Best Celebrity Couples

These are just a few celebrity couples out there that have seemed to really last. Who knows what the future holds, but these love stories have given just the slightest bit of hope.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z

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I feel like they have been together for forever. But they still look Crazy In Love despite all the rumors that have happened over the past year or so. Bey and Jay are still going strong. While all the while raising the cutest daughter ever. What relationship could be better really?

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

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People have varied opinions when it comes to this relationship. All I have to say is I definitely believe in this relationship. If any girl could tie Kanye West down for this long, she must be pretty important.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

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Could there be a cuter couple? These two should never change.

Victoria and David Beckham

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The couple is just a force to be reckoned with. They are one of the longest lasting couples on the list. They also make really cute babies. They seem to just balance each other out. Plus they both have killer model looks and just altogether perfect for each other.

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

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These two seem perfect for each other. The chemistry between them is undeniable. I really couldn’t picture either of them with anybody else. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are definitely my relationship goals for sure.

Leighton Meester and Adam Brody

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My younger self should’ve been beyond heartbroken that Seth Cohen got married to someone that wasn’t me or Summer Roberts. But Adam Brody married Blair Wardolf so I suppose that’s okay with me. Both of them are beautiful and deserve to be happy.

Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond

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Even though she’s taller than him and it may look weird sometimes, they are seriously adorable. Tina and her composer husband have been together for what seems like forever in Hollywood years. They seem to work so well together and that’s something you love to see.

Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt

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Known for being a powerhouse couple, few Hollywood couples can come to the power couple status of Bradgelina. Who doesn’t want their kind of relationship? They are both perfect.

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake

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Two beautiful people that actually belong together. That’s exactly what these two are and it just warms my heart. It makes me even happier that Jessica is pregnant and it brings me comfort that they are bringing a baby into this world.

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally

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Nick and Megan are two of the funniest human beings so them being together is absolutely hilarious. I love how silly they act around each other. I have to admit that they are definitely one of my favorite celebrity couples.

Movies About Love Gone Wrong

Sometimes we encounter love that isn’t supposed to happen. These movies explore all types of falling for the wrong person.

American Beauty

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American Beauty is about a man in his mid-40’s who has a teen daughter and a fake mean wife who drives him crazy. He narrates us through his average day to day life and tells us when it takes a major change. He becomes obsessed with his daughter’s friend Angela. This obsession is what gains him some serious enemies along the way. The best thing about this movie is just how complicated and lovely everything is.

Match Point

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Chris is a retired tennis player who begins teaching lessons. Tom is a guy that he instructs and begins hanging out with. Chris begins dating Tom’s sister but maintains physically attracted to Tom’s fiancé Nola. The two begin a forbidden affair which leads to an epic and tragic story.

Ghost World

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Enid is fresh out of high school. She’s basically not a very nice person and her and her best friend Rebecca prank and are mean to people for fun. One of their victims is Seymour, a loser older guy who sells vinyl records. She begins a gross and strange relationship that’s just two lonely people trying to feel a little less lonely.

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

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The love stories featured in this movie are so wrong and consuming that each person had to erase the person they love from their memory completely. That choice has some serious consequences and this movie is one that you just have to watch for yourself.

Lost In Translation

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This is another movie that’s just two lonely people trying to find some happiness. Both of them are pretty unsatisfied with their lives, but they find an escape out on the streets of Tokyo. The love between the two is wrong but the fun times they experience is one you need to see.

Once

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This movie is about music bringing people together. And it’s also about finding that one person that you really find yourself whenever you’re near them. I can’t really explain how good the movie is or what exactly it is that makes it good, it just is what it is. The two stars have undeniable chemistry and both are musicians in real life, not actors which makes the performance all that more meaningful to me personally.

 

Q&A About Favorites & Love

Okay so I’m definitely going to do something a little bit different here. These are some questions that I would want to be asked about the things that I love and why I love them.

What are some of your favorite things?

Reese cups, Dr. Pepper, books, random facts, learning, coloring, babysitting, and much more.

What TV shows do you love that are currently on?

Scandal, Parenthood, Veep, Girls, The Middle, Modern Family, Orange Is The New Black, and House of Cards.

What are your all time favorite shows?

