Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Christina: There’s a club. The Dead Dads Club and you can’t be in it until you’re in it....

You can try to understand, you can sympathize, but until you feel that loss… My dad died when I was nine. George, I’m really sorry you had to join the club
George: I…I don’t know how to…exist in a world where my dad doesn’t
Christina: Yeah that never really changes

I finally saw Iron Man 2 and it was just as awesome as the first movie. Do not expect it to win any Academy Awards, but for a comic book movie and a sequel, it was completely entertaining and just what I needed right now. I do love Robert Downey Jr and I cannot wait for The Avengers movie, especially now that it also involves Joss Whedon :o)

Other summer movies I am looking forward to are MacGruber, The A-Team and Toy Story 3. I will see Sex and the City 2 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, but am not expecting anything spectacular, considering the previous films were not that good. I also might see Dinner for Schmucks, The Switch and Eat, Pray, Love depending on the reviews.

I still have not watched Rachel Getting Married. This time it is mostly because there have just been other things that I have wanted to watch more. I have had the disc from Netflix since January, so I should probably get on that. Most of my TV shows have ended this week, so I should have lot of free time coming soon. I promise I will watch it and get back to you!

I also just watched The Messenger with Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson, which was an excellent film. I meant to see it when it was in theaters but it did not play at very many and it got lost among all the other Oscar nominated movies that I was seeing. Being a Casualty Notification Officer must be the hardest job in the military. I cannot even imagine what it would be like to have to tell family members that their loved one has died and I have tons of respect for the men and women that do it. The movie was human and artful and also had something to say, but was not political. It was more about loss and how different people deal with that loss. It is about the people that have to do the thing that nobody wants to do, but the job that has to be done. I know I say this a lot, but everyone seriously needs to see this movie.

With Cool Hand Luke, it took me a little while to get into the movie, because it is very slow moving. However, after adjusting to the meandering nature, I really enjoyed it and totally understand why it is considered such a classic. I also now understand the "shake that bush" reference from A Perfect Getaway :o)

I am still watching Deadwood and am in the middle of season two. It is still awesome and I cannot wait to see what happens, but I do not think I would have watched it when it was on TV. I just do not think I would have appreciated it as much I do right now. So I guess it is good that I did not try to watch it then because I am loving it now.

In current TV news, I loved the finales of Private Practice (even though it made me sob), The Vampire Diaries, Parenthood, NCIS: Los Angeles and Brothers & Sisters. The Good Wife and Grey's Anatomy were phenomenal. How I Met Your Mother was funny, but kind of lame in terms of a finale. NCIS was mostly confusing and I thought could have been better considering the full season build-up, but is always good. And I could care less about the series finales of Lost or 24, as I did not watch either show. This summer I am looking forward to new seasons of Mad Men, Dark Blue and White Collar.

Since I was in Montauk for my brother's wedding this past weekend (I have a sister now, yay!) I did not see MacGruber opening weekend, like I had hoped, but it is on my to-do list for the next week.



Thursday, May 13, 2010

"If I knew things would no longer be, I would have tried to remember them better"

This is most definitely not the "Year of Me," as I had hoped it would be in January.

For those of you who read this and do not know me personally, my father passed away last week after being diagnosed with lung cancer only two and a half weeks previously. It has been a hard couple of weeks and is bound to get harder, but my family is doing the best that we can, especially considering that my brother is getting married next weekend. I am devastated, but I actually do not think that it has fully hit me yet. I am not sure when it will, but until then, I have been trying to keep myself as distracted as possible.

Since I went through all of Grey's Anatomy while my friend was in the ICU a few months ago, I have been using Gilmore Girls for this crisis. Seasons one and two over the course of three weeks (not including the first season's Christmas episode, for obvious reasons to those who watched the show). I have been watching all my current TV shows, along with a few movies here and there and I have been getting the show Deadwood from Netflix.

As you can see, I am not flying through Gilmore Girls like I did with Grey's Anatomy. Mostly because ABC Family reruns the episodes every day, so it has not been as long since I have seen them all. My mother usually makes fun of me for watching things over and over. "Haven't you seen this?!" But if I really like something, then why wouldn't I want to watch it again. Plus, she is just as guilty with NCIS, all Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter movies, Shakespeare in Love and Gosford Park. Clearly, it is genetic. The craziness must increase exponentially with each generation, which means my future children are in big trouble :o)

Deadwood is a show that I really wish I had watched when it was on the air because it is awesome. It is set in the town of Deadwood, South Dakota during the gold rush in 1876. I am only through the first season so far, but Season 2 Disc 1 comes in the mail today and I CANNOT wait :o) The entire cast is phenomenal, especially Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane.

I was not planning to watch A Perfect Getaway because it looked like a scary movie, and as we all remember, I do not do scary. However, in my efforts to see more of Timothy Olyphant, I decided to risk it and was actually pleasantly surprised. It turned out to be more of a thriller than a scary movie, which I can handle, and was not as awful as I thought it would be. My only real complaint about this movie is that Steve Zahn was not quite his normal funny-self. I would not say that it is a fantastic movie, but it was entertaining enough that I watched it twice. If only because once you know how it ends, you pick up on all the little clues and "red snappers" that you did not notice the first time through.

I also got Avatar on blu-ray the other day and rewatched it. I have to say, as amazing as it was in 3-D, I am just as satisfied with the 2-D version. I am already so over the 3-D thing and unfortunately, the madness is just beginning.

Anyways, I thought I would keep this relatively short since my last couple posts have been pretty long.

As a side note to the beginning of this posting, if you are reading this and are not a personal friend, please say hi in the comments section! I would love to know who is actually paying attention to my rantings and not just doing it out of friendship to me :o)