AFI Top 100 Movies #6: Singing in the Rain, the Triple Threat

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Me as Kathy

Me as Kathy

Today my family and I decided to get back in the swing of things and continue watching movies from the top 1oo list.  The next movie we all decided to watch was Singing in the Rain. I remember watching this movie a few times in my 8th grade chorus class but we never got to finish it. It was always fun watching it with some of the boys in that class because they would certain comments like “you see these moves” or “that leg work though” while they were dancing and for some reason it would always put a smile on my face. I also remember how every time I watched that movie a good friend of mine would copy my face when I saw Cosmo Brown’s eyes. I have to admit that I always did swoon at the sight of his eyes and guess my friend found it funny enough where he had to reenact my body language and the little shriek I made the first time I saw them. I guess I’m just a sucker for blue eyes that look like a tropical ocean! Look at this dudes eyes! I mean am I wrong?!

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I really enjoyed this movie, definitely my favorite of the top 100 that I’ve watched so far. But of course I am a musical girl so add singing and to me the movie is ten times better. I can’t tell you enough how many times I’ve watched this movie and just laughed. It’s not supposed to be a comedy but there were so many scenes that had me laughing and smiling. One of the characters that really made me laugh was Lena, Cosmo said that she was a triple threat because she couldn’t sing, dance, or act. When Lena Lamont would talk for the first time in the movie I just laugh, and when she practices her diction and says “I can’t stand em”, I try and imitate her voice. Tips on how to sound like Lena Lamont:

1. Get a sinus infection or hold your nose to where you sound nasally

2. Pronounce as many words as you can wrong (Ex. them- em  sue-syou)

3.Complain about everything

4. Say Don in almost every sentence and now you’re talking like a conceited and annoying celebrity

What I loved about this movie is how they always came across all these problems (which were all due to Lena) and they always seemed to have a plan for it, but they thought of the plan together. They seemed to stop at nothing to make sure that everything that needed to be fixed was fixed. I also loved the strong relationships between the characters. Don and Cosmo were best friends since they were children and you can see their strong bond as they grow up. Also Kathy’ s relationship with Don became more trusting as the movie went on, which isn’t really that hard seeing how the first time they met she thought that Don was a famous gangster.

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As I watched the movie I kept looking at the 20’s fashion and I just loved all the different dresses and outfits. I just wish I had some of those dresses 3 months ago when I had to dress as a flapper for my spring chorus concert. One of my favorite outfits was this white silk dress worn by this mystery woman when Don was going through some ideas in his head. I thought it was really pretty and I just loved the shine coming from the silver rhinestones.

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The next outfit I absolutely loved was Lena Lamonts’s grey dress that she wore in the end. It had a lot of fluff on the bottom and crystal embellishments in the top and to me it was just gorgeous. I also loved that it was a high-low which made it pretty unique for a twenties dress.

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During one of the songs in the beginning they had shown a bunch of different outfits with different uses and there was this one plaid and yellow and plaid dress with a matching blazer to go over and the long pearls. I loved the hat that goes a long with the outfit so well! I just think that she looks so elegant and pretty!

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Another dress that was in the same song as the one above was the one that Kathy and the other girls wore while they were dancing. They wore these purple dresses that had a shiny material underneath and a sheer cover up over the top which looked really cute. I also loved how good the shoes looked with the outfit. Definitely could have worn something like that to my spring concert.

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When Kathy was recording a song for the Dancing Cavalier she wore this green dress that had this leaf like print. I loved how it went all the way to the neck and how the sleeves had little leaves sticking out. I also liked the way that the top and bottom connected and then had two green triangles on opposite sides. Totally something I would have worn in the twenties.

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Another one of my favorite outfits in the movie was the dress that Kathy wore while singing Good Morning with Don and Cosmo. I just loved how the dress had a lightning bolt shape of white at the top separating the blue. I also loved how the skirt was folded. Now the shoes are just super adorable with the little bows! Totally something I would have wore! I think this dress would have also been great for my spring concert. Wish I could have worn something like this because with all the dancing Kathy did in it I know it was comfortable to Charleston to.

