Monday, 9 March 2015

Movie Review: Safety Not Guaranteed

Recently I watched Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), directed by Colin Trevorrow, written by Derek
Connolly and starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson. Here's the descriptor from imbd:

"Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel."

One of the main things that drew me to pick this film off of Netflix was Aubrey Plaza, since I enjoy her as April on Parks and Recreation. However, I think she has been a bit type-cast, as her character in Safety Not Guaranteed is pretty similar.

The other thing that drew me in was the idea of time travel. I love the idea of time travel and seeing history first-hand. Unfortunately, while trying not to give too much away, we never see my favourite eras, as the time machine is only set for 2001.

In fact, this story is way more about the characters than time travel anyway. We have Darius (Aubrey Plaza), surly and antisocial after the death of her mother and working as a magazine intern. Then there's Darius's fellow intern Arnau (Karan Soni), an awkward nerd who falls into a bit of a stereotype. Next is Jeff (Jake Johnson), Darius's boss and general jerk who only took the assignment for the chance to hook up with his high-school summer girlfriend Liz. And finally we have Kenneth (Mark Duplass), the placer of the time travel ad. He is very awkward and odd and I spent the entire film trying to decide if he was crazy.

The basic storyline is nothing too groundbreaking: Darius is sent in to answer the ad for their article, but she and Kenneth develop a real connection. As I mentioned, I spent the movie trying to decide if Kenneth was for real or was crazy, and Darius was in the same situation.

There's a secondary storyline about Jeff looking up his old girlfriend which ends with one character being painfully realistic. This starts another subplot of Jeff trying to get Arnau to live life to the fullest while he has his youth. While that is a nice sentiment, he goes about it in a completely creepy way involving  drunk high school kids.

While the movie was a bit predictable, it was also a bit heart-warming and thought-provoking at the same time and I did enjoy it, despite the lack of Victorian dresses and dinosaurs.

Friday, 6 March 2015

5 Fandom Friday: Favourite Snacks/Drinks to Consume While Blogging

5 Fandom Friday is a weekly post hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. This week's topic is  Favourite Snacks/Drinks to Consume While Blogging and I definitely failed. I try not to snack too much and here are the 2 things I eat/drink while blogging.
Breakfast Cereal
1. Cereal - I do a lot of blogging in the morning before work, while I'm eating my breakfast. Which is usually cereal (mini wheats are my favourite).
2. Tea - This girl loves her tea. Usually Earl Grey or mint.

And that's it! I guess it's a 2 Fandom Friday for this girl.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

WIP Wednesday: Poison Ivy #4

I bet you guys are getting a bit sick of seeing this same green costume. I know I am itching to start posting about something else. But my  sewing time was super limited in the last week, so I am still plugging away at it. The good news is I'm probably half an hour away from being done the bottom. leaving just the bust gathers, boob cups and straps (I think). I am really hoping nothing comes up this weekend and I'm able to take a sewing day to finish this up,



Tuesday, 3 March 2015

New Headphones!! Thermaltake Cronos Combat

So on Valentine's Day, I decided to buy myself a present. I mean, why not? Besides, it's something I (kind of) need. Because you totally need to be able to express yourself while playing CS:GO and I definitely can't type and play.

So I did a bit of research and ended up buying the Thermaltake Cronos Combat at Memory Express for $59.99, which was the tippy-top of my budget of $60. So let's break it down.

Looks: I think these are pretty. I like the white style quite a bit. Plus they light up. I actually still haven't decided if this is a little bit lame or totally awesome. Let's go with totally awesome, yeah?

Sound/Mic Quality: I have no complaints about the sound. I'm not a hard-core enough gamer to really need surround sound or anything like that. I obviously can't hear myself over the mic, but my boyfriend said it sounds fine.

Comfort: This is the tricky part, since there are no testers for you to check the fit before you buy, so I pretty much just crossed my fingers. The fit over the ear is not bad, although after a couple hours, my ears start to bother me. For an all-day gamer, these might not be the best, for for someone casual like me, they are fine. I do like the padding on the crown piece.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with my purchase. They look good and serve the purpose I bought them for. The only thing left is to see how long they last.

Lights are off in this one, but you get the idea.