Saturday, December 4, 2010

"Conquest! She was just another conquest, didn't care who's heart was broke, love to him was a joke, until he looked into her eyes..." -The White Stripes, Conquest

Definitely the longest blogging hiatus.  This post is much more for me than the readers.  I think my inner bloggers have come to the consensus that no one is reading this blog.  I now realize the probable reasons this blog is so unsuccessful.  Firstly,  Anna and I are only fourteen and amateur writers with little life experience, but more importantly this blog's lack of focus.  It really isn't about... anything.  The title of this blog reflects this rather perfectly.  I now, like to think that my writing style has matured.  Perhaps I'll proofread this post better.  I never notice how plentiful my mistakes were in past posts.  I must, however, thank those three or four people who commented, on Anna's post, typically, mine were rejected.  We, or perhaps just I now, appreciate your reading anything on this page.  Okay, enough with my pathetic introduction.

Oh, and the fact that there are millions of blogs out there, some marvelous, that won't be found with concentrated effort.

Shall we move on?

I think this is my first title that has that has quoted a song.  (No, that's not true.  Well, quoted a song related to pop-culture.  Okay, maybe the White Stripes aren't pop-culture.  Let's just say a song not related to musical theatre.) Perhaps I have not mentioned this in past posts,  I am a huge White Stripes fan.  As in, I only listen to them. (plus classic rock and classical music.  Yeah, the only pathetic thing about me is my intro... right.)  Anna doesn't like them.  But she's a horrible person.  (Not really).  If you haven't before, my dearest fans,  listen to them.  Jack White is just brilliant.  Or "a god" in my friend's words.  Claiming Jack to be a leader of the heavens may be a slight overstatement of Jack's magnificence, but he is still wondrously wonderful.  (Did I mention I noticed my excessive use of the word "brilliant"?  If I get back into this I really ought to cut back.  Not sure "wondrously wonderful" is much better.)  

Good Lord I use a lot of parentheses.

Ooh, I just had a thought.  But no, blogging about school is not smart.  I won't.  This blog could be so interesting if I just wrote all my school stories.  Oh, High School is quite the fascinating world.  

If you hadn't guessed by the signature stream of conscious writing, it isn't Anna.

I shall be finished with this post now.  Before I type something regretful.

Amore e Cannoli,


P.S.  I really should have with a pen name before starting this blog.  Perhaps today or tomorrow I shall go back and change that.  If you have only read this blog BEFORE you might have known our real names.  Nice.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

"You'd like Vienna. It's like Paris... without the French." - Michael Sheen as David Frost, Frost/Nixon

   May I say something?  Alright, I think I will.  This blog is pathetic.  Yes.  Pathetic.  Speaking of pathetic today, I had an extreme memory laps during a recital.  I'm, as my Grandma would say "gutchin' ".  (i.e. moping, stressing, depressing, not getting over it) (please excuse the spelling.  I spell it as it is pronounced, I think it is just a dialect thing.  The Toscana..ns would say it much better than my Greenwich-Napolean Grandma, thank you).   Yes.  Although, it was a tiny performance.  I know that piece so well!  I never mess up there!  I placed in a competition with that!  At least I didn't mess up then...  I don't understand, I just DON'T, but I was crying (which I also DON'T understand) and such and I later played it perfectly... after everyone left.  Oh, I really need to get over this.  I've had countless memory lapses in the past!
Hm.  What to blog about.  I'm sure you stopped reading once you read "gutchin' ".   Moving on... have any of you people watched "I, Claudius"?  (say that sentence with a Jersey accent, it is SO much better).  I'm doing a unit (yes, I am a homeschool freak.  Just one year.) on Rome.  So, I'm watching I, Claudius which is this 70's show about the Roman Emperor.. Claudius.   But not just Claudius, the people he lived through.  It begins with Caesar Augustus (previously known as Octavian), then into Tiberius, then Caligula, and finally Claudius. (Though I'm still on Augustus) It is fabulously acted by a cast of Shakespearean actors, including the great basso Patrick Stewart. (Perhaps better known as Star Trek's Captain Jean-Luc Picard)  Though, I haven't gotten to his part yet!  He's Sejanus, apparently.  You should really watch it though.  I thought it sounded uninteresting too.  But the Romans were all so bonkers and vicious, it makes it entertaining.  It is beautifully done.  Honestly, watch an episode.  If your going to watch one, I'd say start with the first just to understand, but then you should watch two because the first episode isn't very good.

