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Christie: So, Michele! What are you up to?
Michele: Oh, okay. Um, I invented Post-Its.
Christie: No offense, Michele, but how in the world did *you* think of Post-Its?
Michele: Uh…
[looks across the room at Romy talking to Billy Christianson]
Romy: And I thought of them completely by myself. I mean, all Michele did was say: “What about making them yellow?”
Michele: [turns to the A Group] Actually I invented a special kind of glue.
Christie: Oh really? Well then I’m sure you wouldn’t mind giving us a detailed account of exactly how you concocted this miracle glue, would you?
Michele: No. Um, well, ordinarily when you make glue first you need to thermoset your resin and then after it cools you have to mix in an epoxide, which is really just a fancy-schmancy name for any simple oxygenated adhesive, right? And then I thought maybe, just maybe, you could raise the viscosity by adding a complex glucose derivative during the emulsification process and it turns out I was right.

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Ok, that excerpt from Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion was not really today’s inspiration, but THIS VIDEO is! I stumbled upon it via Twitter. Isn’t Twitter amazing, people? So powerful. Anyway, this stop-motion video was made by Bang-yao Liu, a student at Savannah College of Art and Design. Enjoy!

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“Heathcliff, don’t break my heart.”

by tatiana on June 10, 2009

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“Oh Cathy, I never broke your heart. You broke it! …You wandered off like a wanton, greedy child to break your heart and mine.

Monday evening two friends and I headed North to the ultra gaudy Beverly Hills, home to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to see Wuthering Heights (Wyler, 1939) which is a part of the Academy’s current film series: Hollywood’s Greatest Year – The Best Picture Nominees of 1939.

The film started at 7:30pm and we got there around 7:15pm, so we had some time to check out the displays in the lobby.

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As you can probably tell, these pics were taken with my iPhone. I left my camera in the car. Doh! Oh well. Here, Kendra (probably the biggest Laurence Olivier fan under the age of 50) stands next to the french poster for Wuthering Heights.

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Here, Kendra gives her thumbs up next to a photo display for the film. She was excited! So was I! The costume sketches were great.

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Our $3 (with student ID) not only got us entry to see this wonderful film in the gorgeous theatre, but we also received this great program with fun behind the scenes information about Wuthering Heights.

We eventually found our way into the theater and it was PACKED! The screening began with a vintage Mickey Mouse cartoon which co-starred the always funny Pluto. Then an introduction was given by some guy who’s name I can’t remember. Next, Samuel Goldwyn Jr. came up to the stage to share with us the story of how his father (who produced this film) got a hold of this script by chance. One day he saw writer Ben Hecht moping around the studio and asked him what was wrong. Apparently his (and co-writer Charles MacArthur’s) adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s Wuthering Heights was not being well received by studio heads. They were saying that it was too morbid. So Mr. Goldwyn read the script, and luckily for us, he loved it! It was nice of Mr. Samuel Goldwyn Jr. to share that story with us. We also had the privelege of seeing a 40 second behind the scenes clip of the cast and crew on location in Thousand Oaks, California where they filmed the cliff scenes. Very neat.

I don’t think I have the words to adequately express how fabulous this film is. This is the first time I’ve sat through the entire film and paid full attention. I’ve seen it probably 5 or 6 times before this, but always half-watching while working on my laptop. The acting in this film is top notch. The same cinematographer who shot Citizen Kane also shot this film. The costumes evolved beautifully throughout the film and supplemented the storytelling. Olivier is really intense as Heathcliff… but when is he not intense? I thought David Niven as Edgar was absolutely dreamy. I told Kendra that I thought he was more attractive than Olivier in this film and she responded “FAIL.” Haha. Lastly, I thought Merle Oberon played Cathy well. Cathy was such a bitch!

I highly recommend this film, if you have not had the pleasure of seeing and experiencing it already. If you enjoy romantic dramas, I guarantee you will appreciate this film.

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I never really realize how much is going on until I sit down to write about it. So! As some of you may have noticed, there was no Upcycle Sundays this past Sunday. My apologies! I’ve sort of fallen off the map the last few days. I’m working on a site redesign for my cousin, which has been taking up some time, and my little sister is graduating high school! (Awwwww.) I know. I teared up a bit when she gave me her grad photo. My baby sister is all grown up! And look at that ‘stache! (Disclaimer: this is not her grad photo. Haha.)

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Anyway, the big day is tomorrow and her grad party is on Saturday. Bounce house, mojitos (for the 21+ crowd) and all. It’s gonna be fab. And you KNOW I will be all up in that bounce house.

In other random Victorville-related news… so I’m really diggin that song You’re a Jerk by the New Boyz.

The lyrical content doesn’t come close to say, Common or Lil Wayne, but for some reason I like this song, alot. It’s like the Vans of 2009. But I’m happy that more artists are coming out of the high desert. Our claims to fame include Face to Face, Cuba Gooding Jr., and now New Boyz.

