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Caffeinated Links: Boyhood’s Oscar Loss, Celebrities Date, the Emotions of Possessions, Women and Star Wars

Milan premiere of 'Cinderella'Lily James and Matt Smith are, adorably, dating. Cheers for British acting royalty coming together! RT

Japanese lifestyle writer Marie Kondo’s book the life-changing magic of tidying up unfolds her philosophy on owning and discarding your possessions. “Kondo’s philosophy is that you should only own things that you love, that everything else is just wasting both physical and emotional space. Although some of her advice can be eyebrow-raising (you’ll see), I decided to commit, following her advice to the letter one Saturday in January.” RT The Millions

EW’s Chris Nashawaty on the Oscar Boyhood loss- “More than anything, I think we’ll remember the movies. 2014 was a great year for them—and the Academy obviously thought so too, judging from the way it spread the love around to several deserving films. That said, while I don’t think anyone will look back years from now and consider Best Picture winner Birdman an embarrassment on par with Crash or Forrest Gump, I do think we’ll all still be wondering how in the hell Boyhood didn’t take it.” RT

But it’s Slate who nailed it. “By nominating Boyhood, the academy gave itself the chance to recognize a movie that is not just good but revolutionary—a film that reconsiders, in surprising and rewarding ways, the medium’s relationship with time, with storytelling, and with its audience. It’s both a singular work—no one but Richard Linklater could have made it—and a universal one, reflecting the elemental formative experiences of nearly every viewer, even those who don’t, on the surface, have a lot in common with Mason or Samantha or Olivia or Mason Sr. It’s the crowning work of a crucial American filmmaker and a profound statement about the lives we live. But the academy gave Best Picture to a movie about an actor’s identity crisis—a movie about, in Mark Harris’ perfect turn of phrase, “someone who hopes to create something as good asBoyhood.”  RT

Fellow Sound on Sight writer Mallory Andrews has a wonderful piece on being a woman and loving Stars Wars – “Holding Out for a Heroine”. “My Leias had one important difference: my versions always included a lightsaber (often stolen from one of my brother’s three Luke Skywalkers). My logic behind this character embellishment was airtight: she was the “other Skywalker,” the sister of the galaxy’s greatest Jedi hero, whose latent Force powers were surely awaiting discovery after the events of the Return of the Jedi. Why wouldn’t she have a lightsaber? The worst unfulfilled promise of Star Wars has always been Yoda’s proclamation that “there is another Skywalker” and the eventual reveal that Leia was this new hope. Her potential is teased (“You have that power too. In time you’ll learn to use it as I have”) but it is never followed through.” RT

Joss Whedon gave Digital Spy a great interview. “Fox’s X-Men property came up, as its home to many notable A-List female heroes — Storm, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Jean Grey, Mystique — that Marvel Studios cannot use. “The X-Men was the next evolution of the Marvel paradigm back when I was reading it,” said Whedon. “And, you know, because of the metaphor [of] they were dealing with these oppressed people … there really wasn’t a gender bias in the books. As soon as Marvel [Girl, aka Jean Grey] became Phoenix, the most powerful person in the universe, everything was on the table. It was all multicultural and there was no real question of gender in the book. Now, you can look at it and say, ‘Well, this attitude is dated.’ I’m sure that’s the case if I went back to them. But the fact is it was kind of a utopia. I didn’t know it at the time, because I just assumed that’s how things should be done.” RT

“The idea that police use the good cop, bad cop routine is “very Hollywood,” he says. In fact, it’s standard procedure to record interrogations either using video or audio, he says, preventing fishy business. Plus, the police have just as much interest as the public in nabbing the real criminal, Esparza says. “No department wants the image of locking up innocent people.” RT She Can Convince You That You Committed a Crime

Wisewords: Eat More Fruit

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Pretty for Your Pocket: Mini Notebooks

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These whimsical pocket notebook from Rifle Paper Company are utterly floating my boat – aren’t they both gorgeous and functional? They’d be a great supplement/substitute for Moleskin. Fuel the creative life, kids.

Caffeinated Links: Candles, Novels, and Grand Theft Auto

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Est Magazine, one of my favorite curators of design and lifestyle products and content from all over the world, released a “Tiny Things” edition, which included this list of the world’s top 10 covetable candles. I drool, especially over the Jo Malone Grapefruit.

The New York Times beautifully reviews Jhumpa Lahiri’s new novel – “Jhumpa Lahiri first made her name with quiet, meticulously observed stories about Indian immigrants trying to adjust to new lives in the United States, stories that had the hushed intimacy of chamber music. The premise of her new novel, “The Lowland,” in contrast, is startlingly operatic.”

Grand Theft Auto V has been making massive amounts of money. “Given the massive sums of currency changing hands (seriously think about it, where do you PUT $800 million dollars? Like, which banks even DO that sort of thing?) it should surprise no one to state that gaming is an entertainment industry set to eclipse the old vanguard of film.” RT Pajiba

Sir Patrick Stewart got married to his lady love presided over by Sir Ian McKellan and then he and his bride jumped in a ball-pit. It’s pretty much the greatest thing ever. RT Pajiba

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Candle Review: Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Votive

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I’m mildly obsessed with candles, so every few months I buy a new fragrance to try out. Recently, that fragrance was Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Votive. I’m a fan of Pacifica overall – they make relatively inexpensive perfumes, bath and shower products, and the recently expanded to beauty products, and feature a range of unusual and exotic scents tied to those products. I’m a big fan of their Tuscan Blood Orange perfume, which is a heady scent that manages to be both spicy and sweet at the same time (full review another time). So obviously I bought a set of 6 Tuscan Blood Orange candles with high hopes.

Alas – this temptingly named, visually appealing candle (made of deep red candle wax) – has almost no scent at all. Believe me – I tried lighting it multiple times, wondering if perhaps I’d been mistaken the previous times, had adapted to the scent too quickly, anything of that sort. No – the scent this candle gives off is a nice smell- fairly similar to the perfume, a sort of rich, orange-ey scent – but is is almost nonexistent. I had to put my nose right up to the candle – about an inch away – to be able to smell the fragrance at all, and this was both when it had been burning for 5 minutes and when it had been burning for 2 and a half hours. This was an utter waste of money and, while I will continue to buy Pacifica perfumes occasionally, I have no intention of ever buying Pacifica candles again.

Verdict: Lose it!

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