January 2, 2013 § 2 Comments
Ahhhh! It’s already 2013 and I have one lingering Top List of 2012 left! I’ve also had just four hours of sleep and just flew in from Paris, so without too much witty banter and commentary, here is my list of favourite movies of the past year.
Nick and I have been waiting for this movie for four years. FOUR YEARS. Although it wasn’t quite as good as The Dark Knight, it was really good with the best ending of a movie I can remember.
I loved this book so much that I was a bit nervous to watch the movie. (After last year’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close disaster, I had every right to be weary!) But happily, they did a great job turning this story into a film. It also helped that I went with two great girls who were also fans of the book.
I love everything and anything Wes Anderson does. I practically have an entire part of my blog dedicated to his work. While Moonrise Kingdom didn’t compare to his last movie, Fantastic Mr. Fox, it was still a great departure into a beautiful vintage island world.
There’s a reason this post was late – I was waiting to see all of the movies I had a feeling would be fantastic and Nick and I just saw Argo last night in Paris! While Argo made me so anxious I had to remember to breathe during the more suspenseful scenes, it was thoroughly enjoyable and a seriously interesting true story with a great shout out to Canadians. I wish I would have learned about this in school!
Quentin Tarantino is another one of my favourite directors who I think can do no wrong. Django is seriously violent, with paying homage to his older movies like Kill Bill (swoon), but with a bit less exaggerated long dialogue (unlike Death Proof). I’m so glad he gave Christoph Waltz another role so he could play the good guy this time.
Definitely the oddball of my movie picks this year. Nick and I got tickets to the opening of this in NYC, which sounds like a big deal, but was pretty small and intimate. A few of the actors were there, along with parents of the producer who actually helped pay for the movie. They spoke about shooting it in Manitoba before the movie and Nick got to have a fanboy moment over Seann William Scott. Really though, this one is just great for some dumb laughs, while also feeling very patriotic ;)
December 21, 2012 § 1 Comment
TV was good in 2012! It seemed that once a show ended for the season, another one would start. Nick and I love having our nights, especially Sundays, to hang out on the couch and watch our favourite shows. Here are mine from the past year:
Season 5 was the best yet! I just finished re-watching it and caught even more subtleties and underlying themes the second time. Seriously powerful and amazingly written television.
THE WALKING DEAD
Another AMC show that finally hit its stride. Season 3 of The Walking Dead was the best one yet. The character development has hit a peak and now the serious action and story can begin. The mid-season finale had me so worked up, I couldn’t go to bed afterwards!
Ahhh, 30 Rock. My humour-twin. Sadly, this is the show’s final season, but I find comfort knowing it will end before it jumps the shark.
A great first season of this new HBO show. Sure, it’s a little corny and not completely realistic, but the way they tell stories based around news events from the recent past is very smart. Plus you gotta love its optimism. Looking forward to season 2.
Louis CK’s show definitely found a different way to entertain in its third season. He has ditched the pure offensive, shocking, and silly humour for something more. Many of the shows are comments on life and humanity. The season finale actually made me tear up. A pretty huge departure from the first two seasons.
Another great new HBO show! Nick and I loved to watch this, almost through our fingers, laughing along and being extremely grateful that we are in our thirties and married and no longer have to deal with some of the insane, but realistic, shit that young people in cities go through growing up.
THE BIG BANG THEORY
The silliest guilty pleasure of the year. For a year, BBT would pop up on our TV, syndicated on TBS, Fox, and every other network with sitcoms. We’d always change the channel, until we just didn’t. We gave in and now Nick and I love this show, often watching it to wind down before bed on weeknights. If you were a fan of Roseanne, That 70’s Show, or Scrubs, you have to give it a chance.
November 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
Cancer Bats‘ new video makes my heart happy. These hilarious headbangers proudly show off their favourite Toronto restaurants, venues, and shops like Town Moto, Lee’s Palace, The Horseshoe, Bikes On Wheels, Sneaky Dees, Honest Ed’s, Suspect Video, and Sonic Boom. Consider this your guide to Toronto, courtesy of Cancer Bats.
There couldn’t have been a more perfect video for a song called “Bricks and Mortar”!
November 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
The Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco is holding their third Bad Dads art show, featuring the works of many talented artists inspired by Wes Anderson‘s films. Here are some of my favourites from this year:
There are a ton of prints and originals to choose from in this show, unfortunately, a lot of the prints have already sold out. Have a look and see if your favourite is still available here.
Who else would love to decorate their entire apartment with these fantastic movie posters?
October 29, 2012 § Leave a comment
All of this hurricane talk makes me want to watch The Simpsons, specifically Hurricane Neddy.
If only I had season 8! For now, I’ll continue to scour Twitter for info, watch the news, and keep Nick from eating all our food tonight.
How is it where you are?
October 15, 2012 § 3 Comments
As some of you already know, Nick and I have birthdays two days apart. When we were dating long distance, Toronto to New York, this usually meant just one of us would actually get the other one on their actual birthday – whichever date was closest to a weekend. Even though we’ve been married for over two years now, this year was the first year we decided to celebrate our birthdays completely together and make it into a fun “birthday week”.
You already saw what I did on Tuesday, but the celebrations didn’t end there. On Wednesday night, as a lead in to Nick’s big day, we went to see the Yankees play the Orioles. It was great to drink a beer, eat some greasy food, and cheer on NYC with their biggest fan. We ended up leaving after the 7th inning because it looked like they were going to lose, but by the time we got home, they won!
On Thursday, Nick’s birthday was quiet by request, but we did get to eat burritos and watch Prometheus.
On Friday night, we headed into the city to finally watch our good friend Ben’s documentary Unfinished Spaces play at the Cooper Union. It was so interesting and really cool to watch him participate in a filmmaker’s panel after the movie. One snooty architecture professor in attendance even told the entire theatre that Ben reminded him of Wes Anderson. I can kind of see it now!
Saturday night, was our big celebration. We invited 10 of our favourite New Yorkers out to dinner at Supper Restaurant. A lot of these people hadn’t met each other before; they were from totally different social groups. It was so much fun to see them meet. As Nick called it, “a social experiment”. The food was delicious and the company was so great. We love you guys!
We got a few drinks at three different bars afterwards, before we headed home to get our beauty rest because on Sunday morning I got up early to get breakfast with…
Rob and Tami! They were in town visiting from Toronto. It was great to have them in my neighbourhood and introduce them to Brooklyn Label.
Running purely on fumes by Sunday afternoon, Nick and I brought the chocolate dot cookies I made over to Annie’s “pumpkin party”. We ate so many delicious things made by everyone in attendance and Nick got to play with the cat and dog of the apartment.
We finished up our weekend by eating a healthy dinner (after pasta, wine, cupcakes, and bacon-wrapped figs) and watching the season premiere of The Walking Dead.
What a great week! Thanks to everyone who made it so special for us <3
October 4, 2012 § 1 Comment
I mean, how great is happiness? It’s really a simple emotion, if you think about it. That’s why I’m really interested in this new documentary, Happy. Everyone has the right to be happy, even though happiness comes easier for some than others. Some expect to be happy all of the time, where others argue if you weren’t miserable sometimes, how could you know when you were happy?
All of this reminds me of the speech my Dad gave when Nick and I were married:
“Christina is always happy… or at least working towards it given the circumstance. For several years in her mid-teens, she actually hummed cheerily non-stop during meals. Happy hums.”
I hope you all have a very happy Thursday.