That's all I think.  I saw quite a few movies this week.  I'll review them in short:

Up in the Air (2009):  What can I say about this movie?  Critically acclaimed, attacked (positively, well didn't win.  But still) by the the Oscars, and other, lesser, award shows.  It was very, very good.  Witty through out, George Clooney was perfect for that role, Vera Farmiga was also perfect, and Anna Kendrick is just so damn cute.  The ending was bittersweet.  But hey!  Very unexpected.  A must-see.  But, you should know that.  Though not for the kiddies!  (I'm exempt from that, thanks)  Vera Farmiga's naked ass randomly goes onto the screen.  They also exercise expletives throughout the film, but we live in the 21st century!  What can we ask for?  MUST-SEE

Frost/Nixon (2008):  See it.  Just go.  See it, just now.  Stop reading this, and go rent this movie.  Or buy it.  Just GO.  Frank Langella is INCREDIBLE.  Absolutely INCREDIBLE.  BLOODY INCREDIBLE.  I just love Michael Sheen.  He is just so charismatic and fits Frost so well.  I had low expectations for this movie, despite it's Oscar buzz back in the ancient days of 2008.  It well surpassed them.  GO SEE IT.

Driving Miss Daisy (1989):  This is one of the sweetest movies I have ever seen.  Despite my minimal years,  I have seen A LOT of movies.  Morgan Freeman never fails to impress and surprise again and again.  Jessica Tandy played it so well.  If you don't know this movie, it is about Jessica Tandy, Miss Daisy and old stubborn Jewish woman who wants to continue doing things for herself, despite her age and inability to do these things.  When she gets into a car accident her son (Dan Aykroyd; also very, very good) hires a chauffeur, Hoke, Morgan Freeman.  It plays out from there.  This movie is so sweet and so lovable.  Another bittersweet ending, but I seem to love those.

That is all.  Love you nonexistants!



P.S.  I would like to share how much the Oscars SUCKED this year.  Both the show itself and the winners.  I really should have done a ballot contest, I got everything right!  As did the rest of the world.  I won't even mention Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin's little shtick.  Hitler memorabilia?  We're all Jews?  "Damn"  Hellen Mirren?  No.   

Dear Agony Review?

Ciao! I really feel that this blog is being abandoned . . . . VIVI. Kay, so I just got Breaking Benjamin's new album Dear Agony (I know, I'm late . . . VERY late . . . ) and I guess I'm going to review it since I have nothing better to talk about on this *pathetic* blog.
First off, I must say I am sort of a poser fan. I am proud to have been Breaking Benjamin's fan since BEFORE "Surrogates" (great movie, by the by. I love Bruce Willis, he's so amazingly hot in his semi-quasi old age and good taste in roles . . . ), but I haven't brought myself to buy their first two albums, Saturate and We Are Not Alone. Honestly, I don't LIKE those albums. Well, not the tracks I've heard anyway. (When I say "tracks" I may or may not be referring to the 30 second iTunes clips . . . ) I am a Phobia fan though. And Dear Agony.


TURN ON: So overall,  I really like this album. It kind of carries on Phobia's darkness (which is NOT present in Saturate and We Are Not Alone, may I point out), while adding on a heavier. . . I want to say texture, but that would be just plain wrong. You get it though, right? No? Shut up.

TURN OFF: Almost every song on this album starts with a similar driving rift that too much of will give you a headache. Don't get me wrong, I like this sometimes, but my ears needed a break. Also, we NEEDED a tempo change-up. I really hated the consistent 4/4 tempo throughout the album, broken only by a few tracks (e.g., Anthem of the Angels and What Lies Beneath).

