My Mind is Blown. I’m Dead Now.

I’m finally all packed to go home tomorrow.  This bed I’ve been sleeping in for the last month is so hard.  I didn’t realise how hard until tonight.  I barely entered sleep when I was awakened, and have been kept from falling back to sleep, by feeling someone walking in the house.

But, I’ve had my mind blown several times in a short span of time by IMDb while trying to ignore the subtle stomping.

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I only went to confirm that John Krasinski (Jim from The Office, which I’ve been watching a lot in the last few days) is married to Emily Blunt. (1) He is. (2) Her birth name is Emily Olivia Leah Blunt, and “Emily” and “Olivia” are my two favourite female names! (3) Frickin’ Stanley Tucci is married to her sister. (4) His middle name is “Oliver,” and I love that name!  (I would say it’s my favourite male name, but it’s not something I’d name a person; that’s probably why I gave that name to my vintage bicycle, LOL.) (Also, I love the name “Olivia” because of the name “Oliver.”)

Aww, look! So precious!
Aww, look! So precious! 😱💖

Bonus: (5) At 6’3″, John Krasinski is the shortest of his siblings; his brothers being 6’6″ and frickin’ 6’10”.

Now that my mind has been blown enough times from cool info and personal coincidence, I’m dead.  I should be able to sleep soundly now. 😏

30 Day Movie Challenge

I don’t know how the current weather is for you, but the area where I live has had a sudden temperature drop below freezing with a threatening snow storm this weekend. That sounds like perfect weather to make some hot chocolate and cuddle up on the couch with a great movie!

I recently came across this 30 Day Movie Challenge from TheaterThoughts.com, posted last year. Basically, every day for thirty days you watch a different type of movie based on your tastes. Get ready for movie night x 30!

While it would be perfectly fine to fill out the list as you go through the month, I’m doing it all at once for the sake of the blog.

30 Day Movie Challenge

Day 01 – The best movie you saw during the last year: (I’m assuming this means new movie) Now You See Me
Day 02 – The most underrated movie: The Impostors
Day 03 – A movie that makes you really happy: Last Holiday
Day 04 – A movie that makes you sad: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Day 05 – Favourite love story in a movie: Made of Honor
Day 06 – Favourite made-for-TV movie: Stargate: Continuum
Day 07 – The most surprising plot twist or ending: Angel’s Dance
Day 08 – A movie that you’ve seen countless times: All of my favourites ;o), but for the sake of the challenge, Spider-Man 2
Day 09 – A movie with the best soundtrack: Home Alone
Day 10 – Favourite classic movie: Mary Poppins
Day 11 – A movie that changed your opinion about something: Vegucated (documentary)
Day 12 – A movie that you hate: Up
Day 13 – A movie that is a guilty pleasure: The Impostors (this duplicate couldn’t be avoided)
Day 14 – A movie that no one would expect you to love: Red Dawn
Day 15 – A character to whom you can relate the most: Andy Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada (fashion-wise)
Day 16 – A movie that you used to love, but now hate: First Knight (my dislike for this particular Lancelot grew too much to continue enjoying the movie)
Day 17 – A movie that disappointed you the most: Eragon
Day 18 – A movie that you wish more people would’ve seen: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Day 19 – Favourite movie based on a book/comic/etc.: The Three Musketeers (1993)
Day 20 – Favourite movie from a favorite actor/actress: Jeremy Renner in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Day 21 – Favourite movie from a newcomer: Lindsey Lohan in The Parent Trap (back when she was a newcomer… and clean)
Day 22 – Favourite documentary: Forks Over Knives
Day 23 – Favourite animation: Toy Story
Day 24 – Favourite foreign film: (I’ll assume foreign to America) The Decoy Bride
Day 25 – The most hilarious movie you’ve ever seen: Rocketman (the first time I saw it as a kid)
Day 26 – A movie that you love, but everyone else hates: The Terminal
Day 27 – A movie that you wish you had seen in theatres: Inception
Day 28 – A movie you still don’t understand: 2001: A Space Odessey
Day 29 – A movie from your childhood: Beethoven
Day 30 – Your favourite movie of all time: 2012 (JUST “2012“… Not 2012: Ice Age or 2012: Doomsday.)

