Tag: movies

Guardians Let Down + Deliver Us From Evil

Date #342 – Monday, July 7, 2014

A: I got intel on a preview of Guardians of the Galaxy and found out how to get tickets. I went two hours early, B meeting me there, only to find out that it was a 17 minute preview of the scene – and we didn’t even like it. I was so many. I hated that we wasted so much time there and no one even said once it was only 17 minutes. Multiple people were confused, too. Well I wrote IMAX later and complaint that their wording was off. The ticket read: Guardians of the Galaxy – first look with an exclusive 17 minutes of footage. What do you think?

IMAX ended up compensating us with two tickets which was really nice. We also went to see Deliver Us From Evil which I thought was funny. It was our first horror in the theatre (and second overall). When we first met I asked B if he liked horror movies and he said yes. I was stoked to have a buddy to get scared with! ……but every time I suggest a horror movie B looks at like and says, “But that’s scary.” It’s adorable so I can’t get mad but, finally, we’re watching them! What should be our third??

B: I pay a lot of attention to customer service. I’ve worked for a lot of companies and I currently freelance in Media, so I really obsess over intended messages, audiences, and connecting with people.

I think Marvel Studios’ “preview” was a MASSIVE fail. I think it set the wrong expectation and, as a result, let a lot of people down. Also, they missed out on an opportunity to get a bunch of fans talking about the movie super-early.

But, it’s killing at the box-office and we were nicely reimbursed for our time so that’s all good.

What is more important is how A and I noted the one female character (and I include all background characters in this statement) we saw during our 17-minute scene. Yes, only ONE. It was an indicator of what I already suspected, a studio who in its ten releases has yet to release a film with a female lead, still doesn’t get it. Not having seen the entire film, I’ll leave you with a quote from this Salon review:

Gunn genuinely went out to create a film with “strong female characters” and was savvy enough to include a basic Bechdel pass. But then secure in the knowledge that he was meeting that goal, he failed to realize that jokes about prostitution and background characters like the Collector’s assistant and Peter Quill’s one-night-stands would serve to undermine those intentions.

Short Film Work

Date #291 – Saturday, May 24, 2014

A:This little film is a lot more work than I thought! THANKFULLY I have gotten an incredible team together and we met up today to talk logistics and to work out all that we need to do. I’m so lucky and grateful to have this opportunity. I can’t even express in words how grateful I am.

B: Watching A lead other’s is a real treat. She has an incredibly creative mind and I’m so happy that others see this too. It was a lot of fun to get together with everyone, go through the script, and really start to see the pieces come together.

A has written an amazing script and assembled an amazing team.

Boooo movies

Date #263 – Monday April 21, 2014

A: We watched Aronofsky’s Noah and then Draft Day back to back at Varsity. Noah started off great but flopped fast. It’s a hard story to adapt and it wasn’t done well, which is upsetting given Aronofsky’s talent. Draft Day was a whole other kind of suck. A football movie without football. I fell asleep. ACTUALLY I chose to nap. That’s how awful it was.

B: After some coffee at Rooster and meeting up with my Mom and Sister A and I decided to go see some light-hearted movies (or what we thought would be light-hearted).

Noah, directed by Aronofsky, was long-winded and lacked focus. It stalled and tried to make a point bigger than the story. I like Aronofsky as well, and could tell when his influence was taking effect on the film, but there were so many scenes of talking and nothing happening that I just got bored.

Draft Day was pure awful. It treated the audience liked idiots (SCENE: Pan over Seattle sky-scape, show space needle. Title: “Seattle”. SCENE: Seahawks stadium. TITLE: “Home of the Seahawks”. SCENE: Coaches offices, littered with Seahawks merchandise, including coach wearing shirt and using Seahawks mug.) It was just a lot of pointless stuff like that and ridiculous title effects and scene transitions. Honestly, I think half of the films budget went to title animations. Boo!

Captain America!

Date #258 – Tuesday April 15, 2014

A: The best of the Marvel movies! I loved the first Captain America and this one was also great, entertaining, and funny! Go see it! And come over and play the PS3 game with me… because it’s awesome!

B: I learn new things about A all the time. She may have mentioned this before, but never with such gusto. A is awesome and adorable. This movie was fantastic and totally worth seeing in 3D.

Oh, I wasn’t supposed to sit in chairs all day because I’m doing this 30-day Liberated Body Challenge. I cheated during the movie, so A made sure I sat on the floor while we ate our veggie burgers with lettuce buns.

Overcoming stress and watching “Say Anything”

Date #218 – March 9, 2014

A: We spent the morning with my mom puttering around. Talking all at the same time or, more accurately, listening to my mom talk. B had to go to a CrossFit competition that I wished my mom was more interested in, so we parted and my mom and I hit up Kensington and the Eaton Centre for birthday shopping. 

B came over after my mom went home and his competition ended and we started to watch Say Anything, only the most charming, heart-clenching, adorable, heteronormative John Hughes movie of life and I couldn’t believe B had never seen it. We didn’t finish because he went to Whitby to house sit, but it’s on our to-do list. 

Here’s some Bruce Springsteen to get you in the mood to watch Say Anything, which you should definitely do right now (ahem, it’s on Netflix – easy as pie!!!0:

B: This was a potentially stressful day that didn’t seem that stressful. I was competing in the CrossFit Open 14.2 workout (click here if you don’t know what that is) at academyoflions and it was the last day of A’s Broken Pencil Deathmatch short-story competition. 

