Book to Screen: The Next Big Adaptations I Can’t Wait to See

28 Feb

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Over the past year, I’ve gone on a couple of first dates and I’ve always noticed how some of the same questions come up every time.

What’s your favorite kind of food? Seafood and Mexican. Shellfish are my life (but save the turtles). 

What kind of music do you listen to? IndieThe Killers, The XX, Mumford and Sons. And yes, I’ve converted to Taylor Swift. 

What kind of movies do you like? Awesome question! I…. Well… Ummm… Shit….

I’ve realized, the more often I get asked this question, that I have absolutely no rhyme or reason to the genres of movies I watch. I love a good horror movie any day. I love a good chick flick or comedy, but I need a certain degree of raunchy or I’ll get bored. I’m not into macho man action movies but give me Zero Dark Thirty or American Sniper any day. I hate movies about cars (you couldn’t pay me to go see a Fast and the Furious movie) but I absolutely loved Aaron Paul’s Need for Speed. Because, well, Aaron Paul. I do love superhero movies but I’m partial to Batman and Spidey. And I’ve got a serious love for weird, obscure movies like Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.

See? It’s impossible for me to pick a genre.

But here’s a genre I’ll get down with any day: A Good Book to Screen Adaptation 

Books are one of my favorite things in the world.

When you read a really great book you fall in love with the characters and their story. You get to exist in their world for several hundred pages and that world and their story will last a lifetime in your memory. Getting to see a book come to life on a theatre screen is perhaps one of the most thrilling, stressful and magical experiences a book lover like myself can have.

Following the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, a movie I never in a million years imagined I’d experience in a theatre when it was just Twilight fan fiction, a lot of media outlets have been talking about what the next bunch of book to screen adaptations will be.

Here are just a few of the ones I’m dying to see come to life.

1. Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

You’ve heard me rave about this book on here many times before, but did you know, a movie is in the works? As reported most recently by the Hollywood Reporter – ask and you shall receive the gorgeous Bennett Ryan on the big screen. I swore I would never be fussier about casting than I was for Fifty Shades but now that I’ve gotten Jamie Dornan as my Christian – the stress is on for who will be cast as Bennett and Chloe.

Seriously. Someone hold me.

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus is one of my favorite books. It was one of those ridiculously long ones, that took about a hundred pages for me to really get into it but then I spiralled into this magical world and the rest was history. I was so in love with Celia and Marco’s story and their love for each other. I read the book in 2011 and at the time, it was announced that the film rights had been secured. Rumors starting swirling about Cirque de Soleil getting involved. I was SO excited but unfortunately, we’ve had crickets about production since 2012.

Dear Universe. I’d like this movie back please.

3. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

You may know Gillian Flynn as the woman, the author, and the award-winning screenwriter behind Gone Girl. You may also know how much I loved both the book and the movie. So naturally, I can’t wait to see her book Dark Places on the big screen when it’s finally released. Production is complete and it has a killer cast: Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult (member of my Top 5) and Christina Hendricks to name a few.

So how about that release date Hollywood?

4. On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Lastly, On the Island – also mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter’s piece. I read On the Island on the beaches in Florida two years ago and have been dreaming about a film adaptation ever since. Seeing it mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter gave me serious hope and while it’s not going to be the R-rated experience that Fifty Shades or Beautiful Bastard are – it’s definitely going to be a visually stunning, romantic, adventure. And yes – I can’t wait to find out who is cast as TJ and Anna.

So – tell me! What book to movie adaptations are you dying to see?

Leave a note to let me know or send a tweet!

x

The C List

27 Feb

Fall2014_TheCList_HeaderIf you were around for either llamas on the loose or the mysterious dress this week, the internet proved its worth and the towns people rejoiced.

That dress was totally white and gold for the record.

But seriously, what did we do before the internet?

While I became completely wrapped up in the llama situation (seriously, who wouldn’t?) and ended up on the phone debating the dress situation with one of my bests, believe it or not, there were some remaining links worth clicking on this week.

