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Binky International Film Festival: Day Three

Hello and welcome to Day Three of “Binky International Film Festival“. Over the past two days, we have reviewed some “Big Budget Awesomeness” and “Sundance Darlings” and today, we are going to concentrate on a genre that is as old as time itself: “Chick Flicks”. Despite being a cynic and a feminist, I have loved romantic comedies since I first saw When Harry Met Sally for the first time back in the sixth grade, and I’m not ashamed of it. 😉 Sure, this genre has declined rapidly over the last decade (where’s Meg Ryan when you need her?) but this year I have seen some improvements. There’s hope for this genre yet. So without further ado, grab your tub of Ben & Jerry’s and let’s dive straight in!

Note: Two of the movies in this post (Country Strong and Waiting For Forever) are not romantic comedies, but since these are the kind of movies that appeal more to women than men, I decided to put them in this category. Also: technically Bridesmaids needs to be in this category as well but since it receives quite a bit of nominations this award season, it’ll be in tomorrow’s “Award Worthy” genre.

“Chick Flicks”

Crazy Stupid Love

 Opening Weekend: July 29, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 118 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Glenn Ficara, John Requa & Dan Fogelman
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, etc

2011 is a great year for one Ryan Gosling. Sure he lost the “Sexiest Man Alive” title to Bradley Cooper (which caused an uproar) but there is no denying that about 99% of women (plus about the same percentage of gay men) on earth want to have sex with him. Myself included. And this movie gives us about 50% of the reason why we all want him (the other 50% is divided between Drive and The Ides of March): he’s a confident, self-assured hottie with a body so perfect Emma Stone’s character accused his abs of being photoshopped. We all want to leave the bar and get straight to bed with him. But enough about Gosling! I think this movie is the best romcom of 2011. Carell is so hilarious, and he and Gosling play off each other so well. If you want to feel all warm and fuzzy while at the same time laugh so hard you nearly pee, you might want to give this movie a try if you haven’t already. You won’t regret it.


Rating: 4 Out of 5 stars

Country Strong

Opening Weekend: January 7, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 117 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Shana Feste
Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garret Hedlund, Leighton Meester

Two things I learned from watching this movie: one, I totally understand the Gwyneth Paltrow backlash and why people can’t stand her, and two, Leighton Meester can actually sing, you guys, provided that she wises up and embrace the country pop genre for real. No more of those pop dance-y singles, Leighton, stick with what you’re good at. Other than those two things, this movie is kind of meh. It feels more like Gwyneth Paltrow trying to prove she can do it all (act, sing country, act drunk etc), and the best part of the movie is when her character (spoiler alert) dies, and some sweet Hedlund/Meester scenes. The movie is just not that good, period. Color me unimpressed.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

No Strings Attached

Opening Weekend: January 21, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 108 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Ivan Reitman & Elizabeth Merriwhether. Story by Elizabeth Merriwhether & Michael Samonek.
Stars: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Jake Johnson, Kevin Kline, Mindy Kaling, etc

Just so you know I’m not exactly a fan of Ashton Kutcher and I always assume that a movie with him in the lead would suck. But luckily, I love Natalie Portman so I gave this romcom a chance and I didn’t regret it. The movie is quite funny, Natalie Portman is just so delightful in it. But then again, after her Oscar-winning turn in Black Swan, did we expect anything less? I also love that even though it followed a certain predictable romcom formula, it doesn’t rely too heavily on the cliches. The scene with Natalie Portman in the car, cry-singing “Bleeding Love” and binging on donut holes – that’s genuinely non-cliche funny. And we women can relate! It has happened to us once or twice, right? So even if you can’t stand Kutcher, I still recommend you check out this flick. It’ll put a smile on your face, seriously.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Friends With Benefits

Opening Weekend: July 22, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 109 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Will Gluck & Keith Merryman, David A. Newman. Story by Harley Peyton, Keith Merryman & David A. Newman.
Stars: Mila Kunis, Jason Timberlake, Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman, Patricia Clarkson etc

