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Friday, May 29, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:End Of May

I can't believe it's already Friday again. Anyway.

Yesterday evening, a couple of my roommates came across a lost dog and brought him inside.

We have yet to find his owner, but at least he's better off that he would have been spending all night on the street. We'll keep looking for a few days or until we find who he belongs to. In the meantime, he's adorable.

And for the small things I'm happy about:

  • New music. Always cool.
  • Been re-reading a comic I like.
  • I get peace and quiet for a couple of days. *internally throws a party*

What are you celebrating this week?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Perking Up A Bit

I am feeling somewhat more optimistic this week than I did last week.

  • My cold or sinus infection or whatever it was is long gone.
  • A family member I don't see much stopped by to visit.
  • Chocolate. That is all.

What has be going well for you recently?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Movie I Might Watch This Summer

I'll have to read some of the reviews first, but I'll pay special attention to these.

Not quite sure about this one, but I'll likely give it a shot.

The trailer was entertaining, so we'll see.

What can I say? I love superheros.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Because I Am Afraid

Why do I hide
At the first sign of difficultly?

Why do I want
To stay far away from it all?

Why do I shut out
All that I don't want to hear?

Because I am afraid
Of being hurt, losing hope
Of being torn apart

What can one do
To feel bolder?
To be happy?

I wish I could tell you
I wish I was stronger
Lord help me be strong

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Album Review:The Blessed Unrest

Artist:Sara Bareilles

Songwriters and composers:Mike Anderson, Jack Antonoff, Sara Bareilles, Pete Harper, Jason Blynn, Matt Hales


Notes:Album art taken from the official site.

General thoughts:Yes, her again.

There's plenty of variety in sound. Some songs are exactly what you'd hear on a pop radio station, some are a little too slow for that, and some fall in between. Several songs can be called inspirational, encouraging listeners to be brave and live their lives more fully.

There's also a lot of relationship talk from happiness to break-ups. You can also get exclusive tracks if you buy it on iTunes or get the Target deluxe.

Overall, it was good and worth a listen.

Meet Poochie

Took these a couple weeks ago.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Movie Review:Ice Age

Premise:A gruff mammoth, a clumsy sloth, and a scheming tiger travel to return a human baby to his family.

Cast:Ray Romano as Manfred/Manny, John Leguizamo as Sid, Denis Leary as Diego, Chris Wedge as Scrat, Goran Visnjic as Soto, full cast can be found here.

Directors:Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha

MPAA Rating:PG for mild peril

Genres:Animation, dramedy

Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards and screenshots from Rotten Tomatoes. Updated 12/29/2016 to censor ableist language.

Pros:Good protagonists. Funny moments.

Cons:Gross jokes. Small things that don't make sense or feel random.

This movie is half the weird stuff that happens on the journey and half scheming tigers.

Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia For Avengers:Age Of Ultron

Source:IMP Awards

My review is here.

  • Whatever method the Red Room used to sterilize its assassins likely would have also put an end to their menstrual cycles. Given the inconvenience and physical discomfort involved, that is not something you'd want your super spies/assassins dealing with.

  • What was up with the lullaby thing? Was Natasha hitting pressure points to calm Hulk down?

Spoilers follow

Friday, May 08, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Making It

I think the main celebration this week is that I've survived.

And as much as I dislike being sick, it does free up time to watch TV. I found season 1 of The Following discounted at Target a month or so ago. Starting bingeing on it earlier this week and finished it yesterday. I don't really like the season finale, but it was interesting until then.

Also, my cold is going away! It ought to be gone completely before long.

So how's your week going?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

IWSG:Passion & Doubt

First, I caught a cold over the weekend. Always fun.

Now I don't feel up to doing much beyond taking a shower to clear my sinuses and sitting down to watch TV or play video games.
Even without that, I've been second-guessing myself quite a bit, overthinking how something might be taken. And my passion just seems dormant right now. The most I've worked up was internal rants about the terrible romance in Age Of Ultron. There's not much left over for the stuff I love or want to work on.

