Theatrical Tuesday – Responsibility

TuesdayLast night, my play was one of the ones that was read in front of an audience.

When I wrote it, I hoped at least one person would get something from it. I thought there would be one question about my friend, since I wrote it in memory of her.

As I watched it performed, I felt like I was giving a presentation only the actors were speaking my words and I was unable to have any control over how things went.

What I never expected was an audience that had many people that wanted to talk about it.

I was both happy about and absolutely mortified by this. There is nothing that feels more vulnerable than talking about your art. Inside, I was pretty much wanting to run away. For weeks before this, I’d think about what to say to any questions and I’d cry. I was worried about that.

I kept it together though. Somehow. I think that may have been because stage lights were blinding me and perhaps I went into the automatic mode from my old acting days? My friend who came said I didn’t look nervous at all. I felt like Wonder Woman, but also like a bug that could be squished at any moment.

What I’ve come away with because of this experience is a realization that I have a great responsibility in what I create. And yes, that realization came to me in Stan Lee’s voice, which is soooo geeky, but also awesome!

The words we write matter and that’s why it’s even more disgusting that journalism has gone the way it has.

So what’s next? Well, I got amazing feedback from the audience and the director. I’m going to extend the play and also make another based off this one that is in a different format that will work better for the ten minute window. Then I’ll enter it in contests and see what happens.

Whatever comes of that will inform what will happen with it after that.

And that’s how life’s river flows today.
R~

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Theatrical Tuesday – The Simpsons

Tuesday

In between coats of paint on my walls and trim, I’m watching episodes of The Simpsons from the beginning. I’ve only ever watched an episode here and there like the one where Lisa is sad and plays blues sax.

Lately, I keep seeing memes and such that predicted things would happen the way they are happening and that has me intrigued.

The first season has some really dark episodes. I mean, Homer takes off with the intention to kill himself in one of them. But it also has some really touching moments that show tough subjects. In one, Homer smashes Bart’s piggy bank in desperation for a beer. Homer realizes he’s being a shitty dad. In another, he sells the family TV to get cash for family therapy because he wants them to be more like other families and at the end of that one, he realizes a bigger and better TV is what is best for the family. In other words, they don’t need to try to be like other families.

I’ve been reading that it gets bad after the 20th season. I’m just going to watch as long as I enjoy it.

There are some great lines that I’ll undoubtedly forget. The music is also fantastic.

But you probably already know this. I’m just behind on a lot of things.

I think I stopped watching at one point because it’s a little more political than some other shows. I used to really hate everything political.

It’s got a realness to it that I’m liking too.

Anyway, I just thought I’d drop in here for a moment as it’s reading week and I have some extra time.

And that’s how life’s river flows today.
R~

Theatrical Tuesday – Review of Okja

TuesdayWhen I saw comments about Okja being a film that seems like the brainchild of Spielberg and Miyazaki together, I knew I had to watch it. I also knew that a film that sounds that fantastic would be a great pick for my first film of 2018.

Initially I wondered if it was going to be a modern take on Charlotte’s Web. It did have some basic elements of the children’s story, but add a bunch of blood, violence, poop comedy, and action scenes.

From the plot to the beauty of the scenery, it felt like a live action Hayao Miyazaki film throughout much of the story. Near the beginning, I was hooked.

Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance was quirky and I thoroughly enjoyed him. I also enjoyed Steven Yeun’s character.

I almost loved the film. It seemed fresh and I was ready to sing its praises.

In fact, I loved it right up until it turned into obvious vegan propaganda and showed business people as one dimensional heartless monsters. There are so many business people doing great things in this world such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Ted Turner, and Mark Zuckerberg. You can read about more of them at The Giving Pledge.

It had everything going for it until it decided to beat me over the head with its message.

Ultimately, I’m disappointed by it.

A final note, Okja should not be watched by children nor anyone who has been sexually assaulted.

R~

Theatrical Tuesday – Review of The Last Jedi [SPOILERS AHEAD]

TuesdaySo I loved the movie.

