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Getting ready!

I got my wedding dress today!

It was a pretty fun experience. My mom, Nate’s mom, and I all went down to the David’s Bridal in Calgary and spent my hour and a half appointment time looking at probably six dresses total. I had a tough time choosing between two of the dresses in the end, but I think I chose the right one. It’ll need some alterations (I’m short as hell; plus, they didn’t have my dress size in that style), but it’ll need fewer alterations than the other dress I would have chosen and seems more appropriate to wear for an outdoor summer wedding.

We (Nate, Nate’s brother Curtis, my mom, and I) also went and saw Captain America: Civil War. It was freaking great. Go see it if you’re into that stuff, but don’t go if you’re not caught up on your Marvel movies. You’ll be VERY confused. Just ask my mom.

YAY!

HOEDOWN, BITCHES

ALRIGHT, SO.

Tonight I was listening to some Aaron Copland, ‘cause Copland’s awesome. Specifically, I was listening to Hoedown on repeat for about a half an hour. Some of you may know it better as “the beef song”:

Anyway, awhile back, Nate and I had either seen the name of this song somewhere or had heard a reference to it, and when I referred to it as “the beef song,” he didn’t know what I was talking about (‘cause apparently it’s only ‘Murican beef that’s for dinner). So tonight when I had finished listening to it for like the tenth time, I let him have a listen and told him again that this was the beef song. He mentioned that he thought he’d heard this somewhere before. After a quick YouTube search, it turns out that a very similar song was in Fieval Goes West!

This song was actually composed by James Horner (RIP); apparently he took Copland’s Hoedown and kind of remixed/remade it to fit the movie.

Pretty awesome if you ask me.

Inside Out!

Nate and I went to see Inside Out today. It was very enjoyable! When I first saw the previews back in May (when we went to see Age of Ultron), I didn’t think it would be a movie that was up to Pixar’s usual standards, but the reviews are right: it’s a very good movie. I really like what they did with the geography of Riley’s brain and how it all fit together at various points in the story.

Also, the Bing-Bong part (you know what I’m talking about if you’ve seen the movie) was really freaking sad.

But yeah, it’s definitely worth seeing in my opinion. While I still haven’t seen some of Pixar’s films (Up and WALL-E are the big ones), of the ones I’ve seen, Inside Out ranks pretty high up there. Not Toy Story high, but high.

Holy crap, I went to a movie theatre.

Nate and I saw Age of Ultron today!

It was pretty damn good overall. It seemed really rushed at times, especially in the beginning, but considering Whedon’s original version was supposedly quite a bit longer, that might explain things. We’re hoping that when the DVD comes out it’ll have a director’s cut.

I’d definitely watch it again; I always seem to get waaay more out of any given movie if I watch it a second time.

Also, this was the first movie I’ve seen in theatres since Watchmen way back in 2009.

Wonderful Noise

Holy crapples. If you haven’t watched Gravity yet, you need to do so, even if it’s just for the scene that goes along with this amazing song:

Or just for that song alone.

Marvel and Maps

TWO THINGS!

1. We watched Iron Man! It was very enjoyable. I even liked quite a bit of the soundtrack.

2. This is full of some wonderful statistical snark. FlowingData has some great and insightful posts, but this one has to be my new favorite. 4, 5, 7, and “9 through 18” made me seriously laugh.

Chocklit

Hahaha, this is great. I’d actually never seen Forrest Gump until I was like 16. We were supposed to watch it in shop class in 7th grade (yes, I took shop class) on the day before Christmas break, but someone mentioned that there were bare boobies in it and our shop teacher flipped out, screamed at us to keep working on our projects instead, and stormed into his office.

I’d never seen such an adverse reaction to the mention of boobs.

Anyway.

The review is funny. A couple of the lines are just great:

“Forrest run-Forrest-runs right through a college football game and the football coaches are like, “Gwuuuuuhhhhhh!???!!?!?!” and they hire him to play football for their college even though he is clearly 45 years old.”

“That’s when Gump meets Bubba, who is secretly 100,000 live, writhing shrimp standing on each other’s shoulders wearing a human suit.”

“We’re back on the bus bench! Forrest is like, “Yep, I got this letter that I should come visit Jennay, so I’m on my way to her apartment,” and the people on the bench are like, “FUCKING FINALLY, MY FAMILY THINKS I’M DEAD,” and then some old lady gives him directions and it’s denouement o’clock.”

