Category: Duri

So, 2012 was really the year of action movies.  I love chick flicks, but there weren’t many worth mentioning this year (maybe Salmon Fishing in the Yemen or One For the Money, but they didn’t make it into my top ten).  Here’s my top ten list, which are in no particular order (and bear in mind that there are many movies from this year I haven’t seen yet):

The Avengers-Robert Downey Jr + Chris Evans + Joss Whedon + Mark Ruffalo + Chris Hemsworth = Total and complete awesomeness!

The Dark Knight Rises-This movie blew my mind.  Anne Hathaway was amazing.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey-I love Martin Freeman.  I can’t wait for some Benedict Cumberbatch and Lee Pace in the next ones.

Les Miserables-I love music and I love Hugh Jackman.  I was kind of blown away by the singing and acting in this movie.  I anticipated being disappointed, but I wasn’t.

Brave-I have been told I am Merida, but that’s mostly just for my crazy, curly red hair.

Wreck-It Ralph-I thought I would hate this movie, but it just wasn’t to be.  Loved it!

Pitch Perfect-With a little less puking and a little less sex-talk, this movie would have been just about perfect.  Like I said, I love music.

The Hunger Games-I’m so glad they downplayed the violence.  Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson were great.

People Like Us-I know that this wasn’t a super popular movie, but I quite enjoyed it.  Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks were completely believable as siblings.

The Life of Pi-This movie was amazing.  I don’t know if I will ever watch it again because it took such an emotional toll on me.  I mean, a girl can only cry so much.

Honorable Mentions:

John Carter


Mirror Mirror

Rise of the Guardians

Trouble with the Curve

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

E’s Favorite Varnishes

(These are not necessarily polishes that came out this year, just ones that were reviewed by us this year)

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Dawn

Sephora + Pantone Rose Dawn (Sleeping Beauty)

All That Glitters Book Smart Beauty

All That Glitters Book Smart Beauty (Beauty and the Beast)

Zoya Anthea

Zoya Anthea (Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan)

Duri Unexpected Kiss

Duri Unexpected Kiss (Flipped)

OPI Mermaid's Tears

OPI Mermaid’s Tears (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides)

Butter London Lady Muck

Butter London Lady Muck (The Princess Bride)

Sephora by OPI Who Let the Dorks Out

Sephora by OPI Who Let the Dorks Out (Sydney White)

OPI Ocean Love Potion

OPI Ocean Love Potion (Ponyo)

OPI Skull and Glossbones

OPI Skull and Glossbones (Peter Pan)

OPI Out of this World

OPI Out of This World (John Carter)

K’s Favorite Varnishes

Butter London Victoriana

Butter London Victoriana (The Young Victoria)

Color Club Gift of Sparkle

Color Club Gift of Sparkle (Ramona and Beezus)

Zoya Blaze

Zoya Blaze

a-england Princess Tears

a-england Princess Tears (Tangled)

Sephora + Pantone Universe Purple Parachute

Sephora + Pantone Universe Purple Parachute

Revlon Whimsical

Revlon Whimsical (Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium)

Cirque Dark Horse

Cirque Dark Horse (The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad)

Pretty Serious Creature Crush

Pretty Serious Creature Crush

Hare Polish The Monster

Hare Polish The Monster (Monsters Inc.)

Barielle Falling Star

Barielle Falling Star (Stardust)

Flipped & Duri Unexpected Kiss

Flipped is a fairly conventional story, told in an unconventional way.  And I just happen to love it.  I loved the book when I read it, and I loved the movie when I saw it.  What makes this story unique is that we, the audience, get to experience the same story told from each of the perspectives of the two main characters, and these characters couldn’t be more different.

The story starts out with Bryce Loski reminiscing about the first day he met Juli Baker when they were in second grade.  He is horrified by her brazen behavior, and later, the judgments of his classmates because of Juli’s adoration.  He retells all the embarrassing moments he has suffered at Juli’s hands and the steps he takes to avoid her.  The narration then shifts to Juli’s memories of the same events, but she remembers things a little differently.  In her recollections, Bryce is wonderful and is as crazy about her as she is about him, but he’s too shy to do anything.

The movie continues this way, bouncing back and forth between Juli’s narration and Bryce’s.  There’s a science fair, an egg encounter, a joint family dinner, and a “basket boy” auction, where the girls bid on a picnic basket and get a date with the boy who goes along with said basket.  Through the course of the story, they both start to flip; Bryce starts to realize what an amazing person Juli is and she starts to realize that Bryce might be less than she has always made him out to be.

This really is a fantastic movie, and I just can’t sing its praises enough.  The cast is terrific, especially Madeline Carroll and Callan McAuliffe, Juli and Bryce respectively.  The movie is quite true to the book, other than that the movie is set in the 60’s and the book is set in the present.  All of the stories are the same.

When Juli first meets Bryce, she is convinced that he is walking around with her first kiss.  At one point, he almost gives it to her, and it is more than a little unexpected, considering she isn’t particularly fond of him at the time.  In honor of that almost kiss, I give you Duri’s Unexpected Kiss.

This polish is a pink polish, with a blue shimmer; it almost looks purple with the blue.  It’s a very pretty color, although I wasn’t crazy about it on me.  The formula was pretty nice.  This picture was three coats, but I probably could have managed with only two.

I did like this polish, but I didn’t love it like I love Flipped. ~E

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