Link Love

What better way to start the week than with the some of the most interesting stuff the Internet has to offer?

A cheat-sheet for the World Cup: everything you need to know in under two minutes.

The Frisky presents the hottest men of the World Cup. You’re welcome, ladies.

Also for the girls, how to root for your favorite team in style.

Hard-core soccer fans need to check out Vanity Fair’s World Cup blog, Fair Play, if they haven’t already.

Last week, the NCAA levied severe penalties on USC’s football program for violations during the Reggie Bush era. Time explains why the punishments are too harsh.

Inspired by the blog 1000 Awesome Things, a class of eighth graders share their favorite things. Cute!

Even if you don’t live near the Gulf, remember the oil spill will still affect you.

Plus: Video Love

Star Wars + Soccer=

Dwyane Wade’s free agency is one of the biggest stories in South Florida, and the Miami Heat have launched a massive campaign to re-sign the NBA superstar. Efforts include this hilarious video starring Banana Man, a staple at Heat games.

Remember OK Go’s treadmill music video for “Here It Goes Again”? Well, their video for “This Too Shall Pass” might be that much cooler.

What stories/videos did you enjoy last week?

Blogs Go Green

I usually don’t post on the weekends, but I’m excited to share that Shades of Sarah is now carbon neutral! I first heard about the Machs Grün (“Make it Green”) initiative from my friend Gracey’s post. I think it’s a great idea.  Every time you visit a website, 0.2g (0.0008 oz.) of carbon dioxide are produced. According to the website, that adds up to 8 lb. of carbon dioxide a year! The program “My blog is green” plants one tree, which absorbs 11 lb. of carbon dioxide, per blog to offset these emissions.

The trees are planted in Northern California’s Plumas National Forest. If you’re a blogger too, find out how you can join!

Movie Review: Get Him to the Greek

Last weekend, persuaded by above-average reviews and a recommendation from my friend Jaime, I saw Get Him to the Greek, directed by Nicholas Stoller and produced by one Judd Apatow. Yeah, I know it’s the kind of blasé summer movie I complained about in my last review. I have to admit, though, I occasionally enjoy those frat-boy movies; I even own Knocked Up on DVD (with matching coasters!). And so when I headed to the movies, I hoped that Get Him to the Greek would prove to be another enjoyable comedy.

Get Him to the Greek is a spin-off/sequel of sorts for the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The movie stars Jonah Hill (Funny People) as Aaron Green, an ambitious intern at a record company. One day the head of the label, Sergio (Sean “Diddy” Combs, A Raisin in the Sun), puts Aaron in charge of escorting rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand, reprising his role from Forgetting Sarah Marshall) from London to L.A.

Aaron, a huge fan of Aldous Snow, is thrilled at the opportunity and leaves for London immediately. Snow, however, has been at a low point in his career since the release of his infamous single “African Child”. He’s turned to drugs, alcohol, and may or may not be facing an existential crisis. Basically, it won’t be an easy task for the straight-laced Aaron to get Aldous Snow to his 10th anniversary concert at the Greek Theater.

I really wanted to like Get Him to the Greek, really. And some parts of it are absolutely hilarious (like the video I linked to above). This is one of those things I never thought I would write, but Diddy was great as Sergio. He had some of the movie’s best lines (“Do you have any ideas how many Air Jordans six black kids wear?”) but I kind of feel he was playing an over-the-top version of himself. I can’t complain about Hill and Brand’s performances either. I thought Rose Byrne (Damages, 28 Weeks Later) was a standout though, as Aldous’ ex-girlfriend, pop-star Jackie Q. I first noticed her in Troy, opposite Brad Pitt, and I’m glad she can do comedies as well as dramas.

So, despite the good performances, why didn’t I like the movie? Honestly, a lot of the humor just wasn’t for me. Maybe it’s a guy thing, but I can only take so many jokes about drugs/sex/vomit. Perhaps that’s why I found the tone to be really uneven- alternately funny and dull. Plus, like so many Apatow-produced movies, it dragged on just a bit too long. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but there are two particular plot points that were very out of place. As a whole, Get Him to the Greek just didn’t work for me. Aldous Snow says “When the world slips you a Jeffrey, stroke the furry wall” but I rather not.

Have you seen Get Him to the Greek? What do you think?

~ Sarah