Saturday, June 27, 2020

So, it's been a while...

...what's going on, y'all?

J/K. We all know what's going on. Lots of crazy shit, is what's going on.

So what can we do about...

...Covid-19? We can wash our hands. Not touch our faces. Social distance like MFRs. DO OUR PATRIOTIC DUTY AND WEAR FACE COVERINGS WHEN OUT IN PUBLIC (and not complain about it, FFS).

...systemic racism? We can educate ourselves. We can listen (and endure our discomfort, if we feel any). We can learn. And we can fight it. Because (and it shouldn't need saying, but it absolutely does): BLACK LIVES MATTER.

I've been reading the excellent So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Salon calls it "...a generous and empathetic yet usefully blunt guide to confronting and interrogating the many ways race informs prejudices that are reinforced by systems of power in America..." I heartily agree and I'm learning a lot.

...coping? Doods, I don't know. I've kind of shut down in some ways, but then I've been in a rough patch since about mid-2018 (well, since far longer than that but at least I could afford antidepressants until then). On the bright side, I didn't turn to alcohol, I quit smoking (again, in April of this year), and I've been modifying my diet to combat the inevitable weight-gain from smoking cessation and a depression exacerbated by job loss. I'm trying to pull myself out of it, to be productive. Slow and steady wins the race, I suppose. But the going is very slow, indeed.

And fuck it ~ sometimes you've just got to blow your dwindling savings on stupid shit like nail polish to let the friggin' sunshine in, all right? Sheesh...

This violet pretty comes from the OPI Summer Collection: Hidden Prism and is called Feeling Optiprismic bc OPI's punny af and I heart them for it.

How've y'all been doing? How've you been dealing? What stupid shit have you spent your money on to bring a bit of joy into your life? Nosy Goth Moms (Lite) wanna know...

Because that's how I'm feeling...

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Gen Z Vocab Lesson, Le First

Symbol confused vote For some time I've been feeling my age in my knees (I know y'all know what I mean). But perhaps only today did I feel depressingly long in the tooth.

I took a Facebook quiz.

Specifically, a zooquiz titled "React to These Gen Z Problems and We'll Guess Your Age." (Go on, I'll wait here while you check it out.)

As I took the quiz I'd occasionally hit on a word or phrase that'd make my brain go all blue screen of death. I'd mentally reboot and could eventually glean meaning from context but I did have to look some stuff up. Made me feel ancient.

Now, I'm not gonna rail against the liberties taken with the English language by Gen Z, mainly bc I heart words and I take my own liberties at will. As creative self-expression, slang is super groovy and reflects so much about the era from which it originates (and differs from simple/stupid grammatical errors, as it's the deliberate use of a coined word/phrase, or the use of a pre-existing word in a new way). I just want to keep up and, at minimum, understand what the flip's going on around me. And yeah, maybe I'll be that mom who salts her speech with it. At any rate, as a public service to my fellow Gen Xers (Boomers are welcome, if they're so inclined), here's your...

Gen Z Vocab Lesson, Le First

feeling some kind of way

leaving you on read
  • On a messaging app equipped to let you know your message's recipient has read/seen your message, the "read" signal appears but your recipient takes an inordinate amount of time to reply (or doesn't reply at all). (Rude! This one's pretty easy to grok from the context, but in service to thoroughness...)
  • Origin: Circa 2011, with "read receipts" for digital communications. Probs. Though this kind of nonsense is pretty old behavior (you know, like the guy who says he'll call but takes his sweet time doing it).


mood/big mood

  • An old-timer. Also, a jerk.
  • Origin: Old folks' shriveled skin (particularly that of the scrotum). (Ouch and ick.)





Dudes! All of these^ from one little quiz! Which, BTW, guessed me to be 38, an "an old-AF millennial." Hah! (And don't I just wish!)

Go on then, let me know in the comments if you were familiar with any/all of these, and if you took the quiz, lemme know whatcha got!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Spook Out! Day 31 ~ Train to Busan (2016, in Korean with English Subtitles)

Netflix Says...
"As a zombie outbreak sweeps the country, a dad and his daughter take a harrowing train journey in an attempt to reach the only city that's still safe."

I Say...
Actually, they were already on the train when the shit hit the fan, but yeah, it was a harrowing ride, all right!

Horror Type...
Zombie Apocalypse, Thriller, Action

Main Players...
Gong Yoo as Seok-woo (Hot Workaholic Dad)
Kim Su-an as Su-an (Kind of a Pain But Still Precious Daughter)
Jung Yu-mi as Seong-kyeong (Baller Pregnant Lady)
Ma Dong-seok as Sang-hwa (Hero)

I liked...
  • how this film made me hold my breath repeatedly; it takes you to the edge and brings you back till you're utterly worn out
  • that you really get a sense of who the leads are and what motivates them (apart from wanting to get the freak away from snapping zombie jaws); a lotta heart in this film, too
  • how it breaks from some zombie rules (no shamblers here) and creates interesting new ones
  • the use of wit as well as brawn to get out of tough spots
  • how well the worst, and the best, of humanity is represented here
  • that it's so engrossing you don't even feel the length of the movie till it's over and you realize nearly two hours have gone by

The Meh...
There is no meh in this award-winning film.

