Sunday, August 31, 2014

Movies by year: 2000

(Keep out of the dark - there are spoilers there!)

Happy long weekend! I went to the beach, it was glorious. And while I was there, I gave some thought to my favourite movies of 2000.

Guy Ritchie gave us another complicated one with Snatch; Hugh Jackman *snicked* his way into my heart in X-Men; George Clooney (our generation's Cary Grant/Clark Gable) brought us on an odyssey in O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Tom Hanks demonstrated once again his awesomeness in Cast Away; M. Night Shyamalan gave us Unbreakable (and yes, I liked it, shut up).

And a thug appeared on our screens and showed us how it's done.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Everyone take a deep breath...

On Saturday Peter Capaldi burst from the TARDIS in a flurry of confusion to start the new season of Doctor Who, and he was glorious.

Let’s talk about it. Be warned, SPOILERS ahead!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Movies by year: 1999

(Never give up, never surrender... to the spoilers below!)

1999 was a mixed bag with some really stand-out films. The 'found footage' style of filmmaking had a smash with The Blair Witch Project, The Matrix changed the way we thought about sci fi and effects, Guy Pierce and Robert Carlyle were at each other's throats in Ravenous, M. Night Shyamalan became a massive love-him-or-hate-him director with The Sixth Sense, Rene Russo showed off her curves in that transparent dress in The Thomas Crown Affair, Mystery Men proved not all heroes are the expected ones, and The Boondock Saints gave us the antiheroes we didn't know we were missing. But this is the one I can watch over and over again:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Movies by year: 1998

(Oi, spoilers ahead!)

What to tell you about? Such a big pool this year - heartstring-plucking with Meet Joe Black, What Dreams May Come or Practical Magic? Weird and bizarre with Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas or The Big Lebowski? Critical darlings The Truman Show or Saving Private Ryan? Gritty and inventive with Run Lola Run, Snake Eyes or Dark City?

How about overwhelming and a bit confusing?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Too soon: Robin Williams

Tonight I went to see Guardians Of The Galaxy with a couple of friends, and I thought I might write something about it. But once the film was done and we started checking our devices, I realized it would have to wait - we learned of Robin Williams' passing.

Apparently he'd been battling depression lately. I wish he'd reached out to someone today, as difficult as I imagine it would have been - he was loved by so many people, not just fans like myself but the staggering number of co-stars of his film, television, comedy and charity work. Someone would have been there for him I'm sure.

Like many people, my first experience of him was on Mork & Mindy, which came totally out of left field. My brother had his Reality... What A Concept album and I played it non-stop. He was perfectly cast in Popeye, but we all wondered if that was all he could do. The World According To Garp proved there was more to him. He went on to star in so many massive hit films I don't think there's anyone who doesn't have a favourite - Jumanji? Hook? Dead Again? Good Morning Vietnam? The Fisher King? Dead Poets Society? Mrs Doubtfire? There are so many diverse roles to choose from. Most interesting role, to me: Cy Parrish in One Hour Photo, disturbing.

Last season he had a show on TV, The Crazy Ones. I admit I was worried it would be too over-the-top all the time, but it turned out to be a really good show, and I was sad to hear it hadn't been picked up for a second season. To be honest, it's among my favourite things he ever did.

He was only 63.

People, appreciate everyone around you. And if you need someone, reach out.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Movies by year: 1997

(Definite spoilers ahead, be warned!)

Another year with too many amazing movies to count. Some were big productions - The Saint, Men In Black, Contact, Event Horizon, Gattaca, Starship Troopers. Others were more intimate, squeaking under the mainstream - Jackie Brown, Grosse Pointe Blank, In & Out, The Edge, Wag The Dog. All worth seeing, for different reasons. My favourite was big but weird:

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Cottage trip half over :(

Well, after three or four nights of gorgeous stars, we're now overcast. Not bad though, I mean it's still beautiful, but rain in the night is becoming a thing. Not surprised, just sad we probably won't get a good night watching shooting stars before we go back.

The Boy came up on Sunday and he goes back tomorrow (can't miss Tavern) - I think I'm going to send my bathing suit and shorts back with him, I don't think it's going to get as warm as it was the first couple of days. Yesterday the three of us drove into Sudbury to do some groceries and T picked up some new mousetraps. And guess what, THEY WORK. Turns out it was TWO identical mice, not just the one. It was getting ridiculous, the one was so brazen he'd just bound across the middle of the room right in front of us.

We've had corn and kebabs, so we're all good, and T and I have made a serious dent in the LawnGuyLand 'mix' (The Boy doesn't really drink). 3-1/2 days left, have you ever heard anything so sad?

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Movies by year: 1996

(Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to avoid the spoilers to come!)

There were some great films in 1996, a few too many to get into actually. I saw a preview screening of From Dusk Till Dawn, which is two movies mashed together; Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas were terrorized by lions in The Ghost And The Darkness; Fargo took us all by surprise (and made us all avoid Minnesota in the winter); Richard Gere thought he was the star of Primal Fear but we all know it was really Edward Norton's breakout role; and if we didn't already know about the evils of drug addiction, Trainspotting hit us over the head with it with an amazing cast.

But there was one movie that was just more fun than the others:

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Cottage report: Friday night

So it cottage season, and I'm just going to bed - we've been up here since Thursday around 7ish - and there were SO many mosquitos that I got basically sucked dry by the time we got from the dock up to the house. We got settled in and basically decompressed for a few hours before pulling out the media player and watching a few shows and movies, and had a relatively early night (went to bed at 1:30am).

This morning I got up around 10ish, read and crafted and puzzled for hours - aaaah, vacation time. It eventually warmed up to around 22, which was the warmest it got the entire time on my last trip up! We went into town around 4:30pm to fuel up, get beer and cider and some gingerale. Also, I'm getting better at the tying off of the boat at the dock.

Tonight between shows we sat outside and stargazed - it's gorgeous up here tonight, super clear and you can get lost in the stars. I saw a shooting star and maybe two more, although they were more likely bugs that were caught in the light :)

There's a brash little mouse that has spent the entire day darting from the fireplace into the kitchen and rummaging around, Mocha doesn't even seem to care - he's gonna regret that by the time this trip is over…