Movie Review of Megan Leavey: I Wish I Had My Dog With Me
Posted on May 31st, 2017 @ 10:55 am

Last night, I had the chance to go see the movie Megan Leavey. There was a free screening for military members, active and retirees. My father is a retiree, so I took up the opportunity to take him.

It made me cry.  These were good tears.  All through the movie, I was wishing my dog could be sitting next to me.  It made me thinking of my dog from my childhood.  Yushee was a German Shepard that had been in a car accident when she was three; she was a crippled dog the rest of her 12 years of life.  She was a damn good dog.  PupPup is, too.

This movie is a love story, but not a romantic one.  This is about the bond between human and dog.  The Marine vet may have seen Rex as adoptable property, but Megan saw him as her dog.  Even the years she couldn’t be with him, she still considered him her dog.  The dog was blessed to have her love and she was blessed to have a bond with the dog, too.

Also, considering where I’ve been the past month emotionally, the scene between Megan and her father talking about her depression really hit a nerve with me. I nearly lost it at that scene.

I recommend going to see it. It has suspense. It makes you think. Just don’t forget the tissues.


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“Ain’t nothin’ but a heartache”
Posted on July 24th, 2016 @ 7:29 pm

“‘Cause I want it that way.”

I went and saw Star Trek Beyond today. I went with my father. He wanted to see it. I wanted a reason to get out of the house. He’s pretty much my sci-fi movie buddy.

Prior to the start of the movie, we saw this Ivan and Evie Chipotle ad.  I was scared when my dad started singing the song in the ad, “I Want It That Way.” I guess all that Backstreet Boys Nicki sang over the years and listened to all these years has been ingrained into his brain.

However, this ad stood out to us. It made a bigger impact on him. As in, he never wants to see the ad again because it hit him like Up did. It’s hard for him to be a widower. Maybe I have it better off as a spinster.

I have got to stop calling myself a spinster. I just haven’t met the person yet.

As for the movie, I thought it was the best of the 3.  It seemed to be the most original story line, but I thought it favored the Voyager series the most. Jaylah reminded me of Seven of Nine. The Voyager episode “Friendship One” was in the back of my mind as I watched it. Also on the back of my mind was the U.S.S. Equinox plot.  I was just at a lost of the story line for it, other than it was a Voyager episode. There are a few other odes to Voyager in it, too.

As for my current bout of depression, I hope it will subside at the end of the week when I get my other car back.  I hate sharing cars.  You’d think buying a second car would help me out of this rut, but with the car accident Jessica had this month, I’ve been back to sharing a car.  Rumor has it that my brother’s car will be repaired by the end of the week.  I also got a few days off next month.  I’ll do something on those days, even if it’s just going to Atlanta to see the Braves.  I really need the time off.


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None the Better For It
Posted on July 5th, 2015 @ 9:27 pm

I’ve been down as of late, so I went to see Inside Out today.  I thought it would make me feel better, but I felt worse leaving the theater.  That last scene with Bing Bong broke my heart.

I can’t remember having any imaginary friends, but to dear Bear, Pinky, Heather, Pretty Bear, and my dearest Bunny, I love you all.  You’re still in my heart. You will never leave me.

My father and I have decided that the movie goes into the Up pile. We never want to see it again because it hurts too much.


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Where did the nice weather go?
Posted on June 21st, 2015 @ 8:47 pm

The finished product.

I’m not talking about the sun. There is plenty of it at the moment! I’m talking about the nice warm breeze and not being fried in 100+ heat index. Yes, it’s that hot in Savannah!

I have been swamped this month. I am trying to get a huge project completed at work by the 25th. Most of my time has spent on that. However, I have done other stuff this month.

Back on the 5th, I met up with my friends, Lindsey and Chris, and saw the Atlanta Braves play the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pirates won, as usual. Yes, every match up I have seen between the 2 had the Braves lose. But, I had fun. It was their son’s first Braves game. We taught him the Chop. He was most excited seeing the Chick-Fil-A Cow do the Chop. We also had fireworks that night. It was worth it to be with friends. After leaving Atlanta, I drove over to Augusta to visit my friends Nancy and Angie.

Last weekend, I got to see Jurassic World on 3D IMAX with my family. I left work early because our systems were down. I enjoyed the film a lot. Several throwbacks to the original one. By the way, as much as I love Captain America, Chris Pratt on a motorcycle just looked hotter than Chris Evans on a motorcycle.

