Movie day!

Apr. 8th, 2017 08:41 pm
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I saw Beauty and the Beast yesterday. I was a little worried about how it would be, because the animated film is one of my favorite movies of all time. I shouldn't have worried. It was beautifully done, and Emma Watson was just lovely as Belle. The original songs were intact (and yes, Emma can sing), and some new music was added. The set design and costumes were great, and the CGI Beast and objects/furniture were life like. There was a little more backstory about Belle added, and really made her character more real. And Gaston was an even bigger asshole than in the original!

Okay...

Feb. 28th, 2017 11:11 pm
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I admit it, I have liked Emma Stone in some things, like The Help. But an Oscar? Really? She had better dazzle me when I go see La La Land this week.
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...turn off the television when you think something is over. I missed the biggest fuck up in Academy Awards history- La La Land was announced as the Best Picture winner...but it was the wrong envelope. Moonlight was the real winner! Which is fine by me, it really was an extraordinary film. It also won Best Adapted Screenplay (by Barry Jenkins, who should have also won Best Director, but La La Land won that) and Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali. Viola Davis won Supporting Actress for Fences, and her acceptance speech made me cry!

Don't want to get too much into Best Actor and Actress. Casey Affleck won Actor for Manchester by the Sea, and though I'm sure it was a great performance, he is just a creep. Emma Stone won Actress for La La Land. I haven't seen it yet. I really don't like her much. She plays the same vapid blonde girl in most movies, and she pretty much ruined the Gwen Stacy character for me in the Spider-Man movie reboot. (Hint and spoiler- when Gwen died, I DIDN'T CRY! :p ) Maybe she was unusually good this time around, but I'm pretty sure Natalie Portman was more deserving for Jackie. Haven't seen that, either, but from the clips it looked like she had Jackie Kennedy down perfectly!

I've only seen four of the nine Best Picture nominees. I missed the first weekend of the AMC Theater Oscar Showcase this year, so I only saw Arrival, Lion, Moonlight, and Hacksaw Ridge. I'll see La La Land this week, and I think Hidden Figures is still playing, too. I totally missed Hell and High Water and Fences, and Manchester by the Sea sounds too depressing for me. It will have to wait.

I think my favorite of the films I saw was Arrival...but that's at least partly for two reasons. One- I like a good science fiction flick that is more thoughtful than action-oriented, and this one was. Two- I'll watch Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker in anything. Amy not getting a Best Actress nomination was a crime. Jeremy could have been a Supporting Actor contender, too, but the field was just too full of great performances this year.

Lion and Hacksaw Ridge were both based on true stories. Hacksaw Ridge may be one of the best war films ever made. I had to put aside my dislike of Mel Gibson, but I was able to see what a great film he put together. And Andrew Garfield was great. So was Vince Vaughn. I'm so used to seeing him in silly comedies that I forgot what a good dramatic actor he can be.

Lion had good acting and cinematography, and it was a heartbreaking story with a happy but bittersweet ending. Simple story and incredibly true: Indian boy gets separated from his brother on a train, gets lost in another part of India, gets adopted by an Australian couple, grows up and searches for his family. If not for Moonlight, I would have wanted Dev Patel to win Supporting Actor. He was the lead, really, but shared the role with an amazing little boy.

Moonlight- wow. A story of a young gay black man trying to find his place in the world. Told in three parts that seamlessly blend together, with some beautiful cinematography and fine acting, mostly from newcomers (the boy, teen, and adult Chiron); and Ali, as Chiron's friend and protector in the first part; Naomie Harris as Chiron's mother, and 
Janelle Monáe as another caring friend. It was a simple and lovely piece of movie-making.

The In Memoriam segment was unbearable this year, because so many beloved performers died. It ended with Debbie Reynolds, and then Carrie Fisher with a clip of her saying "May the Force be with you." SOB! And of course, it was too late to include Bill Paxton in the montage, but presenter Jennifer Anniston mentioned him before it began. She was choking back tears. It was a pretty awful thing to happen.
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Same day of the Oscars, Hollywood loses Bill Paxton at age 61 (hard to believe he was 61!). He had a fatal stroke after heart surgery. :( My favorite role of his was as astronaut Fred Haise in Apollo 13- I always thought he should have gotten an Oscar nomination.

