…And I’d Like To Thank The Academy


The Academy Awards…a nod to the glimmer of Old Hollywood that I hold so dear to my heart. Especially when modern day filmmaking might be more fascinating with more exciting technology behind ze camera, but the stories are getting more pathetic as writers and producers have run out of noteworthy stories. Don’t get me wrong; I adore all aspects of the movie making business at an artist’s standpoint, it’s just not the same world as it was over fifty years ago.
I’m such a snob when it comes to award shows as I ONLY care about ze Oscars….but I have a confession to make: I kinda watched the newest The Walking Dead epi (current obsessh) on Sunday night instead. First time I’ve EVER missed ze Oscars. have a standing date with the bestie to watch zombies take over my beloved ATL, because it’s sooo realistic obvs.
But my glamorous side always trumps, so I’ve gotta go over the aftermath of ze most important highlights: red carpet fashions, and the history. the thing I regret most missing the ceremony was the In Memorium portion where stars that have died in the past year are revered. After my grandmother’s passing in December, I think Shirley Temple’s death has caused my heart to mourn longer than I should. Moving along..

Interesting Fact: Bette Davis was the one who coined the gold statues “Oscar” in 1936 when she won hers for Best Actress as it reminded her of her own Uncle Oscar

Bette Davis only had EYES for her Oscar

Bette Davis only had EYES for her Oscar

Most important subject of award shows: three words, Fashion. Fashionnnn. FASHION!
here’s a little tidbit of all ze gowns worn by each of ze best actress winners from the beginning..well ze ones that were present. I was only sad that they didn’t show Joan Crawford’s infamous bathrobe..

Dress Your Best, Actresses.

Dress Your Best, Actresses.

okay here were my favies from this past Sunday:

1. J Law. gotta LURVE her. she’s like part of my own abnormally normal clumsy heart.
Her motto must be “Ze show must go on.” poor thing tripped on ze carpet AGAIN. I feel like it would totally be me. she’s so real. I have high respect for this gal who doesn’t take modern day Hollywood too seriously. Long Live J Law. a pure example of classy clumsy elegance ❤

JLaw and Cate

JLaw and Cate

And congrats to the ethereal modern day Kate Hepburn, AKA Cate Blanchett on her big win; I’ve yet to see Blue Jasmine, but am dying to see it now since I just found out it’s loosely based on Tennessee Williams’ Streetcar Named Desire.

STELLA STELLA STELLA!! (Vivian Leigh, Best Actress winner of SND in 1951.)

(Vivian Leigh, Best Actress winner of SND in 1951.)

2. Lupita Nyong’s flowy iridescent almost blue gown. it just makes me want to spin in circles. le sigh…

flowy confection.

flowy confection.

3. My most favourite gown had to be Catherine Martin’s. everybody knows her, duh!
Actually she is the makeup designer for The Great Gatsby, and a usual collaborator with the outstanding director, Baz Luhrman. She won Best Make Up Design AND Best Dressed in my book.
Her dress is soooooo 1940’s night club with a little frosting sewn in.

Goin to see ze Glenn Miller Orchestra play at zoot suite at ze Slappy Maxie's.

Goin to see ze Glenn Miller Orchestra play zoot suite at Slappy Maxie’s.

in the end, i’ll always have a special spot in my hear for Bright Eyes. My adoration of old movies was lovingly spawned after my grandmother introduced me to Shirley Temple at a tender age. Since then I’ve been passionately and incredulously enamored with ze original silver screen films of old Hollywood.
Shirley and Mema are now on that good ship lollipop. ❤ long live ze legacies of these beauty queens with hearts of gold.
Shirley and her Oscar


Happy Saint Valentine’s Day…Massacre Remembrance?

I know exactly what you are thinking……

Happy St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Remembrance Day.

Today we set aside time to remember the sad mobster lives lost so tragically on this day 85 years ago.



Whether you rooted for Alphonse Gabriel “Al” Capone or George Clarence (Bugs) Moran on that tragic  day(since obvs we were all alive back then,)

set your mob boss politics/Team Al t-shirts/Bugs Moran action figures aside, and remember the little lives that became swiss cheese.

you know you have one. Underdogs Reppin



“life is like piece of cheese”






in ze end i wanted to leave you with some yummy eyecandy. if you don’t love James Dean, then you’re not my friend. El Fin.

james dean

A ‘Suthun’ Belle’s Guide to Hitchin’ Up Her Hoop Skirt and tackling the Big City

This past February I went to NYC for the first time as a tourist.  

Eat your heart out Macaulay Caulkin.


