Most Anticipated Movies of 2013 (According to Me)

As an avid movie lover, it is only right that I discuss the movies of 2013 that excite me. There are a lot of remakes and sequels to hit the big screen this year, as well new thrillers and movies based on popular novels. Let’s take a look at the movies I cannot wait to see.

gangster-squadGangster Squad: Everything about this trailer makes me excited to see this movie. From Ryan Gosling’s accent to Emma Stone once again teaming up with Ryan Gosling. It just seems awesome. For the past couple weeks, I have heard the movie reviews from various radio stations saying the movie was excellent. In addition, many bloggers have said that is was a fast paced movie, which is what I prefer. Unfortunately, Rotten Tomatoes gave Gangster Squad a 33%. The only way to find out if the movies was great or not, is to go and see it! I predict that it will not be the average gangster movie. I think it will have a twist and be a movie SideEffects2013Posterwe can remember throughout 2013.

Side Effects: I have no idea who Rooney Mara is, but all I know is that she looks dangerous in this movie- and I LIKE IT. From watching the trailer, it appears that the movie has to do with a woman taking a medication and possibly becoming a murder or more of a sociopath than she already was. That is just my guess- either way it looks suspenseful and intriguing. Plus- Channing Tatum is in it and it will be interesting to see him play in a thriller as opposed to a comedy or romance. It is about time!

carrie2013Carrie (2013): I am jumping for joy, this is the remake I have been waiting for. When I think back to the original Carrie movie, it was terrifying when I was kid. However, if I was to watch the poor quality of the visual effects now, I know that I would be disappointed. This is exactly why this movie needed a remake! Besides, Chloë Grace Moretz is in it! This fifteen year old girl could not be any creepier. She has haunted my dreams since I watched Let Me In (2010).

World War Z: When I saw the trailer to this in theaters, I was on the edge of my seat. I was so enthralled by the trailer, that I had to re-watch it on YouTube, once I got home fWorld War Z cutdownrom the movies. I am usually not a Brad Pitt fan but, he looks like a born leader in this movie that is ready to save the world from some type of zombie apocalypse. Apparently, World War Z was originally a book so I hope it follows the storyline in the novel and does not disappoint readers!

Despicable Me 2: Now do not think I am crazy, but I recently just saw the first Despicable despicable-me-2Me and I LOVED IT. Everything about this movie was adorable and funny. As usual, a movie would not be good if I did not shed some type of tear at the end (I promise it was a happy tear). From the trailer, which did not give much of a clue as to what the plot is- it seems like there might be an alien invasion involved. Regardless, I am sure it will be a cute movie, but I am not sure how it will top the adorableness of the first one!

What movies are you looking forward to seeing in 2013?

Social TV + Movies

Social television has made efforts to connect television viewers with internet activities that can connect them to their friends and families during a show or commercial they are watching. Recently, I have started to notice as I watch movie trailers whether they are on television or at the movie theater, that there are hashtags and tweets about the movie throughout the entire trailer. The movie industry is not nearly as popular as it was many years ago. People have Redbox and stream new movies from the convenience of their computers. It takes a lot to convince people to go out and see a movie based on the rising price of tickets.

Now that I am seeing the hashtags during movie trailers, it makes me want to jump on Twitter and search the movie that was hashtagged. This will help me to research what real people are saying about this particular movie. A lot of people do not want to read a critic’s long review of why or why not a movie was great. Sometimes, it is nice to see short reviews about the movie that just sum it up as “awesome!” or “absolutely awful.” Either way, the hashtag will help to market movies better and be a great force of word of mouth so that movie lovers cannot hold off until a movie goes to RedBox.

Also, by typing in the hashtag of a movie title, one can access articles about the movie and the actors and actresses starring in that particular film. It is a great way to find out all the information you want about a movie without using Google.

The hashtag is a new way to promote a film, especially during it’s opening weekend at the box office. If the movie gets enough hashtags by movie goers and fans of the actors and actresses starring in the movie, the movie may end up trending in the locally and nationally encouraging more people to go see the movie. This is just another way social television is  trying to integrate television and the internet. Except this time, television, social networks, and movies are being integrated. Would the influence of Twitter persuade you to go to the theaters to see a movie?

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Honey & Egg Whites Mask

One of my most recent discoveries when it comes to DIY beauty secrets is using honey and egg whites. First I was using honey and cinnamon to treat my minor breakouts but this was very drying and harsh on my skin.

Lately, I have just been using egg whites on my face and seen dramatic results. I have been using egg whites that can be found in the carton (please see image below). The source of your eggs whites is entirely up to you.

