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S/S Saturday Selects: Our Favorite Disney Channel Movie

It’s time… to name our favorite disney channel movie.

Sam’s Pick: Brink!

This was a bit tough. Though I love Johnny Tsunami and Zenon was my girl, Brink! clearly takes the cake. What’s more extreme than in-line skaters? Nothing. What’s better than Erik von Detten with his cool, laidback attitude and stringy, tousled hair that hung in his eyes? NOTHING. (related: what happened to this kid?)

In a nutshell: Andy “Brink” Brinkers and his crew (Jordy, Peter, and Gabriella) skate for the love of it. They are “soul skaters.” Team X-Bladz, led by crazy psycho Val, skates for the money. They’re sponsored skaters. Brink is living his life and then he learns that his family is broke (damn). To save his fam, he joins the sponsored team to earn some cash monay. He realizes it’s not worth it, however, when he starts changing and his friends get hurt. (Literally. Gabriella goes down hard.)

This movie is just pure, Disney gold. They wear helmets (safety first) and keep fit. They keep practicing and push being a good person. He values his family! Ugh. I just love it so much. Plus, how can you beat the 90s dialogue? “Val and his crew were dissin’ us. We started givin’ ’em beef right back, but they wanted to hit it right there at school. Clearly, we couldn’t step off, so we had to battle.” CLEARLY.

TEAM PUP N’ SUDS FOREVER!

Sarah’s Pick: Life Size

Okay, I know Life Size wasn’t on the Disney Channel. But you know what? I didn’t have cable as a child. Yeah, I was pretty much deprived. So the only time I got to watch quality TV besides TGIF was when I watched the Wonderful World of Disney on ABC. Anyone remember that program on Sunday nights? Some pretty classic movies came out of that, like My Date with the President’s Daughter (Eric from Boy Meets World!), Cinderella with Brandy and Whitney Houston (RIP) and Toothless with Kirstie Alley. Such gems.

I was really intrigued by Life Size. One, because it starred Tyra Banks who was pre-America’s Next Top Model and post-Fresh Prince of Bel Air at this point. And two, because of Lindsay Lohan. I don’t know about you, but I was obsessed with Lindsay Lohan when The Parent Trap came out. I wanted to be her. But like after The Parent Trap she kind of went away for a little bit. Maybe she was off being a normal kid or something. Then finally she made it back to the spotlight with this made-for-TV movie.

So basically the premise of the movie is Lindsay’s character Casey is a tomboy who plays football. Like in every Disney movie, her mom’s dead. She uses this book of magic to bring back her mother but she accidentally brings her “Eve” doll (aka Barbie Tyra Banks) to life. At first Casey is really mad that she made the dumb doll come alive instead of her mother. But then they become friends. When Casey is able to undo the spell, she doesn’t want to because she likes Eve, but Eve is super homesick. So Eve decides to undo it herself and goes back home. They all dance to an amazing theme song and the end.

“Shine bright, shine far, don’t be shy be a star. Where you live, where you are be a starrrr.” What a great movie.

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Friday Fashion Flashback: Overalls

definitely not the ones I had as a child

I’ll admit it, I was a big fan of overalls when I was younger. I mean they were pretty dang comfortable. It was like wearing a romper (which is a huge trend right now, but yet why can’t I ever find one that doesn’t make me look like an oversized baby?), except it was flattering on EVERYONE. And I mean everyone: farmers, truck drivers, your mom and your dad, babies, kids, etc. Everyone looks good in jeans and overalls are basically jeans, so that’s my logic right there.

I really liked them because you didn’t have to stress too much on your outfit. You just chose a plain shirt, preferably a bright color to jazz up your outfit, snapped the overalls on and bam, you were ready to go to day camp or hanging out with your friends. I had a pair of overalls with Winnie the Pooh on them when I was like 8 or 9. They were super comfy and who doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh?

Now let’s get a couple things straight here, no, I did not wear overalls past the age of 10. Also, they were always overall shorts. Not the long ones. Why trap yourself in them? I hate wearing pants so long overalls would be my worst nightmare. And I do realize the problem of having to pee. It was a lot more work. But how do people pee when they’re wearing rompers nowadays?

