Monday, December 17, 2018

As You Wish, Deadpool

It's a Marvel Movie weekend!  I saw "Once Upon a Deadpool" on Sunday..

  • "The only f-bomb we're using around here is 'Fred Savage'."
  • "Where are my pants?!"
  • Say it!  "Is this a kissing book?"
  • "No, you've been involuntary relocated."
  • "Whoa, you fridged Vanessa?"
  • Deadpool in button-down shirt, putting velcro labels on food!
  • "How did you get Brad Pitt?!"  "Same way we got you."
  • "I love after-credits scenes!  It feels so private! You know something. You stayed."
  • Aw, Stan.  You did write some good stories.  Thank you.
Merry Christmas, Fred and Deadpool!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

He's Got Radioactive Blood

Yay!  It's finally opening weekend for "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse"!!!

  • Nice pixelated Columbia logo!
  • "Let's start at the beginning one last time..."
  • I love how the film plays with the different renditions of Spidey through the parallel universes.
  • "I don't think you know what puberty is."
  • "The costume always fits...eventually."
  • "Child dressed in a Spider-man costume, dragging dead hobo through the streets..."
  • "...I'm going to grab a bagel..."
  • I don't know why Spider-Ham didn't sing the Homer Simpson Spider-Pig song, because that would have been awesome.
  • "Where is that wind coming from?  We're in a basement."
  • "Blue? Purple."  "NO!"
  • I love the way Miles designed his suit using spray paint.
  • I really liked all of the comic book-style imagery.
  • This Aunt May is soooo cool!  Yay, Lily Tomlin!
  • Fun seeing Peter B Parker and Miles walking up and down the sides of the buildings.
  • "Can he say that?  Legally?"
  • "What's 'Comic Con'?"
  • "Take that off, show some respect.  Spider-man does NOT wear a cape."
  • Excellent throwback to the 1967 show.
This film did not disappoint.  I hope it sticks around in the theaters for a while so I can see it again on the big screen.  He is, after all, my favorite Stan Lee creation.  

Thank you for bringing Spider-man to the world, Stan.  Excelsior!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

This Is A Story About A Thief

I saw "Robin Hood" this weekend.  Not the animated film which I think I've never seen in its entirety, not the musical, and not Russell Crowe's film, which I've never seen and might not ever see, but I don't know.  The one with Taron Egerton.

  • Why do I love seeing archery fights so much?  I guess because they require more skill than guns.  Awesome arrow work, especially during the training session.
  • Always enjoy seeing Ben Mendelsohn as a baddie.
  • What I love about Marian is that she's not stupid.  "Well, it fooled everybody else!"
  • OK, so I get that Jamie Foxx is John, but when do they start calling him "Little John"? Because he doesn't seem shorter than Robin.
  • I don't remember Little John having only one hand in the other stories.
  • I really liked Tim Minchin as Friar Tuck, mostly because of his humor.
  • Oh, that's how I know Jamie Dornan!  He was the Huntsman in Once Upon A Time.  
  • All of the people wearing the hoods reminded me of the scene in "The Three Amigos".
  • Hmmm...looks like this is set up to be the first of a series.  I guess it makes sense that someone needed to become the new Sheriff of Nottingham.  I can go with that.  Origin story!
I'm glad I got to see this in the theater, because I really did enjoy the action scenes.  

Doing It For Themselves

I was looking forward to seeing "Widows" when I saw the trailers, and was happy to get a chance to see it last week.

  • Oh, Viola Davis.  You are the best at expressing raw emotion.  That primal scream that you needed to let out just told it all.
  • So this whole gangsters-and-politicians thing.  Is that in every big city?  Does it happen in small towns, too?  Yes, I already knew about Chicago gangsters.
  • Dude was going to get my forever hate if he had killed the dog.
  • Robert Duvall can still play a real a$$hole at his advanced age.  I wanted to trip him.
  • Hey, I know that lady!  She can SAING!
  • Daniel Kaluuya's character frightened me and made me want to hypnotize him back to being a good guy.  Would you like a cup of tea?
  • Movies teach me things.  Next time I want to have a private conversation in a sauna, I'm going to add lots of water to the hot rocks.
  • Me:  "Wait.  What is HE doing there?"
  • Me later: "Ohhhhh...."
  • Love what Veronica did with her share of the money.
That was quite a ride!

