Monday, December 10, 2012

Flick Picks for the Holidays

I really excel at two things: going number two in public restrooms and crying while watching movies on the plane.  I get a lot of practice at both while traveling for work.

While you may never benefit from my first gift (especially if you're in the stall next to me), you can take advantage of all the movie watching under my belt.  Consider me like your personal food tester, except with film, ensuring you stay away from poisonous content.

Here are a list of films recently released I enjoyed and recommend for all my ladies, and men with a sensitive side. None of the movies have anything to do with the holidays, but you can hopefully find time to enjoy them over your winter breaks:

  1. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Thought provoking, sentimental and somewhat silly take on Armageddon; with Steve CarellKeira Knightley.  I cried.  My husband said he didn't like it, but I think it was because it made him too sad (I saw a tissue in his hand).
  2. 360 A non-linear dramatic thriller crisscrosses Europe and surprised me at every step; excellent cast with Rachel WeiszJude Law and Anthony Hopkins. 
  3. Moonrise Kingdom Wes Anderson's latest, and I say, best film yet. These kids can act.
  4. Cedar Rapids Not as fantastic as the others, but definitely surprising.  Any of you corporate road warriors will howl with laughter; with Ed HelmsJohn C. Reilly and Anne Heche. 
  5. What to Expect When You're Expecting I didn't "expect" to like this film, but it was a refreshingly funny take many of our lives; with Elizabeth BanksCameron Diaz, and Matthew Morrison.
  6. People Like Us Hit pretty close to home and had me balling by the end (thanks, Kim); with Chris PineElizabeth Banks and Michelle Pfeiffer.
  7. Half the Sky An eye opening documentary every woman should watch. It's on Netflix and PBS
  8. Friends with Kids Also thought I would hate this movie, thinking it was too cliche.  I didn't even though it was.  I just love Adam Scott.  Also with Jennifer WestfeldtJon Hamm and Maya Rudolph.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Dangers of Posting Pics of Your Kids on Facebook

I love looking at your photo albums on Facebook, especially of your kids.  But who else besides me can see them?  Can anybody see what you've posted?

I just completed a post for Trend Micro's "Fearless Web" blog about the dangers of posting pics of your kids on FB.  Check it out and let me know if you have any questions.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Are you checking-in safely?

I just completed a post for Trend Micro's "Fearless Web" blog titled, "Safe “Check-Ins”.  Like me, I know many of you like to share your location by checking-in on Facebook and other geo-social apps like Foursquare and Instagram.  

Check out my tips on how to stay safe, and see examples of what can happen if you don't follow my tips!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Of Course It's Porn

I love the news articles debating whether or not Author E.L. James's "50 Shades of Grey" book series is pornographic or not.  Of course it is.  And I love it (and don't think it should be banned in libraries).

Here is what I love about this juicy series:

  1. Porn for the ladies has gone mainstream, which helps our culture acknowledge women have needs, too.
  2. It broadens people's sexual horizons and provides a delicious "Vanilla Sex" guidebook.
  3. Finally, the "release"  needed after reading page after page of sexual tension with almost ZERO graphic intercourse in the "Twilight" and "Hunger Games" book/movie series.
Here's what I don't love about this book:
  1. The protagonist Anastasia Steele can't be a grown-up and say "vagina" or any other real words to describe her female anatomy (I counted it once).
  2. How unrealistic is it for a modern day secular, hot, 21-year old skinny bitch in COLLEGE to have only achieved first base by graduation, not have her own computer, and be dumbfounded by text messaging and email?
  3. Yet another book about an insecure girl who's only hobby is reading classic English literature, let's a domineering, wealthy man control her life, and has a super-hot "brown" man lusting after her who's "just a friend" (almost verbatim to Bella in "Twilight").
I will be the first to admit, reading these books classifies me as a stereotypical, 30-something heterosexual woman, but I know I'm not alone (Saturday Night Live captured the phenomenon perfectly!).  I need something to balance out the onslaught of educational content I absorb on the regular from the likes of "The Economist", technical white papers and NPR.  Plus, I love me some porn. Not Jenna Jamison-style porn, but Red Shoe Diaries type porn that's unfortunately, very hard to find (Future blog post: Where to Find Good Female Porn).

Who should star as "Christian Grey" in the "50 Shades of Grey" movie?
There are rumors the book series is being made into a movie.  Tell me, who do YOU want to see if they make a movie?  

My Picks? Ryan Gosling & Matt Bomer. 


Friday, November 18, 2011

Werepire or Vampwolf?

I can't decide which one my baby would be labeled once I break out of my Jacob-Edward sandwich.  But as I most likely wouldn't live through the birthing process, Edward would have to make me a vampire, too.

These are the thoughts that cross my mind while sitting on the 'L'.  I know the feminist in me should be appalled that Bella would kill herself if things didn't work out with her and her cold-blooded lover, and I definitely don't believe in abstaining from anything!  But the Twilight series has a crazy power over me that I'm not proud of.

I was able to finally relieve my built-up sexual angst from the first two books by watching a helluva-lot of True Blood.  But I am definitely ready to see Bella lose her v-card to a hot, naked vampire on Sunday night alongside my fella fang-bangers.

I'll let you know if it was worth the wait.