The Pinterest Wormhole

Have you ever got caught in the inevitable Pinterest wormhole? You know what I’m talking about. One little picture of Tom Hiddleston’s face and you are knee deep in pinning every expression he’s ever made. Which leads you to that one photo of him and Benedict Cumberbatch together. Which is just about the most perfect man sandwich ever invented in life.

Two of my most favorite people ever(: Tom Hiddleston and Bennie Cumberbatch....

Of course, once you are in the land of Cumberbatch you end up with a brand new board called “I am Sherlocked” because one pin of that handsome face is not enough. And then you’ve brought Martin Freeman into the mix. Which brings you around to The Hobbit. Soon you have a board called “Over the Misty Mountain” which brings in Dominic Monaghan (and leads to a board called “The Hatch“), Richard Armitage (and a board aptly titled “Sherwood Forest“), and Ian McKellan which reminds you of how much you love wizards!! And once wizards enter the mix, you can’t go on in life without creating a board called “The Boy Who Lived.”

That is a ticking time bomb of new boards about to explode on the Pinterest-sphere. Then you’re just pinning left and right (3 hours have now gone by and you’ve forgotten to eat.) Once you’ve pinned Potter you say to yourself, “There are so many other fandoms I love that are not yet represented.”

Then comes more boards with titles like “1.21 Gigawatts,” “007,” “Glitch in the Matrix,” “We Named the Dog Indiana,” “Timey-Wimey,” “Walkers,” “Stormborn,” “Shiny,” “Welcome to the Hellmouth.” And so on. Being the gigantic nerd you are, you need a “Star Trek” and a “Star Wars” board. Fandom is not complete without these two… duh!!

All of sudden you think to  yourself (cause there is no human in sight amid all this pinning) “What about superheroes? They aren’t represented yet either. That’s not even fair of me.” So you come up with boards like “DC vs. Marvel (everyone wins)” and “The Evil League of Evil.” And soon you find that perfect picture of Loki smiling with that devilishly handsome face of his and somehow you’ve ended up right back to pinning the many grins of Tom Hiddleston.

Just gradually more mischievous. And there's still people who don't get this fandom. bwaahaha

The circle is now complete. And an entire day has wasted away… but if we’re being honest with ourselves… do we really think wasted is the proper word? Nope!

Tomorrow let’s start with a young Harrison Ford and see where that takes us!! The possibilities are endless.

Young Harrison Ford

PS… I’m not even kidding. Head over to my Pinterest profile to explore the many wormholes that await you. And happy pinning!

Star Wars and Harry Potter

Before I write another word, Star Wars has always been and will always be my very favorite movies of all time. I know every line. And every time I watch any one of them my heart is immediately lightened. It’s nostalgia and joy and all manner of good things wrapped in a bow. Sort of the way you feel when you play with puppies. But with lighsabers thrown in. (Not thrown at the puppies. I hope that was clear!)

Now…I can confidentally say that Harry Potter is officially my second favorite set of movies. (LOTR is a very close third. Very close!) And let me just tell you why. I actually hadn’t seen either parts of The Deathly Hallows since they were in theaters.
And I just finished the whole series once again. Harry burdens my heart and makes me think. Harry presents simple concepts wrapped in riddles. Harry gives us Snape and Neville and Sirius and Luna. There is such a beauty in the series that just grabs my heart and holds on till the end. And each time I watch it I let myself forget all I know about it and I am taken on the ride all over again. And by the end I am knee deep in Kleenex every time.

Nothing can compare to Star Wars for me. It’s in a class all it’s own. Plus it has about 15 year of constant viewing on every other movie out there.But I truly believe nothing can quite compare to Harry Potter either. And that’s why it deserves second place on my favorite movies list. (Seriously…LOTR is really, really close behind!)

Clean watching

Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, The Chronices of Narnia, Lord of the Rings… all beloved sci-fi/ fantasy film/tv/books. And every single one almost completely devoid of salacious sex, drugs and harsh cursing. Is there such a thing to be found these days? It is rare to say the least.

