Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Movie Picks

Hello, one and all. I haven't really been listening to any new music lately. I've been stuck on Needtobreathe since the concert, and that's okay, because they are a worthy... adhesive? Nevertheless, I don't have weekly picks for you. At least not songs.

How about movies? I love those things, too.

Here are some of my all-time favorites:

1. Apocalypto - directed by Mel Gibson. It's set toward the end of the Mayan civilization. It's epic. It has subtitles throughout, but don't let that deter you.

2. Roman Holiday - Starring Audrey Hepburn and heartthrob Gregory Peck, this black and white favorite is most definitely a hit. It's set in Rome, as you could probably gather from the title. Audrey's a princess sick of being a princess, Gregory is a reporter looking for a story... and you'll have to watch it to know the rest!

3. Fight Club - Edward Norton and Brad Pitt punching each other alot. Makes for a rather excellent movie. A must see for pyschology students!

4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Weird memory-erasing theme. I like this movie because it engages you, makes you think. Jim Carrey plays a very atypical role, for him, and Kate Winslet is phenomenal as always.

5. Legends of the Fall - An epic set in Montana in the early 1900's. Stars Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. This movie affected me for weeks after I watched it. I loved it so much I immediately went out and bought it.

6. The Departed - The 2006 Academy Award winner for Best Picture. Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen and Alec Baldwin. It's about the Irish mob in Boston and dirty politics. Impeccably made.

7. Hotel Rwanda - True story of a hotelier and his effort to save hundreds during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. It breaks your heart and opens your eyes.

8. Gladiator - What an incredible motion picture! Russell Crowe delivers a fantastic performance as a soldier taken captive and forced to fight in the Coliseum. If you haven't seen this, you're crazy. Go rent it now.

9. Hot Rod - Andy Samberg. Hilarious. The essence of humor.

10. LOTR - This proves my nerdiness, but the trilogy (extended editions, please) are some of the greatest movies of all time. I should clarify. Lord of the Rings. Adapted from J.R.R. Tolkein's greatest works, these epic films of war and grandeur are worth the time (total: 11 hours, 8 minutes).


Sunday, October 18, 2009

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

In my dream last night, I was indoors, waiting for the rain to go away, when suddenly, the rain turned to snow. The flakes were huge, the size of quarters at least, and perfectly formed, each one unique. It was quite a sight to behold.

I ran out the front door to the white blanket that had unfolded over all the green, but instead of taking it all in, I was more concerned with finding my camera (I was especially intent on using my digital macro setting) so I could capture the beauty. By the time I found it, the snowflakes had melted.

I think God was trying to tell me something.

I find myself easily caught up in future events, or past events, that I often forget to enjoy the present time that I've been blessed with.

I'm making it my goal to enjoy each day's snowflakes as they come.

Thanks for dreams, Lord.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I'd Rather Pick Flowers Instead Of Fights

It's been awhile since I've posted. I just finished (today) my second round of exams, so my lack of posting can be accredited to the fact that the past two weeks I've had to put my life on hold. Sorry about that.

Lots to report!

The first weekend in October was spent in Birmingham, visiting Sarah and Clay in their very charming new home and going to the NEEDTOBREATHE concert with my roommate, Emily, and other sweet friends! Definitely one of the best concerts I've been to. The Workplay Theater is wonderful and intimate. It was just really nice to spend a few days out of Auburn.

Also, after 6 exams, I still have A's in my classes! That's a miracle! I'm thanking the Lord for that. Let's just hope it stays that way through the end of the semester.

I'm currently working on my spring break plans. It seems crazy to already be thinking about it, but apparently you have to reserve spots pretty far in advance. I'm going to hike part of the Appalachian trail! I'm going with my friends Jeanna, Starlyn, Zach and Alex, thus far. We may recruit one or two more. I'll keep you posted on further AT developments.

And finally, the big news. I finally decorated my wall! I ended up cutting a tree out of felt and just tacking it to the wall along with my Euro photos. All in all, it was a very inexpensive endeavor, costing me a grand total of about $15. And I LOVE it. I still have to cut out the bible verse, but other than that, it's complete! I also hung lanterns over my music area. Here are some photos:

Now, since I've missed two weeks, I feel like I owe you some picks :) This week it's some of the songs on my Recently Played playlist on iTunes. Enjoy.


1. Beautiful - Kari Jobe

2. Sail Away - David Gray

3. Both Hands - Ani Difranco

4. Summerlong - Emm Gryner

5. Two Step - Dave Matthews Band

6. Zebra - John Butler Trio

7. Pretzel Logic - Steely Dan

8. Life in the Fast Lane - The Eagles

9. Learning to Fly - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

10. Never Know - Jack Johnson

No commentary. Just take my word. Also, the website I use for the blog's playlist allows you to listen to songs in their entirety for free. Check it out here! Maybe you can find some of my picks!