Monthly Archives: June 2012

TV: Favorite TV Show Intros/Opening Credits

Best:
  1. The Killing 
  2. Luther
  3. Downton Abbey
  4. Skins (UK, of course)
  5. Lost (iconic)
  6. Doctor Who
  7. True Blood
  8. Fringe
Worst:
  1. White Collar Season 3
  2. So You Think You Can Dance
  3. Grimm Season 2
  4. Covert Affairs

Meh, but not bad, aka sometimes I don’t mind sitting through them:

  1. Misfits
  2. Awake (similar, not the real intro)
  3. New Girl
  4. Smash
  5. Missing
  6. Scandal
  7. Once Upon a Time
  8. Being Erica
Current or recent TV shows only.
Also, these are only picked from shows I actually watch.
Some of which have been canceled, LAME (specifically Awake).
I found this YouTube channel of “The Best Openings”. Relative/subjective use of “best”, but interesting, and lots of intros in one place to peruse.

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Film: Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron has died.

The NYT did a tribute.

Jezebel put together some clips and movie choices for a Nora Ephron movie marathon:

  1. Silkwood
  2. Heartburn
  3. When Harry Met Sally
  4. Sleepless in Seattle
  5. You’ve Got Mail
  6. Julie and Julia

I have never seen Silkwood, and it looks like I would really like it, so I am going to watch that, When Harry Met Sally and possibly Julie and Julia in the near future. Sigh.

Nora Ephron was a fellow Wellesley grad and she gave the commencement speech in 1996.

Also, Nora Ephron “left clues about dying in her final book”. She wrote two lists, (excerpts) that I love:

What I Won’t Miss:
Dry skin
Bad dinners like the one we went to last night
Bras

What I Will Miss:
Waffles
The concept of waffles
Bacon
A walk in the park
The idea of a walk in the park
Reading in Bed

When Nora was chosen by the Class of 1996 to deliver commencement remarks, she challenged Wellesley’s graduating seniors: “Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. I also hope you will choose to make some trouble on behalf of women.” And when she returned to receive the 2006 Alumnae Achievement Award, Wellesley’s highest honor, she told students, “Prepare yourself for a life of confusion, and embrace it.” Nora embraced the world with a fierce and generous spirit.”

Nora Ephron Alumnae Achievement Awards 2006

“Never one to mince words, she is remembered by her friends at Wellesley as a quintessential truth teller—courageous, imaginative, tough, hilarious, smart, and compassionate. ”
Wellesley Remembers Nora Ephron

We have lost a great talent today, and it saddens me. 2012 has been a rough year for the talented elite.

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Feminism: Work and Family Balance

Feminism: Work and Family Balance

Feminism: Work and Family Balance

The tagline reads “It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change.”

The author goes on to remark:

“A similar assumption underlies Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg’s widely publicized 2011 commencement speech at Barnard, and her earlier TED talk, in which she lamented the dismally small number of women at the top and advised young women not to “leave before you leave.” When a woman starts thinking about having children, Sandberg said, “she doesn’t raise her hand anymore … She starts leaning back.” Although couched in terms of encouragement, Sandberg’s exhortation contains more than a note of reproach. We who have made it to the top, or are striving to get there, are essentially saying to the women in the generation behind us: “What’s the matter with you?”

They have an answer that we don’t want to hear. After the speech I gave in New York, I went to dinner with a group of 30-somethings. I sat across from two vibrant women, one of whom worked at the UN and the other at a big New York law firm. As nearly always happens in these situations, they soon began asking me about work-life balance. When I told them I was writing this article, the lawyer said, “I look for role models and can’t find any.” She said the women in her firm who had become partners and taken on management positions had made tremendous sacrifices, “many of which they don’t even seem to realize … They take two years off when their kids are young but then work like crazy to get back on track professionally, which means that they see their kids when they are toddlers but not teenagers, or really barely at all.” Her friend nodded, mentioning the top professional women she knew, all of whom essentially relied on round-the-clock nannies. Both were very clear that they did not want that life, but could not figure out how to combine professional success and satisfaction with a real commitment to family.”

“Young women should be wary of the assertion “You can have it all; you just can’t have it all at once.” This 21st-century addendum to the original line is now proffered by many senior women to their younger mentees. To the extent that it means, in the words of one working mother, “I’m going to do my best and I’m going to keep the long term in mind and know that it’s not always going to be this hard to balance,” it is sound advice. But to the extent that it means that women can have it all if they just find the right sequence of career and family, it’s cheerfully wrong.”

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Culture: Online, Misogyny is Alive and Well.

Jezebel nailed it, per usual.

The harassment of this woman just trying to express her viewpoint is par for the course for women online. And is proof that misogyny is not dead. Unfortunately. And it is really sad, and numbing, and depressing. Sigh.

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Fashion: Diane Kruger at Cannes 2012

This is my favorite look at Cannes this year:

Diane Kruger in Versus

Diane Kruger in Versus

Surprising I know, especially with all the gorgeous Elie Saab gowns.

But this Versus dress is just so flattering on her, I love the color, I love the shape, and I love how simply it was styled. Just those beautiful shoes to accompany the beautiful lines of the dress. Absolute perfection.

The Jezebel Cannes fashion summary was pretty on point.
Overall not that impressed.

The only other look that stood out to me was Paz Vega in Stéphane Rolland couture:

Paz Vega in Stéphane Rolland couture

Paz Vega in Stéphane Rolland couture

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Film: Tim Burton and Dark Shadows

So I read this article on Deadspin, and it made me think about Tim Burton, as I am wont to do, especially after the fiasco that was his Alice in Wonderland. Ironically the best part about Alice was the “real world” part. Sigh.

Tim Burton and Dark Shadows

Tim Burton and Dark Shadows

My thoughts on Tim Burton:

I totally agree with the article about Tim Burton, this was the whole problem with Alice, there was nothing truly original in it, it just fell completely short, besides the sometimes great costumes I was bored the whole time. what a waste. I disagree about Edward Scissorhands, I think it succeeded in that it became basically a creepy John Hughes movie. I know I won’t like Dark Shadows, it looks awful. And a perceived and possibly great talent goes to waste and ultimately to seed, sad. I thought for a long time that the beauty that is Nightmare Before Christmas was enough, that that would come out in his other movies, but ultimately, I think it was a masterpiece in spite of Tim Burton, given how all the rest of his movies just never lived up to it, ever, even kind of. And I am no longer a fan, and I’m sad about it.
He was poised to be one of my favorite film makers of all time, but he just never lived up to his reputation. Damn.

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Fashion: Pour La Victoire Handbag (Milano Tote)

Ok, so there was this Pour La Victoire handbag that I saw in the Nordstrom catalog that I was majorly lusting after:

Pour La Victoire Milano Medium Tote

Pour La Victoire Milano Medium Tote

Problems:
1) it’s 500 dollars, ouch
2) it’s freaking humongous, and looks weird in the smaller size

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