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We just got back from seeing Shazam! - we didn't go last week because Rob wanted to see Pet Sematary, and I figured there'd be less kids this weekend anyway. It was really quite good - even though I knew the Rotten Tomatoes scores was good and stuff (currently at 90% on RT, I just checked), I was still surprised how much I liked it. Other than Wonder Woman, I can't think of any other DC moves of recent years that I've liked as much. Since we got home I've been watching Easter-Egg-type videos and running periodically into the bedroom to treat Rob to especially good bits of DC trivia.

(Rob likes to spend some time on the laptop before he goes to bed. He watches YouTube stuff about movies, too - mostly not the same movies - and also a bunch of workout stuff, of course.)

Here's the updated list of movies I've seen this year, which I have been chunking into the bottom of my movie posts recently. Here it's getting moved up because I want to talk about it - mostly about why it's not longer.

Movies seen in 2019:
1. Bumblebee
2. Into the Spider-verse (second time at this one)
3. Lego Movie 2
4. Captain Marvel (twice)
5. Shazam!

Actually that's not a terribly slow pace by my recent standards - we're basically 3-1/2 months into 2019 and I've been to a movie at a movie theater six times. I think a couple of movies a month is more or less my normal pace in recent years. Some years less - but further in the past we used to go pretty much every week. In Galveston we lived really close to the movie theater for many years, and I think that made a difference. (Rob used to walk, some of the time. It was maybe a mile and a half, so I don't remember ever actually doing that, but it was a little quick jog down the Seawall in the car, anyway - five minutes, tops. We had it timed where we would leave about the time the schedule said the movie started, and we never missed the beginning of the movie.)

Rob goes to see horror movies without me, because we long ago established that I don't go to those, and sometimes he also goes without me to various other things I don't feel like seeing. I wouldn't go to Hotel Mumbai because it just sounded depressing, and I wouldn't go to Us because I watched the trailer and went, Hell no, that's a horror movie! (I did go see Get Out after being assured that it wasn't *really* a horror movie.). I think I mentioned before that I wouldn't go see Glass because I hadn't seen Split, but actually I don't think I missed anything on that one, anyway.

I used to go to movies alone, too, but I hardly ever do any more. I think partly it's because the window before things come out on video has gotten so short that I don't bother, in general. The only movie I can remember going to alone in recent years is Doctor Strange, and that was mostly because it was on a weekend when Rob was out of town. I mostly care about going to the theater to see superhero movies and other big-spectacle kinds of things - Star Wars, etc - otherwise I just figure I can wait and watch them on TV in a month or two. (On the movies I really like, of course, I do both - I go see them two or three times at the theater and then see them more times at home, as well. I watched Infinity War twice in one night, recently. But then I'm in ramp-up-to-Endgame mode at the moment. Barely more than a week away now! We have our tickets and everything.)


In non-movie news, I was going to do a medical update but really there's not a whole lot new to say, anyway. Quick version: I've had a consult at MDAnderson, and I have another one with the RadOnc doctor in a week or so, so the radiation treatments will get underway before too long, I guess. I can't say I'm feeling a great hurry about that, but I know it needs doing.

Spreaking of which, right now I gotta go do my taxes. Ugh.
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Well, the medical update first, which is really that there is no update, since I still haven't started with the radiation. I don't guess there's a tearing hurry about it, really, but I've been bugging various people about it and I'm not going to drop it, don't worry. I'm still healing a bit anyway so actually I wasn't mentally ready to start that yet anyway.

We went to see Captain Marvel and both of us really liked it more than we expected to and we're going to see it again tomorrow since there's really nothing else to see anyway. I don't think I really have anything profound to say about Captain Marvel though. (Except maybe that Brie serving popcorn in uniform was kind of the cutest thing ever.) Now I'm counting down to Endgame on my birthday. (I will be 59, y'all. I'm kinda freaking out about that.)




Movies seen in 2019:
1. Bumblebee
2. Into the Spider-verse
3. Lego Movie 2
4. Captain Marvel
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We went to see The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (I believe that's the correct full title). We liked the first one and we also liked Lego Batman, so this was a no-brainer. It has a very interesting plot and I actually can't talk about the part of it I'd like to talk about without spoiling stuff, so I will just tell you that I saw when I got home that it didn't make nearly as much money as it was predicted to - $35 million or so rather than the $55m or so the studio thought it would make.  (Here's the piece I was reading - it got an A- CinemaScore so it's not that audiences didn't like it.)

I notice that this is actually the first movie I've seen that was released this year. I feel like there just wasn't much released up to now that I was very interested in.




Movies seen in 2019:
1. Bumblebee
2. Into the Spider-verse
3. Lego Movie 2
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I'm trying to remember to post a little bit here & there, but I am totally sleep-deprived again and so I hope this comes out making sense. (I got like four hours of sleep yesterday.) I've already had one try at going to sleep earlier and I sat and read instead (now on Expanse book 3, which is called Abaddon's Gate, I believe? not sure of their spelling of that but I'm fairly sure that's the name. SPOILER (although fairly minor, I guess): there's a giant alien stargate (?) thing - or maybe it's not a gate, just a Ringworld - lurking around so that makes sense for the name at this point in the overarching plot.)

