Thursday, February 19, 2015

Items From My Oscar To-Watch List Continue To Get Crossed Off...


Soo... Here's An Oscar Update:

Movie Count:
Seen: 27
Unseen: 33
  1. American Sniper
  2. Aya
  3. Begin Again
  4. Beyond the Lights
  5. Big Hero 6
  6. The Bigger Picture
  7. Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  8. Boogaloo And Graham
  9. The Boxtrolls
  10. Boyhood
  11. Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak)
  12. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  13. Citizenfour
  14. Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
  15. The Dam Keeper
  16. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  17. Feast
  18. Finding Vivian Maier
  19. Foxcatcher
  20. Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me
  21. Gone Girl
  22. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  23. Guardians of the Galaxy
  24. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  25. How to Train Your Dragon 2
  26. Ida
  27. The Imitation Game
  28. Inherent Vice
  29. Interstellar
  30. Into the Woods
  31. Joanna
  32. The Judge
  33. Last Days in Vietnam
  34. The Lego Movie
  35. Leviathan
  36. Maleficent
  37. Me and My Moulton
  38. Mr. Turner
  39. Nightcrawler
  40. Our Curse
  41. Parvaneh
  42. The Phone Call
  43. The Reaper (La Parka)
  44. The Salt of the Earth
  45. Selma
  46. A Single Life
  47. Song of the Sea
  48. Still Alice
  49. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  50. Tangerines
  51. The Theory of Everything
  52. Timbuktu
  53. Two Days, One Night
  54. Unbroken
  55. Virunga
  56. Whiplash
  57. White Earth
  58. Wild
  59. Wild Tales
  60. X-Men: Days of Future Past
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So, as of 8:10pm on Feb. 19, 2015, I still have 33 movies to go.

I'm being realistic with the fact that I know there's no way I'll be able to see all of them... There's no way... Unfortunately, so many of the movies haven't even been released, so there's no way I can see them! Oh well! I've seen more nominated movies now than I I've ever seen before.



Friday, February 13, 2015

Oh Won't You Stay With Me, Cause I Won't Back Down...

MUSIC.

I hate when I get fooled by Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," and think I'm about to be graced by "Werewolves of London," by Warren Zevon...


Werewolves of London


VS.



Sweet Home Alabama

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Like, I know they aren't the same song. If you listen to each of them, right after another (the beginnings), you can hear the differences, but they are just soooo similar still.


It's so cruel when I'm listening to the radio & I get super pumped for 5 seconds and then realize "Werewolves of London" isn't the song that's actually playing... I don't care that SHA came first... WoL is better... Sry.

BUT! That's not even the worst part...

You know what's worse?

WHEN THE SONG IS NEITHER OF THE TWO.

That's right.

Sometimes you get double-fooled and the song is actually "All Summer Long" by Kid Rock...


My hopes were up.. and then BAM.

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Another one that is literally an actual copy...

Rixton's "Me & My Broken Heart"



VS.


Rob Thomas' "Lonely No More"



Like......... The actual same. Bye.



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Okay, I'm not claiming that they are literally chord-for-chord playing the same exact song throughout the entirety of both songs....

BUT...

The chunks of some of the chord progressions/cadence of parts of the song are seriously too close to not be compared & rightfully so...

**I am also not claiming to be a music expert, clearly...Just an avid music listener/cruel-nit-picky person...

I think this is incredibly relevant right now though.

SAM SMITH vs. TOM PETTY(win)
Tom Petty just successfully sued Sam Smith for Smith's, "Stay With Me" sounding much too similar to Petty's, "I Won't Back Down."

I wasn't convinced at first... Then, I found this:

Whew.

You can definitely hear it.

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But honestly, music has been around for so long... Things are bound to sound similar every once in a while.

Whoops.

Anyway, I found this cool website:

If you go there, you can listen to a bunch of different songs that people have compiled that sound similar. There's a forum below where people comment & it's just really neat to see all the songs over the years that have been "copied."