I’m trying to imagine what it would be like if overalls were suddenly cool again. Yeah, people still wear them, but most of the people are hipsters who wear them ironically or they’re farmers. Everyone would be super comfortable. And you would have so many pockets, you probably wouldn’t need a purse. Plus, if you don’t think it’s sexy enough, put a bandeau top underneath instead of a conservative tee. That’s a trendy summer look right there. Sadly, I don’t think this fashion statement will be coming back anytime soon, but a girl can dream.

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New Girl

Okay, I gotta admit, when I started watching this show I was a little hesitant. It seemed to be in this weird limbo between campy and heartfelt, and didn’t know which side to take. Plus, the character of Schmidt, really?  And where did Damon Wayans go? And who the eff is this Latvian basketball player Winston?

But now, I’m glad I stuck with it. This shit is hilarious, and Schmidt is probably my favorite character. In case you didn’t know, he’s the OCD, fashion-obsessed, “douchebag” of the group, but really he’s just this quirky guy who has the BEST lines, ever. He’s made the douche character lovable, a feat not seen since Barney Stinson (Played by the genius NPH in How I Met Your Mother.)

In essence, the show is about roommates. Zooey (Jess) is her adorkable self, while Jake (Nick) is the funny, cute guy slacker who fixes things with duct tape and dropped out of law school (aka totally my type.)

And Lamorne (Winston)… all I can say is: Good job buddy. I didn’t think you could fill the void left in my heart by Damon, but you did sir. I salute you.

So for those ready to laugh out loud and have their roommates think they’re nuts, cue up your Hulus and start watching. Then, check out this AMAZING video by Max Greenfield aka Schmidt. It’s pretty much the best intro to the character you’ll have.

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American Pie

universal pictures

Ahh, American Pie. What a classic. It was raunchy, but it wasn’t gross. If you know what I mean — it had heart to it. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Sarah, you were like 10 when the first American Pie came out. It was before your time.” But you’re wrong. Yeah, I saw American Pie on VHS when it first came out. My mom wasn’t really big on movie/television ratings. I watched Beverly Hills, 90210 (the old version, not that lame excuse for a remake they’re airing on the CW nowadays) with her when I was five or six. That Kelly Taylor sure did look like my Barbie doll.

Anyways, the beauty of watching American Pie when you haven’t quite learned about um, the birds and the bees yet is just the naivete of it all. Sure, I knew where babies came from and that people have sex, but I didn’t know what getting to second base was (in sexual terms and in baseball terms, I wasn’t a sporty child). And like why was this guy putting a pie in his crotch? Or why did that girl do that thing with the flute? Um, uncomfortable?

I really didn’t know what was going on, but everyone looked like they were having fun and they were really cool. Plus, that kid from A Kid in King Arthur’s Court was in it and he was pretty cute. And because I was probably one of the few in my elementary school class who watched American Pie, I thought I knew this cool secret. My two other friends that saw it and I would talk about how funny it was all day long, while our other friends would whine about how their parents wouldn’t let them rent it at Blockbuster. Sob story.

Now they’re reuniting the whole gang 13 years later for a fourth movie, American Reunion. It comes out on April 6th. I’m really excited to see it, first of all because it’s bringing people some work who haven’t really worked since the late 90s/early 2000s (Tara Reid, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Chris Klein, Natasha Lyonne…I’m looking at you guys). Second, because I’m actually going to understand everything that’s happening now.

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When Old Dudes Date Teenagers

Would you date this guy?

It’s creepy right? Well, it not only happens in real life but it also happens in the celeb world. There have been plenty of 20-something guys who have dated teen actresses. And for some reason, this skeeves me out even more. Now, I know that being a child actor makes you more mature or older than you really are (i.e. Drew Barrymore’s drug-filled childhood), but I thought Hollywood was supposed to be all about image. So how does dating a teenager when you’re in your late 20s work out in your favor? It’s weird and makes me uncomfortable. Stop that right now. Let’s take a look at some celebs who have been guilty of this:

Wilmer Valderrama

Ugh. Wilmer Valderrama. I don’t understand him. He’s basically been dating 17-year-old actresses since 2001, when he first dated Mandy Moore when she was 17 and he was 21. Okay, that’s not a big difference. But he did it again when he dated Lindsay Lohan when she was also 17 and he was 24. I thought he was past his underage tendencies, but then he started dating Demi Lovato last year. Yes, Demi Lovato, the Disney Channel star. She was 19 and he was 31 at the time. Like, what? Apparently he hooked up with Minka Kelly recently, so maybe he’s moving on to older women.