We have a plan for the weekend which does not include a movie for me. Rob is going to see Vice, finally (no new horror movies this week), and I will stay home and we will go out to eat on Sunday. I'm still saying the same thing I was saying a couple of weeks ago, which is that I was not amused by the Bush administration the first time around and I have no desire to re-live it. Rob has been wanting to go see Glass when it comes out next weekend, but the reviews aren't good. On the other hand, it's his birthday weekend so I may end up going anyway. Movie-wise, I'm just marking time til the things I actually want to see (like Captain Marvel) start coming out.

Also I had a mammo last week and I have to have a followup because they saw a shadow of some kind. I got phone messages about it and looked online, and I get the impression that the nurses who were trying to call me were all set to have to calm me down, and I'm like, no problem, been there done that (every few years since I turned 40, basically) and I'm not going to get excited til I'm sure there's actually a problem.
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 1. Bumblebee

I really liked Bumblebee a lot, quite honestly. I'm the wrong age to be nostalgic about Transformers - I was a young adult in the 80s - but they surrounded that with all kinds of other 80s nostalgia, and it's been well-established here that I love me some 80s, so that part made me happy. And it was well-made, so that always helps.

I'm starting to think I might ought to go back and see Aquaman again at some point, and see if I was just being cranky about it. That was right when I started getting really sick, so it's entirely possible. And it was awfully pretty to look at (and I don't just mean Jason Momoa).

But before I can do that I have to go back to work. I don't mind the work itself as much as I mind getting up earlier, darnit.

Does anybody else think 2019 just sounds more futuristic somehow? (I also pointed out to Rob that it's only one year now until we know what to call our decades again!)
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Variety posted this article about movies coming out in the next year, and I seem to have Opinions on several of these, so I sat there at work - it was a slow night - and wrote down what I thought. (Some of these I had to look up, but the majority of them were things I already knew about.)

POSSIBLE 
SPOILER WARNING: there's at least two general spoilers here (if you haven't seen GlassSplit and Infinity War) but mostly this is pretty vague. If you're concerned, though, step carefully here. 

ALSO: if you can't read the text below, highlight it. Apparently when I copied it over, something got screwed up. (I changed the text to gray instead of white, now, so I think most everybody should be able to at least see it, unless you have a background that color!)



 

  • Glass – I might be interested but I haven’t seen Split, would have to catch up first (I would want to watch Unbreakable again too, but I think we actually have a DVD of that around somewhere!)
  • Lego Movie 2 – I liked the first one, so sure
  • How to Train Your Dragon, part whatever – I liked the first one, never got around to the second one, so… maybe?
  • Captain Marvel – yes, please, preferably sooner (I just read somewhere that this is the TWENTY-FIRST Marvel movie – seriously, it took you guys 20 movies to get a freaking female lead??)
  • Us – I guess this is the Jordan Peele movie? I liked Get Out a lot, and the cast looks good, so I’m interested. But I’m horror-averse, so somebody will have to vet it for me first. (Normally I don’t go see horror movies at all.)
  • Dumbo – if the reviews are good, I’ll go, but I’m doubtful. I loved it the old one when I was a kid, though.
  • Pet Sematary – horror, so no. (I like King’s non-horror stuff fine.) ADDED: I seem to have dropped "It 2" out of the list somehow, but the same applies there.
  • Shazam – I never saw the old one (there IS an old one, right?) so not anticipating, no. But if the reviews are good on this one I could be persuaded.
  • Hellboy – I liked the old ones, and the trailer looks good, so I’m sure we’ll go unless the reviews really suck or something. (My movie viewing is heavily review-dependent, have you figured that out already?)
  • Avengers Endgame – hell yeah. Gotta find out how they revive half the universe, right?
  • Pokemon Detective Pikachu – I know what Pikachu looks like but other than that I don’t know anything about Pokeman. So highly doubtful.
  • Aladdin – we’ll see. We saw the Beauty & the Beast remake and it was alright. Probably just depends on whether something about it intrigues us enough to bother!
  • Godzilla – again, we’ll see. I like the old ones and I even liked that Matthew Broderick one in the 90s, so we might go.
  • Rocketman – oh, it’s an Elton bio. Maybe?
  • Dark Phoenix – maybe. Do I have to watch the last one to catch up? (If it seems decent, we’ll probably see it. We’ve seen most of the others.)
  • Men in Black International – hell yeah, but not because it’s MiB. Because it’s Tessa and Chris.
  • Toy Story 4 and Tom Holland Spiderman 2 both have the same answer – we’ve seen the previous ones and we’ll undoubtedly go see these too
  • The Lion King – I have to admit to being kind of “meh” on this one. The animated one was never my favorite. But if it looks good we’ll go, I’m sure.
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – I’m also meh on Tarantino, generally, and I’m not a DiCaprio fan either. But Manson stuff has always interested me so I’m guessing we’ll see it.
  • Joker (the Joachin Phoenix/Todd Philips thing) – I’m undecided. MIGHT be interesting, but we’ll see.
  • You Are My Friend – huh, Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers, really? Maybe…
  • Frozen 2 – undecided. Rob has never seen Frozen 1 but I have. I’ve been threatening to make him watch it, we’ll see if that happens first.
  • Star Wars IX – of course I’m going. Is it going to be as good as Force Awakens or as divisive as Last Jedi, that’s the question.

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