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Hello, my Upper East Siders! Mr.StrictlyIntimate here.
I guess you have all seen, or heard it? How do you feel now that the best kept secret of television history is out? Are you shocked? Dazzled? Confused? Or simply speechless by the turn of events and this tremendous revelation? Let me tell you I was just angry with myself that I did not get it the first minute because I was totally hoping Lily (played by Kelly Rutherford, a mundane, elegant and gracious woman!) would turn out to be the Tell-All-Bitch helping her daughter Serena (played by sparkling Blake Lively) to stay in public to never being able turning her back on being a van der Woodsen but hey, sometimes even Mr.StrictlyIntimate can get things wrong. Hard to believe, isn’t it?
“What’s the difference between gossip and scandal? So glad you asked. Anyone can commit a minor indiscretion and generate a day’s worth of buzz, but in order for gossip to birth a true scandal it requires the right person to be in the wrong place. Take one ‘it’ girl on a pedestal, add a crowd eager to see her fall, and give them the means to knock her down.”
It’s out there, now. Dan Humphrey, or as we all love to call him (as well as he himself obviously did) Lonely Boy, is Gossip Girl. Who would have thought? After 5 Years, 6 Seasons and 121 Episodes Kristen Bell got kicked to the curve by being offered a guest appearance while her voice has been the cornerstone of our personal Gossip Girls ups and downs, just to make some space for Penn Badgley alias Lonely Boy to take the spotlight away from her. Poor K — they say, ‘There are no small parts, just small actors.”
“And some masks we wear because we hope to stay hidden. But that’s the problem with wearing masks. They can be ripped off at any moment.”
After seeing Monday’s final episode of my most beloved series I was feeling bittersweet. Not particularly sad because, you know “sad” is just not what I do. I have not outfit that goes with “sad” and “pitiful.” But still, I felt a little heartbroken that I can never again be in pure amazement about Blair Waldorf’s (played by amazingly wonderful Leighton Meester) hilarious wit, cruel intentions and fabulous fashion! At least, in the end Blair got to marry of her life Mister Chuck Bass (played by handsomely sexy Ed Westwick) in one of the most beautiful gowns by Elie Saab, a designer I cherish for his classic and elegant approach on the fashion of a modern woman who is aware and conscious of her body and wants to feel beautiful at any given point of time.
Other happenings in Questions:
Wasn’t it hilarious how Ivy for the first time realized that good old William was playing her to get to Lily?
Isn’t Blair’s and Chuck’s son simply adorable?
Doesn’t Georgina Sparks look as striking and evil as never before?
Doesn’t Dan Humphrey somehow look like he should seriously consider taking on showering again?
Wouldn’t it have been awesome if Lily van der Woodsen was Gossip Girl?
Wouldn’t it have been awesome if charmingly funny Dorota was Gossip Girl?
Didn’t we all think “well, that was kind of predictable” as Serena and Dan were about to get married at the end of the episode?
Wasn’t it pretty nice and neat how they managed to include every once important cast member in the story’s arch for this final bashing 40 minutes?
“In Manhattan, some parties are VIP only. Others are strictly private. But some parties are political, and those lines are drawn by the most established of the establishment. And once those lines are drawn, they can never be crossed.”
Don’t we all now feel like, “Damn, it’s really over, isn’t it?”
Well, my dear Upper East Siders, it really is. It was such a wonderful time watching those characters grow and develop, some more, some less, some almost not at all. Still, my Gossip Girl years were, besides Sex and the City and now Pretty Little Liars (the only thing I can still keep on holding on to) and Revenge, one of the best of my few hours spent in front of the television. This is all gone now, but hey, I got all the season on DVD and I can’t wait to get the sixth as well. This is a bittersweet farewell so I thought to ease the heartache here are some of Gossip Girl’s (or Dan’s) best quotes:
“Sometimes you need to step outside, clear your head and remind yourself of who you are. And where you wanna be. And sometimes you have to venture outside your world in order to find yourself.”
“But the worst thing the truth can do? Is when you finally tell it, it doesn’t set you free… but locks you away, forever.”