Song by song:

1) Fade Away– Verses somewhat reminiscent of The Diary of Jane, this one is cool and has superawesome syncopation. I like the chorus, which actually manages to stand out. The bridge . . . . basically nonexistent, but we'll forgive. 8.5/10

2) I Will Not Bow– Kay, so we've all heard this one, Breaking Benjamin fan or not (except for maybe Vivi, who is a pop-culture hermit (actually, that's not much of an insult at all).) on the radio, in Surrogates, or because your stupid friend with strange taste in music made you listen to it. This is great the first twenty (YES, twenty) or so times, but it seems overplayed to me. Nevertheless, good, good song, gets stuck in your head. 8.5/10

3) Crawl– Verses on this one are almost boring, but the chorus makes up for it with Ben's screaming which is like, totally . . . .  for lack of a better word (who am I kidding, this word is sex!) shmexy. Love the single bridgelike thingy. It's . . . . yep. Good, good. 8/10

4) Give Me a Sign– FAVORITE. SONG. EVER. EVER. EVER. For the moment anyway. No, really, this is my favorite song out of ALL of Breaking Benjamin's songs (closely followed by Breath). Emotion blast. Stays somewhat true to Phobia's sound, it FINALLY gives my ears a much-needed break, as it is somewhat quieter on the verses. Cool ornaments, and the end. Oh my god, CHILLS (except for how he says "eva" in place of "ever," which is just . . . . amazing. x]) Dude it looks like he has a double chin . . . . ) Love love love it. 10/10

5) Hopeless– Sorta quirky in the beginning. Verses are nondescript, considering the other tracks. The screaming is a nice touch and gives it more (REALLY for lack of a better word this time) ferocity. Zzzzing. Nothing too special among the others. 6.5/10

6) What Lies Beneath– I really like this one. It definitely stands out as it actually has dynamic variation. Packed with emotion, although sometimes the screaming breakouts seem out of place. With lines like "I will find what lies beneath/ Your sick twisted smile/ As I lie underneath/ Your cold jaded eyes," the feeling seeps out in more places than the others. 10/10

7) Anthem of the Angels– Cool orchestral intro (quickly joined by guitar of course). The verses are nice, but the chorus blows them out of the water. Lines like "I keep holding on to you/ But I can't bring you back to life" really lack emotion sometimes, which is disappointing since Ben's voice is so schmexily expressive. Gets great towards the end. 9/10

8) Lights Out– Oooh, angry. Angry song. Despite the same tempo and driving rifts, I really, really like this song. It's REALLY emotional. Angry. As I might've mentioned earlier. Screaming is plentifully sprinkled. Haha. "Screaming" and "sprinkled" just don't work. Lines like "I will remember how you scream/ I can't afford to care" and "As if I even care" give it an actual story. This song is yumful. 10/10

9) Dear Agony– Love. It's really emotional and nice and delicious. Lots of expression. I like that, in case you haven't figured that out. Really cool ornaments. The last bridge/chorus are great, great. And when he says "I'm so sorry" it's like DUDE, BEN, with this much emotion you could be Italian!! 10/10

10) Into the Nothing– Sounds a lot like "Dance with the Devil," except less angsty. The chorus is refreshing and nice. I've used that word a lot. It's a positive word. Overall a little bland on the emotion front, except the end makes up for it. He says "Stay with me, you're all I have left" quieter and then you know, sort of yells "I know we can make it all right" as he has with the rest of it, so it has this great like doubt twist. I know I'm really sucky at describing that and I totally made you not want to listen to this. 8.9ish . . . PFFFT FINE 9/10

11) Without You– I really like the scoops on the chorus, which is something you will NEVER hear an opera singer say. Nice close to the album with the orchestral stuff on the end. The verses are cool and different from the other tracks. Overall a not-too-special track though. (Except he says "foreva" in this one too! x]]) DOUBLE CHIN!) 7/10

Okay, thank you for pretending that you read this, Vivi. And no thanks to you stupid people that don't read this blog.
Thank you for your time.

