Choose Your Adventure: The Mostly Gatsby Edition

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It is probably an understatement to say that I’m excited for The Great Gatsby movie this weekend. I loved Iron Man 3 last weekend, but I’ve been waiting for Gatsby longer I think. Last week I re-read the book for the first time in a long time and I remembered how much I love Fitgerald’s language.  Gatsby has similar themes to both Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge, along with the extreme highs and extreme lows that they all contain; Which makes Baz the perfect director for the piece. I’m not thrilled with the idea of hip-hop infiltrating a wonderful 1920’s musical scene, but I’m interested to see how it all works together.

And so, here are some Great Gatsby Adventures for you!

The Great Gatsby official website

Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby Journal (interactive awesomeness)

1920’s fashion on ModCloth – I knew there was a reason I had never visited ModCloth before – beautiful, tempting and a touch too expensive for me!

Listen to the Great Gatsby soundtrack on youtube

Particularly loving the Florence and the Machine song, Over the Love

and Lana Del Rey’s Young and Beautiful

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and, other nerdy awesome things from this week:

Wil Wheaton tells us why it’s Awesome to be a Nerd

Spock’s Old and New  have a little  competition 🙂

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Movies as Life Inspiration – a Personal Post

Black and White Utah Clouds photograph by fallenpeach

change. adventure. growth. and living the movies.

Movies have always been a big part of my life.  Lately, I’ve been thinking about how movies flow in and out of my life; arriving when I need them, leaving for a while when I don’t, and then coming back when I’m feeling nostalgic.

When I was little my most favorite movies were Labyrinth, The Neverending Story, Goonies and any other fantasy movie I could find. I was also big on Disney movies (particularly Oliver and Company, Beauty and the Beast and Robin Hood) and anything Henson/Muppets. These movies continue to be a part of my life and shape many of my interests and adventures even now.

Moving into middle school, Grease became a big part of my movie watching experience. I didn’t get everything in it till years later, but I loved the music, time period and everything I did understand about the movie. In fact, anything from (or that represented) the 1950’s or ’60’s became a huge influence on everything else in my life around age 13.  I “discovered” The Beatles with a friend and together we became obsessed. A Hard Days’ Night was another frequently viewed film, along with even more fantasy movies like Willow and The Princess Bride. This is when my “musical identity” started to take shape. I grew up listening to a lot of oldies and a lot of classic rock and around this time period I held onto that music despite my classmates.

In high school I started to focus on the Rebels. I felt like an outsider in school, but I wasn’t as cool as the outsiders I admired from Hackers, Empire Records, Pretty in Pink and Foxfire. So I lived vicariously through these movies.

Skipping ahead past college and post college when my movie watching was crazy varied and doesn’t really have an identifiable theme, we will move to around now – 2013. At age 30,  movies like Away We Go, The Brothers Bloom, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Penelope, and even The Village Barbershop call to me more often than others. All movies about identity, home and finding your place in the world. Because those are the things that I am thinking about right now. And so it makes sense.

What I’m not sure about is if these movies inspire me and push me forward, or if they simply let me imagine what could be. The older I get, the braver I get. I wasn’t able to be a “cool” rebel in high school, but I am more likely to take direction from Away We Go (and in fact our second road trip was very much based on that movie) at this point in my life and see where it takes me. It’s interesting to look back and see how the movies that I watched were based on how I wanted to be or how I wanted to be seen. But I was never brave enough to take it past watching and into my own life.

Maybe it’s because the movies that I am drawn to now are more “realistic” and less overly dramatic. Or maybe I’m just ready. Ready to adventure onward and find my place in the world. I am thinking a lot about change right now. Changing my hair, changing my schedule, changing my location. Trying to add more freelance work to give myself a bit of change in my work. Maybe 31, not 30, will be my year of change. Maybe these next few months until my birthday are a time to reflect and decide where I want my life to go.

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Do you notice a theme in the movies you watch or the books you read? How do they influence you in your real life?

Choose Your Adventure: April 5, 2013

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Happy Friday! I spent a lot of this week under the weather and some more time researching Craft Fairs. I’m having a difficult time finding some in the Spring and early Summer, but I have at least four to look into for September.

I was also saddened to hear of three (they are always in threes aren’t they?) deaths – Jane Henson, Roger Ebert and Chinua Achebe this week. A moment for each of them.

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This month I’m working on Simplifying and this article I ran across was good inspiration, if a bit intended for those with larger homes – 8 Tips for Editing Your Life That Work for Any Budget

I’m also in love with fellow Meetup member Gaia Cornwall’s new website! Ta Da!

Despite my misgivings (due to my love of the Val Kilmer movie, don’t judge!) I’m kind of excited about The Saint reboot – check out the trailer over at The Mary Sue.

And more things that make me happy – Logan (Jason Dohring)  has been confirmed for the Veronica Mars Movie! I want to start re-watching the series soon, but Matt has been less than excited. I may have to just put it on one night and hope it hooks him!

In reading news, Matt has started the third Game of Thrones book and keeps gasping. I don’t care about spoilers, so I may just keep poking him to tell me what is happening. I’ve finished Soulless, which I found okay but not great, and am moving on to the fifth book in the Outlander series – Fiery Cross. This one is moving a little slow for me in the beginning, but I still adore the characters and can’t wait to see what happens.

What were your adventures this week?

 

Choose Your Adventure: Middle of March 2013

choose your adventure from fallenpeachHappy Friday everyone!

