razor sharp¬†attitude and quick-witted remarks make for a hilarious performance. And¬†have you seen how good he looks in dress clothes? Wow. 4.¬†Lars and the Real Girl Lars and the Real Girl is about a shy and depressed young man who develops an emotional relationship with a blow up doll. As Lars, Gosling is gentle and serene, keenly playing a hurt soul who finds acceptance in a doll who can neither judge nor desert him.¬†Lars and the Real Girl is¬†both heart warming and distinctly unique. 3.¬†Half Nelson In¬†Half Nelson Gosling plays Dan Dunne, a school teacher who’s hiding¬†his crack addiction. Though he lights up in front of his class, behind closed doors Dan is troubled and lonely. Through a relationship he forms with one of his students (Drey¬†played by Shareeka Epps) we …

My Favorite Video Games Of My Youth: Part I

Before I do a list of my favorite childhood games, a few things need to be stated. I am a Sony fan boy, therefore PS1 and PS2 titles dominate this list. I did not own an N64 growing up, and because of that some¬†people may not like my selections. However, I did have a Gameboy and a computer, so a few non-Sony games made the list. Also, the order to which I have ranked the games does not necessarily mean one is technically better than the other. Creating this list took an incredible amount of thought, as it is amazingly difficult to rate nostalgia. This list will always be incomplete and full of impossible decisions, so let‚Äôs just get to it. These lists/reviews will be broken into three parts, based on ranking: Part I: 15 – 11 Part II: 10 – 6 Part III: 5 – 1 15.¬†Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage The Spyro franchise thrust Insomniac games directly into the limelight for the PS1. Spyro The Dragon is an amazing game, however I cannot talk …