I wished A was able to come see me perform, I was really nervous, but I understood why she couldn’t. Also, I had to go back to my parents’ place to take care of our dog Langley for a week, so I knew I wouldn’t see her for awhile. I called her after the workout and could tell she was stressed. I cancelled dinner with my parents and going to the bar with the people at the Academy and headed over. I’m so happy we got to watch Say Anything. It was my first time and that movie is so beautiful.

Dinner + Crystal Fairy – Date # 170 – Jan 14, 2014

B: A was going to yoga and told me, “I’ll be hungry after.” I knew she wasn’t expecting dinner, but she was being honest. I went to the local market and bought all the food you see there for $13!! I love local markets!

We then watched this movie called Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus. It stars Michael Cera and is amazing. The movie tells the tale about a self-indulged American traveller on his search for this hallucinogenic cactus and the surprising dose of reality he receives. It was unexpectedly incredible and worth watching.

A: Yeah the move was fantastic if you either watch it alone and yell aloud about how insufferable Cera’s character is or watch it with someone who is okay with you yelling aloud about how insufferable Cera’s character is. It was directed by Sebastian Silva who did The Maid. If you don’t mind subtitles, you should definitely watch The Maid. And Crystal Fairy. There aren’t as many subtitles in Crystal Fairy.

You might also enjoy it if you’ve ever backpacked or traveled in a foreign country without your mom or sister.

Dinner + Crystal Fairy – Date # 170 – Jan 14, 2014

B: A was going to yoga and told me, “I’ll be hungry after.” I knew she wasn’t expecting dinner, but she was being honest. I went to the local market and bought all the food you see there for $13!! I love local markets!

We then watched this movie called Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus. It stars Michael Cera and is amazing. The movie tells the tale about a self-indulged American traveller on his search for this hallucinogenic cactus and the surprising dose of reality he receives. It was unexpectedly incredible and worth watching.

A: Yeah the move was fantastic if you either watch it alone and yell aloud about how insufferable Cera’s character is or watch it with someone who is okay with you yelling aloud about how insufferable Cera’s character is. It was directed by Sebastian Silva who did The Maid. If you don’t mind subtitles, you should definitely watch The Maid. And Crystal Fairy. There aren’t as many subtitles in Crystal Fairy.

You might also enjoy it if you’ve ever backpacked or traveled in a foreign country without your mom or sister.

Nebraska at Carlton – Date #164 – January 7th

A: I’m going to answer the question I asked in date #163. I’m old. Okay… I’m older. I’m older than I was 3 or 5 or 7 years ago. I am now okay with falling asleep in movie theatres. The best thing about this is that B doesn’t even mind. Afterward I was complaining I was pathetic because I felt I had to, when he said, “But you always fall asleep when we’re watching things at the end of the night. You said it’s because you’re so comfortable.” Well this is the truth and I did say that. An old friend used to get mad at me for falling asleep during movies. I tried to explain how I love them and feel like I’m so at home when I immerse myself in them and that I love falling asleep to them because nothing makes me happier than hearing someone’s unfamiliar voice once the story gets familiar. And this only happens when I watch movies past my bed time. It’s hard to explain but that’s what I’ll go with. B and I both knew the movie was a little too late for this early riser (me) but we went anyway (B said I’m too accommodating to which I said nothing because I didn’t want to say, “You’re right.”). The point I’m making is that B wholly accepts my faults and doesn’t make me feel bad for being this way. It’s so nice to be with a person like this. I hope he never changes (because when I’m 90 I might fart and drink and yodel or something, and I really want him to accept that).

B: A farts already. She did it the other day and I said it would end up in the blog and it now has.

Nebraska was amazing!! Bruce Dern and Wil Forte were both amazing as a father and son on a hopeless road trip. The film was so real and touching. It also looked beautiful (shot in Black and White). 

I do wish we had seen it earlier. I was feeling tired too and I think A would have liked the last third of the movie. (I figure that is when she fell asleep, I actually don’t know). 

There is something magical about the theatre and I’m glad A and I share this love.

A: I do not fart!!!

Christmas movie date – Date #134 – November 30, 2013

A: We watched to Christmas flix we’d never seen. Rare Exports which is a Swedish film that is weird and intriguing and you should definitely watch. ANNNNND Black Christmas. D’awwwww. B’s and my’s first horror flick. (He told me when we first me that he liked horror but every time I ask him to watch one he says no. Argh!)

B: I kind-of like horror films, in that I like the good ones because they’re good, but I love/hate being scarred. (I’m kind of a big baby)

Rare Exports was awesome. Clever, interesting, and full of unexpected twists. Black Christmas was terrible. It made absolutely no sense and felt like an opportunity to show a bunch of busty women getting chased around. Boooooo.

Christmas movie date – Date #134 – November 30, 2013

A: We watched to Christmas flix we’d never seen. Rare Exports which is a Swedish film that is weird and intriguing and you should definitely watch. ANNNNND Black Christmas. D’awwwww. B’s and my’s first horror flick. (He told me when we first me that he liked horror but every time I ask him to watch one he says no. Argh!)

B: I kind-of like horror films, in that I like the good ones because they’re good, but I love/hate being scarred. (I’m kind of a big baby)

Rare Exports was awesome. Clever, interesting, and full of unexpected twists. Black Christmas was terrible. It made absolutely no sense and felt like an opportunity to show a bunch of busty women getting chased around. Boooooo.