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[sticky post] My Kind of Warning

Dec. 16th, 2016 | 01:50 pm
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: creative creative
music: Bloomberg TV



Until I am able to locate my original, I am having to use the photo from this page:
http://www.themeparkreview.com/parks/p_40_215_disneys_animal_kingdom_dinosaur

My Fanfiction Masterlist http://ericadawn16.livejournal.com/11957.html
My Icons for 2013 http://ericadawn16.livejournal.com/619082.html

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Friends to the End: Season Six

Jan. 7th, 2018 | 07:14 pm
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Accomplished
music: E! Live from the Red Carpet

Friends to the End: The One after Vegas
It's the aftermath of Las Vegas; Bobbi and Clint have surprising news, Thor won't accept what anyone tells him and is Kate Bishop joining the Avengers?

https://ericadawn16.livejournal.com/668494.html

Friends to the End: The One with the Backyard Wedding
Professor Xavier has a proposition for Clint and Jessica Drew, Frigga visits Loki's bedside, Jessica Jones and Luke have a special day and Kate's real birth certificate is found.

https://ericadawn16.livejournal.com/682464.html

Friends to the End: The One Where Everybody Finds Out
Bobbi, Darcy and Sam decide to mess with Tony and Steve. Clint and Natasha talk. There's a huge change in Loki's condition.

https://ericadawn16.livejournal.com/693088.html

Friends to the End: The One with the Cumberbatch
Derek Bishop is having one of his annual fundraising galas and the Avengers are there. Kate Bishop meets Cassie Lang and across town, Phil Coulson and others are visiting...a strip club?

https://ericadawn16.livejournal.com/732014.html

Friends to the End: The One with the Proposal, Part One
There are coordinated Frost giant attacks across the Earth but is someone behind them?

https://ericadawn16.livejournal.com/864623.html

Friends to the End: The One with the Proposal, Part One
The heroes convene on Asgard to confront Amora.

https://ericadawn16.livejournal.com/869114.html

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The Dark Tower

Jan. 3rd, 2018 | 12:04 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: amused amused
music: Jimmy Kimmel Live!

This was a bad, bad, BAD movie but The Dark Tower did have two things I really enjoy: Idris Elba and vague unintentional references to Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.

At one point, Elba's character explains his shooting skill as,
"I do not aim with my hand. He who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I aim with my eye. I do not shoot with my hand. He who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I shoot with my mind. I do not kill with my gun. He who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father."

At this point, I'm like, say. say it. SAY IT!!!!

"I kill with my heart."

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you recall, Yondu describes his ability to fly his arrow as,

"I don't use my head to fly the arrow, boy! I use my heart."

I realize that The Dark Tower novel was written first and it wouldn't be the first time that Guardians of the Galaxy has "borrowed" from a book but shh. let me have my fun.

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Dream: Paul Walker

Dec. 31st, 2017 | 12:08 pm
location: My mom's living room
mood: Amused
music: ESPN

I had this dream:
I was at Paul Walker's funeral and I had to be in charge of his dog, but then, there were people after his dog. It turns out his dog had witnessed a murder and they wanted to kill him so I'm carrying his dog who's like 20 or 30 pounds and running. I end up in this sports stadium where I run into Mark Ruffalo and he tells me that he has my back. He does the wave and distracts the whole stadium into standing up and blocking the view of me from the bad guys. At this point, my subconscious has decided that the 30 pound dog is too easy and it's now a fluffy white cat who doesn't want to be held. I kept running and the dream ended.

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Getaway Car

Dec. 31st, 2017 | 11:44 am
location: My mom's living room
mood: Amused
music: HLN

You remember when Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift were dating and everyone was curious about the song that would result from it?

This is it. Getaway Car



Lyrics in the Youtube comments.

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ericadawn16, you're a pro blogger!

