Archive for May, 2011

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AI: Artificial Intelligence

May 31, 2011

“Oh Max, Rory is very low maintenance.  Kind of like that robot kid in AI, only way less mother-obsessed.  Oh my God, that kid was so annoying.  I would have pushed him out of the car while it was still moving.”  – 2.3

I’ve seen this movie before, many years ago.  I remember it being good, but I also remember the ending making me feel really uncomfortable.  I may have had trouble sleeping afterwards.  I mean, both Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg played big roles in this movie, and they’ve managed to scare the crap out of me for pretty much my entire life between ET and the Shining.  I also remember it being very long.  So, here goes.

  1. I can’t imagine strictly limiting pregnancies.  In that world would there be better sex education and more reasonably priced birth control?  Because that would be great.
  2. The doctor in the cryogenics lab was in an episode of How I Met Your Mother I just watched.  He was wearing a toupee at Marshall and Lily’s wedding.
  3. Why would you want a kid that never ages?  I feel like that would get annoying.
  4. Haley Joel Osment was a cute kid.  Unlike his stupid little sister on the Hannah Montana show.
  5. That’s a freaking awesome bed.  I want a bed that’s kind of like a space pod with a moon light behind it.
  6. Why would you leave a huge decision like imprinting on a robot child to have for the rest of your life to your very unstable wife who is mourning the loss of her own son?  Clearly she’s not the best person to do this.
  7. How come the dad doesn’t imprint on the kid?  I thought this movie was futuristic.  The woman is doing all the cooking and cleaning and is the only one who is parenting this robot kid.  Sounds like the stone age to me.
  8. Martin is Matt from Lizzie Maguire!  I miss Lizzie Maguire.
  9. Ewwww….spinach is bad for robots.Martin’s kind of evil.
  10. Ok, I know he looks real, but he’s still just a robot.  Just take him to the lab and have him destroyed.  He tried to kill your human son.
  11. You don’t really need to do much to Jude Law to make him look like this perfect, artificial man.  He kind of already looks that way.
  12.  Also, I really want to watch I Heart Huckabees now.
  13. Giant moon balloon…how cool is that?
  14. As a former nanny, it makes me sad that they used robots as nannies.
  15. No!  Teddy!
  16. Jon Hamm?  Nice cameo, Jon.
  17. Maybe building robots that can feel was a bad plan, guys.
  18. Mad Eye Moody?  Either I watch too much tv, or this movie is filled with a lot of random actors.
  19. Adrien Grenier?  Really?!
  20. This Dr. Know thing is like texting Google.
  21. I’m going to assume that robots were not created to lie.  So how can you frame one for murder?  There has to be some kind of secret camera or something in them to see for sure if they actually murdered someone.
  22. They tricked David.  Bastards.
  23. Here’s my question.  If you can create an artificial child, make it capable of love and dreaming…why can’t you reverse the imprinting on one?
  24. I feel like there wouldn’t be that much of a market for artificial children.  They’re kind of creepy.
  25. Now I remember why the ending creeped me out.  Stupid aliens.
While aliens and any talk about the world ending totally freaks me out, this is a really interesting movie.  And actually, the ending isn’t that creepy.  It’s actually kind of sweet.
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Them!

May 31, 2011

Lorelai:  But the life we had is going to morph into this like mutation that we could never possibly have conceived.

Rory:  Like the giant ants in ‘Them!’? – 2.03

As with most horror movies I’m asked to watch for this blog, I started this one early in the morning so I would have the whole day to recover from it before having to go to sleep tonight.  I also took my shower before watching it, because I have a feeling I might be scared to afterwards.  I know it’s only a 50’s horror movie, which normally isn’t scary…but it’s about bugs.  I don’t do bugs.