Friday Night Lights, One Tree Hill, The Sopranos, Entourage, Sex and the City, Gilmore Girls, and Skins.

What are you currently reading?

Freakanomics.

What are your all time favorite books?

To Kill a Mockingbird, The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Great Gatsby, Farewell to Arms, and The Bell Jar.

Who are your favorite celebrities?

Yeezus obviously, Taylor Swift, Tyler the Creator, Niall Horan, and Harry Styles.

Favorite food?

Reese cups.

Favorite movies?

The Princess Bride, A Cinderella Story, Toy Story, Almost Famous, and Slumdog Millionaire.

What genres of music do you listen to?

Indie, rock, pop, hip-hop, r&b, and rap.

Favorite bands and artists?

Arctic Monkeys, One Direction, Ariana Grande, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, and FKA Twigs.

Favorite current rappers?

Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, and Drake.

All time favorite rappers?

Tupac, Biggie, and Public Enemy.

 

 

 

 

 

Best Movie Makeovers

Who doesn’t love a good makeover? These are some of the best makeovers in film history as far as I’m concerned.

1. Mia Thermopolis from Princess Diaries

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I remember as a kid, I genuinely thought that Mia (played by the stunning Anne Hathway) looked like that with her big curly hair. But then she got a makeover and then had the straight hair. That was pretty crazy of me to think but this was an incredible makeover.

2. Gracie Hart from Miss Congeniality

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Her transformation had everything: it was dramatic, fun, and stunning. The best part of it all was Gracie still having the same personality despite her physical transformation.

3. Vivian Ward from Pretty Woman

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Vivian Ward went from being your average prostitute to a classy well dressed woman. This is a memorable and awesome transformation.

4. Tai Frasier from Clueless

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Leading lady Cher did her best work on Tai, the new girl who was a tomboy that wore lots of plaid to a classy and stylish girl.

5. Laney Boggs from She’s All That

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Laney went from geek to chic in this teen chick flick.

6. Sandy Olsson from Grease

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For most of the movie, Sandy is a modest good girl. At the end of the movie, she realizes that the only way she can keep Danny is if she changes her appearance. Regardless of her reasons to do it, the end results of the makeover are incredibly badass and rad.

7. Cady Heron from Mean Girls

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Like Sandy, Cady is the new girl in town. Cady becomes influenced by the mean girls at her school and slowly transforms into one herself. Hey, at least the Plastics have awesome taste in fashion, lots of pink which I love.

8. Josie Gellar from Never Been Kissed

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25-year-old Josie is forced to relive the horrors of her high school years when she goes back to write a story about high school. She was really geeky back in the day but she’s not the same woman she was then. Josie is now chic and has A LOT better taste in clothes, enough to get her first kiss on a baseball field anyway.

Now and Then

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As a kid, I remember watching the movie Now and Then. There’s one scene in particular that I remember clearly. It’s the one where two of the young girls have to get a bracelet that one of them dropped out of the sewer. That scene has always stayed with me for reasons I don’t really know. I remember other aspects of the movie like when the girls summon spirits at the cemetery. I also remember that one of the girls lost her mother and was still grieving over it. I watched the movie for the first time since I was a kid recently and it wasn’t the way I remembered it.

That’s the funny thing about time, sometimes things aren’t how we remembered them to be. Rewatching the movie made me question why I ever liked it in the first place. The movie doesn’t have a well developed plot. I get the sentiment of the movie but it’s rather pointless to have the girls as grownups at all. Much of the movie focuses on them as younger girls and so it doesn’t make sense why they don’t have balance between them as kids and adults. There’s really only two scenes with them in it and all plus Demi Moore narrating some of the movie.

The movie has some positive qualities that I didn’t recognize when I was younger. For example, I never really noticed the music besides the song My Girl since I’d heard that song other places. Now that I’m older, I love pretty much all of the songs. I loved the scene where one of the girls is an adult and singing I’ll Be There as she gets ready. It also fits considering the girls sang along to all of the songs they played when they were younger. I think it was overly cheesy that they recreated several things the four did when they were younger. They could’ve just did the Red Rover scene but instead they also included going back to the treehouse and playing truth or dare.

