Television

Twin Peaks

There’s a nostalgia wave hitting television which I’m all for but slightly against. There are plenty of completely unnecessary reboots hitting airwaves at a steady pace. A couple of weeks back one of my favorite shows, Twin Peaks, made its television return on Showtime. Twin Peaks began airing on ABC in 1990 and has become a cult classic (it has even been considered one of televisions greatest dramas).

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Twin Peaks finds FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper solving the murder of Laura Palmer in a town filled with eccentric characters and supernatural elements. It has a very offbeat sense of humor and iconic David Lynch cinematography. To be honest, Twin Peaks is a little hit or miss when you try to talk to people about it. It’s not exactly an easy sell especially the newer episodes on Showtime. They are a little out there compared to the older ones, but that’s likely due to more relaxed views on Frost/Lynch’s creative direction. My favorite part is the return of many of the original characters and the emergence of music as a larger part of the whole experience. I was so excited to see Chromatics on episode one.

I wanted to write a whole blog post about my love of Twin Peaks in-depth especially because of all the annoying things I have to read about people disliking it in my Twitter timeline. But then I just ended up spending tons of time looking at really cool Twin Peaks merchandise online. Seems like a better use of time, right? Nothing will be as cool as the girl I ran into a couple of years ago on Halloween at a bar dressed as the Log Lady, but some of this stuff is just as cool.

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Tote bag, Key tag, Tee shirt, Enamel pin, Minimalist print, Turntable slipmat, Shower curtain, Coffee mug, Tee, Enamel pin, Art poster

Monthly Edit: May

May has been a pretty weird one. Between celebrating my birthday multiple times and finishing off the semester, I’m feeling pretty exhausted. I didn’t know I could feel so emotionally and physically drained, but here we are. I hope the cosmos have some really great things in store for me in June because who knows how much more I can take.

So while I hope for some good universe alignment to come my way, I managed to find some things that were pretty cool this month to enhance the lives of others.

  • Cold water is essential in the warmer months and I love this W&P water bottle ice cube tray. It’s great for making flavored ice cubes to enhance boring old water and, hello, it’s made for fitting in the most inconvenient place to fit ice cubes: water bottles.
  • Get Lost is such a great tune. I just want to dance to it for hours and hours.
  • Master of None is such a brilliant show and it recently just began streaming its new season on Netflix. I love that episode 1 of season 2 took place in the Italian town my family comes from (not to mention the Italian neorealism of that episode is perfect). PLUS there’s tons of pasta to look at and plenty of modern dating (and situations) to laugh at.
  • Sofia Coppola is one of my favorite directors ever and recently just became the 2nd woman to ever win best director at Cannes (71 years later than the first). She has a new movie coming out soon and took W Magazine on a personal tour of some of her inspirations.
  • I love rose gold anything and this Ouai hair and body oil promises to make my hair shiny and hydrated so naturally I’m all in. I’m not sure about using it on my skin but it claims to remove redness and reduce the appearance of scars. I really can’t wait to try it.

4 “Iconic” Lifetime Movies

A few weeks back while enjoying homemade pizza we decided to check out whatever was airing on Lifetime that night. Lifetime has a pretty great reputation for making a steady stream of movies we love to hate. In fact they are so popular Lifetime established a movie network that runs almost 24/7 showing them off. They have just become one of those things you can turn on in the background or watch all day long while laying on the couch. They are just so addicting.

The one viewed that night was Manny Dearest. I thought I could share some thoughts on it because rarely do you get a story about a creepy male nanny. There was quite a bit of humor involved in such a dark subject, but not as much as the classic, A Deadly Adoption, starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. Instead I decided to revisit 4 truly iconic Lifetime movies from yesteryear. Lifetime movies have a few formulas, but the best ones are based on true stories that become even more dramatic for television. For this reason all the movies below are based on a true story (which happened accidentily).

