I saw The Force Awakens for the third time today and I have some feelings I need to share.( Read more...Collapse )
I’m currently dealing with an internal conflict of sorts.
My ten year high school reunion is next weekend and I’m debating whether or not I want to attend.
On the one hand, there are a number of people it would be nice to see in person again. On the other hand, my class was made up of a lot of assholes.
I never ran with the popular crowd so I was prone to a fair share of teasing and ridicule. I know that as teenagers we were all comprised of nothing but hormones and stress. I’m not sure if that excuses some people’s behavior, though.
The real question is, am I supposed to attend this event simply out of tradition? Or am I really supposed to want to go? That’s where I’m currently stuck.
Also, thinking of high school makes me reminisce about the good friends I did have while I was there. None of us are as close as we once were, but that’s expected. Time and distance changes things.
The thing that saddens me the most is that I don’t think I can claim to have a best friend anymore. In very recent years I feel that I’ve drifted apart from the person who once filled that role. We maintained a friendship long after high school ended, but in the past year or so I’ve felt our once deep connection slowly disintegrate. How do you mourn a relationship that you never wanted to end? I feel lost. Maybe this is just another part of growing older.
Okay, so I’ve had some time to mull over my feelings about Jurassic World. This was my most anticipated film of the year. The Jurassic Park franchise is one of my all time favorite series of films (yep, I even love The Lost World and JP3!) Which is why it pains me to say that this film disappointed me in a number of ways. Spoilers ahead!( RAPTOR SQUAD 4 LIFECollapse )
Let's see, what else has been going on since I last updated? Oh, I traveled with my Dad to Colorado for the annual Father and Daughter trip to the Telluride Film Festival. It was another great trip and I saw some wonderful films. I saw 7 movies in total: Foxcatcher, Rosewater, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, 99 Homes, Madame Bovary, The Homesman, and The Merchants of Doubt. I really recommend all of them! Rosewater is the film that Jon Stewart took time off from the Daily Show to direct (and John Oliver took over). He, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Maziar Bahari (the man the film is based on) were all there to promote the film. I got to see them in person during a Q&A after the screening. That was probably the highlight of the trip for me. :)
In July Alex found out that was accepted into the Radiologic Technology program! This was his third time applying to the program, and it appeared to be the charm! It's a two year program at a local community college and it's highly competitive. They only accept around 20 applicants per year and quite a few more than that usually apply. He started classes last month and is already extremely busy. It's a mixture of classroom/lab work and on hands experience at local hospitals. He's really loving it and I'm so proud of him for getting in! He's finally on his way to the carrer path that he wants. Also, since it's such a high demand job, most students are able to find a job really quickly after graduating.
So, yeah, that's what's been up with me for the past few months. I'm SO EXCITED that it's finally September because that means that it's almost OCTOBER AND HALLOWEEN! Now, if only the weather would get the message and switch over to cooler temperatures. I'm so ready for jackets, sweaters, scarves, hot coco, crunchy leaves under my feet and PUMPKIN EVERYTHING.
So, by now I assume everyone has heard about the Star Wars Episode VII casting announcement.
Really? REALLY?! It's 20FUCKING14 and we can still only cast ONE female character? I just...I'm done. I'm so fucking done.
This is seriously pissing me off so much. I wanted more. I EXPECTED more. I was hoping more than anything that this next series of films would the ones to break the 'one female character per trilogy' curse that has haunted the franchise. The filmmakers have heard the complaints about the lack of diversity in the previous films. They don't care apparently. This announcement shows that. JJ and and crew still believe that this franchise will forever be a Boys Only club. This franchise that I have loved since I was a child is very clearly stating that I don't belong. And that's heartbreaking.
I've been told that I should calm down. That I shouldn't freak out before seeing the film. That more female characters might be added later. I will praise the heavens if more female characters are announced. But I'm not holding my breath. It was very clearly stated that this is the main cast. Why is it so hard for 50% of the god damn population to be represented well in these films? While I love Leia and Padme I was hoping that these new movies would introduce a whole new array of main female characters (note: not voiceless extras). I want female smugglers, bounty hunters, military officers, Sith Lords, and pilots. Above all, I want a female Jedi Knight. REPRESENTATION FUCKING MATTERS.
I guess I could turn to the Expanded Universe which is filled with so many diverse and interesting female characters BUT OH WAIT THEY JUST DECLARED THAT ALL OF THAT IS NO LONGER CANNON.
I'm out. I'll watch the new film but I'm going to be judging it SO FUCKING HARD.