Some Girls

The other night was the first time I tried out Vimeo’s new On Demand Service and I must say it was a seamless and enjoyable experience. I paid $5 to stream Some Girls, a movie that wasn’t even on my radar that has left my brain stirring. The film features a great ensemble cast with an intriguing storyline about a man who is about to get married and goes on a cross country journey to visit 5 of his exes in some sort of mind boggling “clear the air” type of reconciliation meeting. Adam Brody plays the “man” who visits his highschool sweetheart, Sam (Jennifer Morrison), a fling from Chicago, Tyler (Mia Maestro), a married college professor whom he had an affair with, Lindsay (Emily Watson), his bestfriend’s younger sister Reggie (Zoe Kazan), and Bobbi (Kristen Bell) the one who got away.

Adam Brody’s “man” character retraces his past dating history and selects the 5 women to visit whom he indicates really helped shaped the man he has become, and in the character’s own words was “pivotal” in his maturity. His first stop is in Seattle where he meets his highschool sweetheart Sam. Now for anyone who has dated anyone in highschool, we can probably all have ideas on why it didn’t last, why would there be a need to rekindle and make nice with someone from 15 years ago before you marry? Brody goes into details of why he decided to leave Sam, spitting out rather harsh words that no grown woman wants to hear. He said that he could see the woman she was going to become, and how he didn’t want to be stuck in Seattle as a produce manager at the supermarket  for the rest of his life. She then goes on to correct him “he’s the store manager, there is a difference” (referring to her now husband). What a slap in the face! To have your boyfriend predict your future at the age of 17? Impossible! Anyway, the story moves on and he flies into Chicago, then Boston, then back to Seattle and then finally ends in LA. While all the story lines with the women are different, the central themes are common: “Man” is extremely self absorbed, wildly selfish, has no perception of the hurt he has caused these women, and is a runner. As in, a run away from the problem and never look back type. So, is Man really a universal character out of all of us?

I recently watched Ruby Sparks and fell in love with Zoe Kazan, so I’m only assuming it’s appropriate that I enjoyed her performance as Reggie a lot. Her character’s relationship with Man occurred when she was 12 and he was 16. The good wholesome boy image was tainted that night of her 12th birthday sleepover when he did something to her that would stay long into adulthood. From there he travels to LA where he meets with Kristen Bell, the most relatable character I find probably as she was the one who got away. Do we all have one who got away? Who knows, some probably more prone to think so than others but it always makes you wonder.

The screenplay was originally a stage play by Neil Labute so each scene is an amazing amount of dialogue, in one setting, between two individuals. Each scene is compelling as the story unravels between the man and his exes, and what had gone wrong in each scenario. The movie made me think about a few ideas: the idea of closure and how it varies from one individual to another, and the nature of relationships and how often times the way we treat one another is so fleeting, free, and then all over (well, if the relationship fails anyway). I don’t want to say that only men treat women in the way the man is portrayed in the movie, but it rather does embody both genders. I’m sure there have been a string of women who have left men stranded, flailing, and also deeply distraught (though less addressed). I applaude the story, enjoyed the cast, was impressed with the soundtrack, and of course, it was an enjoyable to watch in the comforts of my own home, in my pj’s. Watch the trailer, let me know what you think.

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LA, Baby!

I can’t believe it’s JULY already! Please excuse the lack of posting as I’ve been out chasing the sunshine! Here’s a belated post of our girls getaway to Cali for my friend Veronica’s stagette! LA was a great time, these of course are the only suitable pictures for posting *wink*

Can’t wait to go back in the fall but until then, hope you enjoy the pics!















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Expect the Unexpected

For the past 3 years in a row I’ve participated in RUSH: BC Lung Association’s Urban Scavenger Hunt fundraising event that is very much like the Amazing Race, only in 1 day. It has been incredibly worthwhile and I always come home with great stories, bumps and bruises, and an extremely sore body for the next few days. RUSH is an fundraising event to help raise funds and awareness to help individuals who suffer from lung disease. Fundraising in the past has always made me aware of people’s sincere generosity, the impact and severity of the disease and amount of people affected by it, and the sheer excitement of being involved in a fun community event. This year I will not be RUSHing as a race participant but rather I’ll be capturing the event from behind the camera to help deliver a little promotional trailer that will hopefully entice more adventure seeking individuals to come out in future years to participate in a few hours of random madness (and a trip around the world if you finish 1st!!!).

