“I don’t really like sweets that much, but I find it really satisfying to bake for other people—cupcakes and cookies and cakes.”
-Zooey Deschanel, on baking.
Truly a woman after my own heart. I heart her so much, even though she has various dietary restrictions that render my own cookies utterly deadly to her.
Bridge to Terabithia was one of my favorite books when I was growing up. In fact, it’s still one of my favorite books. It’s so gut-wrenchingly heartbreaking yet beautiful coming of age stories that you can’t stop thinking about it, even when you haven’t read it in the past 10 years. When I heard that they were making it into a movie, naturally, I had some doubts. For one, Jesse and Leslie’s young music teacher was someone who I always visualized as the ideal twenty-something artsy teacher who had something vaguely hippie-ish (hippish) about her. And of course, she was beautiful, but not necessarily in the drop-dead gorgeous “you should be a movie star” sort of way, but someone who you’d genuinely have a crush on, whether you’re a young boy or not. Someone who was actually appealing enough for a young boy to forgo his budding relationship with a spirited and imaginative and age-appropriate Leslie. I couldn’t think of many Hollywood actresses who could fit the bill. I think Zooey did a terrific job, how about you?
You would think that seeing Zooey in person would possibly dissipate any idealistic image of her as the perfect woman, the woman whose day you’d gladly listen about just to enjoy the sound of her voice, the woman who can be quirky at times and quirkier at others, the woman whose eyes you can’t stop staring at just because. I thought so too, but seeing her perform live today made me love her even more, if that were somehow possible. If I died in my sleep tonight, I would have died a happy man. But my roommate would probably live a traumatized man, and my friend would live an unhappy lady because I had Arcade Fire/Spoon floor tickets waiting to be picked up by me, and I would have died. So yeah, probably won’t die, but theoretically, if I did, at least I saw Zooey 😀
My two favorite things, the hilarious absurdity of Douglas Adams (RIP) and Zooey Deschanel! What fun!
Also, I didn’t know Sam Rockwell was in this movie! Awesome!
Continuing the theme of Zooey Deschanel Appreciation Week, here’s a quote on Zooey Deschanel from today’s Zooey Deschanel film, Elf!
“I think you have the most beautiful singing voice in the world” – Buddy
I think she does, too!
I have decided that this week will be Zooey Deschanel Appreciation Week, to celebrate a talented and beautiful young lady who captured my heart when I saw her in Elf. In addition to listening to She & Him and Munchausen by Proxy all week long, I have also planned a schedule of various Zooey-related events to do this week. Here is the schedule:
7/4: Watch Yes Man, (500) Days of Summer
7/5: Watch Elf, (500) Days of Summer
7/6: Watch The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, (500) Days of Summer
7/7: SHE & HIM CONCERT AT THE 9:30 CLUB! I’M GOING TO SEE ZOOEY IN PERSON!!!
If I haven’t died after the concert of happiness, then the rest of the week follows as such:
7/8: Watch Bridge to Terabithia, (500) Days of Summer
7/9: Watch Eulogy, (500) Days of Summer
7/10: Watch Tin Man, (500) Days of Summer
So here goes!
Like the album itself, the cover tends to confuse people, who then shrug and say, "That's not half-bad."
Review: WHYYY MGMT WHHHYYYYYY??!!!??!!?!! I THOUGHT I KNEW YOU BUT APPARENTLY I DON’T! WHY HAVE YOU LOST YOUR ELECTRIC FEEL? WAS THE FIRST ALBUM JUST YOU HAVING SOME TIME TO PRETEND? THINK OF THE YOUTH! KIDS! WHAT SONGS SHALL WE LISTEN TO NOW DURING OUR WEEKEND WARS? WELL CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’VE BROKEN MY HEART!
Once you get over the initial sense of betrayal and confusion, you’ll realize that this album isn’t that bad at all. It’s kinda like being married to Scarlett Johansson for a long time (in a magical alternate reality where people didn’t get less hot as time went by, maybe even hotter) and one day woke up to find that you’re actually in bed with Zooey Deschanel. At first you’d be like, “Wha-? But why? I liked her!” and then you’d be like “But then again, well hello there stranger ;)”
There are worse fates. Believe me.
The musical style of this sophomore album is very typical indie rock stuff, but that’s never been a bad thing, is it? I would definitely sit near a window sill and turn this music on while reading a book on my iPad and sipping a chai latte at a fair trade cafe. I mean, it is a bit unimaginative and overdone, but nothing I’d turn down. Kind of like an bacon avocado burger. It was a brilliant idea the first time around, but now everyone does it. Have you stopped eating them?
To be honest, I do long for the hit singles like ‘Kids’ and ‘Electric Feel’ and ‘Time To Pretend’. Not necessarily because they were better crafted songs than the ones in this album, but because good electric indie pop is much harder to come by than psychedelic indie rock, which nowadays is a dime a dozen. I could name ten bands that sound like Congratulations, but none that sound like Oracular Spectacular. But I won’t. It’s still too early for that.