cyrano: (Still Flying)
I still have a non-traditional relationship with my family.

I miss my dad, but no more than I did when he was alive. It'd be nice to talk to him, but we never have a lot to say. He was always supportive, but it's telling that one day when he was bearing his testimony he said that I was 'the son he was the most like and the son he understood the least'. I took home a few of his shirts, largely because the family was insistent that I take *something* as a memento. I'd never seen him wear these shirts--it had been 20 years since I saw my parents on a regular basis--so they aren't things that directly remind me of him. But they're still a little comforting to wear.

In the end, the important thing is that he raised me well, and a lot of who I am today is because of him. Charitable. Considerate. Friendly. Kind. Thoughtful. He didn't make a promise he couldn't keep. He recognized the importance of a good joke, even in a serious situation. He knew it was important to be able to see things from the other side.

And I do miss him.
cyrano: (Coyote Cinema)
When I heard people talk about this, I was a bit uncertain. I thought I had recently seen a Korean horror/thriller that took place on a train, but all I could remember were bits from Snowpiercer. And I think I might have seen the first part of it or something, because the baseball team looked familiar. But it was a good watch this time through too. It strikes a lot of the traditional 'zombie movie' beats, with the innocent but ominous opening, the 'alarmed news reports' slowly filtering in through the train television, and then our first infection. They threw an additional bit in there with a character actor I recognized as 'guy who plays the crazy old man' but from there on in there was a lot of tension followed by explodey action and oh so brief moments to catch your breath. We had a few 'people who want to survive get really ugly' moments, and containing most of the film to the linearly-designed set of a train really cranked up the suspense. The ending was a little disappointing, not because I wanted a TPK ending but because how they chose to get there made sense within the metaphor of the story but as an actual plan it was pretty dumb.
Four wags, with caramel M&Ms.
cyrano: (Sudden but Inevitable)
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
cyrano: (Coyote Cinema)
Now that I'm through the first season, I think I'm ready to talk about it. I was initially pretty dubious about a show with ten minute episodes. But it's kind of like a snow storm, where one flake after another does eventually build to something impressive. Steven is 'home schooled' so a lot of my "wait what wait go back" moments he smiles and nods because that's what normal is. It took about thirty episodes for me to decide I was in for the long haul, and forty to make me cry.
cyrano: (Hunny Pot)
I've been pretty head down for a while, and I expect that won't change dramatically soon. Dealing with moving, trying to get back into equilibrium with my meds, passive-aggressively trading snide comments with my body. You know, the usual. If I generate something exciting (Aside from GotGV2--that was exciting!) I'll let you know.
cyrano: (Coyote Cinema)
This was so much better than it had any right to be. Somehow I missed the theatrical release--it may have got caught up in the publicity for 'Sing' or something else animated that looked mediocre--but we had guests tonight who corrected that. This is another Disney effort with a lot of inside jokes, and some really gut-punchy jokes about races and relations. I didn't expect the plot to deliver much because curse of low expectations on animated kids movies, but the story was really good. Plus Idris Elba shouting.
cyrano: (Coyote Cinema)
I was a victim of my own high expectations on this one--it had been built up as an Event, and it turned out to be a pretty good thriller. It's definitely a Jordan Peele project, and I laughed. It's well put together, and they only lean on one jump scare, although its placement is odd. I'd say it's a better made movie than Keanu, although it may not have as much re-watch value.
Three wags, with a fancy recliner seat so it's like watching at home in the living room.
cyrano: (Coyote Cinema)
The summary on the internet I saw would have made a great rom-com. Two high school kids, a boy and a girl, switch bodies from time to time. And I think that plays through about the first half of the film, when suddenly things get a lot more serious. Like 500 people dead serious. And I was distinctly unsure where they were going, but just relax and trust the weird mysticism that you get when you drink sake made from chewed up rice and spit. A lot of the time, you won't know exactly what's going on, and that's okay.

As one of my fellow movie goers said, they're not afraid to lean into the awkwardness of this situation, but it's never in a mean or exploitative way. It's just one of those shows where your little sister says "You really like your boobs." I was taken in by these characters, and I wanted these two to make it work, and the several times when they were *almost* there made it ache a little. This isn't one of those movies where something stupid happens that five seconds of conversation between two rational adults would have cleared things up. There are good, strong reasons they keep pushing apart. And since it was a Japanese movie, there's not that guarantee that they're going to get together in the end. I won't say whether they did or not, but the ending was satisfying for me.