Even though I am not running the course this year, I assure you I will still come home with great stories and be inspired by the people, outrageousness, and the sentiments behind some individuals’ quest to RUSH. See you out there! Best of luck to my dear friend Amy and Mikey, see you at the finish line!

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a photo of my partner Reaia and I from last year’s RUSH checkpoint at BC Place where we had to wear these crazy VELCRO suits and make our way through the bouncy obstacle: OW! (the captions for this photo are endless..)
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Let’s Get Physical

For those of you who know me, you’ll know that my relationship with sports and the idea of working out is rather observational, at best. I’ve never been deemed as athletic, sporty, in shape, or anything related to that nature. I’ve been the victim of gym memberships gone unused, expired groupon bootcamp promotions, casual drop in fitness classes, but nothing that has ever made me feel really physically fit. During the fall of 2009 my friend Holly and I decided to do something active as a departure from our desk jobs which had us sitting on our bottoms every day from 8-4. In researching fitness classes and workout options, we happened to land into the world of cardio kickboxing where we met Raz and his kickboxing bootcamp. Holly and I wanted to get a workout that was fun, fast, physical, and would implement a combination of cardio, self defence, and martial arts. Raz and his classes are suited for all levels of athletic ability, and he is a great leader. He works you hard, but is not militantly scary. He gives each individual feedback and support to keep going and feel self assured. His classes are full body workouts that also stimulate your mind and mental well being. I haven’t been back to Raz until this past May and I’m loving the physical workout I’m getting, as well as how sound my mental well being is as a result. Working in the film industry where days stretch to be as long as 18 hours, eating whatever you can get your hands on, and sleeping sporadically will have anyone’s body in a funk. I’m so glad I’ve been able to enjoy this time off and focus on working out and restoring my body and mind.

Check out Raz’s site if you’re interested in a solid workout. He’s a certified MMA Conditioning Coach and a Jiu-Jitsu Champion so don’t mess!

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And the Mountains Echoed

I picked up a copy of Khaled Hosseini’s latest book, And the Mountains Echoed yesterday on a spontaneous jaunt through Chapters. Not aware that he had published another book, I was thrilled. I rifled through his first two novels in record time and was amazed by how vivid he crafts his words to paint such a clear portrait of worlds so many of us have little to no familiarity with. The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns are both stories that explore friendships, relationships, family, hardships, struggle, all pitted against a backdrop of war torn times and animosity. I was very impressed specifically with his writing from A Thousand Splendid Suns as he captured the feminine perspective with an incredible vulnerability that had me in tears (like ugly crying tears) by the last few pages of the book. Writing with family as a reoccurring theme has given Hosseini an ability to connect with many, and probably explains his success as a writer and why his books have sold over 38 millions worldwide. I’m excited to start this book, like NOW!

Have a great weekend, everyone! What do you all have planned? Whatever you do have planned, listen to this latest track by Capitol Cities. So let the dance parties begin!

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Modern Vampires of the City

I am pleasantly surprised with Vampire Weekend‘s latest album, Modern Vampires of the City. Like, very happily can’t stop playing the album on repeat and I’ve never heard of this band before type of surprised. I wasn’t expecting anything that would stray too far from the signature VW sounding Cape Cod lounging beats, but I’m surprised by how much growth there is in this album. Musically, I feel like the band has inspired a new sound, that demonstrates maturity and something new and refreshing. I can’t explain it, but I like it. Favourite song off the album is Everlasting Arms. I’m trying to decipher the lyrics but am weary of the religious undertones so will leave that and just enjoy the song as something that is ignites something emotional inside of me, whatever that is. Hope you enjoy the album, friends!

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Back from Squatchin’

I’m back from the wild aka Sasquatch. It was an amazing 4 days against a wonderful backdrop that for those of us who live in the Pacific Northwest are so lucky to call our backyard. The Gorge really really is breathtaking. I’ve posted a few photos, but for the most part this time around, I decided to take less photos and absorb more of the scenery.

Musical Highlights from the weekend includes:
The Postal Service, The xx, Vampire Weekend, Mumford and Sons, Telekinesis, Dropkick Murphys, Imagine Dragons, Danny Brown, Bloc Party, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

My questions from the weekend: Why the heck did Azaelia Banks cancel, why do people love to wear animal suits, and how did I manage to get my knees/thighs sunbunt when I wore jeans on the sunniest days as a preventative measure?