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

"He's in Heaven Jail." -- Cindy, to Sherry, at It's a Small World Holiday

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Wreck It 2: The Internet Bugaloo

I saw "Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph " on opening weekend with Linda and Glenndy.  Glenndy had already seen it, and wanted to see it again so they decided to accompany us.  There was a man in the audience dressed as Ralph, and his daughter was dressed as Vanellope.  At first, I didn't recognize the outfit, and was, like, "What the?"  Linda told me he was dressed as Ralph, and not Jethro from the Beverly Hillbillies.

  • Love that opening castle logo!  I wish it had digital rain like on my Disney Emoji Blitz game.
  • Funny seeing Felix and Calhoun with all of their new Sugar Rush kids.
  • Wonder Woman leads a gang and is an awesome street car driver.
  • My favorite scene, of course, involves Ariel.  I bought pajamas of the outfit she was wearing as soon as I got paid.  I also already have the little Funko figurine because I saw it when I was in the movie theater today.
  • Those princesses, I love them.
  • "Are you guys okay? Should I call the police?"
  • "We can't understand her."  "She's from the other studio."
  • "The reason I came to your neck of the face..."
  • The build-up to "A Place Called Slaughter Race" is hilarious!
  • That's a lot of Jethros.
  • Being Rick Rolled was much better than seeing a sneak of Frozen 2.
  • Pancake, Milkshake, Pancake, Pancake, Pancake
Oh, no!  Another movie I want to see again before it leaves theaters.  When am I going to find all of this time?

Wands Ready

I wore my Hogwarts sweatshirt when I went to the theater to see "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald".  I also wore my Oreoboros shirt because I'm Slytherin house, and the shirt not only has a snake on it, it's green!

  • I don't know why anyone thinks they can just transport Grindelwald without someone using polyjuice potion.
  • Let me open my dress so you can enter the Wizarding World.
  • I really like the beasts in this series, and in this film my favorites are the Scottish Kelpie and the Chinese Zouwu.  Their movements must have been really difficult to create.
  • The other reason for the shirt: the reveal of Nagini, which I already knew about because I saw a spoiler.
  • "Her eyes are like a salamander's."
  • I love the casting of Jude Law as young Dumbledore!  
  • Aw, Leta.  Interesting that she's so different from Bellatrix and doesn't seem prejudiced against those whom aren't purebloods.
  • There has always been a storyline about purebloods versus muggles since the Potter series, but in this series, it's much more pronounced.  I find the issue of this brand of racism even more interesting given today's political environment.  
  • I'm looking forward to seeing how Dumbledore and Grindelwald came to the point of being "closer than brothers".  
  • That last reveal, though: it BLEW MY MIND.  The next film can't come soon enough!  
Great movie.  I hope I can see it again before it leaves theaters.

Friday, December 7, 2018


I saw "Beautiful Boy" a couple of weeks ago.

  • Timothee Chalamet slays me, man.  How is he so brilliant?
  • I know parents would do anything for their kids, even going out into the pouring rain to find them all drugged out in alleys.  Steve Carell does a great job of portraying one of those parents.  
  • I think that what really got to me was the flashbacks to Nic as a child.  I mean, you really don't know when a kid is so small that they're going to end up this way, and all a parent can think sometimes is "What happened to that kid?"  How do you deal with that huge change?  
  • It's Steve and Amy, together again!  Aw, I miss "The Office".
  • I kind of wish we had seen more of Maura Tierney's character's struggle.  What would she have said if she had caught up with Nic when she was following him in the minivan?  I don't really know.
  • I had no idea that this was based on books written by father and son David and Nic Scheff until I saw the credits.  Very interesting how they were able to put both sides together.
  • "Let it Enfold You" was the poem recited during the credits.  I need to read that because I don't think he had enough time to read the whole thing.
  • "Do you know how much I love you?  I love you more than everything."  Oh, dammit, I'm crying again.
So, well, yes, I cried buckets of tears.  I really liked this movie, although I think it would be too painful for me to watch several times.  

