Hello all! Hope this finds you well today. Finally 2015 is behind us right?!
New Year’s Eve marked Kyle and my 11th Anniversary from the first time we met in person. We think of this date as our official anniversary versus our wedding anniversary 8 May 2008. How special is it to meet the person you want to spend the rest of your life with for the first time in person?! He bought me a little sock monkey — he and everyone in my family knows my love for them! Our spare bedroom is now the “sock monkey” themed room lol.
Our first official movie date was at Universal Studios and the movie showing was Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events starring Jim Carrey as the wicked guardian Count Olaf:
This article is about the book series. For the film, see Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. For the video game, see Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (video game).
September 30, 1999 – October 13, 2006
A Series of Unfortunate Events is a series of 13 children’s novels by Lemony Snicket (the pen name of American author Daniel Handler) which follows the turbulent lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire after their parents’ death in a fire. The children are placed in the custody of their relative Count Olaf, who attempts to steal their inheritance. After Olaf’s plan to steal the Baudelaires’ fortune fails, Olaf begins to doggedly hunt the children down, bringing about the death of several characters. As the series progresses, the Baudelaires discover more and more about a mysterious organization known as V.F.D.
The series is actively narrated by Snicket, who dedicates them and makes numerous references to his mysterious, deceased love interest, Beatrice.
Since the release of the first novel, The Bad Beginning, in September 1999, the books have gained significant popularity, critical acclaim, and commercial success worldwide, spawning a film, a video game, assorted merchandise and an upcoming television series. The main thirteen books in the series have collectively sold more than 60 million copies and have been translated into 41 languages.
In honor of our anniversary I thought we should watch our first movie together and we had fun with it. We enjoyed it more than doing what most people around us were doing – drinking and blowing up shit. Texans seem to like to do that and bbq, can’t forget the bbq part lol.
These stories may be coming to television this year via Netflix – nice surprise to find that out!
Yesterday morning was really nice because we went over to Kyle’s parents for a New Year’s brunch and as usual, Tim and Beth outdid themselves. The Perogi’s alone would have been enough for me! I love those things. We had a full game of Cards Against Humanity and as usual, Kyle’s brother Drew won. Funny how he was the one to go through all the cards beforehand and cull them for “bad cards” hmmmm.
Afterwards we drove by the movie theatre to see what the times were for Star Wars, The Force Awakens and the next show was in only 15 minutes – Perfect! Thank you Aunt Ruth and Uncle John – your gift cards paid for our admission!
This article from Looper.com summarizes most of the stuff we noticed about the movie and we had a few things to add of our own. Overall….my suspicions about the film being underwhelming were validated. Sigh. This is the 3rd time in 2015 Kyle and I have been burned going to a movie without reading reviews!
Here is our list:
Watching this movie was like watching the original films spliced together the only difference being some cast members. Rey, Fin and BB-8 were the saving graces to this film for us. Without them, I would have actually left the movie before it was over like I almost did anyways. Kyle and I almost had indentations in our foreheads doing so many face palms through this film. Kyle is a much more devoted, knowledgeable Star Wars fan than I am and he was disappointed afterwards…sorry he dragged me to see it.
Was the movie Star Wars or Space Balls?! The quips and humor sprinkled through the movie almost seemed a mockery of the original films versus tributes.
I could see what Disney and Abrams’s did with having the “old” cast mixed in with newcomer’s. It seems to be an effort to appeal to Kyle, my and older generations who grew up with the original films and an effort to draw in younger fans. The chemistry of the older cast members just wasn’t there. Up until his death scene, it seemed like Hans Solo was looking forward to getting killed. When he died…no tears. Other than Rey, Fin and BB-8 we didn’t feel emotionally connected to any other characters.
Who the fuck is Supreme Leader Snoke and why didn’t they use a “real” person for the role instead of one of the most horrible CG renditions I’ve seen in a long time of a character?! Here is one article I found from the Guardian that kind of helped: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/dec/30/star-wars-the-force-awakens-villain-snoke-darth-plagueis – “Darth Plagueis was first mentioned in the 2005 Star Wars film Revenge of the Sith, which many consider to be the least terrible of the much-maligned prequel trilogy. He features as part of an anecdote recycled by Chancellor Palpatine, aka the future evil Emperor, for the benefit of young Jedi knight Anakin Skywalker, part of the former’s efforts to turn his protégé to the dark side.”
When I saw the messed up head of Darth Vader in Kylo Ren’s room I immediately thought of the movies Friday the 13th and the Bates Hotel! How the hell did he get that?!
Why didn’t Fin get killed by the Final Fantasy Marlboro looking creatures like everybody else did? I realize he was one of the main characters so they couldn’t kill him off, I think they should have had him avoid getting attacked altogether.
How the hell did they get Darth Vader and Luke’s light saber?!
How was Poe Dameron alive after the horrific crash he had with Fin? This didn’t make any sense.
3rd Reich Nazi Storm troopers doing the Hail Hitler salute?! Really?!
How was it possible for Kylo Ren to get in front of Fin and Rey after their escape into the woods? Did he do a Dark Side teleport?
Kyle read last night that Disney already has plot hole filler films and future sequels lined up all the way to 2020! You know what that makes me think of? How so many video game companies these days release unfinished games and then charge players later for downloadable content they should have included in the original game. Companies like Disney have become the EA games of the movie and entertainment industry.
To me, this is the shameless exploitation of consumers, who in my opinion have had to lower their standards for any kind of entertainment. We have become so desperate for entertainment we are allowing ourselves to be exploited just so we won’t be bored to death!
Are the mainstream movie production companies so afraid of losing money, taking an actual risk to try a “new story” they continue to put out these reboots? Even breaking canon of the original stories just to make money?! Are all the “new” and unique stories only to remain in the Indie and “Go Fund Me” realms?! Money as the bottom line for creativity is killing art, innovation, imagination and people’s acting careers even before they start.
Shame on you Disney! You are going to over-franchise Star Wars to the point it meets the same ends as the never ending Death Stars have. Really?! Another fucking Death Star?!
Entertainment Industry you can do better than this! Actors, Actresses, musicians, comedians, writers….listen to the muses….the money will be there. As long as you continue to aid and abet this trash being put out to us, you are also aiding and abetting the killing of your arts.