It has been 10 years since a group of four best friends took their journey into adulthood to the big screen in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Girls worldwide were taken to a place where a single pair of jeans had the power to perfectly fit four different girls while simultaneously helping them solve all of their life problems. I’m not going to deny that I may have tried once or twice to find a pair of jeans that would fit all of my friends and I, but sadly was unsuccessful. Continue reading
In the pop culture world, Thanksgiving gets the short end of the stick. It falls between the first fall and winter holiday of spooky, scary Halloween and is shortly before the magical time of Chrismahanakwanzika. As soon as the pumpkins are chucked, the Christmas carols start playing on repeat. Everyone immediately adorns their homes with Frosty the Snowman and completely forgoes Tom Turkey. Continue reading
I had a vision for this article. It was something along the lines of, “How can I write something where it would be relevant to include the music video for Independent Women Pt. I by Destiny’s Child?” (The creative process at its best, y’all!) Continue reading
It would not be an understatement to say that Joss Whedon and his television shows – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse – have shaped my life. I started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer at 10, and I just never really stopped watching Whedon shows. Or movies. But I liked Whedon before he was cool, AKA before The Avengers came out. Continue reading
In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Carlton Cuse expressed his belief that Lost will be reborn through the minds of other writers sometime in the near future. Our love-hate-love affair with the show still burns passionately even four years after the controversial series finale aired. What is it that about Lost that maintains our attention? Is it the mystery and intrigue? Maybe it’s the characters and the relationships they form on the island. How about the infamous sound effect that closed every episode and left us wanting more? The answer is: all of it. Continue reading
I may have been a teenager about 40 years after Eric and the gang, but that doesn’t mean That ‘70s Show didn’t teach me some valuable lessons on life. Continue reading
It’s very easy to make a millennial nostalgic. Just mention things in pop culture like the Spice Girls, Nickelodeon’s All That and Disney Channel Original Movies. Every generation will tell you something isn’t as good as it used to be, and for millennials, it’s the DCOM. “They just don’t make them like they used to” is an annoying sentiment until you have to say it about something from your childhood. Continue reading
Seatbelts, everyone! In 2016, Netflix will roll out a Magic School Bus reboot. The new show will be called The Magic School Bus 360°. The original program ran from 1994 to 1997 and featured everyone’s favorite eccentric, positive science teacher, Ms. Frizzle. I’m fairly sure every ’90s kid can still appreciate her sage advice (“Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!”) and wacky adventures (inside the human body, in outer space, in Herp Haven to rescue Liz). But what will the new show bring to the table? Continue reading
It’s been 11 years since the Disney TV movie version of A Wrinkle in Time came out. Fans of the fantasy novel by Madeleine L’Engle, will be pleased to know that a new Disney movie adaptation, this time for the screen, is in the works. The even better news is that Jennifer Lee, director of Frozen, is going to be writing the script for this as her newest project. Continue reading
Have mercy! Everywhere you look there are rumors about a Full House revival. Continue reading
Friends is one of the greatest shows of all time. I won’t add arguably one of the greatest shows because no one that has seen an episode of the hit NBC show would ever argue that it wasn’t among the best shows ever created. The 20th anniversary of the show’s premiere is approaching! What better way to celebrate its birthday than to recognize some of the top episodes of all time. Continue reading
Two of the many things I love are joining forces for the small screen. I’m talking about the Scream franchise and MTV. Is it just me or has MTV recently increased its television show cred? I’m talking about Awkward., Teen Wolf and Faking It. Now, to add onto their programming, is Scream the TV series. Continue reading
Anne Hathaway once played Mia Thermopolis, who underwent a makeover under the guidance of Queen, Clarisse Renaldi, played by Julie Andrews in The Princess Diaries. Before she was swept up in movie magic, Mia Thermopolis looked a mess. Her hair was a frizz ball before it looked like it was sleeked down by a Garnier commercial, or something equivalent. Paolo, anyone? Her eyebrows looked like they hadn’t been waxed, well…ever. Plus, her dorky glasses shaded her gorgeous caramel eyes and pearly-white teeth. Of course, we’re sure her character’s confidence levels also had something to do with hiding her polished smile.
