I sure do have them winter/pandemic blues. You could probably tell from my lack of posting. But, honestly, what is there to talk about? Life has fallen into a dull routine of cardio, work, eat, stare mindlessly at the TV, sleep, repeat. The weather has been too cold and dreary on Saturdays for any afternoon fire pitting with Shortlegs and Co. (one of my few mental health activities). So, it’s mainly getting takeout on Saturdays that breaks up some of the monotony.
February is ticking along and hopefully the temps with warm up quickly in March. JR and I have been distracting ourselves with plans for various backpacking trips in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Some sound fun. Some sound grueling. Time will tell!
Meanwhile, let the photos below break up the monotony of your day and week.
The big excitement recently has been the arrival of Vinegar Syndrome‘s new 4K UHD release of The Beastmaster. I have very vivid memories of seeing this at the local movie theater in 1982 (when I was on the cusp of turning 11 years old). I pretty much knew I was different at this point in my life and that men grabbed my attention more women. It was a weird, scary, and thrilling feeling. The Beastmaster just helped reaffirm all this. Marc Singer running around in a leather hula skirt that barely covered anything was an amazing site for these young eyes.
It’s weird to think now that my parents probably thought I was excited to see Tanya Roberts topless in this movie. Nope. I was all about Marc Singer. I mean, c’mon … look at him!
The Beastmaster is one of three films from my childhood that I feel helped solidify my gayness. The other two are Flash Gordon and Gwendoline. Maybe it’s of note that all three are from the fantasy/sci-fi genre … and maybe it’s not.
I finally got around to watching The Social Dilemma on Netflix. Although the documentary does a great job of painting how we should be very wary of social media, my biggest takeaway was just how handsome Tim Kendall (former Director of Monetization at Facebook and former President of Pinterest) is. Helloooooooooooo, nurse!
Finally finishing up Dark on Netflix and I gotta give a shout out to the main title designers (ARRI Media VFXand Lutz Lemke). I am a sucker for a great title sequence and I gotta say that Dark has one of my favorites. And, yes. I quietly judge people who skip title sequences.
Ben Frost has composed some wonderfully ominous music for the show … which you can sample below and purchase here.
The new Watchmen series on HBO had a really kick-ass first (and maybe only) season … and the cherry on top of the finale was an extended monologue from Senator Joe Keene Jr. (played by James Wolk) delivered while he was undressing down to some Doctor Manhattan inspired undies. I might have had to start fanning myself. Even David stopped what he was doing and took notice.