Haha, sorry, I got nothing else today.

But hey, it’s supposed to snow tomorrow!

Yay for Netflix letting me re-live my childhood

I used to watch The Prince of Egypt at my dad’s house when I was younger (it came out in 1998). This was always my favorite scene.

I’m not religious, but I did go to Catholic elementary school (as most of you have probably read on here). I always thought the story of Moses was one of the most interesting components of the Bible, especially the “parting the Red Sea” part.

And at the very least, I think we can all agree that the animation and music here is ridiculously amazing.

Holy crap, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is on Netflix?

I know what I’m watching tonight.

I pretty much grew up on Disney movies and this one used to scare the living crap out of me for some reason, but now it’s definitely my favorite. I don’t know if it was the whole “going to Catholic school for six years” thing or what, but I really find myself enjoying books/movies/entertainment with religion as a main source of struggle or conflict. Such themes have always stricken me as being very honest and very impactful. Hunchback was one such book and movie; The Crucible was another. There is a bunch more, too, but for whatever reason I’m totally blanking on everything else I’ve ever read/watched right now. Probably ‘cause it’s like 5 AM and I had Red Bull and I’m feeling really antsy tonight.

Also, tell me this isn’t the best opening ever (I know I’ve posted this on here before, but screw it):

A Few More Reasons why “Sunshine” Rules

I’m not a movie person. We’ve established this.

I’ve mentioned Sunshine on here once or twice before because despite my not being a movie person, I really, really, really like this movie.

Reasons [and possible spoilers?]:

  • It’s about the freaking sun, man. I love the sun.
  • I was expecting it to be one of those cheesy “good looking action heroes wear overly revealing space suits and sucker punch the sun with a nuclear bomb, restarting it, and everyone lives happily ever after.” It’s totally not.
  • The soundtrack is the most phenomenal soundtrack ever. Example, example.
  • Despite it not being scientifically accurate in a lot of ways, the details included that are accurate  (or at least are believable) make it a believable movie. At least to me. I guess what I’m saying is that the story itself is so strong that the specific details need not be totally accurate. Which I think is important for a sci fi such as this.
  • Kaneda’s death makes me cry each time. Movies do not make me cry.
  • Seriously, the soundtrack is beautiful. If you can’t find the movie, at least find the soundtrack.
  • When Capa says, “we’re flying into the sun” near the very end, it is delivered in such a heart-wrenching and beautiful way that is just totally makes the ending.
  • It lacks an unnecessary romance subplot. How many movies can you say that about?
  • You go in totally expecting a HAL moment with the Icarus II computer. It doesn’t happen. It fakes you out a couple times, but it doesn’t happen.
  • Dr. Searle is a badass.
  • THAT EFFING FALLOUT-ESQUE FLASHY THING WHEN THEY BOARD ICARUS I OH MY GOD
  • The third act. I’ve read a lot of review of the movie (’cause, you know, I get overly obsessive about things I like) and the main complaint is that the third act “ruins” everything because it is so different than the first two thirds. I didn’t like that as well at first, but now that I’ve watched it for like the hundredth time, I realize that I think it works. Again, you’re not expecting it.
  • DID I MENTION THE SOUNDTRACK?

Haha, sorry. I just dig this movie. Go find it and watch it, seriously.

I’m not much of a movie person

But holy freaking crap spackle, Sunshine is fantastic.

I first happened upon this movie via its beautiful, beautiful soundtrack (the Adagio was actually the background music in that “Science Saved My Soul” video I posted back on October 25th).

So my mom and I wound up at Bookmans the other day (because passing up a trip to Bookmans is a sin) and I happened to find the movie. So I bought it.

Watched it tonight.

Holy crap.

I actually hesitate to post the trailer, ’cause I don’t think it’s an accurate depiction of how cool this movie really is. So instead you get this little teaser. And this happens like in the first fourth of the movie, so there’s a LOT that goes on after this.

NNNNNNNFFF, that music.

Anyway.

What’s really cool about this movie is the amount of research that went into making it accurate. Sure, there are of course some major inaccuracies (welcome to Movie Land), but the director and cast really went through a lot to try and get it as accurate as they probably could and still have it be an interesting movie.

Like, a lot of thought went into it. It’s like the antithesis of Atomic Train.

