Wednesday, May 11, 2016

My random thoughts after watching Captain America Civil War

And I do mean random. I’m hoping by now most people have seen Captain America by now that I am not spooling too much. And yes, I know that it has been a while since I’ve written anything but you know …”things, life, whatnot.”

“Life is not whatnot, and its none of your business.” Sorry that was a John Hughes Sixteen Candles rant … “Sixteen Candles, John Hughes? You know that guy too?”  Sorry that was a Dogma rant.

Where was I, oh yeah Captain America Civil War. I thought the movie was good. It had a nice balance of humor and serious undertones. Then, I was taken out of the movie by one scene. The k-i-s-s-i-n-g scene between Sharon Carter and Steve Rogers. It’s not about the actors, but I felt that scene was kind of forced. And I was thinking, why are you kissing you are practically family. In an alternate universe somewhere out there Peggy and Steve get married, and that’s all I got to say about that.  

Wait one more thing. Maybe two more things, but I am also wondering did I miss something? Do Sharon Carter and Steve Rogers really know each other? I mean I know they were neighbors, but does that mean they talked, like friends? Wait, one last things, would Peggy be cool with this? The love of her life and her niece. It seems kind of rude. Luckily Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) took me out of that scene with their smiling at Cap.

I will have to say something, some may not agree with. But if I can say something, if I can say something. This was the first Marvel movie I did not like Tony Stark. Yes, he is usually a smart-alack but that is what makes him funny. This time, it was like “I’m depressed about Pepper. Now I feel guilty. So now I am going to overcompensate and go overboard.”

No wonder the bromance between Tony and Steve ended with a Dear John letter. I kept hearing Taylor Swift lyrics “We are never ever ever getting back together. You go talk to your friends, talk to my friends, talk to me.”

Gee wiz. Even T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) understood that Bucky had been brain washed and certain things were not his fault. He gets it. This time, I think Stark went too far. I mean was it necessary when Sam asked if Rhodes/War Machine (Don Cheadle) was okay for Tony Stark to shoot at him? But I guess that it’s a necessary part of the story. You got to tell both sides.

Not sure how I feel about Spider-Man. Tom Holland is funny as Peter Parker and brings genuine naivety/innocence to the character. That’s all I got to say about that. I am not sure there was enough for me to say cool beans, etc. I know, I know they can’t character develop just yet.

So those are my thoughts on Captain America Civil War. And in conclusion, “You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess and a criminal.”

See that? Full circle. And somehow that Breakfast Club quote works.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Who’s Adele?

Or, why do I feel like the music and tv shows that I like turn me into a hipster?

Guys, I do know who Adele is. But it got me thinking when I first heard Chasing Pavements. I was like I need to listen to more. Then, when Adele was up for her first Grammy I was watching a talk show where the host was out in the streets asking if people were up to speed on the artist nominated that year. During the segment this guy asked “who’s Adele?” All I could do is sigh as my husband gave me the there, there pat on the shoulder.

Speaking of Adele, have you seen the Carpool Karaoke The Late Late Show with James Corden … with Adele? It is funny! Well, I think it is funny. I can’t lie to you I’ve seen about six times.

I am not sure why when I like a song or something I see (YouTube, tv shows, movies) I have to see it multiple times. What? I know when I have reached my limit. It’s when I can just about quote it word for word. No, that’s not weird! You’re weird! “I like being weird. Weird’s all I got. That and my sweet style.” #Moss #TheITCrowd #EmbraceYourWeird #FeliciaDay

Side notes: Seriously though being weird is not a bad thing, it’s different. Being different is a good thing.

So … yeah sorry about the rant…what was I saying? Oh yes, Adele is one of my favorites Carpool Karaokes. Is karaokes a word? Meh, oh well. My other favorite is the one with Rod Stewart. That guy “God Bless you Rod Stewart” always makes me smile.

And I know actors are not the characters they play, but I can’t help but think its Smithy! When I see James Corden singing. Perhaps it is because I love Gavin & Stacey. Who’s Gavin & Stacey? You might be able to find it on the YouTube. If not I would recommend buying it. If you like British comedies/drama/awesomeness you should check it out.

Don’t worry I am getting to the hipster part. I was thinking about how it seems like now everyone knows who Adele is. Okay, perhaps not everyone. That’s unfair I have not met everyone.

Anyway, so ever since I keep hearing people say how much they like Adele. I say to myself, I liked Adele before you. I feel in love with her music before you knew she was. Then I think, whoa Melissa, quit messing around … do you have to say that like a hipster when you say that?

But what is a hipster exactly? I know what social media’s definition of hipster is. Is it really fair for me to use the word hipster? Maybe I should say I sound like a Sheldon Cooper when I talk about stuff like that. Eek that sounds worse. Anywho you know what I mean.

