the hunger games trailer

Posted: November 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: books, movies | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Eeeee! That’s me squealing like a fangirl over the first trailer for The Hunger Games movie. It was less than a year ago when I first started obsessing over the books, and at that point, the idea of a movie wasn’t even a blip on the Hollywood radar (at least in the media). But my how quickly it’s come to fruition, and despite my hesitations (how could they possibly live up to the books?), it looks wonderful. Almost identical to how I pictured it in my mind! They’ve done a GREAT job, and even the actor playing Gale doesn’t entirely suck it seems!

Please tell me I’m not the only one out there that is losing it over this. I haven’t been this excited since the Sex & The City movies. I can only hope this turns out better than those did!

madonna of the mills

Posted: August 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: animals, good, movies | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Did anyone happen to catch the new HBO documentary last night, Madonna of the Mills? It’s about a Pennsylvania woman who single handedly rescues over 2,000 pups from puppy mills. If you aren’t familiar with puppy mills, I beg you to do some research. It’s a disgusting trade that deserves to be ceased immediately.

“All of those cute puppies that are sold in pet stores come from “puppy mills.” Their mothers spend their entire lives in a tiny, unsanitary cages, never walked, never petted, never doing anything but making puppies . When these dogs can no longer produce litters or money for their owners, they are put to death – stoned, shot, drowned or starved.”

Organizations like the Humane Society of the United States have done a ton of work to help spread the word with their informative & resourceful puppy mills campaign (ASPCA has one also), but I think a film like this could really help spread awareness to the general public, the folks who are supporting this practice by purchasing puppies from pet stores and breeders*. I plan on watching it soon! Here’s the trailer:

Madonna of the Mills Trailer from Umbrella Girl Media on Vimeo.


*Let me be clear though, not all breeders are bad. Just putting a small amount of research can be extremely helpful in discovering exactly who and what you are supporting when you purchase a puppy from a breeder.

my hubs + james cameron

Posted: February 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: funny, life, movies | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Soo, my hubs recently interviewed/serenaded famed film director James Cameron. Yay! Here’s what happened:

water for elephants trailer

Posted: December 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: books, movies | Tags: , , | 4 Comments »

And just like that, I’ve got another favorite movie to look forward to. I read Sara Greun’s Water for Elephants this past September and fell in LOVE with the story of love & life among an old-fashioned prohibition-era traveling circus. I was sad to finish the book, but ecstatic to find out that one of my fave actresses, Reese Witherspoon, was set to star in the film-version of the book alongside the handsome Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz of Inglorious Basterds fame.

The trailer has just been released, and I’m pleased to say it looks incredible!! Get excited!

But before you get too excited – promise me you’ll read the book first. It’s just the proper thing to do. You have until April 2011 which gives you about 4 1/2 months. That’s plenty of time.

eat pray love

Posted: July 16th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: movies | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Last Spring I was utterly engrossed in reading Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, so when I found out several months back that it was going to be made into a movie starring the always enjoyable Julia Roberts, my heart sang. I am so looking forward to seeing this movie!

Oh, boy! This trailer came out, oh, four months ago? But I am just now seeing it, because I am that out of touch. I think. Who cares. Javier Bardem and James Franco are in it. I am super happy that they chose Florence & the Machine as the trailer soundtrack. Love + love = super love.

Ladies – anyone else already making plans to see this film? It’s out on August 13. Have you all read the book? Promise me you won’t watch it until you do. It’s really amazing – uplifting, inspiring, touching, etc.

favorite classic american films

Posted: July 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: movies, travel | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

Last night, after riding a pony at work (more on that later), J and I broke out the old Netflix instant queue and decided to check out A River Runs Through It. I’d never seen this old-ish (1992) classic set in the 1920s, but I loved it. The story line was well told, the relationship between the characters was touching, young Brad Pitt was captivating as always, but the scenery is what truly caught my attention. The story takes place in Montana, and as far as I know, that’s where they filmed as well. I was blown away by the the sheer greatness and splendor of the landscape – sky-scraping forests, ferocious rivers, rich meadows and towering mountains. What was once perhaps the last place on Earth I’d want to visit is now close to the top of my list. Is this one of those secret awesome places in America that people put on as being awful and boring but in reality, is gorgeous, peaceful and amazing? Hm.

