I’ve been waiting, and waiting, and waiting for a Ghostbusters trailer and it’s hereeeeeeeeeee: It looks fantastic! Ghosts look fun, outfits look cool, and ghostbusting looks classic. I grew up loving the Ghostbusters movies and never could’ve imagined seeing a genderswap. So awesome. (If I have one issue though: why is the one woman of color the non-scientist, blue collar worker?) Excited to see the whooooooole movie! And buy the action figures! 😀
I’m a bit of a Ruffalo-head. (Wait, is there a nickname for fans of Mark Ruffalo like the Chris Pine Pine-nuts?) Anyway! I like Mark Ruffalo. In movies & probably in real life… he just seems like a solid guy. (Into activism, cares about people, and also he was great in 13 Going on 30.) He plays an investigative journalist in Spotlight, which just won Best Picture at the Oscars, and you should watch the trailer so it will convince you to watch the whole movie if you haven’t yet. It’s about a team of journalists (real ones!) who broke the big story on the sex abuse scandals throughout the Catholic Church. They did important work, and there’s still a ways to go with the story… It’s an important movie and it was really well done, so I’m glad it won and I hope it helps move the cause forward.
Thankfully, still true: And this reminded me… Is it Ghostbusters time yet?! This 80s kid wants action figures! Or at least a trailer already! I’m sort of over reboots & remakes & reusing the same ideas, but I’ll 100% make an exception for this one because I bet it’s going to be fantastic.
I never watched any of Star Wars as a kid, so I’m minimally invested in the movies, the overarching storylines, and the whole universe in general. (Honestly, I’m more of a Star Trek person, which probably isn’t surprising if you know about me & politics. We’re BFFs. I also really love Firefly and Battlestar Galactica) Still, I love big giant space-y action movies, so I knew I’d see The Force Awakens in the theater for sure. And WOW. Totally loved it. Because: It’s entertaining, from start to finish! And big, epic action movies miss that sometimes these days by adding about 45-minutes too much at the end for one giant fight scene that makes me zone out. There are entire scenes featuring a tough and caring woman, a heroic black man, (plus a cute droid) and that’s it? YES. And when Rey fires up that lightsaber for the first time? 😭🙌❤️ HERE FOR IT. This matters. I’m so happy for little girls and would’ve loved to see that when I was a little girl myself. I’m hearing …
I just realized there’s a hole in this blog’s depiction of me because I have only very slightly mentioned my love for Jane Austen before, so you should probably prepare yourself for some future time in which I explain how brilliant she was and try to convince you to read annotated versions of her books so you see what I mean. She was smart, funny, feminist, and invented the rom-com. What’s not to love? Until then, I’ll just say: This trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies looks great. It just might be a nice balance of challenging expectations for women’s roles in society in the time period with some zombies thrown in. I’m hopeful and looking forward to it now that I’ve seen this. It’ll be fun, at least.
We had a delicious BBQ lunch today, so decided to do a snacks-only dinner (popcorn, M&Ms, & amazing jalapeno pretzels) and watch a movie tonight. We chose Jurassic World, because, well, we like big ol’ action movies and are of exactly the right age to have both loved Jurassic Park as kids. FYI: We rented it through M-Go on Roku, which worked really well and had zero problems, so definitely check that out if you have it and haven’t given it a try yet. So, Jurassic World… Well, it was basically exactly what I expected: Careless people doing dinosaur experiments that went terribly wrong, the token lady-boss wearing her high heels for way too much of the movie (the whole thing! she ran through the jungle! and taunted a t-rex! and so much more in those shoes!), and Chris Pratt charming the hell out of everyone to make things bearable. Basically: And then a t-rex stood dramatically on a platform for the closing shot: And fortunately: The High Heels Will Not Return For Jurassic World 2.