Sunday, December 2, 2018

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

"...and a baby was, not consumed...CONCEIVED in the womb of his mother, Mary." -- Chris Pratt, at Candlelight


Pratt Pratt Pratt

Lantern holders

Candelight Choir

Candlelight Orchestra

The awesome ASL interpreter

Dapper Dan/m-pact member Drew,
singing "Silent Night"

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Wednesday, November 27, 2018

"What is it about this ride that gives me such satisfaction?" -- Jennifer, at AstroBlasters

Sunday, November 11, 2018

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

"I don't like the word master ... macerate." -- Cindy, at Catal

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Somebody to Love

I was going to attend "Day of Days" today at Universal CityWalk, but needed to run an errand in the morning, so I wasn't able to do so.  Instead, I saw "Bohemian Rhapsody" in Dolby while it was still available in that format.

  • Nice instrumentation of the Fox Fanfare!  I was all smiles while it played.
  • I didn't know that Freddie Mercury was a designer until today.  Well, that explains the outfits.
  • Rami Malek's portrayal of Mercury was incredible.  Loved it.
  • I tried to figure out who was playing Deacon for the entire movie, because I recognized his face.  Then I saw his name in the credits and realized it was because I know his face as a child.  Joseph Mazzello of "Jurassic Park", you are all grown up now!
  • The scene with Mike Myers was great.  I loved the reference to kids not wanting to sit in their cars, banging their heads to "Bohemian Rhapsody".  Dude, that's WAYNE saying that!  Party on, Wayne.
  • Oh, Mary, I feel your pain.  I cried through that whole scene, probably because it hit too close to home.  
  • I cried a lot during this film. The first time was when the audience was singing "Love of My Life".  I'm glad the band talked about how that felt, because I have always wondered what it must feel like to hear thousands of people singing your song back to you.  I've always been amazed by anyone that can write an original song.  That is the height of creativity to me.
  • I absolutely enjoyed the making of "Bohemian Rhapsody", especially the editing with the rooster crowing.
  • "Who even is Galileo?"
  • "It's America.  They're prudes in public and perverts in private."
  • "You look like an angry lizard."
  • "I am the lead singer, not the leader of the band."
I'm glad I saw the movie in Dolby.  The drum beats made my chair shake.  I really enjoyed the film and will probably see it a lot when it gets aired on TV.  Now I need to get some Queen CDs.  How is it that I don't have any yet?!?!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Still Scary After 40 Years

My friends and I decided to see "Halloween".  I wanted to see it in the daytime because I don't like walking out of a scary movie into darkness.  I brought Gloomy Bear to have something to squeeze when I got scared.  I learned this technique from Cindy, whom brought her tauntaun.  Linda brought Frankenweenie to keep within the holiday theme.

Our Protectors

  • Dude, I don't know why people feel the need to antagonize serial killers.  Because they don't have enough reason to just up and kill you?
  • Just because someone is paranoid doesn't mean that nobody is chasing after them.  I mean, did Karen not think that everything actually happened?  I'm glad she got her training, though.
  • Why did he feel the need to drop all of the teeth in front of her in the bathroom?  I mean, were they a gift?  Eeewww.
  • I think that it would be perfectly reasonable in Haddonfield to cancel Hallowe'en if their serial killer was on the loose again.  
  • "No. He was not her brother, that's something that people made up."
  • "Send Dave first!"
  • So doctors just carry scalpels with them everywhere?  Even psychiatrists?  Hmmm...Maybe it's for protection during the therapy sessions.
  • Michael is still alive, you know. They didn't shoot him to death, lop off his head, stake him through the heart, AND burn him.  So he ain't dead.
...and now I'm wondering if I'll be able to sleep soundly tonight.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Man And Symbiote Combined

Last night, I finally got a chance to see "Venom" while it is still in theaters.

  • I like seeing Tom Hardy do humor.  I also like knowing that it's him before the ending credits roll.
  • I really enjoyed the scene in the restaurant.  "That's dead."
  • I don't think any kind of lawyer should give their laptop password to anyone else.  There is too much confidential material they use for their jobs.  So what I'm saying is that it's her fault that he saw the files.
  • "I'm really sorry about your friends."
  • Wouldn't the LIFE foundation have a ton of security cameras around?  How do they not know that it was Eddie who had the symbiote?
  • "Mask!" "Copy!"
  • So, when Venom eats a person, does Eddie taste that?  Because yuck.
  • "Outstanding! Now, let’s bite off all their heads and pile them up in the corner."
That was fun.  I don't know who Woody Harrelson is playing in that credits scene, but he reminds me of The Simpsons' Sideshow Bob.  I'm looking forward to "Into the Spider-verse" even more than I already was due to that sneak peek!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Smallfoot Exists, Suckers!