2011 is a pretty good year for movies, but someone somewhere in Hollywood must’ve screwed up because in the space of less than 6 months, two romcoms with identical premises came out, both with attractive leads and both with the same fast-talking zany humor. And who came out on top? Sorry Mila Kunis, but your Black Swan co-star beats you this time around. Out of the two movies, I like No Strings Attached better, maybe because Friends With Benefits tries a little too hard to be tongue-in-cheek and funny. And by the time the movie came out, flash mobs are so two years ago, no matter how cute Mila Kunis tries to convince you of otherwise.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Waiting For Forever

Opening Weekend: February 4, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 95 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): James Keach & Steve Adams
Stars: Rachel Bilson, Tom Sturridge, Richard Jenkins, Blythe Danner

I think I’m the only one who saw this little seen Rachel Bilson movie, and even though it wasn’t the best romantic film of the year, I actually didn’t hate it. Sure at first I thought Tom Sturridge’s character has mental disabilities or something, especially the way he pines for Rachel Bilson’s character but never once dares to make a move, but then I realized that he’s not, he just chooses to deal with the world in his own childlike way. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It may be naïve but it’s not idiotic. I also like Bilson taking on a more complicated role for once, and she’s pretty good in this movie too. But obviously Gwyneth Paltrow’s mom, Blythe Danner steals the scene. She’s just heartbreaking in this movie and if nothing else, she should be the reason to check out this movie. Trust me.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I Don’t Know How She Does It

Opening Weekend: September 16, 2011
Approx. Running Time: 89 min
Director & Screenwriter(s): Douglas McGrath & Aline Brosh Mckenna
Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Hendricks, Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, etc

Do you ever wonder why, if a woman is successful at her career, and at the same time is successful at being a wife and mother, people ask “How does she do it?” as if women are expected to just be good at one thing and fail miserably at the other? Well this movie attempts to address this way of thinking, and I think it’s pretty successful in presenting the case that women can in fact do it all and we don’t have to apologize for wanting to be a good mother and a career woman, while not downplaying the hardships than are bound to come from wanting to have it all. The good thing about this movie: it deals with the real issues that working mothers actually deal with. The bad thing about this movie: Sarah Jessica Parker can be grating at times. I would have liked to see Christina Hendricks in the lead role instead of SJP, but that’s just me. All in all, it’s not the best, most inspiring movie about women (0r even the most accurate one, to be honest) but it’s pretty enjoyable nonetheless. And what do you know, Olivia Munn can act after all! She’s actually funny! We do learn something from this movie. 🙂

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

And there you have it, Day Three of Binky International Film Festival! I hope you’ve enjoyed all the chick flicks we’ve revisited today and don’t forget to come back tomorrow for Day Four, where we’ll be taking a look at this year’s “Award Worthy” movies. Until then!

Binky Bee

It’s Just A Little (Girl) Crush

There is a misconception out there in society that women are somehow always competing with other women. That we’re catty and jealous and we turn green when we’re near other women who are more superior, either in looks or intellect or both. I say this is a misconception because I find it to be a load of bullshit. Women are able to build sincere, genuine friendships with other women and instead of turning green with envy when we see someone who’s more beautiful or smarter or both, we actually genuinely admire them and aspire to be like them.

This kind of admiration and/or aspiration is what I like to call having a “girl-crush”. It’s not a sexual thing, it’s just that “oh my god she’s so cool, she’s amazing” feeling that we get whenever we see a certain woman that we admire, whether for her looks, her talents, her intellects, her sense of style, or all of the above. We don’t want to compete with these women and we don’t necessarily want to be exactly like them, we just want to be their best friend.

In my lifetime I have a lot of girl-crushes, some are my own friends, some are celebrities. But this time around I just want to focus on the latter and count down my Top 10 Girl Crushes of The Moment. Why? Because women are awesome and we need to celebrate us. I know International Women’s Day have come and gone but we need more than just one day to celebrate the amazing, wonderful creatures that we are, right? 🙂

So let’s not waste any moment and get straight to the countdown, shall we?

My Top 10 Girl Crushes of The Moment:

10/ Shannon Woodward

The rising star of Raising Hope may not be a household name just yet, but seeing how she can hold her own against the great Martha Plimpton and Cloris Leachman on a weekly basis, I have a feeling that it’s just a matter of time before she becomes a critics and award shows darling like her longtime boyfriend Andrew Garfield. This gorgeous brunette is absolutely delightful as Sabrina, the quick-witted supermarket clerk that soon stole not only lead character Jimmy’s heart but also yours truly. She’s gorgeous, she’s funny, she’s got an easy coolness about her and she’s dating the new Spiderman. She’s definitely worthy to be in the number ten spot.

