Project Runway Season 4 Episode 7: Hmm, I Think I See a Shark Coming

January 17, 2008 at 7:01 pm | Posted in TV shows, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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We start off, as usual, in the apartments. Since Eliza was eliminated, Victorya has moved into the apartment with the remaining female contestants (Sweet P, Kit, Jillian). Nothing of note happened in the guys apartments, although I did appreciate seeing Rami in his towel.

Heidi reveals the next challenge by bringing out 8 high school girls. The designers will be making prom dresses for the girls and unlike previous challenges, the designers do not choose who they will work with, it is the other way around. The girls chose their designers based on their portfolios.

Christian has met his match in Maddie, a wanna-be designer. She wants black, brown, gold, white, and lace. Oy vey….most of the other collaborations seem to be going smoothly. They go to Mood and purchase fabrics. Some designers choose wisely and others…well you’ll see later on.

Most of the designers have finished their dress and are chilling out, Christian is about ready to throw in the towel. We see the runway show and the top designers are Victorya and Sweet P. The judges put Ricky, Kevin, Rami, and Christian in the bottom.

Victorya wins the challenge, and Kevin gets auf’ed. The streak of crappy aufings has continued; maybe I’ll link to some pics of the designs if I feel like it.

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Charlie Wilson’s War

January 16, 2008 at 3:15 pm | Posted in Movies | Leave a comment
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SPOILERS: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE FILM 

One of the many things to compromise on when you are in a relationship is on movies. Bill would never go with me to a chick flick and I would never go with him to see an action movie. So this past weekend we met in the middle and saw Charlie Wilson’s War.

The timing of this film is appropriate in a scary way. I did not know too much about the situation in Afghanistan in the 1980s, other than what I read in Khaled Hosseini novels. The movie was like a history lesson with a little bit of nudity on the side. This read like a classic case of “If we only knew then what we knew now….”. In the 70s and part of the 80s, we thought the Soviets were the biggest enemy of all time. Little did we know about fundamentalist Islam……

The most striking part of the film for me was near the end when Charlie Wilson was meeting with a few of the congressmen asking for a million dollars to build schools in Afghanistan and the request was met with indifference. It’s like the only thing that mattered was kicking Soviet butt and once that was finished, the fate of the Afghans was tossed aside.

It is a rare thing when a movie actually is able to teach you something and give you a new perspective on the current situation in the world and Charlie Wilson’s War definitely did that. Plus, it was so nice to see Tom Hanks back on the screen again. We missed you, Tom.

Project Runway Season 4 Episode 6: Yet Another Bullshit Aufing

January 9, 2008 at 4:23 pm | Posted in TV shows | Leave a comment
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When you watch a competitive reality TV show, you should know that the contestants you grow attached to will most likely not win and might be eliminated before other less worthy contestants. Project Runway is certainly not an exception to the rule. What immediately pops to mind are the unfair eliminations of Nick in Season 2 and Allyson in Season 3.  So far, there have been a few headscratchers this season (why the hell is Ricky still in this?) but before we get to the aufing….

We start off in the New Gotham apartments, poor Kevin is all by himself, looking like a boy band reject; then we have Rami, Ricky, Chris, and Christian discussing the latest elimination and Christian doesn’t seem too torn up about it, he’s like “dude made an ugly dress, get over it”. 

Heidi shows up for the obligatory handing of the models to the designers. Christian decides to switch his model, Lisa, for Lea. Lisa ends up with Ricky and Rami decides to dump Ashley for Samantha. Heidi tells the designers that they will be taking a field trip early the next day.

Tim goes to the apartments at 6AM, most of the designers are in their PJs and are embarassed to have their mentor see them first thing in the morning. Kit was sporting some major bedhead. Tim takes them to Times Square and they find themselves in the Hershey store. They have the whole store to themselves, and they are told they have 5 minutes to pick up whatever they can find in the store. Jillian’s loot is twice as big as she is and it is hillarious to watch her try to drag 2 big bags full of stuff out of the store.