On this lovely Friday morning, here they are for your reading pleasure.

1. This Insane Fan Theory About “Titanic” Will Blow Your Mind (via Buzzfeed) Seriously. When you’re done being mind blown about a dress, give this a read. You may never look at Titanic the same way again.

2. 10 Things Successful Women Do Every Day (via Refinery29) I absolutely love that Lauren Conrad is an R29 contributor – this piece is by far my favorite so far. My favorite tidbit of advice? Make time for yourself. 

3. The MH370 Theory That Will Blow Your Mind (via NY Mag) This week’s C List theme is obviously following a theme: blow your mind. This is a longer read but it’s one that will haunt you long after you’re done. I still can’t stop thinking about it.

4. Ed Sheeran’s “Dirty” Cover (via Vulture) You’re welcome.

5. Spotting Cute French Guys on the Paris Metro (via MessyNessyChic) This is amazing. Also the first guy, in the suit, is my future husband. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Happy Friday friends!

xx

Oscars 2015: LIVE Blogging

22 Feb

And that is a wrap!

Six hours of blogging later – I am diving head first into bed.  A huge thank you to everyone who refreshed, refreshed, refreshed. I love you all and hope you had as much fun as I did!

And remember: call your mom and stay weird.

xx

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Best Picture: Birdman 

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Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

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Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, Theory of Everything 

This face says it all.

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Best Director: Alejandro G Inarritu – Birdman

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Stay weird. Stay different.

And I’m reduced to tears again. Amazing speech.

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Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game 

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Best Original Screenplay: Birdman 

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Best Original Score: The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Perhaps one of my favorite tweets of the night.

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Best Original Song: Glory – Selma 

I did not know what this song was until five minutes ago.

After hearing all of the competition tonight, I’m glad this one won. Because, full body chills.

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That performance. WOW.

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Best Documentary Feature: CitizenFour

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Best Achievements in Film Editing: Whiplash

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Best Achievements in Cinematography: Birdman 

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Best Achievements in Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Best Animated Feature Film: Big Hero 6 

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Best Animated Short Film: Feast 

I know nothing about this category or movie, but Anna Kendrick and Kevin Hart need to do a movie together ASAP.

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Best Achievements in Visual Effects: Interstellar 

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Patricia may have won.

But Emma has our hearts.

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Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Patricia Arquette

It’s really unfortunate Patricia is winning an Oscar with that hair.

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Best Achievements in Sound Editing: American Sniper

Yes. Yes. Yes.

If this movie didn’t win something tonight, I was going to be seriously upset.

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Best Achievements in Sound Mixing: Whiplash 

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This was amazing.

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Best Documentary Film: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 

I have heard AMAZING things about this Documentary. It’s definitely one that I need to add to my viewing lost for this year.

More importantly: what is this woman wearing?

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Best Live Action Short Film: The Phone Call 

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I really, honestly, have absolutely no idea what I’m watching right now. I just have so many questions.

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Like – why is Lonely Island there?

Is that the Roots?

Am I suppose to be high for this?

WHAT IS HAPPENING? 

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Best Foreign Film: Ida

I would honestly love someone to give this man an Oscar for defying the “Wrap It Up” Gods by just giving absolutely zero fucks and continuing with his acceptance speech.

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Makeup and Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel 

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Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons – Whiplash 

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That opening was absolutely fantastic. NPH is going to nail it.

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“Tonight we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest … I mean brightest”

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It’s going to be a good show.

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Bradley Cooper. You are walking sex.

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For my girls: Bennedict and his new wife look like perfection together tonight.

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Jennifer Aniston. I still want to be you when I grow up.

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Cannot.

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Alright. I have a new favorite.

Emma Stone. Oh my god.

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I never thought I would love this color. But I am LOVING this color.

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I LOVE Reese’s dress.

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Sienna. Seriously.

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Though it’s a crowd favorite, I’m a bit disappointed in Julianne Moore’s dress. I LOVE her in green and other dark colors and feel that she’s far too fair skinned to wear this light of a dress.