Later that night. Lindsey and I went to see Casting Crowns at the Civic Center. It was a last minute thing for us, but we enjoyed it. We met the band Among the Thirsty after the show and got a photo with them. I also liked the fact that Mark Hall from Casting Crowns liked my Instagram photos from the show.

For this weekend, I had a shopping trip with my friend, Shannon, prior to heading to Painting with a Twist.  That where I made the painting above. I couldn’t get a friend to go with me, but I really wanted to do this one. I had a lot of fun.

Today, I spent my midday with my friend, Leslie,that I haven’t seen in forever.  I went to her church, Community Bible Church of Savannah and then lunch afterwards.  I enjoyed the sermon today.  It validate my working arrangement and my thought towards my work.

No telling what life has in store for me, next.


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If being Pollyanna-ish is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.
Posted on May 25th, 2015 @ 9:39 pm

This weekend, I saw Tomorrowland, twice.  I went once with my dad and once with my sister.  The over all theme of the movie was related to hope.

I related to Casey, the female lead.  She was inspired by space.  I love reading about space, but can get freaked out by a meteor shower.  However, she hated seeing them dismantle Launch Pad 39A.  I hated seeing the Shuttle program end.  And while I get depressed, I still hope for the best.

An underlying theme in the movie was the negative tone the world has taken as of late.  If you paid attention, you could see it.  It had me thinking about it all.  In this day an age, when it comes to Superman vs. Batman, people relate more to Batman.  Many will say they related more to Batman than Clark Kent.  However, is Clark Kent so bad?  Is trying to be a positive person so wrong in this day and age?

For anyone that saw Avengers: Age of Ultron, the running gag in that film was that Captain America was strict on language.  It that so wrong?  Believe you me, I am NOT the first to be prude with language.  Just ask my family.  I can have a trucker mouth in my house, in my car, and in my friends’ homes and cars, but most of my friends know I try not to curse, and when I do in public, I will try to mouth what I am cursing.  I try not to curse in front of kids.  I admit I will slip, but I try.

It’s been called that Tomorrowland is a box-office disappointment.  Maybe the problem is that we as a society are blind?   And so, if being Pollyanna-ish is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.  We don’t seem to have enough Pollyannas as is.


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I Watched The Interview
Posted on December 26th, 2014 @ 7:23 pm

My defiant side came out yesterday; I treated my father and brother to see The Interview.  My brother loved hearing some of the jokes and had to add a few to his repertoire.  My dad said he actually enjoyed it.

As for me watching it, well, I knew going in it was going to be a raunchy comedy.  It was never going to be an Oscar contender. I just don’t like people threaten me for watching something they don’t like.  Now that I have seen it, no one can remove it from my memory.

I see some people complaining that we are mocking North Korea.  I don’t see anyone commenting that in many ways, it mock the US as well.  The whole scene about Eminem was mocking our gossip intake on celebrities’ sexual orientation. Sook’s comment about destroying the deity of Kim Jong-un made sense to me.

Another thing I liked about this movie is that the desire to want to watch this movie was bi-partisan.  People on both sides of the aisle wanted to see it all because NK didn’t want us to see it.  When it boils down to it, we Americans don’t like others telling us what to do.  For the many independent theaters that showed the film, I applaud them. They realized they same – we should have the opportunity to watch what we want to see.  All they need to do is offer it.  From there, we viewers will make the decision.

Had all this crap against the movie not gone down, I most likely would have watched the film once it hit Redbox.


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I want to see The Interview
Posted on December 17th, 2014 @ 6:34 pm

Defiant:

full of or showing defiance

Defiance:

a refusal to obey something or someone : the act of defying someone or something

And damnit, I want to see The Interview!

My mother was told when I was a child, I had oppositional defiant disorder.  If you told me the sky was blue, I’d do everything I could to prove the sky was indigo.

I still have that streak in me.  It comes out when I see stories like what has happened with The Interview: Sony cancels The Interview theatrical release after theaters pull out.

Shame on them all.  By NOT releasing this film, they’ve let the Norks win.  I am getting sick and tired of having to adjust my life because of terrorists.  Every time we do that, we give them another win.

I was thinking about that while waiting to come home from Nashville.  As a child, I loved being at the gate at the airport, watching my father leave or return home from his TDY trips.  Now, I have to great me loved one at the baggage claim. Do you know how stupid that is compared to my childhood?