I finally had a chance to see "Smallfoot" while it was still in theaters.  I saw some trailers that I hadn't seen before, and I liked hearing the reactions from the kids in the audience.

  • Fun music.  I especially liked "Perfection".  So upbeat and happy!
  • The scroll of Invisible Wisdom.  Ha!  "It's not wisdom, and it's definitely not invisible."
  • It took me almost all the way through the movie by the time I noticed that the yeti do not have noses.
  • I did, though, notice that they all had blue lips, like I would have if I lived in the cold like that.
  • Love the imprint of Migo's face in the snow when the snowball rolled down the mountain.
  • That rap!  Not very good lyrics, but it was Ice, Ice Baby.  Loved seeing the backup singers in the credits, too.  I think I would like backup singers the next time I karaoke.
  • Yetis and bears understand each other, but yetis and humans need to communicate via sign language.  There's your nature lesson for the day.
  • "Let it Lie".  Oh, now I get the title.  "Now you know, now you know, now you know..."
  • Holy wowness!
That was fun.

Monday, October 22, 2018

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

"Those are some pretty scary-looking nipples there." -- Glenn, at Steakhouse 55 Hallowe'en Tea

She Is Rich in Beauty

I went to the Walt Disney Concert Hall last week to watch Gustavo Dudamel conduct the L.A. Philharmonic for Sergei Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet".  This was my first concert to watch in the WDCH, and my ticket was only $20.00, so I was very excited!

I arrived early so that I could take the free tour of the hall, which is open to all ticketholders of the evening's show.  The guide showed us examples of Frank Gehry's different architectural decisions, such as his wanting to expose the structure as much as he could. 

All of the walls are curved, not straight.

 If you are able to walk up the five flights of stairs, you can also walk around outside the top of the hall.

 Lillian Disney loved gardens, and there is a garden that has been established as a State park, so anyone can enjoy it, not just concert goers.  The garden includes 6 types of trees, which all bloom at different times of the year so that whenever you visit, you'll see a tree with flowers in bloom. (One of the tour participants said that the lady who brought all of the trees to the hall saw trees in the gardens of people's homes, and asked if she could purchase them for the concert hall.)    There is a beautiful sculpture made of Delft porcelain called the "Lilly Rose".  Lillian and Walt collected items made of Delft porcelain. 

Closer look at the porcelain
Much of the architecture has elements of water / fish.
One of the only paintings in the hall,
with the blue as the Pacific Ocean

Fish shape above the third level walkway

After the tour, I ate a sandwich from one of the bars, and enjoyed a glass of Sauvignon Blanc as I listened to a talk about Prokofiev and the music being played tonight.

My seat was behind the orchestra, where the LA Master Chorale would normally sit during a performance.  I was really happy to get my seat because I'd be able to watch the maestro's facial expressions as he conducted the orchestra. 

   I was also in a great position to see the "french fry" pipes of the organ up close. 

 We were also behind the percussion section, so I could see some of the instruments that are normally blocked from view by the rest of the orchestra when you watch from the traditional vantage point.
Triangles of different sizes!

I was also in a great position to see the "french fry" pipes of the organ up close.  

I was in Orchestra Geek Heaven!  Even more so when the musicians took the stage, the concertmaster guided them to tune with each other, and Dudamel turned around to face them.  

I am familiar with some of the main themes of "Romeo and Juliet", although I had listened to it in its entirety.  I had also never seen the ballet (I've only seen "The Nutcracker").  The setting for this ballet was very interesting because the dancers didn't have a traditional-sized set, due to the orchestra taking up most of the stage.  The dancers also did not dance throughout the evening; instead, they danced through the major portions of the story, like the ball when R&J meet, the balcony scene, Romeo's fight with Mercutio, and the death scene.  (Oops!  SPOILERS!)  Rather than the traditional tutus and tights, the dancers wore more contemporary clothing, like flannel-looking outfits and modern street clothing, along with sneakers.  I figured it must be difficult to point one's toes in sneakers.  

