Friday, May 13, 2011

Happy Friday

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Film Week

A review of the films I've seen this past week.

THOR (2011)
As I said the other day, I really enjoyed this. A good one to see in the theater, too (though I did see it in 2D instead of headache-inducing 3D), because the sweep of Asgard needs to be experienced rather than merely seen. The story and look are a surprisingly great combination of the Jack Kirby cosmic weirdness and J. Michael Straczynski's recent run on the title (like the small New Mexico town where half the movie is set). It's nice that the movie manages to split the difference between being a component for the eventual Avengers movie and making the story of the Mighty Thor actually interesting. The performances make a lot of it, too, particularly Chris Hemsworth in the title role and Tom Hiddleston as a surprisingly sympathetic Loki. This is the kind of movie that comic book movies should be: goofy without being stupid, fun without being fan service (though there is a tiny bit, naturally), and it takes its premise seriously without being ridiculously full of itself. None of that Dark Knight posturing. **** stars.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Small Steps in Personal Growth

Becca and I went to see a movie yesterday. It was the first time we'd been to the cinema since summer of 2009, so I guess I wanted to see Thor more than any movie of the last two years...

Anyway, it felt nice to go out. I know this kind of thing isn't a big deal to most people, but with my nascent agoraphobia really getting the better of me in 2010, it feels like a small triumph. Becca still does all the driving (though I did drive myself to a job interview last week, and it's enough of a triumph being comfortable with someone else driving me around), but getting up and having some lunch out of the house and going to a movie... I don't know, it made me feel more normal.

It was weird, too, because when I first sat down in the theater I felt... wrong, somehow. Like something bad would happen. Claustrophobic, even. I had trouble breathing for a moment or two. I don't know why or where it comes from, but it was there. I just pushed it down and resolved to enjoy the experience.

Also, the movie was really fun, so that helped a ton.

It was just nice, really nice, to be out on a Sunday afternoon with Becca, like we used to be able to do, just enjoying ourselves. Getting a burger for lunch, going to a show... being normal. It felt really, really good.

I think I really needed that.

I've been in such a good mood.

Kristen Bell Mondays

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Song of the Week: "The First Time Me Eat Cookie"

Because it's Mother's Day. Time to reflect on what our mothers did for us that changed our lives. For me, it was my mother exposing me to science fiction. That was my cookie.

So, to be honest, were cookies.

Happy Mother's Day!