That doesn’t mean I didn’t see any flaws in it.

Leia’s Space Flying Whatever-The-Fuck

Initially, it bothered me. A lot.

Then I thought about it more.

I thought, Leia is the general of a rebel army. My warrior brain said, if I was in her position with the weight of a colony on my shoulders, basically had magic powers I didn’t know how to use, and my brother was like Gandalf or some shit, I’d totally have my bro teach me some things. I mean, at the very least, the Jedi mind trick would be good if I got captured again. And really, the floating thing is basically like calling a lightsaber to your hand, but instead you’re calling your hand to something stationary.

Basically.

So what’s wrong with it? Well, I can’t say I fully understand the math and such in this article, but I think it’s saying Leia could move in space, just not as fast as she did, thus making it impossible for her to actually make it back to the ship in time to survive.

I think that means that some of the other things that shoot in space are also problematic except lasers as they travel at or passed light speed.

I thought they were going to use the moment to end the Leia’s storyline given the loss of Carrie. Now I’m left wondering what they’re going to do about that.

Rose

I think it’s great that they have an Asian character, but I’m not a fan of the Rose and Finn ship. I mean, Finn clearly had feelings for Rey. Did they think Rey should stick to the rule that Jedi can’t have relationships? I mean, that goes against the whole idea of changing the way Jedi live in the future. And why can’t Rose have saved Finn without being in love with him? We already had a love triangle with Luke, Leia, and Han in the original trilogy.

Finn

Finn was a rather useless character for most of the story. He probably should’ve died. I hope they do better with him in the next one.

Rey’s Parents

I don’t care one way or the other about Rey’s parentage, but it’s entirely possible that Kylo was just being an asshole to her. He’s kind of the bad guy. He wants her to join him. He has an agenda that doesn’t involve her being happy unless she’s with him. Finding her real parents might go against his plans in some way. Yeah, they could be losers. She could even be another immaculate conception force baby for all we know.

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Kylo

Kylo’s character arc has been decently written. It’s almost as if he’s struggling to grow into manhood. Those pants though. Awful. He should fire his fashion designer. Don’t believe me? Check out the proposed LEGO mini figure.

I hope he does actually grow up soon because the whiny teenager attitude is getting to be a bit much.

 

Snokes’s Death

Snokes’s death kind of bothers me, but then I think back to how Vadar killed The Emperor and I realize that a lot of the deaths of the sith masters have been rather pathetic. Darth Maul looked like he was going to be a formidable foe, but he didn’t get far either.

Captain Phasma

Captain Phasma is a crappy character. Look, we all know her purpose is to look cool, but you’ll sell even more toys if she’s not completely useless.

I’d love to see a strong female on the sith side.

The Credits

The memorial message in the credits made me cry. Actually, there was a lot of time I was choking back tears because I fucking miss Carrie Fisher that much.

Plot

I think some of the things that people are complaining about with regards to plot holes will be answered in the third film.

They might not, but that’s the whole point.

I find it exciting having no fucking clue what will happen next. Movies aren’t meant to tell you what you already know. This was the most exciting Star Wars film I’ve seen in a long time. Yeah, some things could have been smoother. One friend’s review covers it as he talks about there perhaps being too many subplots going at once and the transitioning between them being done clumsily.

Here’s another good review.

Here are more memes. Many make fun of Kylo.

The bigger plot problem in the last two Star Wars films is that they keep recycling the story from previous episodes as the below meme borrowed from the Star Wars Sithposting Facebook group shows.

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A list of things about the film that make me love it, but also make me unsure about where things are headed.

Fight Scenes

Yeah, I always love a good lightsaber scene. I know there wasn’t as many in this film as some others, but it’s good to change things up.