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One of the best looking couples on the carpet – the host Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka. This men just look dapper as hell.

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Sienna Miller looks stunning. I’m loving her up-do (waiting on a picture!)

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As always, Lupita is rocking it. This dress is perfect for her.

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Oh my GAWD. Rosamund Pike – GET IT GURL.

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This is going to be one of my TOP picks from the night. The neckline is perfection.

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Felicity Jones. You’re just too tiny for that dress – it’s stunning but she’s drowning in it.

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I also love that Dakota brought her mother, Melanie Griffith as a date.

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Ok, so maybe I’m a bit biased as a huge Dakota fangirl but I’m LOVING this red dress she’s rocking tonight. I’m take it or leave it with the pony tail (I’m a fan of her hair down) but overall – she looks fantastic and when all of America has now seen you naked, you want to look on point.

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I am absolutely in LOVE with Margot Robbie’s dress tonight. This is definitely going to be one of my favourites from the entire night. Hands down.

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It’s GAME TIME friends.

Live blogging awards is one of my FAVORITE things about being a blogger – honestly. But it’s no fun without ALL of you getting involved. Which means:

  • Leaving comments to let me know your favorite red carpet moments, wins, and those loses you just can’t stomach!
  • Getting in on the fun on Twitter! I’ll be live tweeting all night on Twitter! Follow along @crystalcrichard!
  • Checking out the dresses (and gorgeous men in tuxes) by following me on Tumblr.

And of course – stay here, all night, and refresh A LOT. I’ll be posting photos and winners in real-time as they’re announced.

And lastly – make sure to let your movie loving friends know to get in on the fun too!

Ready, Set, GO!

It’s OSCAR Sunday!!!

22 Feb

Happy Oscar Sunday friends, followers, and movie obsessed people like myself!

It’s one of the most magical days of the year and though I had initially spoken out about my slight disappointment in this year’s nominations, due to FOMO (fear of missing out), I have decided to live-blog tonight’s show anyway.

Why? Because it’s fun and you guys make it oh so worth it.

And! To sweeten tonight’s live-blogging, while also gauging how psychic I am – here are my predictions for the top awards.

BEST MOVIE

bestmovie_oscarpickI think this is going to come down to either Birdman or Boyhood and I’m confident Birdman is going to take home the golden statue.

BEST ACTOR 

bestactor_oscarpickThis one is totally going to come down to Michael Keaton (Birdman) vs: Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) but I’m quite confident based on the award season thus far that Eddie Redmayne has it. While Bradley Cooper was A+ in American Sniper (and while I definitely cannot wait to see him in a suit on the red carpet) I don’t think this is his year. But hey – if it is. No complaints here.

BEST ACTRESS

bestactress_oscarpickJulianne Moore has this one in the bag. She has swept every award show this season and I’m confident tonight will play out exactly the same. But because I love surprises – if one of the other actresses wins, that would be totally awesome too. Like Rosamund Pike. Whose role in Gone Girl is by far my favorite performance of the year.

BEST DIRECTOR 

bestdirector_oscarpickThis one COULD be a curveball – the Best Director category never does seem to ever be a sure thing. That said, it seems Richard Linklater has this one for Boyhood, with Alejandro G. Inarritu following closely in behind for Birdman. 

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So come back tonight at 7:00pm EST for all the live blogging fun AND if you’d like to fill out your own Oscar 2015 Ballot as I’ve done above – visit the NY Times Oscar Ballot to select all your predicted winners for tonight.

Happy Sunday! And see you on the Red Carpet!

xx

PS: In case you missed it and in case you love it – check out my Fifty Thoughts on Fifty Shades of Grey, the official review from yesterday!

Fifty Shades of Grey: the Review

21 Feb

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Note: This post is LACED with spoilers for both the movie and the book. If you haven’t read the book and are thinking about checking out the movie – this post, still won’t make sense – but I do encourage you to go see the movie and come back to check this out. And no – I’m not trying to rip off this much longer Buzzfeed post, but it is genius and I suggest you check it out after mine. 