I think it’s strange how different things can be to us when we’re older. We see things from a new point of view that we hadn’t developed when we were younger. Now, I observe more than I once did. I notice things that go on and am a lot more critical of things. I think I see this movie through a new pair of eyes because I hold higher standards in regard to movies. I’m a bit of a snob and so I found a lot of flaws when I watched this movie again. I think it can be good to have a new point of view and to see things differently than you used to.

10 Reasons Why It’s A Wonderful Life is The Best Christmas Movie

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There are many memorable Christmas movies that have been released in the last 20 years or so that have become classics. However, none of these movies compare to one of the oldest Christmas movies of all, It’s A Wonderful Life. It wasn’t extremely popular at the box offices when it was first released. Now, it’s known for it’s timeless and sentimental values behind it. Not that you need them, but here’s ten reasons why this is the best Christmas movie of all time.

1. Jimmy Stewart is a timeless actor
He was one of the most well known actors back in his time and with good reason. He made an impact with every single role he played and touched the hearts of movie goers everywhere.

2. The plot itself is relevant
This is a plot that wasn’t commonly seen in movies when it was released so audiences didn’t know what to make of it. Now, the concept of characters that can’t find any meaning in their life get the chance to see what the world would be like if they were never born has been seen in countless TV shows and some movies as well.

3. The love story never gets old

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Mary and George had a beautiful love story in this movie. “What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.” One of the most romantic movie quotes ever and the rest of their love story followed with a tale of unconditional love between the two.

4. Clarence the Angel
The innocence and naive ways of Clarence are heartwarming and endearing. Homeboy really wants his wings.

5. Poor Uncle Billy
You have to feel bad for George’s space case Uncle Billy. He’s always losing something but he has the best of intentions which makes him a sweet and important character.

6. The scene between young George and Mary
When young Mary whispers in George’s ear that he can’t hear in that she’ll love him until the day she dies makes my heart melt everytime.

7. Little Zuzu and all the other kids
Zuzu is obviously the cutest but the youngest and dorkiest little boy is precious as well.

8. When George attacks Mary’s face
The kisses the two share are intense for the time period.

9. When George stood up to Potter
Throughout the movie, George always stayed true to his beliefs instead of going the easy way out and becoming rich by accepting Potter’s offers. Instead, he honored the values his father upheld while he was still living.

10. The moment he realizes he’s back to being himself again
The pure joy on his face when his friend Bert comes up to him on the bridge and calls him by name, the expression on his face is priceless. He lights up and becomes a brand new person. It makes me cry everytime when he gets genuinely excited over the fact that his mouth is bleeding.

The point is, this is a movie that you don’t want to miss. I guarantee that this will get you more into the Christmas spirit. It’s truly impossible to not be touched by this film.

Best Of Disney Channel Original Movies

One of the many highlights of growing up in the ’90s-’00s was the amazing Disney Channel Original movies. These are some of the most memorable ones and some classic highlights from them.

Gotta kick it up!

This DCOM focused on Hispanic middle schoolers who came from a variety of different backgrounds and the teacher who helped them by adding a dance team. This movie features a young America Ferrera. This clip shows her audition for the dance team.

Smart House

Ben Cooper enters his family into a contest to win a computerized house. Once they win it, Ben begins to program Pat to help him become a substitute mother for himself and his little sister Angie. Pat soon becomes crazy and overbearing over Nick- Ben’s single father. This particular scene shows Ben and his friends attempting to be cool and dancing along to a song Pat plays.

Johnny Tsunmani

Super gnarly movie about a Hawaiian surfer who is forced to move to Vermont with his family. In Vermont, there are two private schools. One school is for skiers and the other is for snowboarders. Johnny attends the skiers but rebels and learns how to snowboard. This scene is cool mostly because of Jett Jackson (Actually Lee Thompson, R.I.P) and the hat that he gives Johnny. 


Stuck In The Suburbs

Danielle Panabaker and Brenda Song live a normal suburban middle school life until Brittany (Panabaker) accidentally exchanges phones with her pop star crush. Can we just note that the pop star is now in Saturday Night Live? Please keep that in mind as you watch this. 

Cheetah Girls

Who doesn’t love the Cheetah Girls? The music is incredible and so is Raven, This revolves around four best friends who are more like sisters and become united by music but drama constantly threatens to destroy it. This song was where it all began. 