9/ Leighton Meester

When Gossip Girl first debuted in the Fall of 2007, producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage clearly thought that Blake Lively’s Serena would be the one character that the show would revolve around. But they didn’t expect how easily and masterfully my number 9 girl-crush stole the show and made Blair Waldorf the character that everyone is obsessed with. Leighton Meester makes the snobby, neurotic and aristocratic Blair Waldorf accessible, funny and endearing and there is no doubt this girl will move on to even greater things after Gossip Girl, which is why she gets to sit pretty right here at number 9.

8/ Olivia Wilde

Just like Leighton Meester, Olivia Wilde got her start thanks to the hit show creating duo Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage when she landed a recurring role in season two of The OC as Seth’s (and a few episodes later, Marissa’s) love interest. Now, her career seems unstoppable, with her starring in the Fox’s hit medical drama House and headlining Jon Favreau’s much anticipated summer blockbuster Cowboys and Aliens. Even though her personal life took a hit recently, this talented beauty is still amazing enough to earn the number 8 spot in this list. Look at her! How can anyone not have a crush on her?

7/ Kristen Bell

The world may only be aware of the beauty and talents of this petite blond after she starred in the blockbuster comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but fans of cult-favorite (and canceled too soon) teen detective show Veronica Mars have known and loved Kristen Bell since she broke into the scene as the titular character that was worshiped by fans everywhere. Now Ms Bell is all grown up and moving to movies, while enjoying a quiet, tabloid-free life with her husband Dax Sheppard. A teen star who grows up to be a functioning adult? You bet yo’ ass she’s girl-crush material!

6/ Emma Stone

We first met her when she starred opposite Jonah Hill in Superbad and subsequently fell in love with her when she totally kicked ass in movies like Zombieland and Easy A. Emma Stone is the girl we all wish we had been when we were younger; beautiful, smart, confident and uber-talented. After nabbing a Golden Globe nomination this year, she’s now busy cozying up to Andrew Garfield’s Spiderman as she takes on the role of his new love interest, Gwen. Do we even need a reason to love this girl more?

5/ Carey Mulligan

She got an Oscar nomination from her breakout role as Jenny in An Education, and she continues to impress critics with her talents to this day. Her recent film Never Let Me Go may have flopped in the box office but critics agree that she gave a tour-de-force performance in the sci-fi drama. Aside from her obvious talent, she’s also quite the style icon, continuing to impress fashion lovers everywhere with her choice of red carpet style. Beautiful, talented and stylish? She’s definitely #5 girl-crush worthy.

4/ Mila Kunis

Another Oscar-nominee in our list, Mila Kunis first became a household name when she starred as the loud and superficial Jackie Burkhart in the hit comedy That 70s Show at the tender age of fifteen. Unlike most of the other cast members whose careers have somewhat stalled after the show was canceled, Kunis went on to bigger and brighter things, from starring opposite our #7 girl-crush in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, to finally landing the role that gave her an Oscar nod in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. Macaulay Culkin may have fallen out of love with her but my girl-crush on this gorgeous brunette is definitely still going strong!

3/ Dianna Agron

This beautiful Gleek first grabbed our attention as the girl we all loved to hate, the bitchy blond head cheerleader whose sole mission in life is to torture those less superior from her. But Agron’s true inner beauty was too bright to conceal, and her Glee character Quinn soon followed suit and became more and more lovable. Now that’s a powerful testament to how amazing this girl is. She’s not only gorgeous and has a sweet voice, she’s also a sensitive artist who loves photography, and her Tumblr blog shows how multi-layered and intelligent she really is. Is it any wonder that she’s in my #3 spot?

2/ Rashida Jones

Our #2 girl seems destined to be in showbiz, after all she’s the daughter of legendary producer Quincy Jones and model Poppy Lipton, and she’s drop dead gorgeous. But unlike most kids with famous parents, she opted to pursue a Harvard education instead of pretending to be famous in Hollywood right after high school. She only became a household name when she joined the cast of The Office in season three as Karen Fillipelli, and after her stint at The Office was over, moved over to the charming and underrated Parks and Recreation, where she plays sensible nurse Ann Perkins. A drop dead gorgeous Harvard graduate with a good head on her shoulders, the lovely miss Jones truly deserves to be the runner up in this countdown.

