Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Well, I finished the Twilight series . . . and have to say that as far as happy endings go, this one was pretty satisfying. Not sure I always like things so neatly wrapped up with everyone realizing their fondest wishes (Leah as an exception here, and I guess the Denali coven who lose their sister--even though Kate ends up with a new and pretty dang cool mate), but I actually thought the final showdown and how everything came to a head was really well done. And if Meyer had something close to this in mind all the way along, then I am impressed. It sure took a frickin' long time to get to this book and all its action, though! I was feeling pretty weary after Eclipse, so I'm glad this one had a lot less hand-wringing and a lot more forward movement all the way through it.
I definitely met a surprise on who Jacob imprinted on (thought it was going to be Leah in one of those typical "I hate you but I really love you" kinds of things--and I have to say I was sort of rooting for that to happen, or at least Leah to find someone to love her), but I thought Meyer did a great job with how that imprinting happened and how it changed the dynamic for Jacob and Bella. The earlier scene with Quil imprinting on that little girl was CREEPING me out, but as it unfolded with Jake and Nessie, the context and what imprinting really means (without inappropriate physical longings when the kids are so young) helped me get past that. And Bella's reactions and hers and Edward's growing acceptance to who had imprinted on their daughter were also pretty believable and well executed.
I generally liked the new vampire characters and thought they were well drawn for the amount of time she gave to them, and I loved the Romanian dudes. They were hilarious. Garrett and his speech was great, and I thought the way Meyer explained the Volturi motivations and the way they ruled the vampire world was decently complex and interesting.
I liked the Jacob and Rosalie relationship and rip-fest, and I'm glad Jasper became a more compelling character in the final two books. Still can't understand the casting choice they made for him for the movies, though. Completely off! Yay, too, for Charlie hanging in there so well through all the changes and also for him ending up with Sue.
Bella.... Still not my favorite character for taking so long to begin to grow into a fraction of confidence. And overall, I'm still not sure the romance novel is a good thing for the world and am pretty solidly against any idea of soul mates, but I guess by the end I was sucked in and rooting for the right people anyway.
Thanks, I guess, for urging me to dive into the world of Forks, Washington ....
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Yes, Dan you did get your guess in early and it was wright, but you have to get up pretty early in the morning to pull one over on ol' Uncle George -literally- he was up at before the dawn with a sharp mind and beat you (his guess came in at 5:03 am). For the record, Dan's guess came in at 10:42 am, and there were no other guesses! Congrats pops! I really didn't know how popular this movie is with this crowd, but I figure it's a good ol movie and if you haven't seen it-- go and do it already.
This is a rollicking good screwball comedy and apparently, you can hate Barbara Streisand and still endorse it (Ami's husband Alex can back that up). Ryan O'Neal plays an uptight nerd with an uptight fiance (Madeline Kahn- her character's name is "Eunice" and they get good use out of making fun of that name). Anyway there is some sort of Nerd convention or scholorship thing- it escapes me what it is exactly- in a hotel and O'Neal meets Streisand's character and she makes him a very grudging participant in a series of misadventures because she falls instantly in love with him and misadventures seem to follow her. Anyway, some great moments and it climaxes with a car chase on the streets of downtown San Francisco that has to be the best car chase in the history of movies. I was talking about this with Ami about a month ago and I mentioned that the car chase makes me clap in delight several times during the sequence. I'm not kidding. I seriously (and literally) do that even while watching alone. Also-- it never gets old. The last hint I did on Friday is also a funny line that is a nod to "Love Story" starring Ryan O'Neal, a VERY sappy movie that features that line (a line I find to be grossly false). Anyway, Streisand tells it to O'Neal and then bats her eyelashes precociously and O'Neal looks at her for a minute and says, "that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard". Anyway, funny moment in the film if you're familiar with Love Story.
A personal note about this movie, I found it on DVD on line somewhere and ordered it and it arrived at my house a few days before the Great Pugh Family House Robbery of '07 and the stupid thieves took it! I never even got to watch it and I haven't seen it to this day. Sniff.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Most, if not all of you know that the last 10 days have been pretty crazy for me and Alex. During the middle/end of the semester we stumbled upon a great film making opportunity that we just couldn't pass up. Our good friend and English Professor Ben Evans invited His Eminence: Chokling Jigmed Palden Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist Lama- to come stay at his house in little Riverton Wyoming. It was quite an experience! Every day was packed full of lectures, classroom visits, Empowerments, and other ceremonial things for him to do around different parts of Wyoming- ALL of which needed to be filmed. At this point we have around 65 hours of footage to condense into a regular length documentary. YIKES...