Would I recommend it...?
Absolutely, positively, 100-Gajillion-Percent. You have to watch this. HAVE TO. Yes, it's gory; yes, the zombies run; yes, it's violent af. But you have to watch this brilliantly terrifying movie.

  • The zombie apocalypse, like life, is not fair. Not even a little bit.
  • As the credits started rolling I was bawling into some napkins. But rest easy--it's emotional, not schmaltzy.
  • Though I'm a few days late, I've saved you the best movie for last. You're welcome. Go frigging watch it. Now.

My Grade: A+
Rotten Tomatoes Scores: Tomatometer=93%, Audience Score=88%

Details, Schmeetails...
I Watched Train to Busan on Netflix (the Rotten Tomatoes page linked above provides links to other host sites)
Train to Busan's Wikipedia Page (Contains Spoilers)

This concludes day 31 (and, indeed, the blogfest!) of

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Spook Out! Day 30 ~ He Never Died (2015)

Netflix Says...
"A reclusive immortal who needs human flesh but tries to stay clean finds himself cast back into society by a gang of thugs and his estranged daughter."

I Say...
Kids, man. They can really disrupt your reclusive immortality, know what I'm sayin'? Actually, the above summary gets one thing wrong--she's not his estranged daughter bc he never knew of her existence till this movie.

Horror Type...
Horror Comedy, Dark Comedy

Main Players...
Henry Rollins as Jack (Reclusive Immortal)
Kate Greenhouse as Cara (Loyal Waitress)
Jordan Todosey as Andrea Huntsman (Life-disrupting Daughter)

I liked...
  • the dry, deadpan style of Rollins' delivery
  • how the normalcy of the waitress and daughter contrast so starkly with Jack's...well, everything
  • that Jack enjoys a good game of Bingo now and again
  • that, at least in the movie, Jack shows mercy

The Meh...
  • it's a little too dry
  • it's also a little too long
  • the pacing was sluggish in the first act and maybe the first part of the second act

Would I recommend it...?
It's an OK watch but not really a horror movie, IMO. (To be fair, I'm not sure why I thought it was one.) Pretty violent and gory, though.

That Mr. Rollins is a fine lookin' fella. Le rawr RAWR!

My Grade: C+
Rotten Tomatoes Scores: Tomatometer=87%, Audience Score=64%

Details, Schmeetails...
I Watched He Never Died on Netflix (the Rotten Tomatoes page linked above provides links to other host sites)
He Never Died's Wikipedia Page (Contains Spoilers)

This concludes day 30 of

Spook Out! Day 29 ~ Us (2019)

Amazon Says...
"The visionary behind Get Out returns with an original nightmare, pitting an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves."

I Say...
^An accurate summary.

Horror Type...

Main Players...
Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide Wilson (née Thomas)/Red (Mama Bear)
Winston Duke as Gabriel "Gabe" Wilson/Abraham (Papa Bear)
Shahadi Wright Joseph as Zora Wilson/Umbrae (Sister Bear)
Evan Alex as Jason Wilson/Pluto (Brother Bear)

I liked...
  • the undercurrent of wrongness from the very start
  • the sustained tension from the moment Jason makes his startling announcement to his family
  • how, and this was my favorite part, the family falls into its familiar bickering in one particular scene when peril's closing in around them
  • the flashing back and forth from Adelaide's first encounter with the weird in 1986 to the present day madness
  • that the menace was on a wider scale than I'd thought going into this film

The Meh...
  • the first act is somewhat dry and runs longer than necessary to establish things
  • there's a Big Reveal in the third act, which fits well, then a surprise twist at the end, which also fits well. However, the two don't, in my mind, fit one another for this movie--that is, given the twist, the way the Big Reveal took place doesn't make sense to me

Would I recommend it...?
Yeah, it's a great thriller for Halloween! There's some violence and a bit of gore but all appropriate and not overdone.

I raved about Lupita Nyong'o in a previous review and must do so again here--she's fan-freaking-tastic and should be in All The Things, ever.

My Grade: B+
Rotten Tomatoes Scores: Tomatometer=93%, Audience Score=60%

Details, Schmeetails...
I Watched Us on Amazon (the Rotten Tomatoes page linked above provides links to other host sites)
Us' Wikipedia Page (Contains Spoilers)

This concludes day 29 of Spook Out!

For some reason, Blogger's upload picture function is not, in fact, allowing me to upload pics. Alas.