Of course, there was also Twister ("Another cow!" "Actually I think that was the same one."), Aliens ("Game over man! Game over!"), and Weird Science (my first exposure to him, and also Robert Downey Jr.).

Cool bit of trivia- he saw JFK just before the assassination:

http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/the-day-bill-paxton-saw-john-f-kennedy-7118827

Clips- Twister (Cow!):





Aliens (Game over!)



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Sir John Hurt has died. Quite possibly one of the greatest actors that ever graced the stage, television, or screen. He never won an Oscar (nominated twice), which was a crime! 

Most recently, he was known as Ollivander the wand maker from the Harry Potter films, and as the "War Doctor" in a Doctor Who special.

He didn't mind making fun of himself, either, parodying his character from Alien in Spaceballs:


He will be missed.

2017 damage so far: Miguel Ferrer (from Crossing Jordan, one of my favorite shows), Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara Hale (Perry Mason), Mike Connors (Mannix), and now John Hurt.

ETA- forgot that he played one of my ancestors, Richard Rich, in A Man for All Seasons. So I've had two of my favorite actors play my great-to-the-nth-degree-grandfather. The other was Bryan Dick in last year's Wolf Hall.


 

Oh, no!

Dec. 28th, 2016 05:28 pm
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And now Debbie Reynolds has apparently had a stroke. She's had a couple in recent years, and the stress of losing Carrie can't be good for her. This is horrible news. Poor Billie.

ETA: Debbie is gone, too. I can't imagine what Billie is going through. Losing her mother and grandmother in two days...that's just horrible.
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Rest in peace, Carrie Fisher. You'll always be our Princess. :(

I may have to watch When Harry Met Sally or the 'Burbs, two of my favorite non-Star Wars films of hers.

2016, please go away.

I was hoping this photo would be reposted with the news that she would be okay. :(




She was a wonderfully witty human being. She was so much more than Star Wars.
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Carrie Fisher had a "massive" heart attack on a plane today, and it "doesn't look good" according to local news. 2016, you've already taken Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Prince, Gene Wilder, Anton Yelchin, John Glenn, Florence Henderson, Alan Thicke, among too many others to count. YOU CAN'T HAVE PRINCESS LEIA. I forbid it! :(

Seriously, I hope she somehow pulls through. I doubt Debbie Reynolds wants to outlive her daughter.
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Godspeed, John Glenn. The first American to orbit the Earth and former Senator was 95.


Finally got to see Doctor Strange. It was excellent. Also went to see A Christmas Story: The Musical last week. Absolutely wonderful.

I helped my dad host his pre-Rotary party last week. I forgot that he had a sort-of celebrity in his club- Clint Van Zant, that guy you see on MSNBC whenever there's a mass shooting or other big crime. He was at the party. So that was interesting!

Cookies are almost all baked. The choir carol service is on Sunday. Christmas is almost here. The season is just moving fast!
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RIP, Gene Wilder. And yet another icon of my youth is gone.

"If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it."


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Another bit from my childhood (and the fandom world) is gone. Kenny Baker, the little person behind R2D2 of Star Wars, as well as Fidget from Time Bandits, has died at age 83.

Is it bad that my first thought on hearing the news was the Supreme Being from Time Bandtis saying (about Fidget): "Dead? No excuse for laying off work."? I'm going to hell. :p
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I can’t believe Anton Yelchin is dead. 27 years old. Jesus fucking Christ. When I saw it trending on Facebook, I was sure it was a hoax.

I won’t be able to watch Star Trek: Beyond without crying any time Chekov is on screen.

2016, please fuck off and die. PLEASE.

He was an adorable human being as well as a talented actor.

This has been a particularily bad week.

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Got this cutie from Build-A-Bear Workshop:



And this t-shirt from Funko:



I also have Captain America nail polish and decals coming. Team Cap all the way!