If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend it. It’s very, very good.

Be warned, though: there’s a scene in there that really reminded me of Vault 106 in Fallout 3 (the one in which you hallucinate in purple). If that creeped you the hell out, so will that scene in the movie. Fair warning.

Crappity Crap Craptastic Crapperton

Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah I want death.

You get 30 Day Meme and ONLY 30 Day Meme before I pass out in a heap of neurosis.

30-Day Meme – Day 2: Your favorite movie.
I’m not a movie person. There are approximately seven movies in existence that I would willingly suggest watching if I were in the position of HAVING to suggest a movie for lack of better alternative ways of wasting time.
But one movie I could watch again and again and again (and have) is Apollo 13. Why?

1. Tom Hanks. He’s badass and, in my opinion, one of the better actors out there.

2. Kevin Bacon. See above, plus the fact that he also starred in Tremors as a random cowboy makes me laugh every time I see him as an astronaut in this movie.

3. I have a thing for movies about space. From the more “accurate” movies like this one to the all-out corny “AMERICA, FUCK YEAH!” movies like Armageddon, space movies have always been of interest to me.

4. The soundtrack. Particularly the track “The Launch.”

Listen and chill.

Zomg.

So…Toy Story 3.

I don’t know how many of you guys have seen it yet, but if you haven’t, I strongly recommend it. I really, really appreciate Pixar’s ability to keep the toys’ personalities and characters consistent across all three Toy Story movies, something that had to be difficult considering the fact that the trilogy spans 15 years.

I was expecting to be bawling my eyes out by the end of the movie. I wasn’t, surprisingly. To me, the ending was predictable, but in a totally good way. But there was one scene near the end that had me absolutely sobbing (I don’t know if this counts as a “spoiler” in any way; don’t watch if you haven’t seen the movie and want nothing revealed):

The fact that I had to pause the movie and remind myself that these are DIGITALLY ANIMATED TOYS AND ARE NOT ACTUALLY REAL LIVING BEINGS says something very strong about how well done the whole series is.

So yeah. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about Toy Story 3. It’s not as funny as the original or the sequel, but that’s a good thing, I think. A perfect ending to the story.

The Use of Color in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”

You know what’s a fantastic movie?
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
 Not just because it’s a ridiculously awesome musical, but because of the COLORS.

Near the middle of the movie the seven brothers (well, the six that aren’t married yet), now tamed by Millie, go to a barn raisin’ in town. Ladies and gentlemen, Team Rainbow:
 

 

I think I first saw this movie when I was eight or something, and I always remembered the barn raisin’ and the dancin’ that happened before it. I remembered it because of the colors.

If six backwoodsmen dressed as the visible spectrum wasn’t enough, you’ve got the ladies as well, seen here dancing with their boring monochromatic boyfriends.

 

By the way, pardon my crappy screencaps; the easiest way I could get these pics was by renting the movie on iTunes and using ScreenHunter to somewhat haphazardly get these shots.
Anyway.
The dancing sequence (perhaps one of the coolest of all time) has some pretty hot color-on-color action.

Three primaries with two primaries and a secondary.


Primary, secondary, and pink with two primaries and a secondary.


And again, but with a different male primary.


The Roy G. Biv brothers battle for the women!

 

I love this ending shot. None of the color pairs match. The next time you’ll see them all this happy is months after they’ve kidnapped all the women and have forced an avalanche between the lady-folk and themselves and the rest of the town.

 

Go watch this movie, seriously. It rocks.

NaNoWriMo: T-minus 30 days

WOO!

The only good thing about October is that there are only 31 (30 now) days left until NaNo starts. Seriously. Every October for like the past three years has blown heavy metal chunks for me. Screw you, October.
I don’t have a definite plot in place. Actually, I do. I have like five definite plots in place. I just have to choose which one to implement. I’m leaning strongly towards the road trip/religious undertones one, but I might genre ditch and go for a more sci-fi story, just to annoy myself and try to work within a genre of which I’m not a big fan.
Who knows? I didn’t know where I was going with things last year, but I finally got an idea on paper that I’d had in my head for awhile.

Anyway.

Today was probably the last sunny day of the year up here, so I took the opportunity to test out the accuracy of the pedometer feature on the new Nano by comparing it to a regular old pedometer.

