Month: January 2013

Commuter Correspondence: To My iPhone 3GS

Now, I don’t consider myself someone who’s obsessed with having the latest, greatest thing. After all, it took me years to get an iPhone (the summer of 2011, to be exact), and I settled on getting a 3GS. The 3GS that I’m going to gripe a bit about now… My dear 3GS, we’ve had some good times together. I took you to Vegas and the Grand Canyon, and you accompanied me when I visited our nation’s capital for the first time in my life. But as February (and my upgrade date) approaches, I can’t help but feel like you and I will have to go our separate ways. I need a front-facing camera. And retina display. And more gigs so I can download all of the versions of “Angry Birds” and have at least one-fourth of my iTunes library. I want high-quality photos for my Instagram. Plus, I’m tired of having you die on me in the middle of the night — and making me late for work. This can’t happen anymore. I’m a working …

Beanbrain’s Best Dressed List: 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Amidst a night of fashion flops (I’m sorry, Anne Hathaway, January Jones, and Julianne Moore – I wasn’t a big fan of tonight’s looks), I still managed to find a few looks at tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards that took my breath away. Flip through the slideshow below to see my favorite looks from the 2013 SAG Awards. What were your favorite looks from tonight’s SAG Awards? Share your thoughts in the comments section! Related Articles: “2013 Golden Globes: Beanbrain’s Best Dressed List“ (All photos courtesy of NY Mag’s The Cut)

Thank You, SNL: You Just Made Me Love Jennifer Lawrence Even More…

So I finally got around to watching Saturday Night Live hosted by Jennifer Lawrence (on DVR, on my Monday morning off — ’cause Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. is way too late for me). And I just have to thank SNL: because of you, my girl crush on J.Law just exploded into full-on eternal love. I’m not saying that her hosting duties absolutely blew me away (they didn’t) or that her skits are worthy of being on the list of Top SNL Skits of All-Time (they aren’t). But my heart started fluttering at the speed of hummingbird wings when J.Law stepped out onto that SNL stage in her patterned skirt and sweetheart peplum top. And even though her opening monologue wasn’t the best I’ve seen, I had to give her mad props for just being so… genuine. Sure, Jennifer has a slew of A-grade roles under her belt and a few award nominations (and now a win) to boast. But I think the entire world (including, and especially, me) have fallen in love with her because …

Check it out! Reggie’s 365 Days Photo Project

If you’re a fan of toy photography, then you should definitely check out my boyfriend Reggie’s “365 Days Photo Project.” He’s housing it on Flickr and on his Facebook, and it’s gotten a bit of a following. Go ahead and call me biased, but — if you take a look yourself — you’ll have to admit that his concepts are playful (A storm trooper breakdancing, complete with cardboard box and overturned baseball cap for loose change? C’mon; that’s awesome.) and technically precise. He’s particularly great with using muted tones and executing photos with extremely shallow depth of field. Above is a sampling of some of my favorites so far. He’s only about a month into the project, and he’s already had a few shots make it onto Flickr Explore — a pretty big accomplishment. So take a look, let me (and/or him) know what you think, and join him on this year-long photo journey. I’m sure you’ll see something you like.

Commuter Correspondence: To the Josh Hutcherson Lookalike

I promise that I’m not creepy, and I promise that I’m not in love with you or anything. I just can’t help but be fascinated by your square jaw and your slightly tousled brown hair — sorry. I blame my fascination with you on Suzanne Collins. And Gary Ross. And Lionsgate Films. And the fact that the chubby kid from Kentucky who starred in “Little Manhattan” grew up to be a heartthrob. You can also blame your parents and your genes. You should probably also ask them if you have second cousins in Kentucky, while you complain to them about how some crazed girl on your ferry commute keeps staring at you (I’ll try to be more subtle about that from now on, I promise). But since I’ve probably already made you feel a bit uncomfortable, I figure I’ll push it a bit further and tell you that, when I manage to catch a glimpse of you on the odd ride up to the city, I think about you for a few minutes. I want …

Three Lies Romantic Indie Movies Tell Us

As I mentioned last month, I absolutely love heart-wrenching movies, particularly heart-wrenching romantic movies — the more romantically disheartening, the better. While I was in college, I went through a stage when all I wanted to watch were critically-acclaimed, low-budget movies that had ambiguous endings and made me doubt love. Some of those movies have made (and are still on) my list of my favorite movies of all time. But I have to admit: some of those movies, particularly the romantic dramas, are a bit frustrating. Because they feed us a bunch of lies about love and, with their nonlinear editing and use of mise-en-scene, they make us believe that their romantic realities are the end-all, be-all. And they’re not. So here are three lies that romantic indie movies feed us — and why they’re completely false: You can fall in and out of (true) love. Almost every romantic movie that I’ve watched never features a relationship that goes smoothly (And why would it? Because normal, healthy romantic relationships are too boring for the silver screen). …

2013 Golden Globes: Beanbrain’s Best Dressed List

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, phenomenally hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, kicked off 2013’s award season — and the annual parade of couture and high fashion! Of course, I couldn’t help but pick my favorite looks, so click through the slideshow below to see Beanbrain’s Best Dressed List from the 2013 Golden Globes. What were your favorite looks from Sunday night? Share your thoughts!

Book Review: J.K. Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy”

J.K. Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy” is, well, NOT J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When you’re the mastermind behind one of the most (if not the most) successful children’s book series in recent history, I assume it would be hard to produce a literary work that will even come close to touching your devoted faithful’s expectations. That being said, if you’ve picked up a copy of Rowling’s latest work — her first since “Harry Potter”‘s final chapter was published in 2007 — expecting it to be another tale of a magical battle between good and evil, you’ll be sorely disappointed. But if you’re an avid reader looking for a solid (read: not necessarily brilliant, but undoubtedly enjoyable and masterfully constructed) work of fiction, you’ll enjoy “The Casual Vacancy.” And, upon reading it, you’ll probably remember that J.K. Rowling actually is a phenomenal writer — a fact that (unfortunately) may have been overshadowed by her debut series’ international popularity.

A (Belated) Ode to 2012 — and a Prayer for 2013

I know that, at the end of the year, everyone says the same things. “I’ve really grown this year…” “Looking back, I’ve learned a lot…” “This upcoming year will be a great one…” Despite their clichés, these statements have a ring of truth: 2012 has been a great year for me. I graduated from college. I started my first full-time job in my favorite city. After four years, my boyfriend and I have stopped being long-distance and are finally in the same city. And on top of that, whether it be good or bad, I feel like I’ve matured over the year, especially within the six months between graduation and the end of the year: I’ve dealt with things on a daily basis that my peers don’t have to deal with; I shoulder quite a bit responsibility for a recent college grad. My friends, family, and work colleagues always tease me by saying that I’m “middle-aged” and that I’ve “been married for 10+ years.” And that’s fine with me. I haven’t traveled the world, but I …