See you next year maybe, Sasquatch. Thank you for a wonderful weekend.
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Sasquatch!

It’s almost time. It’s almost time for head down to the Gorge in Washington for 4 days of musical happiness for this year’s Sasquatch Festival. Now, I’m a bit nervous about this. Being a Coachella girl at heart, at this ripe old age of “over 30″, I am heading to Sasquatch for the first time ever. Camping with strangers, portable toilets, unpredictable weather, and no internet has the city girl in me sweating just a bit. In no particular order here is my Sasquatch band list:

The Postal Service, The XX, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, alt-j, Empire of the Sun, Youth Lagoon, Porcelain Raft, Azealia Banks, Grimes, Imagine Dragons, Mumford & Sons, Twin Shadow, Tallest Man on Earth, Telekinesis, Earl Sweatshirt, POS, Shout Out Louds, ZZ Ward, Sigur Ros, Baauer, the Lumineers… and so many more.

I promise to come back with many photos to share, and any entertaining stories of a city girl in the wild. Well, it’s not the “wild” but ya just never know…. Have a great almost weekend everyone!

 

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“Texas Forever”

I’ve been highly obsessed over my recent albeit delayed discovery of NBC’s television drama, Friday Night Lights. The series began in 2006 and ended in 2011, and it wasn’t until a recent date with my Netflix that lead me to enter the town of Dillon, Texas. Growing up, I watched really corny and cheesy TV shows. I was that girl. I watched The Wonder Years (who doesn’t love Kevin and Winnie?) Beverly Hills 90210 (the original, you know, with Dylan McKay?), Dawson’s Creek (team Pacey forever), Party of Five (I couldn’t resist Scott Baio’s dimples), The OC (Seth, oh Seth), and Grey’s Anatomy (sheer heartbreak all the time). So as shown by my track record, I love shows where growing up is not optional, friends are forever, love is anything but easy, and life’s rather unexpected. These are the themes that have shaped my life along with the people who are valuable entities within it. It’s no surprise that upon the opening scene of the pilot episode, I knew I was done for. I completed all 5 seasons in a short 3 weeks and still think I’m in Texas, for now and likely for always.

Friday Night Lights is about football, but really it is about family ties, first loves, crushed dreams, growing up, moving on, and the people along the way who help shape you to be the person you are. What really impressed me was the writing and the development of each character. Everyone gets a unique story, subplot, conflict, and at the end, sound resolution. In Texas or not, these conflicts are real and undeniably believable. I can write an entire book about everything I love about the show, but for now, I’ll leave with just one.

Lesson #1 I learned from FNL: You will fall, and everyone else around you will fall.
I’m going to take the original starting quarterback Jason Street as an example of this. “QB1″ they called him, equipped with a hot cheerleader girlfriend, ready for his chance to play pro ball and going to one of the best colleges in the country. Then in a dark instance, he gets hit on the field and is paralyzed from waist down. He won’t walk again let alone play football. All his dreams are shattered in an instant and not just his dreams, but his parents and his girlfriend’s dreams, all gone. His character grew on me, not only because of his determination but his unwillingness to back down. Though at times a stretch and unrealistic that he would end up with his dream job in a big city like New York, his depth, spirit, and strength to keep fighting is admirable. Jason Street did not take anything for face value. He dealt with his new life, had new struggles, and remained the good natured and well mannered QB we met during Season 1. He fell, but his journey getting back up is unshakenly something to believe in.

Now if you don’t watch or have never watched the show none of this will mean anything to you. But I urge you to try it.

“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” I’ll be back next week with Lesson #2…

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New Music Tuesdays

Tuesdays have come to be one of my favourite days of the week. Why? Because it’s new album release Tuesdays and thanks to my trusty subscription with Rdio I get to experience new albums the moment I wake up on otherwise regular Tuesdays.

The National released their 6th album today titled “Trouble Will Find Me” and upon first listen, I could only describe it in this matter: “listening to The National’s album is like being in the arms of a stranger you’re quickly falling in love with.” I’ve been waiting and waiting for another album like this to come along since the release of The Boxer in 2007 which still stands as one of my favourite albums of all time. Today’s music pick is perfect in accordance to this overcast day in May. Daft Punk also released their new album, but I think I’m going to save that one for a sunny day.

What have you been listening to lately and if you haven’t already done so, join Rdio. Really, you’ll love it!

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