The good news is, we got all the shots we were hoping for and more. I really feel good about what we can make out of this, and have pretty high hopes for the film!
I couldn't have asked for a better work partner then Alex. He was fun, teachable, hard working, and added some dynamics to this group that I think were very refreshing to everyone. He represented Wyoming, America in every way! He even took the President of the organization out to go shoot clay pigeons! Thanks Spoon, for jumping in and never quitting. It was awesome witnessing miracle after miracle with you.
We both have very mixed feelings as we go back to our day to day normal lives. In a way, it's nice to think about other things and work on school, but we can't help but miss the friends we made, all the broken english, the laughs we had, and the constant search for creativity. We both feel like we need to have a camera or microphone in our hands!
Thanks for all the support B, and the rest of the fam.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Happy Birthday Marcus!
Love You, Kisses!!!
I don't know the best way to have everyone respond (at least in your first, most formal take), but I don't think you necessarily have to talk about every person on the list. Maybe a good plan would be to first list only those of these who are your HUGE YES guys and maybe give a line or two why you are so crazy about them. Then give your huge NO guys and perhaps reasons why. Then list your "EH" people. Sound okay? If not, go with however you want to format your responses, please!
My plan will be to put up a new group once per week, so plan on Best Actress nominees next week.
Now, let er rip!
Multiple Nominations for Best Actor:
Albert Finney (3)
Anthony Hopkins (4)
Ben Kingsley (2)
Clint Eastwood (2)
Daniel Day-Lewis (4)
Denzel Washington (3)
Dustin Hoffman (4)
Geoffrey Rush (2)
George Clooney (2)
Jack Lemmon (2)
Jack Nicholson (5)
Jeff Bridges (2)
Johnny Depp (3)
Leonardo DiCaprio (2)
Michael Caine (2)
Morgan Freeman (3)
Nick Nolte (2)
Nicolas Cage (2)
Paul Newman (5)
Peter O'Toole (4)
Robert De Niro (3)
Robert Duvall (4)
Robin Williams (3)
Russell Crowe (3)
Sean Penn (5)
Tom Cruise (2)
Tom Hanks (5)
Warren Beatty (3)
Will Smith (3)
William Hurt (4)
Single-time noms who may generate some commentary:
Billy Bob Thornton
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Robert Downey, Jr.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Anyway-- good luck with this one folks!
Woman: I can't see!
Man: There's nothing to see really, we're inside a Chinese dragon.
For my musical selections this week, I decided to get back to my roots- my Radiohead roots. I have been into b sides and hard to finds for some time now and decided that this week, I would post the songs that made me fall in love with RH in the first place.
Ahhhhhhhhhh.... first love- isn't it grand?
Plus I added one song for the JWMCC
Also, there is one little giggly surprise and one Pixies song, just cause it's so dern good.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Oh my heck, am I disappointed on several levels that more of you haven't seen this movie, or at least recognized it from the clues! It's awesome. In fact, it was number one on my Top 5 lazy/rainy/sick-day movies that Sue had quizzed us all about on the blog a while back. Also one of the ones listed as a favorite on my Facebook profile. Anyway, enough about me. If you haven't, you need to see this really enjoyable movie. Kevin Kline is so likeable in this, and it has some really great relationships, fun cameos by a ton of people, including real politicians (the clue about the donut was a line by Arnold Schwarzenegger, though before the time he was the Governator), and that's not to mention just the romp of a story it is in which a man who looks like the president steps in to play the role-and does it so much better than the original guy. Highly recommend, and it seems to me to have all the elements that Wright folk should love.
As far as the contest goes, I must tip my hat to Emily, for the girl plays hard! She ended up winning by sheer effort, piecing together clues for a movie she hasn't seen. After an early wrong guess, which actually was a good one given the two clues she based it off of, there were no guesses until the big giveaway one that names the character as well as adds a second clue to the idea that this had to do with the President of the United States. Congrats, Em! I do also feel redeemed a bit by Sue, who came in early this morning (seven hours after Em, though) with the right answer AND claimed that she'd been racking her brain and LOVED the movie Dave. Thanks, Sue, for that! Big relief that someone at least had seen and liked it like I do. No other guesses.
Anyway, ready for some Radiohead everyone? It's Em AGAIN....
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
It's weird, I get a lot of hits from people clicking some "next blog" button. I must happen to fall next in line following some really popular blog, cause I get a lot of hits from everywhere around the world. Wish I knew what that blog was.