I owned that town and CONQUERED the Q-Subway straight from Coney Island to the southern border of Central Park. [be jealous.]  

I walked -with my own two feet- from Canal Street to Battery Park…and then back.  

I came back home south of that Mason Dixon line….and I’m not going to lie..  

Get Ready For It..  

I’m Smitten.  

Needless to say, I am ready to go back as a New Yorker.  

Maybe Scarlett would throw her fist up at me; Harper Lee might throw daggers at me.. but this belle have found something that she did not know she so desired before the excursion.  

You might ask- why not Atlanta?  Well I live outside of it, and frankly my dear the only thing to really see in this down is the back of someone’s car. Seriously, people must visit ATL just to sit in major traffic since that is exactly what we have to offer.
And you cannot avoid it since it is so widespread, and no matter where you go, you have to get into a vehicle.  

I do not like that. At all.  

I want to WALK. I want the city sidewalks to be my runway for life.
I want to experience something life altering like moving away from home and into a big city, to be on my own, and shed the last bit of childhood behind as I become more responsible by being on my own.  

Being the Baby of the family does not necessarily mean that you are spoiled, but sometimes are blessed well beyond your basic means. Thus I must prove to myself that I CAN be more mature. That I can stand up for myself, take care of myself, and stand on my own to feet.  

I am twenty something years old, and I need to make a start for my life..on my own.  

Audrey Hepburn’s character Gabriella from Paris When It Sizzles put it the best way; When William Holden’s character asked her why she moved to Paris, she simply answered:  

“I want to LIVE!!”  

 (“No, no. I’m a Vampire!” Holden) 

So that is what I want to do. What I need to do. I want to LIVE in a thriving metropolis that never sleeps. I want to LIVE on my own two feet.I want to “Go absolutely Ape!” I WANT TO LIVE!  

My goal is less than a year.  

And I will write about my experiences as a small town girl making it in the big city. I have decided.  



The Deathly Hollows- Most Anticipated Moments

While I am thinking about it, I wanted to list the number of reasons why I am looking forward to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. 

This is unusual for me to write about since i am sometimes too focused on Twilight-that is normal though right?!-so this is me going at a different approach for something to write about. 

I had a special request from my cousin BDC who is an In-Denial Twi-hard refuses to watch Twilight with his wife (who happens to be Twi-Mom L that is just as addicted as I am.)  But he is a dedicated reader to my sarcasm column (thank you.) The request was to write about something that he is fully interested in too. So that got me thinking about Harry Potter. 

Now I am definitely a  HP….but it still is not nearly as fantastic as Twilight. 

My history of  HP in the last 10ish years has been…Harry who?….Hogwarts..is that a disease?!….Needless to say I asked the same question about Edward Cullen before I dove into the vegetarian Vampire  world. 

Let’s face it.. I lived under a rock most of my informative years. At least  I watched Dumb and Dumber religiously, so that should make up for something. 

So finally last winter I broke down and watched every HP movie made so far back to back. Then I was ready for the Deathly Hollows to end the story, but of course it hadn’t even been filmed yet, so I did the most logical and read the last book. When it comes to Arts and Entertainment I am very impatient to see how they end. “To Be Continued is like a death sentence. I do not watch much TV since I’m cheap and don’t have TIVO commercials make me want to hang myself. So I wasn’t going to wait around another year for the last book to be made into a film (or two.)
Maybe i should have read the books from the very beginning, but I did not think I would get into them as much as i would the movies.  But seeing as the last book was ohh soo good I might just do that. 

By the way, my favorite HP movie was year four in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire…I will let you guess why. 

This chap makes Hufflepuff look good! Well lets face it, he makes ANYTHING look good.


Now that I have subscribed to the J.K. Rowling movement, I am DYING to enroll into Hogwarts myself, and play Quiddich of course! (especially since i personally exhale in sports..) 

On’s Most Anticipated Moments of HP and The Deathly Hollows: 

continually, I am Team Ron. (Team Cedric officially…but he doesn’t stick around unfortunately like our three main protagonists.)  So I am reaaaaally looking forward to Rupert Grint studder when he talks to Hermione and quiver in his shoes when anything needs to be done. Heyyy bravery isn’t in EVERY bloodline, and that is OKAY!! 

"It's okay..this is my normal face...it's just a sp-sp-sp-SPIDER!!!"


 –THE TENT SCENES!  And you thought those were only synonymous to Twilight Saga:Eclipse. Well I have to say that HP has way cooler tents; tiny camping tents on the outside; but house-sized abode with separate fully furnished rooms on the inside. I want one dagnabbit.  Besides the tent itself, the three use the tent to stay hidden, and have numerous heart to hearts. 