Dec. 28th, 2017 | 01:01 am




#2018

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Guardians Books

Dec. 24th, 2017 | 01:01 am
location: My mom's living room
mood: tired tired
music: Bridesmaids

Guardians of the Galaxy, Deluxe Junior Novelization

This is weird. Some of you might have noticed how Marvel doesn't like to include the full film in their novelizations anymore in order to protect spoilers. This book is like it was given first third of the script and then...
TOTALLY MADE SHIT UP!!!

When the Ravagers go after the Milano on Berhert, Nebula sends off a distress signal that reaches Ego's ship. Ego and the others come back and Ego is going to kill Yondu!!!
Until Peter tells him not to because Yondu was the one to raise him and everything and that's how it ends. WTF!

The deluxe edition also contains a story that happened between the films and was my favorite part of the book...apart from the free poster. The story is all about this guy that Peter and the Guardians screwed over on Nowhere so he wants to kill Peter but Yondu finds out about it so he's trying to stop this guy from killing Peter without Peter knowing. It also has Rhomann Dey! I love the idea that they still maintained communication.

Guardians of the Whills

It's written by Greg Rucka who I LOVE and illustrated by Phil Noto!!!
It's all about Baze and Chirrut as they deal with the increased Empirical presence on Jedha. It's interspersed with fake Jedi writings although I'm still curious about what life was like before the Empire. Still, I totally loved it. The story even had them interacting with Saw Gerrera.

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Glen Keane Live Animates The Little Mermaid's Ariel

Dec. 12th, 2017 | 01:59 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: excited excited
music: Last Call with Carson Daly

When I saw Glen Keane listed for The Late, Late Show with James Corden, I thought it couldn't be THAT Glen Keane who's one of Disney's living legends. It WAS!

It's so awesome.

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Rogue One Book Post

Dec. 1st, 2017 | 12:49 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Tired
music: The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

Have you any of you read the novelizations for Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

The adult novelization was written by Alan Dean Foster. He goes all the way back to Splinter of the Mind's Eye and being the ghostwriter for the Star Wars novelization back in 1976 that claimed to be written by George Lucas himself.

It feels rushed like he was given two weeks to do it. Then, there's the JUNIOR novelization by Michael Kogge. Now, the junior part does suggest that it's for a younger audience.

And by younger, I mean that they aimed it towards the typical WB watcher in the mid to late '90s. It's one of the most melodramatic books I've read period and to be a Star Wars novelization...wow. To illustrate my point, I'm going to tell you about Leia and the destruction of Starkiller Base with everything that happened there. It describes her as waiting until she was done with her duty and going to her room where she throws herself on the bed and cries. It might even be crying herself to sleep but it's been almost two years now. I was just...damn, that was brutal. I can't imagine reading it now, I'd probably have to put it in the freezer...I wonder if the same author will do The Last Jedi...

Okay, no crying herself to sleep but...
TRIUMPHANT cheers echoed far and wide across the base on D’Qar. The battle was over. Starkiller Base was destroyed. The Resistance had won.
General Leia Organa retired to her quarters and wept.
Moments before the command center holoscreens had relayed the detonations, she had felt the sharpest and deepest of pains. As if her heart had ruptured.
Her husband. Han. He was gone.
Those who knew Leia considered her to be someone who had suffered much yet had always emerged from that suffering stronger and wiser. But immersed in her present grief, Leia found no strength. She found no wisdom. She found only anguish and emptiness. She’d failed to prevent her son from succumbing to the darkness of Darth Vader. Now her husband was dead. Her brother lost.
Would it ever end?
She doubted it would. But if she surrendered, who else would disappear? How many more homes and husbands and sons and brothers would vanish like hers?
Leia did not view herself as strong or wise. She was, if anything, persistent.
Steeled by that persistence, she strode out of her quarters and onto the tarmac to greet those who had returned from enemy territory.
C-3PO and BB-8 joined Leia as the Millennium Falcon landed. A crowd formed behind her. The freighter’s hatch opened, but all cheering was respectfully muted when Chewbacca ran down the ramp carrying a severely wounded Finn. A medical team assisted him immediately.
The applause came back loud and triumphant for the girl who emerged next. She descended the ramp and walked over to Leia.
Leia held Rey’s face in her hands, then embraced her, sharing the girl’s tears. ”


But it's like the Rogue One novelization listened to everything that novelization had to say and went, "Here, hold my beer!"