1/ Zooey Deschanel

For those of you who have been following this blog from the very beginning, the number one girl in this list should come as no surprise. I have mentioned my love of this quirky indie actress/musician many times and let’s just say my girl-crush on her is not something I’ll get over any time soon. How can I? She’s adorable, super stylish, fabulously down-to-earth, funny and sweetly approachable. She’s everything I want to (but could never) be. And the fact that she’s married to the frontman of my favorite band (Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie) just makes me love her more. And that is why, my friends, she’s my number one girl-crush of (probably) all time.

So there you have it, ten amazing women I absolutely admire. Who’s your girl-crush?

Xoxo

Binky Bee

My 12 Days of Christmas Countdown: Eighth Day

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me; two black swans, one kick-ass tween and a country-singing queen bee. 🙂 Welcome back to another day of My (quite ambitious) 12 Days of Christmas Countdown. If you’re getting bored with this already, I’m sorry. But it’s not my fault that it’s 12 Days of Christmas instead of three. Anyway, I’ve covered the 10 Movie Screen Scorchers yesterday so naturally today is all about the ladies. Who are this year’s most fabulous big screen actresses? Let’s get right to it.

My Top 10 Fabulous Big Screen Ladies of 2010

1/ Natalie Portman, Black Swan.

This time last year, Sandra Bullock was the talk of Hollywood. Her performance in The Blind Side impressed the critics so much that she was getting a much-deserved Oscar buzz. Now, it’s Natalie Portman’s turn. Her performance in Black Swan got everyone a-buzzin’ and she’s pretty much got the Oscar nomination in the bag. And that’s why she’s our number one lady. She’s always been immensely talented, I remember seeing her in The Professional and being utterly amazed by her tour-de-force performance. She was only about 13 at the time. I knew winning an Oscar was only a matter of time for this Harvard graduate, and the time could be now. And if she doesn’t, hey, at least she’ll have something else to look forward to. Mazel Tov, Natalie!

2/ Mila Kunis, Black Swan.

Natalie Portman isn’t the only actress from Black Swan getting rave reviews and award nominations, and I couldn’t be happier for our number two lady. Not only is she one of my girl-crushes, she’s also a terrific actress who can nail both dramatic and comedic roles with such ease and grace. Kunis got her start in the hit Fox comedy That 70s Show, but when the careers of other That 70s Show stars seem to have stalled (even Kutcher’s), Kunis’ star continues to rise. I don’t know if she’s going to get an Oscar nomination, unlike Portman, her Globes and SAG nominations come as a total surprise, but even without it I have no doubt she’ll dominate the big screen. She’s beautiful, talented and surprisingly low-key. And those are all great qualities to have in this business.

3/ Chloe Grace Moretz, Kick-Ass/Let Me In.

I’m not usually a big fan of child actors. I find most of them, especially the girls, precocious and grating. But when I saw this tween actress in Kick-Ass, I changed my mind completely. She. Was. AWESOME. Some of my girl friends were horrified watching her violently kill people and fluently use coarse language (including the C-word) in the movie, but she totally rocked my world. And then I saw her in that vampire film Let Me In, the American adaptation of the Swedish movie “Let The Right One In”, and I was just in awe of her. I mean, she really put R-Pattz and his band of sparkly vampires to shame. She was tortured and evil at the same time, it’s amazing. And to think, she’s only 13! She may not be a “lady” yet, but she’s so fabulous she deserves a spot in this list.

4/ Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine.

When she started out on Dawson’s Creek, I don’t think we all quite expected that she would be the one with an impressive career – since the show was all about Katie Holmes’ Joey. But Katie Holmes is nothing more than Tom Cruise’s wife now while Michelle Williams is an Oscar-nominated actress, and a critics’ darling. Sure, most people pay attention to her because of Heath Ledger and his untimely death, but before and after Ledger, Williams have shown she’s an actress to be taken seriously. Now with Blue Valentine, I won’t be surprised if she gets nominated for another Oscar. And I bet it won’t be the last.

5/ Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right.

