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‘This is Where I Leave You’

Monday, September 29, 2014 @ 01:09 PM
Author: Lincee

This Is Where I Leave You

Look at that cast, will you? How can you go wrong with Jason Bateman and Tina Fey in the same movie? Take Michael Bluth’s perfect comedic timing and Liz Lemon’s sarcastic wit and you have one DVD that is sure to make my Christmas list this year.

Based on my high expectations from watching the trailer, This is Where I Leave You isn’t the wacky comedy I hoped it would be. I understand that the entire premise of the screenplay is based on a family coming together after the death of their father, but what I didn’t expect was the dark cloud of depression that sat heavy on the entire two hour movie. I kept waiting for the mood to lighten, but it never did.

I will say that Tina Fey’s entire character was written to bring comic relief to a barrage of depressing situations. But one or two zingers every 20 minutes wasn’t enough to pull me from my doldrums. I trudged alongside the Altmans as they maneuvered and reacted to what life tossed their way.

But I guess that’s life, right? It’s not all butterflies and rainbows. We can have days that are full of regret, sadness, false hope, anger and disappointment. Every single Altman family member may be dealing with their own issues, but in the end, they have each other to lean on.

To quote Tina Fey’s character: “You guys are idiots, but you’re my idiots.”

You definitely need to be prepared for a melancholy mood when it comes to this movie. If that’s something you can mentally wrap your brain around, it’s definitely worth a rental.

I’m off to start a letter writing campaign for Tina and Jason to star in something together. Who’s with me?!

Tina Fey

Difference maker

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 04:09 PM
Author: Lincee

NEEDTOBREATHE

I’m one of those people who allows a song to take me on a journey. I’ve been on this planet for almost four decades, and there are a handful of bands and musicians who have permanent places in my heart because their music is the soundtrack of my life. These include the Annie soundtrack, Disco Mickey Mouse, New Kids on the Block, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks (not Chris Gaines), Point of Grace, Michael Buble, Amos Lee, Mumford & Sons and the entire Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton Christmas album.

And now there’s a new one to add to the list.

I remember hearing about NEEDTOBREATHE years ago. I enjoyed them for the most part, but I really didn’t pay attention to their work until they were featured on my beloved Hart of Dixie. You know a band is doing something right when their song is able to pull my focus from this handsome fella:

Wade Kinsella

I have never whipped out Shazam on my phone as fast as I did that day. These lyrics flew over Wade Kinsella’s head and through my TV:

Long live the heart
Love live the soul
That knows what it wants

It was exactly what I needed to hear at that exact moment. The song is called “The Heart” and is my 2014 theme song. I dare you not to sing along when you hear it. May I also recommend “Multiplied,” “Wasteland” and “Difference Maker” from their Rivers in the Wasteland album.

Pay careful attention to the lyrics. They are deeper than you think.

What I’m watching: Part 2

Monday, September 22, 2014 @ 01:09 PM
Author: Lincee

Lincee's Fall TV

Last week I shared a few of my favorite shows debuting this fall. I admit that there were actually twice as many newbies, but I didn’t want to look like a freak for being super excited about the new TV season.

This post is dedicated to RETURNING shows and I have decided to let my freak flag fly full force in order for you to truly appreciate the contents of my DVR. Before you email me with growing concerns that I spend too much time in front of my TV, let the record show that since the invention of the DVR, I am actually SAVING time by fast forwarding through commercials. I am also way more social because I never have to rush out during dinner with friends or at Bible study to catch the beginning of 19 Kids and Counting.

This is my list. I am very proud of it. Share it. Enjoy it. Own it. [mic drop]

Monday Lineup:

Show: Dancing with the Stars
Debuted: September 15
Why I’m watching: Cousin Carlton is a contestant. Do you need another reason?

Show: Castle
Debuts: September 29
Why I’m watching: Richard Castle always has, and always will be, one of my favorite TV boyfriends. And I want Beckett’s hair. Truly. In a Tammi Taylor sort of way.

Show: The Originals
Debuts: October 6
Why I’m Watching: There are vampires. They don’t sparkle, but they do run wild in New Orleans. And the fact that this is a pretty decent spin-off of my favorite vampire show ever definitely helps the cause.

Tuesday Lineup:

Show: Agents of Shield
Debuted: September 23
Why I’m Watching: These are the people who work for superheroes. I could totally do that for a living. You know, if they needed a company newsletter or something.

Show: About a Boy
Debuts: October 14
Why I’m Watching: I have been a fan of Minnie Driver since her Good Will Hunting Days. I also adore the kid in this show and have strong affections for David Walton ever since me played Sam on New Girl. He’s also sarcastic, which as y’all know, is my love language.

About a Boy

Show: New Girl
Debuted: September 16
Why I’m Watching: A. I love it. B. Nick Miller is my other TV boyfriend. C. I’m covering the show for Entertainment Freaking Weakly. D. I believe I should show this clip on my website as many times as possible until it no longer becomes relevant…which will be never.

Show: The Mindy Project
Debuted: September 16
Why I’m Watching: I am convinced that Mindy Kaling and I were Siamese twins separated at birth because we share a brain.

Show: 19 Kids and Counting
Debuted: September 2
Why I’m watching: Because the Dugger Family is amazing.

Wednesday Lineup:

Show: The Goldbergs
Debuts: September 24
Why I’m watching: I am a child of the 80s and it is in my DNA to watch this show.

Show: Modern Family
Debuts: September 24
Why I’m watching: I keep asking myself that, but I press on. I’m no quitter. I finish what I start.

Show: Nashville
Debuts: September 24
Why I’m watching: Nashville speaks to my country soul. Especially when this guy is on screen. Long live Deacon’s pearl snap and tight Wranglers. Hey Deacon. Call me if Tammi Taylor chooses Luke. I’ll totally marry you.

Thursday Lineup:

Show: Big Bang Theory
Debuts: September 22
Why I’m Watching: There’s no other explanation other than nerd love.

Show: Parenthood
Debuts: September 25
Why I’m Watching: I want the Bravermans to adopt me. Is that so wrong?

Show: Vampire Diaries
Debuts: October 2
Why I’m Watching: I just can’t help myself. Damon is too pretty not to watch every week.

Saturday Lineup:

Show: Outlander
Debuted: August
Why I’m Watching: Read all about it here. Or just look at this.

Sunday Lineup:

Show: Once Upon a Time
Debuts: September 28
Why I’m Watching: I watched at the beginning because it was intriguing. I was interested in watching fairy tales from a different perspective. Now it’s all over the map. I wan to let it go, but I can’t now that Frozen characters are living in Storybrook. (See what I did there? Does the joke become void when you point out the joke?)

Show: Revenge
Debuts: September 28
Why I’m watching: I’m convinced that my friend Rebecca and I are the only two people watching this modern day soap opera. And I’m completely fine with that! I’LL CALL YOU MONDAY REBECCA!

Okay. I’m ready for whatever you have for me. Are there shows I missed? Are you watching the same ones as me? Are you silently blessing my heart for such a long list? Discuss in the comment section!

Mix tape

Saturday, September 20, 2014 @ 03:09 PM
Author: Lincee

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There are a handful of people who know me well and Natalie Weakly is one of them. As self-proclaimed Queen of the Mix Tape, you can imagine my squeal of delight when Natalie presented me with this necklace for no particular reason. This piece screams LINCEE and I know it’s cool jewelry because Natalie dresses people for a living.

Thank you Natalie. It’s never coming off. I don’t care if you think it doesn’t technically go with everything I will ever wear in my life, it’s not coming off.