At one point, the side doors opened, and a smaller ensemble played music from the wings of the stage.  Actually, I think it happened at two points, but I only noticed the music the second time.  I saw the doors open, and thought the dancers would enter the stage, but they didn't, so I guess that was the first time the small ensemble performed.  

An actual cameraman appeared on stage, and when he backed up into the wings, the dancers followed, and video was shown above me (behind the orchestra) and above the sound booth for us to see the dancers continue to dance in the backstage area.  It was amazing to see how they used the different areas of the WDCH for the dancing.  I was most impressed with the balcony scene, as Juliet led Romeo from behind my section into the garden where we had toured earlier. 

Where part of the pas de deux took place
The pas de deux was made even more gorgeous because of the beautiful natural scenery of the garden and the amazing architecture.  It was like the hall itself was a character in the ballet.  I loved it!  The death scene was appropriately performed by the dancers in the area below the stage as Romeo danced with a presumed-dead Juliet.  It was kind of odd but sad as she was lifted up like a rag doll.  Romeo brought her back to the stage and killed himself, then when Juliet woke up, she danced a beautiful solo and we got to see her facial expressions during bits of it, which was a nice touch.  

I recognized some of the musicians from seeing them perform at the Hollywood Bowl, like the trumpet soloist and the violin soloist from the John Williams concert.  I delighted in seeing the bow used in different ways, not just with the horsehair side, but also with the wood, as well as pizzicato.  I wished that I was the one playing all of those beautiful runs, difficult as they probably were.  I smiled when the percussionists got to play the triangle and the snare drum and the tympani...OK, every time they played.  

I was very aware that due to my seat almost straight across from the conductor, people in the audience could see me and it made me try to stay alert, even in the sleepy parts.  I was glad when the family seated next to me left at intermission because I don't know if they were aware of the people seeing us nor did they seem particularly educated about how long it takes to perform a ballet.  I wished that the women in front of me hadn't left because I needed to cover my legs lest I flash the audience if I uncrossed my ankles. This would have been OK had it not been hot due to the lights beamed on the orchestra. Whew, I was warm!

I had a wonderful time and look forward to the next time I get to experience a concert in the hall.  Maybe from a traditional view...but I'd be happy to see it from that same seat, too.   


“I have more care to stay than will to go.” -- Romeo, Romeo and Juliet

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Never Stop Doing Right

Cindy had an extra ticket for a special screening of "The Hate U Give", and I was a willing recipient!  Yay for free popcorn and drinks, too.

  • OK, I never knew that Tupac's Thug Life was an acronym for "The Hate U Give Little Infants F*cks Everybody.  Now I do, and you do, too!
  • Amandla Stenberg does a fantastic job in this movie, covering all of the emotions of her character.
  • "Sounds like Hailey saw 'Straight Outta Compton' again last night."
  • K.J. Apa reminds me of a young version of Ty Burrell.  Oh, that's where I've seen him!  He's Archie on "Riverdale".  I've only seen one episode.
  • "Hoedom is universal."
  • "We've been together our whole lives, so we've still got time."
  • "Don't let anybody make you be quiet."
  • "If you don't see my blackness, then you don't see me."
  • "Did Sekani know?"
  • Russell Hornsby was also great as Starr's dad.  Actually, they all did a great job!
  • "I would tell him to put his hands up."  Chilling.  The world is just wrong.
  • I've been craving fried chicken ever since I saw the scene in the restaurant.
  • I'm going to need to see Anthony Mackie as Falcon before I like him again, because he was not a nice person in this film.
Great, great movie with a powerful message. I'm adding the book to my reading list. Thank you, Cindy!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

One Giant Leap

After getting some much-needed work done (yes, on a Sunday - ugh!), I rewarded myself by watching "First Man" in IMAX.

