Backlogged Review: Monsters, Inc.

Monsters, Inc.A small note (which if you read my Bourne Legacy review, I’m sure this will surprise you.), I’d never seen Monsters, Inc. before. I know, it’s ridiculous; the movie came out over 10 years ago. It’s been on TV numerous times. How did I manage to avoid it?

The answer is a conglomeration of things. Number one, I was at that age where my mother no longer had to take me to the movies + animated movies were for “kids” (everyone goes through the stage, it just meant we waited for the home video release, and often in my case for my band director to have a personal day.) Number two, my family was getting ready to move/moving to another state around the time of DVD/VHS (they still existed!) release, so we were trying not to add too much more to the pile [we severely weeded our VHS collection (because we had maybe two DVDs) which consisted mostly of home recorded stuff that was tossed, but we still got rid of a few things.] Number three, by the time Monsters, Inc. showed up on TV, I’d lost interest. Number four, in the following decade, I had far more important films to see first like Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3, WALL-E, Up, Tangled, numerous Ghibli films, and all those pesky live action films that caught my attention. In summary, I finally watched Monsters, Inc. because Monsters University came out this summer, and I am anal enough to want to consume media in the order it was produced. Why yes, I am one of those advocates for the publication order of Narnia. A belief that was strengthened when I found out that the “fourth” book of Patricia C. Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles was actually written first. I might’ve enjoyed it more had I read it before the other three.
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Aside

So this weekend was a total waste.  I mostly was struggling for ideas on what to write, while avoiding watching Sleepy Hollow, catching up with Castle (just finished last season, not going to review it though), and writing/editing my fic.

Also, if you’re here about my (one) fanfic that has been sitting incomplete for over a year now, I’m working on it.  It’s literally sitting open right now, waiting for me to finish it.  I hope for it to be done before the new Thor movie comes out.

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Ep. 2: 0-8-4 *SPOILERS*

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Agents of SHIELD brought a better episode this time. It’s still a very stereotypical “the team learns to work together” episode, but it helped me get a better feel for the series. Or a least give it to midseason to make a “final” decision about, because I did enjoy it more than the pilot.

The episode begins with a view of the Bus flying with audio of Coulson communicating with air traffic control when suddenly a hole appears in the Bus, and a body goes flying. Flashback to the day before, Skye moving into the Bus and saying (a temporary) goodbye to her van (and of course, SHIELD has a device that can drive it for them.) We learn that the team is headed to Peru to deal with an 084 or an object of unknown origin (the last one was Mjölnir). The team arrives at an Incan Temple (archeology/history experts, was that one that was appropriate for Peru? Thinking back, it looked more Mayan to me, but that could be a Hollywood bias. Also, Google Images brought up the same images for both Maya and Inca.) and discover an impossible device embedded into the wall. I’m not going to lie, I saw possible Tesseract technology and South American and was convinced we’d see Nazis or HYDRA. Instead we get Peruvian national police (with a connection to Coulson) and local rebels.

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Review: The Bourne Legacy

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(So this was going to go up yesterday, because I was going to watch the film and then write a review while it was fresh in my mind. Sadly, allergies made me miserable yesterday, and I didn’t feel up to it.)

When I first heard there was going to be another Bourne film, I let out an unenthusiastic “whoopdeedoo.” Now, I hadn’t seen any of the movies (yet) and truthfully had no intention to, but then I found out Jeremy Renner was starring in it. Jeremy Renner, who I had begun to love (as an actor) since his cameo in Thor (which is when I really started getting excited for The Avengers)(also, still haven’t seen any of his Oscar nominated stuff.) I had just watched Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and Renner is one of the reasons I like that film (the other being Simon Pegg, of course.) This is not to disparage the other actors or the franchise, just a personal taste thing. Straight up action films are boring to me. I don’t enjoy 30 minute car chases/fight scenes, something The Avengers avoided with typically snappy Whedon dialogue and constantly changing the scene (because let’s be honest, The Avengers is like 25 minutes of story and the rest is action.) I can think of only one extended car chase scene I enjoyed, and that’s the one at the end of the original Gone in 60 Seconds. But this is besides the point that because of Jeremy Renner, I was going to watch all of the Mission Impossible and Bourne films. Now I did the Mission Impossible backwards, watching the new film and then one, two, and three. With Bourne, I had intended to watch the first trilogy and then see The Bourne Legacy in theaters. I managed to watch the trilogy last summer. Unfortunately due to other must see movies of the summer, I couldn’t justify the ticket, or really find the time.

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Geekdom Update: October

You may have noticed that I’ve actually started using this blog again. Shocking I know. So I decided to update you lovely readers on what I’m going rabid over. Since I started this blog, I’ve worked three booksales for the local library, and at the beginning of November, it will be my fourth. And interests have shifted (as they always do.)
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Frozen Trailer: First Impressions

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So Disney released the first full trailer for Frozen this week. If you didn’t know, it’s the latest princess movie loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s Snow Queen. And from the looks of the trailer, it’s very loosely based. I want to like this movie. I’ll probably try to see this in theater and give it a chance, but I like the story of The Snow Queen, and this … makes me stop and wonder if you can call it an adaption?

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Sunday Nostalgia: … Baking!

So originally, I was going to write about songs I love/d that I can’t really enjoy anymore. (FYI, Natalie Cole’s “This Will Be” for gender role reasons, Four Seasons’ “Big Girls Don’t Cry” for narrative reasons, and Five’s “When the Lights Go Out” for being a little rapey.) As I was plotting it in my head, it got a little preachy and repetitive, plus I wasn’t motivated to finish it. So goodbye songs, hello baking!

Now baking isn’t really a nostalgia thing. I still bake. I bake all the time. I don’t really have any heartwarming childhood stories about baking and passing down family recipes. Traditions-wise, I only have sprinkling sugar on the Chanukah cookies and making hamantaschen. But my initial afternoon plans (finishing season 1 of Elementary and watching some combination of The Bourne Legacy, Despicable Me, and Monsters, Inc.) were interrupted by my brother’s birthday (Happy Birthday, bro!) and the need to make some baked goods to send him (due to Jewish holidays falling out as they did and his birthday being a Sunday, we would have had to bake too early for him to get them on his birthday and have them taste good) meant my afternoon became baking a fudge brownie torte. And now you get pictures of my creations.

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