The Devil’s Revenge

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I’ve already mentioned in a previous post that my obsession this year is movies.  (Yes, though I’m reading a heck of a lot more than ever, my favourite movies are really what make me swoon.)  There are actually six movies of which I’m so stuck in fandom that I watch them all the time.  (Yes, I do still watch a lot of other movies and TV programmes as well as have a real life, etc.)  I refer to these movies as “The Six.”

As you may have gathered from my “Cinema” video, one of The Six is The Devil Wears Prada.  Upon seeing that video, one of my friends sent me a link to the news that the book The Devil Wears Prada was soon to have a sequel!  I knew it was finally time to read the book.

Soon after beginning reading, I quickly figured out that besides character names being the same (except for Andy’s boyfriend) the movie and the book are not much alike.  This didn’t bother me at all.  I understand that books and movies are two completely different forms of media and what works for one may not work for the other.  (My “son” actually made a vlog about that subject this week.  View it here: http://youtu.be/g0K9q3sv2uA )

Sadly, the sequel didn’t even live up to my low expectations.  However without further ado, here’s my Goodread’s review of Revenge Wears Prada.

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger

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I didn’t *hate* this book, but it wasn’t interesting. There were parts where I thought “maybe this will finally be the thing that gives the story substance!” It never happened; I kept waiting for the story to get interesting. Finally, in chapter 21 I realised that this book was not going to “get good”; it was basically all filler with far too many useless details. I’ve never been a real believer in sequels, and this book was the worst in that case. There were interesting parts, but they never lasted, and overall the story lacked real substance.

The End is Just the Beginning

You may or may not have noticed that for the first couple of months this year I only had two posts.  This is because I was stuck in an extended fandom where all I cared about for two months was two movies.  I went back-and-forth between watching The Three Musketeers and 2012 over and over again.  The longest extended fandom I had was in 2005 — for the entire year I was obsessed with Spider-Man 2 and didn’t care much about anything else.  (That, however, is a whole other story deserving its own entry.  First, let’s talk about 2012.)

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I saw 2012 once after it came out –whether in a theatre or on DVD, I don’t recall– and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I love a good doomsday movie.  While I don’t find it to be an all-star cast, I recognised many people, even just in more background parts.  There were more obvious parts in leading roles such as John Cusack, Danny Glover, and Oliver Platt.  Lesser roles such as “the boss from Just Shoot Me” (George Segal), John Billingsley (who played Dr Phlox in Star Trek: Enterprise), and Woody Harrelson.  Then, there are the tiny parts that may have had a line or two, or even none at all!  “Sheriff Andy from Eureka” (Ty Olsson) had a line on Air Force One, and “King Midas from Once Upon A Time” (Alex Zahara) was part of the bridge crew on Ark 4.  (Yes, there were many more from each category, but instead of wasting time listing them all, I’ll just let you consult IMDb for yourself.)

I’m going to skip giving a summary of the movie and go straight to talking about it.

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If you know only one thing about me by now, it’s that I adore movies surrounding “the apocalypse.”  Imminent collisions with asteroids (such as Armageddon and Doomsday Rock), atmospheric/Terran catastrophes (such as 2012Arctic BlastThe Day After Tomorrow and The Core), destruction/zombification by human error (such as I Am Legend and the 2002 movie The Time Machine), and the list just keeps going.  I’m not sure why I get so excited about the end of the world, but it’s so fascinating!  It really gets my imaginative wheels turning and makes for great stories (whether I write them or not).  They also make the best dreams!

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The story of this movie is so much more complex than any B movie.  (Hollywood really knows their stuff!)  I love how the many individual stories come together by the end (whether or not they make it there alive), including grave mistakes that may end up saving someone, and are all integral to the ultimate survival of humanity.  In the end, the good guy wins.  (Eat it, Anheuser!)

