Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 100 (AKA, My Greatest Hits)

Over the two plus years I’ve had this little blog, I’ve started several projects that I haven’t exactly followed through with, despite the best of intentions. But one project I have not abandoned is this one, my weekly roundup of fun internet finds. In celebration of the fact that this is my one hundredth (!!) time writing a “Things That Are Awesome” post, I thought it would be fun to feature some of my all-time favorite items from the previous 99 posts. So herein I present, Things That Are Awesome: The Greatest Hits.

From Volume 1 – One of my all-time favorite Game of Thrones parodies, Damn It Feels Good to Be a Lannister.

From Volume 4 – Mindy Kaling’s hilarious and on-point guide to women in the movies, Flick Chicks.

From Volume 5 – A supremely well-done video chronicling 100 Years of Street Style in East London.

From Volume 9 – The Kim Kardashian Divorce Skit from SNL still makes me laugh so hard. The Bruce Jenner face!

From Volume 11 – And Beyonce’s I Was Here video still makes me cry. We all bow down to Bey.

From Volume 14 – I can’t imagine how long it took her to make this, but I’m glad she did: One Woman A Capella Disney Medley.

From Volume 15 – Anyone who has been reading this blog for a second could tell you I’m a die hard Love Actually fan, which is why the oh-so-funny Hate Actually article is still one of my favorite things.

From Volume 16 – I’m always rooting for Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to wind up together, but in the meantime, I’ll just enjoy them singing What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? together.

From Volume 18 – This Hunger Games Spoof Trailer kills me. The reaction when Prim is reaped = priceless.

From Volume 21 – Another SNL skit I’m mildly majorly obsessed with, Bein’ Quirky with Zooey Deschanel. Kristen Wiig’s Bjork will never, ever get old. Never ever. (“I made a sweater for an octopus. Plus I left one extra hole for its dreams and ideas.”)

From Volume 29 – Chandler Bing is my favorite Friends character (no questions asked), so I love this tumblr: Chandler Dances on Things.

From Volume 33 – Of all the elaborate proposal videos I’ve seen on the interwebs, this one just might take the cake.

From Volume 34 – This tweet from Lena Dunham will forever and always give me chills.

From Volume 37 – Fighting the good fight against font snobbery: I’m Comic Sans, Asshole.

From Volume 41 – Any comparison to Mean Girls is a good one in my book, but this one is especially wonderful: The US Women’s Gymnastics Team as Mean Girls.

From Volume 42 – My hatred for 50 Shades of Grey knows no bounds; thus, this Goodreads review is sheer brilliance.

From Volume 46 – Overlaying Mitt Romney quotations on Lucille Bluth pictures is endlessly amusing to me, even a year after the election.

From Volume 48 – Beautiful photographs of Newman and Woodward. Doesn’t get much more lovely than those two.

From Volume 51 – I go to Williams-Sonoma and want to buy ALL THE THINGS, but I find this funny anyway: The Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog.

From Volume 54 – As any Arrested Development fan knows, you have got to watch the show multiple times to truly appreciate the layers upon layers of jokes: 53 Arrested Development Jokes You Probably Missed.

From Volume 57 – The 26 Most Puzzling Photographs of Leonardo DiCaprio Ever Taken. I’ll never let go, Leo. I’ll never let go.

From Volume 60 – In which I reiterate that I want to be Jennifer Lawrence’s best friend: 22 Jennifer Lawrence Reaction GIFs.

From Volume 63 – The award for the best Honest Trailer ever goes to…The Notebook.

From Volume 68 – Just dying: Family Feud Fails.

From Volume 70 – I know she took some heat for her alleged lack of professionalism, but I love her: News Anchor Laughs at Ryan Lochte. Jeah!

From Volume 74 – Check out these 20 Hilarious Pinterest Fails. Nailed it.

From Volume 79 – This makes me smile: 21 Heartwarming and Beautiful Facts About Mr. Rogers.

From Volume 82 – My all-time favorite Pinterest board has to be My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler.

From Volume 85 – At last, a correction to the first song I remember really loving: It’s Finally Ironic.

From Volume 87 – It’s about time for a West Wing marathon re-watch, no? The West Wing Cast Just Caught up over Twitter and It Was the Best.

From Volume 90 – Two of my favorites, being hilarious together: Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake and hashtags. #sogood.

From Volume 91 – It’s tough to think of a better way to spend your Thursday nights than playing the Scandal Drinking Game, amirite?!?

From Volume 94 – Stunning accuracy: If Every Big Ten School Were a Parks and Rec Character. Nobody likes you, Jerry!

From Volume 97 – My love for Aziz Ansari knows no bounds: Aziz Ansari Just Compared Spoiled Youth to World’s Most Hated Font, Comic Sans.

