Movie Review: Two Weeks Notice

I was hoping to indulge in a good romantic comedy, but sadly Two Weeks Notice did not do the job. I had high hopes with Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock and since it was an early 2000s film, but I just did not enjoy it. Honestly, it wasn’t very funny or swoony.

Sandra Bullock is one of my favorite actresses. This role seemed quirky and cute like her usual picks, but then the story just got worse and worse. There was no build-up as to why they “fell in love.” It just seemed very forced and a bit stupid. Why was she so jealous of the girl she hired to take her job? What about him was she attracted to?

I just didn’t understand the flow of events. It had a story with good potential, but the execution didn’t do it justice. It made it supremely cheesy (which I am okay with) and it just didn’t provide any sort of magic that a romantic comedy should produce.

Bottom Line: Two Weeks Notice was a huge let-down. It didn’t provide any magic that is expected of a romantic comedy. It wasn’t a bore or anything, I just felt the story didn’t have good flow and didn’t really give you enough information to believe their feelings for each other.

I Still Don’t Like Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day. The holiday that you can’t openly dislike without serious criticism.

Ever since I was in junior high, I have thought Valentine’s Day was a stupid holiday. Why is it even classified as a holiday? When you’re younger, you decorate cute boxes and write all your classmate’s names on little cards to make sure that everyone feels included, but as you get older that isn’t the case anymore, because you actually understand what the holiday is about.

It is a specified day where society tells your significant other they have to show you they love you. What is special about that? Well, nothing is special about that, because it is not heartfelt or thoughtful, it is obligatory. So your guy takes you to a nice dinner, buys you flowers, brings you breakfast in bed on February 14th… that is great, but it would mean exponentially more to me if he did that on a day where every other guy wasn’t doing the exact same thing, on a day where it isn’t expected.

Before this past year, if I claimed to dislike Valentine’s Day it would get chalked up to the fact that I was single. Woe is me, because I don’t have someone paying attention to me on a day they are told to. The point I was trying to make is that it just isn’t special, because it is a holiday designed to make society money. Imagine how much money is made from flower, chocolate, and card sales… a freaking ton and it is so unnecessary! But now I am engaged and my views haven’t changed and lucky for me, I found someone who sees it the same way as me.

My fiancé and I aren’t celebrating Valentine’s Day, because we both believe that we don’t need a specific day to show the other we love them. He surprises me with food and I leave notes on his windshield. We do little and big things whether we have a reason or not. We aren’t going to buy into the hype or obligation that February 14th brings, we will create that “magic” on some other day when it actually comes from the heart.

But for those of you who do celebrate, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Show Review: Santa Clarita Diet

Are you baking cookies? -Abby
No, it’s vanilla extract and essentials oils, baked in the oven at 350. It’s an old realtor trick. Makes the house smell like home. -Sheila

The Santa Clarita Diet was… um… interesting. It was recommended to me by my roommate who had only seen the trailer. I thought it sounded pretty stupid, but Saturday night I was at Jeremiah’s and was going to just veg and watch one of my shows, but he made a fuss begging me not to watch Grey’s Anatomy or Criminal Minds, so in an attempt to irritate him, I clicked on the Santa Clarita Diet. The first episode was so awful that we couldn’t tear our eyes away. I am a fan of Drew Barrymore and he of Timothy Olyphant, so we felt that the show had potential, but it just went from awful to bad to worse to terrible.

The great thing about the show is that it doesn’t feel like the actors are trying to be amazing, it just feels like they are having a great time. So if you watch it with that attitude, it can be a lot of fun. Jeremiah and I found ourselves cracking up from how stupid the premise was and how dumb the actors were.

I don’t have much to say, because this wasn’t a show I would have picked. The storyline has potential, but the acting and execution is truly horrible. The season finale was a serious letdown compared to the prior episodes and I really feel this could have been a great one season only little online mini-series, but of course they want to milk it, so most likely this will get a second season. We can only hope for the best at this point.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a light, silly, comedy that isn’t trying very hard, then give the Santa Clarita Diet a chance. I got some great laughs and some good smirks from watching it. It can be binged in one sitting or drawn out, but just remember that it is awful, but run with it.

The Knot vs. WeddingWire

If you haven’t heard, I’m engaged! This means the exciting wedding planning time is upon us. Well I have never planned a wedding before, so all of this is very new to me. The only experience I have is through pinning unreasonable stuff on Pinterest and now I have to figure out what people on a budget do and which ideas are actually doable.

I’m choosing not to hire a wedding planner, because a) I honestly believe I can figure it out and b) I’m on a tight budget. During my research, I discovered two sites that dominate the online wedding planning world: The Knot and WeddingWire. I signed up for both sites with hopes they would be helpful.

Both sites give the couple a homepage. It includes your wedding date, a to-do list, and a list of your favorite vendors. As helpful as that sounds, I find both sites to be very un-user-friendly. They are both lacking a simple search bar for couples to search for a specific venue or vendor and the to-do list is scary long involving lots of things that people who do not have over 15 thousand dollars to spend on a wedding don’t need. I think it would much more helpful for there to be multiple to-do lists to for a couple to choose from taking into consideration time and budget.

When looking at venues, both sites give you a comprehensive look by providing an overview as well as information on price, location, type, and amenities. I think WeddingWire does a better job at making all of this information easy to find and understand. Both sites offer extensive reviews on what others felt about the venue and they all seem genuine. Both sites also offer pictures of most of the venues that give you a fairly good look at what you’re getting into.

I think both sites are good for just basic info, but both could be redesigned to be more user-friendly. I would also advise to just ask around to figure out pricing, timeline, and to-do list. I felt overwhelmed with their to-do lists and have better luck just contacting friends who have gotten married rather than try and go by such an extensive generic list.

But I am so excited to be putting my Pinterest pages to good use and getting this wedding planned! Can’t wait to share it all with you! 🙂

Show Review: The People v. O.J. Simpson

Oh my god, we’re going to look like morons. -Marcia Clark

PHENOMENAL! The People v. O.J. Simpson was absolutely phenomenal. From the actors to the execution, I loved every minute of it.

I was born in 1995, so I had heard of the infamous O.J. trial and knew it was controversial, but I had no idea what a complete shit show the whole thing was. From the mishandling of evidence to the dirty tricks the defense played, it was screwed from the beginning and it disgusts me. What is crazy is that had it been tried more recently, he would have been convicted on DNA alone.

Can we stop for a minute and acknowledge what a freaking rockstar Marcia Clark was! The media as well as the judge degraded her based on being female and in a role of power. I mean making fun of her haircut and her mother status was uncalled for. Marcia was by far my favorite character especially in comparison to all the sleaze bags on the defense team.

Watching this show made me really interested in the real events, so I did a lot of research on what was fact and fiction in the show. It was truly fascinating and horrible. Learning about where the real people are and how the trial affected them is really cool. Congrats to Marcia for raising two great boys and becoming a crime novelist!

The actors cast were quite spot on to the real people. Sarah Paulson stole the show with the role of Marcia, but David Schwimmer was close behind with his role of Robert Kardashian. I thought it was hilarious how the show portrayed the young Kardashians. The entire cast did just amazing!

The case itself sickens me. The whole thing was executed awfully. The jury didn’t even try. The defense played the race card. The evidence was discarded completely. I can only imagine how it could have ended differently had everything gone according to law instead of becoming a media circus and a trial of loopholes.

Bottom Line: The show is an amazing representation of the dramatic trial of the century. The characters were incredible and each episode evokes so much emotion! It is intriguing and if you watch it, I would encourage you to watch real footage or interviews afterward. Truly a great watch!