  • Great sound effects.  I felt like I was in the spacecraft / aircraft, it was incredibly realistic.
  • Very nice shot of the reflection of the horizon on Armstrong's helmet in the first scene.
  • I knew that some men died in NASA's efforts to finally get to the moon, but I hadn't thought of how it must effect the other astronauts whenever it happened.  They were very brave to carry on toward the goal.
  • Claire Foy did a great job of being the strong wife, afraid for her husband and for her kids.
  • "Your dad's going to the moon."  "Ok.  Can I go play outside?"
  • "Somebody got a Swiss Army knife?"
  • Even Ryan Gosling's fingers are sexy.  There.  I said it.  Also, he's a great actor, and I cried along with him after the funeral.
  • I especially liked the part of the score when they were piloting the Eagle: it was very intense, unlike the rest of the score, which was subdued.
  • Love that they showed part of JFK's speech.  This video was shown in my leadership training earlier this year, exemplifying a leader with vision.  "We choose to go to the moon."  Quite inspirational.
  • "We make all the mistakes down here so that we don't make them up there!"
  • "Roger, Tranquility, we copy you on the ground. You've got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. We're breathing again. Thanks a lot."
I wish that I could hear from my parents what they thought of the moon landing.  I asked them about it, and they said we had just immigrated and didn't own a TV or a radio.  I wish I could've told y'all that I was listening / watching along as a baby, but no.  I'll just have to make do with movies like this one, as well as the real footage.  What an amazing feat.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Check-In Time

This morning, I decided to see "Bad Times at the El Royale" after work tonight.  

  • I knew this movie would be violent, but I still jumped at the sound of the first gunshot.  
  • "What is this, some kind of pervert hotel?"
  • I thought at first that Jon Hamm was going to be like Don fake Draper, then I realized that he was a good guy, and then I got sad.
  • "Why have a bell?"
  • For those of you that get confused, this Jeff is Bridges.  Not the other one.  He does a fine job, as usual, but I did want to hear him sing along when Darlene sang.
  • Yes, I am willing to watch Chris Hemsworth walk around shirtless.  I will make that sacrifice.
  • How?  How did this intense movie make me cry near the end?  
  • I love hearing good singers sing a cappella.  Cynthia Ervio was great!
  • I also enjoyed Lewis Pullman's Miles.  I couldn't figure out his deal at first, then it made sense to me and I liked him more. 
  • Rose was creepy.  She didn't even cry about her sister, and she was wearing boots with what looked like a nightgown.
  • Ah, there's the portion of the score we heard at the LOST concert, when they did an encore.  Nice.
  • Loved hearing the different reactions from the audience throughout the film, because they mirrored my *gasp*, giggles, and "WHAT?!?!"
I enjoyed this movie, despite the creepy girl.  Great acting, great music, and lots of surprises.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Celestial Birth

The much-anticipated new "A Star Is Born" opened this weekend!  I wasn't able to see it until today, but was able to snag a seat to watch it in Dolby.

  • I already knew Lady Gaga could sing, but WOW! She can act, too.  Splendidly.
  • How is this possible?  Bradley Cooper was already an amazing actor.  Now he's directing, writing, producing this movie, singing, AND writing songs?!?!  He just couldn't stick with handsome?  AND he's Rocket?  WHAT?
  • I love that Gaga was able to get her Little Monsters community into the film.
  • "I think you might be a songwriter.  Don't worry, I won't tell anybody.  But I'm not very good at keeping secrets."
  • "I'm wearing my Jackson titties!"
  • Tears.  So. Many. Tears.  Some happy as dreams were achieved, some sad.
  • Sam Elliot, I wanted to hear you sing, too.
  • "The one I idolized was you."  Dammit, I'm crying again.
  • "Music is essentially 12 notes between any octave.  12 notes in the octave repeats.  It's the same story told over and over.  All that the artist can offer the world is how they see those 12 notes."
  • One of the first things I did when I got home was purchase the soundtrack on Amazon.  I really liked all of the songs.
Sigh.  I think it's better if I just keep listening to the soundtrack, and not watch the movie over and over because I might get dehydrated from all of the tears.  Loved it, though.

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Saturday, October 7, 2018

"He tells his friends, 'My head will be in Genie's crotch tonight.'" -- Sherry, to Cindy, during Paint the Night

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tick Tock

After a short trip to the LA County Arboretum, I went to the theater to see "The House With A Clock In Its Walls" in IMAX.

But first up:  Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in 3D!