Before I go into the details and ingredients for the mask, I want to outline the benefits of these two products.

Honey benefits according to DailyGlow:

  • Works as an excellent moisturizer
  • Antiseptic and antibacterial properties
  • Honey will minimize the chances of skin infections occurring
  • Helps prevent scarring

Egg white benefits according to LiveStrong:

  • Tightens pores
  • Eliminates dead skin cells
  • Draws oil out of skin
  • Gets rid of whiteheads and other debris

Instructions:

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon egg whites together is a small bowl
  2. Apply mixture to face and let sit on face for twenty minutes
  3. Wash face with warm water and apply regular cleanser/continue with face washing routine
  4. *Bonus*: You can add a 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice to help brighten skin for a natural glow

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What do you think of this mask? Let me know what kitchen ingredients you are using for facial masks!

Fitness Review: Quick Burn Cardio

Denise Austin always has great workout videos that are comprehensive and easy to follow. Her videos are great for beginners. For those that are more advanced, adding weights and doing the moves at a faster rate will help intensify the workout.

Quick Burn Cardio is one of my favorite videos by Denise Austin. In my opinion, it is one of her harder videos because you really do break a sweat. Whether you are doing the interval training or the cardio weight training, you will feel the burn. By combining both workouts you will see dramatic results.

For beginners, I suggest starting off the first few days with the interval training. The interval training requires no weights but a lot of lunges, kicks, and squats are involved. The next few days do the weight training segment. After a week and a half try putting both workouts together for an extreme calorie blast.

Who needs to go to the gym when you have Denise Austin? Let me know what you think of this workout DVD.

Here is a preview of some of the exercise moves that can be found in Quick Burn Cardio: 

Committing Songs to Memory

Have you ever turned on the radio (I know many of us, do not even list to the radio anymore), or browsed a playlist on your phone or iPod and said to yourself “That songs really takes me back to __________(whatever year that the song was popular).” I thoroughly enjoy the times when this happens while I am driving or casually hanging out. I think of all the memories I had during the year that song came out. It takes me back to certain moments when that song was playing when it was popular. Although these years were not too long ago, I have created a list of songs that take me back to my college days.

2008

miaMIA- Paper Planes: I originally started listening to this song in 2007 but it did not really get popular until 2008. I remember this song being played EVERYWHERE. It was played at my prom and college house parties when I first got to college. It was that feel good song that made sense to anyone but when the part with the gun shots came on, everyone used their hands as fake guns and shot them up into the air.

