Tuesday, June 3, 2008

As if..

I love movies of ALL genres, so it's always difficult to narrow down a list of favorites. Anyone who knows me knows my all-time favorites are Back to the Future (#1), Wayne's World, The Devil Wears Prada, Titanic (I could watch it over and over again), newer additions: Enchanted and Elf, and of course every baseball movie ever made.

However, I keep in a separate category of favorites: teeny bopper movies of old and new. There's something exciting about a completely stupid, but hilarious teen movie full of cute boys, bitchy girls, heinous, yet innovative fashion sense, and a happy ending that we know in real life won't last much longer than graduation. MY personal favorite teeny bopper movies are listed below. I know there are some CLASSICS missing (i.e. Brat Pack collections), but these are the ones that I can watch on an almost daily basis. I think I limited my selection to movies that take place only in high school, with limited amounts of "F" bombs and dirty-talk. Haha. Please don't judge me by my unique taste in teen comedies. In no particular order:

1. 10 Things I Hate About You- I don't think I've ever met anyone that doesn't like this movie. It's the clichè high school setting. Maybe because it's based on Shakespeare. Joey the jock who thinks he's so perfect and can get any girl in school and he gets beat up by the goody-goody in the end. And Heath Ledger.. *sigh* I remember we watched this movie a few weeks before he passed away. It's kind of weird to watch it now.

2. Can't Hardly Wait- Jennifer Love Hewitt's botched hair extensions and awkwardly large fake boob cleavage aside, I LOVE this movie! Mainly because of Kenny (aka Special K), the band that never gets to play throughout the whole party because they keep arguing. The Sci-Fi nerd that becomes cooler than the hunky jock for a night.. I think it's so intriguing because it's the last party of their high school years and people are both saying goodbye, and even meeting for the first time. I think the weirdest part about this movie is that this party is the night of graduation, yet the hostess's parents aren't even in town, and the main character is leaving town the very next day for some internship. Just a weird sequence of events, but still fun nonetheless.

3. Clueless- If a movie can define a generation, I think ours would be Clueless. Yea, I was in like 5th grade when the movie came out, but it was almost a look into what high school would be like. Of course it's not REALLY like that, but it was fun to think it might be. I think more language was adopted from this movie than any of them. "Whatever." I think, "As if" died after a while. I think this was one of the first movies where cell phones and pagers were dominate in a teenager's life. I think it still bothers me, however, that she gets together with her ex-stepbrother. That's just disturbing. I mean, your parents had sex with each other.. I think I would've been satisfied if they just maintained the strong brother-sister bond like they had right before Cher realized she was in love with him. Just a bit awkward.

4. She's the Man- Maybe it's because I LOVE Amanda Bynes, maybe it's the Hottie McBodies with their shirts off. This movie is hilarious. It's based on Shakespeare's The Twelfth Night which, again, is probably a reason why it works so well in a teen comedy. Amanda Bynes can actually pull off being a boy.. except for the voice. I love when she is falling in love with her roommate when she's dressed as a boy and she keeps staring at his body. The most realistic part is when genitalia is flashed in various ways during the soccer game at the end. (Unseen by the camera, fortunately.) Haha, great movie..

5. Girls Just Want to Have Fun- Another one of my favorite movies. I saw this when I was 5 at daycare. Probably shouldn't have been allowed to watch it at that age. I had the biggest crush on the main guy, Jeff (Lee Montgomery who hasn't been in anything since 1988. Sad.) I used to pause the movie and try to dance like Sarah Jessica Parker. I also like how the movie was named after the song, yet it was more about dancing and disobeying your parents than actually having FUN. Also, the one time the song is in the movie, it's a remade version because Cyndi Lauper didn't want to be associated with the movie. Haha, might as well have just come up with another name.

Shout Outs: Annie, Shakespeare, Victims of incestuous relationships

Monday, June 2, 2008

So, uhh.. you live around here?