Well, judge for yourself!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Journey to Completing My Bucket List...

Something that's been on my bucket list for years is to actually see every film that was nominated for an Academy Award.

This year, I'm actually making a conscious effort to see them all.
If I get really close and don't see like...two...
I'm going to be super salty...

Here are the movies that I've seen so far:

1. Big Hero 6
2. Birdman
3. Boyhood
4. Feast
5. Gone Girl
6. Guardians of the Galaxy
7. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
8. Interstellar
9. Into the Woods
10. The Judge
11. The Lego Movie
12. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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So, as you can see... I'm far from the 60 films that were nominated, but I'm determined to cross them all off!

Honestly, I've never really done anything like this before, and I've never really seen many from the "Best Picture" category as of late, and so watching these movies has been really great.

It's great to just look at the movies above and as I look down the list I can just really see why they've all made it this far!

I have off work tomorrow, so I think I'm going to spend as much time as possible seeing some more movies from the list. I know that some of the documentary movies are on Netflix! So that's a good motivator if I don't feel like going out tomorrow!

*****I would also just like to say that "Feast" (although I haven't seen any of the other shorts nominated) was my favorite & I think if you haven't seen it yet, go see Big Hero 6 and you'll be able to see it before the film. It's ADORABLE!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

It's All Just A Memory Now...

Today, I went through a few boxes from my 
junior high/high school days...


I can't even believe all the things I found.
So many random little things.

It's so nice to see the things that I kept though, 
for some reason or another.

So many pictures, notes, and other random whatevers! :)


(Most of it unfortunately made its way into the trash though, because you can't keep EVERYTHING forever)



Some things I found were from 10 years ago...
It's crazy to think that I'm even old enough to say things like that!


OLD.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

More F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Lists...


So, even though I own the series on DVD, I've been watching the episodes on Netflix, just to compare.

(And, let's face it... It's easier than having to figure out which episode I want to watch, the disc that corresponds with that episode, and then having to change discs...)

Netflix is just a time-saver, really...

Anyway, what actually bothers me about it:

THE EPISODES ARE NOT THE EXTENDED VERSIONS.

It's only a big deal because I've been so used to watching the extended versions that now I'll be sitting waiting for my favorite funny lines & they just never come...


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Enough of my wallowing.

I've decided to analyze each of the "Friends" seasons & rank them...
FROM THE WORST TO THE BEST:

How I chose:
I love "Friends" so much, so this is obviously a hard choice to just make outright... So, what I did was break down each season, and look at each episode, and whichever season had the highest number of solid (good...funny...etc) episodes, that would mean it was the best! Same goes for the season with the least number of all-time-favorite episodes, that would be ranked last.

******THERE MAY BE SOME SPOILERS******
BUT THIS SHOW HAS BEEN OFF THE AIR FOR OVER 10 YEARS SO YOU PROBABLY KNOW MOST OF WHAT HAPPENED ANYWAYS.......


*DRUM ROLL*

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Coming in at #10:

Season 1


Reason:
All in all, this season is really the weakest when you take it into consideration in its entirety. There were only 3 episodes that I really consider favorites from the season.

My favorite episodes from Season #1:
E03 - The One With The Thumb
E07 - The One With The Blackout
E15 - The One With The Stoned Guy

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#9

Season 3


Reason:
Really, this season just stresses me out. It's an emotional roller coaster as we travel up and down with Ross & Rachel's messy relationship. Amidst all the stress though, there are some sure-fire funny moments!

My favorite episodes from Season #3:
E02 - The One Where No One's Ready
E09 - The One With The Football
E14 - The One With Phoebe's Ex-Partner
E20 - The One With The Dollhouse
E24 - The One With The Ultimate Fighting Championship

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#8

Season 8


Reason:
It's rough for me that this season is lower on the list, because as most fans of the show know, season 4  is the home to the unanimously favorite episode of most, "The One With The Embryos," which is the episode pictured above... The one when Rachel & Monica play Joey & Chandler in a trivia game of who knows whom best, officiated by Ross. The only reason it's lower is just because some of the other seasons have a more powerhouse lineup. If it was based on one episode though, season 4 would take the cake.

