Week Forty-Seven

I gained a little this week, though that might have something to do with the goodbye cake I ate yesterday at work.  I haven’t been walking as much as I usually walk, though most of the blame falls on school.  Also Doctor Who.  But mostly school.

The walk-a-thon is coming up, and I’m pretty excited to go out on that venture.  It’s been a pretty uneventful week, so I’ll end this post early.  Have good days!

Forever Young (1992)

I know, I know.  I couldn’t help it.  Netflix insisted I’d love it, and well, after Battlestar Galactica, I pretty much listen to Netflix every time.

This movie in a nutshell: Mel is married to the very awesomest of women until she gets hit by a truck and goes into a coma.  He, being the studly military man he is, offers to become part of a science experiment where he’s frozen until the future.  Problem?  They forget about him and put him into storage.  A few decades later, he’s found, woken, and chaos ensues.

I didn’t see the point in introducing the kids or Elijah Wood’s mother into the mix.  Maybe to show just how true the true love is?  I thought the drama revolving around the aging problem and the mystery of what happened to the scientists and the wife was enough to keep me entertained.  In fact, I think I would have enjoyed this movie a great deal more if it focused only on the science part of the freezing rather than introducing the slightly creepy and wise Elijah Wood character.  But I always choose science over kids in my movies, so don’t listen to me if you enjoy your films full of babies and illogical plots.

The movie was entertaining in a Twilight-y sort of way.  It was nice to pass the time, but it’s probably something I wouldn’t admit to having actively chosen to watch (too late) and unless there’s a gun held up to my head, I most likely will not watch it again.

Dear Crazy Woman Who Almost Hit Me With Her Car,

In case you forgot: Red means stop!  At first I thought you wanted to make a right on red, in which case almost hitting me and the dog while we crossed the street would have been justified, but there was a no turn on red sign right in front of you.  Also, you were driving inside of the parking spots on the side of the road.  And when it turned green and you didn’t turn, I thought you might be confused.  However, when you sped and swerved in front of (and almost hit) the first car going straight, I knew you were missing a vital connection.  Please never drive again.  Thanks.


The chick who looked at you like you were nuts while she crossed the street

Hellboy: Strange Places (Volume Six)

Hellboy: Strange Places (Volume Six)

Mike Mignola

This volume follows Hellboy as he wonders around in “strange plans” trying to find himself and his will to survive.  It was a nice volume to read–I liked the mermaids and the trip to Africa.  The last half of the volume, however, was slow and repetitive.  It almost feels like the series is running out of steam.  The issues are beginning to follow the same format, and while in the past facts about Hellboy’s existence were revealed little by little (which kept us reading), we know almost everything about his true nature at this time.  Now all we have are evil characters trying to rule Hellboy again and again.  Blasted arm!

I hope Hellboy’s quest to find himself is a signal that the author is also trying to find the series.  I hope this is a gateway to bigger and better issues.  At the moment it threatens to play the same song in each volume.

The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite (Volume One)

The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite (Volume One)

Gerard Way

This volume has been sitting on my shelf since June.  Whoops.  I started it around November but then got distracted by what I thought were bigger and better series.  I was partially right.  The start of this series is slow and corny.  I didn’t really understand what was going on (and frankly I didn’t much care).  Past the introduction, however, the story starts to pick up and things get far more interesting.

Most of the characters were likable enough for me to finish the volume–the violin chick was massively annoying up until the bitter end, but besides her I greatly enjoyed the other siblings.  I found this volume to be very very violent and gory, so if you like that sort of thing, then this is right up your alley.  It’s interesting to me that this series is marketed heavily as a young adult graphic novel because I find it way more violent (most of the times unnecessarily violent) than others I’ve seen marketed as an adult graphic novel (Sandman, Fables).  Go figure.  Overall it was a good start to a new series–a good pick for those who don’t mind violence and are looking for a quick read.

Billy Elliot (2000)

This is a movie about a young boy from the UK who loves to dance.  He secretly pursues his passion, but meets a lot of resistance from his family and neighbors before they realize this is his calling and they should support him as best they can.

I thought the movie was very real in the sense that it showed a boy and his struggling family, and the prejudices of his town without sugarcoating his adventure.  Billy Elliot nearly messes up his chances at attending a school for gifted dancers because of his anger problems–a trait that clearly runs in the family.  The movie explores the hard life of workers on strike, the conflicting feelings and compromises his father has to face regarding work as well as his family.  Sometimes watching him fall, only to get up and fall again was a bit hard.  Same goes for Billy’s brother.

The movie also briefly touches on homosexuality when Billy and his best friend have a bit of a “moment.”  The last five minutes of the movie were the most satisfying (in my opinion).  I was glad they included that.  As a whole I enjoyed the movie and would recommend it to anyone who likes films where a hero struggles for 90% of the film just to achieve their lifelong dream.

Dear Woman Who Refused To Allow My Brother To Return My Shower Curtain Rings For Me,

I was totally going to agree with your rejection because I thought it might be due to the fact that I paid with a credit card.  But when you told me it was because he was “grossly underage,” I couldn’t help but laugh.  I’m sorry to do so in front of you.  That was rude of me.  I totally have him run in and return stuff for me all the time–possibly as young as eight.  Now that he’s a couple of years shy of being legally allowed to vote–now you tell me he’s waaaay too young to return curtain rings?  Poo on you, lady.


The chick staring at you while you rang me up

Hellboy: Conqueror Worm (Volume Five)

Hellboy: Conqueror Worm (Volume Five)
Mike Mignola

Unlike the last two, this volume wasn’t so much composed of short stories as it was concerned with a long arc.  Though sad to see the quick, carefree, question-answering stories go, the arc featured in this volume was worth it.  We get to see Roger (door-knocker crotch guy) again while Hellboy has to deal with his destiny.  Again.  The poor guy is just never going to get a break.

I think this volume shows us the most of Hellboy’s personality.  He deals with many moral choices when it comes to Roger, and the things he decides show a lot about his nature.  Now that his right arm has been explored to death (I’m beginning to feel as frustrated as Hellboy), I hope the volumes start taking a different route.  There’s several more volumes in the series, so I’m interested to see if they continue to pound this point to pieces, or introduce something new.

Like the one before it, this volume was great and if you like the series, you’ll love this one.

Week Forty-Six

Hello all!  This week I dropped 2.6 bringing my grand total to 58.2 pounds.  I’m almost at my halfway mark!  To be completely honest with all of you, I never though I would reach this weight and it kind of blows my mind whenever I get weighed in and end up losing.  I’m really lucky to have supportive people in my life who keep me pushing on.  Thanks guys!

In other news, I hope the weather starts getting better (I want to bring Mr. Orange Tree outside for the season, but I don’t want the poor thing to freeze).  Having warm temperatures would motivate me to go walking with Simon at night.  As it stands, I am too cold to bother.  My goal to take him to a dog park stands, so anyone interested in that should come talk to me.  Also, anyone interested in joining my 5k walk-a-thon team (May 22nd) should come poke at me as well.

That’s all I have to report for this week.  I hope the next seven days are so awesome, you can’t help but tell me about it.