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I’d spent enough time mentally in the world of 2012 that of course I started coming up with fan fiction in my head.  Once, I had even set out to write it.  I even went so far as to doing research into the history of the character I’d created.  (Not only did it help me figure out who she was exactly, but it also helped perfect her story from the lame one I’d had originally.)   However, after only writing a tiny bit of it I was done.  I’ll leave the fanfic to the ones who are still allowed to write.  (I happened across a 2012 fanfic called “The Last Day of the Cruise Ship” which I’m looking forward to reading.)

Keep up the good work, movie makers.  2012 is one film that made this moviegoer very happy.  Putting out more movies like this one sure wouldn’t disappoint me.

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All screenshots by lilyZ at FanPop.com.

The Three Musketeers

The book?

Nope. Sorry.

The 2011 movie?!

Haha, definitely not!

Err… The 1993 movie?

Yeah, baby!

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Sure, I was only six when this movie was released (actually, a bit over a month until I was seven), and I never saw it until a year or two later, but I still love it! It’s a great little piece of my childhood that continues to be an interest.

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Oy… Tim Curry is creepy enough as a *good* guy… o.O

When we first saw it, there were only two people Bro and I recognised. Porthos (Oliver Platt) was “that guy from Beethoven,” and we’ve just always known about Tim Curry, who played Cardinal Richelieu. (I’m pretty sure this movie was the first time we’d seen Charlie Sheen, who played Aramis.) Nowadays, it’s pretty much an all-star cast! Paul McGann, who played two characters: Girard –the ginger in a duel with d’Artagnan in the beginning– and Jussac –the Cardinal’s guard who comes to arrest the musketeers twice–, went on to play the 8th Doctor! When 24 came out, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is Athos. Hubby started watching Burn Notice and Fiona is Queen Anne (Gabrielle Anwar). Then, NCIS: LA comes along and we find d’Artagnan (Chris O’Donnell). Sorry, King Louis (Hugh O’Conor), I personally have not seen you anywhere else…

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Girard / The Doctor

No, you’re right. This movie doesn’t follow the book. Isn’t it rare, though, to find such a movie? And when we do find one, it’s usually not so great. (Frankly, there are a few things that I didn’t so much care for in the book that are excluded in this movie… but we won’t get into those.) No, this movie is a comedy based on the book. The very existence of the minor character Girard alone shows that it’s a comedy from the beginning. Charlie Sheen plays a priest-like character, which is so ironic it’ll bring anyone a giggle. Finally, the hilarity that Porthos brings is the best of all.

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“NOW we are prepared to resist you!” -Porthos

For those who were hoping for action, don’t worry — there’s plenty of it. This was the age of swords and duels, after all. There’s also a bit of romance for the chick flick lover in you. (Come on… everyone has seen at least one Meg Ryan movie.)

Comedy, action, a bit of romance, and a lot of familiar actors. Sounds like a great movie for which I would cuddle up and relax. I think I’m going to go watch it again…

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Those clothes make me miss the Renaissance Festival… :o(

 

Birthday Geek

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No, the title of this entry doesn’t mean that it’s my birthday. (Although, it is this upcoming Tuesday!) I mentioned in a post back in October that it was a certain director’s birthday, and stated that I’m a bit of a birthday geek. Since December is one of the months with, like, a hundred birthdays, I thought I’d write about it now.

I’m a stalker by no means! I just happen to know things. IMDb is my current main source of knowledge. When I see someone in a movie or an episode of a TV programme, and I know I’ve seen their face somewhere before, I go to IMDb to help me remember. Birth/death dates are usually listed if the information is available. IMDb is how I know things like Jeremy Renner has the same birthday as Hubby (7 January), Christopher Eccleston is exactly two months older than my dad (16 February, 1964), and Don S. Davis (General Hammond from Stargate SG-1) died back in 2008 :o(.

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General Hammond

Of course, I didn’t always have IMDb at my disposal, but I still seemed to know everyone’s birthday. Sometimes while watching TV with my mum (I got this birthday geek thing from her), we would come across ET (Entertainment Tonight) and we would watch the end when they mention that day’s celebrity birthdays.