My favorite episodes from Season #8:
E01 - The One After "I Do"
E02 - The One With The Red Sweater
E04 - The One With The Videotape
E09 - The One With The Rumor
E10 - The One With Monica's Boots

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#7

Season 4


Reason:
It's rough for me that this season is lower on the list, because as most fans of the show know, season 4  is the home to the unanimously favorite episode of most, "The One With The Embryos," which is the episode pictured above... The one when Rachel & Monica play Joey & Chandler in a trivia game of who knows whom best, officiated by Ross. The only reason it's lower is just because some of the other seasons have a more powerhouse lineup. If it was based on one episode though, season 4 would take the cake.

My favorite episodes from Season #4:
E04 - The One With The Ballroom Dancing
E09 - The One Where They're Gonna PARTY!
E12 - The One With The Embryos
E19 - The One With All The Haste
E20 - The One With All The Wedding Dresses

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#6

Season 5


Reason:
This season is packed with some solid episodes, and one of the best unveilings of a secret relationship! I also really love the venture out to Viva Las Vegas!

My favorite episodes from Season #5:
E03 - The One Hundredth
E04 - The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS
E06 - The One With The Yeti
E08 - The One With The Thanksgiving Flashbacks
E10 - The One With The Inappropriate Sister
E14 - The One Where Everyone Finds Out
E22 - The One With Joey's Big Break
E23 - The One In Vegas

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#5

Season 2


Reason:
This season's ranking was so shocking to me, because I usually avoid watching it, purely for the fact that I hate the Julie character... Which... maybe is a little bit of an irrational reason to avoid an entire season, but it happens. However, this season had a higher number of episodes I really like over some of the previously listed seasons. I especially love the Eddie character (pictured above) who come in at the end of the season.

My favorite episodes from Season #2:
E03 - The One Where Heckles Dies
E04 - The One With Phoebe's Husband
E05 - The One With Five Steaks And An Eggplant
E10 - The One With Russ
E14 - The One With The Prom Video
E16 - The One Where Joey Moves Out
E17 - The One Where Eddie Moves In
E19 - The One Where Eddie Won't Go
E20 - The One Where Old Yeller Dies

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#4

Season 9


Reason:
Season nine was jam-packed with 24 episodes, and a good chunk of them were hilarious! I think at this point in the serious, the characters were well-developed as well as the story lines, making the writing great, and the jokes funny! The episodes I listed below really prove this.

My favorite episodes from Season #9:
E03 - The One With The Pediatrician
E05 - The One With Phoebe's Birthday Dinner
E07 - The One With Ross' Inappropriate Song
E13 - The One Where Monica Sings
E14 - The One With The Blind Dates
E15 - The One With The Mugging
E16 - The One With The Boob Job
E17 - The One With The Memorial Service
E18 - The One With The Lottery

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#3

Season 7


Reason:
Again, this season peaks higher on the list over others because of the quality of the episodes, and the story lines carried throughout the season are some of my favorites. I love Monica and Chandler. Their relationship really isn't the focus of everyone's attention, however, it carried successfully throughout most of the series. While, everyone loves Ross & Rachel, Chandler & Monica were really the solid relationship of the show.