One Republic- Store and Stare: This may have not been one of the most popular songs of 2008, but it was definitely a sentimental hit. I remember playing this song as I drove to my high school graduation. I was crying because at that point the words of the song became so clear to me. The song was telling me to look around me and reflect on my life, so that is what I did.
Beyonce- Single Ladies: We all remember Kanye’s outburst at the 2009 MTV Video Music Award but this song was really popular toward the end of 2008. Everybody would sing this song and all the desperate single woman would do the dance and the hand wave (I am included in those guilty single women.) I would even award this song as one of the most annoying songs of 2008 because it was so catchy and irritating. We get it, you should have put a ring on it!
2009
Orinathi- According to You:
Many people may not remember this song but it had an awesome guitar solo in the middle of the song and remarkably, the singer, Orianthi, was the one performing the guitar solo. I personally loved this song, I even had it as my ringtone on my first Sprint touch screen phone. My friends and roommate thought I was lame for enjoying this song, but what can I say, I am guilty of indulging in one hit wonders.
Lady Gaga- Bad Romance: I am not sure which song got more annoying first, Bad Romance or Single Ladies. When this song would come on in stores or at a house party, all the girls would nod their heads during the beginning of the song. There were so many YouTube videos of Lady Gaga’s dance to Bad Romance that it was hard to compare which was more entertaining- Gaga’s creeping video or the horrible dance moves of YouTubers.855020-drake
Any Drake song (So Far Gone Mixtape): Drake blew up in 2009 and he was every white kid’s favorite rapper besides Lil Wayne. You could not go anywhere without girls and guys alike rapping his lyrics. I remember playing “So Far Gone” on repeat from February 2009- May 2009. It was a bit ridiculous but it was catchy and Drake was a Renaissance man while still being remaining to be a rapper.
2010
Katy Perry- Teenage Dream: From the moment I saw the music video to this song, Katy-Perry-Teenage-Dream-FanMade-fiery472I was obsessed. I played this song every single day my junior year, first semester of college. The song put me in a good mood and made me really energetic in the morning. It was like my morning coffee without the caffeine.
Far East Movement- Like A G6: ‘Til this day, I still cannot listen to this song because that it how annoying it is. This was one of those songs that you listened to once and already knew every single word. Every time, I went out to a bar and heard this song, I would make my way to the bathroom to fix my makeup because that it how bad I felt this song was.
Florence and The Machine- Dog Days Are Over: This was another song that was a feel good song. I always used to play this song when I was having a bad day to remind me that life has its ups and downs but it is important to stay positive and know that negativity is not here to stay.
Kanye West featuring Pusha T: When I first heart this song on the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010, I was kind of confused. I did not know whether to like this song or absolutely hate it. Once I gave it a second listen, I loved it. There is something about the cockiness and nonchalant attitude that Kanye provides us with that I could not resist.
2011
Adele- Someone Like You: I remember when Adele first came out in 2008 with the song “Chasing Pavements.” That song was popular, but no one knew who Adele was, nor did they care. Then when she came out with “Someone Like You,” everyone wanted to know who she was. Her whole album “21” turned out to be very relate-able and girls could not resist all the heartbreak tunes to get them through their breakups.
Jessie J- Domino: To me, this was the most hated song of 2011. It was annoying and addicting, and to top it off, she sounded like a generic version of Katy Perry. Even as annoying as this song was, every time I was in the car driving during the summer of 2011, I would keep on the song as the bright rays of sunshine hit my sunglasses.
LMFAO- Party Rock Anthem: As much as I had hoped that LMFAO would be a one hit lmfao_320wonder, they continue to shock me with their ridiculous lyrics that all of America loves. When this song would come out during a party, club, or bar everyone would sing a long and for once, everyone would act like they get along. To sum it up, it was my worst nightmare.
Pitbull- Give Me Everything: When this song first came out, it was around April/May of 2011. It had all the perfect elements of a song, great pop-rap verses and a catchy chorus with two R&B singers. It was a song that made me look forward to the weekends.  However, this song overstayed it’s welcome and continued to play until the long winter months of 2011.
2012
Carly Rae Jepsen- Call Me Maybe: I tried really really hard to hate this song yet it consumed me. It made me happy, it made me repeat its lyrics. It was awful- I had began to enjoy a pop sensation. Then I found out that this song was made for Adam Levine. At the moment that I found out this information, I felt all was right with the world and I did not blame Carly Rae Jepsen for creating this song.
Gotye featuring Kimbre- Somebody that I used to Know: This was another one of those addicting songs from 2012. It was trendy and different which appears to be the look that many people are trying to achieve lately (which is also known as becoming a “hipster”). This was another song that got old real fast but as much as we were all tired of the song, we still listened to the song for it’s entire duration.
Frank Ocean- Thinking About You: A powerful song about having deep feelings for someone, who could resist not liking this song? In addition, it was not a song that got on one’s nerves due to it’s calm and mellow nature. Besides, Frank Ocean had the best performance at the 2012 MTV Music Awards (yes, I like to reference to this award show a lot, apparently).
Fun.- We Are Young: When I think of this song, I think about a time when I was in downtown Cleveland, eating dinner on East 4th Street and this song wa1667469-Fun.-617-409s playing at the House of Blues Restaurant. A group of girls began to sing along with this song, from that moment forward I knew that this was one of the most popular songs of the summer. Everywhere you went, this song was playing. It is one of those songs, like Journey- Don’t Stop Believing that plays when the bars are closing down for the night. This will be the song that plays when the bar is ready to close when are kids are in their 20’s (yikes!).
No matter what songs you remember during these years, I think we can all agree that as the years continue to proceed, that there will be songs that “take us back” to a memory, person, or event. Someday the songs that were popular during these years will be considered “throwbacks” and a thing of the past. This is another way to realize that you are getting older and are no longer a kid. It is bittersweet to think about. What songs are most memorable to you during these years?

13 Resolutions to Keep

Each and every year, most of us make resolutions. We stick with those resolutions for a while and then sooner or later- they fizzle out. However, maybe in order to keep our resolutions, they need to be more generalized and then personalize each resolution on a case by case scenario. Here is a list of 13 general resolutions to make this year pleasant:

1. Learning to say no: I have dealt with many scenarios during 2012 where I committed myself to an activity or an event that I wanted nothing to do with. It is important to say no to events, activities, and people that will not make you happy. Why spend time doing something you do not want to do when you can be spending your time doing something you enjoy? It is also important when you say “no” to make sure you are honest. Do not drag on a lie about how you do not want to go somewhere or do something when you can simply be honest and say you do not want to do that particular thing.