“In life, as in art, some endings are bittersweet. Especially when it comes to love. Sometimes fate throws two lovers together only to rip them apart. Sometimes the hero finally makes the right choice but the timing is all wrong. And, as they say, timing is everything.”
“One thing about being on the top of the world.. it gives you a long, long way to fall.”
“We make our own fortunes, and call them fate. And what better excuse to choose a path than to insist it’s our destiny? But at the end of the day, we all have to live with our choices … no matter who’s looking over our shoulder.”
“When you do finally get what you want, the problem is there’s always someone that’s trying to take it away. And all that wanting makes us blind to the fact that things aren’t exactly what we think they are. Maybe it’s better sometimes to just get what you need.”
“Sticks and stones may just break bones, but the wounds from words never heal. Especially when they’re words we hoped we’d never read.”
“They say every road comes to an end, but sometimes the end feels just like the beginning. Even when you think you’ve come a long way, you can suddenly find yourself right back where you started. Because every journey is fraught with twists and turns.”
What a ride those 5 years, 6 seasons and 121 episode were. Joyful. Tearful. Wonderful. Playful. Full of incredible fashion moments.
They say, “everything must come to an end” and they are quite right. This is the end of an era. This was the final episode, THE END, of Gossip Girl. This is Good-Bye to the most fashionable gang in television history.
Now it is all about guessing who the hell A is because Gossip Girl was revealed.
Here it is – the Season 3 Promo trailer of ABC Family’s hit drama show ‘Pretty Little Liars’. The one thing all the fans have been waiting for except for the actual start on June 5, 2012. New characters, new secrets, deaths and secret black swans, – ‘The Web is more tAngled than they ever imagined. It’s only just begun!’
Season 3 will be taking place exactly six months after the events of the Season 2 finale, with Mona having been a patient in Radley Sanatorium in that time. Spencer will still be ring leader and in a relationship with Toby (though I hope she will get Wren in the end). Hannah and Caleb’s relationship will suffer from a secret Caleb has been keeping (Thank God – I hope she upgrades herself to someone more elaborate than that criminal). Aria and Ezra will be celebrating something and no it is not an accidental pregnancy (We’d Wish!) but their first year anniversary and Emily will be dealing with Maya’s possible (and maybe faux) death.
So far the titles of the first five episodes have been announced with the promo trailer:
S03E01: It Happened “ThAt Night” (June 5, 2012)
S03E02: Blood Is the New BlAck (June 12, 2012)
S03E03: Kingdom of the Blind (June 19, 2012)
S03E04: Birds of A Feather (June 26, 2012)
S03E05: ThAt Girl Is Poison (July 3, 2012)
Cast of Season 3:
Troian Bellisario as Spencer Hastings
Ashley Benson as Hanna Marin
Shay Mitchell as Emily Fields
Lucy Hale as Aria Montgomery
Janel Parrish as Mona Vanderwall
Sasha Pieterse as Alison DiLaurentis
Keegan Allen as Toby Cavanaugh
Ian Harding as Ezra Fitz
Tyler Blackburn as Caleb Rivers
Holly Marie Combs as Ella Montgomery
Laura Leighton as Ashley Marin
Chad Lowe as Byron Montgomery
Bianca Lawson as Maya St. Germain
Tammin Sursok as Jenna Marshall
Torrey DeVitto as Melissa Hastings
Yani Gellman as Officer Garrett Reynolds
Nia Peeples as Pam Fields
Cody Christian as Mike Montgomery
Drew Van Acker as Jason DiLaurentis
Lesley Fera as Veronica Hastings
Nolan North as Peter Hastings
Julian Morris as Wren Kingston
Bryce Johnson as Darren Wilden
Roark Critchlow as Tom Marin
Lindsey Shaw as Paige McCullers
Natalie Hall as Kate Randall
Heather Mazur as Isabel Randall-Marin
Are you as excited as I am? I am already counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds (also to receiving my pre-order of the second season) and I almost can’t wait for the Pretty Little Liars to get themselves dirty and fighting again. But until June 5th I will have to keep myself stuck on watching the first season on DVD – Just started with episode one and this is going to be a long night. Have a great one!
I’m still here Bitches! And I know everything. -A
P.S.: If you want to update yourself on everything going on inside the Pretty Little Liars circle you might be convinced by my recommendation of reading the Pretty Little Liars books by Sara Shepard.
