Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Arts’

It has been a while since I’ve had a new post.  Life has been a little crazy and my mind just wasn’t into my blog.  However, I am back and have a plethra of new topics that I can’t wait to share.  One topic in particular is the exciting new movies that I am so excited to see.  Let’s face it, I have been a little disappointed in some of the movies that have been coming out lately and haven’t been not that excited to go to the movies (except The Avengers – really enjoyed that movie) and spend a lot of money.  That feeling has changed lately because I caught a few new movie trailers that have made me soooo excited.

So, here are the Best 3…Movies (that I’m  excited to see):

1.  Anna Karenina

2.  The Bourne Legacy

3.  Total Recall

Anna Karenina has been made into a few movies before but not like the one that will  be coming out and starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Johnson.  I love this book.  It has everything – drama, romance/epic love, sadness/depression, tragedy and so much more.  The minute that I saw the trailer – I was hooked.  It just looks grand and just what a period piece should be (did I mention that I love any period piece!!!  They are my favourite movie) and combined with this book, I just know it will be magical and spectacular.

The second best movie that I am looking forward to is the new installment of The Bourne Legacy.  Since I really enjoyed the first set and since I have such a crush on Jeremy Renner (just look at his amazing arms) – I’m excited for him to take on this role.  I love this type of action film and I love that Rachel Weisz.  They will be the best coupling!

My last movie is Total Recall.  I have seen the original but I am totally interested in the remake/update version starring my favorite actor Colin Farrell (honestly he is another gorgeous actor who I have a crush on…I think its because he is Irish).  Anyway, it looks awesome and just jammed packed with action and will be worth the movie ticket (and popcorn price) to see it.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Since I am one those people that have unfortunately spent a great deal of her life in front of a tv…commercials have become something that I have come to enjoy and hate at the same time. There are certain commercials that stay in my mind and that is usually because they are funny and there are those that are just annoying and are played way too much (those are usually the companies that have a great deal of money that they can throw on advertising time).  Commercials have become so integrated into tv (and now movie – which I was surprised when commercials started playing there) that we have companies willing to spend millions on only 30 seconds of air time during the Super Bowl.  Yes, I understand they can reach more people but even after I see the ad, it doesn’t make me want to go out and buy a car…so I don’t understand their methodology but hey I am not the one being paid the ‘big bucks’ to create and focus group these ads to everyday, average folks.

Getting ready to write this post, I thought back through the years on all the commercials that I have seen and liked and wanted to share them with all of you.  I hope you enjoy.

So, here are the Best 3….Commercials of All Time:

1.  The Force – Volkswagen Commercial (this one is so funny)

2.  Terry Tate – Reebok

3. The Man Your Man Could Smell LikeOld Spice

I have to say The Force – Volkswagen commercial is one of those commercials that just makes me laugh everytime I see it.  It is so cute and so funny.

As for the other picks, the Terry Tate one is great.  I would love to have him visit my office.  He is hilarious and I know there are a few people you would like to see this happen too in your own offices…

The Old Spice ad was just clever and I did appreciate that (finally) a good looking man with hardly any clothing on was featured in an ad (all those beer commercials are just annoying).

AG

Read Full Post »

First let me start by saying that I first heard about this book (and then the trilogy) from a blog that my co-worker had read.  She had come across it by accident but the blogger had been so persuasive about reading Fifty Shades of Grey, that she ordered the book that night.  She is the co-worker that always tells me what I should be reading next…so when she mentioned this book and its genre/subject – erotic fiction, it made me kind of interested.  To be honest, I live in a sheltered world.  I am not that naive to realize this form of fiction is out there but I had never heard of an erotic fiction book about BDSM becoming a best seller (there could be others out there but I really don’t know about them).

For those that do not know what BDSM is, here is the definition/description:

BDSM is an erotic preference and a form of personal relationship involving the consensual use of restraint, intense sensory stimulation, and fantasy power role play. The acronym BDSM combines bondage and discipline (B&D or B/D), dominance and submission (D&S or D/s), and sadism and masochism (S&M or S/M).

