Veronica Mars

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I have plans for the weekend of 3/14. They involve me wearing my super duper Veronica Mars t-shirt and sitting my ass down in a theater and watching my most anticipated movie of 2014. That’s right, it rates even higher on the excitement scale for me than The Winter Soldier (hello, Chris Evans!) and The Fault In Our Stars.

Book Pusher – The Fault In Our Stars

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It occurs to me that you may not yet have cried so hard this year that your eyes got all puffy and gross. Let me help you fix that problem!

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If you’ve not done so already, you need to read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It’s about two young cancer patients who fall in love and go on an adventure.

There’s going to be a movie coming out in June and I’m really looking forward to it.

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That Thing You Do

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I’ve been thinking about That Thing You Do lately, which means it’s time for a re-watch.

I fell down the Wiki rabbit hole and discovered that the person who wrote the title song was Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger. (Don’t know Fountains of Wayne? Go watch Stacy’s Mom and Hey Julie and then come back here.)

Schlesinger and Mike Viola are who you actually hear singing in the movie and you can see them sing it in the clip below.

Here’s a clip from the movie of The Wonders playing a big crowd after they’ve started to gain a following.

You guys look great in red, have I told you that?

When I was looking up the song, I discovered that there have been several covers. I know some people can’t stand covers (hi Mom!), but I love them.

Next up, let’s check out a boy band covering a fictional boy band’s song. Be sure to bask in the glory of the velvet pants worn by NSYNC.

I know that sometimes, you just need to go punk. Am I right? Sadly, there’s no footage of New Found Glory actually playing, so enjoy the cheesetastic picture that appears to be from some time around the late 90s.

Next up we have a rock band, The Knack, who I always associate with their first hit song My Sharona and the movie Reality Bites (Netflix link!). My my my MY SHARONA!

Ever heard of Shakalabbits? Me either, but they’re a Japanese rock band who decided to make a video of their cover. I have to say, this was the cover I was most unsure about, but I actually like it quite a bit.

Last, but not least (we’re going to give the title of least to New Found Glory) is Bubblegum Lemonade, a Scottish Indie Pop group who has a slightly dreamy feel.

Birdemic

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Check out the badass Christmas present Jess and Aaron gave me! We are watching this fabulously awful movie now and have been defending ourselves with the hangers and guns. The toilet paper? You need to watch the movie to know about that.

Go to Netflix. Watch Birdemic. Try to do it with snarky people if you can manage it.

Harry Potter!

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It’s possible that by now, you may be aware that I’m a fan of Harry Potter. If not, let me tell you now:

I am a fan of Harry Potter.

My ass is currently planted in a seat at Studio 30 and I’m about to start a marathon.

Today I’m watching Sorceror’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets.

Tomorrow is Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire.

Wednesday is Order of the Phoenix and Half Blood Prince.

Thursday is parts 1 and 2 of Deathly Hallows.

Friday is for sadness that Harry Potter is over.

Netflix Queue Game

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Indecision is a time-honored tradition in my family. Rarely is a decision made without debate and a healthy back and forth of “you decide” and “no, YOU decide.”

I have an account with Netflix and stream a lot of videos using the Netflix Instant Watch feature. I add a lot of videos to my queue and at present, have 157 videos queued up.

157 choices and industrial strength indecision leads to flailing about and spending an inordinate amount of time just trying to figure out what to watch.

As a result, I started playing the Netflix Queue Game. It’s fairly simple to play. I post a message on Twitter asking people to give me a number, provide them with a range (1-157, for example) and give a cut-off time.

When people respond with a number, I respond and tell them which movie they have suggested for me.

Once the cut-off time has been met, I choose one of the movies suggested. After all, it’s much easier to select from a pool of 6 or 10 movies than 157!

Double Feature

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I own two movies about losers who work in a music store and have emotional crises and have kickass soundtracks.

Tonight, I watched them both.

Started out with Empire Records (Remix! Special Fan Edition) in all its quotable awesomeness.

Moved on to High Fidelity because it just seemed like the logical follow-up.

I highly recommend both movies and watching them together. You will want to fill your MP3 player by the time you are done.