Watching this film also made me realize that this genre of American dramas are probably one of my favorites of all-time. This weekend being Independence Day and all, I thought it might be a fun time to think about some of my favorite films that embrace America’s extremely diverse culture and history (the good and the bad) and spin it into a beautiful two-hour trip back in time. Tell me your favorites, too, please! We don’t have cable (by choice), so movies are kind of our thing.

Some of my favies, in no particular order:

Cold Mountain
Fried Green Tomatoes
Legends of the Fall
Shawshank Redemption
The Last of the Mohicans
Forrest Gump
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
The Cider House Rules
The Notebook
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (ok, not the best movie but an awesome book!)
Catch Me If You Can
The Bridges of Madison County
To Kill a Mockingbird
Gangs of New York

Clearly this list is lacking. I didn’t include any films I haven’t seen myself, despite them being guaranteed awesome (i.e., Gone With The Wind, Rudy and Dances With Wolves, one of my Dad’s favorites). What are your favorite American films?!

ANOTHER Sex and the City 2 Trailer

Posted: April 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: movies | Tags: , | 3 Comments »


Being busy isn’t too bad, but when it causes me to miss things like the new theatrical trailer for Sex and the City 2, we’ve got a problem. I was already super-duper excited about seeing this movie (my excitement for SATC2 comes in just behind getting a husband and going on a honeymoon in Paris), but NOW I’m even MORE fired up, because Aiden is in it! We love Aiden!!

Man, I love this series. I hope they never stop making movies.

By the way, took Julian to get a little bit of oral surgery this morning (been playing nurse and making soup for him all day) and his dentist totally looked like a more-attractive and taller Mr. Big. I think he’s married, but if you’re interested in having a Mr. Big lookalike as a dentist, I can give you his info.


Original Alice in Wonderland Film from 1903

Posted: March 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: books, movies | Tags: , , | No Comments »

I still haven’t decided whether I’m going to shell out the dough and brave the crowds to see Alice in Wonderland this weekend, but something tells me the answer is “NO.” I do want to see it, but I’m more the type to wait and see how the reviews look – especially when it costs $60 to see the thing in 3D. Luckily, this vintage footage of the original Alice in Wonderland film from 1903 popped up on YouTube recently, and it’s almost as cool as the trailers for Tim Burton’s version.

Can you believe this was made only eight years after they started making movies? Also – can you believe the Alice in Wonderland story is over a century and a half old? It was written in 1866. Amazing.

P.S. This is my favorite still-shot of the movie so far. I wouldn’t mess with this mouse.

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bits & pieces: january 23, 2010

Posted: January 23rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: bits & pieces, movies | Tags: | 1 Comment »

A little bit of this, a little bit of that. That’s what you’ll find in this post. Here’s a list of fun/funny/interesting/awesome/educational/snoozeworthy things I’ve come across lately. Enter at your own risk! Happy Saturday everyone!


- First up, this phenomenal Macbook cover that disguises your 21st century device as a vintage book. So distinguished.


- Before the Haiti earthquake, we had the San Francisco earthquake, and a couple weeks before the San Francisco earthquake, thousands of seals disappeared from Fisherman’s Wharf – where they had been hangin’ out for TWENTY YEARS! These smelly yet adorable seals totally knew something was up.


I find this fascinating… animal’s sixth sense! The newsroom security camera footage below shows a dog freaking out a full six seconds before the earthquake actually hit.

- The Flickr set of the Janssen Family’s latest RV makes me think that I’d like living on the road just fine, thank you very much. Boy, can this woman ever make the most of her tiny spaces! She has a couple really great blogs worth checking out, btw – Happy Foody and Walk Slowly Live Wildly.

- Where’s Waldo? On Google Maps! Hah! So clever and cute.