It’s like The Walking Dead. My husband and I have been watching since day one. Then after a couple of years as it is gaining more and more popularity, all of a sudden everyone is talking about The Walking Dead. Then there’s that voice. I feel in love with The Walking Dead before you knew who Rick Grimes is.

Then, I am like you know what Melissa? It’s a good thing other people like the same music and shows you like because they can go on making music/shows.

And to answer your question, yes I talk to myself. The point is, that means more people to talk to about said music and shows. Perhaps even one day I can say The Guild and someone will say, I like that show to.

Maybe this should have been called Who’s Adele?

Or, why do I feel like the music and tv shows make me keep talking to myself. And I was talking to you guys when I said that … yes, I was.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Random thoughts about ….

I’m not sure. I have not written anything in a while so I thought I would just write. So I don’t know what this will be about. Maybe about nothing. I am just going to think of it like a vlog … you know without the video part. And the YouTube part.

So the other day I was watching one of my favorite movies. I can’t say it’s in my top 5. I tried to do that with music once, make a top 5. Turned into a top 100+. But it does not take away from it being a favorite.

Sorry for the side rant…oh the movie. Begin Again. I wrote a blog about it once. It is one of the best movies. Two words John Carney. Two more words, Mark Ruffalo. This movie has heart. So if you have not seen it, warning this may be a spoiler.

There is part in the movie where Gretta (Keira Knightley) goes to see her ex-boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) play at a concert. After they of course have broken up. Gretta is hesitant to go see Dave play not just because of the break up but because she wrote a song for him called Lost Stars (psst it’s on the YouTube) and Dave has let the studio take over the song and make it very pop.

Anyways I always have this argument in my head. Gretta goes back stage and sees Dave singing. I away think she is crying because it’s over but yesterday when I was watching it I was thinking is it because Dave singing it as a ballad, then when he started feeding off the crowd he started singing it all pop like and that’s when she is crying. So I think Gretta is crying because Dave has turned into a rock star and in the end that is what he cares about. Then I said stop analyzing Melissa and just enjoy this bittersweet scene as it was meant to be enjoyed.

Speaking of bittersweet, or just a moment. I have been watching Doctor Who backwards starting from Series 8 and then going back. This time I decided to follow the Ponds story. So here I am enjoying the Christmas Carol episode and my husband tells me that Doctor Who will not be back until 2017. Okay yes I saw the recent article about Steven Moffatt, but I guess just like most things I refuse to believe it. Sometimes I just like being in denial I guess. Perhaps in some cases ignorance is bliss? But we mustn’t dwell on bad things. Doctor Who will come back.

Speaking of Doctor Who I changed my ring tone last year. On occasion I like to change it to something new. The last time I changed it to I Am the Doctor. And I don’t think I want to change it back. Because confession when I hear it ring it makes me feel like I should be running around wearing a fez. I wish I has a TARDIS. One thing I would definitely do is make all my vacation last forever.

And another Doctor Who thingy. I saw Legends of Tomorrow. Who am I kidding, they had me at Arthur Darvill. I like seeing him travel through time again. I know, I know it’s not the same show. But he had a space ship that travels through time! And space! And his name is Rip Hunter! Rip Hunter, time traveler. Hmmm… I suddenly feel like making business cards.

Since this blog really does not have a story or anything, I will just end it here. See ya, wouldn’t want to be ya. Remember when people used to say that? Man, we had some cheesy sayings when I was growing up. And how come no one says wizard anymore?

End of line.

Monday, November 2, 2015

I just do

I think there are all certain movies that we like to watch. You know the kind of movies when everything on the DVR has been watched they are some of our go to movies because we like them.

I think our go to movies and shows fall into two categories. The first are a everyone in the house favorite like Star Wars, Doctor Who, Edgar Wright movies, Pacific Rim, etc. because they are awesomely awesome. The other category is one I’d like to talk about today.

This category is called the “really again” “again? I haven’t seen it in a long time” movies. Other times they are the
“You like that movie?”
“Yes, I do”
“I just do.”

Today I thought I would share some of my movies that fall into these categories. These movies are not guilty pleasures because it should not be a guilty pleasure to like movies or music that make you feel good. #ThereIsaidit 

I apologize that was probably a bit defensive. But seriously, I don’t think anyone should feel embarrassed because they like the movies, tv shows, and music they do. And for me sometimes there is no reason I like certain things because I just do.

Queen of the Damned. I know, well in my opinion, I know it’s not the best movie in the world. But I like it. This is one of my I just do.