We may tease her fake Boston accent when she guest-starred in 30 Rock as Jack Donaghy’s long lost love, but we can’t deny her amazing performance in The Kids Are All Right. As Jules, she is funny, confusing, often frustrating and yet very likable, even after she cheats on her wife with Mark Rufallo. She takes a complex character and plays her in a very human way, giving us access and room to relate. And that’s just one of the reasons why she’s so fabulous. I don’t know if she’ll be nominated for an Oscar, but I have a feeling she might take home the Globes. You hear that HFPA? Give that trophy to Jules already!

6/ Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right.

Remember when Annette Bening used to only be famous for being Warren Beatty’s wife? No? Neither do I, because this Mrs. Warren Beatty has been nominated for so many awards over the last decade that no one even seems to remember who she’s married to. There are only a few actresses in this world that can sell a movie to me (as in, I’ll watch the movie simply because she’s in it and no other reason), and Annette Bening is one of those few. I’m actually surprised she hasn’t won an Oscar yet, she shines in every role. If only both her and Julianne Moore can win in that Best Actress Comedy category at the Globes… ah, that would make me one very happy camper.

7/ Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone.

She’s still considered a newcomer now, but considering her critically-acclaimed performance in Winter’s Bone and the fact that she’ll be in the next X-Men movie, I’m thinking she’ll be a mega star before long. I actually didn’t know this girl before I saw Winter’s Bone, but now I’m totally in awe of her. Hollywood is filled with troubled and not that talented young actresses, so seeing this relative unknown carry an intense movie and a difficult role with such conviction just gives me hope that Hollywood is not lacking in talent after all.

8/ Emma Stone, Easy A.

If you thought Emma Stone was charming and fun in Superbad, you’re going to fall in love with her, like majorly, in Easy A. She wasn’t only charming, she was funny, self-assured and brilliant. Yeah, sure, playing a seventeen-year-old dealing with nasty high school rumors may not seem like a stretch, compared to, feather-plucking ballerina for example, but as Lindsay Lohan proves in Mean Girls, it’s not that easy either. And this redhead succeeds where Lohan failed, she actually can act. If Tina Fey ever thinks of writing another teen comedy, she should have Emma Stone’s number on speed-dial.

9/ Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

She wasn’t on my radar before Scott Pilgrim, but after seeing her rock a blue (and sometimes green and red) hair in the film, I have a major girl-crush on her. She has primarily been called a “scream queen” thanks to her roles in various horror films like Final Destination 3 and The Thing, but I think she can move up to comic book hero any time soon. Have they cast the new Mary Jane for Spiderman yet? She and Andrew Garfield will so burn up the screen!

10/ Leighton Meester, Country Strong.

I know Gwyneth Paltrow is the star of the country music drama, but just like her character in the movie, Ms Meester is slowly stealing the spotlight. First of all, despite her failed attempt at being a music star, she actually sounds amazing in the soundtrack, which got me thinking that she should’ve gone country instead of all pop R&B with Robin Thicke in the first place, and second, she already said that her contract with Gossip Girl is ending in two years, which means, considering the steady drop in quality, she’ll be free to star in more movies soon. Besides, we’ve already established that she’s a way better actress than Blake Lively. She’s the queen bee after all.

And that wraps up my Top 10 Fabulous Big Screen Ladies of 2010. I hope you’re still enjoying my 12 Days of Christmas series, I’ll be back tomorrow with the Top 10 Worst Movies of 2010. Don’t worry, I won’t forget to include The Tourist. 🙂

Until then,

xoxo

Binky Bee

 

My 12 Days of Christmas Countdown: Third Day

…On the third day of Christmas Countdown, my true love gave to me: ten fabulous ladies of TV. Okay that sounds weird. 🙂 Anyway, as promised, today is all about the ladies, so let’s not delay and get right to the countdown. Enjoy!

My Top 10 Fabulous TV Ladies of 2010

1/ Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men.

Forget about her divorce from SNL’s Fred Armisen, or her foray into Scientology and focus on the fact that she makes Peggy Olsen the awesome woman that she is, then you’ll see why I’ve chosen her as the number one. Peggy is probably the only character in Mad Men that continues to transform every season, and I think season 4 was truly her season. She’s no longer having weird and somewhat creep-tastic affairs with Duck Phillips, she and Pete Campbell seemed to have put the past behind them and even the news of Trudy’s pregnancy didn’t seem to shatter her, and the best part of it all is that she finally could stand up to Don, which made him respect her even more. Now that Anna Draper has passed away, Peggy is the only woman that he sees as his equal, and that’s saying something. So for portraying this fascinating character with such ease and grace, you get to be number one, Miss Moss. Take that, Fred Armisen!

