July 2011


I am currently sitting on the couch next to Moose watching my third action movie of the day.

My name is Katie and I love watching action movies.

I won’t say I’m addicted. I mean, I could stop watching action movies if I wanted to. I could. But I like watching them. I like ridiculous gun battles and fist fights and stuff exploding. It’s just so over-the-top and (unless it’s a war movie), it’s not even remotely realistic.

This morning, my parents and I went to an early screening of Cowboys & Aliens. The movie didn’t make you think at all, but that’s not to say that it wasn’t entertaining. Because it was. Entertaining, that is. There were fist fights, gun fights, fights with aliens. It was very enjoyable.

What made it super enjoyable was Daniel Craig and the locations/sets/costumes.

In my post yesterday, I wrote about Guy Pearce and how if you watch his eyes you can tell he’s very in the moment. Same goes for Daniel Craig… maybe even more so. In this film, Craig’s character doesn’t speak much, but he doesn’t need dialogue to get his point across. Craig’s got these blue eyes that would likely cut right through you if they could. He’s intense. And his stares and glares are intense. This only aids his performance and makes you really question who this character is… and why you care so much about him even though you don’t know much about him (nor does he seem to know much about himself).

Besides an intense performance from Craig, the rest of the ensemble turned in decent performances as well. Harrison Ford has the grumpy older guy role down pat. Paul Dano plays a good jerky, entitled young guy. Sam Rockwell provided several memorable moments of comedy relief as Doc. And Olivia Wilde is pretty. (Her character had the biggest WTF? quality about her, but basically it seemed that her character got away with stuff because of her looks. Sorry, I had to say it.)

The locations were gorgeous. Wide plains. Arid desert. Beautiful, beautiful rock formations. Blue skies. Gloomy rains. It just looked like how a Western should.

The costumes were also really great. Dingy clothes in a Western are a necessity. And Daniel Craig’s vest/white shirt/chaps ensemble… day-yum.

🙂

After the movie, we got some Chinese food and went back home where my dad and I proceeded to watch Die Hard With a Vengeance. This is still my favorite of all the Die Hard movies for some reason. I think because I like the buddy-aspect of it with John McClane (Bruce Willis) and Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson). And Jeremy Irons is a great bad guy (Simon). And I like all the riddles and tasks that Simon bestows upon McClane and Zeus.

On a whole, the Die Hard franchise is solid. The second one is my least favorite, but it’s still very watchable. Bruce Willis as John McClane is just so money. John McClane is one of my favorite action movie protagonists of all time because he’s not the best person ever, but ultimately he means well. And he’s super sarcastic. And I just love Bruce Willis. (I’ve seen 37 of his films.)

When that was over, I checked some emails and found that my thesis has been added to an online database. This is yet another step in the whole graduate school process which leads me to believe that this whole experience is almost over. I still won’t believe it until I have my diploma in my hands.

While online, I saw this article on EOnline… We’ll just have to wait and see tomorrow if there is an official announcement about Darren Criss taking over for Daniel Radcliffe in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in January. I hope it is true. I think it would be really cool if he was on Broadway in one of my favorite musicals of all time. It would be extra cool if I got a chance to see him in the show. We’ll just have to see… The article says the announcement is imminent. I’ll 100% believe it when his representation makes it official. For right now, I’m just super hopeful. (So hopeful that I *may* already be trying to make plans to see the show…)

After some rehearsal and a shower, I came back upstairs and read for a bit before I turned on Point Break. Which brings me to the present time…

Watching Point Break. Just finished the scene where Johnny Utah misses his shot on purpose. You know the one… (AUGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Shot Shot Shot Shot Shot)

(btw – If you’ve seen Point Break, you need to watch Hot Fuzz. If you’ve seen Hot Fuzz, but not Point Break, then you need to watch Point Break.)

Point Break is not a great movie, but I still like it because A. I like the director (Kathryn Bigelow) and B. I like Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. I like the dynamic between Bohdi and Johnny Utah… friends and then enemies. What do you do?!?!?!

Plus, then there is a gratuitous skydiving scene… what’s not to love?

Well… I’m gonna finish watching the movie and then likely read for a bit before I turn in. I have work tomorrow and Tuesday, then a couple days off, then work Friday-Sunday. On my days off, there will be more job applications and attempts to figure out my future. So, I probably won’t be sleeping much, since I have all that to still worry about.

Have a good one

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A few paragraphs down will begin the “Guy Pearce appreciation” part of this post.

I had a fairly productive day. I applied for 6 or 7 jobs. I did some laundry. I cleaned a bit. I played with my dogs. I practiced what I needed to practice. All in all, pretty damn productive.

Tomorrow I’ll be seeing Cowboys & Aliens with my parents and then we’re going out for Chinese food. What we call “the perfect day” in this house… 🙂 I haven’t been to a movie since HP7 Part II a few weeks ago, so it’ll be nice to be in a movie theater. I might try and go see Captain America sometime this coming week… we’ll see. I’m definitely going to be seeing the Glee 3D Concert movie when that comes out in a couple weeks. I don’t know if I’ll be seeing it in Chicago with the people I’m going with, or if I’ll wait until I get back here. We shall see.

So, I’m making this a “Guy Pearce appreciation” post because I rewatched Memento today after not seeing it in a few years. What a friggin’ amazing movie. (I watched it because A. Today is Christopher Nolan’s birthday B. I hadn’t watched it in awhile and C. I just love Guy Pearce. Plain and simple.)

Though Memento was released a little over a decade ago, it’s still really fresh and totally holds up by today’s “standards” of filmmaking (that is, if we have standards these days… face it, a lot of crap gets released). The script is really smart (backwards *and* forwards stories – what?!), the ensemble is great, and the film is really well paced. I didn’t get a chance to see this in theaters when it came out, but I saw it on DVD right away… Is it snobby of me to say that I actually understood/got the movie upon my first viewing? I caught on to (Spoiler link ahead) this part right away and it didn’t take me until the end of the movie (well, really the beginning… but at the end) to figure out what really happened and who Leonard Shelby was/is.

Besides just being an awesome movie, Guy Pearce is especially awesome in it. There are so many sides to that character and he just owns every single one of them.

When I was taking the DVD out of the DVD player, I realized that of the four DVD cases that were lying on top of my TV, 3 of them were for Guy Pearce movies (and the 4th one was Glee Season 2 Volume 1… of course).

That’s when it dawned on me – I should write about Guy Pearce tonight because his film work has made a noticeable dent in my DVD collection.

Here are my favorite Guy Pearce movies that I own:

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

I love this movie. I love everything about this movie. The costumes. The music. The drag queens lip synching to ABBA music. What is not to love? Sure, the dialogue and some visuals get a bit crass at times (i.e. ping pong balls), but on a whole, this movie is delightful. And Guy Pearce (along with Hugo Weaving and Terrence Stamp) completely makes this movie amazing. Here’s just one of my favorite scenes.

L.A. Confidential (1997)

One of my absolute favorite movies of all time and the BEST film of 1997 (sorry, Titanic, but this *should* have won Best Picture that year…). I love this noir like whoa. Talk about an amazing ensemble… Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Kim Basinger, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, Simon Baker. One of my favorite Curtis Hanson films, by far. I could watch this a million times over and still love it. The dialogue is great. The music is great. I just totally dig the time period and its Hollywood underbelly of a story. Pearce’s Edmund Exley has a brilliant, brilliant character arc. I love his character’s working relationship (or lack thereof) with Crowe’s Bud White. This is my favorite scene, for sure. (Stars at 1:25… though, this clip leaves out my favorite dialogue exchange in the whole film. You’ll just have to rent the movie to find out what it is 🙂 )

Memento (2000)

I talked about it a bit above, so I won’t repeat myself. But Guy Pearce is just completely mesmerizing in this film. I always write how I love to watch an actors eyes during a performance to see just how committed they are to their character and their character’s thought process. Seriously… watch his eyes. His beautiful, beautiful eyes. Pearce *is* Leonard Shelby. One of my favorite scenes.

