You Don't Bring Me Anything But Down

Over the past few years, I've been able to take a step back and evaluate friendships, new and old with a clearer understanding of what constitutes a good, long-lasting friendship.

I've come to the conclusion that one "friend" whom everyone insisted I meet shares little in common with me, other than a shared interest in some fashion brands. The times I've spent with her are spent listening to her talk about clothes, brands, and in some cases, what kind of cosmetic work she would like to have done/physical changes she'd like to make. I've had to talk her out of a very serious procedure to make her nose look less prominent when in reality, it looks fine. She also was incredibly determined to reach a particular weight, which isn't a bad goal but when you call yourself a "fat ass", "fatty", or the like and you are the stark opposite according to your friends and peers, it really brings them down as they start evaluating themselves. I've fallen out of love with some of our shared fashion styles and find myself putting money towards college loans or timeless pieces from couture houses that I trust for longevity and style.

With regards to political differences, she is very loud about her preferences, almost always trumpeting them loud and clear on social media. It tends to be written with anger or malice towards the other side, accompanied by some colorful language.

Another "friend" I've recently met is also incredibly vocal online. She tends to talk about how much weight she has lost (which is not bad - it was a goal of hers) to half yelling about a hot film receiving so much attention that she can't stand it any more. (Note: She hasn't seen the film yet.)

Ironically, I was introduced to both girls for sharing the same interest in a particular fashion style from another country. But now, I've fallen out of love with the style and both girls seem quite obsessed with it for shallow reasons.

You and I Movie Review

Long time since I've made a post on my LJ but better late than never. Last night I found that a user had posted the entire movie You and I on YouTube so I watched it, since the trailer was hazy on what the big story was supposed to be. 

The film centers on two girls from two completely different walks of life. Lana is a Russian beauty who lives in a small, rural town in Russia. She works alongside her mom at a meat packing plant and sees little escape from the mundaneness of her life. In her spare time, she writes poems and shares them on a t.a.t.u forum. Janie, an American residing in Moscow, subscribes to Lana's posts and decides to reach out her via the forum's chat options. They agree to meet in Moscow and have Lana stay with Janie for a few days to see the t.a.t.u concert in Moscow. 

Before Lana is scheduled to visit, Janie takes Lana's latest poem and puts music to it to make it into a song. Lana arrives in Moscow and has some trouble finding Janie until they connect via cell phone to find their locations. Janie shows Lana that she has turned her poem into a song and a YouTube video. It has not received many hits, which Lana reasons it could be due to Janie's iffy singing and awkward filming. The girls reshoot the video and post it to YouTube.

The rest of the film shows how the girls deal with the cruel fate of reality as they eventually meet their favorite band, t.a.t.u. Janie battles a drug addition and denies it until she witnesses a frequent customer convulsing and eventually dying from an overdose. Lana realizes that entering the modeling world is difficult and nearly impossible, despite her good looks. Her physical beauty draws many male suitors who attempt to seduce her several times in the film but she realizes that she is drawn to Janie, who likewise feels the same. t.a.t.u.'s manager Max finds their YouTube videos and makes the effort to find them and make their dreams come true: to meet the band and have their songs be performed live. 

As a film, casting was fair. The character Janie felt contrived to me, as she acts out like the typical teenager who abuses her life with drugs until she sees that defining moment that brings her back to reality. The movie site described her as a lesbian but there are only glimpses of it – a more accurate portrayal of a lesbian perhaps but it would have been interesting to see how the story could have touched on that as a problem in the film. Lana is used as comedic relief in some areas when she asks for definitions of American slang, which I feel was a bit overdone after a few times. Anton Yelchin as Edvard was annoying as I am not a fan of his acting in this production with the over-the-top attitude he exhibits. 

Overall, I would give this film 3/5.


Well Haven't You Heard the Rumors

Everyone at my university is reacting to the recent celebrity gossip about a certain Miley Cyrus enrolling next year. Emotions are ranging from anger and embarrassment to those who are simply giddy to possibly spot a celebrity of our generation in the area. And unfortunately, some of the people in the former camp are attacking the latter for being so clueless or just desperate to meet someone, anyone who is famous.

What do I think about this? Andy Warhol said "In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes." Miley's had her time in the spotlight and maybe you'd like to think that she'd trying to settle down and lay low for a while. I'm not a fan of her work mind you but everyone has a right to apply and enroll in higher education. If I don't want to associate with her, I don't have to since she will most likely be in another major that isn't related to mine. 
Looking Down

As We Say Farewell to 2011

I swore to post more to this journal which hasn't really happened. Sorry about that gang! 

My Christmas was great in terms of gifts and fun galore. I made most of my presents for my mom, dad, and grandma. Mom got a crocheted circle/infinity scarf, Dad got a Staples Easy Button and a mixed CD of current and classic hits for the car rides to and from work, and Grandma got reversible placemats with cat motifs.

My gifts included:
The Riddler Converse Lo Tops
Batman Comic Converse Lo Tops
A portable scanning wand for books and documents
Navy blue long sleeved dress
Tan/dust colored sleeveless dress
Money from both of my grandmas
An interchangeable wristband Mickey Mouse watch
Chocolate Peppermint Coal Candy
Sprinkles Dark Chocolate Cupcake Mix
$25 Sprinkles Gift Card
Chanel Handbag-esque Ornament from Nordstroms
Coco Chanel book
Comic Con International 40 Years Collectors Book

My scanner is coming in handy as I borrowed Fast Times at Ridgemont High from a library and the book has been out of print for a long time. (Hello e-Book in makeshift version)

I ordered my first 3 pairs of circle lenses, which are fashion contact lenses in different colors or designs that change the eye's look or color easily. I'm anxious to see how I'll look with better brown eyes, green, and grey eyes plus whatever bonus pair the company plans to send my way.