It’s been about two months since we last went to visit the construction of our house at the Glen LA. Last time we were there, we could only get up to the living room level as the stairs up to the third level were built but the third level itself wasn’t done. Well, both the third level and roof deck are now fully built with stairs connecting everything. It’s awesome. Still a ways to go, and fingers crossed that the construction completes in the October timeframe. What was cool was seeing that a lot of the plumbing has been installed as were some of the bath fixtures, such as the showers and tub in all the bathrooms. I know I needed to see this as it put me in a great mood, reminding me of the awesomeness to come. See for yourself:
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:
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.
Today, we went over to Mom’s and had a great dinner with Stacie, which she fixed up. Drinking of wine commenced along with a couple of games of Jenga and Rack-o, and all was well in the world. We had a lot of fun, snacking on food and laughing about memories past – it’s also Harv’s birthday, so it was fun to remember the fun (and drinks) we had on his 80th birthday. Anyway, I think today was a lot of fun, and here are pictures I took:
Sunday, May 13, 2018 – Mother’s Day in Duarte
That’s the main picture-worthy stuff from the past week, to be honest. It’s been kind of hellacious the last week or two or three at work for me, much like last May. This is the end of the engagement I’m on and there’s a lot of having to get us across that finish line in ways that both sides agree on. Cross your fingers that this week is it, okay?
The rest of this post will be videos I’ve been loving this last week or so; you’re welcome.
Childish Gambino’s “This is America”:
We saw Donald Glover host SNL last week and he performed, as Childish Gambino, this song as well as one that hasn’t been released yet. The performances were amazing, but the real show was to come in the release of this music video the next day. It’s fantastic and powerful and intense and requires multiple viewings.
Then I saw this mashup with Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me, Maybe” and now I can’t help but think there was intentional synchronization going on:
I had previously raved about the first few singles that Janelle Monáe had released in advance of her new album, Dirty Computer, being released – well, that album has been released and it’s amazing. She also released an entire long-form video containing many of the songs within as well as an interesting tale to stitch these videos all together. If you have 45-50 minutes or so, it’s well worth a watch:
Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer Emotion Picture:
Random videos time now –
First up, this latest season of Survivor, “Ghost Island”, has been okay, but it’s had in its cast one of the hottest men to be cast on this show, ever: Michael. Good lord, he’s fine. So fine. But alas, he got voted out recently and so now he’s on the jury and having to kill time. Lately, CBS has been getting cute and indulging the cast to do fun stuff, so with Michael, they filmed a fake cologne commercial in the vein of Calvin Klein….and they’re pretty damn good with the vibe they create because hot damn this mofo can sell me anything.
Lego videos, especially those around Star Wars stuff, are awesome. Here’s one I previously raved about with regards to the Death Star kit, but this new video is one that isn’t a kit and is made by those folks who collect thousands and thousands of Lego bricks to make any and everything. This guy made the Star Destroyer wreckage as seen in The Force Awakens when we first meet up with Rey….and wow is all I can say. It’s incredible!
Finally, there have been these small animated cartoons being released in the Star Wars world that are canon and cover areas of the lore that may not necessitate a movie on their own but it’s cool to see nonetheless. These videos are called Forces of Destiny and there are more than that I’m showing here – but this one is about Porgs and I love porgs and you must too:
I love it so much.
Alright, that’s enough from me for now. I hope all is well with you out in the world.
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.
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!