Book #1: Pretty Little Liars (published October 1, 2006)
Book #2: Flawless (published March 26, 2007)
Book #3: Perfect (published September 1, 2007)
Book #4: Unbelievable (published June 1, 2008)
Book #5: Wicked (published November 25, 2008)
Book #6: Killer (published June 30, 2009)
Book #7: Heartless (published January 1, 2010)
Book #8: Wanted (published June 8, 2010)
Book #9: Twisted (published July 5, 2011)
Book #10: Ruthless (published December 6, 2011)
Book #11: Stunning (being published June 5, 2012)
Book #12: Burned (being published December 4, 2012)
Companion Novel: Pretty Little Secrets (published January 3, 2012)
I just stepped out of my hot bathtub where I recalled what I was allowed to see tonight – the Austrian “the Hunger Games” Premiere I attended with my dear K. It was simply amazing. You know, there are always movies basing on books that make you feel like you’ve just wasted one and a half to two hours of your lives but these two hours and twelve minutes have been just dazzling, exciting and sincerely leaving me wanting to see more!
The whole day I was counting hours and minutes and seconds just to finally be caught in the moment when the cinema hall lights turn off, everyone turns silent and just opens up to being moved fundamentally deep by something amazing. And amazing it was. Amazingly great put together, amazingly great transferred into a movie and above all, amazingly great acting by beautiful Jennifer Lawrence (stunning before in ‘Winter’s Bone’ for which she shouldn’t have just received the nomination for the Academy Award but the Award itself) and handsome Josh Hutcherson (critically acclaimed for his part in the movie ‘The Kinds Are All Right’).
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark were just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to amazing actors in a movie that will buzz all the Twitter Accounts of the World when the premiere will take place in the rest of the world come tomorrow! Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket (dashingly great and funny in amazing couture!), Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, (amazingly hot and to die for) Wes Bentley as Gamekeeper Seneca Crane (Why the hell did such a beautiful man have to die!?), Amandla Stenberg as Rue (who wasn’t just fabulously funny but magically cute… her death scene was definitely the saddest) and all the other great members of the cast made this movie a spectacular piece of entertainment. All the hard work and training and effort they put in were definitely worth it and I can’t wait for the second and third and fourth movie (yeah, there’s gotta be a trend in splitting up the last part!).
Of course, the movies had a few flaws like leaving out the part of dearly touching Madge Undersee, the mayor’s daughter who actually gave the golden Mockingjay pin to Katniss; or, the fact that Katniss was younger when she got the bread from Peeta, which did not come out as clear in the movie; or, leaving out the fate of Avox girl Lavinia; or, not including the (for my part very important and beautiful) sending of the bread from District 11 to Katniss; or, shortening the part of Katniss’ styling crew who would have added an amazingly hilarious part to the whole scenery of blood and fight and killing. But, all in all I have to point out – no book adaption can be fulfilling to one hundred percent and I guess the parts that have been left out are exactly those that had to be deleted in order to keep an eye on the main message and tone of the story by Suzanne Collins. For me, the movie was great – more than that. It was almost close to perfect for it couldn’t have been done any better. So I take a bow and may speak out proudly, ‘Kudos to the cast, the crew and all the people working so hard to make this movie what it is – a heartbreaking, exciting and partly very funny movie about children (because that is what they actually are when you think about it precisely) who fight for their lives in order to have a life they actually deserved. With enough hot water to bath, enough food to survive and enough love to feel comfortable in their own skins!’
Well, well, well. Yesterday was THE grand finale of the month. Pretty Little Liars season two (Episode 25 – unmAsked) ended and it was not with a fizzle but with a bang! A big bang. If you haven’t seen the last episode by now you should definitely not read on because I am playing A’s part now – I am the tell-it-all bitch that sets off spoiler alert!
