Tag Archive: 2009


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Over the weekend, my brother and sister-in-law told me that my nephews’ newest movie obsession was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  After stating how sick of the movie they both were, they were shocked that I hadn’t seen the movie and immediately put it on for us all to watch.

The movie is about Flint Lockwood, a goofy inventor (he invented rat birds and spray-on shoes), who lives on the tiny island of Swallow Falls.  Once famous for its sardine exports, the sardine factory closed and left the town with sardines as its only source of food.  Flint decides to invent a machine that will turn water into food.  After some extraordinary events, Flint’s device ends up in the atmosphere and begins raining food.

Sam Sparks, a junior weather reporter, comes to report on the fantastic weather occurrences in Swallow Falls and becomes close to Flint.  Eventually, the raining food gets out of control and Flint has to go to some pretty extreme measures to save the world.

The voice cast is quite good.  Bill Hader and Anna Faris are both reliable in the humor department.  Neil Patrick Harris is sadly underused as Flint’s monkey companion and Lauren Graham (who I am a big fan of) was in just one very short scene.  Bruce Campbell is good as the tiny mayor of Swallow Falls with ambitions to become a big mayor.  Let’s just say, he doesn’t get any taller, but he does get bigger.

Maybelline Wine & Dined

Maybelline’s Wine & Dined is actually the first Maybelline polish I have ever used.  The formula was pretty good, and it only required two coats.  The color was nice, but all of these wine colored polishes kind of blend together.  I will say that this is a great polish for anyone on a budget and will easily stand in effectively for a pricier brand. ~E

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The Young VictoriaThe Young Victoria may not be the most historically accurate movie ever, but I think it captures the essence of who Queen Victoria was as a young woman, and you can’t ask for more than that from a biographical film. Emily Blunt stars as the titular monarch, playing her as an iron-willed and lonely queen, unsure of the best way to go, but longing to be good. Paul Bettany plays her world-weary prime minister, Lord Melbourne–a man you take turns loving and disliking and back again as he manuevers Victoria through politically fraught waters. I have sort of an inexplicable crush on Paul Bettany. I can’t quite put my finger on why I think he’s sexy, I just do. And while I’m talking about crushes…Rupert Friend!!! I thought he was cute when he played Wickham in Pride and Prejudice, but that character is such a tool that I didn’t really give him a second thought. And then he was Prince Albert…and be still my heart! Forget about the mustache and mutton chops–this boy has soul and he brings such a lovable awkwardness to the part while still retaining the strength and dignity of the real Albert. Emily is effervescent, but Rupert carries this movie. When he’s not onscreen, I positively long for him, much like Victoria does.

If you are at all interested in period drama, or history, or just sweet love stories in general, don’t miss The Young Victoria. It is a simple, lovely little movie with a big heart…and an adorable leading man…which is the important bit, really.

Butter London Victoriana

Without a doubt, this is my favorite nail polish of all time. And that’s saying something, because my nail polish collection has crossed over from ridiculous to ludicrous proportions. Butter London’s Victoriana is a beautiful, dusty teal with thick silver shimmer and a formula like…well, butter. This picture is 2 coats, but I very nearly got away with just 1. The price of these bad boys is hard to justify, but if you ever find a good deal on them, be sure to snap Victoriana up. You won’t regret it! ~K

My family likes to joke that I am a shopaholic.  Although I may have a few shopaholic tendencies, I don’t think I am.  It’s true that when I have money, even sometimes when I don’t, I will admit that I like to buy things.  I think a little retail therapy is good for the soul every now and again.  The difference between me and Becky Bloomwood however, is that I have a little self-control.  And mannequins in store windows do not talk to me.  I am very proud of this fact.

Who is Becky Bloomwood, you may ask.  I will tell you.  She is the main character in the Confessions of a Shopaholic book series and the 2009 movie of the same name.  In the movie, she is a young journalist living in New York City, desperate to get a job at fashion magazine “Alette”.  To get her foot in the door, she decides to take a job at Alette’s sister magazine Successful Savings.  Her best friend finds it very ironic that Becky works for a financial magazine and has over $16,000 worth of credit card debt.

The best part of this movie is Becky Bloomwood herself.  She is totally nuts and has very little shame.  She says she speaks Finnish on her resume and has a list of excuses to keep her stories straight when creditors call.  She is a terrible dancer and allows herself to get in all sorts of humiliating situations, which is why she is loveable.