Pixel Perfect

Words cannot describe how much I love this highly underrated DCOM. Phil from Phil Of The Future stars in it as a computer geek. His friend Samantha who writes songs for the band isn’t the best performer, so he creates a computer who is perfect. The only problem is she isn’t real. This is by far the most memorable song from the movie.

High School Musical
This was basically one of the final decent DCOMS of the bunch. There are many memorable moments but my personal favorite it Ryan and Sharpay’s audition.

Camp Rock
Even though she was in Barney, this was Demi Lovato’s big break. The Jonas Brothers are another added plus and the music as a whole is extremely catchy. The natural highlight is “This Is Me.”

Zenon: Girl Of The 21st Century
This is Disney Channel at its prime right here. Zenon is a beyond retro girl with an uber cool 21st century life and she also has Raven as her best friend which is a natural win. The highlight of the movie is clearly this catchy song everyone should recognize right away.

Brink!
This movie about Andy Brink who is a soul skater is definitely one of the most important DCOM movies. It has every epic element plus they make roller skating seriously cool. It was impossible to find just one clip that showcases its greatness so the first one is my personal favorite insult. The second one is long and not really awesome but it shows how evil and unattractive the villain Val is. Team Pup N Suds forever!


 

Music themed books, TV shows, & movies

Music is the one thing that connects us all. No matter how different one may seem from you on the surface, the likeliness of them enjoying the same music as you is extremely likely. In these books, movies, and TV shows, music connects the characters in ways significant to the plot and character growth. Side note: I spent awhile trying to find pictures to go with each of these but each time I previewed the post, the images wouldn’t load. So please bear with me or even help if you have any idea how! Thank you!

Books
Eleanor And Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor is a new girl with fiery red hair, clothes that make her stand out, and is a little on the chubby side. She sits next to Park on the bus who feels like an outcast being the only Asian kid but is really on the popular side. The innocence of this book is endearing and realistic. Park shares his comics and mixed tapes with Eleanor. The music is an important aspect of this book-it takes place in the 80’s so there’s The Beatles, Joy Division, and The Smiths. That alone is a good enough reason to read the book, it’ll take you on a trip down memory lane.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
After an event that happened over the summer, senior Annabel suddenly finds herself without a friend in the world. She comes across Owen, a boy she doesn’t know personally but she’s heard of serious fights he’s been in. Owen constantly has a pair of headphones in. One day, Annabel catches a ride home with him and sees stacks and stacks of CD’s in his car. Owen plays Annabel music and she automatically judges it and Owen tells her, “Don’t think or judge, just listen.” Through her friendship with Owen, Annabel gains a vast knowledge of different genres of music.

Audrey, Wait!
After Audrey dumped her boyfriend, he turned around and wrote a song for her. All of a sudden, the song is everywhere and once everyone finds out Audrey was the inspiration, her life changes forever.

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Remy’s dad left her family when she was just a baby. He ended up in a motel and wrote a song about his young daughter. All of a sudden, the song is everywhere and becomes a classic one hit wonder even after her dad’s death. Remy hates the song and she also hates musicians. Dexter who is a lanky klutz runs into her and he’s exactly the opposite of her. He also is the lead singer of a band that’s known for it’s series of songs based off of the theme “The Potato Opus” This book is so classic because it takes music and weaves it together in such a way that it becomes a major reason for Remy changing who she is and what she believes.

Perks Of Being A Wallflower
In this popular coming of age novel, Charlie winds up with a mixtape his older sister’s boyfriend made her that she gave to Charlie. Charlie is then introduced to songs that gives him a new perspective to how he sees the world. He then shares this mixtape with his new friend Patrick during Secret Santa. Sharing music is something that exhilarates Charlie. He wants his friends to get the same indescribable feeling he gets when he listens to the tape. Music is used here as a key to Charlie figuring out his place in the world.

TV Shows
My Mad Fat Diary
This British Teen Drama focuses on Rae Earl, a teenager growing up in the middle to late 90’s. The show starts with Rae navigating her life months after her failed suicide attempt. She reconnects with an old friend who introduces her to a new group of friends, including Finn a guy who she bonds over music with. Finn and Rae’s connection with music is the number one reason why I am drawn to this show. They hangout and listen to The Smiths and Beastie Boys record. It’s hilarious to see Rae listen to Radiohead, Oasis, and Weezer considering I’m still listening to them 15 plus years later.

