Five Things I Love: June Edition

Rinko Kikuchi

Recently I went with some dear friends to see The Brothers Bloom, a story about con artists trying to pull off that one last job. Plot-wise, I'd say it was three stars — good ideas, but the execution had a few holes. Acting-wise, a solid five stars, which was to be expected with a cast including Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz, Mark Ruffalo, Robbie Coltrane, AND the lovely Rinko Kikuchi (best known to Americans as the deaf-mute teenager in Babel), who nearly stole the show out from everyone.

But stylistically? Is it okay with you guys if I break the unspoken rule?

Because this was definitely worthy of SIX shiny, shiny stars.

This film was gorgeous. The lighting, camera angles, locations — Prague! Greece! St. Petersburg! And the most beautiful element of all? Yeah, I'll say it.

The clothes.

My friends and I could not get over the wardrobe. Heck, I'm still not over it, two weeks later. It kinda makes me want to make out with the costume designer, Beatrix Aruna P√°sztor (who, according to IMDB, also did the sumptuous costumes for Vanity Fair).

Let's take a moment to appreciate her good work, shall we?

Hello, pleahz do not breathe on new suit. Iz vurry expensive.

You like coats? Dey are worf more than your first born childrens.

Oh hi. I have most beautiful gloves and glasses and hat. I like your flip-flops. Snert.

You did not receive invitation to P. Diddy's annual white party? Fer shame.

Ha! Ha! Ha! We are so well dressed! Everyone else looks like beans beside us. Ugly leetle beans.

You enjoy my hat? Only exceptionally wealthy could possi-blee pull off, so sorry.

It's all very Sartorialist, no? Happy sigh. The pretties, the pretties.

Quickie list of other things I'm loving right now:

(2) Gummy Sour Candy

Because sometimes it's not about want, it's about need.

(3) Radiohead's Com Lag (2Plus2isFive) — a surprise gift from Best Husband Ever, Jarrod. How did I not know this existed? Where was my memo?!

Droooool. GENIUS.

(4) Sarah Dessen, fellow North Carolinian and author of brilliant summer reads. Yes, there are cute boys in her novels. And also intelligent writing and real characters. And cute boys.

Never read her? Try one of these first!

(5) The Tudors — I enjoyed watching the first season last winter, and now I'm indulging in season two. LOVE. THIS. SHOW. The screenwriters have stayed close to the historical record (this is one of my favorite periods to study), and the acting is superb.

Plus, fancy costumes. And steamy-steamy illicit love.

I'm looking forward to season three, when Henry will get more disgusting and Cromwell will get more desperate and more people will lose their heads for dumb reasons.

What are you loving right now?


  1. Such a happy post! I feel all happy inside and stuff. Pretty costumes...food...music. Sigh.

    Let's see, I'm loving Fullmetal Alchemist. It's been way too long since I watched anime.

    I'm also loving fresh scones with honey butter. Mmm.

    And I'm totally loving on old manuscripts.

  2. Anonymous9:50 AM GMT-5

    I started reading your blog after Laini Taylor mentioned it on hers, and I have to say that I'm loving it.

    I'm also loving chocolate ice cream and Lauren Henderson's novel Kiss Me Kill Me.

    Thanks for an entertaining post!

  3. I love Sarah Dessen. I can't wait to read Along for the Ride. I've been waiting for it to come out. Thanks for the reminder that it's finally done. It's the only one I haven't read. Yea for fellow NCarolinians. Woohoo!

  4. Ooh! I am loving this movie recommendation! I can't wait to see this! Also, am I the only one who wants to see 500 Days of Summer?

    Mm. I'm loving my freezer stocked with ice cream sandwiches and strawberry popsicles too.

    pee ess. Fullmetal Alchemist is EPIC WIN! My other favorite anime is The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. SO GOOD!!! watch it now!

  5. Anonymous5:54 PM GMT-5

    Lex, you have good taste in anime. Fullmetal Alchemist is pretty much the greatest shizz ever.

    Steph, dear God, I completely will see that movie! It's seems so...well, you know, amazing, and how could it not with Adrien Brody in it?

    Right now, I am loving storms as we just had a massive one in which the power lines went out! :)

  6. Ah, dear Stephanie, we share a love of things sour and gummy. I'm so, so glad someone else can admit it. I always feel like I should be twelve in order to eat them...but me loves them.

    Can't wait to read Along for the Ride.

  7. Wow, three Fullmetal Alchemist recs & lots of Sarah Dessen love! Awesome!!

    Nat — Fresh scones with honey butter? FedEx me some, please?

    Bookduck — Thank you so much! That's so kind of you to say :) I just looked up Kiss Me Kill Me, and I love the kissy cover! I'll check it out!

    Lotus — North Carolina DOES attract a lot of cool people :)

    Lexi — I am DYING to see that movie. DY-ING.

    Jehsyka — Another Adrien fan! Yessss!!! The movie had its flaws, but it's definitely worth seeing (for his gorgeous suits and hats alone). Ooo, and I LOVE summer storms too!

    Jolie — Trying . . . to resist . . . more . . . candy . . .

  8. Im living wipeout show - makes me laugh at others pain ;)

  9. You're welcome!

    ...and I have started Along for the Ride. As far as the first 52 pages, it's goooooooooood...

  10. I am loving your blog! And brightly colored gumballs and my 12 year old's rocking iPod. And that's all I can think of. And did I mention that I love your blog??

  11. Ooo! I'm loving looking at your pictures from The Brothers Bloom. I must see it--NOW. Yummy!!

    I'm also loving fresh tomatoes, sugar-free fudgesicles (taste just like the real thing), Arizona green tea, and my screen porch which is shaded and has a giant fan and a comfy couch.


  12. Katie — Aw, you're making me blush :) Thank you!

    Sarah Frances — Yes! Tomato season! I'm loving that too. And may I come hang out on your porch and drink tea? I can think of nothing so perfectly Southern!

  13. I'm loving all of the extra time with my kids, The Ranger's Apprentice series that my best friend has been recommending for over a year, the raspberries, cucumbers and tomatoes in our garden, and did I mention the fat raspberries?

    And your blog really is lovely.

    Have you read Shannon Hale's latest? I don't know why I get so surprised when her books blow me away the first time I read them. But she took me by surprise again. Mmmm. Love.

  14. I think I would like you to record your commentary over The Brothers Bloom dialogue, pleahz. I'm not sure I will enjoy this movie without it, though I would take all the wardrobe, no problemo.

    I am still snorting over your HCB post.

    I am loving good dogs.

  15. myrna — The Actor and the Housewife? Or do you have an ARC of Forest Born?? I haven't read either yet, but I'm eager to! (And thank you for the very nice compliment :)

    Jaime — Vould you like to split wardrobe wif me?

  16. I wish! I've never gotten an ARC. And you are welcome.