Sunday, April 25, 2010

Remember Me

Don't read this if you haven't seen the movie and you don't want to know what happens!

I saw this movie last night, and I haven't cried that hard in a movie in a very long time, if ever. To top it off, I KNEW the controversial ending. I couldn't resist looking it up after I heard the mixed feelings about the end. However, it still managed to have a big impact on me and offer several surprises. Remember Me is a love story, but not only a love story about Tyler (Pattinson's character) and his girlfriend. I saw (and reacted to)the love Tyler had for his family, especially his brother and sister, and the love that Tyler's father had for his children even though it was incredibly hard for him to show it.

The trailers suggest a Nicholas Sparks weepie of boy meets girl standard variety, but this is much more than that. Rather, what is featured is a story of two broken families of different social and economical sectors, struggling to mend old wounds as their children fall in love with one another.
Check out the trailer:

In his first official post-Twilight-craze-outing, Robert Pattinson stars as Tyler, the black sheep of a well to do family torn apart by the suicide of their eldest son, with Pattinson stuck in a permanent melancholy while sucking down a never ending amount of booze and cigarettes.

Acting on a dare (that ever cliché tool used in many romance movies), Tyler asks and goes on a date with working class college student Ally (Australian actress Emilie de Ravin). She also knows the pain of death in the family when –as a child- she witnessed the murder of her mother, a harrowing scene depicted in the film’s opening moments.

Even though its beautifully played love story is its drawcard, what will be remembered in Remember Me is the relationships with the fathers of these characters, played by the ever reliable Chris Cooper (as an over protective cop, father to Ally) and Pierce Brosnan (a self absorbed lawyer with shaky Brooklyn accent, dad to Tyler).

It is the moments with the fathers that give the characters a depth and maturity other films of the same ilk do not allow, even if their actions can come across as immature in their post-teen angst.

So what's the big shocking ending?
In the absence of any time-marking signposts, viewers are led to believe that Remember Me is set in the present — but it's really 2001. At movie's end, after having a fight with de Ravin, Pattinson's character takes an elevator to his father's 92nd-floor office on a bright September morning, looks out the window, and watches helplessly as American Airlines Flight 11 hits the building. That's right — Robert Pattinson dies in 9/11.

Some negative reviews:
If Remember Me is remembered for anything at all, other than being yet another Robert Pattinson vehicle, it will be for its over-the-top ending, which ranks high amongst the most shameless jerkers of tears ever unleashed upon lachrymose teens. - The Toronto Star

There's no shame in exploring tragedy through art. But exploiting it to make your very ordinary movie feel more important? That's another story. - The New York Daily News

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010


I love my brother and sister!!!

My dad named his shop P.K.E. after us (Parish, Kelsey, Emily). Don't ask why I'm not first. I'm the oldest, I should be.

I like to think we are really close, and we have been through a lot together. Our parents are a little crazy ;)

Parish thought I dedicated a blog to them a while back, but really I was just publicizing for my blog, so I decided now would be a good time to tell them I love them.

Its going to be weird when Parish leaves on his mission (June 30th: Oklahoma City, Spanish speaking!!!!) I hope he writes me, but I have my doubts.

My family plus uncle Jim & aunt Tracie at Parish's graduation. Parish loves to quote Harry Potter: "Maybe if the fat lump would have given this a squeeze, he would have remembered to fall on his fat ass!" (please say this in a British accent)
My sista Emily & I a couple years ago. She is BEAUTIFUL! She also LOVES rap music, and she can sign (language) to it. Its so impressive.
Aw, weren't we cute back then? This is my favorite picture of us as small children.
Camping at a family reunion. I HATE camping, but I love my family. This is our cute cousin Abi. Parish is wearing his Harry & The Potter's T-Shirt, which is awesome. We went to that concert together. I have a shirt that says "Save Ginny" and it has a picture of a Basilisk.
Christmas this year. We get pajamas every year on Christmas Eve.
Parish came to BYU this year and it has been super fun (hopefully he agrees). This is us at a football game, NOT in the student section, which we secretly loved.
Dinner before Parish's graduation. Parish rarely smiles normally.
Me, Emily and Abi on family picture day. This was the day my dad grabbed my mom's boob during a family picture. My parents are ridiculous.
Me and fat Parish. He was so large, and so cute.
We love the Celtics! This was at the Celtics vs. Jazz game, and they lost. :( boo.
Cousins with Grampa McCombs.
Last Christmas with our cousin Sara and Maddie. Sara baby-sat us A LOT growing up and we love her like a sister.
Christmas break this year! 4-wheeling. Our dad is so awesome for taking us out, cause I wanted to so badly! We saw 5 moose!
Thanksgiving last year.
Playing Pretty Pretty Princess with our awesome aunt Kriste. Parish is the winner! So cute! haha

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pursuit of Happiness

Obsessed with this song right now. Obsessed.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Duke Holds Out Against Butler for NCAA Title

If Gordon Hayward's shot from past half court had gone in, that would have been the best play of all time. It would have been replayed over and over again, and Gordon would have even more girls on twitter asking for him to be their "baby daddy". Actually, the shot was replayed from just about every possible angle after the game had ended. But I don't think that will last very long.

It was clear from the start last night that if Duke (35-5) was going to get that fourth national championship, Butler (33-5) was going to make certain that it was earned and not given.

All game, Duke seemed in some control, at least on the scoreboard. But the lead was never enough to relax. Butler was far too determined for that.

Even when Duke finally seemed to have it, leading 60-55 with the ball and barely 2 minutes to go, Butler forced a turnover, a miss at the rim and, then after a short jump shot, had the ball, after two Matt Howard layups, with a chance to win.

Hayward got the ball at the top of the key, his team trailing 60-59, and ready to hit the game-winner. Only his right baseline fadeaway was long. Duke's Brian Zoubek got the rebound and was fouled with 3.6 seconds left.

He made the first, missed the second. Hayward got the rebound, took off up the right sideline and launched just before the clock turned to zeros.

"I was standing at halfcourt and thought it was going in," Howard said. "That makes it even a little more devastating . . . I've seen him make that numerous times before in practice and in games.''

He almost made it again.

But this NCAA championship game was about a team that knocked out one heavyweight after another until it got to the heaviest of weights in the championship game. Duke had won its first five NCAA games by an average of 17 points. This was not like that.

"Butler wasn't a fairy tale. Butler was for real. Just check the bite marks on almighty Duke from a bunch of Bulldogs who turned what the foolish thought would be a blowout of a national championship game into a classic".