Month: December 2013

Movies: The Olsen Twins

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They were millionaires before they even got to high school.

My obsession for the week? The Olsen twins! I actually just recently watched an interview of them stating that they don’t like to be called “The Olsen Twins” but it’s just a lot shorter than “Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen” so I will have to go against their wishes for the sake of this post.

I’ve watched many of their movies when I was younger. But during this Christmas break (which is basically me watching movies, movies, movies), I decided to re-watch some of my favorite Dualstar movies. And I fell in love with them all over again.

Mary Kate and Ashley made their television debut as Michelle Tanner in the hit television series “Full House” when they were just six months old. After the show, the twins established Dualstar, a company that contributed to many of their movies. Besides Dualstar, the twins also starred in various television shows and had their own individual projects.

If you haven’t watched an Olsen movie, I must warn you that most of them aren’t Oscar-award-winning material. In a nutshell, they may be cheesy, cliche, and very predictable. Also, they lean towards the chick-flick category. But, they are also very fun to watch and to be honest, the story lines aren’t that bad at all. There’s something about the twins that just make them so fun to watch. Such a shame that the girls decided to choose fashion over acting. I would’ve loved to see more movies from the two.

Now without further ado, here are some of my favorites! In no particular order:

1. It Takes Two

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Not as good as Lindsay Lohan’s “The Parent Trap” in my opinion, but still super adorable. Plus, Kirstie Alley is simply stunning here.

2. Billboard Dad

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3. Passport to Paris

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4. Holiday In The Sun

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Megan Fox stars as the twin’s rival.

5. New York Minute

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Their best and their last movie together as twins.

I just find it so amazing and inspiring how these girls became so mature and driven at such a young age. They’re billionaires now, millionaires before they turned eighteen, and it just stuns me how one can start being successful at such a young age. Makes me want to get my rear end off the couch and do something monumental. Or something that would make money. Because god knows how much we all need money.

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Opinion: JFK’s Death Premonition

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It was as if he knew.

The more I learn about JFK, the more I feel like he’d known that he was going to die at a young age. I suppose I wouldn’t blame him. He’d escaped death more than once, having scarlet fever as a young child, a strange case of leukemia in his young adult years, his PT-109 incident, not to mention his Addison’s disease and his other multiple health issues. He’d taken very dangerous medications during his presidency to ensure that he always looked fit and strong for work.

So it’s no surprise that JFK would be completely fascinated with death. He would often ask his companions how they’d want to die, and had considered the idea of assassination many times. He knew it might happen, he knew that it was highly possible. Maybe that was why he liked the press so much. He liked photographers, he liked videos. Through this obsession of mine I noticed that there are hundreds, thousands of pictures of JFK and his family. I see a new one everyday on my tumblr newsfeed, which continues to fuel my interest in him. The Kennedys even have a whole two hour home movie special on the History Channel. What other presidential family has that?

There’s so much media surrounding him, so many secrets that keep the public eye attached to him even after 50 years have passed by. I am waiting for the day that I will get over this JFK obsession of mine, the day that I would’ve learned all there is to learn about him and grow bored of him. But that time has yet to come. I learn new things about him every time I read about him, every time I watch documentary videos on him. It just doesn’t stop. And I feel like he’d intended for this to happen. He wanted keepsakes that would be around even after he died. What better way to keep a legacy alive than pictures and videos? I still see him on newsstands everywhere, right next to magazines with Kim Kardashian and Brad Pitt on the cover.

JFK’s assassination is tragic, yes. But I like to think that things happen for a reason. His image had always been about “youth”, all about his young age, his young wife, his young children. Perhaps his assassination had been made for him to preserve that youth. Think about it. We’ll never see what he looks like when he’s old, when all of that youth and vigor is gone. It is even predicted by historians that JFK wouldn’t be as famous as he would be today if his presidency had gone on longer. I would even go as far to say that he was secretly scared of being forgotten. But that’s just me.

All and all, I truly believe that JFK had predicted his death. He knew he would die young, he knew his days were numbered. Therefore, he set to build a legacy for himself with the media, with countless videos and pictures of him and his family, perhaps to even avoid being forgotten. Maybe the keepsakes had even been for his children and family members to remember him by.

The theories can go on and on. After all, even Jackie had been unable to figure him out. But as a conclusion, I would like to share an excerpt from “These Few Precious Days” that states a quote so haunting, so terrifying that it sends shivers down my spine whenever I read it:

JFK believed that assassination was “not unlikely” and that if it were to happen he would be shot “while riding in an open car through a downtown street, with all the people and the noise.”

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Movies: Spellbound

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The mind of a woman in love is operating on the lowest level of intellect.

