Wednesday, January 26, 2011

“Night Has Brought To Those Who Sleep, Only Dreams They Can Not Keep.”

Many things, such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly are done worst when we try hardest to do them

We've been complaining long enough that there aren't enough hours in a day.

I think it's about time that humans evolve and require less hours of sleep.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Market Of Romantic Story Telling

Movies teach us some strange life lessons, don't they?

Aladdin: Lie to everyone and pretend you're someone you're not, so people will like you
Grease: Change your entire image, personality, and style, so that bad boy you have a crush on will like you

Although I am one of the biggest Disney fans on this earth, I'm certain that Disney movies greatly influence girls in picking their mates and making romance and fairy tales a priority. I recently read that men want women who want a marriage, not just a wedding. Disney is great for showing the romance leading up to that special day, but the credits roll and the rest of the story is left up to our imagination to come up with how they dealt with life obstacles such as: paying the bills, reproducing, how to deal with the ankle biters made from of their own genetic material. Not to mention, in the fairytale world, dragons and sword fights and talking animals take place pretty often, adding more conflict to the mix.

Are we brainwashed? All the stories end the same way every time: "happily ever after". Along with the expectations for singing birds and pitch perfect voices and perfect skin, little girls are being set up for disappointment. Is it fair that society blames Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus for influencing our youth? Blame the mermaids and the princesses and the ones that showed off their bellies way before "Hit me baby one more time".

Let me show you some examples:

Ariel: A wild free-spirited girl who didn't listen to her father and was into older men. The first time she sees Prince Eric she's naked on the beach. And then she gets married at 16, just after she betrayed her entire species of mer-people and changed everything she was for a guy.

Snow White: This lady wears way too much makeup and is very impulsive in love. She lived with seven men. And jumped onto the prince's horse after knowing him for less than 60 seconds.

Jasmine: "At least some good will come of my being forced to marry. When I am Queen, I will have the power to get rid of you". Uhh, spoiled brat! Just like Ariel, didn't listen to her father, and showed way too much skin throughout the whole movie.

Cinderella: Cinderella was insecure and didn't respect curfew. She stayed out late and used her friends for rides and to make clothes for her and ditched those same friends once she got a boyfriend.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ask Me Where I’m Going... Who knows? Ahead.


Well, we've all got to draw the line somewhere.

"I am a revisionist. Life was never different than this. Life was never better".

Sunday, January 9, 2011

You Always Hurt The Ones You Love

You always hurt the ones you love, the one you shouldn't hurt at all
You always take the sweetest rose, and crush it until the petals fall.
You always break the kindest hearts, with a hasty word you can't recall.
And if I broke your heart last night it's because I love you most of all

I have never cried so much from a movie. Other than award shows, I am normally very stable in my emotions while watching television. Why award shows bring me to tears is another story-- watching people's dreams come true on national television is so heartwarming and has me bawling my eyes out. I saw the movie Blue Valentine last night and couldn't stop thinking about it since I left the theatre. I even tweeted: "I'll tell you how amazing this movie is when and if I stop crying".

Well, I've stopped crying.

It's the kind of movie that leaves you in awe. You leave the theatre feeling so sad you're numb, and not sure if you should cry, but eventually break down in your car sitting in the parking lot. I've never been so touched by a movie. I actually cried for the majority of the way home, with my boyfriend offering ice cream and treats to convince me to stop.

When we watch movies we empathize with the characters, and that must be why I was so moved. I felt so angry and frustrated and sad and heartbroken. I had stomach pains just like I feel in real life when I come into situations dealing with anxiety.

Sadness, things falling apart, toxic love. It's so fascinating to me. Definitely one of my new favorite movies... which will need to be watched with plenty of kleenex on hand next time.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hollywood: The Cage To Catch Our Dreams

Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy gets the Catholic Church. America gets Hollywood.

Just want to say... I totally called this yesterday: ET Online: Selena Gomez Receieves Threats Following Cuddle Pics with Justin Bieber

I read today that Ryan Gosling from The Notebook said that the movie has resulted in breakups, after causing hopeless romantics to have unreasonably high standards.

"People would come up to me and tell me that they thought it was romantic, but one guy told me that he was engaged and (his fiancee) broke up with him after that movie because she said to him, 'You wouldn't build a house for me, would you?' He was like, 'Well, no, but I don't know how.' She said, 'But if you knew how?' He said, 'No, I wouldn't. But it doesn't mean I don't love you.' She said, 'Yeah, it does.' And she called it off."

Surely, there had to be other problems in the relationship leading her to come to that conclusion, but it made me think of other movies that may set our standards too high. We already use movies and television and pop culture media as a way to step in someone else's shoes and feel their emotions, tying them in to our own lives. Then we look at our own lives in comparison and forget that their fictional lives were influenced by a multimillion dollar blockbuster budget as well as experienced writers, stuntmen, and publicists.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Resolutions = Results

January first. Time for the city of twenty-somethings to get off the lawns they woke up on, and spend the next two months drawing a line through the 2011 they just wrote and writing 2012 underneath it.

Thanks 2010 for the memories. The year was dominated once again by Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, and featured the bedroom intruder song by Antoine Dodson, and the double rainbow guy. In 2011 I also hope I can come to terms with the fact that I will never be as cool as Willow Smith.

I read a quote today saying: "I find it ironic that the majority of New Years resolutions are heavily focused on health and wellness, yet so many people start the year hungover."
...something to ponder.

If it's true that the way you spend New Year's Eve is an indication of how you will spend your year, I spent it at a house party with some of my best friends and of course my wonderful boyfriend. It was a tad confusing when I was being called by the wrong name by the strangers I met that night-- so what does that foreshadow for my year? It started when I introduced myself as "Marley... like the dog", anticipating them to clarify with reference to the book/movie "Marley and Me". Unfortunately, in their intoxication, the statement was misunderstood and confused with the homeowner's dog named Oreo, which resulted in me being called Oreo all night.

Either way it was fun-- although New Year's Eve always seems to be a forced night of fun. And then there's all the pressure for resolutions, which should be made at any time not just the beginning of the year. Whenever they are made though, I am happy to support you through it.

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