The First Wives Club

Some days are hard and exhausting so you just need to allow Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton rock your evening again, no matter how many times you’ve watched The First Wives Club before.

Oh yeah, not to mention, this little lady:

Aren’t they lovely?

I am not sure what’s the level of tolerance robot-people would have for this movie. At all. ‘Cause I do not understand that kind of brain and truth be told, I make zero effort to try to understand WHY, OH WHY someone likes a movie about cars that turn into robots or whatever… but if you are one of my people, which the averse-to-robots brain type “The first wives club” is a winner! And it has been for what… 20? 25 years?

It’s so good I watched it last night and I might watch it again today. And tomorrow. Except… I am in a Bridget Jones mood now.

Yeah, yeah, yeah… I happen to turn into a girl from time to time.

But then I go back to pumpkin. Promise.

Please, waste your time with this movie! Several times!

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Had Justin Long studied in my high school, I would have had a huge pathetic crush on him. I’d have talked to him a couple times and made silly jokes. I’d probably manage to make myself sound funny enough to make him think I was ok to be around, and, if we ever did ended up hanging out, he’d friendzone me forever.

Well, good thing that totally happened, but with a completely different guy so I can still watch all the Justin Long movies I want.

So, the movie!

The story of this movie is actually pretty excellent. But there’s something COMPLETELY off about it. I am no expert but I do want to say it’s… the direction? I mean the photography makes it seem extremely low budget at certain moments but then again, during some other scenes, it’s actually quite good and decent and Tyler Labine is extremely charismatic.

It kinda feels like 3 different people directed 3 different movies and blended them all together for editing, though? I don’t know… I can’t explain it. It’s good. But it’s also bad.

See what I mean?

This is the kind of movie you will watch when you are procrastinating something. Probably work.

I am so sorry, Justin.

The giant mechanical man

This movie definitely falls into the “What the f*** did I just watch?” category.

This is what I do… I usually filter a person on either Netflix or Amazon (or whatever) and I watch a few of their movies in a row. On this day, I was very much in a Topher Grace mood.

I mean, Topher is awesome and I know waaaaay more about him then I feel like I should know about a person who is *not* an actual friend. Actually, there’s a good chance I know a lot more about Topher Grace than I do about a good percentage of my friends BECAUSE he had a podcast.

In real life, I tend to interrupt people to talk about myself (I am a terrible person, I realize that) so, with podcasts, since I can’t do that, I tend to listen… and people tend to talk about themselves for hours… and he does that. I know that Topher Grace basically survived on cereal when he was single and that he was a reputation of enjoying board games but the story behind how that started is actually super not-legit ’cause he bought a bunch of board games it to impress random girls he never really hooked up with…

Anyway, what was the question?

Oh, that darn movie.

Well, I don’t mean to trigger anyone here, but if you feel like you’ve lost the willing to get out of bed and see the sunlight ever again… this movie will set the mood! It’s the most depressing thing I’ve ever seen – minus for the 5 minutes where you actually see Topher trying to be funny in a movie that is very much NOT.

I might actually watch is again just to understand if I was missing something or if that was actually it. I am thinking that was it.

I say don’t waste your time with it, unless you are in a very weird movie.

Of course, there’s a chance you very much enjoyed watching this. I mean, the guy who wrote it probably did. That just means we are very. Different. People.

That’s it.

Shell

Sneaky Pete

Of course, I only found out about this show a few days ago, after it had already been cancelled for almost 2 years… but it didn’t stop me from watching the whole thing, in one sitting!

Sneaky Pete is really awesome *but* also tense. It’s definitely not something you play on the background to set the mood on a rainy day OR something you could watch while eating dinner in front of the TV. Seriously, don’t eat while watching it because *Spoiler alert* people will lose body parts. Not big parts, but still… stuff that is mostly attached to the rest of the human body in most comedy movies.

I wish there was a season 4, but unfortunately, apparently that’s it. It’s the kind of movie to watch when you are feeling energetic enough to pay attention but not in the mood to actually take actions in real life.

If you ask me, it’s definitely worth your time!

Watcha watching?

Shell

My so-called life

I am a big fan of “My so-called life”. Really. To embarrassing levels. I wrote a fan fiction about it, I dyed my hair red, I drew every character… you name it. It  is pathological, people. So, of course, I was really happy when I saw it on Disney+ here in Canada!

I spent the past week screen-capturing scenes from “My so-called life“, in the hopes of drawing a decent floor plan because… well, I probably just want to be Angela and live in this show. So, I might as well have a floor plan.

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But, about the house…

Before people fell in love with their clean lines, gray walls and shades of teal, there was actual warmth in their houses. 💛

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Not every piece of furniture you’ll find in this house will have  the exact same shade of walnut wood. And that is OK.

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Also, each room has a unique character. 

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This is a very personal point, actually. Wallpaper and light blue colours are my favorite choice for walls. So, this is basically my ideal house – almost. 💛

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I am a sucker for all things 90’s. So, the office is my favorite place in this house! In general, it feels very real and it tells a story by itself.

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So, as I started drawing the house ,  there were challenges…

It turns out the set did not match the facade they used for the exterior, which was this one (source: iamnotastalker.com ):

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… and the set actually changes at least 3 times during the show.

So, I used a little bit of imagination and “forced” the second floor on top of the first the best I could!

This graphic is not pretty and I’ll probably replace it as soon as I find the original and I’m able to edit it. But since this could potentially never happen, I’ll leave this here for now!

Love,

Shell

Just add water

So, someone told me “Justin Long and Jonah Hill together” – who are people I am hopefully friends with in some of the parallel universes – and I was like “SOLD!!!”.

