djgray: (photographs)
Because Dad was re-telling this story last night and I was too tired to type it up then, so I'm sharing it with you all now.

So the movie has JUST come out on VHS and we have watched it for The First Time. I am 3 and Sister A is a yearish. Mom and Dad are still in the living room when Dad hears some strange noises from the kitchen and his "dad senses" tingle. He walks into the kitchen and freezes because I am armed with a meat cleaver and Sister A has a barbecue fork. We are giggling as we are sword-fighting on the counters over the stove. (because EVEN THEN just playing with sharp implements wasn't enough, we had to add elements of height! and potential FIRE! to the equation)

Dad does the Owen Grady raptor trainer hands as he carefully and calmly disarms us and moves us off the counters. Then he hands us wooden spoons and tells us we can fight over there on the carpet where they can see.

Mom, when told, wants to know why he didn't spank us. Dad literally shrugged at her and went "They just needed safer weapons? They're just imitating what they saw in the movie?"
djgray: (chucks)
Today has been a very interesting day. It started off as a day where GrayDad and I were going to go off and do amazing creative things out in a coffee shop somewhere until we needed food. However on our way to the coffeeshop, he got a call and it turned from a day out to A Day.

To make a very long story very short, we've been dealing with the curveballs hurled our way the best way we know how when we're in the "hurry up and wait" place. With movies. So Dad got me to sit down and watch Dracula Untold which was a lot better and a lot different from the movie that I had thought it was.

If you haven't seen it, I urge you to. I don't like horror films and this isn't so much of one really. It's a very fascinating story they've spun out and the plausiblity of something like that is very intriguing to complicate.

It addresses certain historical mysteries - why the Ottomans stopped when and where they did. Why there are exceedingly rare images of Vlad on coinage, stuff like that.

Now we've got Undercover Blues on and I'm in a weird nostalgic place. I've grown up with this movie, my parents and I have been watching it pretty much since it came out on VHS. This movie, Princess Bride, and Sneakers make up the core of movies that I grew up watching, still watch, and can quote backwards, forwards, and seven ways from Sunday. The acting is amazing, the plotline is hilarious, and I relate to this movie on a lot of levels.

Mostly because my parents are just like Jefferson and Jane Blue. If you've seen the movie, that scene with the trumpet? That is exactly my father. I have lost count of the number of languages he speaks and how many instruments he can play and the man has forgotten more than I will ever know (at least it feels like that sometimes). My parents flirt the exact same way as Jeff and Jane do in the movie (and it's just that disgustingly sweet sometimes in real life) and Dad's good with the BS just like he is.

The fact that the movie came out when I was seven is probably the only reason why my name isn't actually Jane Louise - my family loves the movie that much.

I also love that this movie while kind of dated in some parts does feature an incredibly badass main female lead, who doesn't get fridged for manpain, does have a lot of agency in the movie, and pretty much winds up saving the day.

The running gags are also some of my absolute favorites.
djgray: (chucks)
Here's the link to all of my Shannara season one reviews. Shannara Chronicles Reviews

So far it's been a very interesting 2016 and I've been more busy than I truly had expected to be. It's amazing the curveballs that life throws you sometimes. Since January, there's been some huge moving and shaking in my personal life, the Gray parents left one career and are starting new ones. Thankfully, much closer to me this time and it's been interesting to weather all the bumps in the road in this set of transitions. You don't quite know exactly how fortunate you are until you realize that you've been placed where you are, with what you have in order to be able to be there for people like this.

So the current warm body count in the Gray house is 5 and the current Cat Count is 6 (4 that belong to me and my charming, long suffering best friend/housemate and 2 that belong to the parentals). I rest assured that all of the furry ones know that without the two legged ones, there is no food.

They, however, have adopted my teenage brother as one of them. Which is hysterical to watch as the elder cats try and parent him and the younger kittens either just want to snuggle him or play all the games ever with him.

I plan on writing up my awesome experiences at AnachroCon this week and posting them here, truly it was an experience that I am so glad I was able to have. I met so many amazing people and it was pretty much just an all around great time. The next cons on the schedule will be Fandomfest and Dragon*Con unless something happens and something else gets added.

Also planning a trip to Vienna sometime in the next year or so, visit some family and actually see some of Europe. And of course any news about the books and anything else I do will get dropped here first. So there will be some much more substantive posts here in a little while.

For now, the Day Jobbe calleth, and I must answer it.

an update

Oct. 24th, 2015 04:12 pm
djgray: (singing in the rain)
It has been a while and for that, I apologize. My housemate's been ill and most of my spare time has been taken up with caring for her and the house while also working full time at the day job. So pretty much everything else that isn't a survival need has kind of been shoved to the side or dropped until she's better.

I have washed my car, gotten lunch, and now I'm settled in watching The Lost Kingdom which is so good so far.

The attention to the detail and the characterizations and the story there is fantastic. It's so much better than the Bastard Executioner which looked amazing but had no story - it was very flat and just more like a filmed version of a period photo shoot.

This though? This has depth and characterization and fantastic acting.

Based off The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwall, so far it's a definite keeper on my DVR.

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