It was epic and I was thrilled with every single second of it. Spencer looked as stunning as ever and was amazingly tough – even better than ever before. One was able to see flames in her eyes when she looked at her sister Melissa (whom everyone believed to be A) from the backdoor stating, ‘Hide and seek was my favorite game with Melissa. You want to know why? I always won.’ And I believed her while hell froze and her stunning face gave me the creeps. Mona (played by stunningly beautiful Janel Parrish) is A. A is Mona. Well, not just in the books but also in the ABC Family TV-Show. Though being declared mentally ill, one can see that Mona should win an Academy Award for acting all loony while the A-Team gets ready for a big bitch slap in season 3 in which her part will never be at stakes! I actually have to bow for the cast and crew to play the Mona part so witty and not letting her die in the end (like in the books) but getting a bashing reprise in the following seasons.
Other shocking details: Melissa definitely will get her big part in season three while Jenna has a surprise up her sleeves for the four liars – pretending she can’t see but actually having her sight back could get the girls a lot of more trouble. Spencer and Toby back together but hey, did everybody forget about the most beautiful of all guys? Hello – what about Wren!? Will there be a male bitch fight over Spencer?
The saddest tale of all Emily had to tell. At the end of her day all there was left was a dead body waiting for her to be discovered. Her girlfriend Maya was found dead. No murderer, no murderer weapon, no reason – so far. I bet there is going to be more on that once the Pretty Little Liars are finally back on screen. What I really liked about the fact of the girls finding Maya dead was the reminiscing musical moment because those who have watched from episode one might remember that the same tune was playing when Ali’s body was being found. Orelia Has Orchestra – Suggestions.
At the end of every day life is a lesson but what did the Pretty Little Liars learn? And what did those threatening the girls learn? Not just, ‘Never trust a pretty girl with an ugly secret’ but also “Never underestimate a pretty girl fighting for her right to have a normal life.’ Bitch A might be back but Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer can be bitches of their own.
P.S.: Dear Producers – I so hope (for your own good and safety) that season two will be on DVD soon. I can’t wait.
Emily Jean ‘Emma’ Stone… I doubt there is anything left to say after you simply spelled this incredibly beautiful name. Imagine the person behind it. And then multiply your imagination by a factor of, let us say, a million – then you come close to who I am talking about. 22 years old (yeah, younger than I am, more beautiful than I am and way more successful than I am but HEY I totally can live with it because she deserves whatever she gets!), a bomb in every possible way but well let me explain it to you in ten simple steps or as I call it – 10 Simple Reason Why I Love Emma Stone – platonically, of course (I bet we would be incredibly good friends) because you know I have this things and it is called ‘The Gay Thing’… nonetheless, I love her and I can say it out loud very proudly.
Three Reasons because of ‘Three Little Words’ – I Love You… so here I go making it as official as anybody could. Emma Stone – I Love You!
Number One – She is naturally entertaining
Simply obvious to everyone who has seen a movie staring this gorgeous Lady. Her sense of humor is not just a part she plays but a natural talent of being simply funny. Every facial impressions she makes in her movies seems so real that you can’t do anything else but think – ‘yeah, that is who she is in real life!’
Number Two – She is naturally talented
Another thing connected to who she is. Convincing. Authentic. Stunning. Sophisticated. Excellent from her first line to her last. Whether it was ‘Zombieland’ or ‘Easy A’ or ‘Crazy Stupid Love’, whenever she appeared on the screen I was completely absorbed by who she played, who she way and the way she acted.
Number Three – She is naturally beautiful
Her parents did something right when raising her. Simply look at her and lose your words – the hair, that smile, that effortless way of being tremendously beautiful. I guess there is no other word to that than ‘beautiful’ – in every way!
If you have doubts about Emma then just hook up with her movies and feel getting more absorbed and involved with her acting, her natural elegance, her style, her sensibility for playing a part and for being a little bit herself in every role she plays!
May all the luck and fame and fashion of the world be with you Emma Stone!
the Adjustment Bureau: Visualizing the Great Plan of Life or ‘Is There Someone Leading Us Into a Right Direction’?!
It is a rainy Sunday afternoon (gosh how I love such rainy times when I am able to sport my beautifully crafted trench coat in the most fashionable manner) and I am sitting at Starbucks sipping on my second triple grande latte macchiato with soy milk (extra hot!) while booking my flights and checking the hotels I am about to stay in when I come to go on my first real vacation in five years! I can’t believe that I have finally managed to reschedule some things and appointments in order to finally meet myself in a relaxed kind of way – a way I actually never got to meet myself in a couple of years now. And since I am spending my trip with my beloved K I know that it is going to be both – great fun and a big bang tour!