 

AFI Top 100 Movies #5: Unforgiven, A Gun Fighter’s Internal Struggle

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A few days ago my mom had me continue my cultural journey by watching another movie that was on the list. The next movie we watched was Unforgiven. My dad was telling me about how Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman starred in it. The minute I heard the name Morgan Freeman I was all ears. My school seems to be really obsessed with Morgan Freeman because of his voice. A lot of my friends tell me that if they had someone to narrate their life then it would be Morgan Freeman. That makes sense!

The movie goes back to the Old West. Cowboys and gun fighters roam the towns on horseback with guns in their holsters and saloons are THE place to hang out. Will Munny (Clint Eastwood) is approached by the Schofield Kid because the kid wants Will to help him kill a guy who cut up a prostitute. There was a thousand dollars reward offered by the prostitutes so he figured that with Will’s help they would be able to collect. The kid goes to Will because he has a past of killing people for money. He finds a man that “changed” his ways for his now deceased wife. In the end Will decides to go through with it because he needs the money to help raise his kids. Will had always had a partner (Ned-Morgan Freeman) when he did his killings/jobs, so he brings him along and decides to split the money three ways. The whole movie is these three men going around looking for the two guys who cut the girl up without being caught by Little Bill, the town sheriff.  No guns are allowed in Big Whiskey (town) and this is a law that Little Bill is going to enforce even if he has to kill a couple of people in the process. That guy was an idiot, I mean what cowboy isn’t going to bring a gun wherever he goes? I guess that my takeaway was the question: can a bad man really change his ways?

All through out the movie the kid, Ned, and some of the prostitutes offer Will liquor but he turns it down. He gave up drinking a long time ago because his wife wanted him to give it up as well as his bad guy past. Near the end he finds out that his best friend Ned was killed by little Bill even though Ned backed out of killing anybody. When he finds out Ned is dead he goes into town to seek revenge. When he first rides into town he drinks a bottle of whiskey and when it’s empty he throws it on the ground. This shows how some events touch a person so much that it causes them to lose sense of what is right and wrong although in my opinion he lost sense of right and wrong at the beginning of the movie when he decided to take the law into his own hands. In the movie one of the prostitutes offers him a “free one” and he turns it down because he still has loyalty to his wife. I find it cute that even though his wife was dead he still wanted to remain faithful to her, no matter what. The man had some deeply rooted convictions for some things and no moral for others. Yikes! I think that the movie is called Unforgiven because even though he acts cool about killing people, at the end of the day he really can’t forgive himself for the bad things he has done. I don’t think that there can’t be anything worst than a person’s internal guilt because conscience can be harsher than any judge out there.

I did enjoy the movie because the effects weren’t bad and the story was interesting. There was some action but for a western movie I kind of wish there was a little bit more. I also feel like the story didn’t concentrate enough on Will, Ned, and the kid but a bit more on Little Bill and his past than they needed to. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they included some of his violent history but I wish they didn’t include so much. I do recommend people to watch this movie because it was a decent movie and I enjoyed putting myself into some of the characters shoes.

One of the funniest moments in the movie was when Little Bill kept calling the book about English Bob the Duke of Death the Duck of Death, the writer who showed him the book kept trying to explain to him that it said Duke but Little Bill would just ignore his little comment.

FFF: Fab 50 Friday

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For years I would go shopping with my mom around the summer time in search of the perfect white summer dress for her. She never has been able to find the perfect dress she was looking for and she would always get pretty bugged about it. I have to admit, I would like a white dress for the summer myself. I just imagine how pretty a white dress would look with the blue of the ocean water in a picture. Plus white is a color that looks really good against my mom’s and I’s skin tone.

While I went online shopping for today’s Fab Fifty I found this gorgeous white skater dress with a crochet like top. I fell in love instantly and started thinking about all of the different looks I could style with that dress. White is a color that you can combine with any color and it would still like fabulous. Instead of using some ordinary expected color, I decided to give the outfit a little edge by adding denim. I guess you could say I’m sort of a risk taker. Plus I’m glad I decided to do that because it separated this outfit from a lot of other different looks and made it a little unique. I really  like making things unique so that’s why I always to try and add a little flair to my outfits.