Fifty Shades of Grey.

This movie had me from the second it started: “I Put a Spell On You” was the perfect opening song choice and Christian running along a seawall with seagulls and the ocean is this nautical girl’s porn.

I mean, if we’re being totally honest here.

From the absolutely hot sex (that was also incredibly tasteful in a way only a woman director could produce – props to Sam Taylor-Johnson) to the nature of the subject (for the hundredth time – this is not about abuse, this is a movie about fantasy, romance, and more importantly: consent) – Fifty Shades of Grey was truly everything I wanted it to be and then some.

Which I totally flailed about in my post-movie reaction on opening night.

But when getting down to the nitty gritty, what did I really think about it? Ask and you shall receive (we aim to please) – here are Fifty Thoughts I had about Fifty Shades of Grey.

AND because I’m not completely delusional, I even included some shade throwing for things I didn’t like. Shocker, I know, but truth be told – there wasn’t much I didn’t like!

Ready? 

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1. Christian. Seagulls. Ocean. Stop. I love this movie already.

2. Throwing Shade: No one ever gets rockstar parking in a big city like that. No one.

3. Throwing Shade: That fall? Fifty shades of no, Ana. What did you trip on, air?

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4. The entire interview scene was utter perfection. Dakota killed it. Jamie owned it. The pencil deserves an Oscar.

5. “If you’re attracted to that…. type of human…” And now I want a chicken salad sandwich. Thanks Ana.

6. Jose is Jacob. Let’s never forget that.

7. Hardware stores are sexy. “I could just take my clothes off.” Yes, yes you could Christian.

8. Throwing Shade: the Paper Hound scene was cut from the movie. It’s an awesome bookstore I would have loved to have seen in the movie.

9. “Mr. Fancy Pants.” When drunk dialling in a movie is almost as good as the sex.

10. “I will launder this item.” is the new “That is Mahogany!”

11. Things I didn’t know would arouse me: a man bitting off a piece of toast.

12. “Fuck the Paperwork.” Yes, let’s.

13. Throwing Shade: The elevator scene was way too short.

14. Nice bum Ellliot. Thank you whoever’s idea it was to have Luke Grimes naked in this movie.

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15. Laters Baby. Somehow this worked and I was really worried it wouldn’t, so I was pleasantly surprised when it did.

16. Throwing Shade: Ana. Seriously. Where is your purse?

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17. Charlie Tango. Full body shiver inducing and the song selection (Ellie Goulding’s ‘Love Me Like You Do’) was the perfect choice for maximum shivers.

18. “Where have you been?” “Waiting.” I still can’t decide if this makes me cringe or hot and bothered. Let’s call it a bit of both.

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19. Two words: Bedroom Eyes. Jamie owns them.

20. Dakota: Congrats on your appropriate upper leg hair and, well, other hair. I LOVE this small but mighty detail that Sam Taylor-Johnson kept.

21. That piano scene though.

22. That tie though. Note to self: only date men who wear ties at least once a week.

23. Christian’s mother arriving. Let me tell you. I once met a new boyfriend’s parents with sex hair. Best in-law relationship of my life. It’s totally fine Ana, you’ve got this.

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24. On the drive home, let’s take a walk so I can give you the most adorable yet sexy kiss, followed by perfect forehead kiss of life. Okay then.

25. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – no one wears a crisp white shirt like Jamie Dornan. No one.

26. The ‘It was nice knowing you’ email – Ana is my people.

27. I’m going to forget that it’s creepy you were in her apartment Christian because your hair and your face and your everything. And because in the book, Kate totally let you in.

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28. Christian standing there drinking wine while she’s all tied up and dying in anticipation. Could he look any hotter?

29. Beyonce’s ‘Haunted’ FTW. This was my running song all of 2014. I think it will remain that way for 2015.

30. “Find Anal Fisting – strike it out.”

31. “What are butt plugs?” These are important questions.

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32. “I’d like to fuck you into next week.” We’d like you to do that too, Christian.

