SmackAMack’s Blog

August 6, 2009

RIP SmackAMack

Filed under: Uncategorized — smackamack @ 10:29 pm

For my loyal fans (all 2 of you), I am sorry to say that I am going to stop SmackAMack’s Blog…  I find I do not have the time anymore and have become tiresome.  However, this does not mean that I will not start to blog again.  I think if I move to Austin in October, I may start again.  I will keep you all posted and send you an email if/when I have decided to start again.

Thank you for all of your support and I hope you have enjoyed my blog thus far!

Court

July 24, 2009

Beyonce Clown

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Don’t ask me why, but this was one of the funniest things I have seen in a long time!

July 22, 2009

America’s Got Talent

Filed under: Uncategorized — smackamack @ 9:31 pm

I stole this from Melissa…but, it is so unique and I had to share it!

Hilarious Japanese Harry Potter Fan

Filed under: Harry Potter — smackamack @ 9:14 pm

These are two of the greatest videos of all time…I was dying.  

This girl got picked out of 10,000 applicants to go visit the Harry Potter set…well, wait until you see what she does when meeting both Ron and Harry.

Poor Rupert he looks confused…

Daniel is such a good sport…”Touch ok?  Touch super ok!” 

She’s always squealing like she needs to poop…

July 21, 2009

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review — smackamack @ 9:50 pm

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Other Boleyn GirlPlot: A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family’s blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I do love the Tudor era in history.  When I saw the preview, I was excited, however, everyone and their mother bashed the film and said it was a waste of time.  Well, last week while I was sick, this was free on netflix, so I decided to have a go…well, I really enjoyed it!  Perhaps I had really low expectations, but I found it to be really good.

otherboleygirls1The story is probably total crap, but it was definitely fun and full of drama.  I found Eric Bana delectable as Henry (gorgeous!), but Natalie Portman was poorly cast…she annoyed me.  She was actually my only major problem with the film (other than the fact that it was totally historically incorrect…who cares, it’s a movie!).

I recommend this film to anyone who enjoys a good time piece film full of drama, romance and beauty.  I give it 4/5 stars.

(I was on a lot of meds at the time…this review could be totally unreliable).

July 20, 2009

Graduation Party/Housewarming Party 2009

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I had a fantastic time at my graduation party this weekend!  By far it was the best party we have ever had.  We catered for 55, but about 80 turned up.  Here are a bunch of pictures from the event! More to come…

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Ally, Mel, Britt, Miriam, Me, Ross, and Martin

Ally, Mel, Britt, Miriam, Me, Ross, and Martin

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6280_1104482648537_1120878923_30332146_4608720_nLeslie, Kayleigh, Debbie, Erin and Melanie

Leslie, Kayleigh, Debbie, Erin and Melanie

 

Leslie, Debbie and crazy Martin

 

Leslie, Debbie and crazy Martin

 

Giant Crossing

Giant Crossing

Melanie and Nessie!

Melanie and Nessie!

 

Sally and Roger with Janet...

Sally and Roger with Janet...

The Tudors Season 2 – TV Review

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THE TUDORSPlot: his costume drama features England’s splendid Renaissance dynasty under King Henry VIII. Beginning in Season 1 when Henry VIII was growing desperate for an heir and growing distant from his first wife, the series moves quickly to the period when Anne Boelyn became his obsession. During this time Cardinal Wolsey rose to become the power behind his throne, ruling ruthlessly and nearly absolutely while Henry (played by Johnathon Rhyes Meyers) for the most part followed the Cardinal’s advice, maneuvering through a series of betrayals and plots against him. When Anne Boelyn plays much harder to get than any woman ever has, Henry begins to search for a way out of his marriage to Katherine of Aragon, so that he can make Anne his wife. Needing a divorce, Henry turns to Wolsey, who promises to help him create waves of backlash from the church, as well as the Spanish Habsburg dynasty and its overseas empire. Against this background, gyrate the private lives and political intrigues of several members of the royal court and chancery. This includes Henry’s friend and his sister Margaret’s true love Charles Brandon, the Habsburg ambassadors, greedy and power-hungry schemers, their incidental victims and composer Thomas Tallis…

0000047415_20080318122618Sex and violence…that is a perfect way to describe the general overview of this show.  I saw Season 1 when it first aired on Showtime, and I enjoyed it.  I am a HUGE fan of the Tudors.  Not only do I have all the Horrible History books about the Tudors, but I also was obsessed with the stories about Henry’s wives and went to Hampton Court more times than I can count.  I actually believe that perhaps I was a Tudor in my past life :P

Anyway, the show is mixed…some episodes are awesome, full of sex, violence, and drama…but some I find incredibly boring.  