-Ginny kissing Harry. Enough said. She stands by her man, but doesn’t get in the way. 

-Jamie Campbell Bower as Grindelwald! Okay this is the guy who plays the cynical Caius of the Volturi, and conjured a scandal by telling interviewers that the Volturi was going to shoot their scenes naked. Let’s see how he does with a more noble character.
Bower recently became engaged to Bonnie Wright (19) who plays Ginny. Vampires and Witches unite

Harry wouldn't approve.


 -Rhys Ifans as Xenphilious Lovegood. Now that is great casting. I love Luna, and as crazy as she is, her dad is 100 times more. I could not think of anyone else to fit that part. 

-Seeing George and Fred pulling shenanigans one. last .time. Sorry that was a spoiler possibly. 

-The ending. Will Ron end up with Hermione? Will Harry marry Ginny, and have children named after Sirius and his parents? What happens to Malfoy? Will Harry sacrifice everything for Valdermort? Usually HP is adapted well (GET A CLUE MELISSA ROSENBERG.)  So here’s to wondering if Harry’s fate stays true to form. 

This is the first time we've EVER skipped school at Hogwarts! Hope our teacher doesn't flunk us in Defense Against the Dark Arts! Who is our teacher??



Ron and Hermione. It only took him seven years to make a move. Only.


"This is how a "Mudblood" gets it done! Get out of the way Malfoy"


Collective Thoughts: Harry:"Do I look more like my mom or my dad? Do I look like Sirius with this grimace?" Ron: "I don't know why we aren't using his Invisibility Cloak, it might protect us against spiders too." Hermione-"At this rate, Ron won't shake my hand until we're graduated. Chicken!"


 November 19th where are you? 



Indie Films

New trailer for Welcome to the Rileys- starring James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, and Melissa Neo:

I like Indie Movies. One of my greatest dreams in the world would be to go to the Sundance Film Festival.
What is the difference between and Independent movie and a major motion picture?   Here is what i have come up with: Much bigger budget and Indies film six days a week instead of the usual five.

I will do more research on the topic.

Eclipse: The Epic Film that puts the Predecessors to Shame.

Yes, you read that correctly. No, I am not bipolar.
That is in fact what happens when you put your inhibitions to the side and go see Eclipse 23 more times…or two [more] so far.  Hey I saw New Moon six times, but who’s counting, nothing to be proud of. NM stuck closer to the book, BUT Eclipse was made with more quality. So that is a better excuse to go an extra 20 more times, according to LTT.com, that’s Normal! 

So after ranting on what I did not like about Eclipse, I thought it was time to give credit where it is due,  and compliment Summit for casting Rob and the cast and crew for what really IS good about the movie. Because I found when I went into the theater again [and again] to actually ENJOY the movie and not compare, then i really did ENJOY it. A. Whole. Lot. 




  1. Bella’s cat eye sunglasses she wears when she visits Renee in Jacksonville. They really are Tom Ford Anouks that sell for around ONLY $300…hmm I think I’ll get one in every color since they are soo “cheap.” Seriously I do want a pair! Obvs. It was the only apparel that Alice picked out for Bella in the movie since they were chic and fab-since she would not have picked them out herself.

    Bella's Tom Fords that Alice obviously picked out.