I don't know what this is going to do to my blog- maybe nothing- but do I have to be all interesting now?
ps-- for you all that are having a hard time finding the vote button it is toward the top of the page and looks like this:
Here is a link to where you vote, to make it easier.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Good luck everyone. Here we go with the new contest:
You're LINT! You're a FLEA! You're a BLIP!
Friday, April 9, 2010
Love you, kisses!!!!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Disclaimer: Due to the recent amount of awesome pictures of Matt uploaded to Facebook, which I'm sure you all have seen, I tried to find lesser known pictures of Matt to show the world this awesome person in a different way. However, there are some classics that just had to be added due to sheer amazingness.
Happy Birthday Matt Wright!!!!! I count myself among the most fortunate people on the planet because I get to be your wife!!!!!!! How cool is that??!! I'm sorry this is a day late, but you know as well as I do our busy schedule. So better late than never, wright? For Matt's actual birthday, we went to Taco Bell, and then skipped photography class to go watch a hypnotist, because Matt has been skeptical about hypnotism his entire life. It was awesome, and at one point 3 different groups of hypnotized people sang to Happy Birthday to Matt in "Chinese", garage band style, and opera. It was highly entertaining, and probably the most unique birthday song Matt's ever gotten. Today, we're having presents, Asian Cuisine, and Matt's dissecting a pig in Biology. What could be better?! Here are some pictures of Matt Wright for your viewing pleasure...
Who knew that this drooling little sweetheart would grow up to...
Be extremely popular
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Just finished reading this a few minutes ago. This is one of my all time favorite novels. I've probably read it 5 times before. And, of course, it blew me away as always. I just love John Steinbeck. He doesn't really ever use many literary 'tricks'. It's just the way he words things that slays me. I have this collection of 4 Steinbeck works in one volume. I got it out to read 'Of Mice and Men' because of Sawyer. Then there was 'Tortilla Flat' and I was like, well, I'll read this because I've only read it once before and I remember it being kind of a cute little story. Then there was 'Cannery Row'. And, same thing, I thought well, I've only read this twice before, but I liked it quite a bit. I really love the Doc character and I wanted to remember why. Hey, I'll read it again. Then there was grapes and I just had to. It has been several years since I read it last. It was in college and I did a big thesis on it. This is truly Steinbeck's masterpiece. The writing is so beautiful, it will make you pause. It's a compelling story about the triumph of the human spirit. It takes place in the '40s during the dust-bowl migration. When thousands of families were forced to flee the Oklahoma/Kansas region in search for work in California. I'm kind of glad I've finished it now, though because for the last couple of weeks, my inner narrative has been in the voice of a Joad (the central family). For example, when I'm really hungry, in my mind I'm saying 'I ain't et yet' and such. Hopefully that will fade over time. All: I implore you; If you have not read this book (Em), do treat yourself. It is amazing. Now 'git'.
Monday, April 5, 2010
After a several-month layoff, I picked up Eclipse again this week and just finished it last night. I liked it much more than the other two books, making me slightly motivated to continue on pretty soon into Breaking Dawn. Bella's is still not my favorite head to be inside--still too guilty and self-loathing, too emotional and weak/swoony, though admittedly with some courage when it comes to battle. I liked hearing the Quileute mythology about how they came to be wolves, and I was interested in hearing about Jasper's back story and wars among the vampire groups and the stuff about armies of newborns. I'm still Team Alice, so it's good that Jasper is a bit more worthy a companion for her than the earlier books (and especially the movies) have presented him.
I can see why Lorri and Hope both told me they liked the camping scene with Jacob playing space heater and he and Edward finally communicating. Overall, I guess I liked it, too, but it was also really contrived feeling with neither of the two guys seeming like real people at all (then and hardly ever). Too eloquent, too noble, too "ooh, look how cleverly I'm playing the game to win Bella." And it cracks me up how riled up and ready for sex Meyer has Bella practically every minute of the book yet any of the intense scenes where Bella or someone else is actually pushing the matter are so chastely written. Ah, Mormonism ... ye crack me up many times.
I guess in the next book I'm looking forward to Jacob finding someone and how all of Bella's imperviousness to the Cullen and Volturi "gifts" plays out. Plus, did I hear there's finally some headboard banging? If so, I'm looking forward to seeing again how Meyer manages to keep all the characters hands and mouths solely resting upon lips, necks, collar bones, and waists!
Oh, and I still can't see why none of you (the Spoon women included) like Kristen Stewart as Bella. Having read in these books, she seems like she's playing Bella exactly as written. Is it that you somehow are thinking Bella's a stronger person than Stewart is showing? If so, I say read again!