2/ Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire.

As much as I love Boardwalk Empire, I was often frustrated by the writers’ inability to write for the female characters in the show. But after a while I realized that it wasn’t because the writers didn’t know how to write for the female characters, it was more because they were all focused on developing MacDonald’s character Margaret Schroeder so much so that all other female characters (in the exception of Gretchen Mol’s Gillian) seemed like an afterthought. And somehow I think it’s MacDonald’s amazing presence and ability to fully inhabit the character is the cause. I wouldn’t be surprised if she won Best Actress at The Globes and SAG (was she nominated at SAG? I can’t remember), because she really was that fantastic in the show. And that’s also why she’s the runner up in this list. Can’t give top honors to half-baked actresses, can we?

3/ Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries.

She’s never going to be nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe or SAG for this awesome CW vampire show since let’s face it, award voters are snobs and they look down on the CW and teen vampire shows in general (regardless of how awesome it actually is if they ever bother to watch), and I think it’s such a shame. If you’ve been watching the second season like I have, you’ll know that Nina Dobrev truly deserves an award for her performance as both Elena Gilbert and her evil vampire doppelganger Katherine. She was so convincing as both characters that sometimes I thought another actress was playing the role of Katherine. And to think that before The Vampire Diaries, she was a virtual unknown. The award snobs may overlook you, Nina, but I sure won’t. You deserve to be on this list, and let’s hope one day you’ll really get noticed by the people who matter.

4/ Anna Torv, Fringe.

Speaking of actresses who have to portray two characters in one TV show, our number four fabulous lady has been nothing short than impressive in the third season of Fringe so far. People were skeptical of Torv when Fringe was in the first season, they thought she was wooden and she tried too hard with her American accent (she’s Australian) but she really stepped it up in the second season, before impressing us all with taking on the role of both universes’ Olivia Dunham. She was both vulnerable and determined, and the best part is that she could portray Faux-livia in such a way that we could really hate her guts for ruining everything for Olivia. Just like Dobrev and The Vampire Diaries, Torv and Fringe are often passed by awards snobs, so I hope this list isn’t the only one she lands in this year.

5/ Sofia Vergara, Modern Family.

I can’t do a list of top 10 fabulous ladies of TV without including this “volumptuous” funny lady, can I? Sofia Vergara has been killing it on Modern Family lately, you can always count on her to make you laugh or at least chuckle every episode, even if it’s not a particularly funny episode. And I love her more because she truly shatters the idea that gorgeous, sexy women can’t be hilarious and smart. Actually, maybe I should hate her for that. LOL.

6/ Tina Fey, 30 Rock.

Just like Sofia Vergara, Tina Fey is awesome because she can make fun of herself on a weekly basis in her show 30 Rock. She may not have Vergara’s body or sex appeal but she’s got a butt double and Matt Damon on her arms, so really, who says being totally self-deprecating and dorky is a disadvantage? And of course Fey is in this list because 30 Rock is suddenly super awesome again in its fifth season, proving to the world that Liz Lemon is unstoppable. After all, she has DIHC! (If you’re not a 30 Rock fan, DIHC is Jack’s acronym for Determination, Intelligence, Humility and Chaos. Yes, he knows how it sounds and he doesn’t care.)

7/ Mae Whitman, Parenthood.

Lauren Graham aka The Actress Formerly Known As Lorelai Gilmore usually gets the most hype when it comes to this show, but I think her onscreen daughter is totally stealing her thunder. Unlike Alexis Bledel’s Rory in Gilmore Girls, Whitman’s Amber is the not-so-perfect daughter of Graham’s character, who in the first season rebelled by smoking, drinking and hooking up with her cousin’s boyfriend. But Amber changed her ways in season 2, opting to be a good student and focus on her SATs, and had the nerve to tell her mother how “disappointed she is in her” when she didn’t come home after hooking up with William Baldwin. And through all that, Whitman’s acting is award-worthy, and she does have the ability to cry so convincingly. So for being a different, altogether more awesome version of Rory Gilmore, welcome to this list, Mae Whitman.