Then, it jumped headfirst into a chasm of angst.

Now, it is the adult novelization so it is expected to be more adult but the angst! THE ANGST!!!

This book makes it clear that basically everyone, except Krennic, HATES their life. They've all done terrible things.

It also has extremely detailed deaths for EVERYONE! And you think, of course, the film had everyone's death but no, I mean several pages on original characters on Jedha and their final moments. It even has the girl that Jyn saved earlier in the film and she's being held lovingly as everyone is incinerated. There is also a troop transport that the Empire decides isn't worth delaying for.

Now, in the film, you might think Jyn and Cassian are strictly platonic but the book makes it clear that if things had been different, they would have gone on dates and been a real couple but now they'll never know, they'll NEVER know because they'll be dead.

I must tell you how rapidashpatronus described it on Tumblr:
Think we can all agree that nobody ships rebelcaptain quite as much as Alexander M Freed. Every moment of Jyn/Cassian interaction is just “They looked at each other and felt things. Plot was occurring too I guess but I have to let you know that at this moment they were having feelings.”

Plus a hefty dose of “She’s not in this scene but I do need to remind you that right now Cassian was thinking about Jyn, again.”


or this gem from michellemjjoneses:
Cassian: I'm not in love with her!
Narrator (probably Alexander Freed): He was madly in love with her.


Behind the man in white, stepping out of the smoke, came a bloody and limping Cassian Andor. He looked like a man who’d fallen twelve stories and clawed his way back to the top. He looked as beautiful as anyone Jyn had ever known, but she couldn’t spare a moment to even shout his name.

The rumbling overwhelmed all other sound. Jyn tightened her grip on Cassian, and he found the strength to hold her. And the world grew brighter, emerald at first and then a clean, purifying white.

Everyone gets a death scene that's at least a page, even KayTwo calculates the odds of Cassian surviving and decides to believes he does as he loses power. MAXIMUM ANGST

With approximately three seconds until total shutdown, K-2SO listened to Cassian’s voice cry his name one last time. Then, without regret, the droid turned his weapon on the console. The comm cut out. With the controls now reduced to a melted plastoid-metal compound, the stormtroopers would have considerable difficulty entering the vault.
With one second left until total shutdown, K-2SO chose to mentally simulate an impossible scenario in which Cassian Andor escaped alive.
The simulation pleased him.


Even freaking Krennic gets a detailed death scene, including at least a paragraph about how his pride and joy will ultimately be what destroys him and he can't look away as the tractor beam hits.

The book also establishes actual Rebellion files and messages which is nice fodder for fanfiction. I'd like to see that brought out more. Did Luke stumble onto this stuff and that was why they were Rogue Squadron in Episode 5? Or did someone else like Wedge or Hera explain how they wanted the new Squadron to be Rogue and why?
Or perhaps Mon Mothma herself who writes in the book, "In a kinder universe, she would have walked away from Scarif. I cannot imagine who she would have become, but I think she would have been extraordinary. I am grateful I knew her, no matter how short the time."

I definitely recommend reading it for yourself. It's now in paperback but a lot of moments can also be found on Tumblr.

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Bridget Jones' Baby

Nov. 29th, 2017 | 01:25 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Almost Asleep
music: Late Night with Seth Meyers

I love Bridget Jones and I will forever be grateful to Helen Fielding for creating her and that world but this is one of those rare times when all the films are better than the books. Still, I was a little apprehensive. I like her with Darcy and I hated how the columns handled the pregnancy. Yes, the film is based off the columns, not the book where Fielding kills off Darcy.

