Forgotten Movie: Down to You

I’m going to start recapping some forgotten movies of yesteryear in some posts. You know the movies you saw in theaters or rented from Blockbuster once and totally forgot about? Let’s face it, there are a lot of movies that come out every year. They can’t always be memorable right? But you see, I kinda love this underrated Freddie Prinze Jr. movie called Down to You. My first celeb crush Freddie did a lot of romcoms during the late 90s, early 2000s. A lot of people forget this one ever existed.

Down to You paired Julia Stiles and Freddie Prinze Jr. together. I think the casting directors thought She’s All That 10 Things I Hate About You = $$$$. Well, it didn’t work out like that. I still loved it and owned it on VHS and watched it over and over again (when my VHS tape of She’s All That was in the tape rewinder). Anyways, this college student named Al (Freddie) meets this freshman Imogen (Julia) and fall in love. Imogen gets freaked out by commitment (classic romcom plot device). There’s also a pregnancy scare, meddling friends and the temptation to cheat. They break up of course. Al is in despair and he almost commits suicide by drinking Imogen’s shampoo. It’s weird. But ultimately they decide it all comes down to you (cheesin’) and they get back together. The end scene is Freddie mouthing the words to a Barry White song. Need I say more?

Now you’re probably thinking that this is just some generic romcom, but the movie does have some really surprising gems. Did I mention that Freddie is an aspiring chef who wants to be like his dad who’s a celeb chef and is also played by the Fonze aka Harry Winkler? Yeah, that happened. Also, this movie has some porn star elements since Al’s friend is a porn star actor and director. Ashton Kutcher has a role as the wannabe Jim Morrison porn star dude who comes between the lovebirds. Selma Blair makes an appearance as a porn star too. Oh! And Rosario Dawson is in this movie as well. I mean, talk about some crazy casting. Jimmy Kimmel even makes a cameo in a scene where Al watches The Man Show (Jimmy’s old talk show). It’s a lot to take in, I know.

I wish I still had my old VHS copy and a VHS player because I would totally be watching this movie right now.

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Songs That I Know All The Lyrics To, Part 1

I’m starting a lot of these “part ones” even though I realize a second, third or fourth post may never materialize, but it could, I guess. Because guys, I know a lot of song lyrics. As in, you could play a song that has been on the radio at least once and 90% of the time I will know all the lyrics. (Humblebrag?) Some of these songs, are cool to know, sure. Like when you’re at a bar bopping around on the dance floor and DMX’s “Party Up” comes on and everyone’s like, how does this short girl who was just singing “Call Me Maybe” know this? And how is she not afraid to say every (explicit) lyric? Well, I’m not guys. I’ll sing ALL OF THEM.

So here, my top 5 list of songs I know every lyric to and that really have come in handy throughout the years. This is pretty basic stuff. If you don’t know these, it may be time to brush up. (Cue up those spotify playlists!)

DMX “Party Up”

As mentioned, this is a classic. It has a lot of intense lyrics, and the flow is pretty slow so you can totally rap along without making a jackass of yourself (at least, more of one).

Vanilla Ice “Ice Ice Baby”

Ah, what a classic. Honestly, this will come up more times than you would think (or maybe that’s just me…)? Anyway, it’s a good one to know and has two of my favorite lyrics, ever: “Killin your brain like a poisonous mushroom” and “cookin MC’s like a pound of bacon” – ah, Vanilla, you lyrical mastermind.

Ciara ft Missy Elliott “One, Two Step”

I mean, honestly, this is still played. Regardless of your stance on that fact, it is, indeed a fact, so you should probably be safe and know the lyrics. I always loved them because my Myspace description used to be “I’m 5’2, I wanna dance with you and I’m sophisticated fun. I eat filet mignon, and I’m nice and young best believe I’m number one.” Yeah, not ashamed. I’m 5’2 guys! It was like she was writing my biography.

Jackson 5 “I Want You Back”

I mean, honestly, if you don’t know this song we probably can’t be friends.

Bell Biv Devoe “That Girl is Poison”

Wish I was kidding, but I’m not. This song was made in 1990, and people are still learning hip hop routines in dance class to this (seriously, 2009 right here) and DJs are remixing this ish in bars. Learn it, sing it, embrace it.

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Popular

As I referenced in my post about my love for  The WB, I was a big fan of the show Popular. A little Mean Girls, a little Gossip Girl, this show as about cliques and the social hierarchy of high school. It starred Leslie Bibb (who’s been in a couple movies like Iron Man and Talladega Nights) and Carly Pope (not quite sure what she’s been in lately). Leslie’s character,  Brooke, was the super popular cheerleader with the hot bf and and Carly’s character, Sam, was the unpopular smart girl with a nerdy best friend who pines after her. Sounds like a pretty standard high school drama premise, right?