Sure… there’s the occasional ‘Bloody ‘ell!’ Or a fondness for smoking a little longbottom leaf. But all in all these things are pretty safe for young minds. Which is why they are such beloved classics.

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I mean two of the longest running television shows are Dr. Who and Star Trek respectively. Dr. Who celebrates it’s 50th year this year. That is a long time to still  be going strong.

These series and movies and such, captivate us as children and we hold on to them forever after that. And it’s because they are appropriate for children and adults alike. Because of this, children are introduced to these things at a young age and are immediately hooked.

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I can’t tell you the first time I saw Star Wars or when my parents first read The Chronicles of Narnia to me.

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Now, don’t get me wrong, I love me some Game of Thrones and The Matrix and so many other great R-rated things, but because we cannot experience these things as children, they will never quite have the kind of power that the others tend to. The kind of power that causes true and deep devotion. The power to be relevant 50 years ago and still relevant today.

LOTR Christmas Recap

On Christmas Eve 2012, my family and I gathered for our unique Christmas tradition.
In the past there was Harry Potter Christmas, Narnia Christmas, Star Wars Christmas and now Lord of the Rings Christmas.

The younger generation is not the only one to get into the spirit of Middle Earth. From me to my mother to my sister-in-law to my 92 year old Granny. No one is immune from the fun of LOTR Christmas.

We take photos in front of our huge green screen and have even incorporated themed gingerbread construction.

It is a festive affair.
Take a look at the continuing tradition:

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First a stop at Denny’s for their Hobbit inspired menu… in full costume, mind you.

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I dressed as Legolas.

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Many came as Hobbits.

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My dad was Gandalf the Grey.

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All the Hobbitses.

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Balrog and Shelob living the villain life.

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The dwarves Gloin and Gimli.

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My little Granny as Bilbo Baggins.

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And Grandma as Rosie Cotton.

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My mom dressed as Pippin.

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My brother as Gloin father of Gimli.

Then there was gingerbread and cookies:

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The Shire.

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The ‘happy place.’

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Tower, eye of Sauron and the one… 3 rings.

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The dwarves and Gandalf.

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Minas Tirith.

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The eyebof Sauron.

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Assorted LOTR shapes.

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And the waterfalls of Rivendell.

Stay tuned for edited photos of everyone in true Middle Earth scenery. (We don’t play around!)

Also, next year will br Doctor Who and I will be a weeping angel.

The Hobbit: an exceedingly expected delight

Let me preface this and any future review by saying that I am not a movie critic. I will basically be telling you what I love about the movies and tv show i watch and see. Seldom do I walk away from a movie hating it. Actually that is an almost never. I love pretty much everything. (People can attest!)

With that being said…
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The Hobbit opens to familiar scenary (the beauty of New Zealand clearly remains the unchanged), music and faces. Honestly, it felt like I had returned to the company of dear forgotten friends. And I had a tear in my eye at the reunion.
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Richard Armitage brings the kind of epic majesty to Thorin that Viggo Mortensen brought to Aragorn. It’s a quality that without being told, lets you know these characters are more that what they seem. He is the eager hero, the reluctant leader at times but always the stength of the travelling pack.
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Martin Freeman is beautifully endearing. Long have i been a fan of his body of work. Fron The Office to Hitchhiker’ Guide to Sherlock. He brings a quality to Bilbo that i believe no one elae can match. Bilbo’s fear of adventure lends to the bravery to take on the journey despite said fear. And he becomes the hero we all know he is meant to be. Even though a Hobbit may travel the lands virtually unseen, Bilbo’s heart is what drives everyone forward and equally allows him to shine.
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The cast of dwarves work in perfect harmony. Even taking time to ‘whistle as they work’ in true dwarf fashion. They all weave and work together like the braids on their beards.
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And as far as Ian McKellan… well it’s no surprise that he is as stalwart and Galdalfian as he ever was.

I personally have no interest I  hearing or reading one negative syllable about it and also cannot wait to see the sequels. For I know that they, respectively, will hold the same magic that this film does.