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Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 90

The weekly roundup of internet wonderfulness:

  1. The title of this article says it all: Oh My God, There’s a Cat in Russia That Wears a Bow Tie and Works as a Librarian.
  2. I loathe raisins, so I wholeheartedly endorse this article: 19 Reasons Raisins Should Be Put in Jail.
  3. A few weeks ago, I posted a link to one of my all-time favorite West Wing clips, CJ Doing the Jackal. Well, it turns out that my timing was oddly prescient, because Allison Janney just performed a reprise of the Jackal on Arsenio Hall last week. Too good.
  4. JGL makes the world a better place: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Nicki Minaj Lip Sync.
  5. The bits to announce the nominees for Outstanding Writing in a Variety Series at the Emmys are always great, but this year had one of the best ever – the Oprah/Jimmy Kimmel collaboration. Brilliant.
  6. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake should do everything together, always. Like this: Justin Timberlake Shows Us How Dumb We Sound When We Use Hashtags.
  7. This is either adorable or completely stupid: Man Using Cluster Balloons Like in Up Lands in Newfoundland.
  8. Welp, this describes 99.9% of Facebook: OHMYGOSH Go Read This Link I Posted.
  9. Dying of cuteness: Seal Wants to Snuggle Woman Sitting on Beach.
  10. Sometimes Twitter can be a source of awesomeness: 26 of the Best Responses to the Post’s 300 Sandwiches Story.

(Image via Buzzfeed)

Movie Review: The Trouble with the Curve

I pretty much knew exactly what this movie would be like before I even took a seat in the theater: Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood (who play father and daughter) would start out shaky, but bond in the end. Amy would fall in love with Justin Timberlake (but would be reluctant at first). Clint would impart wise old man life lessons on Justin. There would be at least one corny sports moment that would give you chills (even though you could see it coming). And I was exactly right.

It’s fall now, and so I’m going to use this analogy: this movie is like cold-weather comfort food. Like a hearty chicken noodle soup, if you will. There’s something comforting in its familiarity. You know exactly what to expect, but it still warms your heart.

I don’t think The Trouble with the Curve was a good movie, per se, but it was definitely solid. Amy Adams is reliably wonderful (though I do wish a movie would, for once, portray a working woman who didn’t hate her high-powered job). Justin Timberlake gives a sweet performance, leading me to continue to ponder when exactly he became a legitimate actor. And Clint Eastwood plays Clint Eastwood. Seriously, is he even acting anymore? I’m pretty sure this is just who he is, a gruff old dude. But, an entertaining gruff old dude nonetheless.

So between Adams, Timberlake, and Eastwood, the movie definitely keeps you entertained, but my biggest problem with the film was its ending. It all ties up just a little too neatly. The climactic moment in the ballpark is wonderful, but at the same time – come on! That would never happen. And, of course Amy Adams decides she doesn’t want to be a lawyer. And of course Matthew Lillard’s smarmy character gets his comeuppance. And of course Clint Eastwood gets to keep his job. I am not saying I wanted them all to be miserable at the end (because I tend to be bummed out by movies that go that route), but a little more realism would have been nice.

My Grade: B-

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Things That Are Awesome, Vol. 12

(image via GQ)

This week’s most awesome finds:

  1. Odds Are, You Probably Don’t Exist. A fascinating idea to consider.
  2. I’ve pretty much given up on Glee; I quit watching after the first episode of this season because it’s gotten downright awful at times. However, I saw this clip floating around the internet and I have to say it’s an amazing mash-up. You can’t go wrong with Adele.
  3. Those Who Stay Will Redeem Themselves – probably my favorite article about last weekend’s victory over Ohio State.
  4. Okay, these vintage ads are decidedly not awesome, but they did make me laugh at how ridiculous they are. They are all offensive, but my personal vote for the worst would be: Most men ask, “is she pretty?,” not, “is she clever?”
  5. I love this so much – Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are two of GQ’s Men of the Year, and their interview and pictures together make me so happy. Adorable.
  6. This video, where Diane von Furstenberg talks about her travel philosophy, is great. First, I love DvF (one of the all-time most stylish women). Second, the illustrations are so charming.
  7. This sounds like the best trip ever. Aziz Ansari AND David Chang in Tokyo, drinking Zima? Hilarity ensues.
  8. Nostalgia Fact-Check: a series of blog posts on New York Magazine’s website, re-examining old movies/TV shows/music. This is such a fun idea (and perhaps one I might steal for my own blog?). I especially love the posts on Dawson’s Creek and Ace of Base – two things that, I’ll admit, I loved way back in the day, but that don’t hold up quite so well now.
  9. I found this compilation of analogies, and some of them are hilarious (some hilariously good, others hilariously bad). I have no idea why, but I think I liked this one the best: “The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.”
  10. I can’t believe I’ve never seen this before. Damn right, that’s hurting my scar. I’ll never be able to hear “Milkshake” the same way again.

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