For the most part, I am very observant when it comes to my environment and surroundings.. especially in public. I love observing new fashion trends and seeing what other people are wearing, watching interaction between a toddler and his parents at the mall (while fearing the future), listening to teenagers' conversations and realizing how old I'm getting.. again, fearing the future.

Something I have enjoyed observing recently is the way men approach and flirt with women, particularly at a bar. Yes, it's a singles scene, so it's expected to flirt or be flirted with. I love watching the two Bud Light drinking badasses' reactions at the entrance of Sherlock's when a group of ladies walk in. They look them up and down, one by one, wait for eye contact and a smile, then give one another an elbow nudge like they just won a prize. After waiting a short, but not so anxious amount of time as they finish their beers, they casually walk up behind the hot ladies at the bar and offer to buy one or two of them a drink in order to strike up a conversation. We women take advantage of these moments. "Yes, I'll have a Jack and Coke!" Then with a little flirt flirt, giggle giggle, bicep touch, chest nudge, she says, "Thanks," and continues to another area of the bar with her girlfriends.

I was at Gloria's for dinner at a bachelorette party this weekend. This persistent guy was talking to a table of about five or so ladies who did not even act interested. He then proceeded to the two ladies going out on the patio to smoke. He asked for a light. Smoooooth. The cigarette-happy females were laughing, seeming to enjoy themselves.. and it was obvious he was too. The ladies put out their cigarettes and walked back inside not giving this guy a second look. A table behind us, all I heard was this loud guy who sounded like he had his share of tequila. I glanced behind me and there were two women awkwardly standing by his table, arms crossed, looking around the room, in the middle of the walkway. He was asking them what they were doing after dinner. They ended the conversation by saying they're on their way out and for the guys to enjoy their dinner. As the ladies walked away, I took a glimpse of this tipsy flirt. Totally one of the "smart kids" that annoyed me in my business classes at ACU, as well as a relentless romancer of a former college friend. Different story, but definitely adds to the humor of his rejected advances.

My realization is this: So many people peg the women who go to bars and clubs and wear cute skimpy outfits as desperate and trying too hard to impress. I say, maybe 75% of the time if she's out with her girlfriends, she's also going home with her girlfriends. She may flirt with the guy who's been paying her attention all night, but her ultimate goal is not to get his phone number and meet him for brunch the next morning. If a group of guys are out, they're not wanting just a "night out with the boys", unless it's the playoffs at a sports bar. Yes, they may be having a contest to see how many ladies' phone numbers they can get, then they feel all macho when they don't call until the next weekend's outing, if at all. I have news for these men... we know the games and we play them too. We don't care you didn't call and when you actually do, we're only pretending to remember who you are. It's the mystery and intrigue of dating that is so fun and exciting. Summertime definitely sparks a flirtatious match. Hopefully it will also spark some entertainment as well.

Shout Outs: Fellow ACU alum with no game

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Blog that sh!t

I can't believe I actually caved. Since I finally quit Xanga like 2 years ago, I told myself I would never conform to the voluntary act of spilling excessive information of my personal life and thoughts on the internet for the world to see. (I encourage you to read your old journal entries if you have any.. it's interesting to see how ridiculous your thoughts used to be.) Aside from Facebook, I don't enjoy "personal profile" sites. I HATE myspace.. I would delete it if it weren't for the random people from my past whom I like to know I can contact IF I ever need to. I love getting reacquainted with old friends. I also love meeting new ones.. but not in an internet-forced way. SO.. it's official. I have started a blog.. a journal.. a daily rambling.. whatever you want to call it. I have so many crazy thoughts and stories that I e-mail/text my friends about daily.. hourly.. okay, constantly. I no longer want to deprive the rest of the world. I can't promise everything I say will always be interesting. But due to the ridiculous events that happen to me, especially the past few weeks, I think I can say enough to keep everyone entertained.

All that being said, I am now vowing to NEVER use the word "blog" as a verb. I started using "facebook" as a verb and realized how ridiculous it was and have been trying to quit. My favorite, "Facebook that shit!" So let's get this party started and "Blog that shit!"

Shout outs: Kylee, Jeremiah, and even Sean Cagle.