- Calvin & Hobbes snowmen. So much respect for this guy. I know this exact cartoon, too, because my Dad is a HUGE fan of C&H and my brother and I used to read his comic books over and over again when we were tikes. Calvin & Hobbes forever! Sidenote: I miss the snow so bad.


- Some nutcracker actually thinks Stanley Kubrick filmed NASA’s footage of the first moon landing and “revealed” his plan to the world in The Shining. This guy is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs! Imagine the time it took him to figure that out.

- Seven Movie Moments You Didn’t Know Were Improv: This one is for you, Julian!

Le Love

- My own Mother’s soap kitchen: Isn’t it the cutest? This is where she mixes, mashes, molds, cuts and labels all her soaps that she sells at the Farmer’s Market (and soon, online!) I plan on doing many, many giveaways of my Momma’s soap, because it is BY FAR the BEST soap you have ever washed yourself with. And it smells GRRRRREAT! She even makes man-friendly scents.



- Tweeting Tags for your Dog! This dog tag is a wireless device that connects to a USB receiver on your computer and transmits tweets based on your dog’s activity – barking, sleeping, eating, etc – it’s actually pretty clever! Not technically available for purchase, but when it is, it’ll only be about $25. This is pretty funny because Julian and I were just talking about putting Scout & Pepper on Twitter this morning. I know, the world doesn’t need yet another animal Twitter account, but our tweets would be SO funny I PROMISE!

- I’m totally geeking out on wedding planning at the moment, but a week ago I would have gladly flown to a foreign country and eloped. This PRECIOUS New Year’s Eve elopement was serving as major inspiration behind that idea! Now that’s how you elope in style!

- How To Find A One-Night Stand On Craigslist.

- Urban Outfitters put a unicorn in their logo. Me likey.

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- Natalie Portman wearing a $40 dress from Target on the red carpet. Can she get any cuter? That dress is really great, by the way! I LOVE the skirt part, guarantee my cats would snag it within 10 minutes of me wearing it.

- Choosing organizations to donate to after Haiti. Anytime you give your hard earned money to non-profit organizations, especially in the wake of of a natural disaster that has international attention on all levels, you have to choose wisely when deciding who to contribute to. This blog post has some sound advice from aid workers about the best ways to help, what to donate, when to donate and who to donate to. My personal advice is to NOT give to the Red Cross. I prefer Direct Relief, but there are many, many great organizations out there who will use your full donation to provide help.

- 48 Unusually Brilliant Business Card Designs.

- Arguing about whether Heaven will serve Chick-Fil-A or In ‘N Out (Part 1 and Part 2). This is old, but so awesome. And I really miss Chick-Fil-A. :(

- A YouTube enabled microwave. It chooses from millions of videos to find one that is the exact length your food is cooking, so you don’t have to just wait around with nothing to do. This is kind of sad, actually.

- Cheap, easy and beautiful Mod Podge projects. I am especially loving the $3.99 tray from Goodwill and the baby food jar magnets. Oh, and the coasters. All of this stuff was found on Flickr!

The magnets.

- Love making lists of places you want to see or go? How about a list of places you’ll never get to go? We’re talking top secret, underground, exclusive places here. Sucks, because a lot of those places look awesome.

The Vatican Archives

The Vatican Archives

The trailer for the new Banksy documentary premiering at Sundance, “Exit Through The Giftshop.” First time he has ever appeared on film!

Martha Stewart pole dancing. Work it, honey!

This post is dedicated to Casper, the famous cat-riding bus, who wasrecently killed after being hit by a car. RIP, Casper! You gave the world much laughter.

Jaw-Dropping Full-CG Animation: The Third & The Seventh

Posted: January 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: art, movies | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

I’m not a film buff, a designer, or even a photographer, but when I heard Julian geeking out over this piece made entirely out of CG animation, I decided to watch over his shoulder – and I was completely amazed by what I saw. Over and over I kept saying, “There is no way that is animated. Babe, look at it – it’s real. That is a real camera.”

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But I was wrong. See for yourself (and watch fullscreen if you can) – The Third & The Seventh by Alex Roman is FULL-CG. I cannot believe something like this is even possible!! Forget Avatar, this man deserves some kind of award.

The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo.