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.
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!
I’m just wanting to get a post out with some assorted pictures and neat stuff I’d noticed before the weekend begins in earnest, as I’m sure it’ll be fun to recount the stuff from Fran & Joel’s visit out. But first, we had dinner with them last night:
They flew in from Phoenix yesterday after attending the same conference they went to last year, which was when we met up with them in Vegas. It was nice to take them to one of the many neat restaurants here in Glendale, this time Bacari.
On Monday, Larry & I went out on a school night to see a show at the Largo – this was where we had previously seen “How Did This Get Made?” last year; this time the show was “Hanging with Paul Scheer” and it was hilarious and the guests were Nicole Byer – who is hilarious and who I first fell in love with from her appearance on “Gay of Thrones” below:
Bye, Bitch!!!! ALSO, Maria Bamford and Fred Armisen were guests, so yeah, it was hilarious. I ended up taking the bus from DTLA as I was downtown that day, and while waiting, I took some downtown pics:
The previous weekend, we finally got to hang with Rekha and belatedly celebrate birthday fun with her. Nicki chose a cool place, Cafe Stella, down in Silver Lake on the Sunset section. Very trendy bar and restaurant with many attractive people everywhere. Ah, hip Los Angeles. Larry & I bailed after the restaurant but we heard the fun certainly continued through the rest of the day/night!
And then the weekend before that, I dragged Larry to go out and see The Last Jedi ONE MORE TIME. It was my fourth time, his third. We went to the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood and while it was an experience, the presentation of the movie at Universal was way better. But there was a fun organist playing tunes before the show and a cheesy laser show too! And a cool costume display from the movie that we visited. Anyway, the movie still rocks and I can’t wait to see it again…on Blu Ray.
We also did go and see Phantom Thread this past weekend…I’ll give the movie that it was beautiful and well-directed, but this was a movie that I was okay with until the last 10 minutes, and then I was done with it. What a waste of time. I hope it loses in every Oscar category it was nominated in.
In totally unrelated stuff, Rebels Season 4 comes back soon, and if you love Star Wars, this animated series is a must watch. The final half of the last season is airing and by the looks of this preview, a whole lot of stuff is gonna happen – and the Emperor makes an appearance!!!!:
I also saw this in one of my favorite sites – These timelapses of Seattle are pretty mesmerizing especially to see how quickly the city is building up:
And that leaves us to where we are now. I’ve failed on my Amazing Race updates, but I’m still watching as it’s amazing. And the cast of Celebrity Big Brother was announced…and it’s gonna be hard for me to choose to watch with Omarosa on it. Seriously, wtf.
I’ve seen The Last Jedi three times, and I think it’s possible that Larry is up for seeing it once again. I ended up seeing it the third time on my own while Larry was at work during the Christmas/New Years week, and regardless I’m up for a fourth time. You see, I loved the movie. I do like to write, but I know I’m not very good at critical analysis writing, and instead, I’d like to provide some great writing that gets at what I did like about the movie:
I’ve shared this just a few posts ago, but I love Jenny Nicholson’s take on the backlash of the movie:
Here’s a Twitter feed that I thought was particularly apt in its discussion of how Luke was never going to be the “idealistic farmboy” from the original trilogy – you may need to click on the date/time link within to see the entire Twitter thread:
Rewatch The Empire Strikes Back and I think it's apparent that there was no other choice for Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi, given the events of The Force Awakens.
— Bryan Young (@swankmotron) January 8, 2018
The article here discusses things that could be “problems” about the movie but really aren’t all that much:
For me, I had some quibbles with certain scenes, but certainly not enough to make me hate the movie and declare Star Wars over:
- Leia Poppins: it’s a slightly jarring scene, but in that universe, I’m not at all of the mind that it’s impossible; after all, she IS the twin sister of the most powerful Jedi still alive and the daughter of possibly the most powerful Force user in history.
- Holdo not telling Poe the plan: As someone who was in the military, yeah, leadership does not always tell the plan to everyone. ESPECIALLY if that one individual, as hot as he may be and my man Oscar Isaac is certainly hawwwt, just went and played hero, got the entire bomb squadron eliminated, and recently demoted.
- The whole Luke thing: I completely disagree with those who say Luke wouldn’t act the way he did in The Last Jedi. And the articles above articulate it way better than me.
I loved the movie and loved that it basically wrapped up a lot of the “mystery boxes” from The Force Awakens. Episode IX has the freedom to do something exciting and new, and doesn’t have to be a Return of the Jedi of this trilogy, and that’s amazing. Who knows where it’s going to go next? I love that unknown.