Today? It’s Ted Raimi’s birthday (best known for his role in Xena: Warrior Princess as Joxer). This birthday info in my brain is special: it’s directly from him to me! Back in 2005, I wrote him a fan letter via e-mail and included the inquiry about his birthday. (This was before I discovered IMDb.) He responded (which was exciting enough) and included his birthday (which just added the excitement that it’s only four days before mine).

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Joxer the Mighty

I used to be so good at remembering birthdays that I would make the joke that 20 years from now I may not remember your name, but by golly I will remember your birthday! “Hey, er… 18 December! How are you?”

No longer am I quite that good. One day, after I did finally discover IMDb, I randomly ended up on a birthday rampage! I looked for the birthdays of a couple of actors, but then explored a bit and ended up writing down three pages worth of birthdays. Trying to learn all of them in such a short period of time overloaded my brain and short circuited part of the birthday geek section. Not only did I learn few to none of the birthdays from that day, but I also forgot some I had known before and mostly lost my ability to remember birthdays like a photographic memory.

I am still good at remembering birthdays and other dates, but I’m only at about 70-90 percent my old self. Though Facebook can be a help where my memory falls short, it can also be frustrating when a friend doesn’t believe that I remembered their birthday without Facebook’s help :o(.

Now for the December birthdays! (Only from my head; no cheating and looking any up. No names of people I know, as usual.)

9- Mother-in-law
10- Former co-worker
11- High school classmate
13- Sis-in-law
13- Dick van Dyke
14- Ted Raimi
15- Garrett Wang
16- Two high school classmates
16- My “niece” (friend’s 2nd daughter; her 1st birthday!)
16- My “niece”s real aunt
17- Friend from previous church
18- Me!
18- Two high school classmates
18- Steven Spielberg
18- Christina Aguilera
18- Brad Pitt
19- Two Trekkie friends
20- Former co-worker
23- Martin Kratt
25- Jesus (observed)
25- Friend from previous church
26- High school classmate
27- Former co-worker
31- High school classmate

(I know there are still many that I’m forgetting…)

Comedians, Cars, and Coffee

Have you heard about this free new media service called Crackle?  I happened to randomly see a commercial for it when I just happened to be watching TV at my in-laws’ house a few weeks ago.  Since it’s free, I decided to check it out.  Yes, it’s free because it’s chock-full of commercials and whatever limited amount of shows and movies are in the app are only there for three months before they expire.  Also, only about 2% of the content is stuff that I would watch, so it’s not really worth it to me.

However…

I was introduced to this Crackle-exclusive show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.  I love it!  It’s hosted by Jerry Seinfeld, who picks up a comedian to go have coffee and breakfast in a diner and hang out.  It’s always so much fun, even when it’s not quite so funny.  Each episode starts with shots of the car Jerry is driving this week and him talking about it.  (Don’t worry — though entertaining, that part only lasts maybe a minute.)  And the cars are always so pretty, too, even if they’re not actually great cars, haha.

Snapshot from the Ricky Gervais episode “Mad Man in a Death Machine.”

Sure, the average episode length is about ten minutes, and there aren’t many episodes (nine as of now, four when I started watching), but honestly it’s one of the highlights of my week.  I look forward to making myself a cup of coffee, sitting down in front of the TV or computer, and chilling with the comedians.  I like it a whole lot more than watching a stand-up routine, because with that I’m expecting the comedy and therefore it doesn’t quite “tickle my funny bone” as much as it could.  With this show, it’s pretty much the same as hanging out with funny friends.  You know they’re funny, but you’re not expecting the funny — you just have a good time and a great laugh!

Yes, there are a couple episodes I don’t particularly find funny (though I won’t mention which ones), but whenever one like that shows, I just go back and watch the episode with Ricky Gervais.  It’s my absolute favourite, and it never fails to make me laugh.

New episodes come out on Thursdays at 9pm Eastern Time.  It makes for a great start to my Friday. :o)


Long Promo From Crackle