Gossip Girl Movie Challenge

Every movie which inspired an episode title/plot of Gossip Girl, to my knowledge.

The Wild Bunch (1969)

Poison Ivy (1992)

The Bad News Bears (1976)

Dardevil (2003)

The Handmaid’s Tale (1990)

Victor, Victoria (1982)

Sixteen Candles (1984)

John Tucker Must Die (2006)

High Society (1956)

Roman Holiday (1953)

School Ties (1992)

A Thin Line Between Love & Hate (1996)

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

All About My Mother (1999)

Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

Never Been Kissed (1999)

The Dark Knight (2008)

The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998)

The Sun Also Rises (1957)

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Dan In Real Life (2007)

PrĂŞt-Ă -Porter (1994)

There Will Be Blood (2007)

The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

Gone with the Wind (1939)

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Carnal Knowledge (1971)

The Age of Innocence (1993)

The Godfather (1972)

Remains of the Day (1993)

Say Anything… (1989)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

Valley Girl (1983)

The Goodbye Girl (1977)

Reversal of Fortune (1990)

The Freshman (1990)

The Lost Boys (1987)

Jean de Florette (1986)

Rachel Getting Married (2008)

All About Eve (1950)

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)

The Godfather Part II (1974)

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969)

The Last Days of Disco (1998)

The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948)

The Departed (2006)

The Hurt Locker (2009)

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Inglorious Basterds (2009)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1964)

Husbands and Wives (1992)

Last Tango in Paris (1972)

Belle de Jour (1967)

Double Indemnity (1944)

The Graduate (1967)

Touch of Evil (1958)

Goodbye, Columbus (1969)

Easy A (2010)

The War of the Roses (1989)

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

Gaslight (1944)

The Town (2010)

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

Donnie Darko (2001)

Panic Room (2002)

It Happened One Night (1934)

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

Empire of the Sun (1987)

The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

Pretty in Pink (1986)

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Shattered Glass (2003)

The Long Goodbye (1973)

Less Than Zero (1987)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

The Jewel of the Nile (1985)

Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992)

The Fast and the Furious (2001)

I Am Number Four (2011)

The Big Sleep (1946)

All the Pretty Horses (2000)

Road to Perdition (2002)

Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)

The End of the Affair (1999)

Father of the Bride (1991)

Gigi (1958)

The Back-Up Plan (2010)

Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

Crossroads (2002)

The Princess Diaries (2001)

Con Air (1997)

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Despicable Me (2010)

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

The Fugitive (1993)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Gone Baby Gone (2007)

High Fidelity (2000)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

The Portrait of a Lady (1996)

Monster’s Ball (2001)

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

Save the Last Dance (2001)

It’s Complicated (2009)

The Avengers (2012)

New York, I Love You (2008)

 

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Movies to Watch: Challenge Accepted

  1. Animal House (1978)
  2. The Social Network (2010)
  3. Pitch Perfect (2012)
  4. Good Will Hunting (1997)
  5. The Rules of Attraction (2002)
  6. American Graffiti (1973)
  7. Liberal Arts (2012)
  8. Carnal Knowledge (1971)
  9. Like Crazy (2011)
  10. Two Step (2014)
  11. Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
  12. Adventureland (2009)
  13. The Foreign Duck, the Native Duck and God in a Coin Locker (2007)
  14. National Lampoon’s Animal House
  15. Back to School
  16. American Pie
  17. Accepted
  18. Dead Poets Society
  19. Legally Blonde
  20. 22 Jump Street
  21. The Graduate
  22. Rumor Has It
  23. 21
  24. A Beautiful Mind
  25. Zombieland
  26. The Butterfly Effect
  27. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  28. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  29. The Prince and Me
  30. The Roommate
  31. Bring It On
  32. Sorority Wars
  33. Bridesmaids
  34. Boys and Girls
  35. The Final Girls
  36. All About Eve
  37. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  38. Easy A
  39. Ocean’s 11
  40. Catch Me If You Can
  41. Odd Thomas
  42. The First Time
  43. When We First Met
  44. Set It Up
  45. The Incredible Jessica James
  46. Sleeping With Other People
  47. Alex Strangelove
  48. How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days
  49. Bridget Jones’s Baby
  50. Definitely, Maybe
  51. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  52. A Case of You
  53. Practical Magic
  54. 13 Going On 30
  55. My Perfect Romance
  56. You Get Me
  57. Mama Mia
  58. Seven
  59. Irreplacable You
  60. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
  61. Fight Club (1999)
  62. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  63. The Raven
  64. Black Swan (2010)
  65. The Shining (1980)
  66. Apocalypse Now (1979)
  67. Memento (2000)
  68. The Breakfast Club (1985)
  69. Girl, Interrupted (1999)
  70. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  71. Shutter Island (2010)
  72. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
  73. American Psycho (2000)
  74. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
  75. Gone Girl (2014)
  76. What About Bob? (1991)
  77. Inception
  78. Ordinary People (1980)
  79. The Machinist (2004)

