It was the beginning of the fall, and the rest of our lives.

I never really realize how much is going on until I sit down to write about it. So! As some of you may have noticed, there was no Upcycle Sundays this past Sunday. My apologies! I’ve sort of fallen off the map the last few days. I’m working on a site redesign for my cousin, which has been taking up some time, and my little sister is graduating high school! (Awwwww.) I know. I teared up a bit when she gave me her grad photo. My baby sister is all grown up! And look at that ‘stache! (Disclaimer: this is not her grad photo. Haha.)


Anyway, the big day is tomorrow and her grad party is on Saturday. Bounce house, mojitos (for the 21+ crowd) and all. It’s gonna be fab. And you KNOW I will be all up in that bounce house.

In other random Victorville-related news… so I’m really diggin that song You’re a Jerk by the New Boyz.

The lyrical content doesn’t come close to say, Common or Lil Wayne, but for some reason I like this song, alot. It’s like the Vans of 2009. But I’m happy that more artists are coming out of the high desert. Our claims to fame include Face to Face, Cuba Gooding Jr., and now New Boyz.

So, my good friend who works in the Film and Media Studies Dept. at UCI invited me to come along to see a test screening of sorts of Away We Go which comes out this Friday.


I was stoked. Everytime I see the trailer I laugh, I cry, and I say out loud “I NEED TO SEE THIS.” This film, directed by Sam Mendes (of American Beauty and Revolutionary Road fame), tells the story of two self identified “fuck ups” who are unmarried, pregnant and in their mid-thirties. We follow them on their journey to find a place they can call home. Along the way we meet their incredible cooky and eccentric friends and family and as a viewer feel, perhaps, more awkward about their interactions than they do. Overall, I enjoyed this movie, but it had it’s weak points. I thought the punctuations throughout the film were somewhat cheesy. Each time they leave to visit a different city, the film becomes more predictable. Their friends and family’s eccentricities were so over the top sometimes that they felt contrived. Although, I really really enjoyed Catherine O’Hara’s performance. She’s absolutely fantastic. John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph, I thought, played their parts well. I feel that most of the awkwardness stemmed from the writing. Had I not known that this was a Sam Mendes film, I would have never guessed that he was the director. However, I do appreciate Mendes creating something that is different from what we would expect from him. If I were rating this movie on Netflix, I would give it 3 out of 5 stars. I recommend it if you’re a fan of John Krasinski or Catherine O’Hara, but otherwise, I would suggest seeing something else.

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  1. Posted June 3, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    A friend of mine just emailed me one of your articles from a while back. I read that one a few more. Really enjoy your blog. Thanks


    tatiana Reply:

    Thanks for dropping by Rick! I checked out your blog and I like what you wrote about The Reader. I look forward to reading more of your reviews!


  2. cathy
    Posted June 3, 2009 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    John Krasinski is the star in this film… my favorite characters are the parents (Catherine O’Hara and Jeff Daniels ) of Burt.


  3. Posted June 3, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    I definitely agree. But it was nice seeing Maya Rudolph in a dramatic role. She’s such a beautiful lady, too! As you said, the parents were great. They were the most believably cooky characters.


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