Daybreakers. In 2019 an outbreak has turned a majority of the population into vampires. Ethan Hawke plays Edward Dalton, a hematologist trying to find a blood substitute because the human population is decreasing and he also wants to avoid human extinction. Without enough blood, the Vampire population is being to deteriorate and get desperate to the point of feeding off other Vampires and themselves. PS: 2019 is not too far way guys. PSS: I know it’s just a movie.

I like Daybreakers because it shows the other side of being a Vampire. You know the not so awesome part of immortality. Aka the no sparkling in the sun part. Plus there’s the one gnarly part of the movie where the vampires drink Frankie Dalton’s blood and then they get cured, then the other vampire drink their blood, then they cured, and so on.

Moving away from the Vampires, another movie I like is Fanboys. I was excited when I saw the preview in the movie theater. Then I don’t remember seeing it play in my city, and if it did was it only one day? Seriously where was it? I’m just glad when it came out on DVD, I was able to find it. If you like Star Wars and Sam Huntington, you need to see Fanboys.

Sam Huntington you guys. You know aka Jam from Detroit Rick City? Josh Levison in Being Human. Huntington plays Eric Bottler who reunites with his old high school friends. They decide to take a road trip to break into Lucas Ranch to see Episode I of Star Wars. Who can’t relate to that especially now with the new Star Wars movie only about two months away … sorry I cannot tell a lie. Two months is a long time! 

One of my favorite things about this movie is all the Star Wars references they are not the type of references that are thrown in the movie just to be in the movie. You know what I mean? It’s like when you read a book or watch a show and they throw in an X-Men or zombie reference just because. I apologize that is more of a side rant than why I like Fanboys.

So with the Star Wars references come the arguments. Like when Windows (Jay Baruchel) tells Linus and Hutch (Chirs Marquette, Dan Fogler) “You guys both got to stop perpetuating this myth that Boba Fett is some kind of bad-***. All right? He has a jet pack. So did the Rocketeer. Really cool. When it come time for battle, the man’s Michael Bay - all style, no substance.”

Or when Hutch is having a heart to heat with Eric. “Greatest deed Luke Skywalker ever did was take down the Death Star, right? AS far as I’m concerned, that’s what everybody needs. You need that one bad-*** thing that lets you love forever, you know. “

I just realized they say bad-*** on more than one occasion in this movie. I am not a prude, I just prefer movies that do not have swear words in 98% of it. And if you know anything about me I really don’t curse IRL. Sorry another side rant. The point is, it’s a funny movie and at the heart of it, it has friendship.

Another movie in this category is You Got Mail. Talk about old school. Part of the movie features AOL. Kids back in my day AOL was what the internet was all about. If you were lucky enough to afford a computer more than likely you had AOL. Or Net Zero. Net Zero, anyone?

Anywho. One of my favorite things about this movie is Tom Hanks. And it’s also just a fun early 90s type of movie, IMHO. Speaking of the Hanks family if you have not seen it I would catch up on Life in Pieces with Colin Hanks. As I am watching this show I am thinking, he reminds me of Tom Hanks with some of his mannerisms. But then later I am just thinking Colin Hanks is funny. So is Zoe Lister-Jones who plays Hank’s wife on the show. There is not one scene they have done together where I did not laugh out loud.

So the morale of the story, don’t let anyone have the power to make you feel like you are weird for liking certain movies or tv shows. As Felicia Day says “Embrace your weird.”

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Random thoughts about things I’ve always wanted to say from a movie or show

Have you ever said to yourself after the fact, I wish I would have said this? Or stare at a blank Twitter screen and try and think of a play on words? It happens to me a majority of the time. Usually when it comes to a blank computer screen after about 5 seconds I say aloud, “I’m done!” Because once I start to over think it, it’s not funny anymore.

There are some things I have been able to say because of timing. I shared one in my last blog in which my husband said my face lit up. And I replied I am a warrior and an assassin my face does not light up.

There was a Scott and Ramona moment my husband and I shared a while ago.

Me: I’m going over here to read for a while.

Husband: Then I’ll be all alone.

Me: You’re not alone. You’re just having some idiotic dream.

Husband: Does that mean we can make out.

Me: …

Wait a minute! Most of my perfect timing happens the most when I am with my husband. I guess that is what happens … wait for the cheesiness … when you marry your best friend … there it is.

Perhaps I should take a cue from The Doctor and make cards for when there are other occasions. So I thought I would share some of those waiting for the right moment quotes in no particular order, and mostly just because I like these quotes.

Today. Today … At the edge of our hopes, at the end of our time, we have chosen not only to believe in ourselves, but in each other. Today there is not a man nor woman in here that shall stand alone. Not today. Today we face the monsters that are at our door and bring the fight to them! Today, we are canceling the apocalypse! – Stacker Pentecost, Pacific Rim

I am not sure when I would use this outside of the apocalypse, and after a slow motion walk into the room. Maybe as a go get them team speech? I love that speech. Let’s face it I love Idris Elba.

