Sunday, April 18, 2021

Toxic

 Last night, I watched "Promising Young Woman" on Amazon to continue my viewing of the Best Picture nominees for this year's Oscars.

  • I was pissed off at the men in the club within the first 5 minutes.  Actually, maybe within 3.  I'm glad the evening turned out to be different from what I was afraid I'd see.
  • There were a LOT of hash marks in that notebook!  I guess going out every night for 7 years does that.
  • Carey Mulligan is sooo good in this.  Quite deserving of her Oscar nomination.
  • Dude, what was up with her parents' house?  The old-fashioned phone made me think I was watching something from the 1950s, but then they were talking about using cell phones, so I knew that was wrong.  Then they showed that fancy living room and I giggled that Cassie still lived there.
  • "How many children have you killed?"
  • I was kind of upset at Nina's mom.  Why didn't she tell her to get (psychological) help?  Telling someone to just move on is really not that helpful.  I understand she was grieving, too, but, I still didn't like it.
  • Loved the scene with Alfred Molina.
  • Let me get this straight.  The guys know that women do this fake drunk thing because it happened to their friend, and they still try to take advantage of a drunk woman?  Idiots.
  • "Why do you guys have to ruin everything?!"  
  • Wait.  Paris Hilton had a song?
  • "I'm getting you a bike!"
  • OMG, I was sooo upset when I heard her boyfriend's voice on that recording.
  • I really liked the scene of her in the dean's office, just chewing on her gum as she talked about the daughter.
  • I liked that rendition of "Toxic" while she is approaching the bachelor party.
  • I loved the multi-color wig!  If it didn't remind me of her, I'd want one for fun.
  • "Can you guess what every woman's worst nightmare is?"
  • "Enjoy the wedding!"

Saturday, April 17, 2021

E.T., Shaun the Sheep Style

Needing some levity after seeing "The Father", I decided to watch "Farmageddon", one of the films nominated for Best Animated Feature.

  • I loved all of the little nods to different films and TV shows about aliens, like the theme from "Close Encounters of a Third Kind".
  • Sheep eat pizza?  Wouldn't that make their wool really oily?  Or maybe cheesy?
  • I want one of those little alien babies!  Or maybe just a replica.  He was just so cute!
  • Beings really need to child-proof their spaceships.
  • The Hazmats remind me of the guys that respond to a "2319" in Monsters, Inc.
  • Heh.  HG Wheels.
  • I love that the code to the door is whistling "The X-Files" theme.
  • I just learned from imdb that Lu-la's word for Shaun is "tupa", which, in Tagalog, means "sheep"!  Now I want a talking Lu-la saying "tupa".
That was a fun movie.  I wish I could watch "Wolfwalkers", but that's on AppleTV, and I don't have that.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Losing All His Leaves

 Last night, I watched "The Father" on Amazon Prime to continue my Best Picture nomination viewing.

  • It did not take a long time for me to be confused.  Maybe 10 minutes.
  • It did take me a long time to not be confused.  Maybe a few minutes before the credits began.
  • I did realize that we were watching this from his point of view, but I was still confused about the different people with the same / different names.
  • It also took me a little bit to get Hannibal Lechter out of my head.  It's not my fault that Anthony Hopkins is so good that he makes his characters unforgettable!
  • I still can't figure out who it was that hit him.  Was it Bill?  He never met Paul, right?
  • Why would she say that she never said anything about Paris?  This is what confused me the most, I think.
  • "They don't even speak English there."
  • I was done with the opera music before I got confused.
  • I wanted him to be with his mommy, too.  So heartbreaking.
My dad's watching the film in the other room as I write this.  I wonder what kind of questions he'll have for me tomorrow.  I did warn him that I was confused, so at least he was prepared.  I probably won't even be able to answer him!  Oh, well.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Houseless

 The next film on my Oscars watch list was "Nomadland", which I viewed on Hulu.