Maybe once I'm healthy again, things will improve.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Album Review:Little Voice

Artist:Sara Bareilles

Songwriters and composers:Sara Bareilles, Javier Dunn


Notes:Album art taken from iTunes.

General thoughts:Who's your favorite pop singer?

There were three sounds:Ones with a catchy beat, slower and more emotional tracks, and somewhere in between. Relationships were a frequent subject, ranging from dysfunctional and ending to cautious beginnings.

I found it for about $5. Not a bad price for a mostly good album.

Monday, May 04, 2015

A To Z Reflections:2015

This isn't constructive criticism on the Challenge itself so much as it is personal considerations.

Since this was my second year doing the Challenge, I seem to have handled the whole thing better. And since I had entered two blogs in it, that experience with both A to Z and blogging in general was helpful. I also joined Celebrate the Small Things just before April, so doing both that and A to Z provided a little extra challenge. I tried to combine the two most times to make things easier, having to separate them only on I.

Movie Review For Star Wars:A New Hope

Happy Star Wars Day.

Premise:A young man, a pair of droids, and more are lead to fight the Empire.

Cast:Mark Hamil as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Alec Guinness as Ben Kenobi, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Kenny Baker as R2-D2, full cast can be found here.

Director:George Lucas

MPAA Rating:PG for sci-fi violence and brief mild language

Genres:Sci-fi/fantasy, action/adventure

Notes:First film in the original trilogy. Poster taken from IMP Awards.

Pros:Good characters. Sets up an interesting universe.

Cons:Villains are clueless. A couple of minor issues.

At this point, I'd be shocked if you haven't heard of this. With a movie like this, it's tempting to say "It's Star Wars. Enough said." But I wouldn't be a very good reviewer if I did that, now would I?

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Movie Review For Avengers:Age Of Ultron

Premise:An AI designed by Tony Stark attempts to destroy the world.

Cast:Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, James Spader as Ultron, Paul Bettany as Vision, full cast can be found here.

Director:Joss Whedon

MPAA Rating:PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments

Genres:Action, sci-fi

Notes:The final film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 2. Poster taken from IMP Awards and screenshots from Rotten Tomatoes.

Pros:Great villain. Good action. The team. Hawkeye is handled better.

Cons:The romance. Poorly done or under-utilized characters. A couple of cheesy/nonsensical scenes.

When are these movie characters going to learn that designing a program for worldwide peace or as a weapon of war never ends well? Probably when these movies stop making money.

The Avengers as a team were fun to watch, especially during the opening fight seeing them work together and trade quips. This time around, Hawkeye is better utilized, saving the team's collective butt on more than one occasion. And the new characters, Pietro and Wanda, add some extra interest with their own backstory and baggage. I also loved Ultron as the bad guy, especially since with James Spader as the actor. You might expect a robot to be cold, but he's actually not. He cracks jokes, muses philosophical, and gets emotional at times. He did a few things that didn't make sense, but overall, he's one of the main reasons to see this.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:May Is Here

I don't know what caused it, but since Wednesday I've been feeling off, stressed for no apparent reason. I'm better than I was, but it's still probably a good time to think about what's going right.

Last Friday, I spent some time with my brother, who told me about a somewhat embarrassing interest of his. We got to talking about things, mostly blogging and fanfiction, both of which I've been doing for a while and he's wanting to do more of himself. Because of that, we bonded in a way we haven't before. And since we're both pretty introverted, that's not an easy thing for either of us to do. So I'm celebrating because I love my brother.

Second, I completed A to Z on both blogs. I'm a little bit sad it's over, but it's nice to get back to longer posts.

And finally, I'll be seeing Age Of Ultron  this afternoon. Don't know how good it's going to be, but I'm hoping for a entertaining experience. Also, this is the first time in years I'll have seen a movie in the theater. Time to remember was I liked about it.

How's your week going?

© 2015 by M.R.R.