 

Thanksgiving Shoutout #3

Two years I started a bit of a tradition for my blog with my Thanksgiving Shoutout!

Thanksgiving Shoutout #2 – Bloggers You Should Follow

I thought I’d continue it. This is obviously not a comprehensive list, bear in mind.

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Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books

Niraja @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

Olivia @ Heir of Glitter

Nicole @ Away in Neverland

Holly @ Belle of the Library

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

Brittany @ The Grisha Lieutenant

Sara @ The Freedom Library

Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros

Louise @ Genie Reads

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

Calliope The Book Goddess

Jocelyn @ 52 Letters In The Alphabet

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Liz @ Cover To Cover

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Ryann The Reader

Reg @ She Latitude

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Sarah @ Written Word Worlds

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions

Puput @ Sparkling Letters

Cait @ A Page With A View

Angelina and Brianna @ Fables Library

The Candid Cover

Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Aentee @ Read At Midnight

Emma @ Corn Reviews Books

Cait @ Paperfury

Alexandra and Nikki @ Twirling Pages

K. T. Munson @ Creating Worlds With Words

Chantelle Griffin

The Daily Dahlia

Pokemon Let’s GO Pikachu and Eevee Differences

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Gen 8 coming in 2019

Kotaku Article

5 GOOD and 5 BAD Things About Pokémon: Lets Go Pikachu and Lets Go Eevee

Version Differences


Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee came out Nov. 16th and I’m so excited. Its definitely at the top of my Christmas list.

Personally, I’m leaning towards Let’s Go Eevee, because Eevee is adorable, and I’ve had Pikachu as a starter before (Pokemon Yellow).

I know a lot of people are iffy on this game, as its difficultly is turned way down, and the Pokemon Go elements are a turn off for a lot of people, but I still think it looks cute and fun.


Exclusive to Let’s Go, Pikachu!:

  • Sandshrew
  • Sandslash
  • Oddish
  • Gloom
  • Vileplume
  • Mankey
  • Primeape
  • Growlithe
  • Arcanine
  • Grimer
  • Muk
  • Scyther

Exclusive to Let’s Go, Eevee!:

  • Ekans
  • Arbok
  • Vulpix
  • Ninetales
  • Meowth
  • Persian
  • Bellsprout
  • Weepinbell
  • Victreebel
  • Koffing
  • Weezing
  • Pinsir

Something to note a bout version differences, you can transfer Pokemon from Pokemon Go, even if they are exclusive to the other version.

A Little About My Novel: Legacy Of Stardust

Synopsis:

Connie Ranvir is the daughter of a war hero, and the mirror image of him too. Too bad she never knew him, too bad she doesn’t want to be like him.

But the Alliance has other ideas, wants her to conscript, follow in his footsteps and be a martyr for a cause that isn’t hers.

Four years ago she left it all behind, and now she’s back on Earth, surrounded by memories, and people, she’d rather forget. But the clocks counting down until she’s 18 and doesn’t have a choice anymore, so she strikes a deal: help her ex-best friend turned enemy figure out whose invading, and destroying, alliance ships, and he’ll keep the general the hell away from her.

Too bad she hates him now.

Too bad she needs him.

Too bad good old dad wasn’t as golden as everyone thought, because when his past comes around to haunt her, she’ll have to live up to the legacy he left her if she wants a chance to escape it. If she even lives that long…


Short Synopsis/Back Cover Blurb:

Everyone has secrets.

