The most wonderful time of the year

When it comes to movie watching, there's no better time of year than late December through March. I call this the "Oscar rush" season, where all the finest films get a theatrical release right before awards season. Here are just a few I cannot wait to see.

Out now 
Melancholia - Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg and the end of the world, what's not be excited about. Have you seen it?

Jan 9 
Young Adult - Written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman it's the story of a woman who returns to her home town to steal away her high school love. I've read this and would rate it average to good, so I'm keen to see how it comes to life on screen. ALSO this is being billed as a comedy but in reality it's quite dark and sad.

Jan 12 
The Decendents - I'm a bit over George Clooney but the rave reviews of this film are making me think this will be worth the $17 admission.

Feb 2 
Martha Marcy May Marlene - To be honest, the trailer scares the crap out of me. I'm just not sure if I can handle such a messy lucid creepy film BUT it's so visually stunning I will have to go.

The Artist - Ok, when I first heard about this I rolled my eyes - a feature length black and white silent film - what the what? But have you seen the trailer? I'm intrigued.

Feb 16
My Week With Marilyn - Michelle Williams. Marilyn Monroe. Enough. Said.

March 8 
50/50 - This 'cancer comedy' was actually released months ago in the US and like Young Adult, I've read the script but unlike Young Adult, it made me laugh out loud. Go see this movie. Especially since it's based on a true story.

Music for Mondayitis: Christmas Movie Songs

My favourite Christmas movie is Elf and after watching it last night I want to keep listening to this on a loop. What's your favourite Christmas movie?

We weren't sure quite what he was..

I'm pretty excited about all of the Eames related content currently floating around the web. Most of it surrounds the release of a documentary on the pair, Eames: The Architect and The Painter.

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames are widely regarded as America’s most important designers. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture, the Eames Office also created a mind-bending variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys. But their personal lives and influence on significant events in American life – from the development of modernism, to the rise of the computer age – has been less widely understood.

Ice Cube is also a fan of their work and you can see him talk about it below and read an interview about it on NYTimes. (both links via Kottke)

What I like most about the Ice Cube video is not how much he loves the Eames house but how much he clearly loves Los Angeles. LA is a city where you have to search for the good stuff ("the beauty" is too eloquent a description). In New York, Sydney, Melbourne it's easy to find great buildings, events, culture. In LA you have to work for it. It's as if the city is trying to keep you away from its goods.

I'm currently reading "It Chooses You" by LA based film maker Miranda July, a fascinating read about her attempts to break past the walls that LA puts up. An excerpt:

But the moment I got back in my car I knew I would never see him again, ever. It suddenly seemed obvious to me that the whole world, especially Los Angeles, was designed to protect me from these people I was meeting. There was no law against knowing them, but it wouldn’t happen. LA isn’t a walking city, or a subway city, so if someone isn’t in my house or my car we’ll never be together, not even for a moment.

I guess all this means that I can't wait to see this documentary. The Eames team had a great desire to create and break down walls. They're an utter inspiration and they must have loved LA too.

Life lately

There's been a lot of "yays!" in my life lately. Here are some snaps of it.
And my crafty projects as well - I am so excited to have a home that's big enough to craft in as well as decorate for party's and seasons.

First dance songs

A friend of mine is getting married next year and she asked me for some recommendations for first dance slash aisle songs. I thought I did pretty good, so I wanted to share:

Mid To Up Tempo: 
This Will Be Our Year - The Zombies
Awesome lyrics. Sweet song with mid-to-up-tempo. Good for a "up" slow dance.

You're my best friend - Queen 
Best lyrics ever - great first dance.

You Got It - Roy Orbison 
This is my favourite love song.

Slow songs:
The dress looks nice on you - Sufjan Stevens 
Appropriate for the aisle ;)

Friday I'm in Love - Dean & Britta (covering The Cure)
This song gives me chills - wow. It has lots of strings that soar.

Hoppipolla - Sigur Ros
Love sigur ros! I walked down the aisle to Star Alfur.

Last Broadcast - Doves
Can't find a youtube link. Boo! But be sure to find it yourself.

I hope you like all these songs! What are your favourite or most enjoyable wedding songs? What do you like to dance to at weddings?
Also, I apologise for all the odd text spacing. Grrrr blogger.

Attack of the Rounded Italic

Can anyone explain this to me? Why is this style of font EVERYWHERE? These are just examples I could find: Virgin Mobile, eBay, GIO, AT&T.

Is rounded "soft" and that's what brands want? Ok. I get it.

But italic? Nothing needs this much emphasis!

As my friend Ed would say "Far Out!"