Confidence is the key to a successful makeover in real life and though the idea of a movie-makeover seems great, what with all the fanciful lighting and upholstery, we must remember that it is just that. Media producers go through a strain of work to be able to take these characters from drab to fab in a near-minute montage sequence during a movie. What seems like a second of your time that has faded away over a bucket of popcorn, a tall diet soda and wince of admiration, likely takes hours during the hair and makeup process that happens between takes on set.
We must also remember that these women are actresses and that their faces were likely already gorgeous pre-character makeover. In fact, odds are that these ladies underwent a make-under before transforming themselves into princess equivalent beauties.
Take the classic, She’s All That example, where Freddie Prinze Jr. takes a wallflower, played by Rachael Leigh Cook, and attempts to turn her into the high school prom queen because he had placed a bet with one of his buddies that he could. Prinze Jr. plays jock, Zack Siler, and Cook plays the shy, arty-girl, Laney Boggs, in the film. Of course, Cook was already gorgeous before filming and the removal of glasses and putting on sexy clothes does not automatically put you into the category of ultimate hottie (or Freddie Prinze Jr.’s new love) in real life. Genes and Hollywood magic are certainly helpful.
According to Entertainment Weekly, “Cook’s transformation was almost a makeover-parody. How much work is it to pluck a girl’s brows, remove her glasses and giver her a pair of heels?” The concept is highly elongated in the film and is unrealistic as a result.
Let’s be real, Cinderella had a Fairy Godmother to help her.
Cady Heron via Mean Girls, had a Regina George and we’re not sure we want one of those, though we must admit- Rachel McAdams as Regina and Lindsay Lohan as Cady were both mega beautiful in the film.
We’re reasoned that one of Gretchen’s (played by Lacey Chabert) secrets in her “hair full of secrets” was that they all had a killer hair and beauty team waiting for them at their trailers.
Entertainment Weekly says that Heron’s transition from the home-schooled life in Africa was not as jarring for herself or for viewers as was her transition into the high school physicality, “like a haunted mask—the mascara and a short skirts had an almost-mystical power over Cady’s nice-girl tendencies, revealing her inner…well, you know.”
Movie makeovers may seem fabulous, and in fact, they are, but sometimes they’re a bit overdone and are overly-fantastical. It is the movies, after all. So, what’s good to remember is that they should probably just be valued as something that is fun to watch.
Making over yourself starts from the inside and works its way out in the real world. You may not have a makeup team to assist you, or a fairy godmother or even a Paolo, but you do have a positive internal environment we recommend starting from — your inner confidence.
When you have positive feelings about yourself, they emulate onto caring for your outer self too. We recommend sticking to a continuous full body makeover plan if you want to see results. If you’re having problems with your skin, seek out a new citrus smelling acne medication like Neutrogena Grapefruit scented Acne Cleanser, for treatment purposes and the smell. If your makeover goal is to get toned, try picking up a Tracy Anderson workout DVD. Seriously, her core routines are amazing! Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan. Attempting to get that 360-watt smile? Try an at-home teeth-whitening kit. Do what makes you happy, because another key aspect to a successful long or short term makeover is having fun with it.
If you’re looking for a more simple at home makeover, picking up a new shade of lip gloss at your go-to drugstore is usually enough to put you into fresh vibes, making you feel like you’ve grasped a bit of movie magic. Who knows? You may just be able to wear that tasty new shade to a summer blockbuster.
So here’s to you, Beautiful, and your quirky envisions of a better, brighter, made-over self. May the myths of the movie makeover be ever in your cosmic real life favor. Just don’t compare yourself to them. That’s not you!
It never fails. Every time I watch the movie Titanic I still think there’s a possibility they won’t hit the iceberg. To my dismay, (SPOILER ALERT!) they still hit the iceberg. Continue reading