August is here, and with it, summer comes to a close.
And by close, I mean I have another two months here. Yikes!
Things have been pretty solid as of late. On monday, Leesa, Izzy, Janet, Vinney, and I attempted to go to the Jelly Bean facotory, but apparently it was the hot spot, because the line was over an hours wait and everyone ever was there (seriously - we saw Rachel Stanbro). While the factory tour was a bust to say the least, we spent a good 30 minutes in the store, admiring all the different kinds of Jelly Beans (Cake flavor? It tasted just like funfetti!), and all the eerie Ronald Reagan paraphernalia. Afterwards, we went to Vacaville attempting to go to Nut Tree for lunch, but instead ending up at Boudin's doppleganger, except not nearly as delicious. We drove back and Vinney and Leesa departed. Janet, Izzy, and I opted for a trip to a "cute town", which ended up being us going down Lucas Valley Road, ending up in Fairfax, and deciding we wanted to have a picnic. We got the proper materials from Woodland Market, and went to feast by the duck pond. Jesus, take the wheel.
It was beyond freezing. We ate by the water and cried tears that became icicles - yowza! Afterwards, we went and rented The Darjeeling Limited
and The Virgin Suicides
, with Hannah and Chris eventually joining us for the movie watching at Izzy's. I enjoyed The Darjeeling Limited
, but I still can't classify myself as a Wes Anderson fan; I still find him to be ridiculously overrated, and while I am starting to understand the meaning and subtext of his aesthetics, I still find him to be a remarkably stilted storyteller. Sofia Coppola, on the other hand, I seem to like more and more each time I see one of her films. The Virgin Suicides
proves to really be just as wonderful as I was hoping. It had its issues, but I have to say I was really pleased. It's good to see that she really deserves whatever success comes her away, and that much of it can be attributed to her actual talent, as opposed to her bloodline.
My job has been going really well. A lot of this week has been spent writing and writing. My review of The Dark Knight
got stupendous praise from the staff, which was one of the most rewarding feelings I've ever had. At only 19, I'm the youngest person reviewer on staff, with everyone else in their mid 30's to late 40's. With the DVD's I was being sent (Flavor of Love 3, The Hills, etc
), it was clear that they were pushing me into a specific niche of reviewing. But my Dark Knight
review really seems to have switched things up. John Sinnot (the editor), who never emails you unless it's to tell you you're doing something wrong, sent me an email the morning after my review was on the server telling me how impressed he was with my voice and analysis, "especially at such a ridiculously young age". It was absolutely wonderful to get that praise - the only thing better was finding out that my review was the number 5 most popular review on the whole website by this past tuesday. YoYo Ma!
Link to The Dark Knight
(if anyone cares): http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/34044/dark-knight-the/
Other than that, things are going well. I've just been writing, buying clothes, seeing people, and writing.
Good stuff, sir. Good stuff.Edit.
The Dark Knight review has hit 1,003 hits! A record breaking amount of hits for a theatrical review! Fabulash!