Category: 1970s

I was at the library the other day, looking over the DVD offerings and I happened upon The Sting. It seems like I should have seen it before, but I never have.  Since it was right there, I decided to pick it up and give it a watch.  I mean, Paul and Robert wouldn’t let me down, right?

Well, I can honestly say this is totally a guy movie.  Usually, they throw in a little romance for us girls, but there really wasn’t any of that.  And I missed it.

Although Paul Newman gets top billing, this movie is really about Robert Redford’s character, Hooker.  He and his “grifter” partner make the score of their lives when they con a money runner for a crime boss out of $11,000.  His partner decides to retire, and the next thing Hooker knows, his partner has been killed and he’s next on the list.  Hooker heads to Chicago to get revenge for his partner’s murder and hooks up with Henry Gondorff, played by Paul Newman.  Together, they come up with a very elaborate con to get the crime boss, Lonnegan, and his money too!

Paul Newman’s best scene is when he is conning Lonnegan during a poker game on a train.  He pretends to be plastered and out-cheats Lonnegan.  Robert Redford takes over as Paul’s enforcer and convinces Lonnegan that he wants to double cross Paul.  They come up with a scheme that I have seen duplicated in many a TV show, but was probably pretty original back in 1973.

Since we watched a guy movie, I decided to go pink with the polish.  I mean, I am a girl and I needed to bring a little femininity to this review.  K recommended OPI’s A-Rose at Dawn…Broke by Noon, since this movie was about getting and losing money.

I’m not big on pink polishes (pink just isn’t my color), but I liked this one.  It’s kind of a soft bubblegum pink with silver shimmer.  This picture is two coats with a top coat.

Overall, I liked The Sting.  It was an interesting story, and Paul Newman and Robert Redford were very charismatic.  Overall, I liked A-Rose at Dawn…Broke By Noon as well.  A nice feminine touch to a manly evening. ~E

Never let anyone tell you that you can’t be a Star Wars fan and a Star Trek fan at the same time. The two are not mutually exclusive. I would marry Han Solo, but I’d fantasize about Mr. Spock (it’s only logical). So, since we did a review of all the Star Wars movies, I figured it’s only fair to review the Star Trek ones as well.

The Original Series had its flaws (corny dialogue, corny-er monsters and some serious pre-feminist sexism), but for all the things it did wrong, it did even more right. (That’s not just me talking. It’s scientific fact.) I wish I could say the same thing about The Motion Picture. It’s like they took everything that worked on the series and threw it out the window (or viewer as the case may be).

The pace is slow, the ship and uniforms are redesigned and bland, and what is up with William Shatner’s hair? It was straight on tv and curly in the movie. Weird. But my biggest gripe is that the director took too many pages from the 2001: A Space Odyssey playbook for my tastes (I will never understand the appeal of that movie). As for the plot, it is ripped directly from an episode of the tv show.  All in all, it was nice to see the old gang together again, I just wish it could have been in a better movie.

I chose Sinful Color’s Out of this World (you’d be amazed at how many polishes have this same name) to go along with this movie. It’s just a simple silver shimmer. Not my favorite color…kind of blah (like the movie). This picture is three coats and it had an unusually long drying time. Not exactly mindblowing (or out of this world) but a pleasant silver nonetheless. ~K

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” and with just half a sentence, George Lucas changed the world.  Okay, maybe not the world, but at least the world of pop culture.  Not a lot of movies can make that claim, which is one of the reasons the first Star Wars movie is so much fun—you feel like you’re experiencing something totally different, in a good way.

This last week was the 35th anniversary of Star Wars opening.  I wasn’t alive then, but I do remember watching it back when I was a kid.  I didn’t get it, but I knew Princess Leia had funny hair and Darth Vader was freakin’ scary.  Now that I’m older and have seen the movie several times, I still think Princess Leia has funny hair and that Darth Vader is freakin’ scary.  Watching the movie this time around, even after watching Hayden Christensen as Anakin in the prequels, I still got a chill when Darth Vader’s theme started (that dum dum dum dum de dum dum de dum) and he came on screen.

I can also appreciate Luke’s heroic journey from whiny farm boy to intergalactic hero.  Nobody can portray this journey quite like George Lucas (for additional proof outside of Star Wars, see the movie Willow).

In honor of Luke’s heroic journey, I decided to choose a polish that went along with the jumping off point of his adventure.  Luke, like his father, was raised on Tatooine—a desert planet—so OPI’s Sand in My Suit (2009 South Beach Collection) was the polish I chose.

When my sister recommended this polish, I wasn’t very excited.  I had just worn Sun Streaked (for a full review, please see my post on Attack of the Clones), and I didn’t really want to jump back to a light, sort of boring color.  I decided to give it a try, and I was pleasantly surprised.  This color was a bit darker than I anticipated, which I liked.  I also didn’t think it would look great with my skin tone, but it worked out quite nicely.

The polish itself was up to OPI’s general standards.  It went on smoothly, and I only put on two coats.  My only concern was that it was runnier than I was prepared for, so I got a lot of polish on my first nail.  I guess that’s a good lesson for any polish—always start slow, or the skin around your nails will feel the brunt of your impetuousness.

If you couldn’t tell from this review, I am a fan of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and now, I can say I’m a fan of OPI’s Sand in My Suit. ~E

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