"Ashby" Movie Review
A coming of age / coming to terms story of an unusual friendship.
It's a Saturday night and I'm sick and have a lot of homework to do, so I obviously watched a movie. I was so excited when I saw this movie on demand, because I saw the trailer a few months ago and was intrigued.
The movie starred Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Sarah Silverman, and Emma Roberts. In the movie, Rourke plays a retired assassin and Wolff his awkward teenage neighbor. The two form a bond over the course of the film that is unbelievably believable.
Nat Wolff's character, Ed, plays the new kid at school, after he recently moved from Oregon because of his parents divorce. His mom, Sarah Silverman, is single and seeking companionship constantly, which overtime starts to show her low self-esteem, when she starts to settle for anyone. Ed's dad on the other hand, is a constant let down and pretends everything okay over Skype.
In school, Ed has to do a 2,000 word paper on wisdom he got from an old person. Ed asks his new neighbor, Ashby Holt, who says he was a "napkin salesman". Ed later discovers on his own that he's actually an assassin for the country, who's killed 96 men. Ashby is much more interested in using Ed as a chauffeur than having him as an interviewer. The two start becoming friends; Ed asking Ashby for advice on his new lady friend, Eloise, (Emma Roberts), whom is almost as quirky as Ed. Ed also needs help with getting on the football team, as he has no one rooting for him or helping prepare for tryouts. Ed starts to become very personal with Ashby, at one point sharing how dumfounded he is that Ashby supposedly didn't feel bad about any of the lives he took, saying they were all well deserved. But even Ashby starts to develop doubts about his past decisions, and attempts to rewrite some of his wrongs.
I still can't figure out what genre this movie is, but I think I'm just going to put it under the list of one's everyone should see. It's a story of unusual friendship and has you thinking about what matters most in life. You'll get over the slow beginning, as the rest of the movie is fast and interesting.
Today, my friends and I went to this little place called Paris Baguette Cafe after school. It's on W 74th St, not a far walk from Lincoln Center. They had all these fancy french pastries and also sandwiches and salads. I got a latte, and some of my friends got smoothies and macaroons. The place was so little and cute and the food looked so good, and from what my friends said, their macaroons are delicious:)
I would definitely go back there again and try different foods. Next time you're in the area, I would definitely stop there if you're not in the food for normal deli food and you're in a hurry. I give it a 5 star rating:)
On Thursday, I went to the Madison Square Garden Theater to watch the Macy's fashion show, hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski. We got the tickets very last minute and i had to go straight from school. I went to my first fashion show with a backpack, and I have no shame.
The night was filled with stars like Heidi Klum, Tommy Hilfiger, Martha Stewart, Bella Thorne, Raven Symone, Clinton Kelly, and many more fabulous designers. Jason Derulo had an amazing performance and Nate Ruess owned the stage as usual. Usually, runway clothes are not ideal to wear as normal everyday clothes (nor are they usually affordable). This show was completely different, withbthe clothes being cool and not too eccentric, and they're all sold at Macy's (Which they reminded everyone numerous times). I think my favorite line was the Tommy Hilfiger collection, which was preppy and chic. A funny moment during the night, was when one of the models for P. Diddy's (or whatever Sean Combs goes by now) line, Sean John, started break dancing down the runway. He was really good actually and lightened the mood a bit.
The great part about the show, is that it supported Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the CFDA Foundation. The night was really so much fun and I hope to go next year!
You can watch the show September 23rd @ 8PM on E!
This week my #OOTW is from what I wore to the fashion show. I look at it as anti-chic.
So every week I plan on posting my favorite outfit I wore during the week. You guys could get a sense of my style and it'll be really fun! So here's this weeks, that was just simple and comfy:
Be sure to tag or tweet me your #OOTW !!!!
