VS Fashion Show 2015

The annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show had its big premiere this past Tuesday. The show is usually generates a lot of viewers, but this year the show’s ratings dropped 32 percent. This is interesting because of the amount of promotion and press around the event, not to mention that this year featured the year’s biggest models Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid.

I feel like this is due to the fact that the show is so overrated. I watched this year’s show and it was nothing special. Sure, their pretty and they’re walking to catchy music wearing intricate costumes, but that’s literally all they do. And at this point in the game, the costumes look the same. There’s nothing setting the show apart from the other ones, which is probably why they needed Jenner and Hadid. Even the big holiday ad was lame. Like, how many different ways can they film the same thing?

Not to mention they completely over promoted the show. Each Angel and performer posted several pictures and videos from the live taping of the show and shared them everywhere, so you already know what’s going to happen, what the costumes are going to look like and what songs the performers are going to sing. They even had their own Snapchat story, which was a shortened version of the actual show. I feel like if they want to keep this show going, they’re going to have to keep it under wraps and find something new to do. The show isn’t exciting anymore, no matter how hard they try to make us think it is.

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Trainwreck

I finally watched Trainwreck, the movie I had been meaning to watch all summer. I really wanted to see this movie because of the cast: Amy Schumer and Bill Hader playing romantic interests in a rom-com? How many times does this bizarre and hilarious combination happen?

I appreciated this film because of Schumer’s rawness. She didn’t hold anything back, whether she was talking about sex, race or her sister’s stepson, she was always funny and on point. But then again, sometimes the humor seemed forced and tired. Not to mention it was almost two hours long, which is a lot for a comedy I feel. It was kind of like Bridesmaids where it was hilarious and fun for the first half, but then the second half you didn’t care about Kristen Wiig’s problems anymore.

This film kind of freaked me out in more ways than one. For starters, Schumer’s character is a journalist that writes for a magazine that is a little raunchier than Esquire. She then eventually moves on to write for  Vanity Fair. Though these are not the exact publications I want to work for in the future, they are pretty close. So this in addition to how relatable Schumer is as a character was freaky to watch; it was one of the first times where I was actually able to put myself into a film and relate to it on this level.

Also it was weird to see Bill Hader as a love interest. I had always seen him either in SNL or as a funny secondary character in something else. Though he did well in this role, I was not attracted to him; he’s not a dreamy guy, he’s just funny. Maybe this is a way of saying that not every guy you meet/fall in love with is going to be Zac Efron and that’s okay/realistic? I guess that’s a good message to send out to viewers.

 

Paris and Facebook

The devastating attacks in Paris not only sparked a global phenomenon, but a cultural one as well. In an effort to alert family and friends of one’s well-being during the attacks, Facebook created a “marked safe” feature that was geographically tailored to those in Paris.

Not knowing that this feature existed, I got a notification from Facebook on my phone on Friday when the news of the attacks first broke; I saw Melissa Garber’s name and some words after that. At first glance I thought I was getting an annoying notification to tell me that it was a former classmate’s birthday or something, but when I read it it said she was “marked safe.”

Seeing those words gave me chills. Facebook had always been a platform to share what cool place you went to for lunch or your political views, never to inform your friends and family that you’re alive. The “marked safe” feature shows social media’s new role in our lives. Social medias like Facebook are now becoming a primary means for people to communicate and notify their loved ones. Back in the day you reached for your phone to tell your mom that you’re okay, but now you’re reaching for your phone and opening your Facebook app. These social medias have become such a personal and crucial component of our lives that, in the moment, it doesn’t seem bizarre to tick off the “marked safe” box.

You can watch Shia LaBeouf watch himself?

What a weird and interesting concept.

Shia LaBeouf is at it again with his mind bending live art performances. The star is sitting in a New York City movie theater right now watching all of his movies in reverse chronological order. To top it off, it is available to be streamed, so you can literally watch him watch himself for over 72 consecutive hours.

What does this mean and how does someone think of this?

There is definitely a method to the madness here, but I don’t know what it is exactly. I think it has to do with vulnerability and coming to terms with yourself.

LaBeouf is doing the one thing everyone dreads: watching themselves on video. He’s seeing every imperfection and overanalyzing every little detail of himself and his performances. For three days. I can’t even rematch my Snapchats without cringing, and that’s only 10 seconds of video. To endure this, LaBeouf has to come to terms with himself and see himself through the lens of the public. And he’s doing this all on camera. We see him smile in his seat, we see him readjust his posture, we see him get up to go to the bathroom, we see him start to nod off and we even see him eat Sour Patch Kids. It’s one of the first times that he is on camera and not playing a character. He’s just a normal guy in the theater. He’s also making it clear that he is not the man on the screen and that he is a person.

Lay’s Wasabi and Ginger chips

I was feeling adventurous while grocery shopping this week and decided to try something different. Lay’s has been creating a lot of cultural buzz with its line of crazy and bizarre fan-made flavors in the past few years. Some flavors have been too crazy and bizarre for me, like the chicken and waffles flavored ones for example. But for some reason, I thought I could handle the Wasabi and Ginger flavored kettle cooked chips. I like sushi and I always incorporate the ginger and wasabi into my meal, so what would be so weird about eating it in chip form?

At first glance, the chips do not appear to be any different than the original kettle cooked chips- they only major difference is that they had seasoning on it, which wasn’t so intimidating. Then the real shock came when I took a bite. The first flavor my mouth was greeted by resembled the familiar taste of the ginger you get when you get sushi. Then that fresh, palette-cleansing flavor was followed by the weird taste of wasabi. Since wasabi does not create an enjoyable sensation for the senses in its normal form, it was no better in chip form. The bold and overpowering flavor of the wasabi shocked my mouth and made it hurt a little. I thought that would be the end, but that feeling and taste lingered for a long time. So long, that it made me want to try another. Maybe it was because my mouth was numb or still in shock, but the second chip tasted better and did not sting as much as the first.

These chips are so weird and I think it’s kind of weird that I like them. It’s also kind of scary how Lay’s can artificially replicate these insane flavors. Like, how many chemicals did they use to make this bag of chips? Overall, I recommend these chips if you’re feeling adventurous and aren’t afraid to try weird flavors– and have your mouth be shocked for a few seconds.

Adele is the queen of top eyeliner

Hello…..

It’s me…….

Adele broke the Internet last weekend with the release of her first single in over three years “Hello.” This somber and highly emotive track is everything you would expect from Adele: it’s moody, features strong vocals and meaningful lyrics. What made her return into the music spotlight so great was that she released a music video to accompany her newest single.

This video is very simple, but leaves a big impact on the viewer. It tells the story of Adele’s breakup and her desire to meet with her ex; this internal struggle is done through a series of flashbacks as she recalls the highs and lows of their relationship. This video left a big impact on the culture (especially Twitter) because of how emotion evoking and celebratory it was. Adele was able to make you feel, see and hear her pain, something she has not done in a while.

What really impressed me was the fact that this was done with little to no promotion. She had a small 30 second ad that sampled the intro to the song, but that was it. It didn’t reveal much about the song, her hiatus or her upcoming album, but successfully got the message out. This is interesting considering the lengths Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber go to promote their projects, which requires enlisting as many of their A-list pals as they can.