Monday, October 10, 2011

Moves That Changed Our Lives

I'm gonna go old school for a moment (definition: things that were kickass during a younger generation). Now that I've leapt over the quarter century mark in my life, I feel I have the right to consider things I experienced and enjoyed as a child to be "old school". Most of you will be able to relate.

Movies are a tremendous part of why I am who I am today. They were the way my mother kept me out of her hair and kept me quiet. (And in the 90's .. it was either become a unique individual or pimp your snap on bracelet & jam to your favorite boy-band. The damage of 90's pop culture is permanent, so don't feel guilty that you have songs on your iPod that you don't want anyone to know about.)


In 1993, I sat in the very front row of the movie theatre with a friend to watch Jurassic Park. It was.. AWESOME. It totally changed my direction in life. From that moment -- I was 100% sure I wanted to be a paleontologist when I grew up. Even started studying more on the subject in my free time. This was the very moment, at 8 years old, when I become a true, full on geek -- because anything that affected me strongly became a subject of study for me, and I have learned everything I possibly could. Less then 20 years later, I get excited when Jurassic Park is on television, and I relive some of the same emotions of wanting to reach out and touch something long gone.

Other movies that impacted my life substantially:
All Tim Burton films (you should see what happens when I doodling and not paying attention. People always say it's like something out of a Tim Burton movie)

How about you? Can you think back to your younger years and pinpoint a movie that specifically affected your life?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Awkward.


Granted, I'm not huge on television. Most of the time the shows either annoy me, or bore me completely. Which is why I found myself rather stunned when I began watching the MTV series Awkward. with considerable diligence.

Why? 

Well, I find it edgy and raw. A teenage world full of humiliation, bullying, and secrets. Quite the world I remember, in fact. The teen dialogue makes me grin a little because it's clever and not full of preppy words. the lead character herself is a definite fav, and the fact that she blogs the horrid events of her life is awesome. One minute she's on top of the world, next the raging school biatch is pouring what appears to be iced coffee down the front of her shirt. Classic. I can appreciate that we find ourselves with a "real" person type of character.. not someone totally perfect that is popular and wanted by everyone. That sort of show annoys me. Instead we have a level-headed teen struggling simply to survive high school. I think we've all been there at some point.

My least favorite aspect of the show? The bully, Sadie. What the hell were they thinking when they cast this chick? I understand them wanting the bully to have a weight problem.. fine. But realistically... how many of us were bullied around by an ugly, overweight cheerleader? Have you ever met one? I haven't. It's the only real thing that bothers me. 

Needless to say, I'm looking forward to more antics. Season One only just ended, and you can catch all the re-runs (I suggest you do!). Season Two will greet us in 2012.