Not too big of a discrepancy, considering I spent like an hour of those three hours wandering around in Safeway. I think the Nano is more sensitive to “wandering” steps (as opposed to the more deliberate “get out of my way, I’m faster than you” steps) than the pedometer, hence the difference. I’d also trust the Nano’s calorie counter thingy more, since you can actually set your weight, something you can’t do on the pedometer.
And yes, it took me three hours to go ~11,000 steps. Like I said, Safeway, plus the whole “maybe I’ll stop and wait for the bus, ‘cause I have no damn idea where I am” ordeal when I couldn’t find the store I was looking for.

OH YEAH, and this:

I found this movie via Netflix and was going to watch it in its entirety tonight, but this song from the opening sequence totally ruined that, ‘cause I had to go find it, download it, and listen to it on repeat for about three hours. Apparently the movie is like Inception, but better.

 

Today’s song: Mediational Field by Susumu Hirasawa

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is like a bad drug trip

I have honestly not watched this movie since I was about seven. It’s SO FREAKING FUNNY. I think I laughed hard enough to give myself a nosebleed when I get up tomorrow morning (this has happened several times before).

Snow White: “We’ll clean the house and surprise them! Then maybe they’ll let me stay!”
Yeah, that’ll do it. Though I must admit, as a kid I freaking LOVED the cleaning scene. There’s just something about synchronized cleaning, I guess.
 
Side note: no animated animal labor laws were violated in the making of this movie.

And Doc’s great. He really reminds me of someone, but I can’t think of the person. And Bashful’s adorable, but GRUMPY HAS NO TIME FOR HIS NONSENSE!

Snow White totally mocks Grumpy when she firsts meets him. “OOOOOOOOH, you must be GWUMPY!”

They jab at each other through almost the whole thing. If this were a romantic comedy today, they’d be making out at the end of the movie.

Also, why are they so afraid in the beginning? There are seven of them and they have pickaxes.
Happy: “What is it?”
Doc: “It’s a girl!”
Happy: “She’s waking up!”
Sneezy: “What’ll we do?!”
Doc: “HIDE!”

Hahaha, it’s like a frat house the morning after a BAD party.

Also:
Doc: “You might be cold and wet when you’re done, but you gotta admit, it’s good clean fun.”

I think scrubbing Dopey’s butt was what he was referring to here.


 

Or this.

“GET THE SOAP.”
I love you, Doc.

Happy can really move his hips, but Doc’s the lady’s man.

More perversion:

The scene in which they’re chasing the queen is pretty epic. You don’t want to make Happy angry. And does her death ring of “Wile E. Coyote” to anyone else aside from me (she’s on a cliff, tries to push a boulder onto the little gang, and the cliff on which she’s standing gets split from the mountain and the boulder falls after her)?

Random side note: after Disney’s first few movies, notice how black hair is almost strictly reserved for villains.

Also, one of you needs to tell Rebeca that it’s very hard sitting straight-faced in front of 200 students proctoring an exam when you’ve got “SCREW THE VAGINA, I HAVE A VAGINA!” going through your head. 

Today’s song: We Used to be Friends by The Dandy Warhols

Question: who should watch Watchmen?

Answer: everyone should!

For those of you who haven’t read the novel/watched the movie and intend to at some point, spoilers abound in this blog, so I would skip it if you don’t want things ruined.

Things I enjoyed:

  • I don’t think I’ve ever been so impressed with opening credits as I was in this movie. I loved the way they went over the whole history of the Minutemen and the masked heroes while rolling the opening credits to Bob Dylan’s The Times They are a Changin’ (very appropriate choice of music, too).
  • Rorschach. They did a wonderful job with his character.
  • Matching the style to the style in the novel. BEAUTIFUL. That is the only word for it. If you saw any of the previews that featured a scene of Archie (Nite Owl’s ship) rising out of the water, that scene looked EXACTLY like it did in the novel. And so did like 97% of the rest of the movie.
  • The story. Even though they had to change the ending in order to prevent the movie from running like 5 hours long, they still did an excellent job.