  1. Man, I can just picture cute little 50’s girls at the drive in with boys in their school sweaters getting all cozy in the front seat because they’re scared of this movie.
  2. Creepy stuff always happens in New Mexico.  And a little girl holding a doll?!  They’re just asking to creep people out.
  3. This would never happen now.  A town wouldn’t be wiped out by giant ants without the rest of the world knowing.  Someone would put it on Facebook.  Probably with pictures or video.
  4. They all seem awfully calm about shooting at this giant ant…
  5. My bible doesn’t have any prophecy about giant ants.  Ok, I’ll admit, I haven’t read the whole thing.  Maybe it does.
  6. I like how they’re teaching Dr. Medford to speak on a walkie talkie.  “Say over.”  “But I’ve just said it.”  “Say over and out if you’re finished.”  “But she knows I’m finished!”
  7. I’m pretty sure this movie’s not going to scare me.  The ants aren’t all that scary looking.  And no one else in the movie seems all that freaked out.  Except for that little girl.  She’s freaking out.
  8. I think in this situation, I would say “Screw women’s rights.”  You don’t want women in the giant ant nest?  Sounds good to me.
  9. Um, clearly an ant is coming through that hole, guys.  Maybe do something before it does.
  10. Ewwwwww….giant ant eggs.  Ten bucks says we get to see them hatch.
  11. There’s something scary about winged queen ants…
  12. Ants make slaves out of their prisoners?  Is that science, Dr. Medford?
  13. Oh Texans, they say the craziest things.  Flying saucers shaped like ants?  That’s just crazy.
  14. The alcoholic ward of the hospital seems fun.  “Make me a seargent!  Give me the booze!”
  15. Reservoir basins all look the same to me.  Like the location of the drag race at the end of Grease.
  16. Ok, the head of the air force just made an emergency announcement that the city is under attack by giant ants.  Why is no one reacting?
  17. I hope Peterson lives.  I like him.  He saves little kids.
  18. Don’t tell her that her kids are alive until you get them out and away from the ants!
  19. No Peterson!!!
  20. Damn that atomic bomb.
Well, we killed the giant ants.  But what other giant things are we going to find as a result of this new atomic bomb age?!  It’s insanity!
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Billy Jack

May 26, 2011

“You can’t see a Billy Jack movie too many times.”  – 2.3

The only stuff I know about this movie is what they show in Gilmore Girls.  Otherwise, I’m out.

  1. Nice theme music.  I love the 70s.
  2. It seems silly to try to catch horses while you’re riding on horses.
  3. We’re only 5 minutes in and I’m thoroughly convinced that Billy Jack is the most badass guy in the world.
  4. Hepatitis, a sore tooth, and pregnant?  You hit the jackpot, little lady.
  5. I want to be Billy Jack’s apprentice.  I want to be an apprentice to a badass.
  6. Totally shot down, Bernard.  Maybe it’s because your name is Bernard.
  7. How can you be suspicious of pacifists?  You pour flour on people who aren’t white to make them white and then get suspicious of their intentions?
  8. Holy crap, Billy Jack!  You just beat the hell out of those kids!
  9. Dude, you were doing so well with your bare feet.  How did they get the best of you?
  10. Next time the police come in to your school to search for something, just pick up a guitar and sing really loudly.  Words of wisdom, kids.
  11. It’s Johnny Fever!  Oh, WKRP in Cincinnati.
  12. That’s the most exciting City Council meeting I’ve ever seen.
  13. Hold on, Billy gets bitten by a snake over and over again in order to have a vision?  …Crazy…
  14. Poor Martin.  He’s got a broken leg, he’s just going to buy some paint, and the cop hits him in the stomach with a pipe.
  15. Street theatre is funny.
  16. Pulling a knife on a girl and forcing her to take her clothes off?  Oh, you’re such a man.
  17. I would drive my car into the lake too over having a dislocated elbow.
  18. What the hell is wrong with this Bernard kid?  Kidnap and rape?  Seriously?
  19. That pacifist chick is badass, shooting a gun at the bad guys.
  20. They killed Martin?!  What the hell!
  21. Billy Jack just killed a guy with a karate chop.  Freaking awesome.
  22. This seems like an awful lot of trouble for one runaway.
  23. Aw, Jean loves Billy Jack.
  24. She gets shot in the leg and his response is “You crazy nut.”
  25. This is not the Billy Jack movie that they watched on Gilmore Girls…  I hope you all with let that slide.

A little more violent than I tend to like.  But it was interesting.  I wish I had a Billy Jack in my life to kick some ass when necessary.

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Kidney Donation

May 22, 2011

So, this post is a complete departure from what this blog is about.  It’s not related to movies, it’s not related to Gilmore Girls, but it is important about my life and something I needed to talk about and this was a great forum to do that.

I recently made the decision to become a kidney donor.  I don’t know my recipient personally, but I had heard about her through a friend of a friend.  I have always been a big advocate of organ donation.  My uncle would not be here today if someone hadn’t made the decision to be an organ donor and give him the gift of a new heart.  I’ve donated blood mostly whenever I can (with the exception of the times I couldn’t after getting tattoos…oops!), and I’m on the bone marrow donor list as well.  When this opportunity came up, in my opinion, it fell in the same category as all of those other things I’ve been so passionate about.  Many people argue that this is on a much larger scale, and I understand that opinion.  I just don’t necessarily agree with it.

The process began with some simple blood tests.  Then the 24-hour urine test, that I will not detail for you.  After those tests all came back well, I was flown to the hospital where the surgery will take place and did some more tests.  I had, unfortunately been hit by one of the most intensely contagious and violent stomach viruses when I  was at their hospital (all of my friends back home were just as sick as me), so a lot of these tests needed to be redone.  But after a meeting with the doctor, a meeting with a social worker, an MRI, an EKG, an ultrasound, and an exercise stress test, I was found to be a match.