My favorite episodes from Season #7:
E02 - The One With Rachel's Book
E03 - The One With Phoebe's Cookies
E05 - The One With The Engagement Pictures
E06 - The One With The Nap Partners
E07 - The One With Ross' Library Book
E08 - The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs
E10 - The One With The Holiday Armadillo
E11 - The One With All The Cheesecakes
E14 - The One Where They All Turn Thirty
E16 - The One With The Truth About London
E17 - The One With The Cheap Wedding Dresses
E23 - The One With Monica And Chandler's Wedding

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#2

Season 6


Reason:
THIS ONE JUST HAS THE MOST FUNNY EPISODES! I'm starting to get repetitive about liking so many of the episodes in the season, making it better than the previously listed ones, so yeah... Check out the episodes listed below that helped rank season #6 at second best season of "Friends!" From leaving Vegas (which was hilarious), to the entire situation with Ross & Rachel post-Vegas, Monica & Chandler's blossoming relationship... Phoebe & Joey doing their hilarious things...Yeah, just awesomeness. Not to mention the routine... (Pictured above)

My favorite episodes from Season #6:
E01 - The One After Vegas
E04 - The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance
E05 - The One With Joey's Porche
E07 - The One Where Phoebe Runs
E08 - The One With Ross' Teeth
E09 - The One Where Ross Got High
E10 - The One With The Routine
E11 - The One With The Apothecary Table
E14 - The One Where Chandler Can't Cry
E15 - The One That Could Have Been
E17 - The One With Unagi
E22 - The One Where Paul's The Man
E23 - The One With The Ring
E24 - The One With The Proposal

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AND FINALLY:
(SUCH A CLOSE ONE!)

#1

Season 10


Reason:
The fact that this season had fewer episodes than all the others is why there are fewer "funniest" listed episodes... BUT! These episodes are all SOLID. Seriously. This season is solid gold. Not to mention it ends the entire series as a whole, but still... so many of the episodes from this season are hilarious... comedic gold, really. AND! So much happens in this last season, much of it really giving us, as fans, closure with the characters we grew to love so much. This is my favorite season!

My favorite episodes from Season #10:
E02 - The One Where Ross Is Fine
E03 - The One With Ross' Tan
E05 - The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits
E08 - The One With The Late Thanksgiving
E11 - The One Where The Stripper Cries
E12 - The One With Phoebe's Wedding
E13 - The One Where Joey Speaks French
E14 - The One With Princess Consuela
E15 - The One Where Estelle Dies
E16 - The One With Rachel's Going Away Party
E17 - The Last One (Part 1)
E18 - The Last One (Part 2)

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And they all (presumably) lived happily ever after!


....But that can't be confirmed until there's a legitimate reunion...




Sunday, January 4, 2015

'Cause You're There For Me Too...


From one "Friends" fan to another...
Or a non-fan, to each his own...

With the craze of all 236 episodes of "Friends" now being readily available at everyone's fingertips (On Netflix), the number of "Random Numbered List of The 'Best' Episodes of Friends Ever," has drastically increased.


I keep battling back and forth with myself on whether or not to make a list...

I'm just going to give you one helpful hint when watching.

HINT: Always, ALWAYS *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* when you hear the Friends Theme Song!


Now go watch all the episodes in order & you'll be happy that you did!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Finally, A Real Resolution...

I'm really sad about how little I blogged last year...
So again, my one of my resolutions is going to be to write a little more.
(Well, a lot more than last year, hopefully...)

This article here is a really good read for some simple resolutions.


I have so many things I want to accomplish in 2015.

One of the first things on my list is to find a full-time job.


I have 364 more days, so, here goes nothing.

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Next, now that I'm done with school & I have more time on my hands, I'd like to dedicate some of the extra time to working out.


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Austin's resolution was really sweet.

He wants to be more chivalrous!




So sweet :)

This one is especially interesting to me.
So many people say that "chivalry is dead," but it's not. 

This brings me back to one of my favorite blog posts.
I wrote about the chivalry quote from Easy A over four years ago.
You can read the post here.

I just went back & read it... 
It's funny to think that I thought my time to find someone was running out at the age of 18...
I feel like I know so much more than I did then...

I said back in 2010 that I had faith that chivalry wasn't dead.
I'm so glad that I was right.

Sometimes it takes some time to figure these things out though, right?

*Cheers to 2015*