SNL Magic with Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Unless you live under a rock, or have absolutely nothing in common with me, you’d know that our beloved Joseph Gordon-Levitt graced us with his presence last night on SNL. Naturally, I have spent today rewatching the episode over and over again, and brainstorming ways to trick him into marrying me. In any case, thanks to the crazy GIF making machines that make up most of the population on Tumblr, I managed to collate some excellent Magic Joe GIFs to share with you all (i.e., I take no credit for these, and I have no idea who made them initially, oh well!).

Drool/Watch the full episode on Hulu here.






The time that Christa pushed me off the couch.

Perhaps because I was being mildly obnoxious? We’re still friends, even if Christa doesn’t know her own strength.

A GIF that was created months ago and has only now resurfaced. Suffice to say, Christa and I are still friends.

Moonrise Kingdom: A Review of Sorts

I knew we’d get in trouble. We knew people would be worried, but we did it anyway. But something also happened, when we first met. Something that we didn’t do on purpose. Something happened, to us.

There is nothing I love more than a good love story, especially one saturated in Wes Anderson’s signature style, and Moonrise Kingdom did not disappoint. Much like Anderson’s other movies, he instills that retro-cool look that will make you feel both nostalgic and unexplainably content, in a way that serves as a reminder: Nobody can pull off Wes Anderson, but Wes Anderson.

A romantic dramedy of sorts, Moonrise Kingdom is set during the year 1965 on a New England island and follows the romance of two star-crossed 12 year-olds, Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward) and Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman). The two bond over their outside statuses—Suzy, as the anger-prone black sheep of her family, and Sam, an orphan whose quirky behaviors have not gone over well with various foster parents—and over a one year time span formulate a plan to run away together. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but you can expect a narrative plotline that only Wes Anderson (along with Roman Coppola) could dream up.

I don’t care how they do it where you come from.

You want pop? You want candy? You want a snake-bite kit? Get some money.

Bill Murray and Frances McDormand play Suzy’s lawyer-parents; Edward Norton plays Scout Master Ward, the Khaki Scout troop leader for Sam’s troop on the island; and Bruce Willis stars as the town’s sheriff with a good heart. Tilda Swinson, Harvey Keitel, and Jason Schwartzman (who always has a way of stealing my heart) all are featured as well in lesser roles.

On this spot I will fight no more forever.

It’s worth mentioning the music Anderson uses throughout the film, most notably the use of Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Hank Williams tracks. The soundtrack choices fit in remarkably well with each scene.

Why do you always use binoculars?

It helps me see things closer, even if they’re not far away. I pretend it’s my magic power.

Of course, I had to include a million pictures, because words cannot describe the detailing Anderson puts into each scene. There’s no doubt in my mind I’ll be seeing this movie in the theatre again, there is simply no way to take in all the majestic, dynamic Anderson characterizations in only one viewing. Go see it now.

I have a list of Oh No-No’s

Here at Modern Material Culture, we have a deep harboring of affection for the show Parks and Recreation, which inspired me to create my own list of Alex’s ‘Oh No No’s.’ In the spirit of Tom Haverford, here is a sampling of the most ridiculous dealbreakers I could think of in a half hour time span.

When I’m dating someone, I have a list called ‘oh no-no’s.’

The ‘Oh No No’ List

  • Text messages that feature poor grammar (‘u’ for ‘you’), a literal use of colloquialism (whaddup?), and the use of ‘lol.’
  • A total lack of recognition of my heavy use of sarcasm and dry humor. This goes hand-in-hand with another ‘Oh No No’—someone who hears the literal meaning of my sarcastic remark, thus resulting in a fight of some kind—I’m looking at you, High School Boyfriend #3.
  • Just because you are a doctor and I was a Media Arts major does not mean you are smarter than me. Don’t even get me started on how I feel about someone who likes playing devil’s advocate.

Not loving 90s R&B music is number 3 on the Oh No No List. Girl don’t even know who Ginuwine is!

  • If I can drink you under the table for 9.99/10 occasions, you’re an embarrassment to mankind. I am 5’ 2”, slightly over 100 pounds, and possess no known superhero liver strength. Therefore, the amount of times this has happened to me is baffling.
  • Oh, are we wearing the same skinny jeans? That’s real nice.
  • You are a fan of any Philadelphia sports team.

She’s never seen a single Paul Walker movie!

  • Your idea of a gift falls along the lines of a Brita water filter, digital photo frame, or paper weight.
  • An annoying obsession with politics or environmentalism.
  • Bad teeth and/or bad tattoos.
  • If you are not comfortable with the fact that I will leave you in a hot second if I happen to get asked out on a date by Sidney Crosby.

We consistently disagree on ‘who wore it best,’ you still use an iPad 1, and you read books all the time.

Hey Tom, I know who Ginuwine is.


Me, right now.

Sigh. Another piece of my faith in humanity has been burned at the stake. I get that its in our blood to be manipulative and assholes to one another, but I’m kinda tired of my friends getting their hearts walked all over. I’m not even going to bother writing a post lamenting the actions of menfolk (and their she-devil counterparts), because its been beaten like a dead horse on every other blog in the webosphere. And as tired as I am of getting on Facebook every other day to see how somebody else is engaged or knocked up, I’d rather have my friends be happy then have to experience, say, having to find out their boyfriend banged some other chick last night when they were home sick. So, anyway, this brief post is just a warning…I might be small but I will beat you up. Or at least hide behind my computer screen and grumble over your existence.