I know everyone read Gatsby in high school, probably, but it’s still one of my favorite books, and I’m not fussy about it — I can get down with Gatsby-inspired this & thats (bars, clothes, video games)…but I have to admit, I was nervous about the Gatsby movie. Part of me didn’t even want to watch the trailer because Leo’s not how I imagined Gatsby, and so I was just going to avoid the situation altogether, and then one of my friends who also loves the book sent me his thoughts on the trailer and I figured… fine.
And immediately, the first second hit, and “No Church in the Wild” started, and I was like “WHAT. IS. HAPPENING.” It was so far from anything I could have expected that I’m not even upset. Is that Jack White covering a U2 song? Doesn’t the aesthetic feel like a cross between Desperate Housewives and Revenge? That guy looks like Schmee from Hook. This crazy drunk lady needs to stop yelling so dramatically. Why is Peter Parker slicking his hair back like that?? Is there a reason I’m not seeing more of Isla Fisher? What’s up with that car?
And so I watched it again. This time, I hated the narration, which felt like it was coming from Seth Cohen, and couldn’t handle the dancing, and the music just felt silly.
And then I thought about it again… and maybe it’s better, maybe it means something different, something more, when you juxtapose everything that is The Great Gatsby with everything that is “now.” I’m assuming the movie will have period-appropriate music, but if it doesn’t, that might actually be better… a blend of old and new; a way to make the themes translate. Or it could be just kind of absurd.
I guess the trailer did its job, though, because I’ll definitely be seeing it.
Rachel Bilson, a lot of cute Southern boys, the kind of landscape I miss and the perfect blend of country, dance & indie music.
Now all I need is a peppermint mocha.
Zooey & Ben no more? (insert “she without the him” and/or play on death cab lyric subhed here)
I guess we all saw this coming, after the Cotton: Fabric of Our Lives commercial…but what a rough week. Kim and Kris, and now this.
via Rolling Stone
Unfriendly news for this native Clevelandian: the smiley cone sundae could be no more??
Okay, Westlake + Parma Heights are safe, for now….but still.
Friendly Ice Cream Corp., the troubled family restaurant chain that was a casualty of a tough economy and changing customer preferences, said it closed 63 of its nearly 500 locations as it looks to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. … Friendly’s was founded by Prestley and Curtis Blake, brothers who started a neighborhood ice cream shop in Springfield during the Great Depression in 1935. Over the next several decades, the men opened hundreds of restaurants, carving a niche in the market as a family-friendly hangout serving ice cream treats before they began feuding over the direction the business would take. They sold it to Hershey in 1979.
During the 1950s, before anyone fretted about childhood obesity and before the mall had completely displaced Main Street as the business district of suburban communities, Friendly’s seemed the ideal place for New England families to share meals built around hamburgers and ice cream sundaes.
above the fold: puppy dog face for no Christie run?
If you scroll down a little there’s a caption… but too-small-browser-lolz for the win.
"High concentrations of restaurants primarily serving Miller Lite (termed “Miller pours” in restaurant industry vernacular), more than four Applebee’s casual dining restaurants, charcoal barbecue unit sales per capita, bars per capita; night clubs permitting adult males wearing tank-tops; restaurants serving pork rinds and pickled meats."
One of the criteria to be named a “mustache-friendly” city.
fashion don’t?: necessary glasses for life’s awkward moments
Whether you’re a micro-celebrity on the run from paparazzi… or (more likely) want to avoid the embarrassment of trip-and-fall, bad hair day, unattractive-cupcake-eating pictures on Facebook… or worse… it’s now possible.
(Did I legitimately buy these $12 glasses because I think I will need them frequently? Yes, yes I did. But hey, you can’t tell who’s in this picture, now, can you?)
The woman, a former California resident, says, “pinch me, it just doesn’t feel real,” as she reaches for a napkin to dry her eyes.