  • The vehicle is named "Vanguard".  You've got my attention.
  • "I'm a carnivore."
  • The first time I would have needed the bucket would have been the day I'd change my mind about this whole lifestyle.
  • That was an interesting conversation with her sister, which made me understand more that this was a choice she made.  Fern had been offered a place to stay at the beginning of the film, but I thought that her pride was holding her back from taking up the offers.  
  • "My sailboat is out here in the desert."
  • I wanted Fern to end up with Dave, not necessarily in a house, but maybe being nomads together.  But I guess she didn't feel the same way he did about her.
  • Really cool that they cast real nomads in the film.  But wait.  Did they think it was a documentary?  I mean, it kind of could be one if not for actors like McDormand and Straithern.
  • It would have been nice to see this on the big screen to show off the cinematography.  The landscapes were beautiful.
  • See you down the road.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

JL: Zack's Way

Back in 2017, I saw "Justice League" twice on opening weekend.  I liked the movie, and when it was announced that director Zack Snyder was going to fulfill his vision of the film with his director's cut, I looked forward to seeing that one, too.  All 4 hours and pennies of it.  I'm glad it was released on HBO Max so that I could pause if needed while I'm at home during the pandemic.  I got myself a blended iced hazelnut coffee from CBTL, and I was ready to go!

Because I was watching from home, and this was a long one, I decided to take notes as I watched, so my points below are in viewing order.  Different points of the film were prefaced by "Part 1..." so I'll include them here, too.  

  • The film starts with Superman screaming loud enough for everyone to hear, including underwater in Atlantea.
Part 1: Don't Count On It, Batman

  • We see Martha actually selling the farm (kind of a surprise in the cut version).  She and her dog Dusty get into the U-Haul and drive away.  
  • "Maybe a man who broods in a cave for a living isn't cut out to be a recruiter, hmmm?" 
  • Aw, Lois is wearing the engagement ring Clark was going to give her.
  • "WE HAVE NO FEAR!!!" 
  • Steppenwolf is much shinier than I remember.
Part 2: The Age of Heroes 

  • We actually have a callback to Lex Luthor's warning about barbarians at the gate. 
  • Gal looks so awesome in white...also, she doesn't get her clothing smudged at all, even when walking through ancient ruins.  She really is Wonder Woman.
  • Ooh...Steppenwolf back story!  Darkseid?  Uh-oh.  I thought Darkseid was the monster in Batman vs. Superman, but I guess not.  Lanterns!
Part 3:  Beloved Mother, Beloved Son
  • The closed captioning on my screen said "[imperceptible]" while a dog was barking on screen.  Pretty sure nobody else was talking at the time, but it seemed funny to me that maybe I was going to see a translation of a dog barking, or that most people can usually understand.
  • I was wondering what he was going to do with that hot dog.  Fast thinker, that Flash.
  • Was that Iris?!?!?!?
  • I like the song playing when they meet.
  • What happened to his shoes?  Do they always come off when he runs?
  • "I start on Monday?"
  • Batman: "More or less."  Diana: "More more, or more less?"  Batman: "Probably more less."
  • Ah, backstory on Cyborg.  Actually, a lot more on Cyborg throughout, which I enjoyed and now I like him.  I was pretty meh about him with the cut movie.
  • I want to ride in that silver Mercedes Batmobile!  I mean, if Bruce drives it, and it has bat wings, isn't it a Batmobile?
  • Alfred teaching Diana to make tea!
  • A black lasso would be awesome.
  • Gotham and Commissioner Gordon!  And now that bat signal appearance makes more sense.
Part 4: Change Machine
  • This whole scene of the hostages on Stryker's Island is new.  I remember something about them being in this structure, but I don't remember hostages.  
  • "I belong to no one." Yasss, girl.
  • "But only a mother box can turn smoke back into a house."  And now Sherry understands how they brought back Superman.  It's a good thing, too, because we are now 2 hours and 15 minutes into the movie and still no Supes.
  • Martian Manhunter?!?!?!  YES!!!
Part 5: All the King's Horses
  • "She's five thousand years old, Barry.  Every guy's a younger guy."
  • Why is there a pregnancy test in Lois' night stand?
  • I love how Supes just moves over so Flash runs right past him and crashes into Aquaman.
  • I thought Star Labs was in Central City.  So how is it in Metropolis with the Kryptonian ship?  But now I get to see how Lois knew to go to the memorial site.
Part 6: Something Darker
  • I take that as a "yes".
  • Aww, the voices of his dads!  Not as cool as all of the Jedi voices, but still a nice touch.
  • I like Victor's letterman's jacket.
  • That was a very different final battle.  Like, no small European town or race between Supes and Flash.
Epilogue
  • New suit, Supes?  I like the silver S.
  • What is going on with this ending?!?
  • OK, so Deathstroke was Robin?  I don't know all of the different Robins.
  • Hello, Jared Leto!
  • Lois?  What is this news?  ACK! That's why she's the key?
  • Nice credit music with piano rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"...then the singing started and I didn't like it anymore.
  • That WAS Iris!  It's helpful to read credits, y'all.
I prefer this version over the other cut version.  Everything made a lot more sense to me, including Steppenwolf's motivation to want to kill everyone on Earth.  I'm looking forward to the Flash movie, hoping something from the Barry/Iris meeting is included in it.