I found the white dress at Persun mall for $23.99 and I thought that was an amazing deal! I found the purse at Target for $8.74 and that was the piece that had me pair up denim with this dress. To match the purse I added a denim sandal from Persun mall as well for $15.99. The bracelet I found at Claire’s and it finished up the look really well. I love this look because I could wear it to the movies, go out on a casual date, I could also go shopping in this. 4th of July is coming up and this would be a perfect outfit to wear to a family

Tantalizing Twenties: Thoroughly Modern Millie Flapper Costume

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As I have mentioned before in previous posts and in my about section, I’m in chorus. We do a lot of different concerts throughout the year and they are always super fun to do. The concert I enjoyed the most was our end of the year concert which we turned into an award show to honor seniors before they left. The award show we were trying to recreate in the auditorium was the Tony awards, but we named it the Rhoades awards after my chorus teacher. The Tony awards is an award show were they give awards based on Broadway performances. Each chorus class was given a different musical and it equaled a grand show over all. All of the chorus classes got assigned the song Anything Goes from the Broadway show Anything Goes as the opening and the ending. I’m in the beginners group and we were assigned to perform songs from the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. For three months we practiced the song and the dance so we would look amazing on stage. The practices were so much fun and I enjoyed getting to dance and sing because I love doing both. The women’s chorus class were assigned Mama Mia, men’s chorus was assigned Newsies, mixed was assigned The Lion King, show choir was assigned American Idiot, and the capella group was assigned songs from West Side Story.

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I thought show choir had the best performance because of how a lot of the members had great facial expressions, amazing voices, and lots of enthusiasm when they were singing. Plus I like a few Green Day songs that they sang so it was really entertaining to watch. All of the chorus groups did amazing and I enjoyed standing back stage and attending practices so I could sing along. Something you may not know about me is that I’m a huge musical girl. I enjoy being able to watch a movie and then all of a sudden hear a song with good lyrics and music to go with it. In my previous posts I mentioned how my favorite musical was Les Miserables, I was really upset when I found out that the year before I became a freshmen they did Les Mis and that I missed my opportunity in being able to perform in such an amazing musical. I dream of being able to sing One Day More along with other amazing voices, the layering of the voices would sound amazing.

To perform Thoroughly Modern Millie we were told to dress up as flappers because Thoroughly Modern Millie takes place in 1922. My mom and I spent a couple nights looking for flapper dresses that were either purple, silver, black, white, or blue. I found this black flapper dress on Amazon and it looked amazing! I may have had a flapper dress on but I still didn’t look like I came from the 1920’s. To get a more vintage look I added long pearls, long black gloves, and a very sparkly head band with lots of sparkle. The headpiece we did ourselves! The outfit looked great and it was comfortable to perform in. One of the things I was stressing about was having a wardrobe malfunction but everything turned out great. I did my best and I didn’t break any legs.

 

FFF: Fab 50 Friday

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 Lately here in Georgia it’s been raining pretty much every day so I decided to do a Fab Fifty inspired by the sun to brighten up my mood. Seeing skies of gray really isn’t all that pleasing when I was looking forward to a summer of sun and endless fun. I’m starting to miss the warm rays and the heat that we usually get down here. It hasn’t been very hot down here, at least not like last summer where I would go outside and feel as if I was melting. It seems like the sound of thunder is becoming more and more familiar this summer. Hopefully as a few more days go by we’ll start to see more and more sunlight break through the dark clouds and shed a little more light on us.
For this outfit I used these floral shorts with all sort of vibrant colors in them from persunmall for $19.99. I paired it up with this very loose yellow shirt from persunmall as well for $9.99. I love this shirt for this outfit because it’s very fun just like summer is. The shoes are a dark blue that is found in the shorts with a gold outline for $16.99 at Target. The bracelet is gold and black which looks really well with the shirt for $2.00 at Claire’s. This outfit would be perfect for walking around town or going to the mall with friends. You can even use it as an awesome outfit for going to the beach or the lake.