Well, this show was created by Ryan Murphy (Glee, Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story), so of course there were some twists and turns. Sam and Brooke’s single parents meet and fall in love, get married and  have a kid together. Sam and Brooke eventually fight over Harrison. Josh, Brooke’s football player boyfriend, starts dating Sam’s environmental activist friend, Lily, and they get married. Sidenote: I absolutely hate when teenage characters get married. Yeah, I’m looking at you Cory and Topanga (okay you got married in college, but still), Haley and Nathan from One Tree Hill and Finn and Rachel (well, almost, thank god Quinn got in that car accident). Anyways, there were also some crazy peripheral characters like Mary Cherry, a crazy and vapid cheerleader, Nicole, scary psychopath cheerleader, and Mike “Sugar Daddy” Bernardino, an overweight wanna gangsta.

I really loved this show and I’m still disappointed that it was cancelled after only two seasons. Plus, that series finale was crazy. SPOILER ALERT: The last scene shows Nicole running over Brooke with her car. And that’s the end of it. Seriously. We don’t know if she dies or not.

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Amazon Recommendation Realizations, Part 1

So recently I was gifted an Amazon Kindle Fire (wheee) and a gift card to their streaming video library, which is pretty much like iTunes movies. As I’ve squandered away the balance on rentals that make me look like a girl on the brink of puberty, I now get some recommendations that make me laugh and realize what terrible (non-redeemable) movies there are out there. Here are a few gems I’ve come across:

Labor Pains

Remember that time Lindsay Lohan was an actor trying to prove herself after her “bad girl” behavior went public? This probably wasn’t the way to do it, Linds. Synopsis: woman (that’s Lindsay, for all intents and purposes) pretends to be pregnant so she doesn’t get fired from her job. Sounds like a real kneeslapper eh? The “funny” part was that this movie was originally made for an actual film, to be released in theaters, and then they were apparently like, oh shit this is terrible and decided to just release it on ABC Family. I guess that beats the whole straight-to-DVD route, though right now I’m not exactly sure that’s true.

Another Cinderella Story

Cause clearly, we needed another. This movie centers around a young girl (Selena Gomez) who wants to impress a guy she has had a crush on forever, a pop star (and dancer). She’s a dancer, too! So she busts some moves, but yeah he doesn’t know it’s her and she has an evil stepmother and is anyone else bored yet? I’m all for terrible dance movies and fairytale plots, but when your body dance double is significantly different looking and the audience can LEGIT tell when you’re not the one doing the dancing (so like, every scene, Selena) it’s bad. Just bad.

Love Wrecked

I’m a pop culture lover, and honestly, I didn’t even know this existed. Amanda Bynes plays a girl obsessed with a celebrity guy. As she works at a tropical resort where he’s staying, she ends up saving him from a water incident and then convincing him that they’re on an island all alone and have to wait for help. But oops, yeah they’re just on the different side of the island. The guy from mean girls is in it as the best friend who doesn’t give her away because he is like, in love with the psycho. And the guy who yells “welcome to the OC bitch” is the celebrity. Yeah, things get weird, kids.

That’s all for now, though I’m sure there are more terrible recommendations in the future. I’m about to rent like, all the Step Ups, so get ready for terrible dance movie picks. Seriously, not a joke.

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Alex Pettyfer

Okay, so Sarah and I actually saw Magic Mike more than a week ago (how has it taken this long for that to come up!?) and it was delightful. Seriously, Matthew McConaughey straight up killed it! (Oh and Channing Tatum has some pretty sweet moves, naturally. I mean, he did inspire the story.)

But I felt very conflicted when it came to “The Kid” aka Alex Pettyfer. Here’s the thing: I know that I’m supposed to not like him, guys, because he’s apparently a diva/dick on set who thinks he’s amazing and deserves more than an actor who hasn’t made it yet (pssst… Alex — you haven’t made it yet, dude.) But this is the thing: he’s so pretty. In the words of Kelso from That 70s Show, he’s what they call “man pretty.” I’m not the only one who swooned — he’s dated two of his previous co-stars, Emma Roberts and Dianna Agron.

I guess I’ll just look at pictures of him playing with puppies and pretend he’s not a complete d-bag. Prove me wrong, Alex?

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Easy Bake Oven

Every girl (and maybe a handful of boys) had one of these when they were younger. Am I right? They were our first foray (and possibly last, for some of us who are culinary-challenged) into baking and cooking. The commercials led you to believe that delicious cakes and cookies would come out of it in a matter of minutes. In reality, the results were more like slightly-baked messes that you would feed to your dog or parents or guinea pig younger siblings. I mean, baking something in a toy? That can’t be good. Especially if the only ingredient you add to the mix is water.