33. Playroom Sex – Round One. Let us all thank thee who selected the playroom jeans.

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34. Let’s also take a moment to thank God for Jamie’s sex lines.

35. This whole playroom scene. I can come up with 50 reasons why this scene was perfection starting with the slowed down version of Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’ but can we talk about those handcuffs? Yeah. Those. 

36. Panty sniffing. I still can’t decide if I’m grossed out by this or turned on. I think it’s the former.

37. Throwing Shade: I wish Ana didn’t look as frail and exhausted as she did when he carried her out of the playroom. I think my mind originally spent so much time thinking that was him carrying her out after the ending scene when we first saw it in the trailers, that I default to thinking Ana looks like she’s in pain, not just exhausted. I get that she’s blissed out, but I wish we saw a bit more of that in her face.

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38. I like men who can dance, therefore I approve of this dancing.

39. Christian’s “Girl – why didn’t you tell me you were going to Georgia face” is on point.

40. “Palm twitchingly mad.” I would gladly be thrown over his shoulder any day.

41. Things that turn me on: Christian in leather jackets riding in expensive cars with drivers.

42. Oh, I see Elena Lincoln’s number in your contacts Christian. So here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson….

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43. Another Cosmo? This scene was everything I wanted it to be and then some and Ana’s “Holy fuck.” was A+.

44. Christian ordering a drink is also porn to me. I have no shame.

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45. The Glider Scene: At first I was like, “Nope, Nope, NOPE.” but then I was like “Yes. Yes. YES.” Bonus: the song choice was spot on.

46. “Is this more?” “So much more.” Let’s collectively swoon.

47. Throwing Shade: Playroom Sex – Round Two. This was just awkward for me. Mostly because I keep thinking ‘I would be WAY too ticklish for that flogger’ but also because homegirl just flew across the country and probably doesn’t want to get whipped with a flogger at this time.

48. Show us how bad it can be, Christian. Do it. I’ll admit, I knew this would be the hardest scene to watch on screen. And it was. But dammit if it wasn’t shot perfectly.

49. “Ana.” “Christian.” Door closes. Oh I see what you did there and I am NOT okay with it.

50. No really. I am NOT OKAY WITH THIS.

So – tell me. What did YOU think of Fifty Shades of Grey? Leave me a note in the comments below or tweet me YOUR reactions @crystalcrichard.

xx

PS: Don’t forget to come back tomorrow night at 7:00pm EST and join me as I live-blog this year’s Oscars! And don’t forget to tell a friend or two. The more the merrier!

The C List

20 Feb

Fall2014_TheCList_HeaderGood Morning and Happy Friday!

The C List may have been a little MIA last week to make room for “Fifty Shades of Grey: all blogged up” on the blog, but it’s back and packed with fun links to get your Friday off to the perfect start.

It was one of those stressful weeks where renouncing all my possessions and moving to a beach hut somewhere seemed appropriate, so I’m particularly happy to see Friday’s arrival. ESPECIALLY because this weekend includes a Spa Day on Saturday with my one and only B.

Because the spa with your best friend is really, truly, the cure for everything.

In the meantime, here is this week’s C List.

1. The ‘Aloha’ Trailer (via YouTube) I saw this trailer on Fifty Shades last week and it’s now my new fixation. With an incredible cast including Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski and Bill Murray I cannot wait for this movie. Did I mention it’s set in Hawaii? Yeah. Sold.

2. 25 Truly Terrifying Pictures Of The Snow In Eastern Canada Right Now (via Buzzfeed) This is mostly for anyone who doesn’t live where I live and for that I am jealous. Welcome to our Winter Hell. I am now accepting plane tickets to warmer destinations. I am a great cook and I always make my bed. I am the PERFECT house guest. Okay? Okay.

3. Here is an adorable cat wearing a hat in the snow (via Buzzfeed) You’re welcome.

4. A Valentine’s Day Letter from Will to Hanna (via the Sub Club Books) Fan of Christina Lauren’s “Beautiful Player?” You will now proceed to swoon over this sweet letter from Will to Hanna for Valentine’s Day. It’s really the sweetest thing.