Isla Fisher as Becky Bloomwood is ingenious casting, as is Hugh Dancy as her incredibly handsome and idealistic boss, Luke Brandon.  They have nice chemistry together.  Isla dives right into the humiliating situations with such gusto that you just know she is having a ball as Becky.  Joan Cusack and John Goodman play Becky’s parents, and Kristin Scott Thomas has a blast as snooty Alette.

When Becky first meets Luke, there is a very funny story about a green scarf, which inspires her nom de plume at Successful Savings–The Girl with the Green Scarf.  In honor of this, I decided I wanted to do a green polish.  I have also wanted to do Pure Ice’s Get in Line for a long time but had a hard time connecting it.  Since Becky loves to shop and has a line of creditors chasing after her the entire movie, K and I decided the polish would work for this movie.

Truth be told, I’ve always thought of this polish as more of a blue than a green, but it definitely had a bit of green duochrome in there.  Once I got it on my nails though, it was apparent that this polish had a lot more green in it than I thought.  This picture is three coats and a top coat.

I have loved Pure Ice for a long time.  K and I discovered it at Wal Mart forever ago.  Generally, Pure Ice’s polishes are a bit runny, but this one was actually a little thick.  The first coat was a little rough going on, but it evened out nicely by the third coat (I recommend three coats for most of the Pure Ice polishes).  I liked Get in Line, as it was quite a beautiful color, but it isn’t my favorite of the Pure Ice polishes that I have.   That being said, I do recommend Pure Ice as a brand, as they are very reasonably priced.  The reformed Becky Bloomwood would definitely approve. ~E

I think that Disney needs to fire their advertising department. For the past several years (starting with The Princess and the Frog) I have not been impressed with their movie trailers. I thought TPatF looked like a Don Bluth ripoff (don’t get me wrong, I love Don Bluth, but who likes being ripped off?), I couldn’t tell what in the heck John Carter or Brave were about and Wreck-It Ralph looks unfunny to the extreme. But it’s Disney, so I go see the movies anyway and I am rarely disappointed. The problem is, not everyone is as devoted to Disney as I am, so when one of their excellent movies doesn’t do as well at the box office as they hope, they freak out and change things and just generally tick me off. Disney, the solution is simple: Just make better trailers!

Anyway. my movie for today is The Princess and the Frog, which is so not a Don Bluth ripoff. In fact, it is one of my very favorite Disney movies of all time, and that is not faint praise. In one corner, we have hardworking waitress, Tiana, who dreams of opening her own swanky restaurant and has put all other pursuits (romance, friends and fun) on the back-burner. In the other corner, we have Prince Naveen, devilishly charming rake, who lives for parties, music and general irresponsibility, but who has unfortunately been financially cutoff by his parents. The two collide when Naveen is magically transformed into a frog–by the wicked voodoo man, Dr. Facilier for his own nefarious purposes–and convinces Tiana to give him a smooch. Since she isn’t a princess, this plan backfires and (spoilers!) turns Tiana into a frog as well. Together, they go on a journey through the bayou, making friends (like trumpet playing alligator Louis, lovestruck firefly Ray, and bizarre voodoo queen Mama Odie) and teaching each other how to balance fun with responsibility.

The voice cast is perfection (and this is the first Disney cartoon since Beauty and the Beast where all of the cast did their own singing) and the animation is lush and beautifully rendered. I’m not ashamed to admit that I find Prince Naveen incredibly attractive (as a human…not so much as a frog). Honorable mention goes out to Jim Cummings as Ray. He made me love that darn firefly.

My polish for this movie is Sinful Colors Kissy (because an ill-advised kiss is what started Tiana on her journey). This is a pretty teal with big pieces of gold shimmer that is just gorgeous. I know that every nail polish company has a color just like this, but I think that it’s pretty enough to have a couple of them, right? This applied like a dream with three coats for complete coverage and no bubbling (which is a problem I often have with Sinful Colors). Unfortunately, this was a beast to get off with all of that shimmer clinging stubbornly to my nails and some serious blue staining of my fingers. I read somewhere that whitening toothpaste helps with polish staining, and although I was skeptic, I gave it a try. Surprisingly, it worked pretty well, but be sure to leave it on your fingers at least until the paste dries. ~K

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