Ti amo e ciao!


EDIT: Kay, I went back and changed the ratings around a bit. They may seem high for those of you listening to the music, but you must believe me when I say these songs really grow on you.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Not dead? (Yet. . . . MUAHAHAHAHAHA)

GAH! I haven't posted in. . . a long time. Ummm. Yes. Life is quite uneventful. And there isn't much to write about. Which is probably why we have no followers. I'm a genius for figuring that out, right?
. . . fine then. Ignore me.
I bet my valentine's day was more pathetic than yours. I spent it playing Monopoly. Oh yes, I know. So very sexy. You're probably hyperventilating at the idea of how steamy it was.
And then President's Day. I don't know about you, but my school gives us like a whole week off for that holiday. And I'm always tremendously sick during that week. Last year I had appendicitis, so I was in the hospital recovering from surgery. This year I had some weird thing that was probably the result of MS knocking up the flu. . . .
There's an interesting mental image.
So yes, I know you are all devastated that Vivi and I did not do a collab post, but we were much too busy stuffing our faces with food (delicious food O.O . . . ), trying on ridiculously expensive dresses, and wasting our time watching movies to bother ourselves with it. Perhaps we will do one when we get together this summer. . . ? We shall see!
I am currently reading Frankenstein by the delightful Mary Shelley. I am glad she wrote this, because I don't think I could stand reading anything she had to say about herself. She is modest to a painful degree, and whenever you hear her on herself or her works, you really just want to stick a pistol in your mouth. Or hers. But seeing as she's dead, there could be some issues there.
I mean, it's somewhat understandable, what with her parents being famous. . . mathematicians? Scientists? Maybe one mathematician and one scientist? Or was one a writer? MOVING ON. Anyway,  her parents were really famous, and then her husband pretty much invented romantic French poetry, so I guess that would make you somewhat modest. . . . Still, it's a little sickening.
Oh, and the person who wrote the footnotes for it SUCKS. She gives away parts of it. If there's any mystery at all, she like blows it by sticking the answers at the bottom of the page.
I'm also reading The Shining by the (in)famous Stephen King. I don't like his hair. Which is obviously a reflection on his writing abilities. No, I love his writing, you can really hear the nineteenth century writers creeping in. Stalkers.
Kay, I have nothing more to say really. Sorry you had to sit through this, if you did indeed sit through it.
Ciao e ti amo,

Monday, January 4, 2010

Sicilians, ..., and ... OH MY!

I know how chronically depressed all of you plentiful followers are that Anna and I did not do a collab post.  Yes she was here in... New York City. (not suburb of ... nope, nope, nope) ("nope, nope, nope"? What the HELL was that)  What's beeping... did I light something on fire?) For.... approximately five days.  I know ONLY EFFIN' FIVE DAYS.  How sad.  Don't worry, we had plentiful amounts of pizza.  If you are EVER in the city.  You MUST try these places (all Sicilian, I am of Napoleon decent... I think Anna is, too... but that doesn't mean we can't honor Sicilian food.. and waiters who are too adorable...)

Per Bacco
Cacio e Vino (80 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003
nr. 4th St, the website sort of failed on my computer... so there is just the address)
Voloce Pizzeria

I'm sorry, that is all for now.  But, hey.  They are all three unbelievably scrumptious.  So, if your ever in the city, lovely followers, don't hesitate to go to any of them.  There is a lot of Italian in the East Village area... like on second and sixth far east area...

I have to watch Carrie and A Nightmare on Elm Street... I recently watched "La Vita è Bella" the one with Roberto Benigni.  The one he one the oscar for.  ("Life is Beautiful").  It was incredible.  A lot of critics said it wasn't possible, and reading the summary I agreed but thought it might still be good.  But when I saw the movie it is actually a lot more deep and... bella.  Than you would expect.  The beginning doesn't have much to do with the rest, but I think it serves as a nice introduction.  Life is Beautiful (english title) La Vita è Bella.  You must see it.  Well, I'm off! Without spellcheck...