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Life Lessons I’ve Learned from The Bachelor

Ah, Bachelor Nation. The nation I have recently joined purely by accident. My friends love The Bachelor family of products almost religiously, and I reluctantly joined their Bachelorette viewing party this last summer. I was likely invited to simply bring homemade guac, but I haven’t been able to look away from this beautiful train wreck ever since. Like with most things in life we can learn a lot from The Bachelor and it’s entirely unrealistic crazy universe. Since I have never really exposed myself to The Bachelor franchise of shows until last year’s Bachelorette, I never realized how crazy things get sometimes. This lead me to discover some of the quirkier and stranger things that could literally only happen on a reality show about finding love.

Let is dig in, shall we?

Never Wear Red – On the season premiere red was the go to color worn by the women who were hoping to “stand out.” Sure, in theory this sounds like a great idea. Not all women look great in red (I don’t), and with a sea of those horrible rejected prom dresses, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. So you reach for red thinking you’re original! Red is the color of love after all! Men are scientifically proven to have a greater attraction to the color red because it makes women appear warmer, competent, and feminine. But, these studies weren’t completed in a competitive reality show environment now were they? Better save the red for the highly coveted one-on-one dates or just pull out that shark costume you’ve been dying to wear. 

If You Believe Hard Enough…Sharks Can Be Dolphins – Poor Alexis had great intentions trying to be different with her dolphin costume except she clearly never saw the Katy Perry Super Bowl halftime show and it was actually a shark. Now, for someone who loves dolphins as much as she claims, she would know that sharks have side gill slits and dolphins do not. While the nation was united in the debate of Shark vs Dolphin, watching Nick have to correct her (multiple. times.) about the costume was just about a cringe worthy as watching this grown woman wade in a pool making porpoise noises.

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Do What You Love…Someone Somewhere Will Accept It – One of the best things about The Bachelor are the job titles (99% of aren’t real jobs at all). Don’t believe me? “Free Spirit?” Is that just a title for someone who believes they can be the Penny Lane of 2017? Alexis was labeled Aspiring Dolphin Trainer while a real job that’s a pretty niche market and probably requires knowing the difference between sharks and dolphins. If anyone knows how to capitalize on the job “hipster” (another title actually used), please let me know. I could make enough to pay off my student loans. I guess it’s better than selling detox tea on Instagram.

It’s Okay to Have An Adult Nanny…In Your 20s – Sure, we call them “assistants” to give them some kind of real dignity in their jobs, but let’s change it up. Have them bring you a midday cucumber snack (whatever that is) or make you and your significant other “cheesy pasta!” Just because you’re a fully grown adult capable of making and consuming actual meals, doesn’t mean you have to.

Dates Are the Worst….Especially In Groups – It’s a well-known fact that most of the time spent on the show is done with alcohol and a lack of food. They never eat on dates (what a waste) and they spend hours filming them. Uncomfortable times exploring the wooded areas of a cabin (why) are just awkward to participate in let alone watch. Watching a disastrous beach volleyball date this season had to be the cream of the crop. Suddenly everyone is crying because they just realized what show they were on apparently? I don’t want to compete for someone’s attention and I would likely spend all my time judging everyone else instead. All I know is, if someone asks me to play beach volleyball I’m going to take a hard pass. It can’t end well. 

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Be Yourself….The Weirdest Version of Yourself – If Nick can do this “dinosaur” impression while trying to win the hearts of women, you can do just about anything. Odds are someone…somewhere is going to find you to be incredibly charming. Being normal is overrated. It takes a lot to be yourself in this world but we all have something that magnetized us to our ideal mate. It’s probably dinosaur imitations…so start practicing.

Always Take Naps – Naps are proven to increase productivity which is why many workplaces now implement nap rooms for the employees. There’s never a problem a nap can’t solve. According to Corinne, once you achieve your goals (getting a rose) you no longer have to follow any rules or general human decency, and should nap instead. Was not showing up to the rose ceremony kind of dick move? Of course. But I mean…Abraham Lincoln took naps…

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When all is said and done there is a lot to learn from the Bachelor. You can take down a girl simply by saying she’s not here “for the right reasons.” Chris Harrison lives on island time and shows up casually to earn money by making statements once an episode. But most importantly, always tell the person you have feelings for that you have feelings for them. There’s always a chance someone else will get to it before you and you should never let that happen. Never settle and never give up. When all feels lost just remember Nick has been “looking for love” on television four times now.