I was the youngest one in the auditorium. I was the only person to recognize Ed Sheeran. I heard someone even ask who he was.

I really wanted them to find some excuse to have Shirley Henderson and Emma Thompson in a scene together. Moaning Myrtle and Professor Trelawney!

The journey to the hospital was kind of ridiculous but that's Bridget.

Also, I'm usually not one to complain about such things but the photo at the end of the happy family was the WORST photoshop I had ever seen and I couldn't believe they left it in the film.

Still, it was cute and I'm glad they made it. I'm just sad there was no Daniel and Darcy interaction. It had McDreamy which felt weird like, We need an American in the cast! Americans love these films!

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Pete's Dragon

Nov. 29th, 2017 | 12:55 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Tired
music: Late Night with Seth Meyers

Pete's Dragon

ugh

First of all, I loved the original. I did. I love almost all of the films where Disney had cartoons drawn into live action.

However, it's not like this could be totally terrible. It had potential. I definitely saw their point of view where modern advances in CGI could have a a really awesome looking Elliot. In theory, the fur was an intriguing idea. I have some personal canon for a fantasy universe where most dragons are mammals and start off with fur.

In reality, he reminded me of a large, green Sully.

The story was ugh...I wanted so much more from the mystery of Elliot ending up in the woods. Looking back now, I think Stranger Things is more similar to how I wanted it to go down but with Elliot being awesome and not eating people like the Demogorgon.

The direction was lazy, too. Oakes Fegley is actually a decent actor but this movie didn't prove that at all. There's something about Bryce Dallas Howard that makes me assume all her characters will be a bitch and Robert Redford...I probably watched Captain America: Winter Soldier too many times prior to this film so I didn't trust him either.

The real villain is Karl Urban who doesn't come off as well either. He had a much more well-rounded, better written character that provided better acting opportunities with Skurge in Thor: Ragnarok and he's BARELY IN THAT FILM!

Also, Oregon/Washington and New Zealand are not the same. I'm guessing they think it's been a few years since a Tolkien film, it's fine...no one will notice...but we do, we totally do. Also, the schoolbus was wrong. I know I went to a poor district but are you telling me that a school district in the forest with mostly lumber employees is going to be rich? I started kindergarten in 1988 and my bus looked way older than this bus that was supposed to be 3-5 years before that.

Yep, it's 80s which is probably another reason why I'm so quick to compare it with Stranger Things. I might have different thoughts on it if I saw it in 3D so that Elliot's fur and flying were cooler.

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Doctor Thorne

Nov. 29th, 2017 | 12:24 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Sleepy
music: The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

I accidentally had Amazon Prime briefly. I pressed the wrong area when the App. booted up and it forced me into their free one month trial. Naturally, it was during a very busy month so I didn't have much time with it...and it didn't help matters that I had to download an additional App. to watch stuff. Really? That was the initial reason why I didn't download Facebook Messenger. Everything should be in one App.

So, I really only got to use it to watch Ex Machina and Doctor Thorne.

I LOVED Doctor Thorne! The title character is played by Tom Hollander who almost never gets to play this adorable, doting dad figure. The writing was Julian Fellowes. There was also Alison Brie who I see and it's like, COMMUNITY!

How come she hasn't been in a Marvel film yet? Jeff, Troy and Abed have all been in one.

Also, Tom Hollander should be in Marvel, too. Then, Marvel can have ALL the Toms with last names beginning with H and the confusion would be amusing but in a less cruel way than stealing artificial limbs.

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Kubo and the Two Strings

Nov. 29th, 2017 | 12:06 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Sleepy
music: The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

This film was so pretty!

I was a little sad it was a boy. I thought it was a girl from the trailers because of the long hair which was very sexist of me. It was a little weird how Caucasian this film is when all its main characters are Asian.