Paul Walker

First of all, wow, Paul Walker, where the eff have you been? He used to be a big heartthrob back in the early 2000s and he had a lot going for him. What happened there? I know he was in Fast Five in 2011, but it was another Fast & Furious movie – isn’t he tired of those movies yet, I know we are. Secondly, he started dating his fiancee when she was 16 and he was 32. I have no words.

Chad Michael Murray

I used to like Chad Michael Murray when he played Tristan on Gilmore Girls. Now he just bothers me. Basically he got caught up in the Hilary Duff vs. Lindsay Lohan feud. He played their love interest in a movie with each of them  (A Cinderella Story with Hilary, Freaky Friday with Lindsay. He was rumored to be dating both of them, but not at the same time — don’t worry, no Aaron Carter situation. Hilary was 16, Lindsay was 17 and Chad was 23. The girls were probably just trying to one-up each other. I mean, Hilary did show up to the Freaky Friday premiere with Chad — that’s ballsy, girl. Anyways, what really angers me is that Chad was married to his One Tree Hill co-star, Sophia Bush for a hot second (5 months) and then before his divorce was even finalized, he started dating Kenzie Dalton, who was an extra on One Tree Hill and a runner-up in a teen pageant. She was 17 and he was 24. They’ve been engaged for like 6 years now. I’m always Team Sophia.

Joel Madden

Before Nicole Richie, there was Hilary Duff. I do like Joel Madden, but I did think it was weird that he was dating Hilary Duff when she was 16 and he was 25. Her mom confirmed their relationship in Seventeen. Nothing like having your mother be your personal spokesperson for your dating life right?

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Hook

BANGERANG!

Okay, so real talk: I dreaded writing this post as much as I was thrilled at the thought of writing this post. Why? Because there’s so much to cover! Honestly, I don’t know where to start. My love for anything Peter Pan? My love for Rufio? My love for imaginary food fights? SO MUCH MATERIAL.

If you think I’m exaggerating how much I love this movie, let’s take a trek down memory lane, shall we?

I was probably around around five when I first saw this movie, even though it came out in 1991. I remember being completely, utterly transfixed. Who didn’t want to know what happened to Peter after he left Wendy? Who also wasn’t secretly rooting for them to fall in love? (Hey, in a five year old’s mind, that’s what was supposed to happen!) But yeah, okay, he fell in love with her granddaughter. I could live with that.

From the ages of five to about eight I watched this movie EVERY CHANCE I COULD. Seriously. It doesn’t help that the first time this happened to me was with Disney’s Peter Pan, where I would sit in front of the VCR, watch them learn to fly and fly off to Never Never Land, then you know, press stop, rewind, then play. I had the timing memorized. Pretty much the same thing with Hook, though by this time, I had mastered the remote.

In middle school, I found out that it was on DVD. I BOUGHT IT. I WATCHED IT. I LOVED IT. Sometimes I would recommend that we watch it at sleepovers. Sometimes they listened. Mostly I just got weird stares. (Creeped out yet?)

Then there was that time I read a piece about what it would be like to work with Spielberg’s son, in which Hook is unfairly portrayed. A twitter response was clearly needed. This is what resulted:

He responded! Then I went a little nuts. I’m pretty sure I also tweeted “Bangerang”, in like, all caps, but then I knew that was taking it a little too far so that was promptly deleted. (You’re definitely creeped out now.)

Quick synopsis so I know you’re all with me: Peter Pan falls in love with Wendy’s granddaughter, Moira, and you see him later in life as an attorney who is not the best daddy in the world to two children: Jack and Maggie. It ends up that Hook steals the kids, and Peter is helped by Tink to figure out how to be Pan again (he had forgotten his entire Pan life, including the fact that he even WAS Peter Pan), and he goes to Neverland to get his kids back.

So what was it that made this movie so amazing (at least to me)? Could it be Robin Williams as Peter? Or Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell? Or Dustin Hoffman as Hook? (I’m with you Jaimie, it is a starring role. He was nominated for a Golden Globe! Julia, on the other hand, was nominated for a Raspberry for worst supporting actress. Tough break.)

Honestly, I think what did it were the cornball moments mixed with the amazingness that is RUFIO. Like that time that kid traces Peter’s face, then announces “Oh, THERE you are Peter!” Or that time when Peter’s daughter sings that lullaby. Or that time when Peter finds his “happy thoughts”? Those moments are THE moments.