Ti amo e ciao,


January 7, 2010       12:05 am

Ah!  Sorry!  Forgot the title... um.  Can't think of a quote right now.  This will have to suffice.  Have you watched the five awesome gays youtube?  WHY NOT?!  To forth! ... to forth?  Well go!

Friday, December 25, 2009

BLECH. That is all.

Hello,  no one. I'm NOT going to bitch about my hair. I refuse. I am currently in Pennsylvania (not telling you where, though, you  48 year old perv who is stalking Vivioletta for her amazing blog sexiness. . . (not sure what that has to do with where in PA I am but. . .)). Tomorrow I get to see VIVI! I know you're all very excited, but please keep the girlish bouncing around excitedly to a minimum. . . . and yes, that includes you 48 year olds living in your moms' basements (we all know you're transsexuals with pigtails tied with floppy bows anyway. . . (what did that have to do with anything?? (I'm just kind of that way today I guess. . . ))) . . . Woah. That was epic. Triple parenthesis. (Stop licking the screen, you weirdos.)
ANYWAY, maybe Vivi and I will get a profile picture of us for this thing. Is that like exposing ourselves to you guys licking the screen? Well I don't know. I feel so bad that people have to misfortune to come across this post. It is epically sad. Hm. WHAT DID YOU GET FOR CHRISTMAS? Never mind, I don't care. I'd probably rather not know, considering that you start licking your dirty computer screen just because you witnessed the amazing sexiness of triple parenthesis. I don't want to know what you'd give to a person like that. Not that I have anything against you, I just don't think you look all that good in plaid. Well that came out of nowhere. You're so jealous though. And I don't do drugs. I get high off of hugs and LURV. But not pot. Or marijuana. Or speed. Or anything else like that. And I haven't had a hug since I left hell. The people in hell can get very hug-y. Just watch out or you'll get RAPE'd. Vivi, you better not delete this post.
Once you stop licking the screen and wearing plaid, I will put up some pictures that have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE HAIR COLOR I WANT TO GET BUT MY GETTING IT HAS CURRENTLY BEEN DELAYED BY THE STUPIDITY OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS WORLD AND CHEESECAKE. So don't say that it does. Because you're wrong. Lal fo uoy. (If you can read that, you're cool. Or dyslexic.)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

"That son of a bitch cut me off!" - Maverick, Top Gun

Hey... there... fellow bloggers!  Followers... friends... Okay, as you can clearly see, well.. see?  Read... tell... Um.  I'm not feeling TOO bright today.  All is new is I DID see An Education... like two weeks ago. (has it really been that long?!?!?!)  It was truly, stunning.  I would without a doubt recommend it.  Okay... so.  Recently I've been watching a lot of movies (I KNOW what your thinking, no I don't care if as Anna pointed out that sounds stalkerish, "That's new?")  Well, an ESPECIAL lot.  You know the list of "500 Must-See Movies"?  Well, you do now.  I have it taped up onto my wall and have 73... no.. 74 down.  Just watched "Top Gun", um, no comment on that movie.  Tom Cruise is just SO GOOD at ... playing Tom Cruise.  Though the plans did entertain me slightly.  Needed a nice extremely 80's movie after It's A Wonderful Life.  As amazing as It's A Wonderful Life is... okay, I'm done.  Just felt like I owed it to ALL YOU LOYAL FOLLOWERS (hint, PLEASE follow us if your reading this!!!) to blog.  Or maybe just to Anna... hem.  Well!

Oh, and Anna.  Journalism is Schizophrenia?  Isn't that what THIS BLOGGING HERE IS?  Because... well no one really reads this.. (if you do, we don't know!  As you never comment or follow us, okay)

OH!  I forgot the title!  Right!  I think it sums up all of our feelings about life, especially around these joyous holidays.  I'm really sorry for putting you through this post, it is VERY spazzmic... Hem.  I promise whenever I blog again it will be something that has NOTHING TO DO with movies.  Well, maybe a paragraph about movies.......

Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Jakwanza(don't ask), whatever you celebrate! or just

Buon Natale a Tutti,