Teen Fashion: A Day at the Lake

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About a month ago before I was let out of school, some family friends invited my family to go along with them to Lake Lanier for a boat show. Our family was on board immediately because it’s been a while since we visited the lake or any body of water. I was super excited to go because I heard about a lot of different things we could do there. I thought that we would get to watch boats drive by on the water but they were just parked on a dock. Not what I expected but it was still pretty cool to see all of the different kinds of boats. We then decided that we were just going to park somewhere and chill out by the lake. We couldn’t go in just yet because the water was still kind of cold. My parents played horse shoe and I walked around the shore. We then moved to a different place that had tables so that we could go ahead and eat lunch. Like all people, we just wanted to experience some adrenaline. So what we did was we took these two wheel barrels and used them to slide down the hill. Luckily none of us rode into the water. Once we got done and it was time to leave, we went to a seafood restaurant. I ate crab legs and learned to open them like a pro. I was really proud of myself for being able to pull out a huge chunk of crab meat out of the leg with it intact. I also ordered a pina colada. That was a really fun day and I hope that we get to do it sometime again soon.

It was really hot that day so I made sure to wear something that wouldn’t make me too hot. So what I did was that I wore this gray tank top with green, white, and teal flowers around the neckline as well as on the sides. I also put on some white shorts to match the white flowers on the top of the neckline. I wore some brown and teal sandals so I could stay comfortable and cool. The jewelry I wore are some silver stud earrings and a teal bracelet with a silver and rhinestone bow. Also to shield my eyes from the harmful rays of the sun, I brought a pair of teal sunglasses which also matched my outfit very well.

Inspiration Monday: Crane on Water

Inspiration Monday: Crane on water

This Inspiration Monday I decided to change it up a little bit and throw a little curve ball at you guys. Some of you who have read my earlier posts are used to seeing one outfit at a time for each Inspiration Monday, but how fun would it be to throw two outfits at you guys. Like usual, I find most of my Inspiration Mondays on the wonderful website of Pinterest! Pinterest satisfies my craving for something new and pretty, or depending on my mood, funny. Maybe one day I’ll do an Inspiration Monday with something humorous for you guys.

This inspiration Monday I found a picture of a crane on water. What I love about the picture is the flexibility of the crane, the shape it’s making with it’s body is so interesting. I also like how it has the water rippling under the bird blurring the bird’s reflection. Some artists would take it as a symbol or a metaphor even to another meaning, a much deeper meaning. Some artist may just see a bird stretching into a weird shape. What I also love about this crane is the color pallet used. The blues are so subtle and calm and then you have a bright orange as the beak which brings your main focus to the bird’s beak and head due to the contrast of the colors upon each other. The wings of the bird leads you directly to the beak, it looks as if it’s pointing at the beak. This is how I know that the photographer wanted the focus point to be the beak.

Like I have mentioned before, I decided to use two outfits for this picture. Both outfits share one thing in common, they both share the same skirt. The outfit on the left has a icy blue crop top like shirt. This would be a super cute outfit if the skirt is high wasted. The purse is a small light orange purse. The jewelry on the neck is very simple. It’s just a chain necklace with an orange charm. The earrings are orange as well. The jewelry on the hand is an orange watch layered with a bracelet that has orange beads and rose gold bullets. I also decided to give you guys a choice between two different shoes. The shoe on the left is a high heel with orange, black, and teal on the inside. The shoe on the right is an orange van, which are a super comfortable shoe by the way.

The outfit on the right has an icy blue cardigan, which is more appropriate for a setting such as school or work. The purse is rectangular and bright orange. The neck jewelry is a lot more detailed than the outfit on the left. The necklaces is a dark blue with orange bead looking things coming out of the bottom. The earrings have both a bright orange and a dark blue made out of crystals. The bracelet has the icy blue color, dark blue, and a bright orange in a striped pattern. Both the high heel and flats have a floral pattern, but the colors are different. The heel has more of subtle orange, bright orange, icy blue, and dark blue. The flat has the icy blue, dark blue, and the bright orange.

I hope you guys enjoyed your little Inspiration Monday surprise because I might be throwing back at you all a few more here and there. This photograph I flipped on Polyvore to look as if there are two different sides of the reflection. I tried to display that using the outfits showing one side of the mirror, which is the young and flirty side. Then there is the other side that shows the more classy and sophisticated side. What both parts of the mirror have in common is that they are both fun in colors and style.