Archive for December, 2011

Navigating the Opposite Sex

Posted by    |    December 29th, 2011 at 6:00 am

After 21 years of living with two brothers, boys are still a mystery to me. One would think that being the only girl in my family would give me the awesome power of being able to deal with boys better than other girls. But, nope. Trust me, it doesn’t. Mostly it has taught me that guys can be just as ruthless as girls.

Over Thanksgiving break, I spent some time with two of my close guy friends. We were having a good time exchanging crazy stories about college, until one of the guys received a text message from his girlfriend. The conversation went as follows: (more…)

The Norton Project

Posted by    |    December 23rd, 2011 at 6:00 am

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, so the adage goes. Or maybe one man’s trash is his own treasure.

In the short film The Norton Project, two brothers drive to Vermont after stealing their father’s 1969 Norton Commando motorcycle for restoration without their dad even realizing it was missing.

Boxes of motorcycle parts line their father’s basement shelves, yet for four months, he had no clue that all of it was missing. Watch how these brothers pull off a wonderful Christmas surprise, thanks to a lot of helpful “elves” and a clueless mother.

Now I feel lame for giving my dad a shirt for Christmas.


Posted by    |    December 22nd, 2011 at 6:00 am


What do you get when you stick a taxicab, a pretty woman, and a gorgeous Frenchman together? I’d say a pretty adorable short film.

In this comical silent short film, a woman riding in the back of a taxi catches the eye of a French motorcyclist. By moped, bicycle, and foot, he manages to keep up with the cab despite all the interferences (hence title).

If you ask me, that’s a ton of effort for someone to exude just to say hello, but I guess if you feel the spark, it’s worth the trouble. So here is what this film has taught me:

  • While in cars, make eye contact with a fellow motorist.
  • If a guy works hard to get your attention, he deserves a chance.
  • Go to Paris. Now.

Right In Front Of Your Eyes

Posted by    |    December 15th, 2011 at 6:00 am

“If it was a snake, it would have jumped up and bit you.” This is my mother’s favorite response to obvious questions such as ‘where is the remote?’ when it turns out to be sitting on the coffee table right in front of you. But what if the thing that is right in front of you is the person you are meant to be with for the rest of your life?

Most romantic movies touch on the idea of “the friend” character, who is head over heels for the main character, who, of course, doesn’t realize it. These two usually end up together in the end, as the main character says something along the lines of I can’t believe you were right in front of me all this time and I didn’t see it! Eloquent and non-cliché, I know. (more…)

The Secret Adventures of Sleepy Men

Posted by    |    December 13th, 2011 at 9:41 am

If you haven’t seen The Secret Adventures of Sleepy Men, I highly recommend it.  It’s a super short short and won’t take an hour off of your life, and it will make you smile, remembering why passion, excitement, and newness are so necessary to life.  How or why we let the passion go in our everyday existence, I’m not sure.  In a quote from one of my favorite romantic comedies, “Serendipity“, “You know the Greeks didn’t write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died: “Did he have passion?”.

Well, do you?  Do you dream with abandon? Do you risk being thought a fool on a regular basis?  Or do you bow down to practicality and tradition and let things run the natural, predictive course, as expected by the powers that be…

Watch The Secret Adventures of Sleepy Men and decide today to bring more passion, more ridiculous frivolity into your life.  That way, when you die, no one will even have to ask a question at all.

Reformed: from Troglodyte to Worldly

Posted by    |    December 8th, 2011 at 6:00 am



When do you know it is time to put away childish things and grow up? I ask myself this question all the time. Like, multiple times a day. Even though I am 21-years old, and have been out of my parents’ house for the past three years, I still feel like I’m not completely on my own.

This past weekend, when my car battery died, I freaked out like a helpless, fledgling baby bird, and immediately called my mom to ask her what I should do. Even though she couldn’t do anything from her location (all the way in Houston), I felt better having her walk me step by step through the jumper cable process.

I’m graduating from University in May, and I probably should start learning how to deal with my problems on my own. The problem is, the idea of being a real adult routinely brings on bodily shakes and a serious case of hyperventilation.

In Ben Briand’s short film, Reformed Troglodyte, a man realizes it is time for him to grow up and move on with his life. In an attempt to cleanse his past, he throws away memories, such as old phone numbers and hotel keys. Sure, he is purging the physical aspects of his yesterdays, but I wonder if he will truly be able to leave everything behind. For those of us who are about to turn a new page in the book of life, maybe growing up really isn’t that easy to do.

The Reformed Troglodyte (Dir Cut) from Ben Briand on Vimeo.

How To Feel Worlds Better

Posted by    |    December 6th, 2011 at 6:00 am

When someone you love is sick, you will do anything for them. There are exaggerated examples of this idea, such as in the film John Q, starring the beautiful Denzel Washington, where his character holds up an emergency room, so his son can get a heart transplant. While this is a pretty intense example, there are also less drastic measures people have taken to show loved ones they care; for example, my parents giving up their second honeymoon to stay home with their chicken-pockmarked daughter (also known as me, the now virtually pockmark-less being).

One of my favorite personal stories of love in times of sickness happened when I was utterly consumed with the flu at age eight. I remember lying on the couch watching cartoons when my grandmother stopped by with the prettiest pink roses I had ever seen in my life.  I thanked her profusely and she just smiled and said, “I thought you needed a little pick me up.” Sure it was a small act, but it made me feel 100 times better. I bragged about it to my friends for an entire week at school.

In Bruce Branit’s short film, World Builder, a man recreates a digital Parisian paradise for the woman he loves. He creates a replica of a trip the couple took to France in the hopes it will wake her up from her coma. His dedication is enough to make any rom-com fanatic reach for the tissues and beg for the woman to wake up.

The “Rules” of Revenge

Posted by    |    December 1st, 2011 at 6:00 am

The scariest, most disgusting word in a relationship is ‘cheater’.  It is the angel of death to any relationship. The cheater becomes a “murderer of love” (as said in Dan in Real Life) who kills everything that the relationship stood for.  No matter what the person says or does (or buys, for that matter); it’s over and nothing can be done to fix it. If you can’t tell, I have a pretty firm stance on this subject.

Luckily, I have never been in a relationship with a cheater, but I have seen its effects first hand on my close friends. After you find out, you begin to doubt everything. Did he really love me? Did he really want to be with me? Did he really think that I would be ok with this? After the initial shock wears off, the next thought process is, ‘How can I make them pay?’ When asked what I would do if in their position, I say (without thinking): hit them where it hurts. And hard.

In Tom Daley’s short film, Rules of the Game, this is exactly what main character Henry does after he learns that his fiancée is cheating on him with his best friend. Henry contemplates what he can do to get back at them. He considers simply breaking up with the fiancée, and exposing the infidelity at the wedding. Daley keeps the viewer guessing what Henry will do.

Whether or not you have been a victim of cheating, this short film tugs at your heart and shows that maybe you shouldn’t always take the high road.