(this information was taken from Wikipedia so I cannot guarantee the accuracy – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BDSM)

Before reading, I did a quick search to see what other were saying about the book and ran across a lot of positives responses, articles who dubbed it “mommy porn,” and negative feedback from those that do not believe that a woman should be submission and domineered by a man.  Taking all that into consideration, I bought the book and read it.  That is how we come to today’s post.

So, here are the Best 3…Reasons to Read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ by E.L. James:

1.  The main characters – Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele

2.  The email ‘banter’

3.  The romance/love /sex

Since I exposed myself to some of the critics out there on the internet, I was expecting Christian Grey to be crazy scary and super domineering.  That really wasn’t how he was portrayed.  Since you are only scratching the surface in this book, there is a lot more to Christian and the reason why he is how he is and why he enjoys what he enjoys.  Then you have Anastasia, who is a timid person, inexperienced and doesn’t have a huge amount of self-esteem.  Yet, together, their interactions (outside of the sex) and their emails makes them the perfect couple.  This books makes you want to take the next steps in their ‘relationship’ with them and to see how it will all end (since there is 2 other books).

Let me just say, I was not expecting to laugh in this book but the email ‘banter’ back and forth with Ana and Christian was just hilarious.  Seriously funny and just so unexpected in this type of book.  I am not going to spoil it, so if you have not read the book…go out and get it and read it and then you will understand what I am talking about.

The last reason is definitely the romance, the love that is starting (maybe on one side) and the sex – which there is a lot of.  The romance and love piece is there is the background but it is the sex that dominates.  I will not spoil it (because honestly people should be reading the book) but the sex scenes are graphic, interesting and opens your mind to what is out there.

AG

Read Full Post »

Like many millions of people, I was lucky enough to see The Avengers this week.  It was a great movie.  I wasn’t sure whether I was going to like it but the movie, the acting and all the effects were really enjoyable and reminded me of why movies are such great entertainment.  The movie then got me thinking about all the superhero characters that have been invented and I found myself also imagining what superhero and powers I would like to have.  I can’t wait until The Avengers 2 – so excited – also looking forward to Iron Man 3, Thor 2 and Captain American 2!!!

This was truly hard because what wouldn’t I want to have! I would love to fly, have super strength, command the weather (which would mean it was always sunny and nothing would be able to grow from the lack of rain because I simply don’t like rain) or leap from tall buildings.  All of those abilities and powers sound awesome.  It just makes me smile to think of myself as a superhero.  Therefore, I wanted to devote a post to the superheroes that I believe are the best (I know there is going to be some disagreement with this post and that is ok with me – bring it on!  – see I sound like a superhero now!).

So here are the Best 3…Superheroes:

1.  THOR

2.  BATMAN

3. ROGUE (from the X-Men)

Honorable mentions: Superman, Iron Man, The Invisible Woman, The Thing, Beast (from X-Men), Emma Frost and Storm.

My first choice was easy – he is a god, has amazing strength, knows how to use a hammer and can summon and control the elements (God of Thunder).  He helps defend earth and all humans and is just plain awesome.  I don’t think there is much else to say about him. 

For my second choice, I chose a superhero that doesn’t really have any  powers but is just one-badass superhero.  He is strong, smart, funny, and takes care of the residents of Gotham City.  He lives his one life as Bruce Wayne but goes out at night when he is needed and just takes care of all the bad guys.  He is complex and just a great superhero.

My last choice may surprise some people but I really like Rogue.  She is gifted with some great powers but also some that haunt her.  Absorption of memories, skills, and powers through skin to skin contact, occasional super strength and flight.  She is the superhero I would most like to be – she has powers that are very different then other superheroes.  The only down side is her inability to touch anyone – direct skin to skin.

Let me know what superheroes you love!

