RIP, Margot Kidder

Sad news in the world of entertainment as it was reported today that Margot Kidder, the best Lois Lane there was, died yesterday.   She and Christopher Reeve (along with Gene Hackman), made the first Superman movie everything it was, and it was imprinted on my mind from the first viewing.  Her moment getting saved by Superman after she plummets from the crashed helicopter towards the ground and then Superman catches her?

Everything about this scene is magical, and I still get such euphoria when the main Superman theme kicks in as he then catches the helicopter.  I mean, just…amazing.

Margot Kidder played that role so well though and in both this and Superman 2, she knocks it out of the park.

I talked about my own experience “meeting” her while working at Bookstar back in the 90s a few years back:

My Margot Kidder Moment

It’s very sad how much she suffered, but she did fight back, dammit.   I’ll miss her but she is eternal now having been immortalized in one of the greatest movies of all time.   Thank you for everything, Margot Kidder.

A Weekend of Movies

Larry got sick on Friday so we’ve spent the weekend chilling at home.  You know what’s great to do when you don’t leave the house?  Watch movies!   Especially those that you have been meaning to see but didn’t!

On Saturday, after getting errands done, we finally watched I, Tonya.   That movie was incredible – Tonya Harding’s story is insane, and even though they’re clear that this movie is based off of highly unreliable narrators, you still feel a smidgen of pity for her.  Her mother looks to have been a monster, she fell in love with an abusive idiot, and she didn’t know how to “play the game” with the Figure Skating authorities so that she could be judged on more than just her athletic talent.   Margot Robbie is amazing as Harding while Allison Janney absolutely disappears into the role of Lavona Harding, Tonya’s mother.  The first half of the movie is mostly dedicated to Tonya’s life up until the point of “the Incident”, which is of course when Nancy Kerrigan was attacked.   The rest of the movie is about the attack and the aftermath, and man, what a shitshow.   I mean, the movie is still entertaining, but it’s hard to believe the shit that went down.

Today, we then watched another of last year’s Oscar films, The Shape of Water.  Yeah, the fish fucking movie.  I think I was bracing for this movie to be not my cup of tea, and it turns out I was correct in that assessment.   So, the story the movie tells is about a mute janitor woman in the 50s or 60s who works at some kind of secret government lab and she strikes up a relationship with one of the creatures being worked on there.  Comedy ensues!   Ha, not really – this has some elements of comedy but mostly it’s a weird love story where one half is a fish monster.  The production design and the performances are all very good – I won’t knock the movie for not having style, as it’s got that in spades due to it being a Guillermo del Tero movie.   But the actual story didn’t really work for me.  I’m kind of in shock that the damn thing won Best Picture this year.  It really is a movie about a woman who fucks a fish.  That’s no lie.  So cheers to the Academy for having an open mind, but I think it was an award for del Toro and a very beautiful-looking movie.  Eh, what do I know?

Okay, it wasn’t all movies.   This past week, Larry & I have been watching Cobra Kai, the Youtube Red series that picks up the Karate Kid story of Daniel and Johnny as they’re now middle-aged.  Here’s a great trailer for it which basically spells it out:

The premise is fantastic – Daniel has grown up to be a successful family man while Johnny ends up a burn out.   But then he sees a need to teach a local kid, Miguel, how to defend himself, which leads to the re-opening of Cobra Kai.  Daniel isn’t having any of that…and suddenly we get a complex world where perhaps Johnny isn’t the defacto bad guy?  We watched all of it last week, finishing up on Friday night.  It’s FANTASTIC.  The show was lovingly made by people who definitely knew their stuff from the movies, and both Ralph Macchio and William Zabka do great coming back to these roles.  Highly recommended, and here’s hoping a Season 2 is in the works, as while Season 1 certainly wraps up a lot, I could see this continuing.

I bring up Cobra Kai because it definitely triggered all the nostalgia and neither Larry nor I had seen the original The Karate Kid movie from 1984 in years, maybe decades.   Of course it’s up in our head as we are children of the 80s, but yeah, it’s been a while.   Cobra Kai references the original movie a LOT via flashbacks and so it was like, you know what, let’s watch it.  And surprisingly?   The movie is still really good and holds the hell up.   Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi is still the fucking best, and Elisabeth Shue is wonderful as Ali.  Ralph Macchio had so much charisma in his role too, but it isn’t just the performances – the story and the way it’s told is really well done.  All the memories and references are still epic: “get him a body bag!” and “sweep the leg” and “wax on, wax off” – it’s awesome.   A great rewatch.

2 Years and Still Going Strong

Technically, our anniversary is Monday, but who wants to go out and celebrate on a Monday night?  Not these two 40-ish queens.  So we celebrated last night by going out to a restaurant neither of us had gone to before called The Little Door.   I found it online when searching for cool anniversary places and this ended up being a HIT.  It’s a French restaurant on 3rd a little bit west of the Grove, and it’s amazing.   I wouldn’t call it cheap though, so certainly a place you go to when you want to have a nice dinner at a corresponding price.

Everyone was super friendly – our waiter was French and couldn’t have been more accommodating or helpful.  We got a bottle of Pinot Noir that was delicious as all get out, and then started with an appetizer of duck foie gras and creme brulee.  Possibly a strange combo but man, those two really do go together.   I ordered a filet mignon that was delectable while Larry got lamb chops that he loved.  For dessert, I had a chocolate pot du creme (pudding, I guess?) and Larry had coconut cheesecake – we were both very satisfied.

So if you need a great French restaurant while in LA, I highly recommend The Little Door.

And if you find yourself married, I hope you’re lucky like I am and are married to someone like Larry.   Next month will be the 10-year anniversary of when we first met.   Crazy how time flies but the life we’ve lived and adventures we’ve had just keep on coming.  This year is no different and by the end of it (fingers crossed), we’ll be in our new home!

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – The Little Door

I’m a Re-Run!!!

I never wanted to dare to dream I’d be a re-run, but here we are.  The day has come!   My 2016 one-and-done is airing (has aired) tonight, and hells yeah, let’s see if we can change the past and not have me bet so much money on Final Jeopardy because my brain completely shut down?

I’ve finally been able to start watching the show more regularly than before – it’s tough to do so at times, but it can’t be denied how fun it is watching Jeopardy!.

Gotta admit, I’m excited for Solo

The initial idea of this movie seemed like a giant ‘WHY?’ but now that we’ve started seeing trailers for it, especially the recent ones, I am super pumped to see this next Star Wars Story movie!  I will keep the excitement in check though, as the memories of Rogue One‘s betrayal (having scenes in the trailer that were NOT in the movie) are still with me.  But yeah, these recent trailers are all gold, and I am pretty happy to see that Alden Ehrenreich looks to be a fine Han Solo.  He better be, after playing Hobie Doyle in Hail, Caesar!

I’m loving Chewie in these spots…so excited to see more.   “I’ve got a really good feeling about this” is a classic line already, as is the possibility that we’ll see how and why Chewie has a life debt to Han.

I am finding that I really love these :45 spots the most – Lucasfilm did these for The Last Jedi and are doing them again for Solo and it’s a wonderful length for a spot without overstaying its welcome.  And they keep finding new footage to show off!

Chewie grimacing at Han’s cards is fucking fantastic.

I did love the Super Bowl spots too, especially with the look at what might be the Kessel Run!

Fingers crossed!