October 7, 2015

Camp Takota (NR) 2014 ~ Netflix movie review

If you've ever been anywhere near me or my blog, you will know of my deep passion for visual entertainment - namely YouTube, movies, and Netflix. So, when I saw that one of my favorite Youtube personalities, Grace Helbig, scored a roll with her two close YouTube friends in a full-length feature film, I was stoked. And then I forgot about it. Until I saw the thumbnail on Netflix the other evening. So I watched it, enjoyed it (for the most part), and wrote a review. Here it is:
It's true: best friends are found and made at summer camp. I met Aemelia at a Christian girls camp called Pine Hills, and Elise Miller (Grace Helbig) met her two best friends at Camp Takota, a summer camp for teen girls in the mosquito-ridden backwoods of somewhere, USA.

Elise Miller (played by the hilarious Grace Helbig), dowdy and awkward Maxine (Mamrie Hart) and boyish lesbian Allison (Hannah Hart, no relation to Mamrie) were a tight group back when they were campers at Takota, but the camp friendship between Elise and her compatriots ended when she landed a job in Chicago and life in general got in the way, while Maxine and Allison stayed at Takota as director and chef.

October 5, 2015


Hello, Hanlin Family!

Who was able to see the blood moon last Sunday? I almost missed it because of cloud cover, but I ended up sitting in a cornfield on the side of the road and watched from just before midway to almost the end. What a beautiful sight that was.

+ a trip to Spicer's Apple Orchard and Winery with Aemelia
+ a double date to the Renaissance Festival in Holly with #timalie, including a joust.

All in all, a good week. Enjoy the vlog!

September 28, 2015


Hello, Hanlin Family!

I hope y'all had a lovely week. My apologies for the rather banausic videos the past two weeks (well, one wasn't so bad). In organization of recent priorities, vlogging has plummeted to the bottom of the list. Not to fear, though. Normal vlogs are back!

My roommate and I have lived together for just about a month, and in that time we have been so busy with weddings or work or other various life-y things, so we haven't don't anything together for fun. We decided to remedy this last Sunday, so we parked at a downtown church, and walked to Kerrytown from there - just a few blocks away from said church.

Kerrytown = my favorite place in Ann Arbor, and not just because it's named after Ireland's County Kerry. It's always such fun to wander around and look at all the artsy things and people.

Some of you might remember the praise I had (and have) for Hollander's a while back. Sadly, that shop had closed for the day by the time we got to it, but we still had plenty to look at and drool over... including this incredibly fluffy Native American-made alpaca.

21 Sept. was my mother's birthday, so at her bidding, my dad and I joined her to look at a puppy she found on craigslist a few days ago. Long story short, we ended up taking said puppy home with us, and named her Bette (pronounced "Betty") Pearl. #vloggedit

September 14, 2015

A Weekend in Grand Haven

As you may have gathered from this blog and my social medias, Aemelia and I spent last weekend in the lovely town of Grand Haven, lounging around on the beaches and otherwise adventuring. Her grandfather and family friends were kind enough to host us for the two nights we stayed on the coast, and gave us a few pointers and cool places to visit while we were in town.

September 12, 2015


Hello, Hanlin family!

I vlogged exactly zero seconds of my life last week, so today, I took thought I'd show off some of my photography and the art I've acquired over my 21 years of existence. Hope you enjoy!

September 8, 2015

March 31, 2015

It wasn't until 31 March of this year that the horror of 11 September, 2001 fully registered with me.

September 7, 2015


Hello, Hanlin Family!

I hope you are enjoying the long labor day weekend. Aemelia and I took a mini road trip out to Grand Haven, MI for the holiday, and had a lovely, relaxing weekend. Of course, we vlogged it. What did y'all do?

September 3, 2015


Hello, Hanlin Family!

This past Tuesday (9/1), I was invited to attend the premiere of a new Christian film called 90 Minutes in Heaven - starring Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker) and Kate Bosworth (the girlfriend from Remember the Titans). It would be another whirlwind trip, just like in March when I visited the film set for this movie. So, I packed a small suitcase, grabbed my gear, and at oh-my-gosh-o'clock in the morning, I was on my way to Atlanta, Georgia.

The whole experience was so much fun. I had a spot on the red carpet to grab the interviews I could, and take as many pictures of the talent as I wanted to. I only vlogged the first day, since on the second I fully concentrated on work, but as I said, it was so much fun. Hope you enjoy!

August 30, 2015


Happy Sunday, folks!

You may or may not know... the five of you reading this blog who aren't already my friends... that my friend Josie Eli has just published her first book! It's called The Prince of Rumandy, and I actually had the opportunity to read one of the first edits a few years ago. It was good then, so I can't wait to read the finished product. Saturday (8/29) was Josie's launch party of sorts, so I brought my camera and y'all along with me just for kicks. It was a lovely afternoon.

Also, Aemelia popped over for a few hours this week to sort out some of the pictures from last week's wedding, and we ended up dancing like fools half the time. It was fantastic. My neighbors think we're insane. They may not be wrong.

Next week is an extremely busy, extremely exciting week for me - which includes traveling, and there will most likely be multiple video blogs coming out of it, so keep yer eyes peeled! (What does that even mean? Also, gross.)

August 25, 2015

The Way of Beauty

The Way of Beauty

Pope Francis, in his apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel, has called for a “way of beauty” - via pulchritudinis. The Holy Father explains: “Proclaiming Christ means showing that to believe in and to follow him is not only something right and true, but also something beautiful, capable of filling life with new splendor and profound joy, even in the midst of difficulties. Every expression of true beauty can thus be acknowledged as a path leading to an encounter with the Lord Jesus” (#167).

Who fulfills this better than the Blessed Virgin Mary? As J.R.R. Tolkien put it, “all my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady.”

Why a way of beauty? I once heard a remarkable talk by the poet Dana Gioia in which he said that the absence of beauty in the world has left a hole in our thinking. People instinctively seek beauty, not logic. Those who manage to change the world do so by embodying their ideas - turning them into something beautiful. He contended that if the Church fails to offer a beautiful vision to the world, then people will stay away. And I think he is right.

The Allure of Beauty

August 23, 2015


This happened yesterday (8/22). Aren't they stunning?
Lovely bride, handsome groom, lots of Jesus, wine, and dancin'... of course I vlogged it. Must you even ask?

August 15, 2015

CLASSIC CARS & A LITTLE HAUL | vlog #woodwarddreamcruise

Hello, Hanlin Family!

First order of business, I'd like to draw your attention to my latest film review, for Kristen Wiig's Welcome to Me. Surprisingly, that particular post shot up to my "most viewed" list almost immediately after I posted it last Wednesday. I'm guessing it's because there wasn't a Catholic review of it yet. But that's just my speculation. Anyway, read that after you watch this week's vlog. *winks*

Yes, I was shamelessly tooting my own horn just now.