Following my Roman Holiday post, I became so entranced with Gregory Peck that I decided to check out some of his other movies and came across Spellbound. I’d heard of Ingrid Bergman from Casablanca (which I should watch soon) and did some research on the movie. Spellbound is in the mystery, suspense, and thriller genre, completely opposite from the romantic comedy essence of Roman Holiday. Plus, I knew that no other leading lady could ever replace the chemistry and emotions I’d felt while watching Audrey Hepburn act with Gregory Peck. Nonetheless, I decided to give it a watch.

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Ingrid Bergman plays Dr. Constance Petersen, a top-notch psychiatrist who is known for having a heart of ice around her co-workers. That is, until Gregory Peck’s character comes along. He claims himself to be the new director of the hospital, Dr. Anthony Edwards. However, it is soon revealed that he is actually a man suffering from amnesia, and has grown to believe that he’d murdered the real Dr. Edwards. Bergman’s character believes that he is innocent, and goes through a series of obstacles in order to help him regain his memory.

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Of course, there is romance involved. But this movie is so filled with suspense and thrill that it’s hardly even worth mentioning. There are many psychiatric aspects involved, a sense eeriness that makes you jump out of your seat when the music rises in crescendo. The ending was amazing. I shall not spoil anything but the ending got me speechless.

Roman Holiday remains as my favorite old movie, but Spellbound wasn’t so bad either. The two are completely different in every aspect, after all. I also watched Rebel Without a Cause (because of James Dean, of course) this past weekend and might write up on that also. Because how can I resist not writing about James Dean?

Opinion: Lady Gaga’s AMA Performance

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Not as funny as it seems.

Let me just start off this post by clarifying that I am not an anti-Gaga fan. But, I am a strong and avid Kennedy fan.

JFK’s affairs aren’t a secret. He’s had more relationships with women than he himself (or anyone else for that matter) can count and it’s a well-known fact that he’d been quite the womanizer. And of course, Jackie had known this.

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Behold, everyone, Jacqueline Kennedy. As many of you may already know, I am currently reading “These Few Precious Days” by Christopher Anderson, a biography that tells the story of Jack and Jackie’s relationship (I actually finished it a couple of days ago but am still in the process of soaking it in). I learned much about Jackie while reading that novel. She wasn’t naive, she wasn’t that innocent little girl who waited on JFK’s hand and foot. She was a strong, independent woman, a woman who knew about her husband’s infidelities. But if she knew, then why didn’t she divorce him, you may ask?

I, myself, had wondered the same question. Apparently, she had considered divorce. Twice. Her father-in-law, Joe Kennedy Sr. had to bribe her with money to have her stay with JFK because he knew that she would make the perfect first lady. Also, JFK had originally married her only because his father told him that he needed a family if he wanted to become president. He needed a wife and children. All for the image. The Kennedys were very much into the image of things, after all.

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JFK hadn’t been the only unfaithful Kennedy. Actually, all of the Kennedy men were unfaithful, courtesy of the teachings of the Kennedy patriarch himself, Joe Sr. He encouraged them to play the field. In turn, the Kennedy boys viewed sex and women as nothing more than a hobby of sorts. In JFK’s mind, his philandering was morally acceptable.

Jackie allowed the affairs. She’d even sometimes made jokes about Jack’s girls, as expected from her dark humor. But she had always been extremely wary of one particular woman: Marilyn Monroe.

The last thing Jackie wanted to be was a laughing stock. Monroe often bragged to people that JFK was going to leave Jackie for her, that she will eventually be the new first lady. Jackie feared that JFK’s affair with Monroe would leak out to the press (which would’ve caused uprising for sure since Hollywood and politics weren’t known to exactly mix back in the 60s) and that, in turn, would humiliate her and downgrade Camelot’s image and reputation forever.

The “JFK and Marilyn Monroe” hype certainly is insulting to me. I respect Jackie Kennedy greatly, considering that she’d been the one right next to JFK when he got shot. She’d been the one soaked in her husband’s blood. She had to live with the entire world knowing that she’s the widow of the assassinated president.

And now the media decides to do what Jackie feared: publicize the Monroe affair. Not only was this award show broadcasted across the nation, but it was also performed by the extremely popular Lady Gaga. Teenagers watch this, younger kids watch this, and what will they think of JFK because of it?

“He’s the president who had an affair with Marilyn Monroe. Jacqueline Kennedy who?”

The affair shouldn’t be mocked. It shouldn’t be publicized on live TV where millions are watching. Because Jackie Kennedy is a woman who deserves to be respected, and a grand exaggeration of her husband’s affair is not only a humiliation to her, but to the Camelot era as a whole.

And now here is one of my favorite (or perhaps even my absolute favorite) pictures of Jack and Jackie. The way she’s looking at him is just simply breathtaking. It’s as if she finds him to be the most incredible and wonderful man in the entire world, which she did. She did.

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If you made it to the end of this post, I sincerely congratulate you. -throws confetti-