8/ Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl.

Gossip Girl may be going downhill with each passing season, but one thing that remains consistent about that show is the fabulousness of one Blair Waldorf, portrayed by the one and only Leighton Meester. She may not have Blake Lively’s cleavage, but that only makes her the better actress. She is funny, snarky, bitchy and crazy in every episode of Gossip Girl, and every now and then when the writers actually give her a decent material to work with, she shows us she can be vulnerable and heartbreaking as well. Even the foreshadowing of the wince-inducing Dair (Dan and Blair) cannot stop me from inducting this girl into this list. Although, Blair might have a problem with me putting her in number eight…

9/ Naya Rivera, Glee.

Lea Michele may be the girl who gets the most attention out of all the female Gleeks, but I think this season Naya Rivera’s Santana totally steals the show. Despite only being upgraded to main cast member in the latter half of the first season, Rivera successfully makes Santana the character I most love to watch every episode. She not only has the best bitch face, she also nails the snarkiness of the character every time. And her voice is amazing! Gleeks of the world may be staging a protest over the break up of Finchel, but I for one would love to see her hook up with Finn again, if only to see more of Naya.

10/ Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck.

Do I really need to explain why this lady is fabulous? She’s a kick-ass spy who’s madly in love with the coolest geek on television. She’s the fantasy of every teenage dorks in the world, and she is both loved by male and female fans of the show, because despite of her fantastic spy alter-ego, she can show vulnerability on screen without being sappy. And hey, she totally holds her own opposite Sarah Connor Linda Hamilton. Fabulous lady indeed.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the countdowns so far. Tune back in tomorrow, I’ll be counting down the last of the TV section: Top 10 TV Bromance of 2010. Because there’s no romance like a bromance, right?

Till then!

xoxo

Binky Bee

 

On The Street

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” – Coco Chanel

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Here are some of my favorite “street style”, documented in photographs:

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From The Sartorialist.

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My fashion icon: Alexa Chung on the streets of London.

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Another fashion icon: Rachel Bilson at LAX airport.

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Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester on the streets of New York.

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Her red carpet style may have been a lot of hits and misses, but I really love her personal, everyday style. Maybe she should fire her stylist.

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I’m just saying. I am really craving for those jeans. And she looks cute in glasses.

Finally, Mark Ronson’s cutie ex Tennessee Thomas – in what appears to be a subway. Not sure this is truly “street style”, the photo seems to be from a magazine spread or something. But I love her style anyway.

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Err… yeah, before you ask – I do have a thing for brunette girls.

xoxo

Binky Bee

 

 

Awesome New Tunes

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My love for the bitchy and truly addictive CW show Gossip Girl has introduced me to a few new bands that I would otherwise not be exposed to, and one of them is this indie pop/dance/electronica duo with an awesome name and sound: Awesome New Republic.

Awesome New Republic hails from Miami, Florida and consisting of Michael John Hancock and Brian Robertson. The duo had previously performed together in a 5-piece band called Empirical Mile with other students from the University of Miami music school. In 2005, “MJ” and “B-Rob” combined two previously hand made studio albums Courageous and Witness Now the Birth of An Awesome New Republic to create their debut release “ANR So Far”.

In 2008, they were featured as a center piece in a New York Times article about the budding Miami music scene which hailed them as “one of the newest exponents of this growing tropical bohemia.”

Their first studio album, “Rational Geographic Volume I”, the beginning of a trilogy inspired by the dichotomy of George Lucas’ original Star Wars and the past three decades of American government, was released in April 2009 with its lead single “Birthday”, which brings us to Gossip Girl. Lead actress Leighton Meester, who played uber bitch and queen bee Blair Waldorf in the show, did a cover of the single which was subsequently leaked on the web.

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What I love about this band is not only the awesome, catchy, dance-able songs but the fact that they encourage the free, yes, FREE, distribution of their album Rational Geographic Volume I via torrent site isoHunt. Now that’s the mark of a true artist. They don’t care how you get their album, they just want you to listen to their music.

So if you like electronica tunes that you can not only dance to but also sing along to, check out this awesome new band. Get their first album free on isoHunt and get ready to dance, dance, dance!