AG

Read Full Post »

This is a far cry from some of my other posts but I did say that I would be posting on the best 3 of everything in the world and that includes limericks.  I was at a garage sale this past weekend and there lying in a box was a small little book of limericks.

To be precise, the book I picked up was:

The Little Limerick Book; [an uncensored collection] illustrated by Henry R. Martin (Mount Vernon, N.Y.: The Peter Pauper Press, [c1955])

 For those that are unfamiliar with what a limerick is, I’ve included the definition from dictionary.com

http://dictionary.reference.com/

a kind of humorous verse of five lines, in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet.

I started reading some of them as I was waiting for my friends to finish their tour of the garage sale.  I found the limericks to be highly entertaining, with humor that would have seemed ‘risky’ for the year in which it was published.

I’ve also included some information about the publisher and illustrator

The Peter Pauper Press http://www.peterpauper.com/company.php published the book and the illustrations were by Henry R. Martin http://blogs.princeton.edu/graphicarts/2009/03/martin.html

 

I’ve also added a link to goodreads.com in which people who have read this limerick book gave it a 4 star rating http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6958210-the-little-limerick-book-an-uncensored-collection

So here are the Best 3…Limericks (from The Little Limerick Book):

1.  He hates to sew, so young Ned,

Rang the bell of his neighbor instead;

         But her husband said, “Vi,

         When you stitched his torn fly,

There is no need to bite off the thread.”

2.  There was a young lady named Kate,

Who necked in the dark with her date;

          When asked how she fared,

          She said she was scared,

But otherwise doing first-rate.

3.  There was a young maid of Havana,

Who stepped on a peel of banana;

            The words she let pass

            As she fell on the grass

Wouldn’t do for a Sunday-school banner.

AG

 Related articles

Read Full Post »

With this blog, I promised the Best 3 of Everything out there in the world.  I am bouncing from one topic to the next with no consistency and that is just what I intended.  My posts are things that might strike me at one moment in the day and I just run with it.  After my last post of Best 3 days of the week, I thought about what I do on some of those days and that included watching TV.

Français : Photo du générique de la série The ...

So, here are the Best 3…TV Shows (on television right now):

1.  The Vampire Diaries

2.  Sons of Anarchy

3. Community

There are some honorable mentions: The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Amazing Race, The Voice, The River (which I do like because its different) and NCIS: LA.

Let’s talk about #1 best pick – The Vampire Diaries.  There is so much to say about this show.  It is great – that is the first thing.  It is filled with amazing characters (and great actors such as Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Joseph Morgan and the rest of the cast).  The episodes are great.  This show has a great way of not leaving you guessing which just annoys me in shows that seem to drag you along.

For those that are going to hate me for saying this – I am rooting for Elena and Stefan.  They belong together.  I’ve loved them together since Day 1.   It broke my heart when Stefan became the Ripper – so sad but I like how the last few episodes ***spoiler alert*** explains that he is off human blood!  Yeah!!!   Damon is so good looking but not right for Elena.  I’m also loving the Caroline/Klaus storyline – I hope this is explored – maybe Caroline can love him like he needs to be loved – that is my hope.   There is so much more to say but I will leave it there for now.

Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club

Image via Wikipedia

As for my second best, I love Sons of Anarchy.  What a great and original show.  Its nice to see a show that isn’t focused on lawyers, doctors or cops.  It has superb acting from Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Maggie Siff, Ron Perlman and the rest of the cast.  The episodes are full of everything from romance, to violence to drama to comedy.  It hooked me in from its very first episode.  I was so glad to hear that it is getting another season.  Yeah!!! SAMCRO

As for my last pick, Community is one of those shows (such as Chuck – which I loved – R.I.P. Chuck) that is really funny yet cannot seem to gather the audience.  It is clever, hilarious and like no other show on the tube.  Please, let’s hope NBC gets smart and doesn’t get rid of it.

If you are reading this and have never seen the shows I mention, I encourage you to check them out.

AG

Read Full Post »