The designers have the whole day ( 12 hours?) to make the outfit. At first, they’re having a great time but as the day draws closer panic starts to set in for some of the designers. Christian decides to use peanut butter cup wrapping for his dress but tosses hundreds of innocent peanut butter cups in the trash. Sweet P decides to trash her first design and start over. Kit picks up the Kit-Kats (of course) and uses them for the bustier top she’s designing. Jillian is freaking out because she just now realized that Twizzlers are very difficult material to work with.  Eliza is all like “I’m thinking of Hansel & Gretel, blah blah blah” and we hear her talk about getting hit by a car in London and being in a coma for 5 days. Hmm, why all the relevation? Could it be because…oh we’ll see later.

Tim comes in and critiques their outfits. He has reservations about Eliza, Sweet P, and Victorya’s outfits. The next day, the models come in and Jillian puts her model to work sewing Twizzlers on the top. Rami is worried that his outfit will fall apart. You would be too if most of your outfit was made of paper. Zac Posen is the guest judge. You may remember him from last season’s black and white challenge.

The top 3 designers are: Rami, Chris, Jillian

The bottom 3 designers are: Eliza, Sweet P, Victorya 

Winner: Rami

Eliza was auf’ed.  I could have done without the silver floatation devices on her arms and the shade of brown was morose but Sweet P’s and Victorya’s dresses were simply uninspired. Victorya must have been watching some Monty Python because her model’s walk would have been right at home in the Ministry of Silly Walks. It was like “Yes I know my dress kinda sucks but maybe if I have my model walk like a weirdo it will distract the judges”. I would have been okay with Sweet P going home instead of Eliza. I do think Eliza at least should have outlasted Ricky, he dodged a bullet with this one. That bubble skirt he made was heinous.

In the next episode, the designers are making prom dresses. Oh, this should be a good one!

The Rat Theatre

January 9, 2008 at 3:22 pm | Posted in Random Stuff | 1 Comment

Last month, Bill and I saw “The Mist”. What I didn’t tell you at the time was that there was a rat scurrying around the theatre. That really added to the movie viewing experience. After the movie ends, Bill goes to one of the employees working behind the counter and informs him that there was a rat in the movie theatre. The manager comes out and gives us free passes. While that was a nice move on the managers part, Bill and I are in no rush to use these passes anytime soon, I wonder why.

I will not reveal the name of the theatre, at least in this post. If you are really curious, just ask me (either in person or in the comments section).

Juno

January 9, 2008 at 3:05 pm | Posted in Movies, Opinion piece | Leave a comment
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 WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

The movies that stay in your head are not necessarily the most dramatic or violent movies. They are movies that take you back in time, teen movies have always done well in box office, well most of the time. Who doesn’t remember Ferris Bueller and the John Hughes trilogy of Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, and Breakfast Club? The latest entry into this genre is Juno and it has been getting fantastic reviews. Is the movie worth the hype?

While Juno is a funny, amusing movie I don’t think it is the greatest movie ever made. The dialogue was witty although I don’t think most high school kids really talk that way in real life. I enjoyed all the acting, particularly Allison Janney and Jk Simmons as Juno’s parents. I really loved the scene where Juno’s step mom tells off the ultrasound tech. I was touched when Juno’s dad was telling Juno to find someone who loves her for exactly who she is. Her parents were making the best out of a tough situation.

 I loved seeing the relationship between Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman. You could see there were some issues right from the beginning and I liked how their relationship was portrayed honestly, adopting a baby was not going to fix their marriage. In the end, the dad left the marriage.

Overall, I do think Juno is worth the $10 admission fee. It is a slightly new twist on the teen movie.

Say What?!?!

January 3, 2008 at 8:59 pm | Posted in Humor, Random Stuff | Leave a comment
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Seen in the sports section of today’s New York Times:

The Knicks reached 2008 with 8 victories and 21 losses — among the worst New Year’s Day records in franchise history. Thomas entered the first game of 2008 talking about championships and legacies. He was not, as far as anyone could tell, attempting humor.

“I believe that one day that we will win a championship here,” Thomas said Wednesday night, before the Kings routed the Knicks, 107-97, at Madison Square Garden. “And I believe a couple of these guys will be a part of that. And I believe I’ll be a part of that.

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My response? How about fantasyland… (imagine this said by Rodney Dangerfield, “Back to School”)

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