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Red Wings and Caduceus.

I adore the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In fact, I would argue that it is one of John Hughes’ finest. The struggle of a slacker to free his companion and woo his lady love while avoiding trouble is a lot of fun to watch unfold.

Matthew Broderick is at his peak for me as the title character Ferris, but frankly, the scene-stealer is Alan Ruck. At 37, he was twenty years older than his character Cameron, but one would never realize. He embodies the (occasionally literal) paralyzing fear that so many of us went through in our teen years, knowing we are more than what people assume us to be, but not really knowing how to show that in the real world.

I don't think it is coincidence that Cameron always wears something with wings on it.

I related so much more to Cameron than Ferris, and I think that’s the point. Ferris is what so many of us would have wanted to be in high school. Fearless and reckless, Ferris gets what he wants with seemingly few consequences, though he doesn’t seem to realize how lucky he is. Most of us are more like Cameron, with pressure and stress coming at us from every direction. We want to be brave, we want to dare, but how?

Vicarious living is great, but eventually, you have to start picking up the slack for yourself. Learn how to swallow the fear down enough to function like our idols do, in the real world. Personal disasters aren’t the end of the world, and we can own up.

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The Dragon*Con Cometh.

Holy. Crikey. Batman.

Go. Go HERE and tell me it isn’t a thing of beauty. Look at those guests! Look at those stars! Freaking Mark Sheppard! Freaking Tom Felton! Freaking Doc Hammer! So many fandoms, so little time!!

(no, I do not feel bad for abusing the exclamation point for this post. I mean every fucking one of those beauts!)

This list is even more epic than last years, and that’s saying crazy things. I’m so freaking excited!!! You have no idea. Okay, so maybe you have some idea since I have gone a little… exuberant with my points, but still.

These people are the stars of my day dreams and of my favorite shows. They are creators; they are the music makers. They are the dreamers of the dreams.

I can’t explain to you everything that it means to me that I will be in buildings with them. For the multiple times, with some of them. My mind spins with it.

Some other day I might be posting pictures of my costume in progress. I’m in so much love and happiness right now:

  • Dragon*Con list keeps getting awesomer
  • cosplay is in the cards
  • HPDH is out in the next week!
  • I have three days off this week instead of two
  • I’ve had people complimenting me on my handcrafted jewelry

This has been a good week, even if I did cry at work the other day. (It was a very bad, horrible, no good, fuck off kind of day, and I was pmsing. I can’t stand mood swings.)


FaveTiem Pt. 1.

Movies!

I love movies!

I love action and adventure and comedy and drama and music and plot and animation and suspense and everything else.

Like everyone, I do have a few favorites that I always turn to when I need a little something-something. They all are very different and do something different for me. So in no particular order, I’m going to let you know about my favorite five movies.

1. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Willy Wonka, not Charlie. Not that Charlie wasn’t great, but Willy Wonka has Gene Wilder and awesome songs and the Wonkatania scene, which to this day remains one of my favorite LSDish scenes ever. “Not a speck of light is showing, so the danger must be growing!” If you have any inclination to the offbeat and you have not yet seen Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, there is something wrong with you.

I’ve often felt bad because Roald Dahl, the writer of the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, did not like how Willy Wonka turned out. He felt that it focussed too much on Wonka, and not enough on Charlie, and that it was too related to selling the then fledgling Willy Wonka Candy Factory. But I just love this movie so much, more than I even love the book. Gene Wilder is one of my favorite actors, and I love the interpretation of Willy Wonka as a slightly twisted, yet benevolent candy man.

2. Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Tim Curry in drag and six inch heels. Susan Sarandon stripped down to her undies. Meatloaf on a motorcycle. These are all things that go into the making of a delicious movie that has British humor and killer rock soundtrack. At it’s core, Rocky Horror is a scifi movie with a queer bent, if you’ll forgive the pun. Further than that, Rocky Horror pushed the envelope and asked the audience to acknowledge what in their lives they might have been denying themselves, and whether it was worth it, even as it suggested that lives of excess are just as damaging.

And as I said before, the music is truly awesome, so you should check it out.

3. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Matthew Broderick is classic as the slacker with a heart for adventure and a plan for the best day ever. To be honest, I’m not a Ferris. I’m more of a Cameron, the best friend who gets drug out against his will, and though he enjoys it, never will it be his idea to do the crazy thing like that. (Personally, I think Cameron is the heart of the movie, but I’m pretty biased.)

Ferris is the epitome of 80s teen films. I love the epicness of the day, and how everything worked out. Sometimes, we need to keep the best scenario possible in our minds, and damn the negative.

4. Die Hard and sequels (1988-2007)

Yes, I’m counting the sequels and the original as one movie. It is the story of one man, and is frankly one of the best movie series ever for the continuity of the story they tell. Bruce Willis plays John McClane, NYPD cop, with aplomb and realism. McClane is not the pure hero, nor is he the anti-hero. He’s just that guy that does what he has to. Sometimes, he does that with unabashed happiness at the fact that he is destroying the bad guy that threatened what he loves.

All four of the movies are filled with moment of suspense and tension, aiming at keeping the audience worked up and understanding what McClane goes through. When he steps in glass, we know how stupidly painful that is. When his wife or daughter is threatened, we fear as well. When he has obviously turned to alcohol to deal with the stress and pain of his life, we know that urge.

But in the end, he is triumphant, and even if he doesn’t deal with the situation in an entirely pc way, I always root for him. Besides, he has the best catch phrase.

5. The Producers (1968)

Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel. The original Producers has the best cast and numbers ever. Better than the remake and better than the stage show. Yes, I believe that. No, there is no way to sway me. Yes, you can try. No, I won’t change my mind.

Mostel didn’t want to do the role at first, I would assume because he had already done A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, which was another comedy where his role was a manipulator pulled into his own con. But his wife convinced him to do it, and I can’t help but feel extremely grateful to her for that. I don’t think that anyone else could have played that role with the same depth and breadth. In fact, Nathan Lane’s attempt in the remake feels like a pale remind of Mostel’s performance (and I love Lane).

And again, Gene Wilder. The man is comic genius. This movie proves his ability to be everything Matthew Perry has been trying to be for the last twenty years in film.


God Dammit, I’m Exhausted.

Blazing Saddles is not my favorite of Mel Brook’s films, but it certainly has some perks.

Kahn is a very lovely woman, and this role showcases her various talents. And don’t her talents look lovely?

Also, I am actually freaking tired. I think I’m coming down with something if my nose and throat are to be believed. body!Fail.


Malcolm McDowell.

I don’t think there is any way to explain my love for Malcolm McDowell. He is amazing in so many ways, and I can’t seem to get enough of watching films he’s been in. From Clockwork Orange to Tank Girl to Easy A, McDowell has been in some great pieces that reach a very wide audience.

Currently, I’ve been enjoying him on a show called Franklin and Bash. It is a lawyer comedy that plays on the channel TNT. McDowell plays one of the founding partners of the firm that the title characters now work for, and he is absolutely hilarious. His role is a mixture of mentor, doting if somewhat oblivious father, and kinda nutty uncle, all of which he weaves into a hilarious, yet believable character.

If you have the time and inclination, I suggest you tune into or DVR the show. It is highly amusing and is a nice way to spend an hour.


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