And it’s just a stupid movie.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the movie sucked.  I most likely wouldn’t have wanted to see it, but once I heard that North Korea is trying to stop the movie, well, that made me WANT to see it.

Same stuff went down with South Park and episodes 200 and 201.  Just because some religions do not believe false idols, those episodes were only aired once. I missed watching them.  Now, I can’t see them on Hulu. Again, back to letting the terrorists win.  I know normal people that would have found the episodes offensive would have done the normal thing and just NOT WATCHED THE EPISODES!

So, I leave with this clip from Team America and I just want to scream:

America, Ƒü©k Yeah!
Freedom is the only way, Yeah

Damn terrorist winning again.  Trey & Matt are correct.  FREEDOM is the only way.


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Do I have to work this week?
Posted on November 30th, 2014 @ 11:36 pm

It’s only for 3 days, and then I’m off again. I have plans set for my birthday weekend . Later in December, I am going to Augusta, GA, twice.  Once to visit a friend; another to see Steven Curtis Chapman again. SCC is my thing with my friend, Lindsey.   This will be the 4th time I will have seen him with her. She’s getting the tickets; I’m getting the hotel room.

My weekend was pretty laid back.  I had to work half a day Friday.  My choice.  I was able to get a few things done without stopping to help others.  After work, we went to see Mockingjay. I enjoyed it.  The whole Hunger Games books and movies have lessons to learn.   If I lived in Panem, I’d be dead.  I have a defiant streak in me. I think I would have stopped the movie at the point Boggs knocked out Peeta.

We also got the 9 foot tall Christmas tree up this weekend.  Nicki’s kittens, as well as Beth cats, have been enjoying it.  So far, 1 broken glass bulb, which was not where the kittens could get them. Some climbed the tree.

I got the Rainbow Bridge card from my vet.  It had me in tears.  In it was a paw print of Scooter’s. Many in the clinic wrote a note about what a sweet cat he was.  I’m missing him at the moment. Earlier, I just wanted to cuddle a cat.  I called 3 of them and none came.  He would have been with me as soon as I called once.

So, let’s see how this month of December goes for me.


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“The Judge”
Posted on October 22nd, 2014 @ 6:58 pm

Last night, my cousin and I went to see “The Judge.” It’s been iffy on reviews, but I guess you’ve been exposed to a life depicted in it, then it can be a bore.

First off, it has Robert Downey, Jr. in it. He can capture my attention most of the time. I remember going to see Only You at the theater in high school.  I can watch Chances Are over and over again.  And don’t forget the Marvel movies with Iron Man.  I guess if you said I have a favorite actor, it would be him.

So yeah, I was interested in the movie because it’s my kind of fare and RDJ.  It was a really sad, but encouraging movie to me.

I felt sad for the brothers in the film.  I kept wonder what would happen with Dale during the movie.  Dale was the mentally challenged, but not defeated brother.  I felt for Glenn, but at the same time, realized he could have been just as successful as Hank if he wanted to.  Felt bad for Carla that she didn’t get to know her family, except for maybe her grandmother. I just wanted to give Hank a hug.

At the part where Hank and the Judge are in the bathroom, I could not look.  It hit too close to home, knowing my invalid grandmother living with us and we having to take care of he as Hank took care of his father.

But, it’s been nice spending the past few days with my cousin and uncle.  Tomorrow, I am planning on having launch with an old friend.  Like my first friend ever whom I have known longer than my oldest sister.  Yeah, that old.  However, before I do that, I have a phone to fix or get a new one for.


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“Ooh you’ll wait a long time for me”
Posted on August 2nd, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

Last night, my father and I continued our Marvel tradition and saw Guardians of the Galaxy. I want to see it again. Chris Pratt. That just may be based on a chick my age looking at a chick my age. Or, that maybe he’s what the kid I had a crush one might have ended up looking like. Either way, I won’t deny that I enjoyed the eye candy.

But, back to the movie. And it was a hoot! My father enjoyed the soundtrack.  I could understand why Peter needed his Walkman.  It was his connection  to his mother.  Even eight and a half years after my mother has died, the music of the 1970s, from when she was teen and young adult, is something I will still stop and listen to because it links me to her.   In a way, your parents’ music becomes your own.

At the Jackson Pollack remark, I blushed.  I’m sure the mother behind me was even more embarrassed when the young son about age 9 asked what did it mean.

I do want to see it again.


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