  • That's kind of scary in big format!
  • The costumes and makeup still look great.
  • I so, so, so wanted to get up and dance.  I love that dance!  MJ was the BEST!
  • I think all of us were surprised by that last shot. 
  • Happy 35th Anniversary, Thriller! 
OK, now the house movie.
  • "Are you wearing a robe?"  "It's a kimono!"
  • I like that Lewis' last link to his parents is the Magic 8 Ball.  It's magic!
  • The stained glass of the ship reminds me of the one in the Salon.
  • "Bad Kitty!  Use the litter box!"
  • Loved the magic of all of the stars in the garden.
  • Snakespeare is like me: safe, as long as I'm fed.
  • "So creepy...even in death."
  • I love all of the purple that Florence has everywhere.  
  • I also enjoyed all of the insulting names Florence and Jonathan called each other.
  • Why would you a keep a key right next to the lock that you don't want anyone to open?!
  • I wanted to see more of Rose Rita.  I would have liked to see her reaction to the house.
  • I love this bit of trivia on imdb because of the time theme.  I had been wondering about the significance of the title on the marquee:  The bus stops across the street from a theater with the movie, "Space Man from Pluto" on the marquee. The head of Universal Studios wanted "Space Man from Pluto" to be the title of another Amblin Entertainment film produced by Steven Spielberg - but the director on that 1985 film kept the script's original title, "Back to the Future."
  • Cute drawings during the credits, especially the last one with the characters waving.  Even the baby, sitting in the demon's lap.  OK, yeah, that was creepy.
  • "No topiary griffins were harmed in the making of this film."
  • And now I want to eat cookies all day.

Here's my poster after playing the game on the official site:

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Are You Diaboliquing Me?

My friends and I saw "A Simple Favor" last week.  

  • I think it's a shame that we saw Anna Kendrick and Andrew Rannells in a film together and they didn't sing a duet.
  • I did, though, enjoy the chemistry between Kendrick and Lively.
  • Cindy said "Searching" was like a combination of this movie and "Crazy Rich Asians".  I agree.  Twisty!
  • I'd want to wear Blake Lively's clothes, too.  I loved all of her work outfits.  
  • Why didn't she think to cut herself out of the dress before she went downstairs?  I mean, it was funnier the way they did it, but still.
  • I liked the difference of outfit types between Stephanie and Emily and their changes in style toward the end.
  • I want to try that martini, and I don't even like gin.
  • I really liked the soundtrack, filled with a bunch of songs in French, and it was quite fitting.
  • Oh, and some on point rapping by Anna Kendrick.
  • "Are you Diaboliquing me?"  I now need to watch "Diabolique".
  • Ah, grief sex.  Nothing good ever comes out of that.  Just ask the folks at "General Hospital".
  • "I think loneliness probably kills more people than cancer."
  • "America's hybrids: silent, but deadly."
I had a lot of fun watching this movie!  Funny, twisty, and pretty.  :)

And Then The Giacchino Plays

We Have to Go Back: The LOST Concert 2018
John Anson Ford Theatre
Saturday, September 15, 2018

I had a tough work week, so I still needed to go into work on a Saturday because I missed a Friday deadline.  I then drove to the valley to meet up with Bro and the family.  Bro, V, and I went to Poquito Mas to pick up an early dinner, and ate at Bro's house before we made our way to Studio City.  We parked in a designated lot and took a shuttle to the Ford.  I picked up our tickets at will call, and we got in the long merchandise line, not even knowing what was for sale, but hoping that they were selling a shirt that we saw one of the staff wearing.

Yay!  All 3 of us got the shirt, which had the Dharma symbol on the left pocket area, with a music note in the middle.  We also got CDs of whatever season was available, which were autographed by Michael Giacchino.  They also had autographed pages of the score available for $100.00, but I didn't opt for one.  I was frustrated by the slowness of the snack shop folks, but I was happily able to get a bottle of hard apple cider upstairs near our seats.

All Dressed Up for some experiments

The stage was set against a background with palm trees, and it was a little balmy--a perfect atmosphere for the evening.  When we were in line to get merchandise earlier, we could hear the smoke monster sounds coming from speakers placed in the entrance area.  Up on the stage, there was a memorial with candles, and they used the church hymnal numbers, to keep in theme with the lottery numbers, too.  I love the way everything was set to get us in the mood!  


A pre-show discussion took place, which started with Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindeloff, and Michael Giacchino. Then other people arrived one-by-one onto the stage, interrupting almost every audience member that had gone up to ask a question.  But they were OK with that.  Cast members that joined them:  Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Rebecca Mader (Charlotte), Andrea Gabriel (Nadia), and Daniel Dae Kim (Jin).  