This week wasn’t quite as full of adventure as last week, but here are some fun things we saw/read/are looking forward to.

– On Friday last we spontaneously bought tickets to see Matchbox Twenty at their show at Mohegan Sun and it was absolutely awesome. Matchbox has been one of my favorite bands for a long long time and the concert was a wonderful blend of new and old music. Also, because we were buying whatever seats had been held aside or whatever it is they do there, we had incredible seats despite buying  last minute.

– Last weekend we went to see Jack The Giant Slayer in theaters and I have to say it was a really fun movie. A little cheesy, and the animation in the opening was a bit terrible, but overall a fun fantasy flick with good acting, nice use of a classic story and some good dialogue.

– Despite my blog post earlier this week about tackling the business books I own before obtaining another, I borrowed a new business book today. It called to me and I really think that it might inspire me to keep moving. Next month I will be picking one from “the pile”, but for this month it’s The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin. I’ll keep you posted on how I like or dislike it.

– We recently bought our tickets to The Steampunk World’s Fair and I’m getting really excited about it. This will be our third year going (and the third year of the fair), and we always have a blast. This year is fixing to be even bigger and better than last year, I just hope I have enough time to put together a new outfit 🙂 . If you are in the Northeast and interested even remotely in Steampunk, I highly suggest checking the fair out!

– If for some reason you haven’t seen it yet, take an adventure over to the Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter. They’ve already made their goal and I’m super excited to see this movie. I loved the show and can’t wait to see what they do with a movie. Also, they little video they made is hilarious.

What were your adventures this week? Have any of you read The Icarus Deception?

30 before 30: Rocky & the Godfather

One movie related item on my 30 before 30 list was to watch 5 movies that I feel I should have seen before now – including both Rocky and The Godfather. How I had managed to not see either of these movies is totally beyond me since they are on TV all the time.

First up: Rocky.

I can finally say I’ve seen Rocky (er, rather, all of them… how can you stop after just one Rocky?) and I really enjoyed most of them, though the first is definitely the best. A full and beautifully written script by Stallone combined with his unique acting style really brought Rocky to life with more dimensions than I expected. Rocky is not just a boxing movie. It’s a movie that happens to have boxing in it, and that is why I like it. Not that I don’t occasionally dig the sports movies but rather this one was so much more than that which makes it special.

The rest of the Rocky movies were okay, only one was really absolutely terrible, but until the last one they don’t really hit the same tone of the original.

Next: The Godfather.

So far I have only seen the first Godfather, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I kept recognizing actors that i previously had no idea were in this movie and quickly was pulled into the drama of it all. Great acting, interesting story and great characters.. watching Michael’s character arc throughout the movie was intriguing and well done. Several people have told me that the second is even better, so I’m looking forward to adding that to our Blockbuster que and continuing the Godfather adventure.

Over all I’m glad I’ve finally seen these movies and I think I liked Rocky more than Godfather, but enjoyed both. Movies still on the “should have seen by now” list are : Blade Runner, Alien and Annie Hall. Stay tuned!

30 before 30: An Update for the New Year

Although I haven’t been posting about it lately, I have been trying to keep up with my 30 before 30 list.

For example, just before Christmas I had red highlights put in my hair. The problem is that they are barely visible. My hairdresser wasn’t sure if I would like it (I’ve known her most of my life) and my budget was small. So, I crossed it off the list but I’m determined to try again with a more noticeable result post wedding.

I’ve also been crossing George Clooney movies off my list piece by piece. The last one we watch was probably one of the worst, Batman and Robin. That was painful.

For the Five Movies I Should Have Seen By Now, I’ve watched two: Some Like it Hot and Rocky (and now we are working through all the Rocky movies). I really enjoyed both and am amazed that it took me this long to see them. I’ve decided on the rest of the movies for this list as well – Godfather, Alien, Blade Runner and Annie Hall. I’ll let you know what I think of them!

My first 365 I decided to stop. I was so far behind and I wanted to start fresh with the new year. I’m stumbling at the beginning of my second one, but hopefully this weekend I can catch up and come up with creative ways to keep the energy flowing.

I’ve also tried one of three new foods: Pineapple, which was tasty.

And on that note, I think you are officially updated on my 30 before 30 progress.

 

30 Before 30: Watching Peacemaker

AND I’M BACK on my 30 Before 30 Adventure! This past weekend we continued watching George Clooney movies with Peacemaker, a movie neither of us had seen before. I wasn’t expecting this to be one of the good ones, but it was actually a pretty good movie.

From IMDB: “A US Army colonel and a civilian woman supervising him must track down stolen Russian nuclear weapons before they’re used by terrorists. “

That’s a pretty simplified explanation, but in a nutshell – yes. George Clooney takes risks that Nicole Kidman doesn’t want him to, and tension ensues – but what’s great about this movie is that the tension is not necessarily romantic.

Things I liked about this movie: the acting, the dialogue, the fact that they stayed away from the “romantic entanglements” that we both expected to be front and center, and there were some pretty good action sequences.

Things I didn’t like: The plot was bit confusing. I also believe that the movie makers assumed knowledge of the war in Bosnia that  I was a bit to young at the time to really retain. Watching this movie years later, I wish they had taken a moment or a line or two to put in some context for the “villain” past a small flashback.

Ultimately, though, a fun action movie with twists and turns and snappy dialogue.

Have you seen it? What George Clooney movie should we watch next?