So, my good friend who works in the Film and Media Studies Dept. at UCI invited me to come along to see a test screening of sorts of Away We Go which comes out this Friday.

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I was stoked. Everytime I see the trailer I laugh, I cry, and I say out loud “I NEED TO SEE THIS.” This film, directed by Sam Mendes (of American Beauty and Revolutionary Road fame), tells the story of two self identified “fuck ups” who are unmarried, pregnant and in their mid-thirties. We follow them on their journey to find a place they can call home. Along the way we meet their incredible cooky and eccentric friends and family and as a viewer feel, perhaps, more awkward about their interactions than they do. Overall, I enjoyed this movie, but it had it’s weak points. I thought the punctuations throughout the film were somewhat cheesy. Each time they leave to visit a different city, the film becomes more predictable. Their friends and family’s eccentricities were so over the top sometimes that they felt contrived. Although, I really really enjoyed Catherine O’Hara’s performance. She’s absolutely fantastic. John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph, I thought, played their parts well. I feel that most of the awkwardness stemmed from the writing. Had I not known that this was a Sam Mendes film, I would have never guessed that he was the director. However, I do appreciate Mendes creating something that is different from what we would expect from him. If I were rating this movie on Netflix, I would give it 3 out of 5 stars. I recommend it if you’re a fan of John Krasinski or Catherine O’Hara, but otherwise, I would suggest seeing something else.

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The Best Film of 2008 According to Me.

by tatiana on January 2, 2009

This last year was full of amazing films. From the emotional and inspiring Milk to the action packed and well acted Dark Knight, to the most original vampire film I’ve ever seen Let the Right One In, to the beautifully illustrated Wall-E.  But the film that I believe ranked far superior to all of these was Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle (who also directed Trainspotting and 28 Days Later).

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Slumdog Millionaire is the heart-wrenching story of Jamal, a street kid who finds himself on India’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire? The story is told through a series of flashbacks. Jamal’s history is slowly unraveled with each question he is asked on the show. Slumdog Millionaire is a story of friendship, survival and love. The actors were excellent, especially the child actors. I agree with my roommate Kendra in how this year really showcased a lot of child actor talent with films like this and Let the Right One In. The cinematography and editing in this film also get a two thumbs up. You could really feel Boyle’s directorial style with quick edits and an overall feeling of chaos and lack of control. It was a dark film with the story of Jamal and Latika serving as the lightsource. I really loved this film and recommend it.

So, voila! Congratulations Slumdog Millionaire! Best film of 2008 according to me.

Runners up:

2. Milk
3. Let the Right One In
4. The Dark Knight
5. Wall-E

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So, this weekend I did what every other tween in America probably did: I saw Twilight.
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Now before the mockery begins, I took my little sisters. That’s my excuse. :o) I did not read any of the books, but after seeing this film, the second book seems to be calling my name. Having not read the books, I thought the writing in the film was borderline poor. The acting was very melodramatic at times, but I really loved the cinematography and the costumes. Particularly the baseball scene. Everything about that scene is great. And I must say, I kind of think Edward is dreamy.

In other book-to-film related news, my sister informed me this morning that she saw a movie poster for none other than the Confessions of a Shopaholic.
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About two years ago I tore through these books. Well, the first two at least. The rest of them were kind of lame. I never read Shopaholic and Baby just because after reading the second book I was a little frustrated by Kinsella’s predictably formulaic style. But I’m thinking this will be one example where the film will be better than the book, which usually does not happen. We’ll see.

Anyway, going with the book theme of this post, I’ve included my latest review on Goodreads. No offense to my super cool friend who recommended this book to me. :o) It just wasn’t my cup of tea. I’m almost to my goal of reading 24 books in a year. It doesn’t seem like much, but it is for me. That’s about 2 books a month. I’m going to try to up my goal next year to 3 books a month.

Weekend in Paris Weekend in Paris by Robyn Sisman


My review

rating: 2 of 5 stars
My good friend recommended this book to me one day when I said I was in the mood for good chick lit. But, you know, opinions are subjective. This book was as another reviewer said, quite predictable. I thought the flow of the story was a bit choppy and not woven together very well. I found the main character Molly to be a little too air-headed for my liking. The book wasn’t horrible; I did find it tolerable enough to finish the whole thing. I wouldn’t recommend it.

View all my reviews.

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Hey guys! I will be heading up to USC tomorrow evening for this, so I thought I’d spread the word. If you click on the image you will find more information about the event. Here is a link to the trailer for the documentary Juvies that will be screened. I’m pretty excited about this, and hope to see you there!

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C Dnyem Rojdenya Mama y Arianna!

by tatiana on August 29, 2008

So, yesterday was my mom’s and my sister’s birthdays. Yes, they were born on the same day (separated by 30 years, of course). Silly me, I didn’t even remember until around 4 o’clock. I blame it on my looming quarter century birthday and possible pre-senility. As my sister so kindly reminded me yesterday when I apologized for not wishing her happy birthday sooner, “It’s ok, you’re halfway to 50. Your memory problems are understandable.”