Now came my big decision.  I think that during this entire process, I was fairly certain that there was no way I would be healthy enough to be selected as a match.  So, reality set in when I had to make the major decision to donate or not to donate.

Some criticism I had faced was “What if a family member needs a kidney in the future and you already gave yours away?”  My answer for that question is, hopefully, if no other friends or family members can donate, then some stranger will feel the same way I do about organ donation and be willing to help.  It’s a long shot, but I’m hoping that in my decision to do this, maybe it will inspire others.  If more people were willing to donate, then we wouldn’t have as many people waiting for kidneys for years.  Another popular question I’ve gotten is “What happens if one day you need a kidney?”  While the possibility is always there, my family has no history of kidney problems, and I’m healthy enough to donate one now, so I really don’t foresee that happening.  However, God forbid that happens, again, I hope that if no family or friends can donate, someone will be willing to donate to a stranger.

When it came time to make my decision it was up to several factors.  I had a few people in my life that I had to speak to about it.  And at least 2 people whose opinion was so important that if they said no, I wouldn’t have done it.  My sister supported my decision 100%.  After all, she was right behind in being tested for my recipient.  Her husband, aka the best brother-in-law in the world, was supportive, but nervous.  While I’m still not sure if he totally understands it, I know he loves me and wants me to do what I feel is right.  My boyfriend was another important person for me to talk about.  We’re in a serious relationship and we discuss marriage in the future and having a family.  I was concerned about the possibility that donating would hinder my ability to have children in the future.  I felt this was a very important factor for him to understand and weigh in on.  I spoke with my doctors and did some of my own research and found that as long as I’m completely honest with my OB/GYN when I do decide to become pregnant (MANY years down the road), that I would be safe, and many other women have donated and had children in the future.  With the support of these important people in my life, I made my decision.

My pre-op appointment will be on June 14th and my surgery will be June 23rd.  I will stay where my surgery is for a few days and then come back home for my recovery.  Thankfully, my boyfriend is a teacher and has summers off, so he is able to be with me during the whole process.  I also have a very supportive church family who will be there for me during my recovery.

Organ donation is a very controversial topic and I’ve been kind of quiet about it during this whole process, but I think it’s important for my friends and family to get some insight into why I’m doing this and why I would advocate that anyone follow me.

I’ll be posting more about this as more happens with it, and feel free to ask any questions!  This website is one I referred to fairly often in this process.

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Life Of Brian

May 18, 2011

Rory:  We can watch Holy Grail on tape again.

Dean:  Okay, but I am not talking in an English accent for the rest of the evening.

Rory:  No fun.  Hey, tomorrow night…

Dean:  Life of Brian? – 2.03

Yes…I’m a terrible blogger.  I could give a big long list of all the things that kept me from doing this including work, travel, time with friends, time with family, etc. but really, there’s no good excuse.  This dvd has been sitting on my dvd player for months and I just now got around to popping it in.

So, with how many times I’ve seen The Holy Grail, I’ve never seen Life of Brian.  I have absolutely no idea what it’s about.  I have an idea of what to expect based on what I know about Monty Python, but no clue what the story is.  So…we’ll see.

  1. I like how people in Judea in 33AD have British accents.
  2. I don’t know that any fist fights actually happened at the Sermon on the Mount.
  3. I don’t understand why the ex leper has to dance everywhere.
  4. Brian’s mom irritates me.
  5. Poor Stan.  He just wants to have a baby.
  6. I love grammar lessons.
  7. It’s starting to sound like they don’t really have any reason to hate the Romans…  Help with sanitation, public order, peace, etc.
  8. I want to come up with a really cool salute like they have when they put their fists on the side of their heads.  And then I’ll make everyone I know do it when they see me.
  9. This prisoner on the wall is quite the complainer.  I mean, he’s hung up and chained on the wall, but still.  Shut up at least for a little bit.
  10. I wish I could say things like “I want him fighting rabid animals by the end of the week!” when someone irritates me.
  11. Aliens?!  This movie has aliens?!  I hate aliens!
  12. Haggling is very complicated.
  13. That’s true.  Crucifixion does at least get you out in the open air.
  14. I don’t think Jesus’ parables were criticized this much.
  15. We hold one shoe up at the end of the 3 day (Donate please!)
  16. Damn, his mom’s back.  I hate that woman (well, man actually).
  17. Speech impediments are funny.
  18. I don’t know if crucifixion and party should be used in the same phrase.
  19. Nothing worse than a nagging mother at your crucifixion.
  20. I love a good musical number to end a movie.  I think that’s what was missing from The Passion of the Christ.

Not bad.  I didn’t find it as good as Holy Grail, but still good.