Everyone has a past they’d rather stayed hidden.

Everyone has a dark side.

And if she wants to see her future, Connie will have to live up to a legacy she doesn’t want,  a past she doesn’t understand, and discover that, though she may have survived the accident that should have killed her at birth,  life doesn’t give second chances.


Excerpt:

Connlynn Ranvier hated no day so much as she hated her birthday. Her seventeenth was no different, not for the bar fight, which was not even her first birthday bar fight let alone bar fight in general. It wasn’t different for her injurgies, a jagged cut down her cheek which would scar. It wasn’t even different for the sympathy directed at her from those who recognized her, which in these parts was most folks. She had long since come to terms with the fact that her birthday would never be a day to celebrate. It would always be the anniversary of her fathers death.

No, the things that made this birthday special was that it was her first day earth-side in exactly four years. Having left this same bar on her 13 birthday and never looking back since. Until now. Seems people aren’t as forgetful as she’d like them to be.

Which lead to the second reason her seventeenth birthday was made memorable: The bar had, in the intervening years, become frequented by alliance cadets. This, in turn, brought her face to face, for the first time in those four years, with her once time best friend turned enemy, Luxcian.

With a soldier at her side holding her still, she smiled despite the blood dripping into her mouth at Luxcian. Though she was out of practice with false pleasantries and she was sure it seemed more a grimace. But after all he’d done, he deserved nothing but her public mask, despite his once time adaptness at seeing right through it.

“Long time no see” she said brightly. Like they weren’t enemies. Like they didn’t know each other better than anyone. Like there wasn’t a four year gap in their history. Like it wasn’t her 17th birthday and this wasn’t her first time back home since that night four years ago when he joined the alliance and sent her away without another word.

He smiled back, but it didn’t reach the rest of his face. “Didn’t think you’d come back here” he said his tone conversational, despite his words. “I didn’t think I’d ever see you again”, he sifted at these words, voice becoming something softer, betraying him of his youth: A mere 3 years older than herself. Either he truly missed her or he was playing her for a fool and she honestly couldn’t have said which scenario she disliked more.

Connie settled for scowling. They were under no illusions for what would follow. He’d been promoted, perhaps for his own merit, perhaps for his insight into her mind. Either way, the night would go as most birthdays with the alliance went. The general would go on some spiel about her legacy or destiny or how her father died to save her and she should follow in his footsteps while trying not to make it sound like he wanted to make a martyr of her despite those exact intentions.

She’d be put in front of cameras commemorating her father.

If she plays along she’s a dutiful daughter living up to her fathers sacrifice.

If she doesn’t, she an example for how aweful a tradgey his death was, that without her father his daughter grew up poorly and that is why we need more people to join up so we can end the fight.

No matter what she does she’s stuck as a martyr for their cause. And now they want to draw her back in, with the customary thinly veiled threats that if she doesn’t join willingly, they will forcefully conscript her when she turns 18, though if she escaped their radar for four years she has no doubt she could do it again.

“You know me” she replied, “I’m good at finding where the trouble is.” Four years ago, he would have laughed, half entertained by her and half scared for her safety. Now, the words rang truer than either of them would have liked to admit.

He cut the civilities then. “Look” he started, paused looking unsure , and plowed ahead saying “we both know you could take any of my men, hell you could take all of them and get out of here without us being able to do a damned thing about it. But I think you came back her for a reason, even if that reason is just you being bored and looking for what is possibly the only challenge left in the universe for you after four years away. So, why don’t you come back and humor us.”

So he was going with a mix of honesty and avoiding the conversation they should, but really don’t want, to have. She’d leave in frustration but if she’s going to follow his take of honesty, she is bored.

“Fine” she agreed. Lightly dancing out of the grip of the cadets holding her despite each of them being three times her size easily. The others looked at her in awed confusion and Luxcian smiled ruefully and amusedly.

“Just like that?” he asked.

“Just like that” she confirmed. “On one condition, two to be exact.”

“Which are…?” he prodded when she paused.

“First, I get a clean slate” At his confused look she clarified. “I don’t know you and you don’t know me. No history. We don’t speak about that night. Agreed?”