Rufio, Rufio, RU-FI-OOOOO

And Rufio. Oh, Rufio. He was threatened by Peter’s presence, as he was the leader of The Lost Boys after Peter, but after Peter’s crowing, he knew what was up. He swallowed his pride and let Peter take the reigns, and then bam – Peter was kind of like Rufio’s dad in a way – and ugh, the saddest part: When he’s killed. (Good move, Spielberg. That was poignant stuff.)

If you haven’t seen this movie (WHAT?), I encourage you to do so. Like, now. Stop reading. Except, maybe it doesn’t hold up if you’re seeing it for the first time as an adult. Whatever, watch it anyway. And if you see it and it doesn’t? Well, just proof that your childhood sucked. Sorry.

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S/S Saturday Selects: Our Favorite Spice Girl

Girl Power! This week we discuss our favorite member of the Spice Girls. And since we both went to the reunion tour, we’re def talking about that, too.

Sarah’s pick: Ginger Spice

Oh the Spice Girls. They really played a big part in my childhood. And like I said in my bio, I have them and Gloria Steinem to thank for teaching me about women’s rights. Girl Power! Ginger (aka Geri Halliwell) was awesome and my favorite. She was probably the sluttiest one of all of them (hello, Union Jack dress with her knickers showing?). She was just so feisty and fun, but without veering towards Scary. When she left the Spice Girls, I was devastated. How could she do that? That was basically the end of the band. I never got to see them in concert! I remember being really upset and I probably cried into one of my Spice Girls t-shirts, but blocked that bad memory out of my mind.

So when the reunion tour came, I was vigilant about getting tickets. I had to go to that concert. I went with two friends to the concert in Newark. It was quite a trek for a little freshman at NYU to travel on the PATH to scary Newark. A homeless man yelled at my roommate on the train. But for the Spice Girls I would do anything. My friends and I made shirts that said “Zig,” “A-Zig,” “Ah.” It was a magical experience. I bought maybe $100 worth of Spice Girls paraphernalia, including a ring, a t-shirt and a glow stick. I was a preteen again. And even though they weren’t the best singers ever and Geri messed up during Wannabe, it was still a realization of my childhood fantasies come true. Dancing to all my favorite songs live really brought me back to the elaborate concerts my friends and I used to have at sleepovers and solo dance parties that I used to have in my room. I LOVE THE SPICE GIRLS.

Sam’s Pick: Posh Spice

I was OBSESSED with the Spice Girls. I had notebooks. I ate those stupid chupa chup lollipops. I watched Spice World 3893 times (full disclosure: I have the DVD.) I would flash the piece sign more than anyone should, ever. I would constantly sing their songs everywhere I went. (but not too loudly… I was pretty shy.) I always recommended the Spice Girls for my dance classes. They didn’t listen. Whatever, I danced at home to their songs anyway.

My favorite Spice Girl? Obviously Posh Spice. She was classy, cool, and she wore really short black skirts and high heels. It was awesome. (And apparently, I wasn’t the only one to choose Posh as their favorite: Everyone’s seen David Beckham, right?! I rest my case.)

I went to their reunion show in Chicago as a sophomore in college. There were ten of us. Yes, you read that right. TEN OF US. The Spice Girls love is rampant. We all dressed as our favorite. There were three baby’s, two Posh’s, two Sporty’s, two Ginger’s and one Scary Spice. (Sorry, Scary.)

Yeah, I wasn't kidding...

I never danced so much at a concert. I’m not ashamed. My love for the Spice Girls will continue on. (As will my love for flashing the peace sign. Not apologizing for it.) SPICE UP YOUR LIFE.

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Friday Fashion Flashback: Slap Bracelets

SLAP IT

Oh good ol’ slap bracelets. A fashion accessory, toy and torture device rolled into one. Quick summary: it’s basically a flat band that’s wrapped in plastic or fabric, that you can bend (or slap!) onto your wrist to form a bracelet.

I’m not sure where or when I got my first slap bracelet: they’ve been burned in my memory since the beginning of time aka since the first time my sister asked me, “Sam, want to be pretty?” and BAM! The pain of the slap bracelet, as hard as she could slap it, would come down on my tiny wrist. “THERE.” BIG SISTERS ARE THE BEST.