The King’s Speech (2010)

Pearce may only have a supporting role as David, King George VI’s brother, but it’s a memorable performance. His accent is spot on. His acting is spot on. Flawless. The man is flawless. (As he pretty much is in everything.)

And while I may only have 4 Guy Pearce DVDs in my collection, I have seen a bunch of his other films. I remember seeing The Count of Monte Cristo in theaters and being so in love with his character, even though he was the bad guy. I watched The Time Machine, even though that film was crap. His super bit part in The Hurt Locker was memorable. And I started watching The Proposition (before my DVD player decided to skip a bunch of its scenes), and he’s amazing in that. The man can do no wrong.

If you haven’t seen a Guy Pearce movie, do yourself a favor and watch one. Watch more than one. Watch them all. He’s incapable of giving a bad performance. (Even in crap like Bedtime Stories…)

True story: During Easter time the year after Memento came out, I dyed two of my Easter eggs to look like Guy Pearce characters… suits and all. I had a Lt. Edmund Eggsley (he had a badge and glasses and everything) and a Leonard Shellby (complete with bleached blonde hair). Yep, I’m a dork. But they looked amazing.

Well, I’m off to sleep. (Well, read, then sleep…)

Have a good one

One good thing that comes of me still being here at my parents house is that I get to spend time with my parents, especially on holidays such as today – my dad’s birthday.

Even though I know I need to move away from here as soon as humanly possible (job market, why must you suck so?), I am thankful to get to spend time with my family. I have always been a family-oriented person. Today we were reminiscing about the summer of 2002. My dad got hurt really and super long story short, he spent a majority of the summer in a hospital bed in our living room. (He’s fine… nothing a little hip replacement surgery couldn’t fix 🙂 )

Anyway, my mom and I took care of him the whole summer while my siblings were off doing their own things. (They were in town. They just didn’t partake in the care-taking, if you will.) It was a good summer, despite the circumstances. Things could have been a lot worse than they were, and I am thankful every day that everything ended up okay.

So, it’s because of stuff like that that I am extra thankful for getting to spend time with my family. I know a lot of people my age probably wouldn’t want to live/hang with their parents. And, as much as I don’t want to be living with them anymore (I’m an adult – I should be able to fend for myself… even though I’m super poor and have no awesome job prospects at the moment.), I like being around my parents. They’re cool people. (Unless my dad happens to be reading this – yeah, you – then only mom is cool. You need to stop reading this now. Thanks.)

We had a fun day – we went out to lunch and then up to the gun range for some clay bird and target shooting. The lighter 20-gauge worked… I actually busted two clay birds. I still managed to bruise my arm though. It’s just really red right now – I have a feeling the bruise will ripen tomorrow. Fun time. While my dad did some paper target shooting, my mom and I took turns with a .22 shooting at this spinning target thing. It had 4 hanging circle targets and a lone circle target. You were supposed to hit any/all of the 4 hanging targets. They would swing up on top of a bar if you hit them. Then, when you hit the lone circle, the hanging targets would fall back down into place to hit them again. That kept us busy for awhile. Then my mom and I took a turn with the paper targets. I managed to get two of five shots within the mark, whereas my mom got a couple more than I. And she got one dead center. My closest one to dead center was off by a centimeter or so. I was pretty pleased with my target shooting, though.

On the way home from the range, I fell asleep in the car. Naps are awesome. I rarely am able to take them, but when I do – damn, are they enjoyable.

Back at the house, my mom suggested we make some alcoholic beverages, so I blended up some peach-mango-strawberry smoothies with coconut rum. We had them out on the deck while we dipped our feet in the kiddie pool that’s set up out on the deck. Quite enjoyable as well.

Awhile later, I helped my parents make dinner. My mom and I then played 4 games of ping pong – I won the 3rd game. We all read for a bit and then I decided to pack it in. So, here I type.

I’m worn out from the fun day and look forward to sleep. I don’t work tomorrow or Sunday, so I will be resuming job hunting tomorrow, in addition to doing at least an hour or two of rehearsal for a function I will be partaking in in a couple weeks 🙂

Have a good one

Seriously, why is it so hard for me to come up with a good title? Bah

Man, I had a fitful night’s sleep last night. I have this ginormous insect bite on my side that is extrememly itchy, so every time I accidentally tossed and turned onto that side, it just started itching even more. I thought it was a mosquito bite, but it’s more than likely another spider bite. That’ll make 4 in the past couple months. I’m getting tired of it. I mean, if I got Spidey senses from them, I’d be cool with it all, but I have yet to acquire any super powers. So, enough already spiders. I just want to sleep.

I had to go to work a bit earlier than normal, which turned out to be for naught because the video thing we were supposed to watch never happened. Oh well.

I was only at work for 4 hours – it kinda went quickly because I was busy the whole time. That was a nice way to end the week. Now I have a 3 day weekend! Woot woot.

After work, I went to Old Navy to see if I could find some jean shorts. That turned out to be a bust. So, I went to the Target next door for some essentials (new hairbrush, pink nail polish, etc…). I bought 2 pairs of shorts and a pair of jeans and none of them ended up working, so I’ll have to go back to a different Target to try again. That’ll probably happen Monday.

Tomorrow is my dad’s birthday, so my parents and I are going out to lunch and then up to the gun club to shoot some clay pigeons and spinning targets. The last time we went shooting, my arm got bruised up really bad because the gun was too heavy for me. However, we now have a much lighter riffle that should leave me bruise-free, so I’m looking forward to trying that out. Maybe this time I’ll actually hit a clay pigeon 🙂

The rest of this weekend will be devoted to job hunting, dance rehearsals and probably some ping pong. I’m hoping to squeeze some Cowboys & Aliens in on Sunday… we’ll see.

Very off topic – I was listening to my iPod while I was getting ready for work this morning (as per usual). And, I know I’m obsessed with Glee, but I was listening to a bunch of non-Glee songs and was thinking how they could totally work on that show.

Case in point, Rick Astley’s “Together Forever” was playing (go ahead and judge, I friggin’ love me some Rick Astley. You probably do too. Admit it, you didn’t mind getting Rick Rolled. If you don’t know what that means, you can read about it here. You’re welcome.)

And, so, I was thinking to myself how PERFECT this song would be in a “Bad Reputation”-esque episode… Blaine could totally sing this to Kurt. Right? (You know I’m right.)

Blaine could also pull off “Dance With Me Tonight” from the major motion picture That Thing You Do!. Right? RIGHT?

Rachel or Quinn could do “Mad About You” by Belinda Carlisle and Puck and Rachel could totally duet on “Broken“. RIGHT?!?!?!?!?!

Then, Paul Simon’s “The Boxer” came on. And so I thought long and hard about that one. And, I decided, this song is too perfect to be covered on Glee. (It is. This song is perfection.) However, I think it would be perfect for Darren Criss to cover. (He plays Blaine, but is a musician in his own right *and* he does amazing covers all the time… like “Baby One More Time” and “One Fine Day,” among many, many others.)

So, yeah… that’s all I got thus far. I’m sure I’ll come up with other songs that should be on Glee, but I thought for one morning’s-worth of iPoding, that this was a good start 🙂

Anyway, I should get to sleep since I didn’t really last night.

Have a good one

P.S. Robin, you are a champion and I’ll text you tomorrow. I just wanted the fives and tens of people who read this blog to know how kick-ass you are and that you are awesome. Much love from MN to you, my friend.

I greatly dislike when I close at work and then have to be in early to open… by time I get home at night, I have less than 12 hours until I’m supposed to be back. I may as well just sleep there. Boo

So, this will be a short post.

On a whole, not much happened today. I got my ass kicked in ping pong. I rewatched the Rocky Horror Glee Show, I went to work, I worked, and then I came home. Basically a boring day.

I have to work for a few hours tomorrow, then I have some errands. Need to get some shorts and perhaps some new nail polish for me, some birthday stuff for my dad, and that’s about it…

So, yeah.

