Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Visit me over at Wordpress

Hello friends!

I've been having fun playing around with a Wordpress blog lately. (No, I'm not exactly defecting to Wordpress yet... just... experimenting.)

Come visit me over at http://emilygyoung.com/theessentialemily

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Review: J.J. Abrams' "Super 8" is the best movie of the summer


As I watched “Super 8,” I kept thinking, I haven’t had this much fun in a movie since “Star Trek.”

Oh right. That was J.J. Abrams’ last movie.

“All the spectacle in the world means nothing if there’s not [good] characters at the center of it all,” Abrams said in a 2009 review with The Lamron. His characters are always memorable. When you walk away from “Super 8,” you’re not thinking about the alien. You’re thinking about the middle-schoolers who are obsessed with zombie movies and cherry bombs. And who handle family tragedies and alien invasions with equal aplomb. They’re probably the best characters I’ve seen all year.

And, for all you “Lost” fans out there, the movie is a bit like an alien version of that show (with a much happier ending). “Super 8″ is what would have happened if Jack Shepherd had moved to 1960s suburbia and become a sheriff instead of a doctor. And if the black smoke monster was really an alien. And if Sawyer had gotten custody of his daughter. (Oh, and keep an eye out for the “Locke” jewelry store in the final scene.)

Whether you’re a “Lost” fan or not, do yourself a favor and don’t miss this film.

Monday, June 6, 2011

rebuilding

They walked along a skeleton street, arms linked, surveying the charred shell of somebody's flat. The empty window frames gaped, but somehow the front door still swung on its hinges. Jack thought it was odd.

Katherine's voice broke into his thoughts. "When are you going to ask me to marry you?"

Jack bit his lip, controlling a hysterical urge to laugh. He looked at Katherine and realized she was completely serious. "A lot has changed," he said. "I've changed."

Katherine just looked at him, her eyes so wide that he could see all the gold flecks in them.

"My nose is made out of my shoulder," he added wryly.

Katherine took his hand. "Do you still like going to the sea? And reading My Life and Hard Times almost every month?"

He nodded.

"You're still Jack, aren't you?" Her hand reached up and touched the scarred places on his skin. "And your nose was never your best feature anyway."

To read more of Jack's story, click the label at the end of this post. 



Saturday, June 4, 2011

you might be an alien if...




1. You spontaneously turn into a human flashlight in the middle of class

2. Your family beagle has a habit of transforming into a Jurassic Park monster

3. You find it difficult to open your locker door, but you can run really, really fast. Like Edward-Cullen-would-be-jealous fast

4. You’re always hunted by incredibly tall aliens with a passion for trench-coats.

5. You’re supposed to save the world, but you only succeed in blowing up your high school’s football field. (And looking like someone from GQ.)

List compiled from “I am Number Four.” A somewhat forgettable action flick, but a lasting contribution for all those angst-ridden high school students who wonder if they’re from another planet.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Nail Polish



















To steal an idea from Glamour, what color are your nails right now? Mine are lavender, which felt like a happy color for the beach. (I just discovered the wonder of pedicures.) Now I need to learn how to make my nails look like this myself. Any tips?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

midnight visitor


























Annie woke up at midnight to the sound of someone pounding on the front door. She still wasn't used to waking up in a strange house.

She crept out of bed, the floor cold against her bare feet, and tip-toed to the top of the stairs. Mrs. Benson - whom she still thought of as the cabbage-lady - had opened the door and was talking to an RAF pilot. Annie's heart leaped. Peter!

No. The boy who was staggering into the house wasn't Peter. She knew because he didn't have Peter's crooked smile or his tangly hair. He was just another lost, drunk soldier from the military base, who was saying, thickly, that somebody had taken all his money.

She wondered if Peter and Bear were ever coming back.

To read more of Annie's story, click the label at the end of this post.



Monday, May 16, 2011

Four reasons you should see "Thor" starring Chris Hemsworth


1. Have you ever wondered what a Norse god would do if he walked into a pet store? "Thor" is at its best when it's funny. Chris Hemsworth has a good sense of comedic timing as he portrays the larger-than-life (and somewhat confused) hero, stranded in an alien world with cars, coffee and cats.


















2. Director Kenneth Branagh may have switched from Shakespeare to Marvel, but he still knows how to slip in themes from his favorite playwright. (Watch for the subtexts.)



















3. (If you're a guy, you can just skip to #4 now.) Chris Hemsworth is shirtless in one scene. Enough said.





4. At one point, I checked my watch and was surprised to find that the movie was almost over. It's a fast-paced summer flick with a good mix of humor and adventure. (That's probably because it was written by the same team that created "Fringe.")