I did, on occasion, actually enjoy wearing them, and had a few different ones: a zebra-print one, a bright green neon one, a silver holographic one, and one that was red with a chinese print. These things were in heavy rotation for like, six solid months, which is pretty much FOREVER in kid time. Looking back, I’m not sure who decided that these “bracelets” were actually a good look. They kind of just remind me of prisoner cuffs, i.e. Genie before he’s (SPOILER ALERT) set free:

trendy

Apparently, stores are still selling these things and marketers are using them for promotional products. Um, when did stickers go out of style? That shit never hurt anyone.

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The Hunger Games Anticipation, pt 2

You thought we were going to only have one Hunger Games post? Um, no. I’m pretty new to the Hunger Games phenomenon, I read it a few months ago during a whirlwind three days. I was obsessed, it was like crack and it felt good.

Now, I’m pretty used to the whole books-are-crack thing. I read all the Harry Potter books (nothing can ever replace the feelings of those days when HP came out and you couldn’t leave your house or talk to your friends until you were done). I even read Twilight. Crack, I tell ya. There was an unfortunate incident that involved me throwing a fit at a local bookstore and begging the salesperson to let me have the reserved copy of Breaking Dawn. Sorry, whoever put it on hold, I went home with it.

Anyways, I needed a new fix and Hunger Games hit the spot. They were adventurous and a little bit edgier than Twilight. The books were really well-written, too. And the heroine was someone that I wasn’t screaming at, I was actually cheering her on. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to shake Bella Swan and tell her to just get some revenge hookups under her belt when Edward left her in New Moon. Katniss would probably eat Bella Swan alive, fer sure. Same goes for the people that play them, Jennifer Lawrence would overtake Kristen Stewart in a matter of seconds. But like why are we even comparing Twilight and Hunger Games? They’re not the same at all. Different versions of crack. Twilight is all about the romance, whereas in Hunger Games, the romance has to come second. I mean, Katniss won’t be able to kiss any boys in the future if she’s killed by a muttation.

And I have a girl crush on Jennifer Lawrence. She just seems so real. Like she admitted that she loves reading about herself in the tabloids. She isn’t too cool for school yet. She wears a lot of gold (I LOVE GOLD!). And her real-life boyfriend is just so gosh darn cute: Nicholas Hoult. You know, the geeky kid in About a Boy, Tony in Skins (the non-sucky British version, duh, not the American one) and Beast in X-Men: First Class. She is the perfect mixture of badass and beautiful. And she’s been nominated for an Academy Award. So, you go girl.

I can’t wait to see the movie. And since I’m an old person who can’t deal with crowds anymore, I’m missing the midnight showing tonight and opting to go another time.  But don’t worry, you’ll hear from Sam and me once we see it!

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The Hunger Games Anticipation, pt 1

The Hunger Games has premiered, and we now await the release in theaters on Friday (though, to be perfectly honest, I’m probably going to wait a couple of weeks for the craziness to die down.)

Not that I’m not crazy about the series, as well. I read all three books in less than 72 hours.  Even with a full-time job. (Thankfully, I started book one on a Thursday, so I had the weekend to finish the other two. THE COOLEST 20-SOMETHING EVER.)

If you haven’t heard about the book series (who are you?), basically some kids are chosen from every district of a future world to pay homage to how crazy things were back in the day, (chaos, I tell you!), before everything was controlled. So, these kids are chosen, and then they’re trained, and then they … kill each other. Yep, one person “wins” in this crazy, gladiators type arena after all the others are killed. Everyone else watches them try and survive. HUMANITY.

Honestly though, I thought the books were so well-written. There’s this gif of Woody Harrelson saying what he thought of them, and he pretty much says what I want. But considering I can’t find that gif anymore, and I’m too lazy to really spend too much time looking for it, you’ll just have to take my word for it: He says you can’t finish one without immediately starting another. (Ugh, ain’t it the truth Woody…)

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss was a great choice, considering her character is pretty much the same one as Winter’s Bone, just you know… set in the future and without the appalachian dialect. SURVIVAL! YEAH!

I’ve already raved about Josh Hutcherson, but I’m so excited to see him in action. I hope this kid can hack it. I think he can. He seems to be in touch with the sensitive Peeta, so that’s a good sign.

And my god, can we talk about the supporting cast: Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Woody Harrelson… honestly, the kids better not eff this up, cause you know these actors are gonna kill it.

Lastly, this movie has brought together three of my favorite things: The Hunger Games, The Civil Wars, and Taylor Swift. Take it away, Taylor.

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