One Tree Hill
This show is FILLED with music themes. Two of the main characters wind up involved in the music business but I only want to focus on one of these characters. Peyton Sawyer is a popular cheerleader who desperately desires to be an angsty outcasts. Peyton and Lucas don’t entirely connect due to music. Lucas totally disses Peyton’s favorite band The Cure. The main connection here isn’t a romantic one, it’s Peyton and her mom’s. Ellie is Peyton’s birth mother who put her up for adoption. Years later, Ellie who is a music journalist, interviews Peyton and bonds over music with her before she reveals the truth. The shared connection here is so memorable because it brought two people who had been apart, reunited once more.

Friday Night Lights
I know that this is a show about High School Football team. However, it’s also about relationships and the mutual interests that bring everyone together. Julie Taylor might be the coach’s daughter but she’s not popular or a cheerleader, she’s a loner the first season. Matt Saracen starts out as a shy back-up quarterback who lives with his forgetful Grandma. Eventually, the relationship develops into more and part of this is due to both loving weird music. The pair goes to concerts together for bands that no one knows about around Texas.

The OC
This is another landmark teen drama that incorporated music into the plot in a fitting way. The nerdy Seth Cohen has a vast knowledge for whiny music especially Death Cab For Cutie. The banter that Seth has with Summer is hilarious and also relatable. Not all teens are going to have the same musical taste and the show presents this accurately. Plus the music used during certain scenes never disappointed especially “Hide And Seek” By Imogen Heap.

Nashville
This is a TV show that’s very similar to the movie Country Strong. Except the main difference is although Rayna is getting older, she’s far from washed out. The music is also written by upcoming Country artists such as Kacey Musgraves, The Civil Wars, and other musicians that are bound to make a name for themselves. Each of the actors and actresses on the show have beautiful voices and the songs selected are always a perfect fit.

Movies
Juno
I know it’s difficult but just try to picture what type of movie Juno would be without this soundtrack. The quirky sounds of Kimya Dawson, The Moldy Peaches, & Belle & Sebastian sets the mood of the film. Juno herself worships Patti Smith and loves to play the guitar. She bonds with the middle aged cool guy who is adopting her baby. Mark introduces her to Sonic Youth which is one of the highlights of the movie. The film ends with Juno and her boyfriend Paulie playing the guitar and singing The Moldy Peaches. The ending is a light and sensible one for this unique movie.

Garden State
This film sets the standard for indie movie soundtracks. The best part of it is that writer and leading man Zach Braff included in the script each song he wanted in the film and wrote all the artists stressing how important the song was for the movie. Natalie Portman’s character Sam meets Braff at the doctors office where she sits in the waiting room listening to The Shins. She tells him, “You’ve gotta listen to this one song, it’ll change your life.” Sam’s passion for music is a strong point of the movie.

Almost Famous
A beautiful coming of age film that follows a high schooler who is an aspiring rock journalist. William consults cynical Rolling Stone writer Lester Bangs about what it takes to make it. Ignoring Bangs’s comments on rock and roll being dead, William joins band Saltwater on tour to write a Rolling Stone cover story on the upcoming group. William gets to see the gritty realities of touring and learns that groupies aren’t bad people, they are genuine fans of music. Music is what connects these characters in an intriguing way.

Country Strong
This movie follows an aging country singer who just got out of rehab and is trying to avoid turning into a washed up artist. Her husband is her manager and he discovers upcoming artist Chiles Stanton. The subplot involves her being the prissy pop country one while Beau is the classic country artist. The best thing about it all is the music, all the songs were originally sang by famous country singers.

Do The Right Thing
Spike Lee’s classic film centers around a Brooklyn neighborhood and Sal’s pizzeria. Radio Raheem is one of the main characters (Mookie) friend and is generally well known in the neighborhood. He is always carrying around a boom box that ALWAYS plays Fight The Power by Public Enemy. This song may not seem like a good enough reason for music to be considered as a central theme. But on the other hand, it does set the entire movie up and sums up racism and police brutality perfectly. There honestly couldn’t be a more fitting and catchy song for this movie.