This week I took a big step in the little life of Caroline. Last year, I auditioned to go to Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (I know it’s a long name lol) in Manhattan, and I got into the vocal program. I was so excited that I first didn’t believe it. So that was the school I chose to go to, and right now I couldn’t be happier with my choice. I was stunned the first day of school at how cool it was. First of all, the bells are big band music ( I’m not kidding!!!). Every period ends with a different song and I literally have to restrain myself from dancing ( I’ll get used to it, it’s just the first week). Another cool thing about the school, is that there really isn’t much of a dress code. I think it goes along with their unspoken motto (at least what I got from the school) to be who you are. That leads me to the next thing I love about my school: Everyone is so different from each other. We all have different styles and talents. Everyone comes from different backgrounds and boroughs. One thing we all have in common though, is our commitment to all of our talents.I was trying to think of the reason that everyone here seems so happy, and I think one of the main reasons, is that everyone chose to come here and pursue their passion.
High school is very different from middle school, but right now I’m having a great time, and I think the two hour commute is definitely worth it.
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Back to School: Backpack Tips
Usually getting together my backpack means shoving a bunch of school supplies in a bag, and it always ends in a mess. But not this year. This year you and me are going to stay organized and be prepared for whatever comes our way. Here are 11 tips on what you should put in your bag and how to make it your own.
1. Make sure you bring more pens and pencils than you think you need, because even if you're the neatest person in the world, you will lose them.
2. Your backpack doesn't need to be 200 pounds. To make it a little lighter, I suggest getting a binder or a 5 subject notebook, instead of a bunch of little hardcover or spiral notebooks and folders. They takes up less room and don't kill your back as much.
3. If you have a long commute like me, or even just a car ride, you should bring a book, a magazine, or even a journal to read or write about your day in. Writing in a a journal is very therapeutic and you'll thank yourself later for putting in the time to write down things that you might forget later on in life.
4. Always make time to get a water in the morning for school. Being hydrated is very important, especially if you go to a school that's not air conditioned.
5. Personalize a plain backpack by putting buttons on it. You'd be surprised how many you find lying around. I know I have a ton I never used from comic con.
6. You can take an emergency baggy just in case you're at school for a long time. In mine I have deodorant, a travel tooth brush and tooth paste, tissues, and a couple of hair bands.
7. It might sound weird, but a pair of socks is good to keep in your bag. I used my back up socks 4 different times this year and I don't even remember why.
8. Hand sanitizer is a must. The amount of germs in school is insane, between the desks, stair railings, lockers etc.
9. Going along with number 6, I suggest buying a portable charger just in case you have an after school activity or if you listen to music on the way home (That can drain your battery), I got mine at Urban Outfitters for $30.
10. You never know when you're going to run into someone cute or talk to someone new, (OR IF YOU JUST WANNA SMEEL GOOD TO SMELL GOOD), so gum is a must. Don't chew like a cow, and you won't get caught.
11. Keep your lips hydrated and remember to grab a lip balm before the bell rings. I bring an eos wherever I go:)
I hope you guys have a great start to school, and that everyone's having a great September.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!
My Top 10 Songs of Summer 2015
On Sunday August 30th, I went to see one of my favorite bands, 5 Seconds of Summer in concert. The first time I saw them perform, was when they opened up for One Direction last summer, and the last time I saw them was when they were on Jimmy Fallon, last fall. They were awesome then, and they're awesome now. The show was great and everyone in the audience was dancing and jumping like crazy. Sometimes, I think they sound better live than they do on the album. 5sos put on a great and really fun concert. Calum seemed to be a little under the weather. He was very squinty and didn't move from the same spot almost the whole time. Even Luke was glancing at him with concern a few times. Michael and Luke though were pretty on the ball. But obviously Ashton had all the energy, and not just because of how hard he plays the drums. Something really cool that happened at the concert was that the band found out they won a VMA on stage. It was really special that the whole audience got to share that moment with them.
Even though they put on a really great show, you could definitely tell that this tour has taken a toll on them. But of course I would love to see them live again, because I love their music and the way they preform. Plus, they're too charming and silly for me to look away.
Here's my snapchat story from that night:
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