All posts tagged: List

A Few of My Favorite Things

the sound of a diesel engine warm towels laying on the living room floor at my parents’ home waking up early before traveling eating vegan banh mi’s when the sun’s setting – anywhere, but especially in the desert the feeling on your skin when you get into a hot car the joy of discovery that travel brings the sense of anonymity when you’re walking down a street in a crowded city the smell after it rains in the desert eating popcorn listening to a song I love, but haven’t heard in years the smell of an old dog’s breath a good cup of coffee in the morning being moved to tears by a movie doodling when an idea just “clicks” the early stages of planning something fun the smell of gasoline when a plane finally lands & you’re safely on the ground again finding a cool object at a secondhand store when it’s chilly enough to wear a long sleeved shirt, but not so cold that you can’t still wear shorts driving in LA with …

Resistance Reading List

Ready to resist the new administration and the damage and cultural effects this campaign and election have had, and will continue to have, on the U.S. and our world? Here are a few books I’m planning on reading or re-reading in order to become the most prepared and well educated resistor I can be. Please be sure to share any additional recommendations in the comment section below. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley 1984 by George Orwell A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism by Phyllis Goldstein We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S. – Mexico Border by Justin Akers Chacón and Mike Davis The United States of Fear by Tom Engelhardt One World Now: The Ethics of Globalization by Peter Singer The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Subterranean Fire: A History of Working Class Radicalism in the United States by Sharon Smith Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian …

Some Movies That I Simply Can’t Stand

I don’t typically like writing negatively about films (because it takes so much hard work and creativity to make a movie) but I decided to get a little snarky this week anyways. Here are a few films that I strongly dislike. If you totally disagree with one or more of my picks, I’d love to hear from you! I also want to know what movies you just can’t stand either! It’s good to be brutally honest once and awhile. El Topo (dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970) I wish I was cool enough to like El Topo. I consider myself to be into the “weird” and “surreal,” but Jodorowsky takes it too far for me. Before watching the El Topo I had read that it was John Lennon’s favorite film, so naturally, I wanted to love it. Unfortunately, it’s just too damn weird for me. Like way too weird, and super creepy! Jobs (dir. Joshua Michael Stern, 2013) This is an example of what a movie should not be: overly dramatic, poorly written, and with little character development. You can read my review for Critics Associated for a deeper understanding …

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 …

Advocating on the Behalf of Journals Everywhere

I’m a serious advocate for journaling – is that technically a “real” word yet? Let me count the ways… → Writing in a journal allows you to have a conversation with yourself. You can reflect or create in a safe space that’s all yours. Whether you share it with others or not is at your discretion. → Writing before you start your day can activate your creative sensibilities. If you’re feeling sluggish, writing about what you’re looking forward to that day or what you need to accomplish can be highly motivating. → Journals are also great spaces to make lists. What do you need to get done today? What projects do you want to start working on this month? What are your professional goals for the next six months? Lists are a spectacular way to stay organized, and if you tend to fall off track sometimes, it’s easier to stay on top of what you hope to accomplish in order to keep your days, weeks, and months productive. → In a journal you can jot down your thoughts in-the-moment. We all have those great …

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 …

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’s 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 …

10 Facts About Larry David

In honor of Larry David’s 67th birthday, here are 10 facts about the hilarious comedian/writer/producer: 1. Larry David was born Lawrence Gene David on July 2, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York. 2. He graduated from The University of Maryland with a degree in history. 3. He was the inspiration for the character George Costanza from Seinfeld, which he co-created with Jerry Seinfeld. 4. Before his career took off he worked as a limousine driver, store clerk, TV repairmen, and bra salesman. 5. He always carries a pad of paper and a pencil with him so he can record his ideas. 6. The term “Larry David moment” refers to an extremely awkward social situation, which is a constant theme in David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. 7. He often uses articles of clothing as plot devices. 8. Many of the stories in Seinfeld are based on things that actually happened in his life. 9. He did not start performing stand up until he was in his thirties. 10. In 1975 he was a writer on Saturday Night Live for just one season, and only one of the sketches he …

The Bechdel Test

The Bechdel Test (also known as the Bechdel-Wallace test) was created by Allison Bechdel and Liz Wallace as a way to evaluate the presence of women in Hollywood films, and is featured in Bechdel’s 1985 comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. The test has three requirements for a film to pass: (1) It has to have at least two named women in it (2) who talk to each other (3) about something besides a man. At first that sounds pretty simple; the act of two women talking to each other about something other than a man certainly reflects reality. But the truth is, substantially more films fail the Bechdel test than pass it – and that needs to change. Now, I’m not saying you should avoid films that don’t pass the Bechdel test. Very few Oscar nominated films did, including my favorite of the year, 12 Years a Slave (which  is disputed whether or not it passes). But it is important for movie goers (and creators) to be aware that many films that strive to be genuine and real …

My Top 10 Films of 2013

I have compiled my list! Here are my top 10 favorite films from 2013. What are yours?   10. Frances Ha Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig’s Frances Ha is a delightfully entertaining film about an aspiring professional modern dancer living in NYC. Frances is a real girl. She is unsure, curious, clumsy, funny, and self-deprecating. She knows exactly what she wants and won’t give up, but stumbles along the way. She’s genuine, and genuinely written. She’s flawed, but terribly awesome. I’d recommend this film in particular for women who are still navigating their way through their twenties. 9. Anchorman 2 If you’re wondering how such a goofy film made it into my top ten list, then you must not know me very well. Anchorman 2 is my number nine film of the year for many reasons, but mainly because it made me laugh almost the whole way through. This movie isn’t for everyone – but for those who loved the first Anchorman, I don’t think you’ll be let down. Just be prepared for even crazier, more …