Four wags, with cheese popcorn.
cyrano: (Coyote Cinema)
Last night, at the end of the B5 Death March, we watched Sleeping in Light. It was a long trudge. I found a lot of the first half of the season frustrating in its plot stupids and character frustrations. (Case in point: Garibaldi's descent into alcoholism was at least not stupid, but it was mawkish and patronizing and very After School Special.) I keep trying to pretend that Sheridan and Delenn have any chemistry, and I keep failing. And I have never seen a more prodigious Return of the King phenomenon than the last three or four episodes of tender loving farewells for each individual character on the show. At least SiL was watchable and vaguely interesting, and it was nice to see Ivanova again. And dang the aging f/x were good. Not even the Neil Gaiman episode was worth the time I spent watching it. Meh. Anyway, If I had it to do over again, I wouldn't.

EDIT: Oh, I forgot to mention a point of glee. Londo's birthday gift to the lovely couple's unborn child. That was a nice bit of plotting, even if we never get a pay off.
cyrano: (Bringing Skeksi back)
I finally figured out why I couldn't get past DragonBreath. (Nice symbolism there, Qunari dudes.) I cannot use a fireball to set off the gunpowder cart that's blocking the rails, I have to explode my freakish fade-tuned hand glow in order to set it off.

It was good, it was fun. I can't imagine ending the game without Trespass though. I'm disappointed in how things turned out in the 'where are they now' section. I spent the game trying to romance The Iron Bull, including killing six dragons with him, and he still made me kill him and fight the last battle a man down. I ended up working for the Church (Well, the head of the church, make of that what you will.) which is a little uncomfortable for a heathen Dalish, even if she did put the Canticle of Shartan and his filthy barbarous elf friends back in the Chant. I missed the opportunity to tell Penderghast I'd back her play to be the Divine and so my scary French girlfriend now runs the Church which makes me a little uneasy.

Maybe I'll see if the website has one of those 'Choose Your Own Adventure' things where I can tick off the points for an 'official history' of the Inquisition.

Adrenaline

Apr. 17th, 2017 11:44 am
cyrano: (Gilbert Fun)
My heart is suddenly racing. I don't see an external impetus for it. I'm going to mindfully sit with it and curiously examine it without judging it.
cyrano: (Poohsticks)
I want to try to make words out of what I'm feeling. But I can't even make feels out of what I'm feeling. There's too much, and it's too big, and it's all bad, and it all conflicts so I can't sort it out and turn it into something that makes sense, let alone make words. And I certainly can't do it when I'm already half way down the rabbit hole. So I have to just go on the assumption that trying to make words is enough, because that's all I have. And so when you ask what you can do to help, and I can't tell you anything, this is why.
cyrano: (Coyote Cinema)
I decided to postpone my grief processing and give myself a little prep time, so tonight I went out and saw the Lego Batman movie. I laughed pretty much all the way through it. I was worried they'd spend 90 minutes riffing on the character from the Lego Movie, but they gave him an arc and let us actually care about him.

I like that he's still a Master Builder.

I like that Commissioner Gordon was kick ass and competent even before she was Batgirl.

I like that Billy Dee Williams *finally* got to play Two Face.

Five wags, worth every penny I paid.
cyrano: (Kirk Aims to Misbehave)
Good episode all in all, but what struck me was that they let Crusher's hair get mussed while she was running through the wilderness, not just for one scene but until they got back to the ship.
cyrano: (Coyote Cinema)
I can't recall if I specifically recommended this or not. The first season is on Netflix. It's like the cool dystopic fiction the kids these days are grooving on, but it's smart and clever. This would pair well with a bottle of 'Red Rising', the book I reviewed last year.
cyrano: (Coyote Cinema)
Let's frontload the compliments--this is a very pretty film, and they make good use of that fancy new Technicolor technology. However. If I spend the first three acts of the film not giving a crap about your two shallow self absorbed leads, you probably screwed something up. And if you're making a musical film, one of them should have a strong voice. And around the end of the third act, they started to become less awful people and I actually got interested. If they redid this movie with the fourth act being the first act, I'd be interested in seeing it again. Also, yay for not shoehorning our couple back together at the end. You don't have to spend your whole life with everyone you fall in love with.
All in all, two limp wags.
cyrano: (Coyote Rocket)
So we may be leaving for Tennessee a little sooner than expected. Like, within an hour or two. We had planned going down for a weekend in February, so John and Amanda could look at houses and I could look at Chattanooga, sometime in February, but it hadn't progressed farther than that. But there's an attractive property with an open house to-morrow and the ant hive is abustle with activity.

Further updates as the situation demands.
cyrano: (Coyote Cinema)
I think I would have gotten more out of this film if I spoke Korean. It's an epic hero's path, and there's got to be a lot of allegory and metaphor in this because otherwise strictly from a physics point of view great swaths of this don't happen. Three wags.

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