5. Oscar Party Sandwich Bar (via Cupcakes and Cashmere) Honestly, I’m now regretting not having an Oscar party so that I can have an Oscar sandwich bar.

On that note – Happy Oscars weekend! I know that I said I wasn’t going to live blog this year BUT I’m already suffering from FOMO at the idea so come back Sunday night at 7:00pm EST for the red carpet, show starts at 8:30pm EST. It’s going to be fun!

xx

PS: Dying to read my Fifty Shades of Grey official review? Come back on Saturday morning for Fifty Thoughts on Fifty Shades.

Fifty Shades: the Morning After

13 Feb

FiftyShadesofGrey_allbloggedupNote: This post was written immediately following my viewing of Fifty Shades last night in a state of flails and feels at midnight. It includes inputs from a very vocal Mel – my seasoned movie partner in crime. Apologies for typos and general flails.

Things uttered within minutes of leaving the theatre tonight:

1. Every expletive in the book, include combination expletives and ones we should probably all go to confession for.

2. “I need to go home and lay in my bed and just think about all of this.”

3. “I feel like I just had two hours of the best sex of my life.”

Need more?

Next week, you will get the full review. Today, you get the raw one. Completely spoiler free

For starters, tequila prior to the movie was a FANTASTIC idea. Three double margaritas played a huge role in keeping me in my seat and squealing at lower frequencies.

Dakota Johnson. Whoever suggested Dakota Johnson for the role of Anastasia deserves bragging rights for the rest of their life and then some. Dakota NAILED it and absolutely stole the show. Hands down. From her blushing, her facial expressions, and her ‘crocodile tears’ (as Mel put it) – she’s got a HUGE career ahead of her.  She also made Ana WAY better than book Ana, supporting the reviews that are saying Sam Taylor Johnson (director) did what EL James couldn’t do with the story: made it even better.

Also. Dakota gets huge props for being naked for about 73% of the movie (as Mel very scientifically concluded).

Jamie Dornan. Jamie was everything I wanted Christian to be and then some. From the body to the face to the tousled, grab-able, hair…. I couldn’t even contain my inner goddess when he was on the screen. And his entire wardrobe? Fifty shades of perfection. Whoever steam pressed all those white shirts? I love you. I love you. I love you. And while his Irish accent seeped through on a few occasions, it wasn’t as bad as I had expected from the trailers. And his facial expressions in a certain ending scene – I cannot.

Lastly: playroom jeans.

You are going to laugh. What was most shocking is how funny this movie actually is. In fact, the contract discussion scene was quite honestly one of the funniest and probably one of my favorite non-naked Jamie Dornan scenes.

You are also going to feel uncomfortable. If you’ve read the books, yes. That final scene? It’s going to be harder to watch on screen than it was to read but Dakota and Jamie pull it off so well that you’ll survive.

There is A LOT of sex but it is done tastefully and well. And again – tequila or ativan will help you from spontaneously combusting into a pile of female hormones. Trust me.

The scenery was spectacular. Knowing it was filmed in Vancouver and having visited so many of the filming locations (read more here) I found myself frequently thinking – There’s Stanley Park! Oh hey Gastown! But they pulled it off well and I spent two hours feeling as though I was transported to Seattle.

There is no Inner Goddess and that made my Inner Goddess fist pump.

You will love the secondary characters but Kate definitely wins. And Jacob Jose is clueless in true Jacob Jose fashion.

The soundtrack was stellar. I mean, I downloaded it all on Tuesday when it was released on iTunes. Much of it was released prior. But the placements in the movie were magical and Beyonce’s two songs ‘Crazy in Love’ and ‘Haunted’ had the utmost perfect placement.

And yes – all of my five most excited to see on the big screen scenes lived up to my expectations and then some.

Because, elevators.

What did you think? How many times will you be seeing it this weekend?

xx

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