Except… WTF did I just watch? Sweet Lord Jesus Christ! Is this supposed to make me feel good about my life, in the middle of a pandemic, 5 countries away from my house? Well, good job.

Danny Devito is also in this movie, but him I haven’t trusted since “Drowning Mona” – which is something I only watched because I must watch everything Better Midler does – but my guys Justin and Jonah?

Well, I must admit they are spectacular at their roles, which is no surprise for Jonah (I love old Jonah better than current Jonah, btw… but I understand getting healthy is important as someone who is currently obese.)

Where was I? Oh, ok… so no matter how many funny guys in rom-coms Justin Long plays, I still see him as an amazing actor with like an oscar on his path.

You heard it here first, people! Justin Long will, someday, get an Oscar.

Also, if you are ever in a very weird, depressed, numb mood… you should totally waste your time watching this movie!

Just add water

Breaking News In Yuba County

I don’t believe Mila Kunis, at this point of her life, performs random roles because she needs the money. Therefore, I just don’t trust her with movie choices because most of the movies I’ve watched with her did not impress my superior mind *eyeroll*. Fine, I just don’t like most of her movies and MAYBE I don’t like her as a person a little bit. I mean, TF was “Extract?” , “Ted”, “The spy who whatever…” … just… no!

Still, I pressed play on “Breaking News In Yuba County”.

The set is so ugly it BOTHERS me. But then again, the whole movie is supposed to bother the audience…
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The experience was weird.

I thought “Tusk” had made me paranoid and afraid of all my neighbors enough, but it turns out I still had room in my tiny little brain to be even MORE scared.

This is the story of a lady who is sad. She is sad and honestly, no one really cares about her. I’ve seen it happen in real life. Some people just have an *energy* that just pushes people away. The more needy you get, the worse it is.

The thing is, it hurts. It hurts and it keeps getting worse. So, the lady decides to make an insane move. She is so focused on being loved she loses perspective of basically everything.

The movie is kind of triggering and tense and how it’s a “comedy” drama, it’s beyond me. That stuff ain’t funny.

So, now I’m just sitting here thinking, “Oh, God! I really have to be careful… with everyone and everything because that lady could be anyone”.

So, there.

Happy Sunday Night, Michele.

It’s kind of a good movie… I would never watch is again, though.

Feel Good

I am not sure how relatable Mae Martin’s Netflix show “Feel Good” is to people with normal brains. But, to me, it was something I have been hoping to find – though I was not sure where to search, or what keywords to use – for for a long time.

Mar Martin in bed – A screen capture from the show “Feel Good”.

This is a show about a person who is trying to cope with the fact that their thoughts don’t necessarily work in their favor all the time. It’s about the struggle to live with yourself when , to other people, nothing seems to be happening, but inside of you, there’s a storm. Mae defines it as a love story, which is also true.

I relate to Mae in so many levels, it’s scary. From adoring Bette Midler to overdoing things that are bad to me (fortunately I’ve managed to never try drugs… unless diet coke counts). It got me wondering if this was the reason why I do so many things I absolutely don’t want to do – like finishing that chocolate bar – and also, a question Mae actually brings up in the show instantly popped into my mind “I understand I am like this, how the f*** do I fix it?”. The literature of how to fix things seem to be a lot less extense than the one on how to identify such problems.

The scary part is, it’s semi-autobiographical, so I can’t help but feel bad for Mae and every other PTSD victims out there.

I binge-watched the whole thing in a day or two (it’s rather short) and I love how the second season is set in Canada. Sometimes I like Canada, sometimes I don’t. So, when the correct light and camera angle is set in places I have been or maybe places that look familiar, that place becomes magical to me and it makes me really love the fact that I am actually here. It’s like how I hated Brazil until I read “American Drifter” by Chad Michael Murray and realized it was beautiful, because it saw it through his eyes. Yes, my personality is THAT weak.

Also, the whole cast is so amazing. Not only we get Lisa Kudrow, we also get Phil Burgers, who I had absolutely never hear of, but made me laugh while crying. It’s good, guys. It’s really, really good.

I may or may not be a *little* obsessed, so I drew a little something, which Mae herself liked on twitter and made my absurd little day…

Thank you for this, Mae. Also, I hope you are ok.

Words+Music by Alanis Morissette

I am listening to Alanis’ Words+Music. It is perfect.

I’m thinking about how long it’s been since the day I locked myself in my room next to my CD player and determined I would memorize all the songs in her MTV acoustic special CD.

It’s been a lifetime.

On this audiobook she talks about how the uses her lyrics to get stuff out of her system. Apparently, it works. That’s when it hit me. This is what I do too. I write things down.

Whatever I am feeling completely overwhelmed… if I write it down, it becomes only words. And words don’t scare me at all. They are actually beautiful.

A couple years ago, my therapist asked me how I coped with the rollercoaster that is my mind. I didn’t have an answer. But this was it. This is how I cope. Using words… plus music.

You never know what you’re gonna learn about yourself every day.

I hope it helps you too.

Feel-good movies marathon

As we waited for a vaccine, a cure or a sudden end of COVID19, my mom and I decided to watch a few feel-good movies from our past this weekend.

My kids were mostly sitting on the floor, playing with their legos through basically all 5 movies. And I thought, pandemic or no pandemic, life could never possibly be better than this. Sitting on my couch, watching old movies with my mom as my kids play. It is the dream, I tell you.

These were our picks in the actual order that we watched and I am not going to rate them because you can’t rate kid-friendly perfection!

Binge watching anything with coffee just has to be my favorite thing in life. Is that a profession?

Shell