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April 14th, 2014
09:50 pm

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The Grandmaster
Yeah.....



Despite the great actors this film was all style and zero substance. It basically was some martial arts master meeting up with other experts of different disciplines and fighting them. That was the whole plot. It is a supposed a bio-pic but I call b.s. on all the fighting this Ip Man did.

He starts a new day at work? He has to kick some asses. He moves to Hong Kong? Every martial arts expert hunts him down and he has to kick some asses. He meets up with a young, female, martial arts expert? He has to fight her and they fall in love while doing so. And so on.

It was incredibly boring despite how pretty the cinematography was and how it was constant fighting. I guess it would excite someone who knew a lot about each martial arts discipline but otherwise, it is just dull.

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April 13th, 2014
04:53 pm

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Frozen
I ended up seeing Frozen last night.



I am not a huge fan of cartoons and definitely not CGI ones. I did like the film but felt it was edited weird. There are just places in it that seem pared down to the bare bones and like things are missing. It didn't flow well because of this. I love Sven the reindeer, Elsa, and the gay trading post owner. I also liked how the love that saved Anya was the love from her sister instead of some guy. That was a refreshing change form the usual "prince saves girl" story-line.

My mum HATES this movie because it "says that women don't need anyone". Yeah she said that and didn't explain further. If you ask her why she thinks that way she gets defensive and refuses to answer. Complete with 15 year old mean girl face being shown by her. I think she doesn't like it because Elsa feels free when she runs away and does whatever the hell she wants after years of being "good". My mum mentioned she HATED that song and it's "message" so I am thinking she is taking the weird religious based standpoint that children should stay good and hide their differences even if they are unhappy. That is only a guess though and, really, my mum's really negative attitude about this film is quite disturbing. Like since it isn't carbon copy of any other story for girls it is horrible in her eyes. But then, my mum is really quite strange and her ideas really questionable at times so there is that.

Frozen was a flawed film but not really awful. Worth a watch if you are in to that kind of thing.

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April 12th, 2014
02:55 pm

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Catching Fire.
I saw Catching Fire (the second Hunger Games) movie least night.



It really enjoyed the movie near the start because they showed Katniss had PTSD from her time in the Games. It also had a lot of heavy stuff happening that made me shed a tear or two. Then the actual Hunger Games with the past Victors started and the movie fell apart. It seemed too rushed and lacked any emotional impact to see the Careers get taken out and older Victors die. It felt like I should care as a viewer but I really didn't. The final scene? It did not have the impact it should of either and I actually rolled my eyes.

I know that the next book, which is split into two films to "get all your money twice", is my least favorite and I will watch the movie on DVD because of this. And mock the stupidity of strong, kick-ass, Katniss ending up with whiny, lame, weak, Peeta. Strong women/girls do not like milktoast boys who cannot even protect themselves and who whine for the love of the strong female. Peeta in a nutshell

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April 10th, 2014
04:45 pm

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Battle: Los Angeles and Inside Lleywn Davis


I have heard nothing but bad things about Battle:Los Angeles so avoided it for years. It happened to be on tv last night so I gave ti a shot. I actually really enjoyed it! It was a super action movie and I must have been in an action movie mood because I was totally into it. So, I made a good call on seeing this film last night.It really had me immersed in the story and I cared about the characters and what happened to them. The effects were decent and the scale of the invasion/destruction was awesome. I mean total and making me go "OMG!". Thumbs up for the film from me.

Then I ended up watching Inside Lleywn Davis.




I am surprised they are saying this film is a comedy. It seemed more like a tragedy to me with the main character basically giving up on his music because nothing seems to go right for him. He has talent but it isn't a talent that is widely embraced. His sound is too "non-mainstream" even for a folk singer. I also thought the Jean character was mental. How did she know he was the father of her kid if he wore a condom and she was banging so many men? I wanted to slap her for her bitchy attitude.

It was a good film but if it is a comedy, it is really really dark.

Tonight I will watch Catching Fire or All Is Lost. I am not sure which but one will be seen by me.

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April 8th, 2014
08:19 pm

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Finding Vivian Maier
This documentary is coming to Spokane in May! I so want to see it!



I found out about this woman two years ago and heard they were making a documentary about her because she was reclusive...and wanted to see it. So glad it will be coming to The Magic Lantern in Spokane!

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April 7th, 2014
11:00 pm

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Movie Weekend
My friend Mary and I went to see Grand Budapest Hotel at the theater on Sunday.