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Listening to Stillness

The next Oscar-nominated Best Picture film I watched was "Sound of Metal", which I viewed on Amazon Prime. 

  • Scary how rapidly the hearing loss progressed.  You know when someone asks which of the 5 senses you would least like to lose?  Hearing is my choice, mostly because I'm a musician and I know I'd get very depressed if I couldn't hear it the same way anymore.
  • I wonder if a lot of people that are not familiar with a neighborhood go to a pharmacist for help when they don't know how to get to a doctor.
  • I was, like, "Hey, that's Art3mis from 'Ready Player One'!" I almost didn't recognize her when her eyebrows were blonde, though.
  • Riz Ahmed is quite deserving of his Best Actor nomination.  I enjoyed seeing his growth as he learned how to communicate with the rest of the people at the facility, and totally understood why he would want to get his surgery anyway.
  • Loved seeing them race to complete the alphabet in ASL, as well as seeing him teach them to play the drums.
  • When Joe said, "You sound like an addict", that was exactly what I was thinking.  i really liked Paul Raci's portrayal of Joe.
  • I really liked the way the audience was allowed to hear the progression of the sound loss, even though it was scary to me.  After he had the implant surgery and started to hear again, I had tears in my eyes.
  • I wish more people could enjoy moments of stillness.  Me included, yes, but also most people I know.
Great film.  If it doesn't get an award for sound, then I don't understand that category at all.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

One, Two, Eighteen

 I'm watching a lot of sports this weekend, what with the World Figure Skating Championships (Yes, Nathan Chen!!!) and March Madness to view.  It gives me a chance to pay my Disney Emoji Blitz game.  I love the game not only because it's fun and because of all of the cute emojis, but also because I get to watch ads when I'm waiting for my free spin for power ups.  That's right.  I GET to watch ads.  Because lately, I get to watch Rockapella sell Built Bars.  I even click on links so that my phone knows that I want to see more of them.  There are other Built Bars ads, but I don't click on those.  Today, I've probably watched the Rockapella Built Bars ad at least 10 times.  

I don't ever get to watch the full 90-second ad during these times, but at least I can go to the YouTube channel and watch it there.  I'm also posting it here for your viewing pleasure if you haven't seen it yet, and also for posterity.

My boys have done it again with a catchy tune and all of their humor and cuteness.  I miss them sooooo much!  Bonus:  a vocal percussion solo from demi-god JT!





In case you're wondering, I've tried 3 of the flavors:  Caramel Brownie, Salted Caramel, and Peanut Butter.  My favorite is peanut butter.  If you ever get to come into my house again, you'll probably see that I have a sufficient stock of Built Bars.  You're welcome to have some!  I know where I can get more.  :)