I recommend this film if you like period piece films…get ready for some Henry whining…he whines a lot (“But I’m the king!). I give this show a 3/5 stars.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009) – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review — smackamack @ 7:31 pm

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harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-20080320101218658_640wPlot: In the sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, and in both wizard and muggle worlds Lord Volemort and his henchmen are increasingly active. With vacancies to fill at Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledor persuades Horace Slughorn, back from retirement to become the potions teacher, while Professor Snape receives long awaited news. Harry Potter, together with Dumbledore, must face treacherous tasks to defeat his evil nemesis.

I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, I have read all the books, and seen all the movies…and to be honest, I enjoyed this one!  Many people who saw it were not impressed.  I will not lie, it is slow, and it lacks the magical charm due to the main focus on the kids going through their teenage problems.  And I must say, the “kids” have all grown up and are looking fantastic!  Also, their acting skills keep getting better and better in each film…but it’s probably also to do with the fact that the directors keep getting better and better.

harrypotter6_f01I haven’t read the book in over 4 years probably, and I felt kind of stupid when I watched the film because I had completely forgotten the end!  It was a nice surprise!

I thought this was the best made film of the lot, the editing was fantastic, the graphics and effects were amazing, and I just thought it was so well done.  The only major complaint would be that it was far to long and the editor should have cut about 20-30 minutes from the film.

I recommend this film to everyone and give it 3.5/5 stars.

The Tall Book: A Celebration of Life from on High (Arianne Cohen) – Book Review

Filed under: book review — smackamack @ 7:00 pm

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tallest-woman-worldPlot: Though it may in part revere the tall, essayist Cohen proclaims, clearly “society is not built for us.” Six-foot-three Cohen (Confessions of a High School Word Nerd) covers many taken-for-granted challenges facing “talls,” including public toilets, exercise bikes, doorways, couches and airplanes. Especially complicated is dating; some tall women would never “date down”-that is, a man shorter than they are-while other talls (i.e. men) refuse to date anyone but the short. Being tall costs more, due to expenses like “double-price clothes,” “high ceilinged homes,” and “the food,” but it also pays better: tall people earn approximately 2.5% more per inch. Height also helps get presidents elected; 26 out of the last 30 presidential contests went to the taller candidate. Cohen has been frustrated, ever since she was a 5’3″ eight-year-old that no one has written a book about tall people (“The Dewey Decimal index didn’t even assign a classification number to tall people. Surely the world kidded”). She fixes that problem handily with a guide both practical and proud, and with enough self-deprecating humor to charm readers of any height; an ideal gift for talls, their loved ones, and (perhaps) their jealous detractors.

W020070328602420845033Allyson told me about this book, it was reviewed in People Magazine and given 4/4 stars.  It immediately caught my attention obviously because I am tall.  All I can say is…wow.  This book highly impressed me and I absolutely loved it.  It was extremely well researched, hit it right on the head of life as a tall, and was extremely interesting to read.  I truly connected to this author also because so many of our experiences were similar, including loving how tall everyone was in the Netherlands and being swimmers.  

I don’t recommend this book to everyone, but I DO recommend this book to people who are 5’10 and over.  

I don’t want to give anything away, but I give this book 4/5 stars.

Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris) – Book Review

Filed under: Book,book review — smackamack @ 6:54 pm

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sedaris_davidPlot: David Sedaris, a humorist and writer, presents a compilation of comical personal essays in Me Talk Pretty One Day. The essays are strung together with Sedaris’s candid manner and a persistent language theme. The book is divided into two parts, and with a few exceptions, focuses on the early part of Sedaris’s life in the first half, and the more recent years of his life while living in France in the second half.

I have read several of David Sedaris’s books…I had mixed feelings about this book.  I found some chapters/stories hilarious, and some rather dull.  Sedaris writes his books as a collection of short comical essays, which I love because you can read a short story/chapter each night before bed – perfect!  

I wouldn’t recommend this book above my favorites by Sedaris…I highly recommend Naked and Holidays On Ice – fantastic!  I would give this book 2.5/5 stars.

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