Hello world! I have returned from the world of the sick, where I have been living in my bed for the past few weeks.
Ever feel like everything just comes together to form the perfect storm? That is what the last few weeks have been like for me. I got stressed, got sick, got antibiotics, felt better. Got off antibiotics, got worse. Had to write a bunch of papers in my feverish state. Got a secondary infection, got more sick. Finally got to the doctor and got new antibiotics, but then got an infection from being on antibiotics. And finally, got treated for that infection, and am finally feeling better! Yay! Oh, also during this time, I had to deal with midterms- it was SO MUCH FUN.
So, that is why I have been MIA for the past few weeks. . .
But, because of my enduring illness, I have been watching a whole lot of movies lately, which is why today I will be bringing you a double-feature extravaganza!
First up: Hysteria
In theaters, or dvd: This one is already on dvd, and probably available at your local redbox
Setting: London, 1880
Why it is great: It’s about the invention of the vibrator, and has an awesome feminist in the form of Maggie Gyllenhaal!
Yes, you read that right, this movie is about the invention of the one, the only, the vibrator. And, you know what else? I watched this movie with my mom, and it was great! Now, I do not advise all viewers to watch this movie with your mom-there are many an awkward moment, but the movie itself is hysterical, and my mom and I laughed soooo much. However, if you and your mom do not share the kind of relationship in which you two could watch such material, better just to watch this with your girl friends 😉
In addition to being suuper funny, this movie was quite eye-opening in terms of historical medicine. “Hysteria” was a catch all diagnosis for “nervous conditions” afflicting women in the stuffy victorian age, and was similar to an insanity defense in court. Additionally, can you say germ theory? Germs don’t exist guys, that’s just silly talk!
This movie is clearly not for everybody, but it is really funny if you aren’t uncomfortable with the topic, and it was a pretty interesting historical story as well.
Next up: Pitch Perfect
In theaters, or dvd: In da Theatre
Setting: Random college campus, possibly in North Carolina?
Why it is great: Acapella, hysterical, Fat Amy, Breakfast Club, one of the most quotable movies I have ever seen!
This movie has pretty much everything I could ever want out of a college movie: Adorably geeky love interest, lots of musical numbers (which are soooooo gooood), a very diverse group of girls, and nearly every line in the movie is goldenly quotable.
If you have not seen this movie, GO SEE IT. NOW. This movie was just soooo good. Also, can I just say that any movie that brings up the Breakfast Club has my love (Easy A, anyone?). The main character is a bit too spiky in personality for me, but her sarcasm is priceless, so I forgive her. Fat Amy is debatably the best character in the movie, and has by far the best one-liners, about every 10 minutes in the movie, and if for no other reason, you should see this movie just to see what will come out of that girl’s mouth next. Also, the acapella competition commentators are wonderfully inappropriate.
I cannot stress enough how much everyone should see this movie!!! And if that couldn’t convince you,