I am a fan of Wes Anderson's movies so enjoyed the weird, quirky, thing that this movie is. Plus, Jude Law. He always makes me happy to watch in movies. I was glad I went and saw this in the theater and was surprised that there were quite a few people at the showing I went to in the afternoon. Usually these types of films do not have many people at the showings...I think when I saw Life Aquatic there were only 2 other people besides Julia (the Australian exchange student) and I. It made the movie experience more fun because people were laughing at all the right inappropriate humor moments in the film. So, definitely a fun watch for a movie.

Afterward, Mary and I went for martinis at Twigs downtown. We chatted a bit and it was relaxing. We are planning to meet up again in a few weeks time to see another movie...not sure which yet but three of the trailers for films looked good. Maybe Dom Hemingway will be in theaters by then. People in the theater reacted very positively to the trailer and, hey, Jude Law! I so want to see it.

Later that night, I finally saw 12 Years A Slave on DVD.




I was told it was really hard to watch but I found it very mild in the violence. It was a bit depressing in tone because you can feel the unending helplessness of the situation of slaves. To be beat if the owners felt the urge over anything and killed at the owners whim....yeah, rough, depressing, stuff. The film was beautifully shot and had great acting in it. I did shed a tear at the end when he finally gets back to his family and finds his children grown up and his wife remarried. Him telling them he was sorry he was late getting back (he had left touring playing the violin for 2 weeks) and his wife crying and saying, "We understand." And her new husband saying, "I have heard a lot about you and you have much to catch up on." in a friendly, understanding, way. That was so kleenix grabbing stuff. Definitely a good movie to see.

Tonight, I may watch another movie and will definitely be reading a book. As movies go, I have Inside Llewyn Davis and Catching Fire to see. The book is just a YA book called Alienated but is a fun read. So, off I go to do just that.

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April 6th, 2014
12:15 am

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Nirvana- 20 years since Cobain died.
Yesterday it was 20 years since Kurt Cobain killed himself. For the first time, I truly felt the weight of that lose. Maybe because I am older now and he never had a chance to age with my generation because he nixed that option for himself. He will forever be 27, stuck in time, while I am now 42. I was 22 when he died.



I was lucky and got to see Nirvana live because they played in Spokane and my best friend at the time, Dominique, was able to get tickets to the show (very last minute) through her dad's work. I ended up liking them a lot more after the concert than before I saw them live. Nirvana was very much a live band...they were just full of energy that came out on stage. Kurt worried about the concert-goers and was constantly telling people to pass people back instead of forward when they crowd surfed for their safety and to not make extra work for the security guards in front of the stage. He also would tell people to take a few steps back when people seemed to be crushed up against the barrier.

Dominique and I got tired of having to jump in place to avoid getting elbowed by the crowd (which was pogoing in place at a fast rate, non-stop) on the floor so went up to the balcony level near the stage. From there I got to witness the strobe light lit wave of humanity on the concert floor during Breed.




Yes, the people jumping up and down, slowed down in motion by the strobe lights, looked like a silver/red wave made up of human beings. It was such an awesome sight that I can mentally call it up all these years later. It still gives me goosebumps to think about as well.

It turns out that I saw Nirvana exactly 3 months before Cobain killed himself. I was one who was not shocked Cobain died. When I saw the MTV News update, I knew who they would say died before Kurt Loder mentioned a name. I knew Cobain was a heroin addict and was going through a rough time those past few months. I just felt a bit sad at the time that he died because I had just grown to really like the band after the concert and he had so much creativity that was snuffed out with his death.

Then there was the media circus in Seattle after his death. A friend who lived in Seattle attended the park memorial and said Courtney Love was there passing out copies of Cobain's suicide note she had done at Kinkos. I am sad to say I own (somewhere in a box) one of those copies that my friend ended up with and sent to me in the mail. It is in his handwriting and really sad/vague/strange. It was horribly tacky to copy it and pass it out so I feel a bit uneasy about having the copy though I cannot make myself throw it away. It feels a bit like disrespect to Cobain for me to just throw the copy out in the trash.

I am glad Cobain was not buried in Seattle because it would have been a "Jim Morrision's grave" type thing all over again. Yes, Bruce Lee and Jimi Hendrix (born from Seattle) are buried there but Cobain would have brought the crazy to any graveyard.