Still, it was a totally original story with lots of neat elements and I can't stress enough how pretty this thing is. It's from Laika, the same animation company that bought you Coraline.

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Suicide Squad

Nov. 28th, 2017 | 11:42 pm
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Ugh
music: Conan

Suicide Squad

(sigh)

This is another film with so much potential and then...nope. I think a lot of it has to do with the Enchantress. Until Valerian I thought Cara Delevingne was a bad actress but I really liked her in Valerian so I think she has the Kristen Stewart disease...she needs a proper director to get her best talent or she gets lazy. Not that she had much to work with...Enchantress was such a stupid character in this and then, it makes me more infuriated that they wasted Enchantress which meant that Marvel couldn't use Amora so they used Hela but made Hela a combination of Amora and Angela.

UGHHH

Okay, also...Adam Beach! I was so looking forward to him in a superhero film. He's awesome just...himself. Then, there's the fact that he's First Nations, a native Canadian. Do you realize how few indigenous people are superheroes? And what happens?

He's used as the disposable character to prove that ANYONE COULD DIE!

Fuckers

I might not have been exactly fair to the film once that happened. I was that pissed. Honestly, it could have made for some great social commentary...you have a group of people seen as disposable that are almost all minorities which is often true in real life.

I didn't watch Birds of Prey, my college years were not very conducive for television watching unless I could get people to watch it with me. This was my first real live action Harley Quinn and I loved her. She's still a bit obsessed over the Joker...I ship her with Ivy. She was my favorite part even though it does annoy me that Suicide Squad is why Harley will never actually appear in a real capacity on Arrow or Gotham. NEVER

Damn

But I might re-watch it to see Hopper not being Hopper

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Captain Fantastic

Nov. 28th, 2017 | 11:09 pm
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Happy
music: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Captain Fantastic

I LOVED this film!!!

On the surface, you have Viggo Mortensen being adorable with all his on-screen children. However, his estranged wife dies from suicide. She had bipolar disorder and tried to treat it without medication by living off the grid and trying to distract herself with all the children...they have six of them. Eventually, the disorder wins.

Her funeral means that Viggo and the children have to encounter capitalism and everything that everyone else considers normal. There's plenty of discussion about whether raising the children so removed from regular society has been a form of child abuse and not prepared them to be around other people. There's lot of discussion about the pitfalls of consumerism. I'm about as left as can be and so is my mom so I really enjoyed watching all of this. There is this one part where he kind of loses it and they steal stuff from a store, that was the only part we hated.

Ben: [stops the bus to lecture his moping children] We can't go to mommy's funeral. We have to do what we're told. Some fights, you can't win. The powerful control the lives of the powerless. That's the way the world works. It's unjust and it's unfair. But that's just too damn bad. We have to shut up and accept it.
[now turning around in his seat]
Ben: Well, fuck that!
[starts the bus back up and turns on loud bag pipe music]
Kids: [all cheering]

*******************************************************************
Rellian: What kind of crazy person celebrates Noam Chomsky's birthday like it's some kind of official holiday? Why can't we celebrate Christmas like the rest of the entire world?
Ben: You would prefer to celebrate a magical fictitious elf, instead of a living humanitarian who's done so much to promote human rights and understanding?
*******************************************************************

Rellian: If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world.

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The Infiltrator

Nov. 28th, 2017 | 10:17 pm
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Tired
music: Basketball

I love the cast but it didn't really matter. It was filmed in the Tampa Bay area and had its US premiere at Tampa Theatre. The story was about real events in Florida, too.

Now the confession, unlike The Punisher, I recognized a lot of the places but I think I've only been to the bowling alley...and there was no minaret shot, almost unforgivable.

It was a little predictable but it was a real story concerning Pablo Escobar so...those dots are easy to connect. It was a little hard to watch when Cranston's character had to stay in his undercover persona with his family. I liked it though.

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