Somewhere along the way, Vogue got really good at making video content. I first started taking notice when they did 73 questions with different celebrities around their homes, but now I’m starting to venture into other material like this one that claims it’s 24 hours with Cole Sprouse. It’s not really because how can 24 hours get crammed into nearly two and a half minutes? Yet, I watched it anyways! I’m loving these pieces because I think Vogue has always had a reputation of being structured – maybe that’s Anna Wintour, maybe it’s not. They’ve been considered pretty serious, but these bite-sized pieces are incredibly fun and cheeky. It’s completely changing the way I perceived Vogue growing up and that. is. huge.
We also just love Cole Sprouse. I pretty much adored him since episode one of Riverdale when I immediately began shipping him and Betty. Imagine my shock when I found out they were dating IRL. Complete amazement.
“Set It Up” has been out for two weeks and I have watched it twice in that span of time. By now, you likely have too because all I see are social media comments on how Netflix is bringing back romantic comedies. Growing up, there was no shortage. I had “13 Going on 30,” “She’s All That,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 days,” and basically “Sex and the City” as an entire series. As of late though, I couldn’t have told you the last rom-com I saw. Things like “50 Shades of Grey” are in a whole ‘nother genre of its own.
I must have heard about “Set It Up” about a week before it premiered. There was a preview of the trailer on Netflix – the very same one you see above. I made a mental note that this was debuting June 15th and because I happened to be out that evening, ended up watching it the following day. The trailer was cheeky, sure. The film, itself though, elevated rom-coms to a new level. I know what you’re thinking. You’re going to tell me that rom-coms are all the same. They have the same premise, the same hook and plot lines, and yes, you do see those. Why is this one any different? It’s not just about love. It’s about two dysfunctional 20-somethings actually figuring out themselves professionally and owning that they are not okay in the world before they find love with each other! Because THAT is how love should actually be discovered – not the other way around. It’s really just an honest take on what you already know.
Zoey Deutch is your quirky modern day manic pixie dream girl without the annoying qualities. She’s, at times, unstable and says the wrong things, but she’s quick on her feet and in the end, you find her incredibly lovable. Glen Powell reminds you of your favorite bros and your least favorite bros in one. He continues to make the wrong decisions – one after the other and you start to wonder if maybe he will ever pull himself out of this. Spoiler alert: he does. 2nd spoiler alert: they do get together, but the moment they realize it is the part that I won’t ruin for you.
The film is littered with cliches and you don’t end up hating it. There’s an airport scene. The film takes place in New York City. They share a dance together. There is a kiss cam! I’m not spoiling that for you; that’s actually in the trailer above. Romantic comedies naturally get a bad rap for being a cliche. In “Friends with Benefits,” Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake even poke fun at it. In “Set It Up,” I find that the cliches go a little bit unnoticed.
Maybe I just love romantic comedies. Maybe I love this movie because one of my good friends is an executive assistant and this movie reminds me of her life and could be a look into her future if she found her male counter part. Whatever the case, I wouldn’t be surprised if I found myself watching this a third time this weekend. I’ve heard that Netflix is continuing on with their rom-com track and if any of their future films are as enjoyable as “Set It Up,” then I am looking forward to it!
In the last year, I’ve read so many articles and watched many many videos about the “Made-For-Instagram” type exhibits. For the most part, I’ve shared all of my thoughts here – The Color Factory and The Museum of Ice Cream SF. I understand everyone’s love/hate relationship for it, but I also think it represents an interesting point in time that we currently live in. It’s this idea of delighting people and making others feel like their a kid again. There’s a heavy component focused on getting those perfect shots and dressing up for outings like this and while that’s the worst part for me, I can admit that I am contributing to that as one of those attendees.
I think this video is well made though and paints these exhibitions in a good light. Look at how much fun they’re having! Not too many people have covered this, but for me personally, as much as I enjoy going to these events, I have such a hard time just going through it. I do stress about getting the shot that I need or looking back at my photos at the end of the day and wishing I could have taken a shot differently. For that part of the experience, I don’t think I’m doing it right and I know I’m putting additional pressure on myself. How annoying is that? This weekend, Refinery29 is in town for their 29Rooms exhibit and we’re going to go through this entire thing again. Here’s hoping that I can get out of my head and into just enjoying myself and the event.
Every summer, I look forward to the real weddings I’m set to attend and the films that come out and represent every kind of wedding we’ve ever been to. “Destination Wedding” isn’t your average rom-com though. It’s the first I’m ever hearing of this film and this trailer, but we’re already intrigued. Winona Ryder used to have feelings for the groom and Keanu Reeves is a guest that simply hates love. Maybe these two will end up together? Isn’t that what happens in all movies like this? The film is set to be released August 24, 2018 and this is the 4th film these two have starred in together.
After David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.
This film premiered at Sundance this year and I’m really intrigued by it! I rarely fine myself at movie theaters these days because… a) time b) money c) convenience, but other than Crazy Rich Asians, this will the 2nd movie I’m likely to see. I love thrillers like this and actually found out about this film earlier this year because someone I follow on Instagram is in the film. We all know John Cho for the comedies that he has been in previously; how cool is it to see him in something more on the serious side?
The trailer for Crazy Rich Asians debuted earlier this week and I’ve just been waiting to write a post about this. I haven’t read the book yet, but am making it my goal to finish it before the movie is released this summer on August 17th. I like the trailer, but I think I’m probably going to love this film even more. This is the first major Hollywood film with an all-asian cast since Joy Luck Club. In case you needed a refresher, Joy Luck Club came out 25 year ago.
My parents will laugh at this, but long ago, I dreamed of being an actress. I tried out for the school’s play in elementary school and when the audition process ended at 8PM and was way past my dinner time and closer to my bed time, I told my mother I wanted to quit. I didn’t have the stamina for that back then and that’s okay, but as I got older, I started to think about who my role models would be in the Asian community in this industry. I looked to Suchin Pak who was a news correspondent on MTV’s TRL and then went on to tell the stories of many others. I looked to Lisa Ling who more or less did the same thing, but over at CNN. I looked to my professor who was more like me in many ways that I could never imagine. I’ve always had a love for tv and movies and I couldn’t wait for those times when the Asian character was no longer just an overachiever in school with tiger parents. This is one of those moments and I don’t think it’s going to disappoint.
Based on the best-selling book by Kevin Kwan, the romantic comedy is about Rachel (Constance Wu) an American professor who finds out her Singaporean boyfriend is actually from one of the richest families in Asia.
The film is directed by Jon M. Chu and also stars Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Sonoya Mizuno, Gemma Chan and Awkwafina.
Is it crazy that we only want to see this film because of Timothée Chalamet? I know I’m not the only one that is obsessed with him especially after “Call Me By Your Name.” But I can say that we were fans of his ever since “Homeland.” So there.