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Dear Ms. Gilbert,

I want your life.

Sincerely,
Minhee Cho

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The Social Network

I can’t wait to see this movie!  I don’t know if that means I have questionable taste (apparently, the fact that I like the CW’s new fall show, “Hellcats,” means I do), but I don’t care.  I haven’t been excited about a movie like this in quite some time and am determined to see this in theatres!

The topic is definitely interesting (I never knew there was so much drama behind making Facebook) and how catchy is that music on the trailer?  But what ultimately caught my eye is the cast.  Justin Timberlake AND Brenda Song?  The casting director definitely doesn’t mind taking risks.  Sorry, Disney alumni, but let’s be real.  One of you got hired because you’re an internationally recognized pop star and the other because you’re Asian and that girl from “Real World San Diego” is starting to get too old to play a college student.  Nowhere did I mention your acting prowess.

If anything, the entire hope of this movie making the grade seems to rest on the scrawny shoulders of Jessie Eisenberg of “Zombieland” fame.  Of course, he will be playing none other than Mark Zuckerberg himself, and he seems as lovable as ever.  But I might be biased.  I nearly had a heart attack when I saw a glimpse of a Jew fro on the trailer and the inevitable coinciding thought, ANOTHER Michael Cera movie?  My resulting adoration is therefore equal parts obsession and relief.

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It Was All A Dream…

Just watched “Inception” last night, and I must admit that I’m still not sure what to make of it all.  The visuals were absolutely stunning, in true Christopher Nolan form, and I doubt many others would argue about that.  But what both drew me to the theater and ruined the film for me, ironically, was all the hype surrounding it.  Everyone I knew on Facebook and Twitter couldn’t stop ranting and raving about “Inception.”  They all had theories and remarks about how they’ll never sleep and dream the same ever again.  With comments like that, how could I not over-analyze every detail while watching the movie?! 

By the time “Inception” ended 2.5hours later, I was exhausted from trying to follow every red herring thrown at the audience and still just as confused.  Like my favorite movie, “The Matrix,” “Inception” seems to warrant multiple views to fully understand what’s going on in the film and to realize the symbolic details Nolan sprinkles in.  For example, I just found out that Ellen Page’s character, Ariadne, has the same name as the mythological creature that helps Theseus out of the Minotaur’s labyrinth.  I’m a sucker for details like that and will definitely have to watch this movie again to discover the rest.

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I Spy With My Little Eye…

Spies?  Living among us as everyday, humdrum suburbanites? 

“They couldn’t have been spies.  Look what she did with the hydrangeas.”  

Yes, that is an actual quote from a neighbor of one of the spies.  With that type of full-proof logic, it’s a wonder how we ever managed to catch these guys in the first place.  (Hint: For all of you aspiring spies out there, get a green thumb first.  They’ll never see you coming, apparently.)   

But some things just don’t seem to add up.  According to the FBI, the accused did not send any classified information back to Moscow.  They aren’t even being charged with espionage.  And all who knew the alleged spies have nothing bad to say about them.  They were nothing short of upstanding people who made great parents and neighbors.  That’s better than the average American can claim. 

So why all the media attention?  Maybe people just want to show off how many espionage references they can make in one sentence?  I’ve heard everything from James Bond and Jason Bourne to crime novelist John Le Carre.  Or maybe they want to take a break from all the BP bashing and focus on something new?  I mean, Anna Chapman is much easier on the eyes than a flock of oil-covered pelicans.

Or maybe it’s just all a hyped-up promotion for the new upcoming movie, “Despicable Me”?  I see some parallels…Russian accent, good dad, failed attempts at being a villain…lol

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Vampire Overload

While I was reading the Daily Orange article that initiated the post below, I saw this ad for a new perfume.  Guess what it’s called?  Vampire.  Yeah, a small part of me just died too.

Can we chill a little with the vampire obsession, please?  I mean I can admit I was a huge “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fan back in the day, but that’s no where in comparison to the vampire frenzy of 2010.  First, there’s the whole “Twilight” series.  Both the books and the movies are terrible.  If Stephenie Meyer used the word “ochre” to describe Edward’s eyes one more time, I might have burned that book in a satanic ritual for my sanity.  There’s also “True Blood” on HBO, “The Vampire Diaries” and “Moonlight” on the CW…the list goes on.  

To make matters worse, Ancestry.com now claims that Robert Pattinson, the guy who plays Edward (and Cedric Diggory from “Harry Potter,” remember that?), is ACTUALLY related to vampires.  Oy vey.  As if crazed fans needed the line between fact and fiction to be blurred further for their delusions.  When will the madness end?

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