Fourteen Actors Acting: A Video Gallery of Classic Screen Types

January 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Last month, The New York Times Magazine published fourteen videos (directed by Solve Sundsbo) of well known actors of our day reigniting some of the classic film types of the past century.  These short films were silent save for the riveting musical compositions by Owen Pallett that add to the dramatic effect of the roles. In the accompanying slideshow, the actors reveal some of their inspirations.  Here are my favorites of the videos:

Javier Bardem

James Franco

Tilda Swinton

Michael Douglas

Leslie Manville

Robert Duvall

You can see all of these videos and the other eight at New York Times Magazine’s website.

Much of my inspiration acting-wise comes from body language, so I love that these films are silent (except, well, you can read Matt Damon’s lips in his video). The subtleties that can be conveyed in screen acting are a big part of why I am so drawn to it.  I find it quite interesting that the best videos came from the most seasoned actors. Their combination of life experience and a more practiced set of skills truly sets them apart from some of their younger counterparts.  It is my deepest hope that someday I will be able to join their ranks.

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December 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

You know you love crafting when you stay up late for no reason except that you’re “in the zone” on a project.

Pictures tomorrow.

What’s Your Sign?

December 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

Vogue UK’s December issue has a spread inspired by the signs of the zodiac, and I must say, I love it. I can’t believe it hasn’t been done before, and if it’s done again, I’m not sure that the surrealist-inspired set of photos can be beat.

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Happy December!

December 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

I can’t believe it’s December already–this year has flown by! It has been an incredibly hectic and stressful year, but there have been some highs along with the lows, including my first trip abroad to Italy for six weeks. I have put a lot of hard work into this year, too many sleepless nights, a couple of battle wounds, but I think it was all worth it. I’m feeling more disciplined and focused and am pretty excited about the next year ahead. My mantra for 2011: health, wealth, and happiness.

Here’s a little December calendar I whipped up for fun last night. Happy Holidays!


“For without the private world of retreat man becomes virtually an unbalanced creature.”

November 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’ve been thinking and collecting ideas for my apartment room a lot recently and agonizing over the fact that I have zero time this month to really move forward on putting the final touches into it.  The dysfunctional feel of my room carries over to my mindset and stresses me out, so to ease my mind I’ve been frequenting websites like apartmenttherapy, theselby, and dwell. Here are just a few of the inspirational photos that have me dreaming of decorating:

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quote by: Eleanor McMillen Brown (Creating a Beautiful Home by Alexandra Stoddard)


Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

October 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

I promised this wouldn’t become a food blog a while back now, but can I help that I love cooking and baking (and eating)? I’ve been busy with Assistant Stage Managing for my school’s fall musical, Dames at Sea, for a few weeks now, but the Stage Manager and I got together today on our day off to craft some holiday treats for the cast for Halloween. They’re not very Halloween-y per-say, but more inspired by the season.

First we started out with a Spiced Applesauce Cake, the recipe which I found on Smitten Kitchen’s blog.  I won’t even post pictures of this treat,  for although it looks nice, I can’t compete photographically with Smitten Kitchen. Our second sweet treat was Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins, with a pumpkin-chocolate icing of my own creation. I grabbed this recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod’s site and modified it a bit for my own purposes. Both the pumpkin muffins and the spiced applesauce cake were non-vegan recipes, so I substituted flax seed meal for eggs and vegan chocolate chips and butter for the regular milk-infused versions. Tofutti vegan cream cheese worked perfectly as a substitute on the frosting for the applesauce cake.  I love the challenge of making baked goods vegan and am often surprised how relatively easy it is to do.  Not to mention the surprised reactions I get from people when I tell them their sweets are vegan.

I made the cupcake liners out of parchment paper instead of purchasing them. I thought they added a little more drama to the cupcakes as well.

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Pumpkin Granola

October 30, 2010 § 1 Comment

I’m clearly wild about fall. I love everything about it: the clothes, the smells, the fruits and vegetables. One of my favorite flavors of fall is pumpkin, and I’ve been incorporating it into everything from soup to granola.  This recipe came from Two Peas and Their Pod, and it was so delicious that I had to bag some (in handmade parchment bags) and send it to my family members.

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