I enjoyed watching Rey show her fighting skill on the island. It actually doesn’t take much to translate skill with one weapon to another though lightsabers are rather more dangerous than her staff. I’ve seen seventh degree black belts cut themselves with katana they’ve been training to use for 30 or so years. Realistically, it would be hard for anyone to safely use a lightsaber unless the force helps protect them from cutting themselves with it. Too much realism in a fantasy (yes, space operas are fantasy, not sci-fi) story detracts from it. It might have been nice to see her singe her hair or something though.

Rey’s Force Lifting

I felt like the levitation of the rocks was too easy for her. It would’ve been nice to see her struggle with it a bit and maybe have to remove the rocks in small chunks to clear the path.

Porgs

They’re cute, but I’m not sure they really add much to the story. I wanted Chewie to munch away.

The Milk

It was pretty savage seeing how Luke’s been living on the island. We didn’t see much of that need for survival skills with Obi-Wan or Yoda in their rather isolated places. There are a lot of funky creatures in the Star Wars universe, so the seal like animals don’t bother me.

Final Points

I thought the movie could’ve been a tad bit shorter. I think it sagged a bit. I liked Luke’s storyline, but they almost lost me on the way to the final battle because it seemed like we we  already had a natural climax moment earlier as usually the big bad killing device is destroyed then the baddest dude is killed and everyone celebrates. As the middle film of a trilogy, I think it’s supposed to leave us in the lurch wondering if the rebels will survive or Kylo’s minions will crush the rebels once and for all. It had to continue until Luke had his final battle so Rey could take her place as the last Jedi.

The bottom line is that it’s a divisive, subversive film and I loved it. It might not be your thing. That’s cool. I feel like Star Wars has finally been brought back to life. Despite the recycled content, it looks like we may actually be heading into new territory. At least, I hope so.

R~

 

Theatrical Tuesday – A Review of The Star Wars Holiday Special

TuesdayIn short, just don’t.

Seriously.

It’s one of the worst things I’ve ever seen.

If you’re going to watch it, you best be super stoned.

It’s truly painful to watch.

I’d rather not know that Chewbacca has a wife and kid.

Or that wookies call Christmas “Life Day.”

There.

You now know everything you need to from it.

Now go watch something worthwhile.

Guid cheerio the nou,
R~

Theatrical Tuesday – The Worlds We Want Podcast

TuesdayI’m feeling really hopeful today.

I think we all get mired in the negative stuff easily and so we don’t always hear about the great things happening around the world.

My friend is part of a science podcast that is focused on talking about recent developments in getting the world to move towards a more sustainable existence and combat climate change. I find it a positive and refreshing approach compared to the shaming, finger pointing, and apocalyptic fear mongering that many other groups have employed.

You can check it out here.

I’m off to actual class for the first time in 5 weeks. I’m nervous and excited!

Guid cheerio the nou,
R~

Theatrical Tuesday – A Review of Dracula Untold

TuesdayI wasn’t a fan of this movie. There was a major problem with it.

Dracula was never fatally sensitive to sunlight.

Actually vampires in the lore that came before Dracula were also not fatally sensitive to sunlight.

When you do a story about Dracula, you should know this. It’s not even hard to find the information out. Wikipedia has it in a handy chart form.

The concept of the story was good. There was a heartwarming plot line that I liked. The soundtrack and special effects were also good. As were the battle scenes.

But when you base major story events around the sun that are in complete contradiction with the lore, you create something that has major plot problems for anyone who knows the lore. Don’t mix Buffy’s vampires with Dracula. Also, he seemed to become an elemental wizard somewhere that could control storm clouds? WTF?

And it’s not even hard to catch up on the lore for Dracula. All you need to do is read one book. It’s even free in audio format on Librivox.

One thing the movie did do was bring some awareness of the Ottomon Empire.

At least in researching for this post, I’ve stumbled onto a few vampire movies I haven’t seen.

I’m off to take Pixie to the shop for her winter booties and such. There’s a Timmie’s nearby, so I’m thinking I’ll hit it up for some tea while doing homework. Or maybe I’ll visit that music store on the corner that I can never seem to get to…

Guid cheerio the nou,
R~