Friday, July 31, 2015

"The old life is gone forever!"

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

I recently read The Zombie Survival Guide (2003) by World War Z author Max Brooks. Sarah had received the fictional survival manual as a gift after watching Marc Forster's 2013 movie adaptation of the book. Since the movie instilled in her a great fear for the undead, leaving her with weeks of nightmares, she at least wanted to be prepared for when the zombie uprising takes place. I decided to take to guide with me on our trip to Barcelona, cautiously strolling through it not unlike Brad Pitt's Gerry Lane strolling down the aisle during the airplane scene, absorbing everything I possibly could. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it"

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Last week I read Start With Why (2009) by communications expert and motivational speaker Simon Sinek. The book was recommended to me by my brolleague/Dan Bilzerian lookalike Mattias, who will soon leave the Queromedia nest to start his own business, and I was of course very curious as to why he found Sinek's ideas to inspiring. I know from talking to Mattias that he wanted his business to have a strong "raison d'être" to drive his strategies and tactics, and that this book helped him find it and formulate it explicitly. 

Monday, July 27, 2015


Ant-Man (2015)

Last night Matteo 2.0 my brother Marlon invited me to a movie date. We decided to go check out the bite-size adventures Ant-Man, Marvel's latest addition to their Cinematic Universe, in no small part because I'm a big fan of Paul Rudd (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, This Is 40, Dinner For Schmucks). I had also really liked Ant-Man's Avengers-themed marketing posters, read a favorable review on DTMMR, and was quite curious to see if Marvel could turn another obscure comic-book into a box office hit.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Still fighting the power

Public Enemy Rivierenhof
Yeah boyyyy!!!
I was three years from being born when Long Island hip hop group Public Enemy released Yo! Bum Rush The Show.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Pitch Perfect

Get pitch slapped!

Last night I watched Pitch Perfect (2012) by former musical director Jason Moore. After a busy weekend me and Sarah were tuckered, so we decided to go for some easy entertainment. With The Pebble Anna Kendrick - she's friggin' hilarious, go follow her on Twitter and Instagram! -, Project X bombshell Alexis Knapp, and Bridesmaids breakout Rebel Wilson in it, I was sure to be getting something out of this. Kendrick is my spirit animal, Knapp is a celebrity crush of mine, and Wilson's uncomfortable improv comedy is right up my alley. Let's aca-find out what this musical comedy is all about beyond Fat Amy's hit quotes.

Well, that was weird

DeAndre Jordan picks Clippers
Ok big fella

By now you all know what happened.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
By the beard of Zeus
Last night I watched Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013). As a die hard Will Ferrell fan, I guess I'm probably late to the party, but somehow the Paramount Pictures production just slipped through my fingers. Which is weird, because it rode a marketing wave unlike anything I had ever seen before. When Ferrell showed up as manly man Ron Burgundy at the #Bieberroast, it served as a gentle reminder that I hadn't honored my status as a fangirl, forcing my to finally - with a mere 19-month delay - seek out the DVD and buy it. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

"I love you more than there are fishes in the sea, and higher than the moon"

Nicholas Sparks - At First Sight

I just finished reading At First Sight (2005) by The Notebook writer Nicholas Sparks. The book was a gift from my longboarding girlfriend Sarah, who knows like no other that I need some Sparks in my life from time to time. Sure, the man's books are sappy, corny and overly formulaic, but you can't deny that, above all, Sparks knows how to tug at your heartstrings. I absolutely adored The Notebook (the movie and the book), loved reading The Wedding, and bawled my eyes out at The Lucky One and Safe Haven. Thought I must admit that Dear John did nothing for me, that's still a decent batting average, and so with a lot of enthusiasm I dove into AFS.