Movie Round-Up For 2013

Published 1/3/14 by:

I love going to the movies, and so do all of my family members, as well as my closest friends. In 2013, I saw twenty movies in the theater (what’s more notable is that most of them were seen June-December). If you’re anything like me, you’re not wooed by quantity, so in order to give you a quality control barometer, I’ve provided three of my favorite scenes from film below so that you know I can be trusted. If you like what you see, or recognize the scenes just from their YouTube titles, then I think you should peruse Netflix/Hulu/Redbox/Amazon with my lists provided. My distinction between “Must See” and “Should See” is this: if I think you must see it, then you should be loading up one of the films in another tab on your computer as you read this blog post. If I think you should see it, then you can wait until there’s a snow day, or a lull in your busy schedule to view it. In the event that you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, I’ve linked each movie to its trailer so that you can accurately determine which movies fit your personal requirements.


Note: Foul language is used in these clips.



Shag Contest






Must See:


The Great Gatsby

Fruitvale Station

The Spectacular Now

Dallas Buyers Club

The Internship

The Wolf of Wall Street

American Hustle


 Should See:

Despicable Me 2

Captain Phillips

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Way Way Back

About Time

Iron Man 3

Star Trek Into Darkness

Place Beyond the Pines


Don’t Bother:

Monsters University

The To Do List

The Hangover Part III

Zero Dark Thirty


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Etymology of a Blog Name

Published 7/22/13 by:

This is the band Blind Pilot performing the title track of their sophomore album: We Are The Tide. It’s a song that brings to my mind a lot of images, as well as memories. In a swift move that is way beyond my musical capabilities or wherewithal, Blind Pilot is able to conjure pictures of waves crashing, cool blue swirls and a breeze. This song is able to translocate me to a beach, whether it be December or July. I don’t have the verbal ability to explain how that is possible, whether metaphysically it is possible, or how they made it possible, but I do know that I’m not alone, and that they very aptly titled this track. This song invokes in me a sense of whimsy, and a lull like the waves that crash continually without anyone but the moon controlling them.

I have sentimentality problems. This will become abundantly clear if you read this blog on the regular (which I certainly hope you do!). When I discovered Blind Pilot, thanks to the brilliant samplers that Paste Magazine provides to its blog readers (fo’ free!), I was in the midst of my parents selling my childhood home, and moving into my own apartment for the first time at the ripe age of 27. No, I am not a loser. I like to think of myself as a savvy, suffering Gen Y’er who graduated college a year before the stock market crashed. It’s a long, winding road that got me to the current middle school English teaching gig I have now, but the gist is: I went to grad school to get my masters in education immediately following my undergrad and fumbled my way through being a teaching assistant as well as a reading tutor before getting my own classroom. That’s the suffering part of my Gen Y existence. The savvy part is that I didn’t take out any loans, and had the good blessings to be able to live at home rent free. Thus, in July 2012, I was moving into my very own apartment, and I simultaneously discovered this marvelous song. I associate We Are The Tide with feelings of abandonment, independence, nostalgia, responsibility, adventure, and sweat. Every time I’ve moved it has been a sweaty ordeal. So things go.

The etymology of this blog’s name is a combination of all the feelings I felt when I encountered this song, and specifically, the timing of when this song entered my life. In Cameron Crowe’s most wonderful and autobiographical film, “Almost Famous,” he wrote a line for lead singer Jeff Bebe in which he’s trying to explain to a fifteen-year-old Rolling Stone reporter how he defines Rock ‘n’ Roll:

“But what it all comes down to is that thing. The indefinable thing when people catch something in your music.”

I caught a lot in this music, and part of me blames the frame in which this song was dealt to me, but another part of me attaches myself to this song for what it represents, and how far I’ve come from last summer. I am a woman who teaches, reminisces, laughs, sings, chants, roots, and writes. I am a woman who is infatuated with pop culture and how its trends twirl and wind in America. I am folksy. I am honest. I am relentless. I hope that people don’t see this as just a “lifestyle blog” because I really don’t ever see myself adhering to any particular lifestyle. I want to surround myself with people (both in real life and in social media contexts) that share a lot of my loves (Friday Night Lights, Chuck Klosterman, Marc Jacobs), while engaging me in new ideas that challenge things I already thought. If you can relate to anything I said, or are intrigued, please join me at We Are The Tide. I think it could very well be my most honest endeavor yet.

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