Posts Tagged: kristen wiig

Lady Film: Girl Most Likely

All I want is for this movie to be out TODAY, and then for me to watch it on repeat until I get sick of it. It has everything I love: mental breakdowns, people moving back in with their parents, Kristen Wiig, and Darren Criss. I feel really weird about my crush on Darren Criss because the only thing I’ve seen him in is Glee, where he plays a gay high school student. That’s not my type, guys. That’s illegal and impractical and fictional. But still, whenever I see him I can’t help but fall in love. It just can’t be explained. Also, I get interested in any movie that uses “I Love It” in the trailer because I work out to that song so hearing it gives me an endorphin rush.

In closing, please enjoy this picture of Darren Criss, my sort of inappropriate crush.
darren criss

In Case You Wondered What My Life Has Been Like Lately…

…this week I defriended a dude on facebook for making the comment that he watched Bridesmaids recently and came to the conclusion that “women just aren’t funny.” Sorry, no time for assholes in my life! Especially not assholes who are high school ex-boyfriends of girls I don’t even talk to anymore. Seriously, why am I facebook friends with these people?

Here is one of my favorite scenes from Bridesmaids, a movie that I identify with very much. I really hope this scene never happens to me.

Fictional Characters I Identify With

1. Liz Lemon

Recently I found out that a certain brother of mine said I remind him of Liz Lemon.
“That’s nice!” said H, who’s long had a crush on Tina Fey.
“I don’t remind him of Tina Fey, the gorgeous, successful, hilarious writer and actress,” I said. “I remind him of Liz Lemon, the frumpy, awkward sandwich enthusiast.”
Liz Lemon is a certain kind of person exaggerated for comic effect. And that kind of person is me. I often sing songs about what I’m eating, a la Liz’s rendition of “Workin’ on My Night Cheese.” I own a Snuggie (no Slanket, but close). Most strikingly, we share a wardrobe; on two separate occasions, Liz has worn a shirt that I own. Not a similar style of shirt; the exact same shirt. Like this one:

Liz’s wardrobe is often mocked, so this isn’t a point of pride.
The one thing Liz Lemon has that I don’t? A successful career!

2. Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids

I know the point of this character is to make us say, “She’s just like me!” But really, she’s just like me. Unfortunately, this isn’t a character anyone really wants to be like.
Her creative dreams are frustrated and she’s having a hard time pursuing them. Her best friend is getting married while she’s so far removed from that world that she doesn’t even know you have to make reservations at a fancy bridal shop. Everyone around her seems to have their lives together while hers is, basically, in shambles. I really coveted her hairstyle, then I read a review in Entertainment Weekly that referred to it as “disheveled.” Then I got that haircut anyway, because suck it, Owen Gleiberman!

3. Linsday Weir, Freaks and Geeks

It’s probably not good that I identify with the uncertainty of a high school girl, but I do. Lindsay Weir is constantly trying to figure out who she is and she makes the wrong decisions about half the time. Also, she wears a pretty sweet army jacket that reminds me of the green army jacket I’ve worn since my freshman year of high school.

The Funniest Song in the World: The Power of “Hold On”

For ladies of a certain age, “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips is a seminal piece of music. I’m right on the tail end of what I’ll call The Wilson Phillips Movement, but I definitely remember “Hold On” being played when I was a kid and all the girls singing along with it. This song has everything: angelic female harmonies, sassy background vocals, clapping, and some really solid advice.
In case you haven’t listened in awhile, Wilson Phillips implore us to “hold on for one more day and/break free from the chains,” while also posing such pressing questions as “Why do you lock yourself up in these chains?” and “Are you comfortable with the pain?” This isn’t just a song of encouragement and earnest questioning; the Wilsons (and the lone Phillips) also engage in some tough love. “You’ve got no one to blame for your unhappiness/ you got yourself into your own mess,” Chynna Phillips sagely reminds us. Preach it, Chynna.
It was only a matter of time before the women who loved this song grew up and started writing it into their comedy films. Here are three great “Hold On” scenes that always make me laugh. Okay, one of these movies was actually written by guys, but that’s the great thing about the power of “Hold On.” It transcends gender.

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle:

Because I value honesty, I will tell you that I saw this movie twice in theatres. It’s a little lowbrow, sure! It’s also absolutely hilarious half the time, and I don’t even smoke pot. My Celebrity Crush David Krumholtz has a small part, which maybe influenced my opinion.

Spring Breakdown:

I’ve been telling you to watch Spring Breakdown. Why haven’t you watched Spring Breakdown? Amy Poehler. Rachel Dratch. Parker Posey. Amber Tamblyn. Missi Pyle. Jane Lynch. Egg. Millie. A greater lady-comedy dream team was never assembled. I’ve tried to pinpoint my favorite part of this scene, and I can’t. I love Parker Posey’s admonishing finger-wag, and the way Amy Poehler gleefully shouts Carnie Wilon’s “No, baby!” line.

Bridesmaids:

Of course! Hot damn, Chynna, you are looking better than ever. Bridesmaids is my favorite movie of the year so far (obviously), and this was one of the best scenes. Once at a friend’s wedding, my BFF and I dramatically gesture-sang Shania Twain’s “From This Moment On” to each other in a very similar fashion (I meant every word). She’s getting married next year, and while I’m not exactly promising I’ll do the same thing to “Hold On,” it could happen. Like, if I’m drinking, and the song just happens to come on, and okay maybe I’ll request it. We’ll see what happens in a year.

Ladies (and gents!), I hope “Hold On” has been as comforting to you as it has been to me. Strangely enough, I do feel kind of inspired when I hear it, like I’m ready to take control of my life and get rid of negative habits/influences. I can admit that to you because this is a Safe Space. In case you need a flashback, here’s the original video. Chynna sacrificed a lovely couch to make that vest, the least you can do is watch.