The movie opens in less than two weeks. The early word is that it's the best Marvel film to date. I can't wait! I missed out on Deadpool.
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Leo finally won! Best Actor for The Revenant.



We can now say, Leonardo diCaprio, Academy Award Winner!!

Best Picture went to Spotlight, which I was hoping for. Brie Larson won Best Actress for Room (very well deserved). My Oscar Showcase and Award show recap will have to wait. It's late.
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First David Bowie, now Alan Rickman. Fuck cancer. That is all.

I know most people think of the Harry Potter films and Snape when they think of Alan Rickman, but my favorite role of his was Alexander Dane/Dr. Lazarus in Galaxy Quest. "By Grabthar's Hammer...what a savings."
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The last little bit for Grace's bakery- a tea cart.



I added a curtain, too. It's pretty much finished, except for a door. I glued the treats to the furniture, and all the furniture to the floor, except for the chairs and tea cart.



I found a good place to display the new Doctor Who toys- on top of the bakery box!



FInally saw Ant-Man yesterday. I loved it! It was a fun movie, with plenty of action and good effects. Paul Rudd made a good Scott Lang/Ant-Man. Michael Douglas was Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man. Great bits with Anthony Mackie as Falcon, too! Also, I wasn't expecting to see Peggy Carter at the beginning (a Pym flashback to 1989). It's sad that Janet Van Dyne, the orginal Wasp, is seemingly "lost forever" in the microverse (that's how she "died" at the end of Secret Invasion- she got better!), though there's a hint she might somehow come back. That would be awkward for her daughter, Hope (Evangeline Lilly)! The clip at the end of the credits are a hint to what will happen in Captain America: Civil War. There are also hints of other superheroes coming up, such as Spider-man. Warning- this is NOT a movie for bug-a-phobes!

Just like the Avengers, Ant-Man seems to be a mix of Marvel comic book universes, alternate timelines, Ultimates, etc. In the comics, Hope Van Dyne is from an alternate universe, and as Red Wasp, she's not exactly one of the good guys! Also disappointed that Scott's daughter, Cassie, is so little in the movie. No chance of her becoming Ant-Girl/Stature, and likely no chance for Young Avengers, either.

One of the best cameos was from Garrett Morris of Saturday Night Live. Back in the 70s, he played Ant-Man in a skit! And the best scene from the trailer (IMHO), the Ant-Man/Yellowjacket fight on Cassie's Thomas the Tank Engine play set, is even better on the big screen.
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Just got back from Avengers: Age of Ultron. I'll put my early thoughts behind a cut because spoilers, sweetie!

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Ouchie.

Apr. 30th, 2015 11:24 pm
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I had an awful fall on Sunday night. I tripped, fell, and my DVD rack fell on me. Also, some of my jewelry holders fell and a favorite necklace was ruined. :( I have a bruise all down my left side from the ribs to the hip, cuts and bruises on my arm, and bruised toes (I stubbed them while trying to break my fall). It still hurts!

I felt a little better on Tuesday, when I got a package from the Marvel Collector Corps. :) I got a Hulkbuster Funko Pop! and an Ultron Dorbz. They have joined the Shelf Avengers, but aren't exactly welcome. :p





I didn't get to do the AMC double feature, so I have to wait until Sunday to see Avengers: Age of Ultron. Tomorrow night, I'm going to see 9 to 5 at the Riverside Theater.
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But I've already been spoiled for a few things in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Don't click if you don't want spoilers.

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Hopefully I'll get to see the double feature of Avengers 1 and 2 at Potomac Mills next Thursday. That would be so much fun.
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That's all I have to say about the season finale of Agent Carter. Be right back, sobbing. No spoilers, but that last scene just screams for a second season.

I haven't done my Oscars wrap up yet, but I'll say that I'm glad Birdman won Best Picture.

Sam's birthday dinner was delayed for a week because of the snow, but we got together at Can Can for lunch on Sunday. He has a new girlfriend. She seems nice! Sam was very tired.

As always, the food was great...I had my favorite thing from the menu, Steak Frites:
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I love the whole look of the restaurant:
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