Nevertheless, I remember, sitting all by myself thinking about life and love and about the people surrounding me (just like I always do when I totally enjoy some alone time – just me, myself, my music, my MacBook, my Phones and I) watching the Adjustment Bureau yesterday and so I irrevocably come to think about life as a big mixture of chances and something that is called the big plan. A plan that shows how a certain human being develops throughout his or her life but always heading into a direction that was written down for them centuries ago or at the point they were born – there are several ideas on that. Non the less I come to think about THE great plan and if there is such. Is there such? Do you believe in something like a big grand plan that wrote down what will become of you before you knew it yourself? Do you believe that some people are simply meant to be just because it was written down somewhere? Do you believe there is the ONE person that was meant to be for you? Created to fulfill their own kind of goal but still being an important and life changing part in everything you do and everything that has been created for you – made up for you as something that seems to be a map of various directions with one particular way to go in a particular direction? Is there a possibility of going only one way and no way else? One direction? Straight ahead? Doesn’t that sound rather one dimensional and above all quite silly?
(And an even better question: Why does Emily Blunt always looks that stunning without seemingly trying hard – what is it with her that she just appears to be perfectly beautiful without any effort? Makes me jealous actually!)
Well, since I neither believe in fate nor in a great plan written down for each and every human being in a customized way I also doubt the theory of one particular person existing to change your life irrevocably and incontrovertibly. In my own opinion there is not just one right one for you – there are millions of people existing on this planet so how anyone in their right mind can believe that in these millions of people only one was meant to be for you and just for you?! Seems a bit narrow minded considering the availability of hearts to conquer or people to impress in order to get a date or to have sex or to maybe have a serious commitment to any of those bespoken millions of people, doesn’t it? Though there were times back when I was young and foolish and poorly naive when I believed in things such as the one or the only right person for you or something like eternal love or something like happily ever after I have to admit that I am kind of happy that I met a point of waking up to see the rampant reality of us committing mostly because we can’t bear to be alone or can’t cope with the thought of possibly being alone until the end of our living days. I have been de-romanticized by the harsh and unfair life we live on a daily basis, by daily routine and by people showing me that true love is something the mind created centuries ago to make living easier because you have created yourself a thought to live for instead of really living for something that makes you happy, that fulfills you and your needs and that is simply something you always wanted to achieve… and to be honest I am glad it happened to me (I am still talking about being de-romanticized, of course) because if it wouldn’t have I might still be rushing through this world searching for someone that simply does not exist. Never mind the fact that society wants us to be with someone in order to appear as a ‘normal’ kind of human being, whatever ‘normal’ is in this society.
I wonder if it will ever be accepted for people to officially declare that they are single and that they actually enjoy to have it that way without people judging instantly and secretly and sometimes too obvious to hide?
Back to my thoughts on the master plan and the way the film created it to be in my head somehow – if there is something like an Adjustment Bureau (and yes I am completely taking the thought transferring it into our society!) leading people onto their ways the way it was written down for them by a high inspector (we all know who is meant by that, don’t we?!) then why do some people lose themselves in addictions and diseases and fights and mass murders? Why do people obviously can go the wrong way if there is someone leading them into a certain direction? Or is this film really trying to pinpoint that some people are just meant to be drug addicts or alcoholics or murderers or rapers? I dearly hope it does not. And if it (the film) does mean to say so than I truly hope the grand plan means something different for me than becoming more sarcastic and cynic that I already am not leading me into temptation such as drug addiction or trying to be with someone that is highly inappropriate for me. Until my researches on whether something like a grand plan exists I have to say that I decide for myself to not be tempted believing that everything will turn out the way it is supposed to be but keeping on working as hard as I possibly can to achieve everything I have set in mind.
Therefore, work your asses of because one day it will all pay off because you deserved it and not because you believe it is meant to be!
P.S. Knowledge of the Day: Rain suits my wardrobe and me better than any sunny day could. I can’t let go of trench coats and cardigans. I simply can’t. XO