Pulled the Trigger

Oh, yes! After not being able to find it locally-ish (ie Charlotte and Toronto) in any Lego store, I finally pulled the trigger and ordered myself the James Bond™ Aston Martin DB5 Lego Creator Expert set. This thing looks so cool and has all the Bond gadgets you could want … a working ejector seat, revolving number plates, rear-window bulletproof screen, front wing machine guns, and wheel-mounted tyre scythes.

The tracking says it should be here tomorrow. Squee!

Am I a big kid? Most definitely!
James Bond™ Aston Martin DB5 | Lego Creator Expert
James Bond™ Aston Martin DB5 | Lego Creator Expert

Pulled the Trigger

Out With the Old …

A week and half ago, I got rid of the old sofa. It was only five years old and the material was pulling off of all the cushion covers (except for the pristine one which I had paid $60 to replace about a year ago). Very annoying! I had been hoping to keep this sofa for a long time.

Old Sofa

The new sofa arrived yesterday … and it is awesome. It’s a lot more stylish than the last one (and orange, too!). For some reason, it makes me feel so much more like an adult. Maybe that’s because most of my furniture is a bit ratty and bachelor pad-ish?

New Sofa

Out With the Old …

Slogging Through

What’s been happening, you might ask?

– Finally saw Captain Marvel. It was pretty good. Now I want a flurken.
– Celebrated David’s (33rd) birthday.
– Went to a St. Patrick’s Day bash and drank too much beer.
– Saw the 80th Anniversary screening of Gone With the Wind.

I have been keeping up with my daily exercise … maybe even obsessively so. So, it was thoroughly depressing to get on the scales this morning and see that I have gained back 10 of the 20lbs. that I lost last year. I could tell that I had put on some weight over the holidays but I didn’t imagine it was that bad. Ten fucking pounds! This make me feel like giving up and just becoming a fat slob again. Ugh. I guess I need to be better about snacks/fast food/eating out and cut down on the alcohol intake.

Spring is around the corner and I am itching to get out and hike. It’s been way too long since I have treked through the woods. Who wants to go along?

Meanwhile … this bad boy arrived yesterday. It’s Arrow Videos (now sold out) Limited Edition The Ring Collection featuring the original Japanese movie (Ringu) and all its sequels. You had me at “Limited Edition.” Plus, I do loves me some J-Horror.
The Ring Collection

Slogging Through

Whether You Like It or Not …

I need to change my underwear because Criterion just announced Hedwig and the Angry Inch for release in June! Squee!!!

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Cameron Mitchell and cinematographer Frank DeMarco, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2001 featuring Mitchell and DeMarco
  • New conversation between members of the cast and crew, including Mitchell, DeMarco, composer and lyricist Stephen Trask, hairstylist and makeup artist Michael Potter, animator Emily Hubley, actor Miriam Shor, and visual consultant Miguel Villalobos
  • Whether You Like It or Not: The Story of Hedwig (2003), an eighty-five-minute documentary tracing the development of the project from its beginnings in a New York club to its theatrical premiere at the Sundance Film Festival
  • New conversation between Trask and rock critic David Fricke about the film’s soundtrack
  • From the Archives, a new program exploring Hedwig’s production and legacy through its memorabilia
  • Deleted scenes with commentary by Mitchell and DeMarco
  • Trailer
  • More!
  • PLUS: An essay by Stephanie Zacharek, along with, for the Blu-ray edition, production photos by Potter and costume designer Arianne Phillips, illustrations by Hubley, and excerpts from two of the films inspirations, Plato’s Symposium and The Gospel of Thomas
Whether You Like It or Not …

Daylighting

What a lazy weekend. I watched FIVE movies.

Adore (2013)
Song of the South (1946)
Falling Down (1993)
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)
Morocco (1930)

Adore was “meh.” Pretty people with pretty people problems.

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House was also “meh.” It’s the second film from Osgood Perkins (Anthony Perkins’ son). The movie had some cool production design (I want that house!) and camera work but the story was nearly non-existent and super sloooooooooooooow. The Blackcoat’s Daughter was much better.

I saw Falling Down back when it opened. I had forgotten how much I liked this movie. Michael Douglas in one of the most underrated actors out there.

I decided to get started on the Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood box set that Criterion has released. First up was Morocco. It’s a really great movie. Dietrich and Gary Cooper are awesome (and beautiful). I loves me some pre-code movies.

Song of the South
And that brings me to Song of the South. I have been wanting to see this for a while because all the talk about how racist it is. So, I tracked down a bootleg on the interwebs and watched. The verdict? Racially insensitive … yes. Intentionally Racist … no. There is really nothing in this movie that is any worse than Gone with the Wind or any number of movies set in the south after the Civil War that were made in the 30’s and 40’s. The biggest sin of Song of the South is that it’s pretty boring.

Meanwhile …

In anticipation of the new sofa (which had better be here on schedule next week), I gave the old one away. We moved it out of the house yesterday and now have two super uncomfortable IKEA chairs in the living room to get us through. It feels a little weird to have gotten rid of a five-year-old sofa, but when the material is peeling off the cushion covers … you gotta do what you gotta do.
Awaiting Delivery

Meanwhile, the hell that is daylight savings time is upon us.
I Hate Daylight Savings Time

Daylighting

Monday Blah’s

I woke up late this morning and that discombobulated the whole day. Ugh.

And it’s not like the weekend was super busy to make me exhausted so that I slept through the alarm. It was actually pretty lazy. I mostly just a lot of sat around and watched stuff.

Here are Some Things that Happened Over the Weekend:
– Saw Red at the theater.
– Drank some Lagunitas Brown Shugga’. It’s a damn fine beer.
– Started watching Penny Dreadful. So far, so good.
– Walked around the Lake.
– Took a nap!
– Watched Hell Fest. Mindless but fun.
– Watched The Strangers: Prey at Night. Annoyingly stupid at points.
– Did a very, very small amount of freelance work.
– Watched Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Amazing animation!
– Bought four hex bolts and Blueberry Cobbler Cheddar Cheese.
– Watched Crooked House. A fairly descent who-dunnit.

Thank goodness we had some sun on Saturday. Any break in the monotony of the dreary, rainy weather that has become the standard here is like a life line. We went from Dreary, Rainy Friday to Sunny Saturday to Cold, Gross, Rainy Sunday. Today was also cold and gross. Quadruple Ugh. I am over it!

Isn’t talking about the weather exciting?

Meanwhile … here is something pretty for you to purchase.

Waxworks Records has released CRUISING Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Score. It’s a 3-LP colored vinyl edition of the complete soundtrack to William Friedkin’s controversial 1980 movie. The package is designed by Aesthetic Apparatus and looks amazing. Get it!
CRUISING Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Score
CRUISING Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Score

Word on the street is that Arrow Video is going to be releasing Cruising on Blu-ray sometime in the near future. I am pretty pumped about that! Check out the trailer …

Monday Blah’s