But for some reason we loved them! I remember going over to my best friend’s house and baking up a storm. You added water to the mix, stirred it up and popped it in the oven like a couple minutes and surprise! You baked. We really enjoyed putting icing and decorating the cakes too and selling them at our lemonade stand. Yes, we had a lemonade stand, but it was more like a Tang stand and the only people who would visit it were the brothers next door who would just wreck havoc. Oh, childhood, I miss you so.

In addition to the Easy Bake Oven, Hasbro came out with a version with a blender so you can make drinks. I had one of those but I can’t remember what they called it and after 20 minutes of intense googling, I gave up. So if you had one and know what it’s called can you please put me out of my misery and let me know what it was? It’s gonna bug me.

They’re still making Easy Bake Ovens and apparently they made a version for boys in 2002. And in 2007, there was a recall because they realized that kids could get there hands stuck in the oven and burn themselves. Which makes me wonder why they didn’t think it was a hazard in the first place. And last year the ovens went “green” and now have halogen lightbulbs.

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Friday Fashion Flashback: Stretchy Headbands

From Gurl.com

Remember those thick, stretchy headbands in the 90s? That’s actually a style that I can realistically see people bringing back in 2012 and beyond. It’s not ridiculous (i.e. butterfly clips and hair chopsticks) and it’s pretty convenient and easy. Plus, aren’t headbands still cool or was that circa 2007 and Gossip Girl?

The only beef I had with these things is that I could never wear them. They never stuck on my head — maybe my hair was too slippery? Is that even possible? Plus, I had bangs so whenever I tried to sweep my bangs back with the headband, there would be these weird ends sticking up. I looked bad. But I so wished I had long hair and no bangs to pull of the look. Even so, I still had a whole bunch of them in different colors and patterns.

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BBMak

What happened to BBMak? I remember the first time I was introduced to them — on the cover of my Disney Adventures magazine (they should really bring that magazine back). Their song “Back Here” was so my jam. I loved it. In fact their whole CD was pretty catchy, I listened to it too many times to count on my Discman. BBMak was comprised of three Brits: Christian (my fave!), Mark and Stephen. They played instruments — that’s big for a boy band! Like many boy bands when the phenomenon died down, broke up in 2003. After some Wikipedia-ing, here’s I found out that they all tried to pursue solo careers but obviously that didn’t work out so much. Christian’s in a band called The Bleach Works (um, okay) and he’s worked with DJ Tiesto. Stephen tried out for the X Factor UK and made it through to Boot Camp. Mark has a new band and he’s also a personal trainer.

 

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Weird Celeb Couplings Part 1

After I learned about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ divorce (she’s free!), I thought about whom Tom Cruise has dated. Then I realized he dated Penelope Cruz (totally forgot about that fling post-Nicole Kidman) and Sofia Vergara. Yes, Sofia Vergara! Isn’t that nuts? I’m glad those two were able to escape Scientology. Anyways, it got me thinking about weird celeb hookups that people forget about. I decided to do some research into more weird couplings, here’s what I came up with for part 1 (more extensive research is needed later):

January Jones and Josh Groban: January Jones just seems kind of bitchy, right? And Josh Groban is such a goof. How did they ever get along? Also, January dated Ashton Kutcher too. She has, um, interesting taste in men. Sidenote: can she just tell us who her babydaddy is?

David Gallagher and Megan Fox: Megan dated Simon Camden! They dated in 2003, back when he was the more famous one because of 7th Heaven. 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Julia Stiles: He’s just so smiley and she’s so glum. They met when they filmed one of the best teen movies of the 90s, 10 Things I Hate About You (RIP Heath).

Danielle Fishel and Lance Bass: Boy Meets World meets *NSYNC. Proof that celebs aren’t immune to the whole My Boyfriend Turned Out to Be Gay thing. Apparently they’re still friends.

Ryan Gosling and Sandra Bullock: Before he was in The Notebook and every Internet meme, he was that youngin dating Sandra Bullock. Please tell me they’re still friends.

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Joshua Jackson

Man oh man, did I love this boy. It obviously started with Mighty Ducks, but really went full-force with Dawson’s Creek. Honestly, was there a more adorable slacker turned perfect boyfriend than Pacey Witter? (The answer is no.)

He’s just got that great boy-next-door charm. And really, when you play a character for five straight years, you’re mostly going to be known for that character. I don’t make the rules. So yeah, when Pacey whispers “I remember everything” to Joey at the dance, counts to ten before kissing her at Dawson’s aunt’s house and challenges Joey with a paintbrush and a wall, YEAH I’M GOING TO BE ALL ABOUT JOSHUA JACKSON.

And I know he’s now on a super popular show Fringe and has dated Diane Kruger for the past six years, making them pretty much Barbie and Ken of the Hollywood world, but with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes broken up, I don’t know Pacey/Josh… seems like you could really do some good there, what do you say?

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