Things that could have been better:

  • The sex scene. It’s like five minutes too long—which means that there’s an at least five minute long sex scene. But hey, it’s Hollywood, so I was kind of expecting it.
  • Laurie’s hair. The fact that it looked SO MUCH like a wig ALL THE TIME was really distracting, but that might just be me.
  • The costumes. Laurie’s costume was a bit too Spandexy, Veidt’s costume a bit too Batman-esque, everything generally too dark. I know that royal purple and gold neck bands don’t really work with Hollywood style, but I would have liked it if the costumes were more like the scenery and stuck closer to the novel.
  • One piece of cut dialogue. In the novel, at the end, after Veidt averts the attention from nuclear war by killing millions of people, he and John talk for a minute and Veidt asks John if he’d done the right thing. This little bit of dialogue was missing in the movie, which was really disappointing, ‘cause I thought it made Veidt a much more believable, human character.

Yay. Go see it.

“The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars” (or, “Salvador Dali Takes a Film Class”)

This is quite possibly the WEIRDEST movie in the world. In the universe. I must share this trip with you, so this is the general summary (I’d warn for spoilers, but…well…):

So this is apparently set awhile after the original The Brave Little Toaster, and Rob and Christine have had a baby (Robbie, of course). One night, an old Hearing Aid gets out of the junk drawer and it is discovered by Toaster that he is communicating to someone in space. The old gang of appliances decides to watch him the next night, but they fall asleep and wake up just in time to see Robbie, in a bubble, float off to Mars under a big beam of light.

(Let’s stop for a minute. The little kid, IN A BUBBLE, goes to Mars. Keep in mind that this has all been masterminded by a HEARING AID.
Okay, got that?
It gets weirder.)

They consult a computer that gives them the magic formula for space flight: a microwave, popcorn, a laundry basket, and the Ceiling Fan. Alert NASA! In space, they sing a rousing song about floating with a bunch of balloons (it’s worth mentioning again that they’re in SPACE here, where appliances still can sing, balloons don’t pop, and gravity is doin’ fine) before crashing on Mars.

(At about this point I ponder taking some acid to see if that would make this movie make sense.)

Now on Mars, the appliances meet a group of military toasters (never thought I’d use those two words in such close conjunction) as well as a Christmas angel named Tinselina (why she has a name and everything else is just Toaster, Blankie, or Mr. Coffee is a mystery). They learn that the Supreme Commander (a refrigerator, of course) is plotting to blow up the earth—such a COLD and HEARTLESS leader! Toaster, however, with his spunky personality and knack for coming up with musical numbers off the top of his head, wins an election against the fridge and becomes the new Supreme Commander.

Following this, there’s some really weird reunion between two Hearing Aids, an “oh crap, we FORGOT TO DEACTIVATE THE EARTH-BOUND DEATH ROCKET moment,” and a sacrifice of material (a.k.a. clothes) from Christmas Angel (if the other appliances don’t get unique names, neither does she) to get them back home.

And, of course, a happy ending. Robbie’s first word is, appropriately, “Toaster,” and life goes on for the talking appliances.

 

You all seriously need to see this. Weirdest damn movie ever.

God, if I had a kid and its first word was “toaster,” I’d probably shoot myself. Of course, my first word was “tick-tock,” so I probably shouldn’t be talking. Maybe when I was real young I had a similar adventure…”The Brave Old Grandfather Clock Goes to Alpha Centauri” or something.

Adventures in Boise: Day 4

We didn’t do squat for the first half of the day today. Really. We just hung around the hotel room going, “what should we do now?”

But then the day improved because we went to dinner with Matt and his mom. Then I went back to their house and Matt and I watched “The Butterfly Effect,” a movie I hadn’t seen before. Holy crap, that movie will stay with me a long time. I recommend it.

It was a very good night.

 

Matt, I shall miss you until band camp! Not too long, now!

Waiter! There’s a Hard Rock in my Cafe!

HOLY CRAP IT’S FINALS WEEK AND AFTER THIS I’LL BE A JUNIOR!

Ahem.

Finals finished today: statistics and psychology. I think I did okay on them—but I can never be sure. I either win or I fail. No in between.
Anyways, I’m glad they’re over; they were my hard ones. Now all I have left is biology (the bad: it’s cumulative and long) and Core (the bad: it’s Core).
Ah, yes! Matt and I went to see Spiderman 3 tonight. Not too horribly bad, I’d say…they threw in a bit of existentialism there at the end and I was happy about that. Three out of five stars? Maybe? I’m no movie critic.
I’m writing rather strangely tonight. Could it perchance be the fact that summer is nearly here and I’ll still be taking classes for the next month or so?

 

I say yes.