2. Continue to re-invent one’s self: Life gets boring when you do the same thing every single week and weekend. No, I am not saying quit your job and start a new one each week. What I am saying, is do not fall victim to the same routine. Switch up your work out routine every week, try different types of food for lunch and dinner, and go to different types of places on the weekend that are not considered your typical “scene.” You never know you may have a lot of fun doing and trying different things. You may find out things about yourself that you never knew existed.

3. Reflecting on your growth: Make sure you always give yourself credit for how far your have made it when it comes to any goal you have achieved. There will be days that you will get down on yourself about anything and everything. Those will be the crucial moments to reflect on how wonderful you are and that it is unnecessary to let an “off” day get you down.

4. Think before you act: Rely on logic and reason before acting impulsively. Wow! Now this is a GOOD one. I actually did not create this one, but someone I know suggested this. I absolutely agree that taking a step back before acting through your emotions will help make many situations less difficult. It is great to take a breather and think through what just happened in any scenario that you go through, even if that situation is wonderful. To sum this one up, keep your cool.

5. The characteristics of your company: Have you ever hear the saying “you are only as good as the company you keep?”  The people that surround you are a direct representation of you. As we grow older, sometimes the company that we once embraced, no longer suites our fancy. Not all of us grow at the same rate or in the same direction. It is important to realize that in the younger part of our adulthood but to also make sure that the people we are around help us to continue to grow. 

6.Forgive and forget: No matter what awful things people do to you on accident or on purpose this year, forgive and forget. Let it go. Is it really worth your time to hold a grudge against someone? Probably not. If people try to hurt you accidental or not, it is just a sign that you do not want them in your life. Forgiving them shows you are a strong person and forgetting them and the situation that occurred, shows that they could not get under your skin because you have better people and things to waste your time on.

7. Dwelling will get you nowhere: I believe I am, and always have been very guilty of dwelling. It does not make me feel better when I dwell on the past or something that has caused me great pain or confusion. However, I continue to think and talk about the things that I find most displeasing. It is weird, I know but it is something I have to stop doing. Dwelling will not change the past, present, or future. It only makes life harder and stops your progression toward positivity. Just like I said in resolution #6, let it go.

8. Have faith: No, I am not asking you to suddenly become religious. However, being a “Debby-Downer” is not exactly a great way to live your life. A little positivity never hurt anyone. Being over confident, is not great either. Staying level-headed and just believing that everything will work out in the end, is a wonderful outlook. Having faith helps you have strength in tough situations and be thankful during fantastic occurrences.

9. Let people in: Have people ever told you, you have a wall up? There is nothing wrong with not telling the world every single detail of your life. However, there are people out there that care about your emotions and how you feel about certain topics. Let those people know who you are and how you feel. The more you open up to those who care, the better you will feel. Your emotions will not end up bottled up and pouring over at some point and time.

10. Be generous: Every now and then, be generous- treat yourself, friends, or family. The smallest gestures of generosity can go a long way. You can make someone’s day by simply giving them a big hug and a smile. Or do a  generous but discreet act by leaving candy or flowers on a co-worker’s desk. You never know when someone will do the same for you (yet, these should be acts of kindness where you do not expect something in return), especially when you are having a hard day.

11. Trust others: See the good in everyone. Trust that people are always being genuine with you. If they are not, karma will come their way, sooner or later. By trusting others, you are showing the world that you do not fear lies because the truth always comes out eventually.

12. Do not judge a book by its cover: It is called respect and common courtesy. Often, we look at people and judge them based off of their clothes, hair, skin color, weight, height, and culture. But why? We, ourselves, hate being judged. As much as we say we do not care, we do. No one likes to be gawked at or made fun of. Try your best, to keep your eyes (and hands) to yourself and realize that we are all different. It is what makes this world so great and unique. There is no reason to judge someone because at the end of the day, you do not live their life and they do not live yours. Worry about yourself, that alone will keep you busy.

13. Embrace life: Each and every year, people pass on. Young, middle-aged, and old- lives come and go. Life is so beautiful but death can be so ugly and cruel. It is crucial to embrace every moment of your life and the lives of people around you. Love every tear, scream, laugh, hug, and kiss. Your life will only be as wonderful as you make it. Life is too short not to embrace it and the people that make your life complete. Make the most of your memories and enjoy each and every year more and more.

What resolutions do you plan on keeping this year?