“Agreed” he told her uneasily, looking for the first time, not not exactly scared of her the way the guards were, certainly weary, “and the second thing?”

Here she looked him dead in the eye and stayed straight faced as she said, “once I’ve helped with whatever problem is so bad that you were desperate enough to ask instead of tricking or blackmailing me into fixing, you let me go. For good. No birthdays, no speeches, no martyrdom. You let me get away without joining up, and you don’t use my name for causes I don’t believe in just because you can. You let me rest in peace the way you can’t seem to to let my dad. We have a deal?”

He stared her down. Of course he broke first. He was out of practice and she hasn’t had anything but practice these last few years. She wasn’t the same girl he remembered her being when she left. He blinked and conceded. “Fine” he said. Not an edge of emotion leaking into his tone. A perfect robot. A perfect soldier. A perfect Kesnian.

A perfect stranger.

“Well then” she thought ruefully as she followed. “All is right in the world when Luxcian doesn’t show emotion.”

Still, she couldn’t help but feel disappointed at this despite being the reason for it, Lucian, like most of his species reserves his emotions, or at least their expression for his family.

And these days, she is anything but.

This Week Has Been Difficult

I haven’t posted since coming to college back in August. But I need to get this off my chest. I’ll make a lighter post about my first semester sometime later.


The last week or so has been, a lot to handle. I’ve had a variation of this discussion somewhere around a dozen times in the last as many days. But things are a lot, and I think I need to say my piece about it if I’m ever going to be able to do my homework.

This past week, two students were kicked of campus, and I think expelled, for being Neo-Nazis and posing a credible threat. I’m unclear on a lot of the details that administration hasn’t shared, and I’m unsure how much we are allowed to say of what we have been told. But thats the gist of the situation: my campus had neo-nazis.

Its started conversations about diversity, inclusion, tolerance. Which are good conversations to have, but they should have been happening before this, and I fear they will die out, that they will amount to lip service, and that nothing will change.

This week has left people scared to leave dorms, too stressed to do work. I’m not one of the most affected. I’m Christian and white. But it still has left me stressed. I’m tired of this conversation. Tired of being told everything is fine – when it wasn’t. Tired of being told this is isolated – because this sort of thing happens all the time, only this time it was my school, but it’ll happen again, probably not to long from now, somewhere else.

I’m tired of being told this isn’t who we are – because its who some people are. But I’m scared for my friends who are affected, scared because I am a hispanic, asexual girl in STEM on a premed track at a school that is 70% white, where a majority receives no financial aid.

It feels wrong to say I feel targeted or unsafe – because I’m not. My campus is safe. No one has been hurt physically. I’m not a part of the major targeted groups. Nothing that has been said or discovered is anything new – this happens all the time.

But its the first time I’ve seen it first hand. Because its one thing to know people think those things. Think, among other worse things, that I shouldn’t be in this country, because my mother came from Cuba. But its different when its someone who went to my school, who lived a five minute walk away from me.

I know and knew that I am going to a majority white, richer than average, private liberal arts college. I knew coming here that I was going to be one of a handful of hispanic students. And mostly, people are decent and don’t fixate on this, so I haven’t thought about it. But now I am.

I am the only student of color in some classes, sometimes the only student of color who isn’t an international student. I’m white-passing, I am white, and means I don’t feel like I belong in a lot of the safe spaces for students of color. I am a weird in-between.

In high school, we joked about how I am a college’s favorite type of minority. I count for quotas on paper, but look white and have a European last name. I won’t offend and rich, white donors.

I am becoming increasingly aware that most of my peers went to private school, see the world fundamentally differently than I do. Even when those differences aren’t bad, they seem unaware of my experiences, which were common back home. People eat out every other week. Swipe credit cards whiteout checking bank balances. I am upper-middle class and very lucky for it. And yet, here, I feel poor. Other kids speak Spanish learned from textbooks and non-native speakers, and my Spanish is singled out as odd, because its Cuban Spanish, because I have a lisp.

I am stressed, and I have a sprained dominant wrist, and I have an essay to finish and a physics test to take, and I am so so tired.

Its just been that kind of week.