Have a good one

P.S. You are a rock star, Robin 🙂 *me sending you totally awesome thoughts*

What a lousy day at work. But, instead of ranting on about how managers told one of my colleagues that she had to wait to go on her break even though she had been at work over 5 hours and was going to leave within the next hour, or how I got snapped at by a customer for something i had no control over, I am going to focus on things that make me happy:

Guilty pleasures.

This morning, while I was getting ready for work, I was listening to my iPod and wouldn’t ya know… “Anytime,” a song from From Justin to Kelly came on.

That song and that movie are my JAMS.

It’s one of those movies that is so bad, it’s good. I have watched that movie an embarrassing number of times and I will continue to watch it when I need a good laugh. If you haven’t seen the movie, you’re really not missing out on much. However, I friggin’ love it.

Kelly Clarkson had a solo version of this song on her album, “Thankful,” but I dig the duet version from the film. That scene is soooooooooo cheesetastic. I love it. I love it so.

You can’t tell, but I am smiling like an idiot because I just watched the video clip from the movie after I posted it.

See, I’m feeling better already 🙂

What else makes me smile…?

Um, watching people wipe out in movies.

My two absolute favorite wipe-out moments in movies are from:

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

and

Along Came Polly (2004)

(Did you know someone actually looped this scene into a 10 minute clip? It’s auh-may-zing.)

I am now wiping away tears from my eyes… instant smiles.

Well, on that note, I’m gonna end this post. Gonna go read and then sleep. Sleep in too, as I don’t have to be in to work until 4:30. Huzzah!

Have a good one

So, I watched President Obama and John Boehner speak tonight and all I can do is shake my head at this whole Debt Crisis fiasco.

President Obama is a much better speaker than Boehner. And I’m not just saying (well, writing) that because I’m a Democrat. This is just my honest opinion… the president is a better public speaker than Boehner.

I also agreed with a lot of what President Obama was talking about tonight. And again, I’m not just writing that because I’m a Democrat.

I’m agreeing with the President because I think it is a very, very reasonable thing to ask the wealthiest 2% in this country to give up their tax breaks to help make sure this whole country doesn’t completely crumble next week when the debt deadline hits on August 2nd.

Doesn’t it just make sense for that to happen?

I mean, of course cuts have to be made here and there, but I think that super rich people having to give up a small fraction of their super richness in order to help the entire country would just be a patriotic thing to do. I mean, if I had a bajillion dollars and I knew that paying taxes on that bajillion dollars would help this whole country and prevent an economic collapse, I would do it.

But guess what? I’m not in the wealthiest 2%. Not even close. In fact, I am well below the poverty line. I barely make minimum wage. I don’t have a full time job (yet). And I’m living in my parents basement still even though I have 2 college degrees because our economy is horrible and it’s super hard to find jobs that I’m qualified for, even with the amount of higher education I have, let alone be able to afford to move somewhere to completely start my adult life from scratch.

So, yeah. I wish our economy was on the rise instead of constantly hovering near a state of collapse.

And it is entirely frustrating when rich politicians are dicking around, unwilling to compromise on things that will affect the entire country just because they want what they want and won’t hear out anyone else’s ideas.

(It’s not a surprise that I don’t sleep well at night and that I am constantly in a state of stress. I’m so proud to be an American, but it really gets to me that my future is so uncertain because of the epic stress of being able to find a good job and support myself. This debt crisis and our nation’s economic issues are not helping the cause.)

Bah

I did go to work today. And I helped out a bunch of people and I made sure I was doing what I was supposed to be doing. And I’ll go to work tomorrow and do more of the same. I can’t wait to not do this anymore. I really, really, really need to find a job where I am making a difference in my lives and others, instead of feeling like my soul is continually being sucked out.

I’m just bitchy right now because I’m tired. Today didn’t suck. It wasn’t awesome, but it wasn’t horrible. I’m just really tired.

So, on that note, I’m gonna go read for a bit. And then sleep. Glorious sleep.

Have a good one

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