Archive for May, 2012


Believe it or not, I have some good things to say about Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.  The music is some of the best in the entire series.  The lover’s theme, Across the Stars, is both hopeful and heartbreaking at the same time.

The costumes, particularly Natalie Portman’s are phenomenal; you almost keep watching just to see what she shows up in next.

I also enjoy Ewan McGregor.  Yes, he is forced to say some cheesy lines, but he delivers it with a sincerity that is reminiscent of the actors from the original trilogy.  Yes, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Luke all have corny things to say, but they pull it off.  So does Ewan.

And quite possibly the best of all, the beautiful locations for the Naboo scenes.  Can you believe George Clooney gets to live here?  Combine Natalie’s costumes, the haunting music, and Lake Como, and it’s almost magical.

Then Natalie Portman or Hayden Christensen open their mouths and the spell is almost completely broken.  This leads me to the things I don’t like about Attack of the Clones.  The dialogue.  It seems like George Lucas always takes the easy way out.  He goes for the obvious joke or pun (I’m looking at you C3PO), instead of finding clever ways to make the audience laugh.  His love scenes also seem overly sentimental and schmaltzy, rather than sincere.  At one point, Padme tells Anakin:  “I think our lives are about to be destroyed anyway. I truly… deeply… love you and before we die I want you to know.”  I mean, does anyone really talk like that?

The clunky dialogue isn’t helped by lead actors Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman.  Like I mentioned earlier, the cast of the original trilogy somehow made the atrocious dialogue work (Scruffy nerf-herder anyone?).  Even though they were in the midst of a rebellion, they still seemed to be alive.  Anakin and Padme seem wooden at best.  They don’t really demonstrate that what they say is actually how they feel.  Anakin is such a baby, it is not believable that he got a woman like Padme to fall in love with him.  I mean, Hayden Christensen is a handsome devil, but really?  Really?

This is how I feel about Sun Streaked by OPI (2002 Surf Party Collection).  I looked at in the bottle, and thought it was a beautiful color.  It looked gold with sort of a pinkish undertone.  It made me think of the beautiful Nabooan lake country, streaked with sun, and the perfect match for this particular movie.  It was like the sun shining just before the clouds roll in for a 19 year-long storm.

Although I generally like OPI polishes because they have pretty impressive coverage and go on smoothly, I wasn’t crazy about this color once it was on my nails.  The pinkish undertone that initially caught my attention mostly disappeared, leaving me with just plain old gold nail polish.  I mean, in certain lights, I could see a bit of the pink, but really, my nails were gold.

To achieve this particular look, I put on two coats.  I think three probably would have been better, but as you hopefully know, I don’t like waiting around for my nails to dry.  I did use an OPI top coat, which kept this polish looking good for several days.

So, much like Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Sun Streaked was full of promise, but ultimately, disappointing. ~E

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For my –th birthday (sensored due to extreme vintage-ness), I asked for and received The Phantom Menace on VHS (yes, you read that correctly, VHS was still a thing then) for two reasons: I liked Star Wars and I wanted to impress a cute boy who loved Star Wars. (Come to think of it, that’s how I got into The Lord of the Rings, too. Different boy though.)

Anyway, now I’m a big girl and I have TPM on DVD (so there’s no more of that obnoxious rewinding business). You’re probably familiar with the plot: Young, awesomely overdressed Queen escapes enemy occupied planet with two sexy Jedi, they land on desert planet and pick up whiny slave boy with super pod-racing powers and magical immaculate birth, big pod race with totally believable outcome (sarcasm), spiky Sith Lord (who’s probably cooler than all the heroes combined) drops in and battle ensues.  Overall, it is an over-produced mess, the actors look uncomfortable delivering super cheesy dialogue and it makes you desperately long for the original series.

Some awesome things that TPM has given us:

-Samuel L. as Mace Windu

-Queen Amidala’s wardrobe (my go-to Halloween costume)

-Darth Maul’s wicked two-sided light saber

-Keira Knightley before Pirates (look closely)

-R2D2’s return

-The hotness that is young Obi-wan Kenobi

Some not-so-awesome things:

-Gungans in general (and JarJar Binks in particular)

-Midi-chlorians (what’s up with that?!)

-C-3PO’s change from lovable fusspot to obnoxious deliverer of corny-ness

-Darth Vader should never say “Yippee!” (NEVER!)

When I saw NFU Oh #60, I immediately thought of Darth Maul. With his awesome black and red skin, he was a perfect match for this polish. A black base with shimmery flakes that change colors from red to green (and everything in between), it’s like watching a lightsaber duel between good and evil right on your finger tips.

This picture is 3 coats with a top coat. Goes on pretty well (the flakes can clump a bit). Removal is a kind of a hassle (definitely use acetone) and my nails suffered from some yellowing afterwards, but it was totally worth it. Bonus points for the NFU Oh bottle. It’s a freakin’ dress! ~K

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