  1. LEG HITCH!!!! Yes it made it into the movie even though it was one second long meshed into the engagement scene.
  2. Claire de Lune! Remember in the first movie (ahem, namely Twilight) when Bella goes to the Cullens’ for the first time, and she turns on his stereo. He makes her dance with him. The song was Claire de Lune. And this is what Edward has playing when Bella comes over at the beginning of the engagement scene. My Favorite Scene. Edward talks about if they lived in his time he would “court” her, and “take her on chaperoned walks,” and “steal a kiss only after he asks permission from her father for her hand.” And this is when he does get on his knee, flashes Elizabeth Masen’s (his mother’s) early 1900’s wedding ring, she says yes, and literally jumps into his arms. How ROMANTICAL. Yes gentlemen, this is exactly what a lady wants to hear. TAKE NOTES.
  3. Rosalie’s story…so “movie only’’ may now see why she is the way that she is. But for a Twi-hards like myself, it is a chance for her to shine and show her “theatrical” side. Also I love the 1930’s setting of Rose’s human life-just that time period in general greatly interests me.
  4. Howard Shore. Period. Oscar winning composer (for The Lord of the Rings) brings his brilliance to the Twilight Saga with a beautiful symposium of pieces that are astounding and steps up the movie a few notches.
  5. The scenery of the mountaintops during the battle sequences and around the tent scene are simply breathtaking with the rich palette of gorgeous blues. Honestly the whole sequence where it cuts between the newborns coming up from the water, Shore’s marvelous background music, and the back of a literally dazzling Edward by the campsite looking out on the mountain view is a grand scale of scenery genius. Thank you David Slade. Slade also brought to us the wide close up shots of actors-which is what he is famous for.
  6. Renee’s Graduation gift to Bella. This is one of two additions to the film that made up for the deletion of Many book points. Renee actually made a quilt from all of the baseball shirts they got when they traveled with Phil on his minor league ball tours until Bella moved to Forks. It was extremely sweet and touching especially for Bella’s current circumstance where she is having to choose her future soon, and does not know how Renee and Charlie will fit into that picture.
  7. The second addition that was a positive was the camaraderie. It happens two different time and includes a vamp and wolf working together. First it is with Emmett and Paul who have a disagreement over the boundary lines at the beginning. Then during the big battle the pretty much tag team to beat down an unruly newborn, and at the end look in each others’ eye to quickly say “Teamwork.” Then after Jacob’s fateful bone breaking experience, Carlisle attends his rapidly healing wounds so he won’t have to go to the hospital. (he’s a wolf currently in human form with the temp. of 109, bad idea to go to the hospital.) Then before Dr. Cullen leaves the Black residents he shakes Billy Black’s hand. Seriously GROUNDBREAKING. Bella was happy about that.
  8. Jasper’s backstory. He finally let his Texan accent slip as he tells of his bloodthirsty newborn days, and how Alice saved him that one fateful day in Philly (though sadly as already discussed, Philly did not make the cut.) But most importantly Jazz and Alice’s shining moment when they kiss after his story. Jackson Rathbone (Actor who plays Jasper) actually admitted to bribing Rosenberg into writing in their much needed kiss. Thank you Jackson, it was Yummy. Alice and Jasper were M.F.E.O.’s.
  9. Alice’s outfits. Of Course. Alice is a Fashion Genius. She should seriously start her own haute couture clothing line. The great part about it would be that she would KNOW if each season’s line would be a hit or miss before she started it. Of course it would always be a hit though. She gets Best Dressed Award always. I especially loved her graduation party attire with the cute black ribbon headband.
  10. The wolf boys teasing Jake about his internal monologue of Bella. “Should I call Bella?” “Should I answer when she calls?” “Should I call her and hang up?” I have to say that they bromance teasing was pretty entertaining.
  11. “You’ll always be my Bella” scene hints to more of a real foundation to their relationship, and not just some physical teen love as it usually seems during most of this movie.
  12. “Doesn’t he own a shirt?” One of Edward’s funny lines (about an always half naked Jacob.) And pretty amazing when Rob Pattinson’s American English almost slips to his native British when he says “shirt.”
  13. Speaking of Rob Pattinson, Did I mention he plays Edward. That is a good enough reason to watch the movie. Just to drool at him and his chiseled jaw James Dean-like sexiness. Every red blooded American girl would do that.That’s normal too. Did I also mention he would absolutely make an incredible James Bond in say 10 years? Well I haven’t said it today yet at least. I wonder how that would be if he and Ashley Greene were reunited in 10 years for James Bond, since she wants to be a Bond Girl. Would they again DAZZLE on the screen? As a couple?? More importantly, would K-Stew be jealous??? (I think so..to all of the above.)
  14. The Fight Training sequence. Jasper: “Don’t hold back.” Emmett: “Not in my nature!” Great music.
  15. Bella’s ending monologue explaining to Edward that she has made her choice, and knows it is the best choice since she can let everyone know that she got to choose and keep Edward. Edward had a good monologue when he was coaxing Victoria to stay for a fight after she had found them along with Seth the wolf. (Kudos to Rob’s acting there.)
  16. Edward’s patience. An unending element in both the book and film. He is not some random inexperienced and dramatic 17 year old boy. He is 109 years old and is dealing with his hand the best way he can, but what is most important to him is Bella’s happiness. Not his own. And that makes their love more real and strong.
  17. !!!! Yes it made it into the movie even though it was one second long meshed into the engagement scene.


Bottom Line: EPIC, best movie of the Saga so far giving all the credit to it being a better quality film. Music, scenery, cinematography, and possibly better acting all around. Still a few cheesy lines and facial expressions (i.e.- Riley and the Cullen’s pre-battle game face), but overlooking those it really is a work cinema art.