I do admit there are some of his movies I have not seen. For example any movie where he plays the villain. I think he is an amazing actor but after watching Luther my brain just cannot accept him as a villain. Not gonna do it. I made the mistake of watching Losers once, don’t get me wrong IMHO Chris Evans was hilarious in it. But I kept believing Idris Elba’s character was going to be like I’m just kidding guys I was doing a double, double cross. See my brain can’t do it. Denial.

Okay it’s another Stacker Pentecost quote, but you guys Idris Elba. It’s a really good one for an “I’m not messing around moment.” One: don’t you every touch me again. Two: Don’t you ever touch me again. Now, you have no idea who the hell I am, or where I’ve come from, and I’m not about to tell you my whole life story. All I need to be to you and everybody on this dome is a fixed point. The last man standing. I do not need your sympathy or your admiration. All I need is your compliance and your fighting skills. And if I can’t get that. Then you can go back to the wall that I found you crawling on. Do I make myself clear?

My interest in what you are talking about is low to moderate. –Vork, The Guild

In the context that this quote is used it is funny. I like Vork. He is my spirit animal. Well Vork is my spirit animal when I am grumpy. Oh and when I need to channel my dry sense of humor. Codex is my introvert but still kicks butt spirit animal. Admiral Ackbar is my spirit animal when I am suspicious. You know that I got a feeling someone is watching me moment. I’m not the only one that gets that feeling. Right? *She ask nervously.*

I don’t want to be just one thing. –Four, Divergent

Okay I have not read these books, but who could have missed the previews when the movie came out. I have never said it out loud. But I often think this when someone says oh you’re a Trekkie, a Whovian, a nerd, a this, a that. I like a lot of things, hence the “I don’t want to be one thing.”

In the words of Delenn from Babylon 5 – “Then I will tell you a great secret, Captain. Perhaps the greatest secret of all time. The molecules of your body are the same molecules that make up this station, and the nebula outside, that burn inside the stars themselves. We are star stuff, we are the universe made manifest, trying to figure itself out. As we have both learned, sometimes the universe requires a change of perspective.”

I am not sure if this blog as a point. It’s all just random thoughts. But I guess if there is a morale to the story. It is as The Doctor says, 900 years of times and space and I never meet anyone who wasn’t important. So like what you are going to like … to thine own self be true.

Friday, September 25, 2015

I do …. always

My wedding ring which I like is a silver band. It’s simple and classic. I say like because I cannot say love. What is important is the meaning behind the ring, what it represents. It’s a wonderful reminder of the honor I get of being able to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.

So my husband surprised me this past week. He had my wedding ring inscribed. What I liked about this surprise also is it was just us. Before I continue I’ll try (try) not to have too many side rants or thoughts going on in the story because it’s a story that matters to me, but I can’t promise I won’t end with a quote from my favorite movie About Time.

I will not say what the ring says because there are some things that should stay between the couple. Let’s not forget the Mr. Wiggly awkward fiasco of 2010. If you don’t know who Mr. Wiggly please get on the YouTubes and watch The Guild. In my humble opinion it is a wonderfully, awesome witty show.

During the moment my husband gave me the ring, we realized one of the words was misspelled. It still made me happy because all I saw was the thought that went behind everything he did to surprise me. And I also look at it as a symbol to his dorkiness. Don’t worry its okay he knows I think he is a dork. That is one of the things that first attracted me to him.

We talked about the misspelling a couple of days later and he said while it still bugged him a little, all that mattered was how my face still lit up even after the misspelling. To which I said I am a warrior and an assassin I do not light up. Cue in Fooled Around and Fell in Love.

So the morale of the story here is when it comes to our significant others remember not just the big moments but the small ones. When you’re both on the couch (side rant: I guess depending on which you prefer or how you grew up you can also call it a sofa) reading a book. It’s those small moments that make the big moments special because you know a great big expensive gift pales in comparison to the love.  

To some small moments may sound boring but that’s okay because every couple is different. For me what matters is getting to spend time with my best friend. I get to spend the rest of my life with the one I love. He is everything I never knew I wanted the first day we met. And everything I knew I was missing by the second day in what would be the rest of our lives.

“And in the end I think I’ve learned the final lesson from my travels in time; and I’ve even gone one step further than my father did: The truth is I now don’t travel back at all, not even for the day. I just try to live every day as if I’ve deliberately come back to this one day, to enjoy it, as if it was the full final day of my extraordinary, ordinary life."