I guess it is just so long ago now that it makes me feel nostalgic for the time period, the friends I had, and the social life  I had of going to shows, attending raves, spending all night talking over coffee, and being excited about life. I miss that for sure and knowing that Cobain's death ended that part of my life really just hit me in the feels today. I moved forward in time and Cobain didn't. That just makes me feel sad and seeing him sing in videos of the MTV Unplugged show make me tear up today.

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March 28th, 2014
12:35 pm

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Spotty Time On Internet
I have made good on my cutting back time on the Internet. I was finding myself logging online and then mindlessly surfing the Internet for hours. It had become a total time suck for me so I decided to cut back on online time so I could do things away from the computer. I am happy with the decision because I am starting to doodle a bit in sketchbooks, read a lot, and starting to sort my books out (to get rid of books I no longer want).

It is a nice feeling and is rather freeing. I don't have to read crappy Facebook status updates pushing wacky political agendas or bringing their drama to Facebook. I hate that crap. I know that they feel the need to share but it brings down my day to have to read that stuff and I feel a bit repelled by it. I also have had really not cool male interactions online in the last few days, mainly on Twitter with clueless guys trying to date me or tell me what to do with my life. It made me burn out on being online for a few days and really just want some me time. So, being away from online can be a good thing because I feel more in touch with real life and the beginnings of being in touch with my creativity again.

I have also started writing in paper journals again...just for me. I am finding it a good way to sort the stuff running through my brain out and to not feel the need to write for an audience or censor myself because people will read it. I am liking that a lot and will try and keep it up at least every few days if not daily.


I did watch a movie last night. Thor: The Dark World:




I was very disappointed in the film. It was just taking itself way too seriously and lacked a lot of humor that the first one had. It is like now that Thor is a member of the Avengers, he has to be all serious which is not what this franchise is about. The bad guys in this movie were weaker than Loki and that is really saying something since Loki is amusing but not a scary, evil, bad guy in my book. I guess the feeling I have that sums up my reaction to the film? It lacks a sense of fun. That is not a good thing.

I have 12 Years A Slave to watch as well as Frozen, which my mum bought on DVD (and she hated it! This means I will probably like it). That should keep me busy tonight.


And with that, I am off to answer emails.

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March 23rd, 2014
03:46 am

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Gravity and About Time.
I saw two films this weekend which I picked up from the library on DVD. Both were good!

The first was Gravity.




I really liked it. Yes, a huge disaster happens in space. There are intense action scenes and some of them push the limits of believably (I am looking at you fire extinguisher scene near the end).  But overall, it was a really good movie and made me tear up at times.

It is basically a story of a woman who during a major space disaster decides to let go of past pain, fight to survive, and choose to live. Most of the film, Sandra Bullock is the only character and she does good at carrying the movie. Her character finds inner strength she did not know she had and chooses to let go of something in her past and FIGHT to live. That made this film way more than an action film and much more than the trailer shows.

It is definitely worth a watch.

The second film is About Time:




This movie was a pleasant surprise. It is not a romantic comedy like the trailer makes it seem. It is the story of a father/son relationship really and how one should approach life. There is time travel in the film and how the main character learns from the time travel he can do. It seems the males in his family can do this traveling back in time. It has funny moments and moments that made me cry.

When the main character makes one last trip to see his father in time, before something happens in the present to make that impossible...wow. That was kleenix needing scenes.

The film made me think about how life is approached. How we muddle through days at times and let the negative overtake us. Forget to notice the small things that make life, well worth living. Maybe some days, when everything seems to be going bad...I will try to step out of the situations and see the little things and how life is full of all sorts of things that make up my story and other people's stories. Definitely something to think about.

Another good film watch!

I have 12 Years A Slave waiting for me to pick up at the library. I know that will be a hard film to watch but I a curious about it since it won Best Picture at the Oscars. So, that movie is on my horizon for watching.

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March 19th, 2014
08:35 pm

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Byzantium
I took last night off from online because of having computer connection issues. Those seem to have cleared up now. *Knock Wood*

Last night I did a lot of reading (I finished two books!) and I ended up watching Byzantium.




It wasn't a bad movie. Not exceptionally outstanding but it wasn't bad at all. I liked the way the story was told and the acting in the film was great. The story was intriguing as well. I just felt it could have had a tiny bit more to it to make it even better, if that makes sense.

It is definitely worth a watch if you love unconventional vampire stories (they go out in the sun and have no vampire teeth). I enjoyed it and liked that they were not friendly vampires and not conventional vampires.

And with that I am off to check around the Internet and then get back to reading/watching films.

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