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Some Movies, Some Drinks, Some Videos

Well, that past week of time just went by and there were no interludes at all by me on this here website.  I pledge to do better, as I really do enjoy posting.  But last week was a little busy and rough, and I hope that there is good news ahead.  If not, I continue trudging forward and looking to make sure that good news does end up coming my way.

So maybe I’ll go in reverse chronological order and post the videos I just made this evening while Larry was making dinner.  I had realized that while I take lots and lots of pictures, there’s rarely much in the way of video of us together.  Or even by ourselves.  Not that I need to be in video (my Jeopardy! appearance attests to that), but hey, it’d be nice for posterity.  So here are some videos:

Apparently my voice is very high still.  One day puberty will come.  This next video is an instructional one as Larry demonstrates how to effectively drop hard pasta into boiling water while also being a very scenic display.

The Grammys were fun this year, and I loved that Adele, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars performed a lot.  I think Beyonce was robbed in either Record or Album of the Year – Adele could have taken one and Beyonce the other, but what can you do.  I liked that Adele recognized that too.  Beyonce’s video for “Hold Up” is still ridiculously awesome, as is the rest of Lemonade.

Last night was a lot of fun.  Larry & I were invited by our friend Amy, who we had met on our 2011 Mediterranean cruise, to meet her in LA with some friends to celebrate her birthday.   We Uber’d there and had a fun time catching up and talking with her friends, who quickly became our friends too, as they were huge fans of the movie Spy too, so yeah, good people.

We also went and saw 2 movies this weekend – on Saturday we saw John Wick: Chapter 2 and today we saw The LEGO Batman Movie.  Happily, both were great!

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

Well, if you enjoyed the first John Wick, then by all means, go see this movie as it effectively picks up shortly after that first one ended.  The mayhem awoken by the events in the first movie don’t let up and Keanu Reeves’ John Wick only has more and more hell unleashed upon his world which he handles in gorgeous, stunning scenes.  Plot points that could take up a whole movie on their own get resolved in short, violent order and lead to the next epic takedown.  Happily, no dog gets killed in this one – but that poor little puppy in the first one really is the catalyst that changes John Wick’s life forever nonetheless.  If you haven’t seen the first movie, go and do so.  It’s insanely good.  But alas, if you don’t have the time, just know that John Wick is a retired assassin who gets dragged back into this underworld and effectively declares all-out war on it.  There are allies all around, and one of the best parts is the Continental Hotel and its status as a safe haven, but for how long and for whom is a question this movie wrestles with…  Honestly, this movie just kicks so much ass and needs to be seen to be believed.

Then today, we saw a much lighter movie!

The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

If you saw The LEGO Movie from a few years ago, then you’ll appreciate where this year’s LEGO movie is coming from in terms of humor and creativity.  Will Arnett again voices our caped crusader Batman in this movie, which deals with Batman’s predicament in being unable to form lasting bonds with anyone due to the scars from losing his family.  Enter the endlessly charming Dick Grayson (Robin), the new Commissioner Gordon (Barbara Gordon), and his trustworthy butler, Alfred.  Don’t discount the importance of having a life-long nemesis in the Joker either!  Oh yeah, EVERY single DC character shows up in this, along with a very great number of surprise villains.  The movie is very cute, very funny, and has a lot of references that’ll make you chuckle if you catch on to them.   It’s a movie worth seeing, that’s for sure – although be warned it’s over 100 minutes, so don’t be like me and drink a medium soda and think you can hold it since the end must be coming soon.  The end is not coming right then – the movie has a surprisingly long Act 3.

Movies Seen in 2017:

Fantastic / Rave-worthy:

Very Good:

  • The LEGO Batman Movie

Okay / Wait to See at Home:

Sunday Catchup: 5Ks, Trulia, and John Wick

A couple of things to get through today, so let’s not dilley-dalley!

We (+Nicki) went to look at an open house in Glendale today, and I think Larry & I (+Nicki) fell in love with the house.  It’s got a stunning view and the interiors have been very stylishly remodeled…it’s just a great house.  I’m sure it’s not going to last all that long on the market, but it’s nice to dream about it:

1433StanfordI took a few photos of the place myself too which probably don’t add much to the photos already from the listing – but it’s just a great great house and almost perfectly built to what Larry & I like about homes.  And the view!!!

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16-Nov-2014 13:26, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
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16-Nov-2014 13:27, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
16-Nov-2014 13:33, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
16-Nov-2014 13:33, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 32
 

So, I guess we’ll see.  The price, while ridiculous, is actually a lot more realistic than some of the ones I’ve lusted after previously.

Yesterday morning we got up nice and early on a Saturday morning and took part in a 5K on the Universal Backlot.  It was a new course for us as the last time we ran this 5K was back in 2012.  Very challenging as there’s one bitch of a hill at the beginning, but then it’s back to being a fun 5K through the sets of Universal Studios.  I didn’t do too shabby for not running as much as I need to, but Larry put me to shame by running the 10K version, which was basically running the 5K twice.  Showoff!

15-Nov-2014 06:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
15-Nov-2014 06:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 32
15-Nov-2014 06:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 40
 
15-Nov-2014 06:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 50
15-Nov-2014 06:43, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 32
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15-Nov-2014 06:44, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
15-Nov-2014 06:45, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 40
15-Nov-2014 07:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 2.65mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 32
 
15-Nov-2014 07:15, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 32
15-Nov-2014 07:15, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 32
15-Nov-2014 07:24, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 32
 
15-Nov-2014 07:28, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
15-Nov-2014 07:28, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
15-Nov-2014 07:28, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 

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And now it’s time for Movies Talk!

John-Wick-2014-Movie-Poster1John Wick (2014)

Saw this at Pacific Theaters at Americana in Glendale on Nov 15, 2014.

I don’t think this movie got nearly the amount of promotion it should have.  It got pretty good reviews but it looks, from afar, like a basic action movie.  In fact, it’s almost a pure and perfect action movie and Keanu Reeves fucking owns as the titular character in John Wick.  What’s the story?  John Wick is a retired assassin whose wife has just died from cancer.  Alone with his beautiful Mustang convertible, he gets a little beagle puppy as a last gift from his wife to make sure he keeps loving and living.  Then the worst kind of random violence occurs and his car is stolen and the thieves kill his dog.  One does not simply walk into Mordor nor does one simply tick off John Wick.  John Wick will destroy you.  Even if you are the son of a major crime family.

john_wick2This movie is so well done.  The action and story are distilled to their most basic and core elements, and it’s all for the best.  This movie is a cathartic revenge story and John Wick is a master of destruction.  Keanu Reeves is great as are the various other actors who stumble in and out of his way.  Some get to live, others don’t.   The movie is fantastic, well-directed, and eminently satisfying.  I think John Wick has a chance to become a cult classic as it really is that good.  Larry likened it to Taken and it’s hard to disagree, as they’re both ridiculously fast-paced action thrillers with little-to-no fluff.  And that’s glorious.  Go see it!!!