Every year I try to be more creative with their birthday gifts, but I think this year I fell short of my own expectations. That’s ok. I got my mom a 6 month subscription to Netflix. I figure it’s the gift that keeps on giving. And since Arianna is really into French culture, I figure French films should do the trick. I got her Amelie and Paris, je t’aime. Although, since I can be kind of a cheapskate sometimes, I bought them used on amazon.com. I now have learned my lesson and will never buy used DVDs as presents ever again. Paris, je t’aime came in a blank dvd case. So it essentially looks like a bottlegged copy. Ew. But lucky for me, my sister could care less.

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BUT because I am an advocate of handmade gift giving, I have still managed to crochet some adorable make-up cases that hopefully they’ll appreciate.

In other news, my roomie Kendra and I have started our semester long trek to become PHP experts. Wish us luck. My plan is to rebuild/redesign this blog from the ground up once I grasp php. So far, all I know how to do is download XAMPP which has Apache, MySQL, etc. And that was a success! It’s all about the baby steps.

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CH-Ch-ch-CHANGES!

by tatiana on August 4, 2008

It’s kind of appropriate, I think, for change to occur during the summertime. Year after year throughout adolescence we are conditioned to expect and anticipate change during the summer season because of graduations, friends moving on to bigger and better things, and of course the inevitable bridal wave. Every summer I think, “wow, so much is changing.” But I think this summer has taken the prize. Two friends got married. New job. The new apartment come September. My little sisters growing up to be intelligent young women, who are way cooler than I am (I think they’re already smarter than me too). And the list goes on.

On a less sentimental note, I’ve been working on a lot of projects for a lot of people, all at the same time… so I feel like it’s taking me long to finish them. I just need to keep focused. I’ve been listening to a lot of Crystal Castles and the Ting Tings, which is helping. I have a pile of aprons in my closet that I need to photograph and get up on Etsy asap.

In other news… the second Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie comes out on Wednesday! You better believe I will be there. Omg. I recently finished the third book. So good. Oh, and I still need to see The Wackness, with Mary Kate Olson, and that documentary American Teen. Looks like I will be donating a lot of my hard earned money to Hollywood this week.
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“We were known as the baby ballerinas.”

by tatiana on July 31, 2007

Lately I have been reading a lot about European (mainly Russian) graphic design history. And in doing so stumbled upon posters for the Ballet Russes, and thought to myself “isn’t that documentary in my Netflix queue?” And indeed it was.

I really appreciate the fact that some amazing people decided to film the Ballet Russes performances. The concept of dance being a momentary and dynamic experience is a concept that has always left me feeling conflicted. Dance along with theater and other performance arts pieces (such as the Happenings of the 1950s & 60s or Fluxus art), can be performed forever (in theory), like Nutcracker ballet for example. But each performance and each combination of dancers and audience experiences are unique and differ. These performances are so valuable and precious because they, most of the time, are not filmed or really documented in a manner that makes them permanent, like a painting or a photo. They are not captured in a way that can be enjoyed by the masses forever, and in some aspects it is sad, but I think that in other ways, this is what makes the performances so magical.

It’s amazing that the filmmakers found all of this priceless footage, all of these amazingly talented 70-90 year olds and made this documentary. Although not a dance history buff, I am a fan of dance, and an ex-ballerina, err kind of. My most critically acclaimed** performance was dancing to the song “Hi-ho!” from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs when I was 12; my farewell piece, as I then retired from my 3-year dance career a few months later due to the inability to do the splits. :oP Enough about me, this film was well edited, well researched and full of richly descriptive and delightful stories about traveling the world to bring ballet to the people. I highly recommend it, if you haven’t seen it already.
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So, like Center Stage or Dirty Dancing, this film made me want to dance. Like, as soon as possible. It also made me feel really out of shape compared to those 80-year-olds in leotards with those ever impressive plies and releves. In essence it made me think about the company that my friend dances with, and their upcoming open house, which I will probably check out… or actually maybe I’ll just go and watch. :o) I’m kinda rusty.

Regina Klenjoski Dance Company’s Open House
Regina Klenjoski Dance Company

Where?
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Studio I
3330 Civic Center Dr.
Torrance, CA 90503
When?
Sunday, August 26, 2007
1-2:30pm: Modern Dance Technique with Regina Klenjoski
3-4:30pm: Showcase and sample classes
How much?
FREE
I STILL don’t get it.
The RKDC has performed in numerous venues and universities throughout the United States since opening its doors in 1993. Klenjoski’s pieces often explore her fascination with the human experience in a contemporary society. Utilizing partnering to convey diverse relationships in her pieces, Klenjoski’s clever voice brings a unique element to the world of contemporary dance.
This open house will create an opportunity for anyone in the community who has a love for dance to sample her classes and get a feel for her take on contemporary movement and choreography.

** not actually critically acclaimed… unless my parents count as critics, in which case, the performance was acclaimed.

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YeaHHHH!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFojixOc8Hc

How excited am I? Beyond excited…

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