Hey there Strangers!
Long time, no write I know! I don’t know exactly what happened, but somehow, it feels like somewhere in me a switch was flipped that left me totally unable to focus on blogging about anything.
Part of it probably has to do with the fact that work has started to speed up for me and Boy (my work in academics keeps me busy and the video game Boy has been working on for three years is about ready to launch), but the other part is probably the whole outdoors/being Canadian thing. I don’t mean to say it as though we are all crazy Eskimo lumberjacks up here and that we need to be chopping down trees or commanding dogsleds to survive (although some movies would have you believe that), but more that, because half of our year is so crappy weather wise, we have to get outside and enjoy the good weather while we can. Making hay while the sun shines as it were.
Anyway, things in the Park household have been good. As with every year, we’ve been catching summer movies when we can. I don’t know if it is just me but I’ve been feeling generally disappointed by the big summer blockbuster movies. Star Trek was fun and had two of my movie crushes in it (Simon Pegg and John Cho) but Terminator Salvation was kind of a bummer.
As I have written previously, I am a big fan of the franchise, so in anticipation of the fourth flick, I put aside a day (the Monday of Victoria Day weekend) to hunker down in my pajamas* and watch all three previous installments back to back. If you haven’t watched them in a while, you really ought to again, at least 1 and 2.
So I went into Salvation hoping for the best and while I liked parts of it, it was so uneven and unemotional that I felt kind of bummed. I think, unfortunately, this had a lot to do with Christian Bale and the fact that his acting range leaves a little to be desired. He’s either whispering forlornedly or shouting SUPER! INTENSE! THINGS!, but it’s all played in this kind of bland disinterested way, so it’s really hard to give a crap. Personally, I think I would have enjoyed it better if the movie had just focused on the Anthony Michael Hall-esqe Kyle Reese and the hot Terminator dude and if Bale had just shown up at the end for a cameo or something. I mean I know he’s Batman and everything, but I think the dude needs to lay-off the superbutch man’s man parts for a while and do something more fun like a sequel to Newsies. Does anyone else remember that movie? I used to love the crap out of that flick and I still remember some of the songs (specifically this one – so deliciously cheesy).
In any case, I’ve found on the whole that going in for some of the smaller art house fare has turned out better. So far, I’ve caught The Brothers Bloom and Away We Go which were both good and Boy and I have plans to catch 500 Days of Summer later this week which I’m really excited about. Have I moved into the age group where explosions just don’t cut it anymore? Say it ain’t so movies!
In addition to movies, I’ve also been reading a lot. The book club seems to have died a sad little death (maybe I’ll try resurrecting it in the fall?), but in spite of that, I’m trying to keep exercising my brain and have been ploughing through title after title. I finally starting logging the stuff I’ve read in a book journal and it would appear I am currently working on my 36 title of the year with several others on the horizon. As of this morning, my Amazon Wishlist had 227 items on it so hopefully towards the end of the month when I get paid again (my company only pays us once a month), I’ll be able to binge a little and grab a few more books.
Anyway, that’s a bit of what I’ve been up to these past few weeks. I’ll hopefully have a chance to get into more stuff soon when I am feeling a little less keyboard-phobic.
*I slipped out in between 2 and 3 to get lunch but I managed to stay in my pajamas all day by putting my regular clothes overtop of them.