Great White Snark: May 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

Things I Am Terrible At

So, while I was bored one day I made a list of things I'm Awesome At and Things I Suck At (or, to be grammatically proper, "Things At Which I Am Awesome" and "Things At Which I Suck"). I was inspired by this video by Jenna Marbles, and thought I'd make a list instead of a video. Because of my duck voice and all. 

That and my Moviemaker is broken, and I don't have any other video editor because I'm poor of reasons.

So, without further ado:

Things I Suck At

  • Math. 

  • Dieting.

  • Running. 

  • Lip reading. 

  • Acting (but not lying...there's a difference)

  • Cutting anything with scissors. Cutting anything in a straight line EVER.

  • Anything that involves aim, including most sports. 

  • Estimating. Like, "How many people were there?" 12? 100? I have no idea. 

  • Dancing. I am white when it comes to dancing. 

  • Getting a tan. 

  • Reaching things that are high. 

    Next up: my list of things I'm GREAT at! Because I don't want everyone to message me and be like, "Omg, Mary, why do you hate yourself??" I don't, just calm down. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Home of the brave.

I just really want to live in Captain America's version of America. 

Happy Memorial Day, and thanks to everyone who makes this country great, free, and worth living in. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

"Suddenly she was...drowsing asleep at dawn with the beads and chiffon of an evening dress tangled among dying orchids on the floor beside her bed."

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby by insidemypumpkin

I mean, the fashion was so decadent, how could I not?

It's awesome how much 20's-inspired stuff is out there right now, btw. I love when literature inspires fashion. And this movie's clothes (women's AND men's) were just so pretty to look at! Enjoy! 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Literary moms.

I wanted to do a list of my favorite mothers/mother figures from literature, but decided to do a picture collage instead.

August Boatwright, The Secret Life of Bees; Charlotte, Charlotte's Web; Mrs. Bennett, Pride and Prejudice; the entire Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood; Marilla Cuthbert, Anne of Green Gables; Catherine Earnshaw, Wuthering Heights; Lily Potter, Molly Weasley, and Narcissa Malfoy, Harry Potter

Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms, grandmoms, aunts, dog-moms, moms-to-be, and moms-who-aren't-actually-biologically-related-but-might-as-well-be! 

Friday, May 10, 2013

"...among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars."

So this movie. 

I don't even care that it only got 44% on Rotten Tomatoes. I loved it. 

Of course, as to be expected, it was visually stunning. I mean, dazzling. I think Moulin Rouge was more opulent, but this was no less amazing to look at. Sometimes it felt like it was being overdone, but I can forgive them that. 

As far as "was it an accurate representation of the book," well, yes and no. I mean, the executive producer was Jay-Z for God's sake. Of course it wasn't entirely accurate. It wasn't like the BBC set out to do a straight-from-the-pages adaptation. But I do commend Baz Luhrmann for managing to capture the tone of the novel. There's the frenetic, glittering energy of the parties that compliments and foils the emotional detachment of the characters. One of the complaints reviewers had, btw, was that there was no emotional depth. These reviewers had obviously not read the book. The whole thing is emotionally detached. All of the characters are so numb to what's going on around them, and that's what makes it such an extraordinary story. If the story had happened in 2013, the women would be like, crying and throwing vases and vomitting and the men would be doing lines of coke off of toilet seats in a Burger King. But it didn't, and the characters deal with their remarkable circumstances in such a cool, aloof manner. It allows the audience to feel the emotions for themselves, and by not transferring emotions through the film, I think every viewer gets a slightly different, personalized reaction. 

The casting was good--Leo was, actually, the perfect Gatsby. Carey Mulligan was so pretty as Daisy Buchanan that it was almost painful to look at her, dripping in Tiffany jewels with her perfectly bobbed hair. And she managed to balance Daisy's inner turmoil with her outer cynicism and carelessness, so she gets major props. Isla Fisher, and the people who played Tom Buchanan and Jordan Baker were perfectly cast, too. Tobey Maguire was an odd choice, and I'm not 100% sure I liked it, but he was fine. 

I really liked the juxtaposition of modern music with the story--typical of Luhrmann, but it worked to awesome effect here. I mean, rap is about money and swag, and this film is dripping with swag. There is just so much swag.

So yeah, I liked the music. And you try listening to "No Church in the Wild" without it getting stuck in your head. 

As for people who are like, "Omg, F. Scott Fitzgerald would be rolling in his grave," I politely disagree. I mean, no, I don't think the movie captures all the depth the book has--film adaptations never do (Harry Potter, anyone?). But I think Fitzgerald would've been okay with the casting, and the aesthetic and probably would've been like, "Can Zelda and I come to that roaring great party?" 

It was really good. My only complaint was the non-cannon way they framed the narrative (I won't give details in case of SPOILERS), but that's forgivable. It was a good interpretation of a great story, and I highly recommend it.