Lindeloff, Giacchino, Cuse

Score with Dharma Symbol

Josh Joins

Full Panel
One gal asked the creators to promise there would be no remake; later, a guy asked if they could do a remake of the show.  I wondered if the first person was going to have fisticuffs with the other guy, because they were both quite passionate about the show, as are many fans.  
Andrea, Emilie, Rebecca

Rebecca, Michael, Josh

Josh, Daniel, Carlton

Between songs, if Giacchino himself wasn't talking, Cuseloff (one of the combined names for the duo) or the cast members spoke.  Carlton Cuse talked about the time they were on the sound stage to witness the recording of the music when some of the characters were leaving on the raft they built.  The musicians were reading the music for the first time (as most studio musicians do as part of their job description), Cuseloff was hearing it for the first time, and by the time the music ended, everyone in the room was in tears.  The musicians showed their approval by tapping their instruments.  This is the only series that has Giacchino's name in the scripts, mostly with the phrase "And the Giacchino Plays".  I love that they give this musical genius his due.

I thought it was interesting to hear the actors read the scripts, as they would both sides of the dialogue by themselves, but I loved more the descriptions of what they should be feeling at the time.  The descriptions had a bunch of f-bombs in them, stuff that certainly not be allowed to be spoken in network television, but they got their point across!  

Rebecca and Andrea also read letters that the writers thought the background characters might write when they put them in the bottles on the raft.  This was something they thought up when they had the first LOST concert in Hawaii.  OK, so THAT would have been the perfect place to watch this concert!  Wow.

This guy played for every episode of LOST

See the hymnal numbers on the left side?  108!

Some of the music was played without any film being shown, but there were montages during most of the music.  Unfortunately, the individual pieces were not listed in the program, and I don't remember any of the titles to list here.  It doesn't matter: the music is so beautiful that I cried during the first piece, and during a few other ones, like I did when I watched the series.  But at the end of the show, Giacchino asked if we had cried enough.  I'm pretty sure most of said "no".  He then played (and they showed) the last scene of the finale.  TEARS!!!!!  

For the encore, the orchestra also played another song from LOST, entitled "Tangled Web".  There was no film while they played because Giacchino wasn't sure that they'd have time to include it.  But they did!  Then they treated us to a piece of music they had just recently completed recording: a little taste of "A Bad Time at the Hotel Royale".  It was great!  I was looking forward to seeing the movie anyway, but the music elevated my anticipation for it.

After the show, it was a little too late in the evening for me to want to stay to meet the famous folks, and I was ready to leave.  Jeff G found us and said hi before he left.  Hi, Jeff!  The line to catch the shuttle back to our car didn't take very long, and we were back at Bro's house in no time, which was good, because I still needed to drive home.  

Thank you, Bro and V, for joining me!  Thank you to the creators, cast, the musicians (a few of whom were there to play music for every episode of LOST), and especially to Michael Giacchino for a wonderful show!  It makes me want to see the whole series all over again.

No, Thank YOU!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Chomp On This

Last weekend, I made sure to see "The Meg" before it left theaters. (I love the tagline on the official site:  "Pleased to Eat You".)  I mean, how can I possibly watch a movie about a giant shark if I wasn't going to see it in BIG?  I'm disappointed that I wasn't able to see it in IMAX, though.  But, you know, drum corps priorities.

  • I've decided that the Meg is Filipino, because the first scene takes place in the Philippine Trench.  
  • How is it possible for Jason Statham to have that many muscles?  Like, muscles on TOP of his muscles?  How do those muscles even fit in those little vehicles?  Can you tell that I was distracted a bit by his physique?
  • Loved all of the homages to "JAWS".  At least, I'm going to call them homages, because "rip-off" sounds so negative, and I think the references were on purpose.
  • I love the tagline on the official site:  "Pleased to Eat You".
  • I kinda wanted the guy in the big inflatable ball to get eaten, because he was rudely running over the other people in the water.
  • "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming."
  • "Eight year olds hear everything."  
  • I was worried that she was hiding in the rescue vehicle that Jason Statham was using.  I guess she was smarter than that.
  • I saw that the boat's name was "Charlotte", like in "National Treasure", and wondered if there was a connection.  Yes, Sherry, the director, Jon Turteltaub, also directed NT.  Thank you, IMDB!
  • Haha.  "Fin."
That was fun.  I look forward to the inevitable viewing during Shark Week next year.